Design,  Interiors

Chez Huntley – update 07/22

“I’m fortunate that I can document all the progress on Luxe & Lucid for posterity.”

Did I write that just last week?  Oh well.  One step forward, one step back.  We had a major hiccup this week at chez Huntley.  Remember all those beautiful neutrals I taped to my walls?  Remember that I selected Benjamin Moore’s Vanilla Milkshake as one of my colors?  That turned out to be a bit of a problem.  Upon the completion of 1 – and in many areas 2 – coats of this color, I noticed that it seemed a little off.  The rooms appeared to be a lot more white than ecru.  I thought perhaps it was all the light that pours into my house.  Or maybe my new downlights were brightening the space more than before.  Alas, when I taped the paint chip back up on the wall, it just wasn’t right.  To make a long story short, Benjamin Moore’s formula for Vanilla Milkshake #OC-59 is simply wrong.  The real color doesn’t match the paint decks.  Moreover, Monarch Paint and BM corporate don’t really care.  Umm, excuse me?  As someone who has spec’d countless Benjamin Moore colors in her career, this is more than a little alarming.  As a designer you can’t always be on site (or in-state or in the country) to review a test sample.  I can understand a slight difference in value or undertone, but this so-called vanilla is just plain white.  That means my entire first floor has to be painted again and that Tricia has to roll up her shirtsleeves and do some of the work herself.  Because I may have been comp’d freshly mixed (and corrected) gallons of paint for my troubles, but my painter and his crew don’t exactly work for free.  So add to my loaded schedule and to my resume …

Tricia Huntley: Professional Interior Designer, Blogger & House Painter

 Thanks Ben!



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Vanilla should be, well, vanilla.  Right?!









The sample that says it all.

Vanilla Milkshake as sample (on left) and in reality (on right).






The paint store’s work product.



A little GRRRR to go with your morning coffee today.

Hoping for a little more “progress” in next week’s progress report.

Tricia  : [




  • danielle boudrot

    Hi Tricia,
    Thank you for sharing your personal story with us! Color is such a challenge to begin with so I can just imagine how stressful this must have been for you! Keep smiling!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Jen

    I’ve noticed that Ben Moore has been having problems lately (even to the point of my ordering five one-gallon cans of a greige, and them delivering four of that plus one of a sage green). I do prefer Sherwin, who thankfully is more readily available where I currently live than any other paint company. And being the actual finisher, I no longer trust anyone to deliver paint… Instead I camp out in the store and make sure it’s a perfect match to the swatch before thinking about leaving. It definitely adds time to your day, but I’d rather that than having to do the work over.

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