April Color of the Month

designer cathy anderson

Designer Cathy Anderson

Designer Cathy Anderson chose April’s color of the month, Silvery Blue 1647. Cathy says: “I love this color so much I have it in my own home! It is a beautiful color for any room in your home and I like to pair it with Mascarpone (AF-20) for trim. This light color creates a beautiful serene feeling that compliments any pale blue or gray accessories. It is a versatile color that works well in a modern or classic home.”

Silvery Blue 1647

Silvery Blue 1647

Cathy has been in the interior design field for over 25 years, Her particular passion is traditional to classic designs, with a true love for glamour. She has always been especially fond of luxurious silks, embellished embroideries, and all aspects of fine detailing .She continues to enjoy working hard everyday and has created a following of clients in the Newton/ Needham area. To speak with Cathy about how she can transform your home, call 617-877-3272.

March Color of the Month

Lynda Holich interior designer norwood

Lynda Holich Interior Designer

The color of the month for March, Nantucket Fog AC-22, was chosen by designer Lynda Holich. Lynda says, “Nantucket Fog is a great color for a young man or teenager’s bedroom. Transitioning a teenage boy’s bedroom from the baby blue of his nursery into a mature and more livable space can be complicated and I am often asked for help in choosing the right color. Nantucket Fog is a beautiful, inviting blue that pairs well with a gray color palette. Not exclusive to a boy’s bedroom, this would make a beautiful color to compliment white cabinets, black granite, and stainless steel in a kitchen.”

nantucket fog ac 22 paint

Nantucket Fog AC-22

Lynda has been part of Babel’s design team since 1992. Her goal is to guide her clients through the design process to create beautiful spaces that convey balance, harmony, color flow, and function. Throughout the process, Lynda works very closely with her clients to design spaces that reflect their lifestyle and personality. Lynda graduated from Syracuse University where she studied interior design. To make an appointment with Lynda and see how she can help transform your space, visit our Norwood store or call 617-677-3272.









Summary: Lynda Holich Interior Designer Norwood chooses March Color of the Month for Babel’s Paint and Decorating Stores.

February Color of the Month

Natalie McQuade interior designer

Natalie McQuade Interior Designer

Designer Natalie McQuade chose February’s color of the month, Penthouse CSP-35.  Natalie says: “When I do a design consultation I either see a modern home with lots of grays and strong metals or I see a more traditional home that wants to remain timeless but still incorporate some of the modern trends.  That is why I love Penthouse, it falls somewhere between the modern gray and the traditional beige and is a lovely color to compliment both types of homes.  Right now, I am seeing a lot of classic linens paired with warmer colors like salmon and orange.  Transitioning from traditional to modern is not as difficult as you might imagine. I love the look of a tablecloth or even a traditional soft fold roman shade with the added pop of a textured band on the bottom. Having a neutral on the wall makes it very easy to experiment with texture and color in your accessories and fabrics.”


Natalie has been decorating for almost 30 years. Her exuberant sense of style reflects her enthusiasm for color and design. As an art history major, color and pattern reflect in the fabrics she chooses for her clients. She is constantly looking for new trends and techniques and is able to find beauty and new possibilities in both traditional and contemporary design. Texture, color, and pattern are her passions and she is constantly working to make her clients just as excited about design as she is when working on their projects. Natalie is available to help transform your space. To make an appointment with Natalie, stop by our Foxboro store or call 617-877-3272.

Penthouse CSP-35

Penthouse CSP-35



Summary: Interior Designer Natalie McQuade chooses February Color of the month Penthouse CSP-35

January Color of the Month

Each month, a different Babel’s interior designer discusses the current trends in interior design and chooses a Benjamin Moore color to highlight as the Babel’s Color of the Month.

MIchael Greene, interior designer

Michael Greene, Interior Designer, at Babels

For January, Michael Greene, interior designer, has chosen Beach Glass 1564 to compliment the cool blues, enchanting silvers, and lush accents that are currently leading the trends in the interior design field. Michael has been making homes, offices, restaurants and even yachts look amazing for over twenty-four years. New England Cable News Network has featured him three times on Dream House; a show that showcases local design projects, and produced. He has done set design for Local Talk show on Boston’s Channel 56. He has decorated many of the homes you may have seen during the famous “Christmas House Tour” in South Boston sponsored by Laboure and Catholic Charities. Michael started his design career with Fabric Place a company well known for its superior custom work based in Framingham. Michael honed his skills and vast knowledge of custom window treatments and how important scale is to the final product. While at Fabric Place he had the pleasure of mentoring the newly hired designers he guided them through a full year of coaching to insure their projects and designs were up to the company’s high standards. In 2007, Fabric Place Owners decided it was time to retire. “ It was like the death of a dear friend,” says Michael, “A Very Dear Friend.” He is now a prominent member of the design team at Babel’s where he has unlimited flexibility with product and design. Michael believes that his client’s wants and needs are most important in any project. Whether it be a traditional or a contemporary design he will always masterfully surpass his client’s expectations. This Designer understands that any custom work can be a major investment in your home. He also believes a well-designed space should be one you enjoy for years to come. Michael says: “Right now the current trend is all things glam: sparkles, silvers, and silks. We are seeing a lot of aqua and silver color combinations in every room. In a kitchen, white cabinetry with quartz stone counter tops offer the look of marble without the hassle of potential staining. In a master suite, upholstered headboards combined silk draperies or a statement, wallpapered, accent wall create a luxurious and relaxing space. Beach Glass is the perfect medium-light aqua to give your space a feeling of opulence and comfort.” To have Michael help transform your space, stop by Babel’s in Canton at 102 Washington Street, or call to schedule an appointment, 617-877-3272.

Beach glass1564

Beach Glass 1564

How to Seal Water Stains On a Ceiling


How to seal water stains on a ceiling


Weather Damage? Here’s How to Seal Water Stains On a Ceiling

Step one: Remove the source of the moisture

Step two: Check the ceiling to make sure it is in sound condition

Step three: Wait for the ceiling to thoroughly dry

Step four: Remove any mildew with a mild bleach and water solution

Step five: Scape and sand any loose paint until problem area has a smooth finish

Step six: Coat with a stain killing primer such as Insl-x Seal Lock or Insl-x-Prime Lock

Step seven: Paint with a coat of Benjamin Moore Ceiling paint

Step eight: Paint the entire ceiling for a more uniform finish

Step nine: Paint a second coat for the best overall appearance.

Step ten: Send us a picture of your finished ceiling job and we will post it on one of our social sites!


Stop into any one of our stores for more tips, advice and product ideas for any weather damaged areas of your home or office.

Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint Now In Any Color!

Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint With Colormatch
Images courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has just introduced a new line of latex chalkboard paint that can be tinted to any hue in the company’s 3,300-shade spectrum, allowing retailers like Babel’s to offer unlimited color matching for our customers.

“This paint can turn virtually any interior surface into a chalkboard. We are very excited to have this new line of paint,” says Jeanne Babel, Babel’s Vice President. “It’s fun to watch our customers and home design staff discover the creative possibilities.”

The new paint, known as the Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint (308) is a latex topcoat with an eggshell finish, that is easy to apply, and dries in a matter of hours. The surface is durable, easy to clean, and fully washable.


Chalkboard paint checkerboard idea

IA_int_chalkboard_list_197x117It is ideal for a child’s bedroom or playroom, and is also being used to paint surfaces in the kitchen- which can serve as a message center for shopping lists and household reminders.

You can pick up your Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint in any of our Babel’s locations in Norwood, Needham Center, Foxboro and Canton. The Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint is sold in quarts only, and retails for $21.99.

Check out Benjamin Moore’s website for other Chalkboard paint ideas

Babel’s Introduces Benjamin Moore’s Color Stories Paint

Babel’s Introduces Benjamin Moore’s New Color Stories Paint

Every color tells a unique story……

What do Lilianna, Summer’s Day, Perfectly Pesto, and Granny Smith have in common? They are paint color names for some of the new shades of green from the new Color Stories Paint Collection from Benjamin Moore.

Wait until you see this new palette of colors which has just arrived exclusively at Babel’s Paint and Decorating Store in Norwood, Ma.

What makes the Color Stories Paint System so extraordinary? “It’s all about the colors” says Jeanne Babel, of Babel’s Paint and Decorating Stores, “each one is truly unique.” These new paint colors reside in their own universe between current, existing shades and the range of hues is limited to 200. These new colors by Benjamin Moore have been carefully chosen for their versatility, compatibility, and dependability with a variety of architectural styles and lighting environments.

And unlike most other colors in the design industry these colors are formulated without black or gray tints and so many more pigments are required per color. The result is that these colors just work better with our customer’s fabrics and other décor elements.

With such an unprecedented array of truly unique and natural hues to choose from, creating your own color story has never been easier or more exciting. Inspired by nature, the senses, moments in time, found objects and pure imagination, each color tells its enticing tale. For example, one of our favorite gold tones is called Fireside Chat and on the back of the painted chip the color is described with these words “The fire’s cheery glow illuminates the room with a soft light, wrapping you in a blanket of warmth and happiness.” And now you can combine them into a personal palette and let them tell your story.

So, we invite you to stop by Babel’s Norwood Paint and Decorating Store location for Benjamin Moore’s Color Stories Paint and take a look at our new Color Story Display – we think you’ll love it!

What Does It Mean To Be A “Green” Friendly Business?

Babels offers eco-friendly alternatives to manufactured products. We can incorporate many “Green” products and remodeling ideas into your project such as eco-friendly wall covering, low or no VOC paints and stains, home remodeling materials, natural material blinds, shades, and home furnishings.


In addition to our products, Babels also promises to always take in to consideration the impact that our business operations and products have on our environment. It is our pledge to “do the right thing” when it comes to selling “green” products, giving advice regarding the use and disposal of all home improvement products that we sell, and offering green product alternatives.






Summary:   We are your “Green” Friendly Business

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