Cathy Hobbs-Mythic paint brand partner-Hosts 13-EpisodeWeb Series on

August 15th, 2012

5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID/LEED AP), founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™ is hosting a 13 episode web series on  Hobbs was selected to host this web series, due to her National Interior Design expertise ranging from antiques to art déco décor to create this national expert web series.

The web series which went live in Late July, features a myriad of tips on topics such as “Art Deco Interior Design Ideas”, “Semi-gloss vs. High gloss paint”, and “Home Décor With American Antiques” just to name a few.  This informative web series partners her brand Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes with other national brands such as Z Gallerie, Home Goods, Mythic Paint, and Karl Kemp Antiques.

The Cathy Hobbs Web Series will be the first of several web series she will be hosting for the popular expert site.




Cathy Hobbs (ASID/LEED AP) is HGTV Design Star Season 6 Finalist and a 5-time Emmy award winning television personality. She also is a National Interior Design Expert and founder of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, interior design firm based in New York City.  Cathy’s firm specializes in sustainable design, full interior design services for new or existing developments, and home staging/styling. She has design studios in Brooklyn, New York and the Hudson Valley. She is known for modern and timeless interiors that combine pattern, color and texture to create “Hollywood Glamour”.



Since launching in 1999, eHow has become the “go-to authority” in online expert content.  Ehow is an online how-to guide with more than 1 million articles and 170,000 videos offering step-by-step instructions. receives more than 46 million visitors to its site each month.

Prepping your Exterior for painting

July 27th, 2012

Warmer weather means you may find this is a perfect time to repaint the exterior of your home. This can be a huge undertaking, but here are a few steps to help.


Materials: Garden hose, pressure washer, caulk, sandpaper, detergent with mildewcide (or bleach), wire brush/scrapper, putty knife, bucket, exterior spackling, ladder, roller/spraygun, and brush.

Cleaning the surface is essential to achieve the perfect top coat finish.  Use a pressure washer and a detergent with mildewcide to clean the surface. Another alternative to detergent is common household bleach. Use one quart bleach to three quarts water to remove mildew. If no flaking paint is found, sometimes a garden hose and scrub brush will do the trick. Make sure all surfaces are clean of mildew and dirt.

You may still have flaking paint or areas where the pressure washer could not reach. Use your scraper/wire brush to remove the loose paint. There is no need to scrape to bare wood, unless the old paint is not intact. Use sandpaper to smooth out these areas. During this process you may find surface flaws or holes. This can be smoothed out using an exterior spackling compound or other materials rated for exterior use. Once it dries sand smooth and remove any dust.

Over time, caulk breaks down and needs to be replaced. Remove the old caulk from around windows, trim, doors or other caulked areas on your home. Use a paintable exterior grade caulk to re-caulk these areas. Be sure to let the caulk dry to manufacturer’s time frame before priming.

Now you are ready to paint. Be sure to check weather in your area and the temperature throughout the day. Temperature should be above 60° and below 90° before painting. Setup your ladder or scaffolding. Scaffolding works best as you can move it around and work on larger areas at a time opposed to constantly moving your ladder. It will be well worth the money to rent or buy a set.  Be sure to use drop cloths to drape over plants, decking and flower beds to ensure easy clean up later. Try to avoid painting in direct sunlight. Start painting in the morning on the west facing wall and work to the east in the afternoon. Start by priming new wood, bare wood or repainting over existing bright or dark colors. Next, cut in the windows and trim. Now you are ready to paint the siding. Start at the top and work your way down horizontially painting the foundation last.  Repeat this process until you are finished.

Pick a Palette, Any Palette

July 18th, 2012

Similar to people, homes and rooms can reflect different personalities. Specific color schemes compliment different styles of homes. While there is no right or wrong color choice, sometimes a starting point can be extremely helpful. Below are examples of suggested color palettes for various architectural designs that can be the motivation you are looking for:


Craftsman:Known for emphasizing the natural beauty of craftsmanship, this style does not have lots of ornate details, so naturally choose a warmer color scheme, including palettes such as: Fading Frost, Dusty Day, and Country Heather.

Fading Frost 132-2 Dusty Day 130-6 Country Heather 131-5

Fading frost

Dusty Day

Country Heather


Federal: With solid and symmetrical styles, homes built in this design thrive with contrast and pops of color. Palettes such as: Bon Voyage, Spring Cosmos, Tomato Soup, and Peas in a Pod.

Bon Voyage 137-6 Spring Cosmos 115-6 Tomato Soup 111-1 Peas in a Pod 060-6

Bon Voyage

Spring Cosmos

Tomato Soup

Peas in a Pod


Second Empire: With subtle French elements, this style of home compliments a Parisian inspired palette: Cripple Creek, Earth Henna, Elmos Fire, and Pink Sunset.

Cripple Creek 033-5 Earth Henna 108-6 Elmo's Fire 107-1 Pink Sunset 122-1

Cripple Creek

Earth Henna

Elmos Fire

Pink Sunset


Victorian: One of the first styles of American homes, ornate details were brought to the masses and bright colors were the perfect thing to set them off. Find inspiration in this palette: Natura, Graces Smile, Inniswood, and Little Darling.

Natura 067-6 Grace's Smile OW3-2 Inniswood 141-5 Little Darling OW7-4


Grace’s Smile


Little Darling