Main Street, McMinnville, Tennessee

You know when you get the itch to repaint one of your rooms and you start looking everywhere for inspiration? That happened to me with my dining room. It stayed golden yellow well past golden yellow's day in the sun until I watched an episode of P. Allen Smith's Garden Home. His back parlor is painted in Benjamin Moore Dried Parsley. It looked so good on TV, it would have to look good in my room, right?

This is why you do test swatches. On my wall it looked more like Decaying Avocado. (I ended up going with a color more similar to his front parlor, Nantucket Breeze, instead.)

All turned out well. I even found a home in his hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee where it looks like the parsley dried the way it was supposed to:

Just like in his garden home:

Allen's garden home is in Little Rock, Arkansas, but it's no surprise that he grew up in McMinnville, the Nursery Capital of the World, as a fourth-generation nurseryman. That's why he's so successful when it comes to using Dried Parsley.

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