Monday, January 31, 2011

Paint Colors in My Home

1. Sherwin Williams Camelback
2. Benjamin Moore Classic Brown
3. Benjamin Moore Powell Buff
4.Benjamin Moore Newbury Port Blue
5. Behr Pale Bamboo
6. Behr Smoke Screen

Linking up with The Nester

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fortune-Ate Valentines Gifts

My daughter's teachers will be receiving these Chinese style boxes for Valentines

Inside we have placed felt fortune cookies, each complete with one of the reasons my daughter is so "fortune-ate" to have them this year
we also threw in a few Hershey's kisses, because why not really? 

The original idea for this project came from Martha (who else?), though I adapted her directions a bit. I used pipe cleaners instead of floral wire and hot glued it inside the felt instead of using white glue. Easy peasy, lemon squeezie. 

Up Next- I confront a  deeply held decorating fear and talk about  a project that may just have to jump up the line. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meeting in the Middle

I mentioned something about an update on the bathroom project I have been talking about, right? Hmm, I wish I could say I have done a lot of work in there, but unfortunately I have done more thinking about the work than actual work itself. That is to say- I haven't started. In my defense I did manage to clean out the coat closet, and even though I didn't find a doorway to a magical land back there I did make it easier to find everything else.

We also removed a pair of 30 year old bi-fold doors that formerly took up residence in the entryway to my living room, which revealed a huge framed opening into said space, making my house feel much larger than it did before. And brought some much needed light into the living room as well, big bonus!

Which got me thinking about other ways to bring light into my house, which then resulted in some window film on the sidelights around the front door being removed.

So, see? I have actually been doing some stuff, just not anything I said I was. Kind of like Friday nights in High School...

Ahem, back to the subject of the bathroom remodel. I have been going back and forth on the beadboard/ board and batten issue. I don't really want to use beadboard in there, I much prefer the board and batten look but I don't think it will cover enough of the wall underneath to work in the space. Which left me wondering if there was a way to meet in the middle between beadboard and board and batten. Googling "what would it look like if board and batten and beadboard had a baby" yielded nothing(how is this possible?) and I really began to lose steam on the whole thing until I saw an episode of Design Inc (Sara Richardson- how I drool over everything she does) where the team(!) used thick boards across an entire wall and it was gor-ge-ous! It was the perfect mix of the look of beadboard with the delicious chunkiness of board and batten. The meeting in the middle! So I am off to Lowe's to hunt through the miles and miles of wood they have to find the perfect boards for this project. The lovechild of board and batten and beadboard- if you will. Hopefully soon there will be an actual update on the  bathroom reno, rather than an excuse riddled explanation. Maybe:)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fine, Fine, I hear it too

The call of a house that desperately needs to be purged of all clutter, chaos, mayhem and foolishness. It seems like every post I read this month is about massively decluttering and reorganizing our houses. I have ignored the call to action, mostly because we have been out of town for over a week,or at least that's the story I am sticking with. But today when I opened the coat closet and three mittens, a rain coat and half a vacuum cleaner fell out I had finally had enough and decided today was the day I stopped ignoring the cries of a home desperate to be cleaned out. I'll be back with an update on our bathroom project soon. If you don't hear from me by next week, send reinforcement as the closet may have sucked me in. If I find the doorway to Narnia back there, I'll let you all know.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bathroom Plan

Since I have already listed the many, many things wrong with the bathroom the next logical step is to talk about what I'll be doing to fix them.
The current plan includes
* LOTS of paint in hues of cream and a soft turquoise blue
I am still in the deciding phase, but I am leaning toward using

James River Gray

the cream I want to use is called Richland, but there doesn't seem to be a color swatch available online.

*bead board or board and batten on the lower walls
I love both the look of board and batten and a really high wall of bead board. In the end, bead board will probably win out since I am trying to cover the wallpaper rather than taking it down.

*pops of  coral orange as an accent
chili pepper.

Again, still in the decision phase over paint. I am leaning toward using this color since it coordinates well with the textiles I already have for the room.

*new lighting in a rubbed bronze finish- I realize I didn't show you the lighting situation in the last post. It's scary beyond all reason. The front(glass) of the fixture threw it's self off the wall about 3 weeks after we moved in and the exposed bulbs have been (not-so) proudly showcased ever since.

*replacement faucet for the sink

*adding a window treatment and possibly replacing the blinds

of course I am also planning on replacing the shower curtain and towels.In my linen closet I ran across a set we used for a few months in our old house. It **may** work in this space, depending upon how it all comes together.

Anyone done this scheme before and has advice for me? Paint color recommendations? Offers to help paint? :)