We have our closing date (July 11th) and now we have scheduled our movers (July 12th) so it’s all seeming very real! In just a little over 2 weeks we will be in our new home. Meanwhile, I have become slightly obsessed with decorating. It’s funny, when we were looking at houses we would occasionally see one that was newly remodeled and I would think “Oh, I don’t want that… I want to choose my own kitchen/bath/flooring and I would never choose that!” We ended up just where I wanted – with a house that needs very little structural work (just the attic, and that’s Marc’s domain.) I get the fun job of choosing colors and fixtures without having to do major work. It’s possible that I used to really want to be an interior decorator.
It’s also possible that I got a bunch of paint samples and painted big pieces of foamcore board, even though it will be 2 weeks before I can stick them up in the new house. I have learned my lesson about not seeing colors under artificial lighting after our current kitchen. The colors from Left to right are for: Kitchen, above the chair rail in the foyer, dining room, below stair rail in the foyer, piano room, bathroom, master bedroom, guest bedroom, and the three colors to be used in the upstairs hallway, foyer, and living room (these areas are all open and will require some creative ideas in order to make it look like they are separate from each other.)
The kitchen color is not quite right, it’s a bit too flat looking and too minty. I was inspired for a kelly green kitchen by Domino magazine, so I’m going to use the color they used, Direct Green by Sherwin Williams.
I’ve actually gotten quite a few paint colors from Domino. The first pitcture below is the color I’m using for the bathroom (BM Waterfall,) and the 2nd is for the living room (that room is kind of dark, so it needs light colors, and this shows 2 rooms next to each other like mine, although I am not using the same color brown, mine is more gray/taupe.)
I like all my choices, although I’m going to try a few more colors for the piano room to decide whether I want to go more purple or more blue with the color. That room (and the foyer) have coffered ceilings (see a similar example here) so I really need to see the colors up against the wood. This is in fact a concern throughout – because the woodwork is natural in all the rooms except the kitchen and bathrooms, the colors look very different from the way they look up against the white woodwork you always see in magazines.
Painting is my favorite bit of decorating, because it makes the biggest immediate difference.
Ah well – right now I’m just playing, who knows what will happen after we move in! Some of the colors are bound to change. I had a dream last night that it all fell through at the last minute, so I need to distract myself.
I hope the next 2 weeks pass quickly! Once we move in I will be able to tackle my lists for each room and the exterior. How I love crossing things off my list!
I have also been crocheting on both my cardigan and my blanket. I hope to finish the blanket by the time we get the guest room set up (not until the attic is finished, so not for awhile.) It looks great up against the lilac paint!