Have you ever looked at a beautiful photo of someone’s travels to exotic or unusual places and thought, “Yes, I could live there”?
Guess what, in a way you can!
We are finally gearing up to get our interior painted (I know, I’ve been talking about it forever but this time….) and I have found the colors I want to use…or have I?
Like a LOT of people getting ready to repaint, it’s a commitment, right? What do you choose that you can live with for the next 4-7 years?
I am transitioning from the blue/greens into the sultry grays and came up with these selections from Sherwin Williams:
(This just happens to be my favorite city in the entire world)
San Francisco Grays
I hadn’t even considered incorporating navy blue into my color scheme but, uh..hello!
This is so rich and moody, exactly what I’m trying to achieve!
That Gale Force is fantastic. I love the soft transitions from gray to gray/green. The combination is really nice.
Above the clouds
A little on the blue side for what I’m going for but I love this group together. I can see this in my parent’s house (hello Mom!)
Also more color than I’m looking for in my own home but I would LOVE to do this somewhere else!
(Robyn, are you reading? This is SO you!)
Then, this got me thinking…I absolutely love these colors together. I am obsessed with gold and gray together and I can promise you this, there will be gold!
(as in Golden Gate…did I mention SF my favorite place on the planet? Expect some 49er shout outs to come…sorry in advance)
At any rate, I know I’m getting closer to my ideal even if I do have too much to chose from. I find that in doing color consultations, most people KNOW what they want they’re just overwhelmed with the choices out there and thank goodness for choices, right? It’s not a horrible problem to have. My job is to listen carefully and translate the desired out come into reality and I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it so if you live in the DFW area and need help honing in on your color scheme, shoot me an email. I’d LOVE to help!
I also wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for the supportive emails many of you sent to me about home schooling. Today was day three and it was so encouraging. There have been little/major breakthroughs each day which are sheer magic for us and I’m really happy with our decision.
I am confident I can both teach him and work with you at the same time. This is all working out very nicely and we are in store for some very exciting stuff!
I’m so excited today because I have a new project!
Its been a while since I’ve had a fun furniture project and my sweet client, Ms. Belle has TWO of these little beauties that need a make over.
Check this little Eliza Doolittle out:
Isn’t she pretty? She has the prettiest lines and I LOVE those original brass pulls.
She has however, lived a life of danger and obvious excitement as you can tell by her battle wounds:
So, she’s got a bit of wear and tear but what older woman of substance and experience doesn’t?
(I’m more daunted by the creepy grossness I’ve been finding in my garage/work space than I am anything else.)
I’m going to turn her into a true lady, you just watch!
On a personal note, after a considerable amount of discussion, prayer, vacillating back and forth for countless hours on the subject, we’ve made the decision to home school our second grade son. This is a complete leap of faith because I’ve lost a lot of sleep trying to figure out how to continue to work and teach at the same time. My income is important to our family and we can’t afford to lose it.
For the past two years (kindergarten and first grade) in public school though, we’ve struggled with a system that isn’t conducive to the way my son learns. Sitting in a classroom doing busy work for 8 hours a day was draining his usual enthusiasm for learning, something that greatly surprised me and broke my heart at the same time. Instead of thriving and gaining knowledge he appeared to be losing confidence in himself.
After a great deal of research and in speaking with several parents who home school for various reasons, ours not being entirely unique, we made the leap and today kicked off our first official day with mama as the teacher and it was so wonderful.
*I have to share, at one point as we were working on a math worksheet, I noticed him begin to panic a little. His face looked so worried as he didn’t understand the premise of what we were doing and he appeared on the verge of tears.
I stopped him right there, told him how much we loved him, how proud of him we were and made him repeat “I am smart and awesome and I can do anything I try my best to do”.
We hugged for a bit then got back to work. It was at that moment I knew, with absolutely NO doubt in my mind that we had made the right decision and no amount of potential money to be made or not could replace the confidence we are working to restore.
That being said, I’m working out a schedule for when I’ll be taking appointments. I have such wonderful clients, most of whom have children and know how important they are and I’m so grateful for the encouraging words and understanding as we work out the wrinkles and get a firm system in place.
As of now, appointments will be scheduled after 1:00 so that my little man can get his “Enthusiastic Genius” on!
I’ll also be taking clients on Saturdays for those of you that would benefit from that.
In the mean time, wish us luck and if any of you have any additional words of wisdom, please share. I’m good at “winging” a lot of things in life but clearly, this isn’t one of those things you leave to chance!
Hello! What an expensive whirl wind of events I’ve had the past several weeks.
My sincere apologies for being away but with in one week three weeks ago, the following happened:
1. My computer decided she didn’t want to work anymore and went on strike
2. My 7 year old dropped my new-ish iPad that I received for Christmas and cracked the screen, leaving me heart-broken
3. After taking my car in to fix yet another issue, my mechanic suggested it was time to send her off to a new home, preferably a dealership where they could give her the love and attention (a.k.a. a trip to the auction) a.s.a.p.
Yes…a bit overwhelming to say the least.
This summer has, if nothing else, been interesting and has kept me on my toes!
But today, I’m back. I have a fully restored computer, a brand new shiny car and while my iPad still has a crack in it, its functioning and will do so until I figure out if I’m going to fix her or get a new one.
So with that, I thought I would throw out some photos that have grabbed my attention as of late.
Nothing particularly new except that I can’t seem to resist pinning and loving the classic black and white stripe.
Ready to go?
Via Brunch at Saks
via Rough Luxe
Via My Humble Abode
Via Belle Maison
Source unknown to me via Pinterest
Stripes are an element that never goes out of style and is always chic and crisp looking.
It’s an inexpensive way to add big visual impact without over exaggerating pattern and lends itself to drawing the eye towards the direction it is laying.
I love using stripes to elongate a room that has less than spectacular height or using them horizontally to make a room feel larger.
And if black and white are too dramatic for you, consider tone on tone stripes using flat and semi gloss finishes for a more subtle approach:
Our bedroom when we first moved in and painted
This room has been updated considerably since this photo of when we first moved in and painted but I wanted to show the details:
Tone on Tone Stripe Detail
Because our ceilings aren’t really high, I wanted to add some subtle drama to the space while creating some softness as well.
I’ll be posting some newer photos of the space as soon as I finish some of the projects I’m tackling now but overall, I can’t tell you how much I love our stripes.
It is a very inexpensive way to add some much needed personality while keeping the room timeless and easy to work with.
I’ve had a love affair with tile since I was a little girl, watching my mom pick out the tile that would go into the entry of our new home (which as it turned out, became someone else’s tile due to some shifty real estate politics…another story for another day).
When I first went out on my own, one of my first projects was picking out materials for a client who was updating their bathroom. I loved (and still do) the granite yards, seeing all those amazing slabs cut from a mountain somewhere and the earthy smell that is attached to them.
The tile showrooms though…that’s where the project gets artistic and where you can turn an average kitchen into a showroom worthy of any culinary wannabe or actual chef!
The back splash accents are what makes a kitchen unique and expressive of the person who uses the space and it helps create a feeling of unity with the rest of the utilitarian items needed to make the space functional.
The tile, or whatever material is used, is where the personality is so ask yourself, what is my kitchen’s personality and how does it relate to my own?