Monday, January 13, 2014
That time I took my pot rack down...
nothing to do with any of that. Sometimes life is heavy... and sometimes it's light and today is one of the latter. It's all about balance. I feel like we haven't chatted like old friends lately and I'm here to remedy that so grab a cup of something and let's talk. I was going to ask you all about random silly things I do and see if anyone else does them too (such as sucking in your stomach momentarily, every time I see a photograph sharing how to get amazing abs) but then I couldn't remember any other random things I do when I sat down to list them. If I wasn't sitting here trying to think about them, I'd come up with ten. Can you relate?
giveaways for you that will knock your socks off. One is a sweet collection from a few of my Etsy peeps that should be a darling Valentine's treat for your home and heart... and the other one is a collection of some of my personal favorite things right now, which will (if all goes well) herald the February re-opening of my shop. I've got some new watercolors going that I'm giddy with joy over, (do I really get to do this for a living?) and some vintage-looking prints and wrapped canvases from an old typewriter that I'm over the moon about. (I'm showing two of them as wrapped canvases, in this post.)
self-diagnosing myself with fatal illnesses. I do think it probably keeps her on her toes listening to me and then talking me down from the ledge and assuring me that I'm going to live. Think how I am helping her nursing career. Well that's how I choose to look at it anyway. Ha! (Feeling much better now but my energy is still a bit low so I'm taking things at a slow pace. And I'm not going to look up "low energy" on WebMD.)
electric teapot from Target to replace a teapot that was accidentally ruined by a small person who shall remain nameless. I didn't even know you could ruin a teapot. Whatever. I'd had my eye on this one for a year and I love it. Now if you pop in for a spot of tea I'll be ready. I also bought daffodils at Trader Joes because January is depressing and the rainy season is here (is it ever truly gone?) and they have cheered me immensely.
take down the pot rack that has hung over my island for the last decade and maybe you have have noticed it's absence by now. It was big and heavy and dark and I wanted to open things up a bit. Also my cooking pots, once new and shiny, weren't exactly things I wanted to display any longer, after ten years of use. Savvy? I gave it to my sis in law and she was thrilled. The options are limitless. We could leave it as is. Open, airy and light or we could do something with a light fixture in that space. Time will tell but for now I am loving it open.
We're still chewing on paint discussions, as this spring will herald an exterior paint job that we've been putting off the past couple of years, and the dreaded ceiling paint job that has been needing to be done for several years, after a couple of summers with minor construction, kitchen renovations, etc. We ignored the ceiling but it's time to deal with it. We're discussing whether or not to paint the walls with a fresh coat as well... as they kind of need it too, thanks to the general knocks and bangs of kids and life. We're trying to decide if the ceiling and walls should match in color so we don't have to do any "cutting in" at the corners... and color of course, is taking most of my thoughts. Adrain and I disagree but I trust him implicitly as he advises architects and designers and many other people on color choices for a living, and he has always chosen every color we have used in the past. The man knows his color.
For exterior we're living in a creamy yellow-colored house. I'm of the opinion that if you're going to repaint you might as well get a new color out of it! He's not opposed to that... but I really want either a pale gray house with white trim and a bright canary yellow door... or a pale aqua door... or a dark gray house. We have a pale gray house to our right... and a dark blue/gray house to our left. So apparently gray is out. Bah! That leaves me opinion-less for the moment. (Have no fear, I am seldom opionion-less for long.)
For the interior I want white (yet I still want to see my trim stand out just a bit.) My man said white is impractical. Okay what he really said was, "Really?! Why.....?" and then left it hanging there for a while. (I read between the lines on that one.) Then he gave me the list of the most popular designer colors right now including a run down on Pottery Barn's line. I looked up his recommendations and we're debating. He will win. He always does. Because he's always right. (About this, anyway.) I will keep showing him pins with the "looks I like" and he will eventually say, "Okay here is the color you want then, to get that look." And then we'll finally paint and I will love it, as I always do. And I'll keep you posted on that.
As I close, I must share this moment with you because laughter is such good medicine. I was sitting in the car waiting to pick up Joe from a weekend youth retreat. I turned around and Ava was sitting in the backseat with a whiteboard for a face. I laughed out loud for a full two minutes. Maybe more. Then I instagrammed it. Oh this child. She's a funny one.
So... now that I've done all the talking today... what do you think about all of that?
My trim, cabinetry, bead board, and doors are painted "Creamy" by Sherwin Williams
My current wall color is "Ivoire" by SW
My kitchen table base is painted, "Navajo white" by SW
My island color is "Night Owl" by SW
Master bath and bedroom color is "Stormy Sky" by Benjamin Moore
Main bath is "Light French Gray" by SW
The kiddos rooms are "Fleur de Sel" by SW