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No Longer Blue

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

It happens every few years, I grow tired of a paint color and I crave something new. After staring at three samples on the wall for a week, and after much study and discussion, two weeks ago we agreed to repaint our living room. Before, it was a lovely shade of blue gray which remained in the space for years (see it here) but we were ready for a change, something deeper, slightly more masculine but not too dramatic, just different.

One of my favorite tricks for when I’m tired of how a room looks (or what I recommend when friends complain of the same) is to empty it and look at it with fresh eyes. Often it’s just a new color on the walls or introducing a wall treatment that will give the space a whole new look and make you fall in love with it again.

empty living room

Years ago we added picture frame wainscoting to this space and I still love the way it looks, it fits the classic style of our home and adds an interesting architectural layer. We inherited the baby grand piano from Matt’s grandfather so the heirloom will be with us always. (The black on the piano inspired me to paint the French doors the same ebony shade, I’ll share those soon!)

This is my oh so scientific way of sampling paint around a room, it’s just a process of painting large swatches with the initials above that represent the color, and then staring at it for days and days at different times of the day.

gray paints on wall

In the bright morning light I loved Seagull Gray (right) by Glidden but by the afternoon it was way too tan. Wood Smoke by Glidden (left) was beautiful in the evening but felt washed out in the middle of the day. Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore (center) won and that’s what we ended up painting in the living room.

I contemplated Rockport Gray in my powder bathroom after installing beadboard wallpaper in early 2012 and ended up choosing it for our living room instead, it’s a warm and elegant gray that adds just enough contrast. Our living room is a space you see just off the entry so the color needs to flow with the adjacent foyer and family room.

piano in living room

 

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Merry Christmas + Happy New Year

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Hello everyone, it’s Christmas Eve!  I love this day so much, each year we bake cookies for Santa and spend the evening hours with family, and then Matt and I wrap the Santa gifts after the children go off to bed for the next morning’s excitement .  My littlest kids are 6 and 8 and still true believers, so we squeeze every ounce of enjoyment we can from watching their faces as they unwrap gifts on Christmas morning. 

Christmas is a time to focus on what’s meaningful and the older I get, the more I want to surround myself with treasures in the form of books and art.  In this digital world where so much of what we consume is online, it’s nice to turn the real pages of books, and savor up close the brushstrokes of artists. 

Last month, I commissioned my very first painting when I spied this image on Pinterest.  I visited the artist’s Etsy shop and learned the painting was sold, but Karen was kind enough to repaint it for me again and now a 16 x 20” twin sits in my living room, awaiting a new frame. 

I love this painting for everything it represents.  It’s a glimmer of sunshine on a cold winter’s day.  It’s that light at the end of a long path and if you focus on it, and travel toward it step by step, you know you’ll eventually end up surrounded by its warmth.  Like in life.  I love the colors too, the medley of blues mixed with whites, a dash of lavender, and a dose of tangerine. 

karens fine art

For me, this painting also symbolic of this time of year as we turn the calendar to 2013.  It’s nice to reflect on the new opportunities for a fresh start that January brings.  Soon enough, the sunshine will melt the snow and we’ll be anticipating the blooms of spring.  Until then, I’m happy to enjoy winter for what it is, a period of dormancy.  

Nature teaches us a valuable lesson, that it’s important to rest in order to again bloom and grow, and to make the world beautiful once more.  It’s time to slow down and live in the moment, which is what I’ll be doing for the following eight days.

I’m taking this week off and will be back to blogging in the New Year.  You can find me over at Centsational Style, and I do have one roundup post scheduled here for later this week.  I’ll try to Instagram and Tweet a little, and I do enjoy Pinterest, but mostly I’m offline.  Resting.  Sleeping in.  Spending time with family and friends.  Becoming an Auntie again (my niece or nephew is due any minute!)   And taking a quick trip to the snowy mountains to appreciate this winter that will soon melt into spring.  

Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your busy lives to visit here from time to time, I’m so grateful each day for all of you!  Wishing you all the Merriest Christmas and a very Happy New Year.   I’ll be back on January 2nd. 

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