Soundtrack: “Grey Street” – Dave Matthews Band – Busted Stuff
Ok, so it may quite possibly be one of the most depressing songs ever, but it is also one of my most favourite Dave Matthews Band songs, ever.
Sorry for the lack of posts. Things have slowed down a bit on all fronts. Burn out and exhaustion have set in… and the list of things “to do” has seemingly gotten longer. All that to be said, I have yet to move in. As my sister reminded me, this is probably the only time that I will be able to live in one place rent free while preparing the other. I’m taking full advantage of that! Instead of moving me in two weekends ago, we had a work party. BIG thank yous to Thomas, Jordon, Dad, Ian, Sherri, Peter, Lisa, and Amanda for giving up your Sunday and helping a sister out! And last weekend Peter joined Thomas, Jordon and I – we got more done. I seriously have the best friends and family ever!
I want to talk colour. When I was young I really struggled with colour. My wardrobe was mostly black, grey and blue. My mom was always trying to get me into colour – red, pink, green, teal, ANYTHING but grey! I have now embraced colour, but I still love me some grey, which has (thankfully)become fashionable. It’s new taupe in home decor. After a lot of back and forth, a million stacks of colour swatches, many sample paint pots (best invention ever), and dinner with Thomas, Jordon, Ian and Sean, the colour selection for my new home was made, and the paint was bought before I could change my mind…again! (Insert big sigh of relief from Thomas and Jordon here).
THE LIVING ROOM
The main living area of my place, including the living and dining room, is in Behr’s “Ashes”. Its on the slightly warmer side of grey without hitting taupe. The concern I originally had was – would all this grey make me feel depressed on the grey rainy days that Vancouver is so famous for? Its a legitimate concern, but after seeing it on the walls, I feel less concerned about it. I have found it fresh and inviting. With the white trim and dark laminate, it’s smart and crisp.
What I love about this colour is that it goes with everything. You can change the look of a room by changing your throw pillows and vases. So simple. Thomas painted an end table in Martha Stewart’s “Egg Yolk” for me. This shows how much he loves me, as he hates yellow. But I love it! The yellow and grey combination is one of my favourites! I will also introduce blue and green and maybe even some purple into the living room. We’ll have to see what fabric I find.
The den has also been painted in “Ashes” as there is a glass door leading from the living room, and I am a big fan of continuity. The wall that has the fireplace has been wallpapered in the pattern above. The picture doesn’t do the wallpaper justice. It is less yellow and more lime green, and the grey has a warm silver tone.
The kitchen has been painted “Elephant Skin”. I picked this swatch out every time I went to Home Depot. I was worried that it would be too dark, but I think it works really well in the kitchen. The green will be introduced in accessories and other fun accents.
As much as I have a thing for grey, I also have a thing for blue. And I LOVE this shade of blue! It’s calming, light and bright. It also transitions well from “Ashes”. Most of the furniture is going to be white, except for a beautiful, antique dresser Thomas and I found on CraigsList that he painted in “Lunar Shadow”. It looks amazing! The wallpaper is in the closets of my room and the main hall closet. It’s a bit decadent to wallpaper a closet, but I didn’t think I wanted a whole wall papered. I do love my closets!
Don’t worry, I am not wallpapering my bathroom. I chose the colour of my bathroom from the wallpaper, which will be in frames on the wall. The background in the paper is more grey than brown, so everything ties in well. The towels and accents are going to be grey and white. I just need to figure out how to get rid of the brass…
So there you have it. More to come!
Getting ready to hang my hat,