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Guys, I’m so tired of painting, but I’m at it again. I’ve painted every room in this house at least once (minus the ‘hallway’ which is really just doors and I only did a stripe in the entry), but now that I’ve lived here for almost two years I’m at the point where I’m reassessing the decisions I’ve made. One thing that’s been bugging me for a while is the color of the dining room. I loved the dark peacock green for a long time, but after two years and a lot of other decisions it just doesn’t fit anymore. But this time I decided against doing it the ‘Jasmin Way’, which would be to just go the store and pick the first color I like and paint the room within 24 hours of deciding I wanted to paint. This time I took TWO WHOLE WEEKS to make the color decision. I know, the mind reels that I, the most impatient person in the world, could wait two whole weeks to make a decision that could have easily been made in two minutes, but it’s the truth.

I actually even followed my own advice and went to the store and got a bunch of paint samples and hung them on my wall. Then I just let them be for two weeks while I pondered.

P1120657 P1120660 Of the two horizontal colors the one on the left is the living room color and the one on the right is the color of the stripe in the entry and the color of the second bedroom, I put them up there for reference. But mostly because I hate the color of the second bedroom so I wanted to make sure I picked a grey that wasn’t the same tone as that color.

The first couple of days my mind changed several times. The colors looked different during the day and at night, but eventually a favorite stuck out. But I’m a new woman who takes her time making “big” decisions so I even took that paint chip around and held it up to elements in the room that would stay.

P1120665 P1120671 But the question you may be asking is, why go with such a light color? I don’t really care too much about the flow of my house’s paint colors. I mean, my house is tiiiiny and you can basically turn around in a circle and see every room, but I still don’t really think your whole house has to “match”. That is until I noticed that my three main rooms were very dark colors. This is a horrible rendering of my floor plan but I think it may help make my point a little bit.

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cropgreydining copy Yeah, I said it was horrible. But it’s a visual, don’t complain. My decorating style is loud and crazy so I think it works well for me to have at least a few rooms that are a more neutral color. Plus, I’ve been thinking it would nice to add color in my hallway and/or the bathroom (maybe even on the ceiling!). So, I think having a more neutral, light colored dining room will give my house a more open feeling and be a good buffer between the dark grey living room and the black kitchen.

And that is how I grew up and became a more patient woman.

 

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

As I shared in this post, I have a second bedroom problem. It is a junk room and I don’t have any budget to really make it look good. So for the past few days I’ve been using my brain and a lot of imagination to create a mood board and floor plan to help me make this room less of a nasty pit.

As you may or may not notice from the mood board, I own most of the things on this board which makes it less of a ‘mood/inspiration’ board and more of a ‘creative repurposing’ board. Some explanations are below and a numerical chart that is out of order (this may be the most confusing thing ever):

5) I think I finally decided on this paint color which is Anonymous by Behr. I think it is a pretty classic color and will go well with everything I already have.

10) This is my Pod Rug by CB2. It is no longer available because I bought it three years ago. I think it was about $250. It is a really well made rug but it did shed for a year (I think it has finally shed all the excess). The room is pretty much based off of this rug because it is the one thing in there that I want to keep and actually like.

6) This is the Ingo table by IKEA and it’s $69.99. It is the one thing on this mood board that I don’t already own. I would like to use it as a desk. I would like to paint it a nice shiny white.

7) I own this chair (two actually). This is the Emeco Navy chair and they are super expensive, like $750 expensive. I found two on Craigslist for $30… I’m not even joking. Best. Craigslist. Purchase. Ever.

9) This is my West Elm daybed. It is also no longer available (when it was, it sold for $229 without the mattress). I got it on Craigslist for $150 plust a brand new twin mattress. Craigslist for the win! I intend to put this on my from porch when it is eventually screened in but for now it is nice to have a bed in this room in case someone wants to spend the night.

3) This the my IKEA Linnarp bookcase. It is currently in my bedroom but I don’t like it in there anymore. When I eventually get the bookcase of my dreams for my dining room I want to move this out of my bedroom and either sell it or move into the second bedroom. It could be nice for pretty linens and office supplies.

1, 12-14) These four images are all relate to one another. The first #1 is my inspiration. I love this corner gallery. Instead of using frames though I am going to use #12 the stencil I bought this weekend (I’ll share where I bought it later this week). The two paint colors are #13 Glowing Firelight by Behr and #14 Night Watch by Behr. I definitely want to use the navy to do the stencil because it will look good against the wall color, but I’m toying with doing sections of the stencil in the orange…Either way I think having the stencil going around the corner (top right of the floor plan) will look really cool.

2, 4, 8,11) All three of these are inspiration images. The first #2, is such a cool idea. They took these large frames and put cork in them so they can be used as cool bulletin boards. I actually have two large empty frames that I want to do this to. I think it will be a pretty cheap project. I also, love the inspiration boards in #11, #8, & #4. They are like big (mostly) free art!

Floor Plan: the door on the bottom left is the door into the hallway and the other door on the top left is the closet door. The thing in between the doors is the bookcase #3. The windows are above the bed and the desk.

So that’s my inspiration! Hope you could follow all of that- I am new to the mood board world so I’ll get better. Believe it or not I spent a lot of time working on all of this and I’m pretty excited about doing this little (mostly) free makeover. I’m not sure I’ll get to it this weekend, but I hope to do parts of it over the next few weeks. Are you planning any mostly-free projects?