"Every time I decide to repaint a room,
I obsess over barely perceptible subtleties
to select the perfect color.
The moment the first brushstroke
of the new shade hits the wall,
I panic - my heart stops
and I'm sure I've made a horrible mistake.
A week later, I love it!"
So said Peggy Kennedy,
one time editor of Victoria magazine,
in her March, 2001 editorial,
but those thoughts and choices
could have, just as easily,
I was so ready for a change in this room,
but change can be very unsettling.
Decisions needed to be made but,
because of what the final outcome
of those decisions might be,
I did not feel up to the challenge.
I so wanted to
get it right.
The paint store that we do business with
has a decorator on staff
so I decided to ask for help
with my color choice.
We already had our new sofa on order
and knew that we were painting
all the trim work bright white.
The existing carpet color is burgundy
and that would have to stay
and we also wanted the room to tie in
with the parlor.
With all those elements decided,
I needed help with the right wall color.
My first gut reaction
was a shade of blue.
I am very fond of blue
as it is a very soothing color to me.
I took a pillow in with me
that had the exact match that I thought I wanted,
plus a piece of the parlor wallpaper.
The decorator was very convincing
that the color would be too dark
and suggested to match the gold flower in the wallpaper.
Since decorators know best, right?
I thought that would be the perfect choice. Once we held the swatch up to the walls,
it was apparent
that the room would look very washed out
because of the amount of light
the room receives.
I went with my original gut feeling
and picked out three different shades of blue.
We came home with a pint of each color
and painted patches on the walls.
Because of all the burgundy
surrounding those patches,
the colors all looked very different
than I thought they would,
and I became even more confused.
I then went back to the store
and chose the darker shade
that I had first been drawn to
and invested in two gallons of paint.
I say 'invested'
is not cheap now-a-days!
Benjamin Moore's Bedford Blue
Because of the lighting and time of day I took the photo the color looks a little more green than it really is.
So, in Peggy Kennedy's words,
I love it
and it didn't even take me a week
to find that out!
Here is a picture of the new sofa
as it sits in the furniture display room.
It was a leap of faith
to pick this out also!
that it is a little more to the brown side
than the gold it shows in the picture.
I thought it was when we first saw it.
We are having the carpet cleaned tomorrow and then the sofa will be delivered
and I only hope that
I will love it
in one day also!
I also changed up the parlor mantle
to reflect Friday's beautiful beginning
As we were having coffee
in the parlor this morning,
I thought that maybe my display was a bit much,
as I just can't seem to get
the "less is more" concept down,
but when I voiced my feelings
to the Captain,
he just rolled his eyes, and said,
"Yeah, you probably have
one too many daffodils
in the pitcher"!
if he is happy with me,
and with what I do,
maybe I should not
HAPPY SPRING TO ONE AND ALL
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY