May 29, 2012

Window Watching

Apartment Therapy

I ran across this photo a few months back and it really intrigued me.  At first glance I saw two corner windows.  Looking again I noticed one window was creatively a mirror.  I love how the mirror reflects the window and vice versa.  How cleaver.  Well what do you do when you run across something so cleverly fantastic? Copy!

I put my mirror a bit higher than the first photo because before we know it there will be a little guy getting his sticky fingers all over everything, and I can't wait ;)

Before the mirror, I had nothing in that corner.  I now feel like each side of the hallway arch speak to each other and look balanced without looking two similar.  The mirror also bounces light around which is nice.

I added an Ethiopian basket above the mirror to create a little vignette and add some warmth and texture to my new white walls.  The adoption agency gifted us the basket when we were put on the list as a "Family in waiting."  It is very dear to me. 
I look forward to sharing the progress of the living room.  Thank you to all who left comments about the white walls.  I appreciated all the support and great ideas.  I love feedback!

Be Well,

May 23, 2012

In Transition

I thought I would share a shot of the living room with the newly painted white walls.  I am not as excited as I would have hoped. Why? Because I had NO IDEA how changing the walls from a beigy color to white would make such a drastic change!  My room went from warm to way cool ( not the "cool" kind of cool either.)  My whole house has a warm tone to it and painting the walls white seemed to really change the whole feel of the room.  I am not saying I don't like it, I'm just saying I am now in transition.  I did not think that changing the wall color meant I now see accessories, such as pillows and wall art that needs some tweaking. 
I need to tell you guys that normally I am really decisive and like what my gut tells me when it comes to decorating my home.  I have wanted the living room white forever and now that it is, I am second guessing myself. 

What I learned from this....

Paint can change everything, make sure you are up for a decorating challenge after painting and I personally don't like the transition period in decorating a room.  I feel unbalanced.  Hopefully I can find my balance in yoga tonight.

This doesn't mean I am not up for the challenge! I will be back soon with the tweaks I have in mind for making this room warm right up.

Be Well,

May 15, 2012

White and Wonderful

 We took the plunge and started painting our living room walls white.  I have been wanting to do this since we practically moved in but was apprehensive about it looking like one of those manufactured basic white walled homes.  These inspiring images made me realize how sophisticated, modern and timeless white walls can be and I decided to go for it.
When it came to picking the white, I thought how hard could it be?  HARD! There are grey whites, yellow whites, cool whites, warm whites, blah whites, bright whites ect.  I was looking for a cool/grey white that was on the creamier side with NO yellow undertones.  I know, a lot of descriptives for a color that is not even a color?!  I narrowed my search down to two and still staring at them.  We are hosting a big graduation party for my husband and his team for the police academy in 2 weeks and my walls look like this!  I better make my mind up quick.

Here are some more images of wonderful white walls.

* All images can be found here.

Be Well,

May 6, 2012

Closet Cleanup

I finally finished the closet.  It kind of put me over the edge having my whole closet upside down for a week, but it was good motivation to get it finished.  I really like the dark walls.  It kind of reminds me of Carrie's closet from Sex in the City.  I spray painted the hardware black  so there wasn't a huge contrast in the walls.  I organized my jewelry in small bowls that I have collected from random stops to Good Will over the years and a divided lucite tray.  Finally, I made a pin board that I wrapped in linen to hang my necklaces on.   All in all, it sure feels good to get organized. 

I couldn't forget to display a picture of my mom.  After she passed I inherited a lot of her gorgeous jewelry.  It's a neat feeling putting her jewelry on in the morning and seeing her picture.

Here's to Spring Cleaning!

Be Well,

May 1, 2012

Coming Out of the Closet

Sorry for being such a silent blogger.  I have been in the closet.  Let me explain.  I had a bit of nervous energy this past weekend while waiting for some good news concerning the adoption process.  I walked into my closet to put away clothes I was in the process of folding and before I knew it, I was painting.  I am notorious for doing this when I have a lot on my mind.  When I feel I have no control over a big issue in life I find something I can have control over.  That usually entails a paintbrush. 
I took the above picture while emptying all my clothes.

I know what you are thinking.  That is one dark color.  Don't worry ladies, I have a vision and think it will be fabulous.  After some minor tweaks and final touches, I am looking forward to having a beautiful, organized closet. 

Be Well,