a sneak peek

Came home from work last night and started painting right away. Could not stand it one more night. I absolutely love it! These were taken tonight so the color is off; will take more tomorrow in the daylight.

Yes, need some better window treatments (or in the case of the window above the bed, something there at all) but this feels *so* much better. This is a bedroom I want to come home to and curl up in. 

And having my mother’s amazing quilt on the bed makes it even better. Will try to get a better photo tomorrow also. She hand-quilted this, stitch by stitch. It’s an automatic family heirloom; I treasure it and am so glad it gets to be on display now (I hadn’t wanted to use it before because of sick kitties). The pattern is Double Wedding Ring, my favorite.

Of course after all that fun and games and painting two rooms in a week, my neck went out this morning and I’m totally exhausted, but happy. I look down the hall and see the beautiful Blue Room and I think of my favorite room at my paternal grandmother’s house — it was a soft blue bedroom with vintage-style birds painted over the bed, and I loved that room so much, and always wanted a blue room similar. This blue is much deeper and much more robin’s-egg, but it’s got a similar feel in there now and it’s making me very very happy. It also makes the master bathroom paint look really good, so I don’t have to paint in there now. Bonus!

the next project(s)

The next project on my list of home/self improvment is to repaint the bedroom. Oh yes… that bedroom. The one which had over 30 paint samples on the walls. The one that took over a year to choose paint for. It’s currently painted a very pretty terra cotta rose color, but I hate it. Hate. It. I only like it at night when a certain lamp is turned on (of course, it’s a lamp that I *never* turn on), so most of the time it’s just sort of driving me crazy. It’s too warm, it’s too intense, it’s too messy (was done in a hurry and looks horrible).

So. I am going to repaint it this weekend. I am going to try and complement the gorgeous double-wedding-ring quilt my mother made for me (hand-quilting the entire thing, I might add) — this quilt deserves to be shown off. It’s gorgeous oceany greens and blues with a little rose thrown in. With a little input from friends, I’ve decided to go with Valspar’s Evening Stroll. I’m a little worried that it’s too intense, but I think it’s going to look really good (I hope). It’s actually very close to my favorite of the above swatches. I like having a rich color in there, just… not terra cotta. Paint the walls, touch up the trim, call it good. There is one spot behind the bed that I can’t reach, and the bed is too heavy for me to move, so it might just stay unpainted (it doesn’t really show.) Then I can work on enlisting some help in moving the bed so I can finish the paint job later. But at least I won’t be stuck with a color that makes me mad every time I see it.

Then it will be time to get the carpet cleaned, which I’ve been wanting to do for over a year. Since I am trying to keep costs down I’m thinking of renting a cleaner for now, and then if it still needs further cleaning this summer, getting it professionally done. But at least it will be better. I’ve done some research and many people say that a vinegar/water solution works just as well, if not better, than the stuff they sell to go with the cleaning machine. Any input on this?

When my mom comes in February, we will work on getting some curtains in the house. Then I think it will be pretty much “set” for awhile. So many things did not get done before, for many reasons. But I’m really ready to get some of these basic things taken care of and have the house feel like mine.

Then it’s time to get rid of those awful junipers in the front. Probably in the late spring so I can plant some easy-care plants and call it good.

The next few weeks and months might be a little tricky, but I think if I do some low-cost improvements to the house, it will be a safe place to cocoon and rest. I’m feeling better but still so tired, mentally. I’m only good for about half a day and then it starts to become a struggle. But I’m sure that once the days start getting lighter and as all the decisions start to get made and we begin to move on, I will feel better and better. I’m able to read again, and able to follow a TV show or movie, so that’s improvement. I’m also not conking out quite so dramatically when it’s time for bed, which is somewhat annoying but more like my usual self, so that’s also a good sign.

Seeing friends new and old, getting out to some cultural events (a photo show, a magazine launch)… coming back to life in many ways, but still needing to take very good care of myself.

new bathroom

Well, new paint. It’s amazing what a new coat of paint will do, right?

Before, creamsicle orange:

After: Benjamin Moore “Porcelain” and a fresh coat of white on the vanity:

I was worried that it would be too lilac (and turn into little-girl bathroom) but I think it’s okay.

So that’s what I did yesterday. And then I did this: