The Lab.


And so it begins. At least the first sign stuck to one of the boys’ doors is a cute one. Love that kindergarten spelling!!

On a very related note, Alex has asked to turn his bedroom into a science lab. I’m thinking we can do something special to the built-in shelves to make it feel lab like. I see a plastic frog or two in some mason jars in our future.


How about a green door?

greenDoorI said it before and I’ll say it again. I intend to have much more fun with this new old house than I did in our previous home. You can’t see from one room into another, so why not?? I chose Valspar’s Lime Twist (color-matched by Sherwin Williams, because COUPON!) and went to town on the front door. I am in love. Perfect shade of kelly green.

As much as it might seem like a choice out of left field, this is from the color palette I made before moving in …

wallColorsI also plan to use this same green for the boys’ bathroom vanity and to paint a few pieces of furniture.

And I found a wallpaper I think I might like for the powder room downstairs …

new york green by scrummy

Too much? We shall see. A 12×24″ sample is on its way here. Should arrive any day now!!

In the Mood for: The Living Room.

I have everything I need for the living room already, except for curtains. So once the new paint, Revere Pewter, goes on the walls, this room should feel instantly like home.

livingRoomThe sofa is the Emory from Room & Board. It should fit in the new space just fine. We are going to swap out our current coffee table for the boys’ play table from RH Baby & Child. I think this is a smart idea so we have some toy storage downstairs. (Their new playroom is going to be in the attic!) The rug I already have. Two upholstered chairs with a little leggy table between and an upholstered ottoman should also fit nicely. And our big leather chair will finish out the room.

The living room is the only room that is actually bigger than in our current house. It’s about the same width, but is much longer. The ceilings are much lower though. I’m not sure how tall they are where we live now, but a 10-foot-tall Christmas tree did not come close to touching. In the new house they are only 8 feet tall. I am hoping our horse painting will fit on the wall behind the sofa, but there is a chair rail there and I’m not sure it will. Fingers crossed! If it doesn’t, we did find a wall that it will work on, but it’s kind of an odd place for a painting. Oh well!! The adventures of downsizing!!


In the Mood for: The Dining Room

Here I go again—planning ahead. How very unlike me. This must go to show you how very excited I am!!

diningRoomI want to paint the new 12-foot by 12-foot square dining room in Flint by Benjamin Moore. It’s what’s currently around my fireplace and in my bedroom and I’m not quite done with that color yet. I think it will add a nice elegant feel and will let the furniture and art pop.

The art I already have. The green topiary balls I already have. The rug, too. I will have to get a new dining room table. My current table is far too large to fit in this space. I’m thinking something round and reclaimed, like the one pictured above. I’m keeping the chairs and going to try to make the console table fit, too (it will cross over a window, so I’m not sure how I feel about that just yet), so the new table will have to work with what I have. I’m hoping with the sale of my current dining table, I’ll have enough to buy the smaller table and …

… a wooden beaded chandelier! Plus the curtains (at $9/pair, that shouldn’t be too hard. Thanks, Ikea!!) But again, nothing is set in stone just yet. We’ll have to get in first and see how things come together.

In the Mood for: The Boys’ Bathroom.

boysBathroomI am super excited. We don’t even close on our new house until February 21, and I’m already making mood boards! The house was built in 1978 and parts of it are very dated. The boys’ bathroom is perhaps the worst offender. I have a few ideas to freshen it up and since it’s so small, I think it’s going to look adorable.

First order of business is to tear down the awful mirror and sconces. Anyone want?? Also, there is a sliding glass door attached to the tub that will have to come down. The tile surround is not terrible—sort of your typical khaki stone—but I’d love to replace it with fresh white subway tiles. And the floor (I can’t even remember what is there now) just begs for this modern take on a classic mosaic.

The room, like much of the rest of the house, is going to get a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, my favorite, on the walls. I plan to paint the wooden vanity a rich green, Valspar’s Lime Twist. I think the hardware can stay. The mirror will be replaced with a mirror I already own and new, inexpensive sconces (hello!! $18.50 each!!) will go in. I’m even toying with wallpapering just the mirror wall with this cute, graphic pattern from Sherwin Williams.

The sliding door will be replaced with the shower curtain we already have and still love. And then we’ll be done! With one room. Of many 😉


update: here’s their bedroom, just for fun. nothing new here—just a fresh coat of paint on their dresser. hello green!