Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dreaming about Green Tea Ice Cream

We're still on the prowl for color schemes for the house. This article about a 1953 house had the above picture of a flagstone fireplace (LOVE that triangle shape!) and green tea ice cream colored walls.

I like green, and am going to give the color a try today. I think I can see it with a brown Ikea Karlstad loveseat, which could be slipcover changed out to a linen color in summer:

Then two Karlstad side chairs (probably brown or a print) in front of the picture window and a huge ottoman in the middle.(maybe green...)Not sure about lamps and end tables...oh well.

Another helpful resource has been the blog called Your Home and Color Coach. I had been trying to figure out what color the front door should be painted or stained, and posted a question on the site. The suggestion is a dark mahogany color to balance the yellow and coral stones with gray mortar and the red with pinkish mortar bricks. We'll be giving that a try too.

The funky news is that I work for 4 1/2 hours stripping the knotty pine paneling in the basement, and only got about 5 feet of the paneling done in that time. It is a royal mess and my hands and back clearly are not game for the other 20 feet or so of this.

It is possible that it was too cold inside for the non-toxic stripper to be effective (the label suggests using in at between 65-85 degrees, I was in the low 50's.) Since we will be moving into the basement in two weeks, I want new carpeting more than I want knotty pine, and know that stripping the stuff after we get new carpeting is a very bad idea. So I guess I will just prime the area I stripped and paint the whole room instead.

*Maybe* I can still strip the knotty pine in the little sunroom though. The paneling in that room had just a single thin layer of paint.
Anyone heading to SLC who has a yearning to paint feel free to grab a roller and join in!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Slumber Party Fun

Remember when you were a girl and got to go spend the night at a friend's house with a bunch of other girls? Oh yeah, slumber party fun.
Playing with nail polish and hair dos, giggles and secrets to the wee hours of the morning?

Tiggie found himself in the middle of a slumber party this weekend.

He got a new 'do too.
A hair band is a great fun accessory, don't you think?

You just never know what kind of fun will be had when "Sister" Laura comes town.
A blow up mattress and two cats: what could possibly be better than that?