A month from today I’ll be moving into my new home. Closing is actually July 2, and I’m not moving until July 11 – but I have big plans for those 9 days in between. The former owner painted the inside walls a riot of colors, and before moving my furniture I’m hoping to neutralize some of that craziness. Right now, the living room and kitchen paint is a super dark hunter green, with half the dining room being hunter and half being lavender. The other rooms are Pepto pink (not just one but two shades of it), cornflower blue, baby blue, sage green, and gray. Dare I mention that there is also some mauve carpet, a rose-themed stencil, and some mauve and cobalt blue tile in this mix? It’s a great house with great bones, but right now walking through that front door feels a bit like walking into the Crayola box of 64 – and not the one with the cool built-in sharpener, either.
The first project I’m planning to tackle is just neutralizing the paint color. I’m dying to get in there and get rolling. I’m looking forward to seeing the main rooms in a bright off-white, perhaps with a couple of accent walls in a simple buttery beige. I’m sure eventually I will want to bring color back into the house, but I need to live there a while first. During the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about what the house will look like when I start making my mark on it, and I’m discovering something interesting – my “look” has changed. I used to lean toward French Country and Americana, and yet now I’m finding that something a little more modern is calling me. Not contemporary by any means, but something a little more stylish. World Market meets modern American country, with some industrial touches and maybe a bit of shabby chic. I am my very own box of 64, eclectic and full of inconsistencies!
The colors and fixtures and furnishings that are calling to me now probably don’t match, but I think they will “go,” because they all come from the same source – me. I seem to be turning over yet another new leaf, and this time it’s a new look. Three weeks from today, I’ll have a new canvas of my very own to pour my own colors and personality onto, and I can’t wait to start.