The Boy and I just enjoyed a full 2 weeks off of work for the holidays. It was much needed and completely glorious. We spent time with family and friends, between Christmas and New Years, but the bulk of our second week was spent turning our house into a beautiful after from a very blank, very white before.
We had some help, my mom’s interior designer came over and helped us pick colours. Some people might love working from a completely blank slate, but I found it really overwhelming and was very grateful for the help – and the ability to choose from bigger swatches than just the 2×2 inches you get at the paint store.
When we bought our house, all the walls were builders white. Personally, I don’t know how the people we bought from lived with builders white for a 5 years. It was driving me crazy! It might be because it was the crappiest paint job I have ever seen. I might have been able to live with a decent looking builders white for a while, but really – for me the starting point is paint on the walls. I’ve lived with white walls before, many of my apartments were white walls, but for some reason, likely because it’s our house (and did I mention the crappy quality and dinginess?), I couldn’t do it. It didn’t feel like we should bother hanging many pictures or find a rug, or even organize our small book shelf before we put a some colour on the walls.
Day 1 – ceilings.
Day 2 – living room – October Mist
Day 4 – entrance and up the stairs – Raintree Green; upstairs ceiling.
Day 5 – trim
Day 6 – new IKEA wall unit – installation and filling/decorating
Day 7 – just as God did when creating the world – we rested.
In between we had a small break for New Years Eve and we (and by we I obviously mean the Boy – I showed up for unpacking) moved the Brother.
My God, we are tired.
Now we’re decorating, choosing a rug, looking for pictures and it generally just feels so much warmer and more homey.
Seriously love it.
What was your first project in your house?