Hidden Art Friday


I decorate my house in spurts either inspired by an idea or annoyed with some visual disharmony. When we moved into our home twenty months ago, the upstairs bedrooms were painted a putty pink, which would have worked if I had all daughters or liked washed-out Tuscan Villa style design. But I only have one girl and I trend modern and mid-century.

I started painting the room white last summer right before Baby A was born. I was imagining this sort of clean look but instead the room just looked stark. I also realized when winter came, the room would look absolutely frigid and anesthetized–like a hospital in Antarctica. Yet the thought of choosing a color for the walls paralyzed me.

In the end, I didn’t do anything. The baby arrived. The weather grew cold and were stuck with one white wall, two pink walls, and a half-primed wall.

Over Memorial Day, some friends from Chicago mentioned a line of historic colors by Benjamin Moore that they were using in their pre-war flat. That was it. I headed down to the local hardware store and settled on “Wythe Blue.” Within a week the walls were primed and painted. I stepped back to take a look.

People say that paint is an inexpensive way to transform a room. I wished I had listened sooner. The furniture looked lovely. My grandmother’s quilts popped. And all the random toys and papers and books felt unified somehow, even in the chaos of the middle of the day when everything is strewn across the floor. room4

room5Since we’re on the topic of interior design, I saw that my all-time favorite design blogger is moving back to Arizona and taking on quite the house project! I can’t wait to see what magic she makes.

Did you remember that Sunday is Father’s Day? I have a big surprise planned for my husband already, but the crafting side of me is very tempted to try one of these amazing DIY’s for him.

Oh Amanda challenged me this week as to whether I am ready to to tell me kids to “watch me” as I walk through important things in life.

And, finally, the Ted Talk “Why 30 is not the new 20” had me thinking this week about all the ways we are delaying life, not just in childbearing.

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4 Responses to Hidden Art Friday

  1. ohAmanda says:

    Thanks for linking to my Watch Me post. 🙂

    And that wall color *is* great—especially with that cute chair (and Narnia book) as a bedside table. LOVE.


  2. Christine Miller says:

    The room is lovely! Glad you waited for just the right inspiration and right time!

  3. Heather says:

    Lovely. I’m inspired, as usual.

  4. Hannah says:

    The room is indeed lovely (as is your picture)…and we are considering a similar blue for our pre-war flat’s bathroom. Praise be for Robert’s excellent taste in historic architecture and paint colors! 🙂

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