So I woke up last Monday with a long to-do list and high ambitions for the week. I had great food planned for dinner, a couple of last minute sewing gifts, two commissions that needed to be finished by this week and a couple of things to wrap-up for the PTO. And then around 9 pm I had a massive allergy attack. MASSIVE. While I am not totally sure what caused the attack, I am certain it was related to the spruce wood we had started to burn around 8pm that night. So I went to bed that night high on medication and didn't sleep worth beans. Woke up the next morning absolutely useless. The allergy attack had carried over into the morning, so Jay spent the morning watching TV and I laid around clutching a tissue box being grumpy. By time dinner rolled around I wasn't as "foggy", but the kids still had popcorn and apple slices for dinner. The rest of the week was spent breaking fevers and warding off the sinus infection I was sure was around the corner. So dinner every night was what ever the kids could make, s pb&j, hummus and crackers, tuna fish and leftovers. Glamorous I know. When Jay wasn't in preschool, he was watching tv. Give it up for the world's best mom, Whoop Whoop, I mean seriously, it's not like I let him play with knives or cigarettes....
I don't know about you guys, but when I have weeks that turn out like this, instead of hunkering down and getting the stuff down on the weekend like a responsible person, I ditch the list and start something new!! Crazy, but there it is! On Friday, our date night was making a list of all the things we want to change/update about our house. The list is long. The previous owners loved Tuscan color schemes and let their children pick out the paint colors. Hot magenta in the bedroom, very energetic, dried blood in the living room, very morbid and happy yellow in the kitchen, very clashy with the cabinets!
As we were going through the list, we made the needs, wants and wishes with each room. Like the Laundry Room, it needs a door, but I really want a pocket door and I wish I could take the wall and slide it over eight inches so that the bathroom next to the laundry room would be a wee bit larger. That was the process and we did this for every room. When we woke up on Saturday, I was determined to start something. Itching even. You know how that goes... you just need to put on painting pants and get busy.
We decided to start in the office.
We moved the book case so that we could fit a custom built wrap around desk in the space. The fireplace opens up into the office and we really want to take advantage of that, so we created a space for a comfy chair in the corner as well.
If you look at the picture below, you can see the tan color on the walls. Tuscan sunshine? I knew paint was the first step. However, because our rooms all melt into one another, I couldn't just paint any good color in there. The color really needed to work into a color palette. So after an thrift store ottoman purchase and a turn in Crate and Barrel, we landed on a dark charcoal.
Below is the just painted room. I know that most people prefer light colors, but I have a plan to diminish the darkness. We are still deciding on what kind of molding to put back up and ignore the pillars. Those are getting sanded down and whitewashed. We have all the stuff purchased for the wrap around desk as well, we just need to build it and I have looked at so many rugs, I stopped caring. So for now, this is our office.
Just for comparison sakes, the picture below is the other side of the fire place. We own no furniture for this room and I haven't problem solved the curtains, hence four kinds of whitish curtains that I already owned.
And that is what I did last week! You?