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I apologize for the infrequent updates. Life is happening and we are keeping busy. We have completed so much and I hope to share that with you guys soon.

"Frame Collage" featured in Martha Stewart magazine.

"Frame Collage" featured in Martha Stewart magazine.

The “great” room or that formal living room that I long for, is not finished. We’ve ignored it because we have had so much to prioritize and work on. I mean what is more important a kitchen or a stuffy room that only houses books? There are a few things we need to do to this room. We have removed the carpet, staples, and some crazy thing covering the original mantel. We now need to trim down the built-ins because they are a bit goofy, replace the mantel since it was removed and covered up with some ugly 70’s thing, and prime/paint the walls. I want this room to be formal, stuffy, and a bit menacing. I want a shade that reminds me of forest mushroom of the rocky coasts of Washington. I guess what I am looking for a is gray brown or maybe more of a brown gray.

While browsing on marthastewart.com, looking at Frenchies and admiring color combos, I came across these 2 rooms. I love both of these mushroomy, putty, seashore brown grays. This first one is a bit lighter. I can’t tell if it is from the lighting. I really didn’t expect this shade to pair nicely with a pale floor and it does. Despite the boring frame collage, I like what I can see of this room. This shade is a great neutral. It mixes well with crisp white, wood tones, and espresso. It’s a bit lighter than I want to go for the big room we have to work with, but I do like it. I would of loved to have this elsewhere in the house.

The second room is quite dreamy. This is the exact color that I want for the formal living room. It’s moody, dark, formal, and slightly rustic. I want to find this color. I’ve been mistint searching again and I haven’t found it yet.

Perfect brown gray shade.

Perfect brown gray shade.

I guess I am going to have to give in and actually get a shade mixed. I may just have to give up on my dreams of painting the entire house in mistints. Anyways, back to this perfect color. Look at how nicely it pairs with pewter, white, tea stained white, and black! This is the exact color I want. I haven’t’ decided if I’ll paint the built-ins putty or the too bright white trim paint that David chose. I guess I should get the room color first.

-Victoria

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First Pacific coast trip.

Moving to the Pacific Northwest has really inspired every color choice that I will ever make. When we lived back in Tennessee, I loved bright shades of poppy, chartreuse, Tiffany blue, and lipstick pinks all paired with glossy black. I guess this was a very “young” color combo and what you do when you are only allowed to have your walls white. As far as clothing would go, I would wear lots of black, but I am a closet goth so this is nature of the game. I wasn’t really inspired by nature when we were in the South. Not that there isn’t nature there, but I was burnt out and there was nothing behind the endless rows of strip malls and car lots. In fact my choice color palette of poppy, chartreuse, Tiffany blue, and lipstick pinks seem to resemble an opium den decorated by Target or more appropriately a rave. When we moved here this time last year, I couldn’t get over all the colors, shades and pairings I’ve never seen before!

Yellow scotch bloom and St. John’s Wart all down the freeways, the greenish blue of the sea, the pumpkin orange of a hearty California poppy, the clear blue skies. It was like a postcard. This was summer. Everything was bright and all the houses in town seemed to be painted cheery hues of Victorian pinks and all the colors of pillow mints. It was euphoric.

Fall came on slowly, the days became shorter, the drizzle blew in. It gave the sky a strange coolness and this caused all of the evergreens and moss to look electric. It also made my skin look almost blue.  This strange weed popped up that was a plummy red, the color I wanted my hair to be, so I attempted to get it this color, paired quite nicely with Chanel Vamp lipstick but it did make my closet goth look full goth with my black wardrobe. Fall continued, some leaves changed to robust and spicy hues. The mushrooms blew my mind, the saturation of color they could have! Anywhere from putty purples to spiced pumpkin (all of my makeup had to have “mushroom” shades). Then winter came and it seemed to never go away…however this was the most color inspirational for me. We went to the coast. I fell madly in love with all the grays, taupes, and lilacs of beach pebbles and the driftwood. The sky was muted, the evergreens glowed. Fog buried us alive. I have never seen any of the Twilight movies but from the stills that I have seen, this was the color. They did a great job with this. This gloomy period became my soothing period. I couldn’t get my hands on enough taupe. It sounds so boring but it was natural. My clothes needed to be gray, lilac, taupe, brown, sandy peach. This is what would work with the environment. My closet transformed and this really changed my life. Everything matched and flowed like the pebbles that touched the ocean. Houses were dulled but softened by the weather. Everything was just different. We had snow, the sky was menacing and dark. It was moody and gloomy and like every grunge music video ever, but this is what really affected my color tastes.

Spring happened and we saw all the amazing boldness of mountain wildflowers. It was beautiful and it was needed. Even though I appreciated the moody weather it did get to me and I didn’t know it. I needed to see what colors looked like in full sunlight again. I needed to see the purples of foxglove and the pale pink of tulip trees. We went to the tulip festival and I saw every color again, alive and bright. You could wear orange lipstick again. That was nice.

It’s summer again. I enjoy it because this is a kind place, mild weather. However, I will always be inspired by the colors of the cooler days, my “beach pebble” shades. These are what I want in the house, something soothing with pops of bright here and there. I still purchase gray toned clothing and yes, black too. When we first moved into the house that we are currently renting, everything interior was painted taupe. I thought “boring” at first and too “safe”. But, now I love it and I will do this in my own home. This is a great neutral for the environment, far kinder than white, and it goes with everything from clear skies blue to the color found inside oyster shells.

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A peek inside the rented house's living room.

I want to go a bit more gray in comparison to the color throughout this rented house. I’m thinking more PNW coast. Some great beach pebble neutrals include Benny Moore Hot Springs Stones, Revere Pewter, and Dusk to Dawn. I love Valspar Oregon Coast (great name too! and the mistint I purchased is so similar). I like Valspar Woodland Misty Morn (that sounds like a Jethro Tull jam), and Redstone Dakota Sandstone. Behr has a nice taupe called Chateau but I think it may be a bit too warm and it seems to be identical to the color on the walls where we live now. I wish I could get some of these on here but they are all flash, so I guess I’ll have to scan but I don’t know how accurate that will be. Or you can just wait to see them when we paint the new house!

-Victoria

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