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"salvage" garden shed featured in Sunset

Since the weather is much nicer and we have had enough of winter, we’ve been thinking about our exterior and gardening way too much. I saved this pic of this “salvage” shed from Sunset magazine sometime ago, before we even purchased our home. I loved the fun chartreuse shade of this garden shed hidden in a PNW jungle. It is so striking and sooo West Coast. And this shed is in Port Orchard, WA,Ā  our neighbors across the inlet. The article contained interesting info and listed the plants in this garden. They seem to thrive in our environment. Since I am a transplant, I’ve had to study what works here. Sunset magazine has been very helpful for that.

Anyways, I’ve revisited this article (here) over and over again because this really, really resembles our exterior colors. Our house turned out this green, not what we expected, but we will live with it and like it. Our trim is a chocolate brown just like this shed. The difference is that our house is much larger and taller than this quaint, cute shed and we have no landscaping. Our lawn is naked and neglected. The chartreuse shade of our house can be seen miles away, I think, or so the neighbors tell each other. No lovely hydrangeas are breaking up the green from the curb. When I look at this picture, I realize that our colors didn’t turn out too bad. We will work with it. It’s unexpected and chartreuse is my favorite shade of green and green is my favorite color. This article/feature makes me want to go out and dig, plant, and turn crazy things into planters. It also makes me feel good about our unexpected color choice. I liked it when it was featured in a magazine, why wouldn’t I like it for myself?

-Victoria

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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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It is almost my favorite time of the year: full fledge fall. I have always loved autumn because of fall fashions (love layering), falling leaves, the smell of decay, cooler weather, pumpkin spiced lattes, and mushrooms. David and I are mushroom hunters. This keeps us outside when the weather is less than perfect. It’s actually fun to be out in the misty rain with decaying leaves just to spot their strange shapes, odors, and colors. We eat what we know is safe, very obvious ones, but mainly I just love mushrooms for their strangeness. (And when I say we hunt mushrooms, I must add that we are all about the non-psychotropic types). It is almost prime mushroom time here in the forests of Washington. We went out today and saw a few. It was nice to see after the dryness and hotness of our freakish summer. Since we are mushroom fans, we are always happy to spot mushroom decor. I’m always on the “hunt” for mushroom home items. I love this toad stool found at Velocity. It’s a bit costly at $297 and many local artists in the PNW can create one of these for much cheaper. But, anyways, I love these but I didn’t know how to use it without looking too cheesy, nerdy, hobit-ish or make it work with what I like. I found this Parisian apartment online and fell in love with it. It is very whimsy, but still classic and functional and totally what I am in to.

Parisian apartment

Parisian apartment

It is a very inspiring room for the fungi fanatic. Every detail is so interesting. It’s classy and a bit unexpected. This is how I want our house to be. A bit stuffy but with a sense of humor. I love the beach pebble lilac grey walls of the sitting room/dining room area against the contrast of the pickle green wallpaper. (I must add I adore the dog paintings, wouldn’t it be cool to have Gig paintings over a formal sofa like that?) I feel this space is so charming and functional. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a location in Paris, amazing woodwork, perfect hardwood floors, and towering ceilings.

It’s nice to think about decorating again and not the boring stuff of a renovation such as peeling wallpaper, popping staples, demolishing walls, and restoring hardware.

-Victoria

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I’m learning to love neutrals again. I always wear neutrals but usually prefer brights in the home. I guess I am growing up because I can’t get enough of elegant neutral shades ranging from taupe to rocky cliff gray. It’s that sea pebble addiction that I have. The dining nook will be painted a gray shade and I hope it turns out nicely (this is one of the last projects on the list). Neutrals create such an elegant backdrop for all of your things. I do love my stuff.

Coastal Living dining room

Coastal Living dining room

This first room is amazing. I love this formal dining room found in Coastal Living magazine. The millwork is amazing I really do love the choice of colors. The lighting isn’t too shabby either. I could live without that hokey hardware on the buffet and I want to slap whoever spray painted that antique mirror, but hey, it’s a beach home. Beach homes think they can get away with that kind of stuff. I think I am going for this shade because it is so beachy. It’s beachy without being a vacation home shade. We often forgot (somehow) that we live less than 4 blocks from the sea. This is novel to us since we are from a landlocked area. The locals don’t get it because it rocky beaches don’t feel beachy. But, anyways. I thought this was a room that was well executed.

The 2nd room is something from apartmenttherapy.com. I mainly care about this pic because of the buttermilk Frenchie resting under the chair like a big knot on a log. Anybody with a French bulldog has great tastes, right? šŸ™‚ Well, one I got pass the “him a cute baby” phase of looking at the picture, I realized that I like the colors used as well. They are neutral and really bring the room together without being intense.

Apartment Therapy living room

Apartment Therapy living room

It’s a cute room and I love that they chose a softer white to paint their trim with. This adds so much class. I’m a sucker for putty shades. Every time I see them in use, I want to paint the entire house in these colors. Off subject: I know people love the color coordination of books but it is my pet peeve. Why is that? I organize mine by type, like a library would. I just don’t like the color thing because it is like you don’t read, you just look. Maybe you can remember a book by its cover but I don’t. What do you do with a Pocket Poet’s series?

-Victoria

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Elle Home bedroom

Elle Home bedroom

I love horns and antlers in decor. David brought home some antlers yesterday. It did make my day. Oh, the things I can do with those! What I have always wanted has been an antique horn chair, a trophy chair, whatever they are called. They are so menacing and true works of art. It’s sick, I know that. But, it is tradition. Even Lincoln was into it.Ā prezlincolnhornchair Well, I can’t prove that. I can just prove that he received one as a gift.

I have always admired these chairs. They are rugged, primitive, morbid. So, they are super expensive and controversial, like many animal products.

You have to watch using them in decor. It can look a bit too lodge-ish. This is something I have to avoid here in Washington. A lodge look has a place, it’s kitschy like a beach home. But, I don’t want that for me. That’s why I try to limit myself to one antler/horn item per room.

This Elle Home bedroom really uses the horn chair nicely. It’s a lovely, solid white bedroom. This keeps the chair from looking too morbid. This chair is what makes this room. Yeah, this room has tall ceilings and a crisp white painted hardwood floor, but that chair kicks it up a notch. It is a reminder of nature and it’s life cycle in the middle of an otherwise “heavenly” and pure space. Well, that’s my closet goth interpretation. Also, I just love this room. It’s my kind of taste in antiques and the kind of style I like. It’s the perfect bedroom, guest bedroom I suppose.

Anyways, it will be sometime, if ever, when I get one of these chairs. I want a simple one, nothing exotic, no leopard hide, and even those retail for $1200 to $12000. I want an American Victorian era longhorn one. That should be easy to find.

-Victoria

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It’s funny because I have found that I have many style twins. It’s purely accidental. I sometimes wonder if it is a sign of a mental illness and if the updated DSM-IV includes check off boxes that I am unaware of such as “strange desire for all things animal print”, “love of pets in clothing”, “inability to accept Ugg boots and short denim skirts as appropriate attire”, and “love of anything creepy and old”. Because of the internet I am know aware of my style twins, especially with clothing. It’s made the world a smaller place. I find that I have more in common with people than I thought I did. Anyways, I have a subscription to Sunset magazine and earlier this year (2009) they ran a piece on designer Sheri Sheridan’s home. I had to laugh out loud and share the article with hubby. Here was another style twin or at least we were shopping at the same place (thrift stores, antique stores, and Z Gallerie)! My husband laughed because she had a sunnier more Californian version of our dreary Northwestern bungalow. Same accessories just different colors.

Sheridan's living room

Sheridan's living room

I of course clipped this article from the magazine to put in my “style book”/inspiration book. Her living room definitely reminds me of ours. We have the same couch but with zebra print pillows. We have a furry rug which matches her furry pillow. I have the sameĀ  Z Gallerie ram’s head, one of my favorite finds ever. (In fact, everything that I have ever purchased from Z Gallerie she has in her home). Put a Frenchie in place of that dalmatian and you’ve got my home with my future pup.

The article has most of her home pictured. She has some bold colors. I am not wild about the blues because they aren’t minty enough and she has a yellow room and I don’t do yellow. It will take me some time to get used to that since I grew up in a home with yellow interior. And she isn’t in Washington. I don’t think those colors make sense here but I see them really working in California. But, throughout the home she has great knick-knacks and furniture.

One of my favorite rooms is the dining room. This is kind of how I plan on doing our dining room in the new house. I love the Saarinen table, this will be one of our first investments but I think I would settle for a knock-off even though I hate Ikea. I plan on doing the mismatched chairs as well just because I love refinishing chairs. I love the gray walls and I’ve already purchased a mistint in the perfect shade of grey. We plan on splurging on a Sputnik lamp/chandelier, a small one. Our dining nook is small and I want it to be elegant shades of white and grey. I’m still searching for a cute tea cart. There is a built-in corner cabinet with leaded glass. However, it has been coated with faux wood contact paper inside. Ughh, I hope that is easy to get rid of. I wanted to paint the inside of the built-in a color to make my favorite black and white knick-knacks pop, but I still don’t know what shade. Any suggestions? It will definitely be a mistint.

Sheridan's dining area

Sheridan's dining area

You can see the entire article here. I love it because she has some great finds, many affordable tips, and she paints her home in mistints. Love it, it’s classy and on a budget. It’s the kind of home you see in a magazine and go “that can actually work for me” or “hey, another style twin”.

-Victoria

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But, I’m just worn out and need a break. Even if a break means sticking to the computer chair while the vintage fan blows scorching hot air from outside into my face. Our inside thermometer reads 95. It’s misery and I get to load, pack, carry furniture and David’s TalentmakerĀ  into a beat up U-Haul. Oh, and I get to singe my nose hairs with the vapors of bleach in hopes of getting a security deposit back. What a great day!

A perfect living room

A perfect living room

Anyways, enough of my whining over a miserable heatwave here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m from the Southeast. I’ve seen these temps before but never without the modern marvel of a/c. So, while I sweat out pounds and pounds of liquid, I would like to share a room that makes me happy. I love this vintage modern living room. When I think of all of the hard work that I am doing now and all of the misery of the renovation ahead of me, I think about how it will all be worth it in the end. (Geez, I hope so. Talk to me in 6 months and still see if I say this stuff.) I like this simple room. I love the architectural details, the robin’s egg blue walls, the not so frou-frou chandelier, the wide planked wood floors. This room would be lovely in the nude, but it really looks great with help of the mid-century modern furniture. The lines are simple, the colors muted. And it looks like what we already have in our possession. It’s a nice way to make our 40’s-60’s furniture work with our mid-30’s house. I really can’t wait until we get to transform the place. Rumor has it we close tomorrow, but we’ve heard this before so it is hard for me to trust anyone. Until then I’ll be working hard, working on developing the ugliest heat rash ever, and working on keeping it all together. We still don’t know officially where we will be living. That being said. If you don’t hear from us in a while we are either homeless sleeping on the park benches by the ferry terminal, hiding in a remote cabin around Mt. Baker, or in our new house working hard and waiting for it to be internet ready.

-Victoria

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