I have some plans.
When we left off painting in June - directly correlated to the time I got pregnant and lost all will and energy to do anything that required thought or planning - we had begun to paint the family room area. My original plans to do a charcoal gray and yellow theme fell through about 12 hours after we painted the toyroom (now my craft room) yellow. Feather Plume from Behr, to be exact. It is so bright. No, bright is an understatement. I was inspired by my mother in law's home, her kitchen is this color. It's delightful, welcoming, cheerful. Everything I want my family room to be. However - her ceilings are probably 3-4' higher in the kitchen than in my family room.
It makes a difference. There is a reason the Sun is 150,000,000 miles from the Earth.
I am still in love with the deep gray we have painted the bottom half of the walls and one entire wall (split level - we have ledges). So everywhere downstairs that it is the cream/taupe from the previous owners and ALL OF THE SUNSHINE, we are going with a few shades lighter gray on the same chip. I'm excited about that because I can use colorful and easily changed out textiles for my window curtains.
And my side curtains!
For the brief time that my other mother in law lived with us, we had a curtain separating her private living space from the rest of the family room. She has since moved on, and I simply added onto the curtain rod to extend the curtains to either side of the opening.
see the yellow? The lights are OFF. It's like heaven, where there will be no more night.
I have been looking for inspiration for how to have neutral gray walls, colorful fabrics, and still reconcile the big red couch. New furniture for the downstairs is a long way off, although I hope to add a futon couch and a few easy chairs soon. But a whole new set? Meh. I'll wait until the kids get a little older. Especially now that I know my new carpet shampooer does wonders on microfiber.
Where was I? Oh yes. Inspiration.
Inspiration came in the form of Sis Pastor's Wife who had received this remnant of fabric years ago as a gift. After spending the afternoon Saturday here with my baby shower, she brought this to me Sunday to see if I could use it, because it doesn't really flow with her decor.
I. Love. It.
I wouldn't want a whole set of curtains from it, but it is a start. I am going to make it a pillow, and pull colors from it for other pillows and base all of the curtains from it as well.
I'm especially excited, because the changing table/dresser that I stole from Gracie to start off my craft room needs to be repainted. This DIY project brought to you by a quick nap from Daddy while Gracie went cah-RAZY on her whole body, the changing table, and Zachary's wall with a blue highlighter. It came off of everything except the changing table. Which is fine, because as it is, it looks like a changing table. My goal for that area is to be able to set up my sewing machine full time, and do whatever I need to do when I need to do it instead of waiting for an opportunity for the kitchen table to be available.
Also, I love this image that I pinned from The Pioneer Woman's website:
Maybe I could just give Gracie back that blue highlighter and let her go to town on the changing table, because it is a close match.