I have been working today on painting my desk a green somewhere in the emerald / kelly family. It is quite green and it has me a little shocked and unsure if I like it. I don't want my entire house neutral or pastel though -- a few pops of bold color are fun. Coat 2 will start tomorrow (oil paint needs 24 hours between coats) and I'll unveil pics as soon as I'm finished. Inspirational photos:
Maybe something like this?
Have you incorporated any emerald green into your home recently?
Luckily, we didn't make too many big mistakes in the renovations process, but one was pressing order on 4 of these bar stools. Josh tried to tell me to order only 1 first, but I did not listen. This was all my mistake. Hyper, impatient and stubborn.
Problem #1: They arrived in all their white plastic glory (I mistakenly checked resin instead of wood). Being white really accentuated the very plastic looking joints. After FedEx informed me they would charge about $600 to send them back (way more than the cost of the chairs!!!), I decided to try and salvage them by painting them black. For a few hours they actually didn't look too bad in the kitchen.
Problem #2: Unfortunately, the lacquer just wouldn't adhere to the beautiful plastic surface so I've ended up with speckled chairs and paint chips on the floor. Luckily, Olivia has finally learned paint chips are not delicious treats.
Problem #3: When ordering bar stools you should really know the difference and consider counter height v. bar height. It was a detail that never crossed my mind. These stools were meant for a bar and therefore you had to have quite tiny legs to get them under the granite and even still you were hovering awkwardly high above the island. Not comfortable.
Now that we've finally tossed in the towel on these chairs, does anyone want them for free? I would have tried another paint and kept them if we didn't also have the height issue -- the chiavari style really is attractive.
They will be in my basement until someone comes to take them to a new home.
We snagged new bar stools from Restoration Hardware during a great sale they had at the beginning of January. I can't say enough good things about how quickly they arrived, the quality and the overall customer service.
We are so much happier with counter height, non-chipping, comfortable stools. All three of us, that is... What is wrong with this crazy dog?!
Also - a few overdue pics from La's shower and engagement party weekend.
Thank you to our lovely hostesses, Ann & Rachel.
That evening friends of the future bride and groom hosted an engagement party in downtown Raleigh.
UNC roomies and our husbands - we missed you, Caroline & Lathan!
La's camp Thunderbird friends
I have a million pics from this weekend so maybe I'll get around to creating my first FB album in a long time.
I have a love hate relationship with my den bookcases. I love that they hold a lot of little treasures and memories and my mom did a great job helping me style them when I moved in with the random accessories from all over my old house -- but I think I need to be on the lookout for a few new frames & accessories to get them a bit more uniform for my liking! One thing I love is wallpapering the back of bookshelves or furniture. Do you think that will help make it appear a bit more monochromatic and tie it together? Am I overthinking the need for order on these shelves? Let's look at a few visuals. Here is the right side on move in weekend:
The view of the den from the living room doors (a "real-life, non-styled" day in Aug) -- notice the blue in the breakfast room, but everything else is pretty beige:
View from the adjoining kitchen:
More what the mantel looks like now (although Raleigh painting is now framed and pumpkins are gone!)
Not too long ago I finally got the pillows made for my couch. The sample had been lying on the couch since Edenton Street!
I remembered a few weeks ago that I still had a big roll of grasscloth left over from when I wallpapered the back of my old den bookshelves. The background of the paper was a pretty green, but from more than a few feet away the paper came off looking brown, which didn't thrill me. From the renovations we have LOTS of paint in the basement so I decided to try painting the grasscloth for a free project.
The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Harbor Fog.
I've measured and painted three sections, but have only installed (aka scotch-taped) the bottom half of the right bookcases.
Grainy iPhone pic of how it stands right this minute.
What do you think? Go ahead and finish this project. For you non-UNC peeps, is it too much Carolina blue?