Since finishing up my last e-book, I have been taking some time to focus on the house and have finally begun to tackle my long list of projects...mainly painting!
Here is my inspiration photo from Kristy Seibert's beautiful blog, Starfish Cottage.
Though I love her wall color, I went with a darker shade called Universal Umber. I have dogs....one of which is a 150 pound Italian Mastiff who likes to roll in the dirt and then rub against my walls!
I love the colors she has decorated with - blues, greens, white and khaki. Colors found in nature. Coastal....yes!
Kristy recommends decorating with 80% neutrals and 20% colorful, trendy, or seasonal accents. She calls it the 80/20 Rule. I don't know why I never thought of it, but when I read it on her blog it immediately resonated with me and I knew changes were coming to our home!
Also, if I decide I want to change things up or decorate for the holidays, I will already have the perfect backdrop. How sweet is that?
Other projects to be done in the office and dining room:
~ rent steam cleaner to clean carpets and sectional sofa
~ move desk; hide/organize cords/declutter desk
~ make a centerpiece for DR table
~ find a new light to go over DR table
~ paint and recover seats of 2 cane back chairs
~ paint microwave stand
~ frugal art work
~ replace plugs and light switch covers
~ paint ceiling medallion sea foam green
~ paint all hardware on doors brushed nickel or replace
~ create family gallery wall with matching black frames
Odd things about this space:
~ These two rooms are open to each other and the spaces are only semi-divided by the closet holding the HVAC system.
~ There are no windows.
~ There are 3 doorways and an archway opening up to the kitchen.
~ We have medium blue carpet.
~ I have two breaker boxes that need to be disguised.
Though I'd like for all this to be done yesterday, I'm going to take my time and enjoy the process. I don't want to buy just anything. I want all my elements to work together to create a serene, seaside retreat. Not to mention that I'm doing this on a budget!
Are you working on any home improvement projects?