Archive for October, 2007

Our New Whole House Color Scheme

The last couple weeks we’ve had paint on the brain. And this weekend we finally got paint on the walls…and our hands, clothes, hair, etc.

We had 3 reasons for the painting extravaganza:

  1. Flow: All the widened doorways make the house feel more open and connected, but our old schizophenic paint scheme (which included celedon, turquoise, seafoam, butter yellow, and about three shades of brown) was fighting it.
  2. Trend: We’ve seen soothing neutral colors all over design magazines and model homes, so it felt like it was time to ditch the turquoise for a more sophisticated palette.
  3. Necessity: All this demo left a lot of things “putty” and “drywall” colored, so almost every room was calling for touch ups anyway.

So, without further ado – here’s our “new-ish” color scheme:

Paint Colors
These are all “digital swatches” from Glidden so the color’s only as accurate as your computer monitor.

I say “new-ish” because it’s really just a trimmed-down version of our existing color scheme. Wishes and Water Chestnut are already in our den, and Gentle Tide is already in our master bedroom (the first room we ever painted in our house- and our favorite.) Now they’re just being used in other rooms to pull our whole one-story brick ranch together…

Stay tuned for pictures of all the newly painted rooms. We figured we’d snap those after the new floor is in today. ‘Til then, enjoy a pic of us relaxing for a change at a UVA football game this weekend. Go Hoos!



Getting A Brick Doorway Widened By A Mason

“Not funny.” That’s what I said when a tree branch across the street fell and took out our power yesterday, a mere two minutes before Richard-the-mason and his crew arrived. Luckily, widening a brick wall is mostly manual work – and chipping out bricks and cinder blocks isn’t contingent upon electricity. When the power hummed back on about an hour later, the crew hardly noticed (picture me jumping for joy in the background while they continued to chip and hammer away).

By the end of the day, the brick doorway was finally widened to a glorious 5 foot opening…and the house didn’t fall down in the process! Check out the end result of a project that had some contractors running in fear (as viewed from the kitchen looking into the den):

Brick opening

Now the crew’s here framing out the opening and it’s just amazing to see how HUGE the living room, kitchen, and den feel now that they’re all so open to each other. Here’s a photo taken from the living room that demonstrates how the new, wider openings into the kitchen and den make all the rooms feel a lot more 2007 (as opposed to 1956).

Open floorplan

You used to see only a tiny doorway leading into the kitchen from the front door of the house. Now you can see through the kitchen into the den and even beyond the den into the hallway that leads to the sunroom. Totally worth all the dust and demolition.