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Red, red

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Here’s what we’ve been up to in the house:


Be bold!

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

It appears that many people think about painting walls bold colors, but are unsure about going forward with it. I surmise this from the large number of web searches for things like “purple walls” that come to our site.  To all of those people, I address this letter.


To Whom It May Concern:

I understand that you are thinking about painting a wall in your house a bright color, but are uncertain and looking for guidance. Here are 10 reasons you should go ahead with your plans:

  1. It will look fabulous.
  2. It will give you a chance to flex your creative muscles.
  3. Everyone will say how fabulous it looks and will wish they’d done something like that.
  4. Navajo white is boring.
  5. It is bold.
  6. You will be happy you did it.
  7.  Bright beautiful colors cost the same as boring dull ones.
  8.  It will infuse your house with a feeling of play.
  9. Every day you will look at it and think what a good choice you made, and MOST IMPORTANTLY,
  10. You can always undo it if you don’t like it.

Paint on a wall is easier to change than many other big decisions we make, like getting married or having a child for example. In fact, you can change the paint in just a few hours and at a minimal cost if you don’t like it. And no one will know.

So, please, go ahead, be bold, and choose some great colors!



No white walls in this house

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

These are some of the accent walls.

Purple accent wall in the yoga room (aka temp. living room)

Purple accent wall in the yoga room (aka temp. living room)

Brad in library (aka office) archway

Brad in library (aka office) archway

This is the color of the non-wacky-accent-colored walls. It’s a kind of latte-with-a-lot-of-cream color.

Brad w/library (aka office) archway

And here is what my skip troweled texture looks like.

Some color!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

All the priming is done, and the kitchen and bathroom were the first rooms to get paint!

Painting the town

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

We had a fun day today tmaking a trip to Silver City and our friend Mattie at Material Good to buy paint! We are using YOLO paint, a zero-VOC, eco-friendly line and have chosen some bold colors for accent walls. I’m excited to see how it works out.

Yesterday, we began texturizing the walls after finally finishing all the taping and sanding. We had evaluated several options for this, including paint additives and a spray on/knock down product. I love the look of skip troweling though, but was not confident about trying it until Brad convinced me to try it in the ever-experimental workshop and storage rooms.

Skip troweling is a little artistic for me, but we had learned how to do it at our clay workshop (which Mattie reminded us today was almost a year ago!). I liked doing it but wasn’t sure how it would look. Because the mud is a different color than the drywall, it’s almost impossible to tell what it will look like while you’re doing it.

So this afternoon, after we got home from Silver City, we went right over to the property to put on a coat of primer and see how it looks. We finished in the dark, and so I’m not quite sure, but I think it looks good. We’ll know for sure tomorrow.

On other fronts, I have a big project for work that I’ve been waiting for for months and has finally come in. It is work I am excited about doing, but it is a very fast deadline and a lot of work. And in June, I have a lot of work-related travel as well.

Still, we are committed to moving in to the house in May. We really only have a few relatively minor “must do” things left (hook up the gas, tile the shower…paint would be nice) so it is looking good.

With all of this going on though, my writing time on the blog the next 6 weeks or so is going to have to be more limited. I will continue to post major news and pictures (which take very little time for me), but you faithful readers will have a little break from the long ramblings. :)