This month has been such a blur for great and tragic reasons. September is filled with birthdays, Xander’s was last week and mine was Sunday anniversaries, ours was yesterday and lots of activity and excitement with the school year really kicking into gear. While so much has been good, last week my dear friend’s 11-month old daughter had heart surgery and didn’t make it through the surgery. Jane spent much of her life in the hospital, but she was such a joyous and thriving little girl. You would have never guessed she had special needs on the inside.
I had planned to blog last week, but supporting my friend and savoring my kids was all I could focus on. I know that God gives us each different gifts, but when faced with heartbreaking events, I’m left feeling so incredibly silly agonizing over paint colors and stone selections. If you feel led, I know Catherine, Derek, and their other daughter, Mary Grace, could really use your prayers.
Despite my desire to simply hold my babies for the rest of eternity, life does go on. And the plans for the wood room what will I call it when it’s painted?? are taking shape. I was so blown away by your feedback for my plan to paint and really glad so many of you agreed. Paint is going to make such a big difference. So let’s talk about the color shall we? Most of you assumed I’d be going lighter and you’re right. While white feels a bit too predictable and clean, I still want something that feels light and neutral.
A muddy taupe is where I’ve landed, and I think the tone will not only work well with what’s going on in the space now, it will also act as a great connector for all of the adjoining rooms. I’m looking at Farrow and Ball’s Elephants Breath and Sherwin Williams Realist Beige or Pediment. After nailing the wall color I decided there was one area that could really use a refresh just as much as the orange-y oak and that was the fireplace surround. The tile was ok, but not doing the space any favors. Plus, if the walls were going lighter I liked the idea of some contrast with the surround.
Many of you assumed I’d be keeping the fireplace painted black, but it will be going taupe as well. I think you’ll understand why as things come together. I’ll save those details for another post, but I am really excited to say that this afternoon a team from Top Master will be out to install our new Dekton slabs. This product is amazing, and once we get to painting I don’t think you’ll even recognize this room!
I had a great shoot with Hallmark on Monday for some holiday videos I can’t wait to share in the coming months, but I’m excited to share the Halloween episode with you right now!
It’s hard to believe it, but Halloween is right around the corner! Halloween is a holiday that you want to decorate for both kids and adults, and I’m showing you how in this new video with Hallmark Gold Crown. Along with decor tips to satisfy all of your guests, I’m showing you how to create an adorable, batty place card that is a memorable addition to any table.
What do you think about the color? I can’t believe I’m considering a shade with “beige” in the name! Never say never, right?
*I’m partnering with Hallmark Gold Crown but all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.