Now that its too fricking hot outside for me to work in the yard at all (tho don't think I've given up plotting projects for the fall) I'm forced to stay indoors and stare at my ugly off white walls (don't forget the hideous peach accents). And so I stare and plot what I want to do to my house. And the biggest thing that has held me up so far (besides the cash) is not knowing EXACTLY what it is I want to do.
Well, thanks to a friend I made the mistake of discovering my new favorite blog (yes I am fickle). Sherry and John are my new Gurus (check them out at http://www.younghouselove.com/). And while I don't always love everything they do, I do REALLY like their DIY attitude and ideas.
And I'm really grateful for their advice on how to figure out WHAT you want to do. Namely: go hunt down pictures of what you do like. Then take a look at the pictures to see what the elements are that do it for you and figure out what those pictures have in common (assuming you can't find a pic that is EXACTLY what you've always wanted).
And so I have. I have been STALKING the fricking internet trying to find the things that speak to me. And I've learned a few things, some I already knew (I am SO in love with bright white clean classy trim), and some I didn't. For example: I knew I didn't like plain white walls, but I've discovered I really prefer to keep the wall colors in the creamy dreamy, but still definitely a color, range. I might have over done my wall colors if not for that discovery. I think if I had higher ceilings and more/bigger windows that might be a different story, but here in my 8 foot ceiling - keep the windows as little as possible- house I'm thinking the colors I was contemplating would feel a bit dark. And I LOVE light, airy, open spaces.
So the ideas I'm running with for the kitchen/dining room (its all one big room in my house) look something like this:
But if I could do those style cabinets with the hard wood floors from the first picture?? *happy sigh* What can I say? it would ROCK.
So I'm thinking I'm gonna have to take this one step at a time, and that the cabinet doors might have to wait until its cooler outside (me no likey the heat. And I'm not a big fan of saw dust in the kitchen...) but I can definitely get started with painting the walls! I'm plottin and plannin baby!