I love the new color, Benjamin Moore Thunder AF-685! It is a fresh gray color with an ever so slight warm undertone. It is so beautiful! My decorating style is modern farmhouse, traditional...oh, let's face it, I am just trying to redecorate for the new decade and I haven't a clue what to call the style I love! I will send photos and perhaps soon I will figure out what to call my style...other than messy with magazines and books and toys everywhere!
Yes, we painted around the Christmas decor. I could not take it all down because I will still have company. Notice the Hale Navy on the fireplace wall? That is the wall I am leaving navy at least until the cabinets go up on either side of the fireplace and the new mantle is installed. I might change my mind but most likely I will leave this wall navy and use some of my old decor.
I have loved this color and hated to paint over it but I needed more light. When we did the big remodel after Hurricane Ivan we replaced our Anderson windows with new Anderson Low-E glass windows which I love! I have three windows in the front of the living room with a full glass door in the entry which opens into the living room, but there still was not enough sunlight. It was beautiful and cozy but I wanted more light. The color I chose for this room is Benjamin Moore Wish-680. It is a lighter shade similar to Thunder. So far I like it...and am thinking of using it in the dining room which also needs more light. When I have my beloved solid brass Steifl chandelier turned on the light is lovely in that room and the light color floor helps too. But the large window is actually at the end where we added a small family room during Hurricane Ivan reconstruction. It will be perfect for Papa and the boys to watch television and play board games. I have a beautiful light wood Ethan Allen square coffee table with huge drawers for puzzles and games. The matching television cabinet is so convenient and I LOVE it. There are doors to shut to make the room look less messy and storage for all our dvd's underneath. The equipment for Comcast is all on shelves below the television. I am sad to move it from my living room but who knows...I might watch Hallmark movies in the new family room when the boys are not using that space! I love Ethan Allen furniture!
We did not get as many finished as we had hoped but we are photographing all of them today except two that I set aside as they are more summer than spring. So, with my daughter and granddaughters help I did very well considering I only had about a week to do them after Christmas. They are being photographed right now and then they will be sent off to the magazine to check for publication.
I have never been published in this magazine even though I have submitted over 100 photos in the past year. So I am praying that this group of layouts contains one that they love for their magazine! Here is a photo of the latest edition. They sell it at Barnes and Noble.
We had a great dinner made totally by my 16 year old grandson, Jackson. He is becoming quite a good cook! He made Campfire Packets over the grill. It was cold outside and a few flakes were coming down but he had a great time cooking and they were so delicious! He had meatballs, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, carrots and corn in foil...the whole family loved his recipe and I must add it to the children's recipe books. He basked in the praises from all of us!
After we ate, my youngest daughter and granddaughters and I went to Hobby Lobby. I am looking for a periwinkle paper but so far have not found the color I need. We got a few Valentine decorations in the store. They have a handful of Christmas things left at 90% off but they are mostly broken and a mess. We love that they have their spring and summer and Valentine's day decor out already, although they still have a lot of shelves to fill. I love their sales and yesterday all spring was 40% off everything and The Paper Studio which is their brand of scrapbook supplies was all 50% off. I found a few things that I had to bring home. Ha! My scrapbook room is way too full of my impulse purchases.
We have barely any snow on the ground. I will be shocked if we ever get a real snowfall this year. If you are lucky enough to be in an area where you have snow I hope you have a fun activity to do today! The kids wish they could sled ride...but they would have to ride their scooters in the grass today! Brrr...cold so I am staying inside!