There has been a large swing in temperature the past few days. On Friday, it was close to 45 degrees, which, in Minnesota in January is practically sub-tropical. :) By Saturday, it was dropping and today, it is -4 degrees and with the wind chill (or whatever it is called, now), it feels like -21 degrees.
Today, our daycare was closed due to the holiday. Needless to say, I am glad I am spending the day inside, at home, and still in my flannel pajamas. I stepped out briefly into our garage to grab a toy that Jayan had brought with him to the airport last night that I forgot to grab as I lugged my sleeping boy back to his bed, once we were back home. (We’re still missing one toy, actually, but thankfully, he hasn’t asked me about it too much, today.)
Our car is the keeper of lost things. I have lost honeydew and cantaloupe melons under the rear seats multiple times. Not cool.
I doubt the toy is in that area of the car, anyway. But still, if it doesn’t come up, I should check there. There could be roaming melons stashed there. Sigh – in that case, it’s very good that it’s winter and our garage isn’t heated.
In any case, that short trip to the garage is the most I plan to venture out today. It’s too cold and my jammies are much too comfortable.
I started reading The Hunger Games. Totally realize that I am a year behind the rest of the population, but that’s okay. I’m just starting to get into the first book, much of it has been setting things up, for the most part. We’ll see how I like it. I need to be in the right mood to read and hold my attention, so I might put it down and pick up something else in the meanwhile.
I have also been debating paint.
Our house has a fairly open layout and there is a continuous wall that runs between our lower level living room and our upper level family room and I am absolutely clueless what to do about it.
Right now, I have the upper level room painted a charcoal gray (Behr Amazon Stone, lightened 50%) and the lower level is a deep blue-gray (BM Templeton Gray). And the place where the colors meet? Kind of a garbled-up mess – I had intended on making a sharp line with painters tape later, but haven’t gotten around to it, yet. (See what I mean about the procrastinating?) The paint is about the same saturation, so with the light, you don’t really see it if you’re not looking for it. However…I would like to have one color between the two levels.
My original intent was the carry the blue between the two levels, but my husband doesn’t want the upper level blue. I think the color would look really good with our brick fireplace, which has sort of an orange-toned brick. And we already have a really loud bright orange Moroccan rug that would play well with the blue. :) Windows? Heavily debating the dark chocolate-colored velvet panels at World Market as I think it would work well with our wrought iron railings.
For the upstairs hallway and the wall above the railing/staircase (that I am scared to paint because ugh…heights give me the heebee jeebees!), I am contemplating an ochre/camel color – maybe BM Camel or Golden Retriever? It will break up the blue and complement the rusty red (Behr Sequoia Grove) in our dining room. The wall over the railing/staircase right now is a light sage green, which we had chosen when we first bought the house – it’s not going with anything. I haven’t started painting it because of my totally-for-real fear of heights.
The Amazon Gray, it’s not “bad” but with beige couches and beige carpet and beige drapes, it’s just super duper blah. The rug helped to add some color, but I think more than anything, we’re in need of contrast. Brighter colors, less blah. I’m not a fan of “accent walls,” in-general, but I think that if we did do the wall over the stairs in the ocher, it would look okay. I’ve debated just walling that area in, but am holding off as long as I can. (Although, as a parent of a young child, it would be nice to not have people be able to see under your couches at eye-level when they enter your house. :))
Will it be too much patchwork of color for our house? I dunno. The more deeper/truer colors I add, the more I tend to like it.
I should mention that my overall “keep our house cohesive” theme is colors that would appear in a piece of natural slate. At some point, I would like to take out the Pergo in the dining room and kitchen and swap that to slate tile – and the lower level, I would like to carry slate through that area, as well. However, in snooping at our neighbors’ houses when we were Trick or Treating (does anyone else do that?), I noticed Moroccan terra cotta tile similar to the shape in my orange rug in nearly all of the entryways, so guessing that our house had similar at one time, as well.
And the carpet, we laid it at the time we moved in, but I totally say that we are not fans AT ALL, so would like to sub in hardwood floors, possibly in a cherry with a clear coat, although I’m sure my husband would rather go deep with the stain.
For right now, maybe I should focus my painting energy on evening out the messy divide line between the two spaces and have something finished for once. Hmm. If I could get the rest of the details to come together, maybe I won’t mind the gray so much.