Friday, July 31, 2009

A New Day

Today, I start this blog. Not to boast or brag about my house. But to honestly ask for input and help. Because I have ideas but no experience in how to execute. I have the motivation but lack the vision. I would love to hear your ideas or see a picture of what you've done in your house to make it a home.

P.S. My photos of my projects will never look "perfect." That's because we live in our home and I don't have the resources to make it magazine perfect. Just sayin'.

P.P.S. I'm working on this blog this week to tweak it. Just wanted to get this up here to add the pressure of it being real. So forgive the current blah-ness.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Julia - Where do I begin! Being a professional Interior Designer for 5 years (prior to my new stay-at-home job) I've come to relish in the practical (yet pretty) design solutions! I love seeing what others are doing in their homes and can't wait to see what becomes of yours. Feel free to peruse my blog for projects & organizing solutions of my own I've completed. And feel free to ask/email me any kind of questions (not that I always have an answer) you may have.

    That said, here is my advice on choosing paint colors: You MUST, MUST, MUST bring color chips home and tape them up on your walls. I can't stress that enough. Colors look different based on where they are located in your home, and how much light they get (natural or otherwise) at various times of the day. Make sure you look at the paint often. Do you like the color first thing in the morning as well as at night when only artificial light is available? Is it good on bright sunny days as well as cloudy? Also be forewarned that colors will differ some from Winter to Summer. Not that you have to wait through both seasons to choose a color, just try to make sure you'll be OK w/ it if it looks brighter in the summer or duller in the winter. (This is why I ended up repainting my play room - I hated how the color looked with the bright summer sun shining on it.- We all make mistakes.) Also, generally paint colors look lighter once completely applied, than on a color chip (usually because you're looking at the direct contrast between a stark white wall and a color chip - once the whole wall is painted the contrast is gone and the color won't seem quite as drastic).

    Anyway - sorry this is a novel, but... one more thing: If you frequent a paint store instead of Lowes/Home Depot, you can sometimes order larger paint chips (but you have to ask). If you're so inclined, I can order you 8x10 samples of Sherwin Williams paint and have them mailed to your home. (I have a designer's account w/ them.) Just let me know if you're interested.

    Good luck and I can't wait to see more!