Monday, January 31, 2011

Paint Goes Up!

Yesterday, my friend Sheli came over to the house and spent five hours helping me paint our master bedroom and the upstairs full bath.

The master bedroom was originally a cool green-grey color, very neutral and expansive, but very chilly for my own taste, which runs more toward jewel-tones (as does my bedding). We bought Behr paint in the color "Peanut Butter", and I love how the resulting color showcases the hardwood floor (paint was still a little wet in picture 2)

We bought an extra gallon of paint for touch ups, and also so that I can get a small quantity of white paint, blend it with it, and do ghosted images of trees on the walls. I was inspired by Terri Windling's incredibly inspiring post about trees in bedrooms, and the walls of her former abode:

The second room we painted was the bathroom. It's extremely small, and I deliberated if I wanted to do a dark color in there because of the cramped quarters. But in the end, I decided that whether we painted the walls white or black, it wouldn't change how small the space was...and that a dark shade might actually be cocoon-like. So we went for Behr paint in the color Plum Shade.
I am considering doing some patterns (Moroccan, etc) in gold against the purple, and I'll be painting star patterns in gold on the alcove of the shower area ceiling. It should go well with our shower curtain (shown here in our old apartment)

Welcome to Catty-Corner Cottage!

On January 28th, at dentist time ( dad is the king of puns and pointed this out to me), Tom and I closed on the purchase of our first home. We had been in the market to purchase a home for a couple of years, with me checking almost daily for new properties. Finally, in early December, a home flashed across my search that intrigued me heartily. We contacted a realtor recommended to us, and after a first walk through, we both knew that it was the place for us.

Allow me to introduce you to Catty-Corner Cottage, thus named because of its convenient location to so many things we love. It is right around the corner from the highway, from my workplace, from our gym, and from our grocery store we prefer. And, well, since our cat, Corvin, is the king of our household, we thought the name should also reflect him.

Catty-Corner Cottage is a 2 story Cape Cod home, built in 1935. The square footage is 1380, and it has 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bath. There is a lovely corner fireplace and a bay window in the living room. There are also hardwood floors throughout the entire house (save the kitchen and bathrooms). The first time I walked in, my mind went crazy with all of the little ways I could make this house sing with character. In this blog, I intend to show you the projects I have in mind so far, share progress as they begin to unfold, vent about the confusions and frustrations of owning a first home (as well as the joys) and share inspiration (pictures, projects) I find elsewhere.

A few pictures from the realtor listing of our home and our first walk through (not our furniture!):