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Powder Room Progress

It's been a little while since we introduced you to our plans for the design of our tiny powder room. Since then, we have made some progress on the space! So, let me fill you in. First things first, we had to nail down the color palette and determine where those colors would be found in the space. We stuck with the plan and knew we wanted to go with a palette of grey blues, light browns, deep oil-rubbed bronze, fresh white and yellow ochre.

Fun little side note: Our inspiration for this palette actually came from this book cover!

Photo of inspiration book.

Our color palette.

To jump start the project, we decided to get some color on those blank walls! We chose the subtle greyish-blue color as the backdrop for the rest of the palette and off we were to find the perfect grey-blue for the walls of our space.

As you know, finding the perfect color can sometimes be a fun difficult task. Well, for me it is fun, but I know that it can be overwhelming for many people, and I've experienced this first hand with some of my clients.

So, before I share with you the specific color we've chosen, here's how we got there. Listed below are a few quick and helpful tips (that we always use), when choosing the perfect paint color for your space.

    Top 5 Tips for Selecting Paint Colors:

  1. Gather swatches/samples together. Pull together all the intended (or existing) materials and finishes for the space, and create a color and texture palette, to see how they all work together. You'll want a healthy mix of color, patterns, contrast, etc. The flooring material may make the wall color look very different than it does on the swatch alone.
  2. Analyze the color. Are there undertones of another color in your paint swatch? Does the color evoke a mood or feeling? These are things you want to be aware of before the paint goes on the wall. Your soft green may make you sick to your stomach, or your neutral beige may end up reading peach when it's on a large wall.. eek!
  3. Think about lighting. View the paint swatch in the light of your space at multiple times a day. Swatches can look very different in different spaces and in different light. Make sure you are happy with the look and feel of the color in your space from the bright morning light to the evening low light!
  4. Pay attention to the plane. Hold the swatch on the same plane as where you plan to paint - vertical for wall surfaces, horizontal for floor/ceiling, etc. You'll see that it really does change how you view the value of the color! I even suggest purchasing a sample paint pot and painting a test area directly on the surface, to be really sure.
  5. Take your time. I find myself explaining this to clients often. Good design takes time. It should not take forever, but the word design itself denotes planning and well thought out decisions. So, be patient and take the time to think about and explore all facets of the color before purchasing and painting.

Well, we followed our own advice and pulled together the few finishes that were already selected for the space - the ceramic tile floor (which we decided we are not changing), the bathroom fixtures (toilet and sink) and the book cover we were inspired by. And, narrowed it down to a few options.

Test swatches on the wall.

And after following the rest of the tips, we eventually decided on the color "Morning Fog" by Sherwin Williams.

Paint fan swatch.

Paint color blocks.

Anyway, after we purchased the paint, we got started late one evening. And here are a few shots of the progress.

Left side of space.

Right side of space.

Ruckus in the painted space.

Oh and yep, we only painted the upper portion of the wall. Wondering why? Remember the paneling idea we mentioned in a previous post. You'll have to wait and see what we have in store!

Thrifting

I’ve been out and about stopping by flea markets, yard sales (now that the weather is warmer) and of course good old thrift stores looking for anything that catches my eye! I always keep a running list of things I’m looking for (and need), both personally for our own home and professionally for the design studio, clients or staging inventory. Of course, it’s not the easiest hunt to find exactly what I’m looking for, but instead somehow I end up finding something I really don’t need at all, but that I fall in love with and just have to have. And, this was the case last week.. while perusing a local thrift store, I spotted this!

Blue-green mid-century modern sofa in thrift store.

Marked at just a mere $45, I couldn’t resist! So, first things first – I text the hubby with a quick photo and the words “do we need this?” of which I normally get one of the following responses.. “what for and where will it go?” or “well, how much is it?” or the disheartening “nahh, I don’t think we do”. But to my surprise and affirmation, his text response read “Yes”.

So, after a quick follow-up conversation via phone, we agreed and I snatched it right up! Now began the issue of how are we getting this home and, once we do, where is it going? Unfortunately, even with our new ride, it wasn’t going to be easy getting this vintage sofa home. 24 hours, a u-haul rental truck and another $20 later, we carried this gem over the threshold, literally.

Blue-green mid-century modern sofa in pick-up truck.

But like I mentioned, this isn’t a piece we needed and we may not even have a space for it. Not to mention, it is lovely in it's brilliant mid-century color, but it will definitely dictate the color scheme in whatever space it ends up! So, while we stew over the plan for this piece (perhaps working it into our office, creating a sitting area in our current unused 2nd bedroom, etc.), for now it sits in the middle of our living room and has been serving as our cats' very own sofa! I suppose they approve.

Blue-green mid-century modern sofa in living room.

Cat on blue-green mid-century modern sofa.

And, I should note - Although the thrift shop claims to have cleaned and disinfected any upholstery pieces they sell, we, of course, intend to give the sofa a good cleaning ourselves because, well, you just never know. So, stay tuned, I’m sure we’ll post our tips on how to clean second-hand upholstery.

Oh and just as a bonus! I also snagged this cute little woven stool for under $10 on the same trip.

Woven stool.

I might leave it natural or maybe give it new life with a bold new color. We'll see!

Ahh, the little things!

Hey! So, this is my first post. Valerie has been so diligent with posting (and having a great time doing it) that it has allowed for me to focus on a few other things while she types away. However, it’s time I get involved! Right now, Valerie is knee deep in an new design project, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to get my feet wet in the world of blogging and say hello. We are really excited about this blog and sharing our thoughts, feelings, ideas, inspirations, projects, and so on.

One of the many things that Valerie excels at, but I’m finding I have a hard time with, is knowing what, and what not, to blog about. In everything we do, she sees a blog opportunity. But, on the other hand, I'm not so sure you would want to hear about the turkey sandwich and diet coke I had for lunch. Therefore, I think I’ve been waiting for something huge to come along to share with the world : )

However, through this mini-struggle, and more specifically, throughout our everyday lives, I’ve learned that it’s not about the large seemingly profound things, but actually more about the little things.

So, something I’m going to be focusing on is remembering how important the little details are and how amazing it is to find beauty and inspiration in the smaller, or less world-changing and earth-shattering, things. Given this, I came across something small, (actually two small things) this week worthy of sharing in this blog post.

Our two cats silhouetted in the window.

So, I’m curious. What inspires you? What tiny thing, object, etc. made you smile today?