Hi, friends, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for the summer. Truth is, this spring kicked my hiney and I don’t want to be exhausted for all the fun stuff we have planned for the summer. The idea of not posting here for a couple months gives me the sadface, but I think what will turn that pesky frown upside down is a good summer frolic. I’m so excited about summer school, some delightful voyages, and the loft studio. I find myself rushing through the loft design process; and, really, I just want to enjoy the ride. I might be tempted to post occasionally because we’re doing some hopefully cool and successful experiments in the space–how could I not share? So if you want, you can subscribe to TPH up there in the right corner or add TPH to your reader, then you won’t miss any posts that I sneak in. Until then, here is a peek at what I’ve FINALLY decided on for the space–after many sleepless nights and changing my mind many-a-time.
Gray, white, black, and brass make up the base of the loft. I’m trying to maintain a palatable balance between masculine and frou-frou–because you know I’m totally resisting going all out girlie. Concrete floors, painted white brick, white plank paneling, charcoal stained oak, some warm gray marble…can you guess where the pink paint chip is going–the air ducts! That Circa Lighting brass sconce is from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore–at a very un-Circa price.
On top of the neutrals comes the color. I completely changed my color direction when I found this fabric remnant at Whistle Stop Antiques in North Carolina. Love. At. First. Sight. The roses are a glorious citron color. A pair of those Circa sconces go in the kitchen (thank you, Restore!).
I’m awaiting fabric swatches for the Salvation Army sofa. I’m having major commitment issues here. I want something light but know it will get so dirty and I can’t handle that. Give me dirty I can’t see, I guess. Some black and white nubby candidates will give me the option to switch up the color with pillows, we’ll see. Also, it will go against a wall that I plan to repaint on whim…like my own little display window.
Remember when I was going to paint this cabinet Q*bert style? A fabulous idea, but the one-use stencil would cost almost $300–yeah, that is too much to spend and still possibly screw the whole thing up. Then my husband and I actually had a 30-minute conversation about how I could still achieve the look without the stencil. Then I decided to take it to the loft, but Q*bert will compete with the other stuff planned. Plan B is inspired from a ceiling. You’ll know it when you see it.
The color for the kitchen table remains undecided. But here it is all primed.
Oh, the pretty, pretty rose chandie. She will hang in the oak-paneled bedroom–a very simple room. Inspired by my favorite mattress ad.
We need to give our appendage-less lady a name. Any suggestions? She will sit on the yellow chest baring her chest…although here she displays a modicum of decency. (Psst, but I can still see your ladyparts.)
Remember my studio chair? Pam of My Happy California suggested that I try painting the chair instead of recovering. A brilliant idea! I figure I have nothing to lose to try paint before I pay to have it recovered. It’s just gonna get covered in paint anyway. Thank you, Pam!
My very talented bro, seen here with his adorable and attentive niece, showed me how he will make the six 24×30″ light fixtures that will hang in the space. This is one of the experiments of which I referenced–I know he will do great, it’s what I do with the fixture when he is done. Saying my prayers!
Then there is the 6×9′ bunkroom in which I need to fit three twin beds. That room has been every which way possible, one option even included a slide; but I’ve reigned myself in and I think I have a good solution that will still offer fun nook-and-cranniness for the little ones and a good night’s sleep. Also, the kids will help me with a sculpture that will cover the whole wall in the bunkroom–see, I told you summer school will be fun!
So, my dears, I’ll miss you, but the summer is always over before you know it anyway so I’ll see you soon. (Save for a little cheat post every now and then.) Farewell!