Wednesday, August 24, 2011

same color + same color = ?

Allow me to apologize in advance for the topic of the post. I am sorry I'm talking about paint. Again.

But here's the reason why. In the midst of me looking for inspiration and ideas all over the internet I have come across some design advice, on more than one occasion, that is starting to bother me. And by bother I mean, give me a complex and make me rethink my entire home decor. The advice is; all rooms in a house should be painted in a unified colorway.

Do you agree?

I'm not sure if I do but I'm also a first time homeowner so I have no real experience to go by. And while I know that it would be silly to have one room beige and the room next door neon orange I'm not sure that I want every room in my home painted varying shades of blue-green-gray. In fact, I had my heart set on painting our guest bedroom a bold peacock blue and doing my craft room a bright kelly green. Will that clash with a gray master bedroom, a chocolate loft and a mint green-blue downstairs? Do I have to paint the den that joins the downstairs the same color since it has no doors? Cause honestly in my opinion that just sounds downright booooring.

Here is one very thorough article about the subject and the one that really got me rethinking my plan.

So can I do different colors without it looking stupid?

Friday, August 19, 2011


So I thought it would be really fun to stencil the downstairs bathroom in the same coral color we are using to accent the L room. I think if there is anywhere you can get away with a bold wall print its in a bathroom. Anyway, on to my brainfart. So I think I was watching tv when I saw a wallpaper that had a really great repeating "Y" pattern on it but I can't for the life of me remember where it was. Either way, I'd like to either find or make a stencil like it to use on the walls. I tried googling "y" pattern but I came up short. The only thing I found that was even remotely like it was this poster.

If you rotate it 90 degrees you kind of get the idea. But again, I have no clue how, where, or what to start with. And the thought came, I wonder if I could do this with a "W"? I mean how cute and fitting would that be? But who knows, it may be a total bust if I can't find any other info. So we'll see I guess. But then, I came across this...

How awesome is this!!!!!

Any suggestions?

Did you know?

You can paint upholstery?

I mean seriously. How great does this look? This brings a whole new life to my thrifting.

I found this genius idea here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Quick update.

As I'm sure you can guess things have been VERY busy at the Weems' household lately.
We are officially a little over a week away from our big move. I honestly can't say if I'm excited yet. I don't know if it quite feels real. Despite the fact that my house looks like this:
Sundae is supervising all packing so that she can ensure all her toys are put in correctly.
I guess its because this process has been going on for sooooooo long. I mean we started in February. Thats 7 months! much longer than the average move. But I'm sure once we go out to rent that UHaul next week its all gonna hit me like a ton of bricks.
I also dont really have too much time to get excited because along with attempting to pack up our house I also unofficially started school today. This process, as many of you know, has not been without a multitude of problems including almost not being able to start as of yesterday, which I'll get into in a minute. All I'm saying is, like the house, its been going on for so long its hard to believe its actually happening.
So here's what happened yesterday. I had to go to the school and turn in all of my health and vaccination paperwork. It should be noted that my campus is an hour away and so I try to avoid going there as much as possible. But they had to have it beforehand so off I went. I'll fast forward to the part where after the secretary checked over my paperwork said that I didn't have everything. She said that they require a two part TB test and that I didn't have any Tetanus papers. I explained that I did have the two part TB (the two part is new and less common btw) and showed her where it said that I received part one in October and part two in March. She said they can't accept it. I was confused and said they are good because it has not been a year. But she told me no, that the second one has to be done 1-3 weeks after the first. So I said that I had this done at Banner Hospital (the hospital where we will be doing our clinicals and who requires the two step) and they accept it and when my Dr. checked it she said that it was valid as well. She basically told me she didn't care and that I had to get another redone today or I would not be able to come in for orientation tomorrow. Then when she asked me about the Tetanus shot I told her I asked my Dr. and was told you cannot titer for that so she just wrote down the date I got it. The school said I had to have documentation. The problem was that the documentation was at my previous job. In Delaware. And it was 1pm Western time. And they close at 4pm Eastern time. Meaning, they were closed now. When I explained this and asked if I could turn the paper in tomorrow morning I was told no and that I would have to get another Tetanus as well. And then she decided she thought my Hep B was too old. Even though you only have to get it once in your life, when you are born, and told me to get that done too. So in a fit of tears and anger I was forced to drive all the way back across town, rush into my Dr.'s office and beg to get them done right then.
My arms hurt really bad. Seriously. Tetanus is no joke, it feels a lot like someone took a whack at you with a baseball bat.
I was supposed to go to the house tomorrow to measure the fridge opening so we could order our appliances but I got a call this evening to pick John up from work because one of his tires apparently exploded from the heat.
John seems to think it will be fine. I, however, can only think, WHYYYYYYYYYY? Why now? But John spent the evening cheering me up by taking my mind off things with a hamburger and a movie.
So there you go. Peace has returned to the Weems house. Cleanliness? No. Its a chaotic mess here. But there is peace. Somewhat.
Here is a little sneak preview of the inside.
I can't wait to show you the whole thing!
Btw, next week will be even more chaotic than this one so don't be upset if a new post doesn't come right away.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

More nonsense about the loft.

So after my big rant about not knowing what to do with the loft I spent a LONG time perusing the internets for something that would make my stunted design light bulb finally turn on. I'd have even taken flicker for that matter.
My favorite pic from the last post was the one with the stenciled wall. I showed John and he said, "uh that's kinda gaudy..." but after I shoved some more pictures of the same idea down his throat he was on board with the stenciling. Ha!
Anyway, I came across a picture that did strike my fancy in way of its color palette. It got me looking for similar palette inspiration that I could use as a spring board for the space.

This is the room that I really liked the color palette of. I like the serene and calm feeling it evokes while also seeming both warm and comfortable.

Here are some palettes I found that are similar that I like:

Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Men vs. Women

So, one of my "high priority"items to buy once we move are couches. The couches we have now are ones that I had from when I was single and lived with Britt. And while it was just two twenty something girls using them they look as if they came from the waiting room of a kindergarten. At one point they were beautiful, modern, clean lined, low profile couches with light fawn microfiber. Now they are broken, sprung, cracked, stained, dirty, ruined, lumpy couches that probably wouldn't even get taken if we set them on the curb and put a "free" sign on them. All that withstanding my husband still seems to think they are fine. I hate them. My hatred started about a year ago and has now grown to the point where I don't even enjoy sitting on them anymore. So you can understand the idea of getting rid of them thrills me to my bones. And yet despite my constant vocalization of said hatred (done as often as I can so John, knows just how much I want to get rid of them) this is the conversation we just had:

me: I really want to get our deposit back so I'm going to make sure that the doors are replaced and shampoo the carpet before we go
12:19 AM me: thats $1100 and mama needs a new rug and some couches!
me: I'd love to be able to use it for that. its not practical
me: it is hun. We NEED them. Not want. NEED
12:20 AM dont need rugs, have a couch
me: We cannot have those couches down stairs. they are broken and will scratch the tile no they wont
its tile
me: yes they will. Its a big metal spring.
yes tile scratches and they arent daggers
for legs
me: its the spring and the broken boards
12:21 AM talk later

Here is the bottom of the love seat.
See that big lump? I wanted to see exactly what I was working with so I pulled the backing off and this is what it revealed:
"dont need rugs, have a couch"
WHAAAAAAA? He must be crazy. Crazy I tell you. Even Sundae is appalled.
Mama is buyin a new couch. End of discussion.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fossil Creek

Our dear friends Drew and Laura invited us to hike Fossil Creek with them this weekend. We had a blast! It's about 3 hours north of us up in Peyson. It's a wooded area so the scenery was beautiful and green, a big change of pace from the usual brown we are normally surrounded by and, the air smelled so clean and crisp like fresh lemons and pine. The creek was wide and had worn a wide path through big surrounding quartz rocks that made for some great rapids and waterfalls. The water is amazingly crystal clear and blue. It was also the perfect temperature, cool but not freezing. There were lots of young people out swimming but we managed to find our own little swimming hole. After jumping off the water fall a few times of course!

Down they go!

We loved it so much we almost wish we weren't moving in a few weeks so that we could go back next weekend! Good thing it stays hot in Arizona way into November!