Monday, July 16, 2012


I'm hiding the tan one from hubs. It's the one he'll love. Sigh.

I think I mentioned that I’m a multi-creative person. There are many things I enjoy doing using those skills. It works well with writing and I’m steadily plugging away on my story—one chunk of words at a time.

Then there is my living room. God knows it is in dire need of creative attention. It’s pictured in Webster’s as the definition of blah. Go ahead, laugh, but I swear it’s true.

When we bought our house, several years ago, there were so many things that needed attention. It was a sound house but honestly, it was the outside that was the draw—barns, pasture, room for my growing family of Great Danes. It didn’t help that I couldn’t actually move there until my son finished out his school term. Two separate households for almost a year. My husband, bless his heart, tried to put things in order and arrange the furniture set up the kitchen and bedrooms. But his idea of decorating and mine are, well, poles apart. I don’t do, gasp, naked walls. Especially naked white walls. Years in the military just put a major hurt in my soul over the color white—except for ceilings. I love bright white ceilings.

There was just too much to do outside to worry about the inside. I had hay fields to harvest, pens for the Great Danes to build, and I needed to prepare for the horses moving up to their new home. Fences fortify, a barn and outbuildings to clean, a new lagoon to build, replacing pipes some numbnut put in wrong.

When I had the chance to breathe I really got a look at the inside I calculated and decided oh, well, sheetrock will have to wait and we’ll live with white, shudder, paneling. That didn’t keep me from incorporating lots of color—after all, I had lots of experience doing that—pictures, wall décor, cushions, throws, and nick knacks. At least the carpet wasn’t a shade of white.

This is the year of redoing the living room. 

Hubs cringed when he saw my color selections. He looked lost over terms like focal wall and color accents, and he actually shuddered when he considered the upheaval and chaos involved.

“It’s called Pomegranate? Isn’t this color you painted the barn a couple of years ago?” 
“Nope, that was barn red exterior rustoleum. This will have a satin finish. Not at all the same shade. See?” I take him outside so he can look down toward the barn and hold up the paint chip. He squints in the direction of the barn and back at the chip.  “It’s really, um, bright.” 
“Yeah, isn’t it wonderful?”  He gives me that look he reserves for people who have seen UFO’s and met the aliens. “Are you sure this green and purplish color goes with pomegranate?”  I launch into an explanation of accent colors complementary tetrad colors. His eyes glaze over. 
“Honey, trust me. You’ll love it when it’s done. You’ll see how the lime green and lavender pillows will blend and make the room pop.” His jaw drops at the mention of lime green and lavender and mutters under his breath. I think I heard something about sunglasses. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t mention the turquoise and lime plaid throw I have on order.

So, with him being out of state for several weeks of training, it’s the perfect time to redo the room. It’s not done yet, but I am intimately acquainted with Lowe’s cavernous floor plan (I hadn’t set foot in this store until this week). I’ve trekked miles, the past week, in search for everything I need. I know the clerks by name. I’ve ferreted out all the sale items. I’ve ordered clearance sale (I love clearance sales even though I don’t love shopping) lamps online and saved seventy-five percent off store price (Pats myself on the back).

I’ll let you know how my traditional husband deals with the finished product. Wait until he sees the turquoise watering can vase with sunflowers and purple heather arrangement. He’s just going to love that throw I got for the back of his recliner, too.

Bless his heart. 


Kat Sheridan said...

Ah, Sia, you've taken a page from my own book! The very first decorating experience hubs had with me was over the living room. I wanted it emerald green. Being a scaredy cat, he thought that would be too much, so he painted three walls beige and one wall emerald green. I took a deep breath and told him to keep going. Emerald green on ALL the walls. I'm pretty sure he muttered a lot of very bad words, but he painted the whole thing emeral green. And then stood back, astonished at how well it set off the lovely dark crown molding and cased wood doorways that had been unnoticeable with plain beige walls.

23 years later, it's still one of his favorite rooms. I'm so glad you're going bold and can't wait to see the before and after pictures!

Olivia Cunning said...

Sounds fabulous, Sia! I spent all day yesterday hanging pictures in my very beige apartment. I suppose beige is better than white. Sorta. At least there's artwork on the walls now.

Anne Gallagher said...

You're too cute! Waiting until he's away. The colors sound fab. We just moved and I'm so itching to paint everything that is BEIGE! So many walls and trim. And taking down the pineapple wallpaper from the 70's is going to be Heaven. When I find the time. *sigh*

Karen Walker said...

Love this, Sia. It's exactly how I feel about my hubby, bless his heart.

Jo said...

Now I like magnolia walls to set off paintings and pictures. I am not good with modern colours. Give me an old house (Georgian, Queen Anne) and I can "do" it, but modern stuff is not me. I like the results, just haven't a clue how to achieve it. Had a neighbour once, we both lived in exactly the same design house, what she did with hers was magnificent.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sia. There's always something else to do in a house and interior decorating often gets short shrift. We know this from experience. :)

Your color combos look great and I'm sure the end result will be stunning. I look forward to seeing the before and after. And sounds like the timing is right. ;)

Margo Kelly said...

Sounds like quite the project! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You'll probably send him into shock.
And where I live now, that is only half the phrase. The whole phrase is "Bless his heart, the stupid fool." (Said with southern love, of course.)

~Sia McKye~ said...


I do love bold colors. I'm not a pastel person.

I've walked through that emerald living room. It's gorgeous. I also LOVE your family room!

I'm painting two full walls in the pomegranate--one of those walls is 3/4 window. My wainscot is honey oak so that works well in there.

The boys are doing the ceilings today. Since it's an open floor plan,you can't just paint one room's ceilings.

~Sia McKye~ said...

@Olivia-Artwork and accessories do help when you can't do anything with the walls. But hey, being that near the ocean? That counters the walls, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

@Anne- Pineapple wallpaper, shudder. Honey, never mind heaven I'd send it to hell with ribbons and bows, lol!

You'll find the time and energy to make the place beautiful. Moving is such an energy drain.

~Sia McKye~ said...

@Karen-Thank you. I'm all jazzed up with the want to get it done. Hubs just wants the results and not the chaos. So it works better while he's not here trying to maneuver through the jumble of stuff piled in the middle of the room.

@Jo-I like old fashioned homes too. So much character to them. I've seen magnolia used in a large living room. I tend to favor warm colors.

My mom and sister are absolute goddesses with color. My sister even more than mom. She mixes things I would have never thought of--especially blending various patterns together with a central color theme.

~Sia McKye~ said...

@James-that reminds me, I need to take a before pic. Boy, you're right about the timing and the interior. It also takes energy. Something I've had in short supply the past couple of years. :-)

@Margo-It's a big project and one I won't get totally done this week. The other wall from the area I'm painting this week is 50 feet long and runs the length of the inner house including the dinning room and that one will have to wait just a bit.

~Sia McKye~ said...

@Alex-lol! Probably. I think he's half way there already. We'll see how he fares when he gets home.

It's kind of a fill in the blank expression, isn't it? Depending upon what part of the south your in. Southern love-it's all in the tone. lol!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Sia, followed you via your comment on my Alex guest post. Nice to meet you.

I hope you hubby likes the colour scheme :)

Johanna Garth said...

Please, please post pictures. I love interior design. As I write this I have a couple of wallpaper books stacked in my breakfast room. And yes, poor husbands. Yours and mine! ;)

~Sia McKye~ said...

@Rachna-thank you. Nice to meet you too!

@Johanna-Oh lordy, Don't get me started on wallpaper. lololol! For me, it's harder to do than painting but I love it. I did my bedroom (and my sons) three years ago. My back and shoulders still give sympathy pains when I think of it. I had a bubble in one area and no matter what I did, I couldn't get rid of it. Gah. I tore it off, cleaned the wall, went and had a cup of coffee outside. Then came back in a bit later and put up the sheet. This time it was perfect. Whew!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I wouldn't try to do all of that, but I do hang pictures and rearrange things when my husband isn't home. He likes to measure everything. Hanging a photo can take twenty minutes.

~Sia McKye~ said...

@Diane-Oh dear. That would be frustrating. I have a pretty good eye and rarely need a tape measure. Hubs can be the same way which is why I'm doing most of this while he's gone. Easier on both of us, lol!