I had all these big plans to have at least one room of the new house painted by the time my mom arrives on Monday but that hasn’t happened. The only house related projects I’ve managed to tackle are a) keeping the place somewhat clean and b) unpacking June’s bedroom.
I find that my nesting instincts, that desire to have everything looking pretty, organized and peaceful by the time the bambina arrives, is clashing hard with my new house’s general sense of disarray and my own indecision.
The pattern goes something like this: I still have 12 boxes of books and loads of kids’ toys and clothes to put away. But I have nowhere to put them. I go to the store or troll Craigslist looking for something amazing, affordable or even mildly appropriate but always come up empty. Ergo, I’m back to looking at clutter and boxes. On and on it goes and it’s making me nutty. Late term pregnancy horomones aren’t helping.
I’ve been playing around with colors for June’s room, but even that has proved challenging.The tricky thing with this bedroom is the carpet. It’s essentially mauve with a little berry in it. The first time I laid eyes on it, I wanted to tear it out to show off the gorgeous old hardwood I know is underneath. Is there anything chic or stylish to say about mauve carpeting? Even the name sounds put-out-to-pasture, like “Oldsmobile” or “creamed ham.” But the more I thought about it, I decided to keep it because Jake thinks there may be a problem with the hardwood underneath and fixing it is not in the budget right now. Besides, the carpet is in great shape and relatively new (we also got it professionally steam cleaned before we moved in) and it will give the girls a soft place to play and land until we decide what to replace it with. There’s really no reason to get rid of it other than the satisfaction of saying No to Mauve (which is actually a very good reason for getting rid of anything).
I decided I could live with the mauve for now if I selected a wall color that brought out the carpet’s berry tones. Lessen the mauve, if you will. White or yellow only seemed to heighten the mauve. I settled on aqua — Benjamin Moore’s Quartz Stone, to be exact — after being inspired by this tween bedroom makeover here, which is totally young, fun and doable. June’s bedroom is huge so I want to play with a few sparse accent colors to delineate the separate sleeping/playing spaces and also lessen the impact of the aqua. I’m thinking minimal shots of subtle pink, gold and a bit of cobalt or indigo could be really cool. The color palette of this room caught my eye. Obviously, I don’t want to go overboard with color for June’s room because it could easily end up looking way too busy with all the competing toys and accessories.
I’m so glad my mom will be here for a two week visit on Monday! She’s amazing with space and color and making things work with what you have. Unlike me, she’s very decisive, a pro with homes, so I’m hoping she can help me come up with a general blueprint for how to attack at least a few rooms in my new house. I can’t wait until she gets here! And that includes the baby!