Tuesday, September 01, 2009

New Light in the Sitting Room

Suddenly yesterday I looked at the sitting room with fresh eyes and was struck by how tired and shabby *everything* in there looked. I tossed some throw pillows into the trash. Ditched a couple of plants. Realized that the upholstery was literally hanging in shreds. Oy!

Last year I thought about painting the room pale green, but never did it. Yesterday Giles suggested gray and said he'd do it. At loose ends, with all his friends back in school already, he's an energetic force of nature. And he loves gray. He's kind of a city boy--or maybe he's Swedish.

I got out of the way this morning as the room emptied.


I walked through here a hundred times today admiring Giles' meticulous prepping. And rejoicing that I didn't have to do any of it!


Gray is a tricky one to choose. The light in here is so cool that a perfectly neutral gray reads as blue. So though I am *so* drawn to "Feather Gray" in honor of Frederick, I am going to have to steer towards the warmer "Moonshine."


The empty white room has its own echoey, shadowy beauty.


I gladly bow to the inevitability of Giles' aesthetic.

23 comments:

margo said...

oh! oh! your apron! I love that fabric! I used it to make placemats, potholders for a wedding gift, and a few squares in a quilt.
and I'm hoping to see final pictures of the new grey sitting room.

Bonnie said...

Does he want to come paint for me next? I'll feed him well!

Polly said...

Send Giles to me. In the past 4 days I have painted my (previously unpainted) bathroom two different colors. Not at once; I mean layers! And I'm about to start painting our oak kitchen cabinets! Is it that time of year, or what?

In any event, I could use a force like Giles. For now it's just me...while my husband corrals our toddler.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I am painting, too..giving the kids' rooms an overhaul. And trying to get it all done before we start school again. It must be that time of year indeed!
Amy Fuller

Lucille said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the end result. Colour is so tricky isn't it? I've repainted many a wall even after careful perusing of paint charts and daubing of test patches. And the light goes on changing all day through too. Even white can be difficult.

Hannah said...

"...or maybe he's Swedish" so funny!

JMS said...

Oh I love it. I am so keen to see what the finished product looks like.

Julie

Hana said...

I hope it will be beautiful in the end, and that we will get to see it! I really love your blog, always come to cheer up here...

Lisateresa said...

Yes, it is that time of year - we were just talking of painting this morning!

Sarah Jane said...

I can't wait to see it! A pearl-gray is what we've chosen for our office/sewing room and I can't wait to start once the new windows come in and are installed. . .the wait is horrible. I'm in the mood to paint! :)

How lucky you are to have Giles! I hope my sons are as helpful and take such care in their work when they are older.

pfarmwife said...

I need to borrow Giles for about a week! Let's see...the kitchen, dining room, bathroom...oh, I'll just have to be patient.

Mrs. MK said...

I painted my living room gray last year....and had to try at least 5 different colors before I found one that wasn't reading *light blue*!!! I did find a great color and am thrilled with it! Hope to see photos of the finished project! Good work, Giles!

Katya said...

I can't wait to see what it looks like finished!

Lisateresa said...

Anna, I have to say that this post has put me back on the right track. Here, you originally wanted green, but when Giles said "gray" you didn't fuss at all! What a wonder! You're so agreeable! On the other hand, we are going to paint the kitchen and living room soon, and I'm annoyed when my brother keeps pressing me about what color - I'm "feeling sorry for myself" ahead of time because it will probably end up some bland color which would be the only thing we would both agree on, and I would have to live with it. Poor me! This post woke me up. A *plain* color that we can agree on will be just fine, and as the one who does most of the decorating, it will up to me (and my enjoyment!) to make up for what's lacking in the rooms afterward. Thank God and Anna for that knock on the head! :)

Anonymous said...

Pardon me, I don't "get it". What has grey got to do with Swedish? No offense registered or intended - I'd just like to "get it".
Buttercup

Carla said...

Greys ARE tricky. We just bought grey paint for our garage but it looked orchid next to the already neutral grey door. No. That won't do. Change to green. Sigh.

Anna said...

Buttercup, Swedish interiors are traditionally pale gray and white, with very little other color. Lots of windows, interesting pale textures, pale floors, painted wood. Very beautiful and very gray!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Anna. Here I am in Minnesota, surrounded by many, many Hansons, Olsons, Johnsons, Ecklunds, Andersons, Nelsons, married almost 36 years to a man descended from not-so-far-back Swedes, multiple friends plus family in the (very) Swedish Evangelical Covenant Church - and I had never once noticed the grey. Hmm. Cause for pause. No gray matter?

Thanks again. Now I'm going to keep my color eyes open!

Buttercup

Paris said...

I love swedish decor as evidenced by my own home which seems to be fast transitioning over to that look. Clean, spare, airy... just like your new sitting room will likely be. Being a photographer, I'm not surprised that he had an opinion about the color. He's a true artist.

Rie
p.s.my bird obsessed daughter started a bird blog (she's the google account I'm borrowing to comment!)

Linda said...

It appears that Giles could go into the house painting business as soon as he finishes your living room. If does decide to do that, please add me to the list:-)
I love gray - it is such a peaceful, soothing color. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Anna said...

I look forward to posting the finished room pictures! And also using my front door again . . . . .

Mrs. White said...

The room is lovely and your apron is beautiful!!

Blessings
Mrs. White in rural Vermont

Hill upon Hill said...

It would be lovely to see the finished room if we may.

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