You guys, sorry for the lack of posting! It's been a crazy week. I think I'm still getting used to our new overly-scheduled life with school back in session and soccer schedules for both boys, and golf lessons for Cooper. (I know all you parents out there are shaking your heads.) The house has been a bit upside-down this week as well because the painters came (yay!)! They *just* finished and we officially have a very WHITE house. Yes.
And I *finally* have my white kitchen! (tears!) We now need to paint our vintage hutch that sits in the kichen (I can't decide if I'm going with peach or mustard), paint the tile backsplash and I need to design some decals for the tiles. I have ideas for those and I'm dying to get those designed & ordered.
We've always done our own painting (minus the bathrooms that we had renovated) but we decided that painting the kitchen cabinets, two rooms and a hallway merited hiring someone. Boy, I'm glad we did. I feel spoiled! They did a fantastic job. (phew. You just never know when you hire someone.) I did have to get all annoying and ask them to do three coats (they thought 2 was enough.) We've always done 3 coats! What about you?
After living in this house for so long, our walls have probably been painted 3 times over to go along with my ever fickle tastes. I never thought I'd be into white walls, but after seeing so many beautiful homes over the past few years on design blogs and elsewhere with white walls - and now that most of our walls are white, I'm definitely seeing why those spaces work so well. The rooms have such a calm feel to them. I now understand why Scandinavians love white so much.
Not to mention, we needed white so badly if only to brighten up our cave-like home.
I've been Craigslisting a lot of decor, donating some, taking some to a consignment store in my attempt to edit, edit, edit what we have. I want to carefully decorate a space that isn't full of clutter while still displaying our vintage collections in a way that is aesthetically pleasing (and doesn't just make me look like a hoarder!) I LOVE the white mostly because I can be more daring with color in our decor.
Mostly, I'm looking forward to eliminating as much BLUE as I can in this house. I naturally gravitate towards vintage blues (not to mention vintage blue florals!) - aqua, turquoise, minty blues, etc. I feel like I've relied too heavily on those in the past. They've kind of been a crutch. My goal now is to really streamline our color palette throughout the house, leaning more towards warm tones, like peach, coral, yellows, tangerine orange, chartreuse and vintage greens.
So that is where I am.
And that officially has NOTHING to do with the photos in this post! Believe it or not, my Amsterdam posts are coming to a close! I have one more Amsterdam post and one or two Belgium posts and that's it. :*( Sad face. I miss Europe so much when I do these posts, but at the same time, I'm glad I can revel in the memories.
These photos were taken on random street corners all over Amsterdam. It's such a beautiful, beautiful city. My favs: Miffy chocolates, a vintage wooden candle holder (?) collection in someone's window, kitschy wooden tulip and windmill souvenirs and beautiful flowers everywhere.
Now, I must get back to Campbell who has our first case of pink eye for the school year. Fun times. (Although, I have to admit, I look forward to sick days solely for the kiddo snuggles. : )