Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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Do you know your color proportions?
In my house in Yorktown, Virginia I used a Black, brown and white palette. I thought that with each season I would change the accent colors. I had added yellow (in very small amounts), then red (which I stuck with).
The thing is I was not sure at what quantity or amount I would be able to live with a color! I love yellow, but found it too loud in that house to have too much of. Once I added a bit more than a small amount (as in flower arrangements, candles, etc) it was too much. I tried purple, orange, and blue this way.
With the white walls, I could go any color I wanted. This left quite an opening for experiment.
Red, turned out to be my favorite accessory (since browns are actually a deep orange, I was staying in the red color family.
I put a small amount of red, then more then more untiil it got too much, then pulled back.
Why did I do this? To find my comfort zone for each color. Now I am sure that a red wall is too much for me, but a large painting with a lot of red or all red is OK.
With each color you have different other color additions to change the 'temperature' of the color to cool (on the blue side), dark (grayed down by adding black), light (adding yellow), tints (adding white) and value (how true to crayon color/primary colors) is it?
I had to find the correct red as well. For me it is red with light (yellow added). Once I found this out, I know which red to add or to change to.
What does this mean? It means I am on my way to having my own customized color palette that won't change! I know what greens I love because I have loved that color all my life, and have noticed different variations and how to cool it down and warm it up.
It is fun to see how each color affects you too. I want to experiment more in my next house.
Do you have a COLOR story?
Friday, January 1, 2010
- Survived losing my business, and DH losing his construction job due to the economy. Not to mention the money lost due to the recession. Lost some loved ones, and moved away from our friends. We spent 11 years in Virginia, so it was a bit sad to leave, but we had wanted to get back to Florida for quite a while and circumstances finally led to us being able to pull it off!
- We listed our house in Yorktown, Virginia, and sold it. So much work to keep up with the clutter and cleaning for showings that most of the time had an hour notice!
- Decluttered the house and the garage, storage unit time!
- Spruced up the house, repainted in some cases and worked on landscaping which needed much attention after the two years we had with challenges and surgeries for both of us.
- Moved to a temporary apartment for 4 months while waiting for DH to get a transfer for us to more (WITH a job, in this economy, there was no room for gambling)
- Moved to Florida (where we wanted to be). And transferred to another temporary apartment. And we did all this with DH and I both NOT being able to lift anyting heavy! What a trial!
- House hunting in Florida is something we are doing cautiously, what's the rush?
We are STILL here! And that is what matters! We are settling down again, and moved closer to family. We were not broken, just shaken a bit with all we did. Now, we plan on enriching our lives with the people we love this year and many years ahead! Our goal is to put our nose to the grindstone less and slow down to enjoy the blessings we have in our lives. We are close to retirement, and are starting to plan ahead for our lifestyle and simpler way to live, less hectic and more healthy we are trying to incorporate that philosophy into our next home. Sounds like a New Years resolution to me!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!