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Well, it took us a long time to actually find the time to start with the serious Decorating -- in these early pictures, it looks like an episode from ' Decorating By Monkeys'! ha,ha! But with a few trips to Linens 'N Things, the house came together really quickly. The Sheers are all Eggshell throughout the whole house, so that provides a nice sense of continuity (now did the monkeys think of that?? Noooo... too busy thinking about bananas, I bet!).
And now here's how the Master Bedroom looks! Much better, yes?? ha,ha!
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If you're wondering what our Paint Colors are, we have 3 colors, but all in the same 'family'.
The Main Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Area is Huge, so it needed a really nice, warm, strong color, so I chose Ralph Lauren's Suede Snowdrift, SUO2, # 44546. Turns out, I really love the color of Suede, and I happened to pick up a gorgeous Living Room Suite that looks like suede, but is a different kind of 'child-friendly' material -- fantastic!
This color is in the Main Living Room and the Billiard Room Downstairs on the Walk-Out Level, and it carries down the Stairs, too.
For the Interior Rooms Downstairs, we cut this color by a quarter (which just means it was lightened by that amount) -- so that includes my Fabulous Office, where I spend a good portion of my day on my Website(!), Aidan's Den, Cara's Den, the Exercise Room and the Bathroom with a Steam-room.
The color in the Interior Rooms on the Main Floor, which includes the Pantry (9' X 5'), Laundry Room, Aidan and Cara's Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Our Master Bedroom and Ensuite and the Famous Sunroom, is a CIL Color called Barrister White, # 30YY 80/088. Basically, it looks like the Main color cut in half. Very creamy.
These are easy colors to decorate with, because they go with practically everything. I'm very fond of all shades of Green, although initially, we thought we were going to go down a Burgundy Path, but things change when you actually get into the house!
I've just set up a new special page just for these amazing new Wall Murals. They can easliy and quickly add a great detail to what would normally be a great big plain wall. The vast majority of new Homes have Vaulted Areas and Spaces that are 'Open to Above', which just means that the Open Area (usually in the Great Room) is Two Storeys high. It's a fantastic Space, but often it leaves Home Owners unsure what to do to decorate it.
Our Drapes are absolutely gorgeous -- every room is a joy to look at. When we first put them up, we'd all walk from room to room just to gaze at the Curtains! Now, that's a good sign that you've chosen the right thing!
All the Draperies are from Linens 'N Things.
In the Great Room, Dining Room and Front Entry, I used a Deep Green Satin Drape called
Crystal Satin , P-661 84Sage -- that's the 42"W X 84"L Panel, and I got 12 of those.
Crystal Satin, WS-661 06Sage -- that's the Matching 6 Yd. Scarf, and I have 4 of those, but I think I'll go back and get 2 more... they really give your windows a polished look. Each Scarf measures 42"W X 216"L.
Illusions Voile, Sheer Panel in Eggshell, a very gentle color. They measure 59"W X 84"L. We have 2 of these on most of the Windows in the house, so that provides a nice sense of continuity between the rooms. They add a lovely elegant touch to every window.
In Our Master Bedroom and the Sunroom off the Master, I chose a beautiful soft material that looks like a cross between Suede and Velvet -- it's soooo luxurious.
Glamour, P-871 84Sage. This is a 54"W X 84"L Panel. I bought 11 of these -- 2 for each of the 4 big windows in the Sunroom and 3 for the Master Bedroom, since we have three windows in there -- one very cool Interior Window, an Architectural Feature I am very fond of!
Glamour 6Yd. Scarf. I can't find the package for this, but the Matching Scarves are always offered with their Drapery counterparts on Linens N' Things, so they're always easy to find.
Each Window in the Sunroom has a set of Eggshell Sheers, including the Windowed Sundeck Door. Very pretty. These drapes are soft and elegant -- this is already a fantastic room, but these Window Dressings take it right over the top!
This is such a lovely Master Bedroom -- the Double French Glass Doors (also from Totem --and have Zinc Dividers, which make them even prettier...) lead into the Sunroom, a nice Private Retreat for us.
The Double French Glass Doors in our Master Bedroom have Pure White Illusion Voile Sheer Panels. They are crisp and clean -- very romantic!
These are the corner windows in our Master -- one looks to the Outside and the other looks into the Sunroom. I used One Sage Glamour Scarf (to match the Drape Panels) to go around both of these windows because they are so close together.
I just realized I don't have any pictures of the other side of the bedroom, so must run upstairs with my camera! I'll try to take the pictures at night so you can see the color better -- it's so sunny here that you can barely make out the Shade of Sage (sounds like the name of a soft-rock band, no?? ha,ha!).
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You know what?? I am a total sucker for all things to do with the Beach, so I thought you might like to see this picture!
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Hey, are you into Astrology? I'm Pisces and a Rabbit in the Chinese Astrological Charts... it's fun and might give you a little insight into your life! At the very least, it always says really nice things that are good to think about yourself, anyway! You might be shocked to find out how accurate the Signs are! I'm working out a deal, right now, with a Chinese Company who sell Chinese Paper Art. I'll let you know when I get that set up -- their work is exquisite!
I finally got their link -- check out this company -- very cool stuff. I've sent them some ideas of what I think would be cool to add to their product line, including varying sizes of paper cut-outs that could be glued directly on the wall to create a giant Mural. So many of us have enormous amounts wall space, especially in Vaulted Areas and rooms with very high ceilings. I'd love to see Vines that you can add to (different lengths that you can use one or ten, depending on the space...), that could go around Doorways, or in the Kitchen or Bathrooms. So many ideas. Anna Chan, the Marketing Director for Windowflower.com will take into consideration any ideas from us and set up the machines to cut the paper pieces when they get enough orders, so if you're interested in the Mural Idea, drop me a line or contact Windowflower.com directly and let them know.
I think it would be neat to put murals on Roll Down Blinds -- that would make them very interesting, especially for a child's room.
Trading Spaces is one of my favorite Design Shows -- Cara and I were hooked when we first saw an Episode of Trading Spaces in a Hotel in Hope, B.C., right in the middle of the Canadian Rockies! Vern and Ty Pennington are our favorites!
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