I am working on my little soon to be 4 year old's party that will be days after we move in! Yeah, I'm crazy!.. It'll be fun and chaotic!
Here's my inspiration board/planner in it's first stage. It's very hard for me to keep things simple when it comes to party planning. I like to have the theme carried throughout the invitation, decorating, activities, menu, cake etc etc
i wish whimsical cakes was close to us to make this amazing Toy Story cake!
I've just added this first picture of "the house" to the sidebar. Choosing the exterior paint color including the trim is another "white paint" post! Boring but very important. As soon as the painting stage is over, there will be more exciting decisions than shades of white!! So, I think the shingles will be Benjamin Moore Brilliant White and the trim, shutters and front door will be a nice glossy Benjamin Moore White Dove.
I'm going to sit in the sun in my hour of peace while kids are at the beach with grandma and grandpa and work down the to do list: - schedule kids physicals before starting new school - cancel cable - find new pediatrician - get last moving estimate - get 3 house painting estimates - arrange cleaning for new house day after closing - arrange cleaning apartment day after move - plan a 4 year olds birthday party for weekend after we move in! - make next to do list
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.... I love white painted wood floors.. High gloss is beautiful as much as matte scuffed shabby look. The house has fairly new natural hardwood floors throughout so I don't think I'll be taking my can of paint to them just yet but I do love this look so much! I might have to test it out in one room!
A front door can really create an impression for the home.. like the wrapping on a gift or the cover of a book. The front door of the house currently is dark green with a very dark oiled bronze scallop shell door knocker... This is not what the cover of my book would look like, so the front door color will be one of the first jobs. The shingles are light gray and of course I would prefer them white, but that is a bigger job for the "later on" list. Although there are so many fabulous color directions to go with this, I think I have to go with bright glossy white! (surprise surprise) .. and a stunning new silver knocker??
alpine white, moonlight white, i wish i may, i wish i might, narrow it down to the white that's right!
When we close on the house, there are several rooms that I want to paint. Most of the downstairs is in great shape and all white and newly done so I am happy with that. The bedrooms however are all different colors, yellow, blue, green, pink. Basically the upstairs needs a clean sweep of white everywhere. So there are several billion shades of white (and that's onlyBenjamin Moore) I'm going with slightly warmer shade of white.. the cooler shades with undertones of blue can make a room feel cold. I like trim in a higher gloss and a shade darker than walls for a slight contrast. Colors however undecided so far!
Check these articles out: Southern Living- Getting the right white can be tricky here and Choosing the right white by 2Modern Design Talk here
and if you thought you'd seen it all, take a look at this the ben Color Capture app for iPhone. Love it!!!
Welcome to my new world with a white picket fence. My husband, 3 year old son, 2 year old daughter, little shih tzu and I are leaving our 950 square foot apartment in NYC for a new home in a small fishing town. In about 6 weeks, we are making the big move. It is incredibly exciting and emotional! Follow me on the journey of change as i journal about leaving the city, decorating a gorgeous new home, learning about gardening in my lovely new yard (that should be interesting), cooking up new recipes and doing craft projects with the kids. xox