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Indi go go

Sometimes the best results come when you break the rules. It is easy to get wrapped up in what you SHOULDN’T do. For example, using dark colors on the walls will make a space seem cramped and small or closed in.

I want to take a different approach. How about using dark colors on the wall to add drama or make my art pop? What if I use dark colors to highlight what I like best about my house: my art? What about using dark colors to make it feel cozy?

Inspiration.

Indigo Inspiration.

Art galleries do this. You will go into a gallery and the walls will be a deep royal blue and then migrate to a purple-y burgundy and move on into a hunter green. Against those rich colors, the rich colors in the art shimmer and shine, as you move from gallery to gallery.

I am going dark. In the kitchen. Breaking all the rules. It is a small space, with only two sources of natural light. But I have a feeling that this is the right thing here.

Art wall in the kitchen.

Art wall in the kitchen.

Next week I may be eating crow and taking it all back but a bright white ceiling, a new ceiling fan and indigo walls sound dramatic to me. The Benjamin Moore color name is Indi go go. It is speaking to me and I am  up for giving it a try. Navy blue, here we come.

Benjamin Moore Indi go go.

Benjamin Moore Indi go go.

 After all, it is only paint and broken rules.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio at Simply Turquoise. All rights reserved.

Reusing an Old Red Door

My decorating career has come to a staggering halt. I am required to spend the next five Saturdays learning how to be a foster parent. Yes, I am already trying to look at the bright side. Perhaps I can apply any new techniques I learn to the brand-new teenager in the house instead. That may be a better use of training.

However, I have made progress on an office for myself. I had to lay claim to my new office space like a homesteader staking out his land in the wild, wild, west. I had to fight off the Foos-ball table, the television, and the X-Box, for my own room. It was a gruesome battle and I have won.

Fighting for my own room.

Fighting for my own room.

Much like the pioneer days, the wind whistles through the cracks in the windows and the temps regularly fall below zero in my new office. But I am not to be deterred. It is a big room that gets warm with the sun and needs so much work that even I feel a little overwhelmed. I have plans for this space.

It all started with a red door that appeared in the driveway. I called my husband to ask where it came from and why was it there. He explained he had picked it up when someone advertised they were getting rid of it on Free-Cycle. He thought I could use it for my desk.

Brilliant! I was so excited! We even had red sawhorses in the basement to match. I love the view of our old house through the window.

The Red Door turned into a desk.

The Red Door turned into a desk.

After placing it on the sawhorses, I cleaned the door with Bona Wood Cleaner and repaired the veneer using Elmer’s Wood Glue and clamps. I removed the hinges and peephole so a piece of plexiglass would sit flat on the surface, making it usable for writing, drawing or sewing. I placed a chair on either side to welcome any new design clients that might appear, and I chose a paint color for the room.

Old red sawhorses support the desk.

Old red sawhorses support the desk.

Repairing the door.

Repairing the door.

Clamps holding the veneer flat.

Clamps holding the veneer flat

Removing the peephole.

Removing the peephole.

My son wants the peephole installed in his bedroom door. I may do it, just to humor him.

Office Art Wall.

Office Art Wall.

The things left to do on this porch are too long to list. But this is a start. Next up: Paint! I can’t wait to keep you updated on the progress. But first, I have to do my time in foster parent training class.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.