Today’s day-dreams are brought to you by the color … green? … red? … mauve? I don’t know what color. And that’s my dilemma.
I have been dreaming of paint. My day-dreaming was inspired by an 87-year old woman I visited recently whose home is sweet, small and impeccably painted in white — yes, white! — and she does the painting herself. Regularly. Still. At age 87.
I confess that, before home Communion was served, I interrogated her at length about painting. I was hoping that she could infuse me with some of her expertise in painting and some of her quiet confidence about style. I’m sure she would laugh if she heard me say that she has style, but, in my eyes, she does. All of her walls and woodwork are painted white and yet still her house is cozy and not at all stark. She used color in beautiful ways. She used, tastefully, a color I love: red. I was inspired.
So color me HAPPY that I found a fellow blogger who also delights in finding her decorating colors. She recently posted something really fun over at This, That, and The Other which she got from Lisa Clarke’s blog, Polka Dot Cottage. What total serendipity! For I am pretty sure that “Cottage” would be somewhere close to a label for what might loosely be called my “personal home decorating style.” “Shabby Chic” is casual and tattered enough but a little too soft and too pastel. I’m only a little bit “Country” and, beyond that, I’m not sure what the categories of decorating style even are. But I digress … !
About finding those colors: Check out both blogs for a cool tool called The Color Palette Generator. You can use your own photo from a vacation spot you loved or choose a photo that gives you a good feeling — say, happy and content, or energized, or inspired. This tool lets you see the individual colors that could make little parts of your world feel the same way.