Thursday, March 31, 2011


Well we are finally in the part of the process where I feel pretty confident that this whole house buying thing is actually happening. The inspection is done, the repairs have been made, and now we are counting down to the closing! Ahhh! Now that all that stuff has been taken care of, I can start focusing on the more important things (at least in my book).....decorating and painting!

There are two rooms in the house that need paint. The living room has a lime green accent wall and one of the bedrooms is baby pink. I love pink and green, but I do not like them as paint colors.We want to keep the accent wall in the living room, but we will probably play it safe and do a color from the beige family. The question is, should we pick furniture or paint first? We are planning on getting a new living room set, but likely won't buy it until after we move. Ideally I would like to paint before we move in. Is that the wrong way to go though?

As for the pink bedroom....we are hoping to use this as a nursery some day and I would prefer to not paint twice. I am not sure what color we will use, but I also want it to be neutral. Boring?

What are your favorite design/decorating blogs? I need to add them to my reader!


  1. You know, I see nothing wrong with painting the walls before you move in. It gets it off your To Do list:) And in regards to going with the paint color of the furniture...I'm always reminded that you can always change the paint color. Of course, you can change your furniture as well...but that may be a little bit more pricey. So I would go with pieces that you love...and then work the color around that:)

    Some of my favorite home blogs include

  2. I personally would get furniture prior to painting, because it's easier and cheaper to match paint to fabric than the other way around.

    As for the pink bedroom. What if you painted it a neutral color for your uses now (yellow, beige, sagey green, whatever) with plans to update with some more baby-like color once you come to that place? That way you aren't living with a baby pink office or workout room. ;)

    So exciting! I can't wait to see what you do with the place!


  3. I would suggest knowing at least what style of furniture you will want before painting. Furniture requires a bit more of a committment than paint does...

    Congratulations! Can't wait to see what you do.

  4. That little girls room is adorable!
    But, agree with gender neutral.

  5. What a very pretty little girl's room! I love the little tea set and table.

  6. I love every detail of all these rooms. I love your fireplace, the look and feel of your living room and the little girl's bedroom. Everything is just so lovely.

  7. Rare and Beautiful Treasures, Young house love, Chic Coles, The Lettered Cottage all have great design blogs. Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and House Beautiful all have great ideas as well! Good Luck!!

  8. This is an area that i wish I were better in.
    I like to keep the pottery barn catalogs for inspiration..hope that helps and good luck!

    Also I subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart and Real Simple and the occasionally have decorating tips.

  9. I'm so excited for you and your new house! I'd say to paint things in a neutral color (like a nice, light grey) and get whatever furniture you'd like. Grey is fantastic for just that reason. It's not white, but it's so versatile. Also, as someone said before, you can ALWAYS change paint! It's not terribly expensive and that wall looks like it wouldn't take long at all! Good luck!

  10. Oh, I'm quite jealous. I HATE housework like this & always say I never want a house, just an apartment, so I never have to do this - but then I see how beautifully people decorate their homes & I have to rethink...

  11. Congrats on the house! I LOVE colour, so it would be sad to pain an accent wall light brown, I'd wait for furniture. You just have to cover new furniture with plastic or sheets, or slide it into the hallway. I can't wait to see what you choose!