Happy July folks! If you've followed along on my blog, then I'm sure you realized it's been a whole MONTH since I posted last. I personally can't believe June has come and gone, but yes, it has, and yes I have stayed very busy. And for those who have been "really" following along, I just wanted to say...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US! Lol, can you believe it! Today marks my one year 'Going Live' anniversary of my blog and it's been completely therapeutic, educational, and fun. There has been so much to learn in the computer/internet world and I just continue to take baby steps in hopes that one day I will become pretty knowledgeable. The most important thing I've learned about blogging though is "why" I'm doing it. Like I said, it's very therapeutic, like journaling, only I don't get hand cramps from writing and I don't have to cut and glue pictures. But for you all, I hope it's inspirational. Whether it gives you courage to get out there and blog as well or gives you motivation to want to do a special or certain project around the house, or maybe even gets you pumped to just jump in the car and see what great garage sale find is out there, that's what I hope you get to walk away with after reading a post or two. With that being said, here's a toast to 🥂 us in our first year together! CHEERS!
I'm sure June was just as busy for you as it was for me. June can be defined with so many activities. First there are ALWAYS June brides! It's the perfect month of late spring and early summer blooms for those sunny weddings. Not to mention, humidity NORMALLY doesn't occur 'till later in the month around here...but not this year! Then, throw in a few graduations! Congratulations to all my friends out there with the graduation of their son/daughter/or grandkid! Yes, our family has been celebrating all those events as well, and unfortunately even a funeral. On the flip side of events, we have been busy with house projects. I'm sure you remember in my last post how I started painting the dining room and living room...yea, that snowballed to the foyer, second floor landing and hallway, to the kitchen, and even to the kitchen cabinets...and I'm pooped!
But, before I share some photos of the finished rooms, I want to congratulate the latest (over a month ago!) winner to my giveaway. If you remember, I found at a garage sale the cutest Yankee Candle topper that came with a matching plate. It was a garden themed topper and the winner was randomly chosen from my blog subscribers. It's always funny to see email addresses pop up because some are pretty obvious as to who they belong to, but some you have no idea who they belong to. When this email address was chosen, I didn't recognize it, so, for me, it was just as exciting to send the email out announcing that he/she won as it would have been if I won something! So a huge congratulations to Julie Marie from Utah! What was really exciting for me was that Julie Marie and I follow each other on Instagram, which is a huge source of inspiration for me. I had no idea it was her email address and was so excited when I got a reply that it was her!!! Now, if you are an Instagrammer, you need to check her out! She has such cute pictures!! It's funny how I've found so many "in common" friends all from their pictures. You can find her at Sweetwildviolets. I💕her Instagram! ❤️
So, here we go! The dining room was dark. Very very dark brown. Gorgeous dark brown. I distinctly remember the paint swatch name being Top Hat (that's how dark it was). One thing I love about dark colors is the warmth I feel. It's like dark colored walls are hugging you when you walk into the room. But, if you know me, prior to buying this house, we've always had dark colored walls or a dark colored accent wall...and I was ready for a change. I marked 2018 the year of big changes so of course I had my mind set on doing some big changes. But, I think I lost my mind after I painted the first room. I told Bill I wanted to brighten the room. It faces the evening sun and it's a potent sun. I really wanted to make use of the sunshine and decided to stray away from our forever faithful warm colors and go neutral to cool toned. And so I did. The result scared me. At first I wanted to kick myself and throw in the towel and cry. It wasn't what I was hoping for at all. Then it dawned on me, with Bill's help, it's not the color I don't like, it's what surrounds it and what we have in it. All the decor and furniture is warm, the surrounding room colors are warm; throw in dark hardwood floors and you have yourself a nauseating mess. I say that because I don't do abstract very well. So, that is where I decided I was going to have to paint the family/living room and foyer/second floor landing. Which also meant I had to sell most of the decor I couldn't spray paint...and buy new 😬