December 5, 2007

The Return

Scott came home, praise the Lord and pass the chips, we are SAVED! RESCUED! SALVAGED! In the nick of time, too. I was 8 seconds away from having to go to the nervous hospital. My tip-tilty household has righted itself, though, and I am happy all the way down to my feet, EVEN THOUGH...

the dog has taken to waiting until he thinks NO ONE IS LOOKING and then slinking all low bellied and PRE-SIN guilty to the Christmas tree and slurping tinsel off it, or WORSE, selecting an ornament and gently lipping it off the tree so he can chew it like GUM. I have a box of twelve globes with BIRDS on them that he particularly favors. Those little bird globes fit like LOZENGES into his maw, and he sucks all the bright paper off. Not to be too graphic, but…let’s just say the backyard is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Sam, who has the delightful job of scanning the yard and diffusing dog bombs, is going to have an easy time FINDING them all. Just saying.

And also EVEN THOUGH I am STALLED on my DECO-Mission. Remember I earlier posted that thing about how most of my house looks like orcs used it for a rec room---and you DO NOT want to know what orcs do in their rec rooms. I don’t want to know either, but I suspect it involves both emotionally disturbed goats and cannibalism. ANYWAY. I decided that I should have a PRETTY BEDROOM. Because animals are CONSTANTLY supervised while in that room, and they can’t destroy it as much…

This is the comforter and etc I like—it is called MERCER by Croscill.


I am going with the DRAPES, too, but NOT the valances which I think pushed the whole thing over into MATCHY-MATCHY-ness.

My original plan, looking at the PICTURE, was to paint the bedroom a similar grayed out heathery sort of inoffensive purple, but…purple is PURPLE, you know. AND GRANTED, I like color. I have a crocodile green office, a pumpkin colored work out room, I painted Maisy’s room vibrant Lemon and Sam has a deep dark mossy green accent wall, and in the basement I have a RED play room and a VERY purple movie room.

I am thinking we are never going to be able to sell this house should CRAZY FARM PLAN happen, because I have all these weird colors all over it. (See!!!!! I am backwardly continueing to write my way to---or at least AROUND--- CRAZY FARM PLAN. REALLY! I AM!!!) So I have 50 different shades of purple sample chips, and last night I made Scott look at them.

The woman who owned the house before me had, like, actual good taste and no pets, so it was very pretty and all the walls had contrasting neutrals running one into another. My bedroom is currently a shade of KHAKI and the adjoining bath is a slightly deeper, greener khaki.

Last night I voiced my concerns about ever selling the house, and having more than one purple room, and etc.

Me: SO… do you think we should paint the room purple this weekend?
Him: No.
Me: *thinking pause* Are you just saying that because you are a LAZY SERPENT who doesn’t much want to PAINT this weekend?
Him: Yes.
Me: Okay let me rephrase. Do you think the room would look BETTER if we painted it purple.
Him: Baby, do you know how in GREEK they have like four words for LOVE. Agape and all that? But in English, you just say love? Or how Eskimos have a thousand words for what we consistently call snow? Well, in MAN TALK, you just asked the same question. I didn’t hear a rephrase at all.


Do you think that bedding and the furniture – which is a deep cherry – will look good in a neutral KHAKI room? Or should we GO ALL OUT FULL ON NO HOLDS BARRED BITE-ME-POTENTIAL-BUYERS PURPLE?

Posted by joshilyn at December 5, 2007 8:09 AM

I think the furniture and the bedding would look fine in a khaki room, but if you love the purple, you should have the purple. But maybe call it aubergine instead-- sounds fancier and less offensive to potential buyers. : ) I personally think that bedding would look fab-u-lous with a fabric accent wall. It is a lot easier than most people think to upholster a wall-- if you can wield a staple gun and a hot glue gun, you are in business. That's my two cents for what its worth.

Posted by: Jill at December 5, 2007 8:25 AM

I say paint it the color you really want.

We did that in our first house, and when it was time to sell we had buyers that wanted us to repaint the whole house a neutral color, buyers who wanted us to repaint the whole house in their select color scheme, buyers who said they hated the colors but would deal with it themselves, and buyers who loved the colors and said it made them want the house even more.

So. The house sold to a single man who very wisely said not a word about the painted rooms and plopped down a nice fat check.

And we loved that house and every room was exactly how I wanted it to be until the day we moved out.

And I have to say - you are driving me crazy with this crazy farm plan. WHAT IS IT??? :)

Posted by: billie at December 5, 2007 8:28 AM

I think it would better with that color that's in the wide border of the bedspread, it looks to be a really pale greenish color. But hey, I've never been known for my fine taste, so maybe you better ignore that!

Posted by: Brigitte at December 5, 2007 8:50 AM

I think it would look fine in a khaki room, but I agree with Billie. Paint it the way you want. It can be repainted.

Posted by: Jess at December 5, 2007 8:50 AM

Paint it purple. Paint it to match the border. Better yet, pay someone professional to do this for you.

My biggest pet peeve with all those HGTV home-buyer shows is buyers who think that the house should come custom tailored to their tastes. SOMEONE ELSE LIVED IN IT, PEOPLE! They were not you! Change the paint or carpet your own d*** self! THat's what's called making a house a home.

Also, I think I've used up my lifetime allotment of exclamation marks. Perhaps I need some zen, now.

Posted by: Alix at December 5, 2007 9:16 AM

If CFP goes ahead, does this mean you will have to sell your house? If so, don't redecorate or paint at all because you will need to save your money and energy for the move. Save the redecorating for the new house.

If CFP will allow you to keep your house, redecorate or paint it anyway you want!

Thus, more details about Crazy Farm Plan are needed.

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 5, 2007 9:16 AM

Do you think we can get Joss to tell us about Crazy Farm Plan if we start sending pink socks to Grand Central Publishing?

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 5, 2007 9:24 AM

*I* would leave the walls khaki. . .but *I* am not you and if YOU like purple, then by all means, call in the paint truck and get the job done. This is your HAVEN--remember? If a purple/lavender/puce/heliotrope room then go for it, girl.

Posted by: Roxanne at December 5, 2007 9:43 AM

You know, you have a friend who LOVES LOVES LOVES to paint. And will happily come to your house and do so. Maybe if you could wait until after the holidays she could be lured to you, roller in hand. ;)

Posted by: Mir at December 5, 2007 9:44 AM

I painted (actually, rag-rolled) the master bedroom in our old house Bordello Red and the house still sold....... so I think you'd be okay with purple. Or aubergine. Or amethyst. But a neutral would work as well.

Posted by: RuthWells at December 5, 2007 9:55 AM

I'm thinking if you decide to sell the house because of Crazy Farm Plan or no, you may then perhaps consider repainting the entire house in neutral shades. So say the folks on HGTV anyway, when it comes to home selling.

So in the interim, paint it purple. Absolutely.

And don't think anybody here is going to forget about the Crazy Farm Plan.

Posted by: Keetha at December 5, 2007 9:56 AM

Okay, in my house, I have color control. Not-much-else-control, but I do get the main say in color and color combinations. Long story involving my husband's grandfather buying house paint (external house paint) according to the name on the can and shocking/disturbing the neighbors every few years. This is genetic, you know.

ANY-HOO! I say no to neutral, but believe you should also think carefully about purple (and I love purple, ask anyone, wearing it as I type!). Purple and cherry--not a good mix, I don't think. Too close and yet not close enough, if you get my point.

Can you pick out a faint/pale cherry that would just pick up with the dark cherry of the bedding? Or maybe a very pale blue, with hints of aqua? (Son says, "Kryptonite Green!")

Not neutral. Yawn.

Posted by: Becky Levine at December 5, 2007 10:24 AM

Keep the room the same for now. Live with it and the new comforter and drapes til after the new year. Then if you still want to paint then do so. With some excellent help from MIR.
Or better yet, call book writers club and make it a chocolate martini poker painting party. Then just show this post to Scott and he will paint the room this weekend.

Posted by: jean at December 5, 2007 10:29 AM

if you think you may change out all the new "fluff," (comforter, pillows, drapes, etc.) within like a year or so, stay neutral. lots of people love love love their fluff at first but then get swayed by something completely different when they're out shopping....the thrill of the hunt, the lure of the spotless new, whatever...

Posted by: dramamama at December 5, 2007 10:48 AM

Paint it purple. It's useless to try to second-guess what some phantom future buyer might or might not like in paint colors. You're living there for now, so paint it the way you like it.

You are trying very hard to make us care about CFP; and I am starting to feel like Charlie Brown, and that makes you LUCY, pulling the football away. Except inside my head, I am doing what CB never did, and refusing to kick. SO THERE!

Posted by: Aimee at December 5, 2007 10:57 AM

You so just kicked!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jean at December 5, 2007 11:11 AM

Paint it any color but khaki. TPTB just painted our office and break area khaki. Two of my friends have recently painted rooms khaki. WHY, people, WHY? Call it what it is - it's beige. And if you like beige, then by all means, paint on! But Joshilyn, you just don't strike me as a beige paint loving person. And it really sounds like you want purple. Life is too short to paint in neutrals unless you want to. (And really people, what's wrong with white? It brightens and makes rooms look bigger and airy!)

Posted by: Cate at December 5, 2007 11:31 AM

Ok, I haven't posted in ages, but I couldn't not post for this. Khaki, beige, white, and anything else that can be described as "neutral" is not a color. Personally, I think walls want to be a color. As someone who bought her house and quickly painted her bedroom purple, I say go for it!

Posted by: Bonnie Ann at December 5, 2007 2:10 PM

I have figured out the Crazy Farm Plan all on my own. It is what you are DRIVING US TO!!! with this mega-tease.

Posted by: rams at December 5, 2007 2:37 PM

Get the comforter, curtains, etc. Get the furniture. Put it all in the bedroom and THEN see what color the walls need to be. There's no way to tell for sure till you see it in the room. The bedding *might* be a problem with cherry furniture, it's very hard to tell from pictures.

Oh, if you only get the curtains and then paint the walls purple/eggplant/aubergine...the curtains will disappear. My suggestion would be that IF you go purple/etc on the walls you then pick a rich neutral curtain. Something in the gold or cream colors from the bedding...heavy velvet would be yummy, but rich lace would work really well, too.

Posted by: Beth at December 5, 2007 3:40 PM

You're the ones living there now. Paint it how you want. Who expects to move into a house and not paint? Not me. And who wants to deal with persnickety picky buyers anyway? Love where you live, I say. Make it your own. Be happy. It's your One Nice Room.

Man Talk is annoying, isn't it? I am the only female in my house. *sigh*

Posted by: amy at December 5, 2007 4:58 PM

I think the valances are too much, too. But Beth definitely has a point on the disappearing curtains with the purple walls. What's the plan for the floors?

I love the richness of the gold - what about having the wall with the curtains be gold, while the others are purple?

I wonder, if the walls are already khaki, some kind of faux finish, warming it up and adding texture, would be possible? I don't know faux finishes, being far too lazy, but if your base color is already OK, maybe it wouldn't be too much work? Just an ignorant suggestion...

Posted by: Diane (TT) at December 5, 2007 5:22 PM

Dear Potential Buyers,

Suck it.

You can always paint it back. Said the woman who reclined on a fainting sofa fanning herself with peacock feathers while shrieking "THE COLOR ISN'T EVEN!" at her beleaguered boyfriend as he painted. Then made him paint it OVER AGAIN because the yellow wasn't the perfect hue.

I'm beginning to suspect that I am a dreadful person. But one who thinks you should have a purple bedroom.

Posted by: Moose in the Kitchen at December 5, 2007 6:20 PM

Paint it purple. If you get tired of it after a couple of years you can always paint it again - paint is relatively cheap. But do it now! If you wait and put all the new stuff in. You'll likely never get around to painting. I think it will be gorgeous!

Posted by: Cathi at December 5, 2007 7:03 PM

Oh no, Jean, I did not kick. And I will not kick. Kicking = believing that I will one day LEARN about Crazy Farm Plan. I am completely content not to know about it, and I do not believe that we will ever hear about this alleged plan. I feel that the Pink Sock mystery happened by accident, and that is one thing; but the CFP is happening on PURPOSE. I will continue to kick at the pink sock until the end of my days, but I will NOT kick at CFP.

Posted by: Aimee at December 5, 2007 7:09 PM

Go for purple.
Life is too short to let your walls be boring!

Posted by: DebR at December 5, 2007 9:37 PM

Just. Paint. Already.

purple, of course!

And in lieu of your CFP, I find myself filling in my own details for my very own CFP. Now if only they don't fill in all the local farms with new subdivisions, it just might work.

Posted by: Patti at December 6, 2007 12:18 AM

Pururple. Purcle. Purple! *that word sounds really funny now*

I mean, paint it what you want.

I am going to sleep now.

Posted by: Rhonda at December 6, 2007 12:47 AM

I'm thinking I've got an accent wall to paint purple. Maybe if I throw my gallon of grape paint to the southeast, and you throw your gallon to the northwest, something inbetween our houses might get painted purple.

Posted by: Cele at December 6, 2007 2:21 AM

I do not, nor have I ever, had a desire to paint a room purple. The closest I've ever come is a periwinkle bathroom. Which I happen to adore. However, I have been adding more and more color in my house, most of it deep or bright. Everyone seems politely aghast at my color choices and then, mostly, surprised that they aren't actually hideous at all, in fact, sometimes even very nice. But for me, so far I've fallen in love with every "no holds barred" (no bars held? no bared ... holeds... NEVERMIND) So far I've adored every over the top color choice I've added. So I say - GO FOR IT!

Posted by: Laume at December 6, 2007 3:24 AM

wellllll I think you should go for the purple. I recently had a psycho purple bedroom very deep purple though not ver y rock and roll, and I just changed it to a mellow grey with purple tones which sounds horrid but is actually really lovely and accentuates pieces in the bedroom very nicely. If you're interested I'll send you a pic and the name of the paint.

Posted by: Julie at December 6, 2007 9:23 AM

Go for the purple. We have a (contingency) contract on a house we're wanting to buy, and every room is bright: yellows, reds, blues, etc. While we COULD repaint, if we wanted neutrals, the colors are beautiful and inspire me to make some fun changes, if we get the house. A house is like a family's palette. As an artist, I would never change something in a painting to make it more "buyer friendly." It is what it is.

Posted by: Susan Cushman at December 6, 2007 10:45 AM

Okay, you asked, so here goes. And somebody else might have already said this but I'm at work and must get back to it and there are WAY too many comments to read through all right now.

IMO, if you have the dark curtains, the darkish comforter, Cherry furniture AND purple walls, it will be too dark. I think the Cherry furniture could potentially clash with the purple walls. I say stick with the Khaki. For now anyway. Wait until you get everything in the room adn then make the final decision.

Posted by: Leandra at December 6, 2007 12:57 PM

I'm waffling now. not worried about future buyers - they can paint as well as you can, I'm sure. your home should be what you want it to be.

my waffle is this: go ahead and paint purple, load up the room and hate the purple and never get around to repainting. or wait till you load the room, hate the khaki and end up waiting forever to get around to emptying and painting.

then of course there is the opposite of both of those - you love it and don't have to get around to redoing anything.

hmm. waffles, I'm getting hungry.

Posted by: elizabeth at December 6, 2007 3:30 PM

I actually love to paint, so I really wish I lived close enough to help you! I think when people buy a house, they usually assume they will need/want to repaint everything anyway so I say go for it. But maybe I just assume people will repaint because I love to do it and couldn't imagine buying a house and living with someone elses colors when I could have the joy of painting it AND the joy of the new color. So I am possibly no help at all. Sorry!

Posted by: tori at December 6, 2007 3:39 PM


You don't know me much from Adam, but I am extremely, highly, inexplicably visual. So trust me when I say this- DO NOT PUT THAT BEDSPREAD WITH CHERRY WOOD! Granted both are very beautiful, but together? My eyes! My eyes! Well, first it was me imagining the two together but then I did a side by side of chosen bedspread with a cherry wood sleigh bed and...My eyes! My eyes! My inclination is to suggest silver, but I think cherry is just a PMS sort of color- it doesn't get along with much of anything.

Posted by: Sabra at December 6, 2007 8:04 PM

Oh, and a warm-toned green. Silver and green are the chocolate and popcorn to cherry wood's PMS cravings.

Posted by: Sabra at December 6, 2007 8:14 PM

this is what happens when you open your home -- and your BEDROOM of all places -- to the wonderful world! just do what makes you happy. remember the crocodile tears....

Posted by: dramamama at December 7, 2007 9:19 AM