A Clean Slate
What do all the of beautiful rooms pictured above have in common? Each of them started with a clean (white) slate. I remember years ago when white walls were considered only appropriate in rentals, hence the mass adoption of the color tan, but in 2016 I think there is nothing that can make a room sing more than a room that is entirely painted in white. The simple background makes colors pop, gives depth to wood and leather, compliments brass perfectly, and is oh so easy to clean when done in an eggshell finish (i.e. about as kid friendly as you can get). For 8 years I've wanted to paint the nondescript tan common areas and one of our bathrooms (a color chosen by our developer) white, and my fiends, that time has finally come. In two weeks I'm getting the house and all the trim / doors painted and nothing could make me more excited. Truly, nothing.
Okay, so I feel like I have been blogging about doing this for years, so why now? Well, when we decided we were going to build the Costa house, we also decided that this apartment would most likely be our forever home. Our plan is to split our time between the two homes 50 /50 right after the boys' graduate and until then we will spend about 16 weeks a year in Nosara. Because we will have a larger home down there (with plenty of room for guests) we felt as though we won't ever need anything bigger here. We both love our neighborhood deeply and we were lucky enough to get in before the housing boom. And really, this 1700 square feet is all I've ever wanted and more.
By committing to staying here we are able to build the Costa house and really I can't think of two better places to call home. This means no move to the suburbs and it also means that for a few years things are going to be a little tight as far as physical room goes. The way we look at it, we have three bedrooms so the boys can always have their own room if they desire and once Liam goes off to college we will have the house for just the three of us. I like the idea of having the boys in close quarters when they are teens (I'm sure I may regret this statement later) and when they are gone this will be the perfect home for just my husband and I. In short, it looks like our starter home really will become our forever home.
So, paint. After 8 years and two wild boys the walls in the house are looking a little rough. The baseboards have been hit with every toy imaginable and now that the boys aren't repeatedly banging into the walls (unintentionally) I feel like there is no time like the present to give the house a little facelift. The paint is the one thing I think that is dating our space and I think that by simply painting the common areas (and doing a little updating to the boys' bathroom) we will feel like we are living in a completely renovated space. All hail the power of paint!
I'm lucky enough to again be working with the painter from the South End house and we are starting on September 14th. To kill some time today, the boys and I put a few samples up and right now Oxford White and Chantilly Lace, both by Ben Moore, are leading the charge. The doors and trim will be painted BM Super White and all I can say is anything better than the marked up one we have now (never let a baby get a highlighter). To prepare for the upcoming job I have decluttered every inch of our home and honestly it feel like we have a little bit of a fresh start happening. Both boys will be in school full time in under a week, our home will be renewed, and we will be officially out of the baby stage. Dare I say it's the beginning of a new era? I probably wouldn't go that far but I will say I do feel like we have a bit of a clean slate and I'm happy that our home will fully reflect that feeling. Xx