Since my youngest child left for college last fall I have been on a redecorating rampage.
It’s been tremendous fun and well, most definitely therapeutic.
And during this process I decided rather than think of my home and myself as an empty nester, since, empty, often defined as “containing nothing” seems quite negative and is not at all how I feel. So, in an act of rebellion, I am calling myself a “renester”.
Re means “once more, afresh, anew.”
Now that’s more like it.
And just as we nest when expecting our babies, I think it is perfectly natural to renest when those grown babies leave.
It just seems like such a natural thing to do as I start a new chapter in my life.
A new, fresh, and definitely bolder Charlotte is emerging.
It all started with the family room remodel which yes, I have got to focus and do posts to show you all those projects.
Here’s a sneak peek of the colors in the space…
1. Fabric from Hobby Lobby; 2. Painting by Geoff McFetridge; 3. Rowe Slipcover Fabric #13252-08: 4. Behr Field Gold 1A9-4; 5. Benjamin Moore Royal Flush 2076-20; 6. Olivenite Bori Curiain from World Market; Favorite Throw in Teal from West Elm 8. Flea Market dresser painted in Behr Parsley Sprig S-H-450; 9. Isaac Swivel Chair from Pier 1; 10. Quill rug from CB2; 11. Parallel Reality from FLOR
And you see, #5. That’s Benjamin Moore’s Royal Flush and the color I just painted my dining room. The color is, as my son Ted put it “striking”, and the color captures perfectly how this period of renesting feels to me.
See it started with a magenta throw I found at IKEA. The color was deep and gorgeous and went wonderfully with the colorful inspiration fabric (#1 in photo above) I used to guide my family room color decisions.
When I put the throw on the back of my new sofa slipcover, not only did I immediately fall in love with the beautiful contrast of the black and white and magenta, but when I stepped back I saw how the throw made the magenta in the new FLOR tiles pop….
I was in love.
So naturally when I saw the dining room and that brownish red paint color that’s been on the walls since we bought the house 14 years ago and all those cracks…
I knew those walls were going to be magenta.
So off to the nearest Benjamin Moore dealer I went to get the striking Royal Flush…
This wonderfully saturated color, combined with the new bold blue and white striped curtains make a refreshed and delightful space.
And since the art work I had hanging, although quite pretty, wasn’t quite saturated enough for the new color, I decided to hang the companion piece. But, the frame’s glass broke years ago and because the mat and print were stored behind an armoire all these years the mat was damaged. So, as anyone who likes to decorate knows, there is always something to do. So now I am off to the craft store to buy mat board so I can cut a new mat and off to the glass store to purchase new glass. But the effort will be worth it, because I think once framed this piece will definitely hold its own against the magenta.
And then, because completely redoing the family room and dining room (I haven’t even told you about the kitchen) wasn’t enough, days after I hung the new curtains which by the way are form and function. I picked these babies because they have black out lining and the dining room window is western facing and during our Alabama summers the room gets HOT. So now I can pull them closed in the afternoon and quite possibly save a bit on our cooling bill.
Days after finishing the dining room I was in Target and discovered a new line of paint and wallpaper and well, of all things, they had navy and white striped wallpaper. Yes. A near perfect match for the dining room curtains.
And well the entry way’s wallpaper was the color of the old red…
and that red wallpaper was cracked and torn from foundation settling and that great idea I had 14 years ago to sponge paint the crown moulding and ceiling gold kinda leaves my head shaking …