Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Some Much Needed Time...

I'm sorry to have taken some time off, and without warning. I was feeling a HUGE need to step back, take a breath - and a break. This has been a crazy, whirlwind of a year and I still feel like I'm trying to fall into some kind of a routine. I realized that I haven't officially shared the launch of the Bixby & Ball blog. This has been another struggle and challenge. Some of you know that my blog hasn't always been the most (ah hem) consistent. : ) And now to think of keeping up with two feels just a bit daunting. At first I was thinking my posts on Bixby & Ball would be more "business-y" and less personal but let's be honest - first of all, who wants to read an all business blog (NOT ME!) and second, Bixby & Ball IS personal to us. Afterall, it holds a lot of our blood, sweat, and a lot of tears! We're sensitive girls! : ) I'm trying to focus on my reasoning for starting this blog in the first place, and that was a place to catalog inspiration and document the projects we work on at our home. Which is actually a fitting time to kick-start this blog again because we have a lot of changes about to happen around here. Tomorrow we're repainting the downstairs to kick-off the changes! I received quite a few emails asking about our current downstairs color. Right now it looks like this:


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and this...
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I love this color, and am actually considering leaving it in the office area of the downstairs but the soft green clashes terribly with this:

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When we first re-did the house, we had not a thing in it. I generally knew the color scheme I wanted to go with and chose colors that I liked. Then my grandparents started cleaning out and giving us things they no longer had room for. This painting (of the Cyclone Roller coaster in Long Beach) has been in this house (pre everything being re-done) for as long as I can remember. The rich, bold colors just don't go with the soft, pale green.

Below is the original color palette I was planning on going with. These are the colors I always gravitate to for myself. But, as you can see, they just don't go with our painting - and the painting stays. Luckily, I'm flexible and love many different colors.

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Sadly, I absolutely love our current color and somehow misplaced the name. We have an organized binder full of all of the different things in our house (finishes, plumbing fixture brands and models, maintenance manuals, warranties, etc.) and somehow with all of that organization the color for our downstairs never made it in.

I will most likely have to wait to take photos this weekend and will post the after photos then! It won't be a super dramatic change but it definitely will no longer be green.

18 comments:

  1. It will be exciting to see the changes yoou make!!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my new giveaway! (a Painting)

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  2. That is a very cool painting!I love the history of it. I would paint my house for it too.

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  3. Can't wait to see what color you chose!

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  4. Can't wait ! The current color shows up on my monitor like Resteration hardware silver sage:)

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  5. Welcome back!!! I am anxious to see your after pics! I know they will be stunning! Have fun!

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  6. Looking at your inspirational pic and knowing that the painting is to stay, I have a colour suggestion.

    How about silver grey as a paint colour - you can go cool or warm as a base? Greys anchor rich and bright colours + its the perfect coastal colour as a back drop. Grey is very much on trend and is set to be so for a while. It also goes with the beautiful sea green you currently have.

    Good luck, perking up your environment does wonders!

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  7. Wow! That looks stunning but can't wait to see the changes.

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  8. Melissa, as much as you love the color of your house that painting is worth changing the color! I love it!

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  9. Ah Melissa!!! So nice to have you back. I've missed ya girlie, but I'm glad you took time off when you needed it. Can't wait to see you house updates + changes. xo, Tessa

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  10. I love your color downstairs- sad to see it go... but excited to see what you come up with! Im sure you (Martha) will make it adorable as always! ;) Too funny because we are thinking about repainting our red wall downstairs too!!!! HAHAH go figure we're on the same page... as always! MIss you!

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  11. Hurry up and show the new color....am anxious to see it!

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  12. So happy to have you back! I was on vacation last week and it was so nice to take a break from everything too. I love your painting! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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  13. Can't wait to see what you do.

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  14. Hello! Can you share with me where you purchased the small white shelves and brackets above your desk and computer?

    I'm hunting for some new shelves for laundry and think these may be it!

    Thanks!

    Kelly
    kelnoel@yahoo.com

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  15. I adore the painting and agree it is worth changing the paint for!
    Good Luck and welcome back!

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  16. Melissa,

    Looking forward to seeing what you decide, but I love the painting and I think it looks beautiful on any color. It has so much history...like your house.

    xo annie

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  17. I just discovered your lovely blog and have signed up as a follower. I've just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
    http://coastal-style.blogspot.com/
    x
    Melissah

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