Sunday, October 25, 2009

To Paint or Not to Paint That is the Question?

As we move closer to closing on our new house, I am spending many a sleepless night mulling over interior paint colors.
We are being given a blank canvas of fresh white walls and this ugly brick fireplace. I like brick don't get me wrong, but I much prefer it on a patio or on the exterior walls of a house.
Not standing out like a sore thumb in the middle of my living room.

I think I've decided to paint it, but I have color commitment issues. I want my house to flow and feel warm and inviting. I'm also trying to work with some of the existing fixtures in the house like the hard wood floors...

...the black granite in the kitchen and ...

...the tile in the foyer.

I love warm earth tones and I like traditional mixed with a touch of clean modern style.
My first inclination was to paint it white, but with three kids white is not the most practical color and it's, well BORING.
Then I thought black, or gray or creamy beige. I also have to keep the living room walls in mind.
Do I pick wall colors for the walls and then a color for the fireplace or do I pick a fireplace color and then choose the wall colors?
Since the fireplace is so large and is the main focus of the room and I want it to stand out, but not in a bad way.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Once I settle on colors the next thing I have to deal with is this...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pink Week

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness I Heart Faces photo theme is Pink.

This little pink face is T the miracle baby of my good friend B a breast cancer survivor.
B was diagnosed with Her2 positive Breast Cancer when my youngest son was not much older than T.
A mother with a young daughter, who had struggled for years with infertility.
Only to be told her chances of having a second were slim to none after the aggressive cancer treatments.
She mourned, but accepted the fact that her beautiful daughter would be the only child she'd ever have.
At the beginning of 2009 what she though was the beginnings of menopause turned out to be the beginning of life for this beautiful little guy.

T was born almost exactly four years after diagnosis and we are all tickled pink!