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hello, blue.

when we moved into our home in august, we were greeted by neutral paint colors EVERYWHERE. now, i’m not a hater of neutrals – hello, my name is Sara and my favorite color is grey – but taupe on brown on cream (ish) is a little much for my taste. so, one of the first painting projects i took on (after boy-ify-ing L’s room) was bringing some life to the front door.

here she blows:

Front-Door

you like?

our front door (who i’ll call gertrude, because it’s a name i love that i would never have the guts – or husband’s permission – to use) is lookin’ fine after two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Blue Lake, a color that i first saw on Young House Love’s own front door.

in terms of how i went about painting the door, i followed the instructions of YHL’s Sherry, to fantastic results.

after a little painting break (work duty calls!), i also blue-ified the entry door to the garage. here’s how our split-level entryway is looking today:

Our-Entryway

i’m a lot in love with the fun punch of color that the blue doors offer. together with the graphic artwork and the grey and white chevron rug (a Target find that I’m totally obsessed with), the entryway has a lot more personality than it did when we first walked in on moving day.

just for the sake of comparison, here’s the entryway pre-paint. as you can see by the paint swatches, at that point, we were trying out two different swatches of paint (BM’s Blue Lake and Peacock Blue), but as i mentioned above, we ultimately went with Blue Lake:

Front-Door-Paint

blander than bland, am i right? i just love the color punch that our blue doors bring.

while the entryway is far from complete – i’d love to paint the walls a fun grey color that has some depth, add a fun lantern (the light fixture is a little too builder-basic for me), and possibly add a narrow floating shelf (made of reclaimed wood?) behind the door (underneath the grey and yellow canvas) to hold our keys and mittens – it’s sure a welcome sight from what we inherited on move-in day.

once spring arrives (in like eight thousand months, since we live in the tundra of South Dakota), i also plan to bring some Blue Lake love to our two exterior entry doors (which lead in and out of the garage – there’s one on the side of the house and one in the back). our long-term plan for the exterior of the home involves (no surprise here) a dark grey hue instead of the dark caramel color our home is rocking now, and after some more paint swatch testing outside, we’re confident that the blue will bring some life to the exterior in the near future and for the long haul when we (someday) repaint.

here’s a look outside, when we were comparing paint colors, so you can see the exterior color of the house:

Exterior-Door-Paint

such fun!

are you adding any punch to your entryway or to the exterior of your home? do tell!

sick bugs, go away + mini-reveals

dear sick bugs,

please leave my dear family alone.

love, Sara

yes, that’s right, folks – the sick bugs have hit us yet again. this introduction to the world of daycare has sent our little family on quite the adventure these past 6.5 weeks…i bet that L has missed nearly as many days at daycare as he’s attended, all due to sickness (if not his own, his mama’s). the stomach flu (or something like it) hit our little guy on saturday and this mama on sunday, and it took us down and out for a few days, hence the radio silence here on our bloggity. our apologies!

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anyway, i wanted to let you all know of a few posts that are in the works around these here parts:

* a tour of L’s bedroom!

* a tour of our home’s exterior

but, to tide you over in the meantime, a few mini-reveals. first up: we’ve (finally) settled on a paint color for our home’s front door and three exterior doors! here she blows – we’re digging the color on the left:

Front-Door-Paint

 

Exterior-Door-Paint

look familiar? if you’re a fellow young house love-er, it should – it’s the same hue that j&s selected for their front door – blue lake by benjamin moore. we’re hoping to give our front door a bigger smile this weekend, with a full-on reveal coming soon :)

2. i’ve officially settled on a paint treatment for L’s bedroom dresser. introducing…the gradient finish, a la Red Hen Home, which i found via Pinterest:

Gradient-Dresser

i’m headed to the paint store today to pick up some swatches, but so far i’m loving benjamin moore’s palladian blue for the top drawers (also the color of L’s walls), BM’s stratton blue (two colors below on the color swatch), and BM’s prescott green (another two colors down). i’ll do the gradient paint treatment on the drawer fronts, but i’ll mimic the look of the white sides, top and legs, as seen above. i’m anxious to see how the paint colors look today – when i see them with my own two eyes instead of peering through a computer screen :)

finally, check out this duvet i bought from good ol’ urban outfitters for the guest bedroom (or for the master bedroom, if i can somehow convince Jord to rethink his opinion on the duvet…let’s just say that what he thinks of the duvet’s pattern rhymes with schmideous…):

Guest-Bedroom-Inspiration

i’m thinking of going with a rustic/romantic look in the guest room/master bedroom/wherever i can convince Jord to let me put this gorgeous thing. i got all sorts of inspired when i saw this inspiration board (above) a la apartment therapy – head to their original post for source information for the gorgeous stuff pictured above. i want to add a pallet headboard, a creamy white end table with a fun drawer knob, a mini-library + linens cabinet (i’ll be repurposing a piece we already own for this project!), a chandelier with some rustic beauty, and a soft, deep paint color (probably in the grey family – surprise, surprise!). gorgeous, right?

that’s all for now – stay tuned for more from us soon (unless the sick bugs get us…again).