Moving Day

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It’s true… I’m moving!  I’ve packed up my posts, photos and links and I’m moving them over to WordPress.org.  And much like moving in real life, moving your blog is kind of a pain.  My (brain) muscle hurts, all of my junk is boxed up and I have no idea where to find anything.  There may even be things that get lost or broken in transit.

Why the move?  For those that blog, WordPress.org gives a lot more freedom and creativity.  From big things like customizing code to little things like being able to add instagram photos to your blog… there are a lot more options.  Right now it’s safe to assume I’m interested in the little things, but I like the opportunity to grow and learn about the bigger things.

So what does this mean to you?  Hopefully, not much.  However, since I really don’t know what I’m doing and feel like I’ve constructed a house of cards that may collapse at any given moment… I thought you should know.  If for some reason I drop off your feed and you’re interested in still following along with all of our shenanigans, you can still find us at http://www.storypiece.net

And just like in real life where I’ve invited friends over for pizza and to see our new digs, I’m inviting you to check out the new blog.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll have plates for the pizza or that there will be pictures on the walls, but I can promise that it will be… a work in progress.

Okay… have I sufficiently crushed this moving metaphor?  No?  Good.  Since I don’t have an actual moving day photo, I thought I’d leave you with this image from our recent kitchen project.  Yes… we started painting before cleaning up our holiday decorations.

DIY Chaos

Life was a wee bit insane and proof that things can get seriously out of control around here.

Have you made the move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?  Any tips for those of us in transition?  Ever feel like chaos is the new normal?

Scope Creep

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Our home is very open and you can see many of the rooms from different angles. It’s one of the features we absolutely loved about the place when we first saw it and we have had tons of fun playing with color and accent walls within the space.  In fact, I recently realized we have 15 different paint colors throughout our home.  Saying we aren’t afraid of color is maybe an understatement.

However, I’ve noticed the trend of having multi-colored walls within a room is getting… dare I say it… a bit dated.  I don’t know… I still like the idea, but I’m just not seeing the trend of accent walls as much as I once did.  And there are spots in our home that could use some freshening up.  So since we had the paint, tarps and ladders out, our little kitchen project crept into a few other areas too.

In our dining room we had an accent wall that we both were kinda done with.

Accent Wall

Tyson was feeling like the red was played out so he wanted to update that. For me, I wanted to say goodbye to the accent wall all together. We killed two birds and continued the taupe that was in the rest of the room and kitchen across that wall.

Dining Room Wall

This wall also bends down the stairs, around into the family room.

Old Paint Meets New Paint

We decided to cover the lower wall (which is a part of the family room) with Chocolate Sparkle to shift that room from having three colored walls to two.

Lower Family Room Wall

Tyson’s not super excited about the stark contrast where the two colors meet, but I like that the new paint balances and streamlines the colors that you see when you are in a particular room.

New New Paint

We also needed to paint this cut-out on our stairs.  This house has more pot shelves and niches than I know what to do with.  But that is a discussion for another post.

Cut-out Before

We will eventually frame in the shelf with molding (and possibly lighting) to accent this spot.

Painted Shelf

I also came home from picking up more paint and Tyson was ready to tackle this small hall off the family room.

Hall Before

More neutral paint… yes, please.

Hall After

The doors getting a coat of paint and some trim are also on our “to-do” list.  Someday… someday…  For now, the painting is complete and I’m happy to be living without tarps and tools everywhere.

Do your projects creep into other areas? How have trends and/or your tastes changed over the last few years?  And since I have kitchens on the brain, I thought I’d share this article on Hot Kitchen Trends for 2013.  Lots of things that we are considering which is always encouraging.  See any new ideas that inspire you?

Chocolate Sparkle

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Phase one of our kitchen plan is complete!  Admittedly, this is probably going to be the easiest step, but it’s the first step in the right direction and I am crazy excited.  The walls are painted and already breathing new life into our kitchen.  Life that I had no idea it was lacking.

We brought the dark brown that was already in the family room all the way into the kitchen. It’s one massive wall that is finally finished in Chocolate Sparkle by Behr.

Chocolate Sparkle by Behr

It looks like chocolate pudding.  It is not.

Because the wall runs the width of our home, it is impossible to accurately photograph the entire area.  For funsies, Evan helped me snap a few pics with my iPhone Panorama feature.  We live in a split level so here is the wall from the kitchen… weird lighting and all.

Kitchen Panoramic

And here is the same wall from the family room.

Family Room Panoramic

We also brought the taupe in from the formal living room and dining room.  It’s Pronghorn by Behr and we had it color matched since it’s from an old line.  How about a little “before & after” action, shall we?

Kitchen Corner 1-BeforeKitchen Corner 1-After

Hmmm… that’s not looking super-dramatic.  Maybe from the other corner of the kitchen?

Kitchen Corner 2-BeforeKitchen Corner 2-After

Yeah… not so much.  In fact, that sound you hear is the air escaping my excitement over having this step accomplished.  Bummer.

In real life, you can definitely see a difference.  Painting the room has married the colors from the two main living areas that are connected by the kitchen.

The good news: Even with just paint, the space is already feeling more like “us”.  I’m not sure I know exactly what that means, but I know it when I see it.

All of the high spaces are complete and look fresh and clean.  This required a lot of time for Tyson on a very high ladder and me below loading the brushes and rollers with paint to pass back up to him.

Paint in High Places

The bad news: We are living with A LOT of brown. We are so happy with the paint, but it screams to have the cabinets and molding updated in white to balance out all the brown and orange tones.

More Contrast to Come

The two arrows point to the same paint color in two different areas of our home.  Once the cabinets are painted white, there will be a lot more contrast and a lot less brown/orange.  I just have to remember the transition has begun and none of this is permanent.

How do you stay inspired when a big project is in progress? What color have you painted that has created the most drama in your home? Could your friends see a difference when you showed them what you’ve been working on?  Well, the next set of pictures will have a little more contrast.  Promise.

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