Well, it worked…  I put my to-do list out there in cyber space and it made me kick it into high gear.  Woohooooo!  I can check a couple of things off my list now.  It is crazy how wonderful that feeling is.

The Red Dining Room

The Red Dining Room

 

So, the red dining room had been around for 6 years or so.  That was more than enough time if you ask me.  The moment I saw the painter put it on the wall (next to the gold living room wall and the white ceiling and trim) there was a voice in my head that said ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.  That obnoxious voice bothered me off and on for 6 years, but I didn’t know what else to do with that room.

Showing Ketchup, Mustard, and Mayo

Showing Ketchup, Mustard, and Mayo

 

Then one day I was reading one of my favorite blogs by Emily A. Clark and she painted black and white stripes in her foyer.  DONE.  I fell in love with the look.  I would have never thought to do something so bold and graphic in my very traditional dining/living room.  But I knew it had to happen.

Defenders of the Ketchup Room

Defenders of the Ketchup Room

 

So, now comes the fun part.  Letting Mr. Creativity in on my idea… He is called Mr. Creativity because of his writing ability, his humor, his zest for life, his friendly manner, his behavior that fits in with our kid’s playful side—but he is not called Mr. Creativity for his ability to see my design vision.  But before I make him out to be the bad guy (which he is not) my friends all gave me a quizzical look when I ran the idea past them too.

Starting to brighten up

Starting to brighten up

 

Thankfully Emily A. Clark took the guesswork out for the rest of us and demonstrated that it was not a wild and crazy idea, but a beautiful punch of boldness.

Finished!!!!

Finished!!!!

 

(Please excuse the finial on top of the hutch, just trying it out)

Have you ever gotten a ‘wild hair’ to decorate outside of your comfort zone?  How did it go?

Happy decorating!

H

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