Monthly Archives: December 2012

…not the grey

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“Grey is the new black” in the design world. As I am preparing to market this property in the spring, I withdraw my consciousness from thinking “home” to thinking “house”.
So I paint the kitchen (no longer “my” kitchen, but now “the” kitchen) GREY: Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter to be exact. It is a beautiful warm neutral.

Described as the best paint color ever. Benjamin Moore revere pewter...must remember

Staging a home to sell is the antithesis of personal satisfaction. By it’s very nature – business – it is about DE-personalizing. It requires a change of mind and heart. Nobody said this would be easy…for me, it follows a divorce, and comes with a slew of complicated decisions that still have my stomach in knots.

Winter is a brumous sea here in northern Michigan. As I always strive to bring the outdoors in, grey seems a natural choice. The setting here is pine forest with a few dozen deciduous hardwoods for variety. Just today I realize that the hardwoods have made summers palatable and the pines do the same for winter. The pine trees offer a gift that soothes me through the darkest of days…GREEN.

pine trees

Green has always been my favorite color. I don’t just like it, I CRAVE it. In combination with the surrounding waters it excites the senses, but in contrast…oh…in it’s contrast, it is life itself.

Winter Birds. Nature's own decoration.

Red berries on the wintergreen draw the Cedar Waxwings to my front door…A Cardinal visits…The Pileated Woodpecker arrives like clockwork at the morning feeder. Replicate these elements into your interior and you are honestly in a LIVING environment.
Let’s face it – grey is a survival color. I’ve managed to survive here long enough: I want to live! And life is nothing if not COLORFUL…

Original & divine decadence by Ho-Boan introverts space

“In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus