Saturday, May 01, 2010


Courtesy of Notimetostamp Blog

I've been doing some serious internet surfing in order to get some ideas for decorating our new home. Forgive me if it seems that our little family blog turns into complete decorating chaos, but I feel like my blog is a little bit of my own personal diary, so I really want to document the process. Besides, I would LOVE hearing your opinions and ideas, too.

I've pretty much decided that I want to go in a coral color in the kitchen. Not pink. Not orange. Coral. I want to accent with celery, beige, and taupe. Since our plan is to tear out the wall that currently divides the kitchen and dining room, I want to be able to draw the colors into the living room as well.

So tonight while I was googling images for coral, I came across the above picture and thought, "Bingo!" These are my colors!! Plus a little yellow.

The kitchen cabinets are currently a light oak. A friend from work was able to talk me out of restaining them in a darker color so other than shining them up a bit - and adding a few extras like pull out drawers and things like that - we're keeping them the same. We have decided to go with black granite for the counter tops and island. My main concern right now is trying to decide what shade of coral I need to go in? Light or dark?

So tell me, what do you think?

This afternoon, a carpenter friend met us at the house to give us some ideas and to discuss the wall tear out. He seems to think that if we use steel for the main beam, we could get away without having the columns. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that? I kinda liked the column idea. The best news was hearing that the estimate he gave us was in our budget.

We also visited a few furniture stores in our area today. Wayne really likes the leather idea, but I feel that it makes a living room look so "heavy" and "masculine." I'm not against leather, but I like the freshness of color. Wayne reminded me that fabric gets dirty easy and leather is easy clean up. We found a leather setting that we liked, but we didn't commit to buying anything. Then we went to another store and I fell in love with the idea of dressing the leather up with a fabric covered chair and ottoman in beige, coral, yellow and green. I brought some swatches home, but I haven't taken pictures of them yet. Maybe I'll share them later in the week.

Keep praying for us! Our inspection period ends Tuesday or Wednesday and then we move forward with the bank and the appraisal, title search, and things like that. We would love to close around the 20th and be in the house by June, but I'm definitely not making a time line because things nevah work out the way I want them too. So why would buying and renovating a house be any different?


  1. I love the colors that you have chosen. I think a dark coral would look pretty with the dark cabinets. I like leather, but I agree that it can look heavy. I think you are right to pair it with something else. Maybe pillows can change it up, too. It is fun to go furniture shopping. Sometimes it is hard to make a decision though. At least you are close to a Paul Michael's. :-)

  2. Love your color scheme! Brown Leather would work well with it I think. Wayne is is so easy to take care of! We love ours, but I definitely had to do other things to lighten up the room. If you have an upholstered piece in there with some fabric throw pillows, it will balance out the masculine feel. Cant wait to see pics!!!

  3. Congrats on the house. Sounds fun doing all the redecorating! I say dark coral! I like color! I wanted leather when we got our new set, but my hubbie vetoed that. He was the opposite of yours. But I love the look of leather. Anyway, HAVE FUN!

  4. Love it! I like what the others are saying about mixing leather with some upholstered pieces. W said I can't see till y'all are done re-doing so I hope it goes fast!! I'm dying to see!!

  5. I like the coral idea. I have only seen a light coral (reminds me of the Caribbeans). We've had our couch and loveseat for several years and still look new. We have our beige tapestry chair to break up the masculine look in our Living Room. I recommend "Flexsteel" for your leather. It's a little pricy, but well worth the money. Remember, if something spills on the furniture (it will), all you have to do is wipe clean. You can find the leather pieces that are not so big and bulky. Believe me, I thought the exact same way you are now, until I did some serious shopping. Good luck on the shopping and deciding. Have fun! Be sure to share pictures. Oh, have you heard of "Fabric Canvas Wall Art?" I just discovered it from The Tidymom and I'm seriously thinking about doing it. Something to think about. Talk to ya later!

  6. Look up a Waverly color called Sweet Tomato...I had this in my kitchen in Memphis and I LUUUUURVED it so much! And I had oak cabinets:)

  7. Love the colors. Also, that gave me a great idea for some Mother's Day cards. I need to get busy on them.

    I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing about the new house.

    ~hippo hugs~

  8. Love the colors and can't wait to see more!

  9. Our kitchen and great room blend together, so I understand the color issue. I understand leather... love it in my car! lol

  10. We bought our house a year ago and are still furniture shopping. I'm contemplating giving away our dining room table and chairs to see if my husband even notices.