BIG little News

So this is BIG news...we're under contract on a new little bee hive!! Not, not the casa, but a real colonial bee hive that exceeds all my expectations for our first (ok first with my name on the deed too) house. It's so fabulous!
It's in North Arlington, Virginia in a nice neighborhood full of the cutest colonials. I'm in love.... I didn't actually see the house until two weeks after we went under contract, so S is quite relieved that I LOVE the house.

The sellers have only owned the house for a year, but did a ton of work in that short time. They replaced the roof and porch decking and added beautiful new landscaping outside. Inside they replaced the heating system with a fabulously efficient system, removed all the asbestos tiles from the basement and sun room, updated the bathroom vanity, and the list goes on!

Perhaps most important, however, is that they renovated the KITCHEN!! And it's exactly what I would have chosen. They knocked out a wall, used beautiful gray granite, stainless appliances, and white cabinets.
The fridge even has a drawer freezer - my favorite!
Even though the sellers did a ton of work there are still plenty of projects for our creative eyes - or for our blinded eyes. The colors are so freaking bright!! Look at this living room. Holy sunshine!
And the dining room? Yowsers!
I'm sure that in 10 years I'll be totally in love with red and yellow, but not today. The yellow is EVERYWHERE. It's total insanity.

So last night I looked at chips and searched around and found some inspiration photos online.

Here's a crummy photo of our bathroom with its cute original black and white tiles
and here's a photo of a bathroom over at Young House Love where they used Glidden's Sand White on the walls.

I love the contrast between the white and sand color. Perhaps even better is that the towels we received for our wedding will go nicely in here. A white curtain makes the room look clean and less crowded and if we want a splash of color for a change, we can throw up one of the brightly colored curtains in my collection. Our vanity cabinets are a chocolate color, in contrast to their white, but I think the sand will look nice.

Next up, in the kitchen I would love to paint over the pale yellow with a muted bluish greenish like Glidden's Gentle Tide, also from Young House Love.
Look how nicely it goes with these appliances, cabinets, and counters that are so similar to ours! I love the pendant light above the sink too. We'll have to tackle the giant florescent light in the center of our kitchen at some point in the very near future.

And for the shocking yellow sunshine running through the living room and up the stairs? I love, love, love Benjamin Moore's Smokey Taupe, shown here:
and close up here next to some funky cool wall paper:
It will go perfectly with S's carpets. Damn carpets. No more freaking carpets!!! ;) (I can't remember where I found this photos for my inspiration file, please let me know if they are yours.)

For the dining room I like something like Glidden's Quiet Light, which is shown in a mudroom here (also from my inspiration file and from an unknown blog, but one that I know I follow. Again, please let me know if they are yours and I will credit you right away!):
It would offer a subtle transition from the blue with greenish tints in the kitchen to the gray blue of the living room. I also like Glidden's Pewter, which is a bit more gray with less green.

Eventually we think we'll finish off the sun room to create an office space. By eventually, I mean soon, I hope. Its south-facing windows would be perfect for a cheery color like Glidden's Wishes used in YHL's sunny room:
And colors aside, Ikea closets flanking the guest room bed like in the master bedroom of the Young House Love home would add a lot of much needed storage:
Speaking of storage, as unglamorous as it is, our basement will be the first room we tackle, with a preventative coat of Drylock, some reconfigured shelving, and a fabulous little washing/ironing/folding nook. Don't worry, I'm not fooling myself into thinking S will fold anything anywhere but in front of the TV...after I dump the full basket on top of him....

So, there she is. If all goes well, we'll be setting up shop for Christmas.
Most photos are from our own files unless from sources credited in text. We try very hard to keep track of where we find our inspiration photos. Please let us know if you see any errors or omissions and we will correct the errors immediately.

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