I liked my old page design, but I don't know how long I've had it. When I logged onto my Blogger account this morning, there was a large banner proclaiming some new template designs. After looking through them, I thought, Why not? So here is my new design. I'm really into reds, oranges, and golds right now - comforting warm tones.
That's the color scheme through my house, too. I've moved away from blues and greens (though I still have some warmer greens). Years ago, I had an Italian villa/grape theme in my kitchen and my other colors were primarily green with some blues and plums mixed in. After we relocated to Dallas, I kept some of the Italian theme and everything else was just a mish-mash of things. Since we were renting, I didn't want to put any money into redecorating. Why do that when you don't know what the next place will be like?
he kitchen in the last place we rented (for 3 years) had terra cotta/burnt orange counters. At first I hated it, but it started growing on me. After a short time, I started liking the warmer tones. When time came for me to get a new comforter for the master bedroom, I went with oranges and golds. I loved the change, but I didn't want to fully commit to redecorating since we were still renting and had no idea how long that would go on.
Last fall we were able to buy a house again. The colors were neutral and my leanings were to give up the Italian grapes for something new. I decided on flowers, mainly sunflowers, for the kitchen/dining area. From there, the reds, oranges, golds, and browns just flowed through the rest of the house.
Most recently, I bought curtains for the boys' room - in those same colors. They have bold stripes, and they don't look feminine. The boys love them. Ever since Billy hung them last weekend, they've kept their curtains closed because they like the darkness. The sun shining through seems to make the room glow.
I still have more to do in the decorating area. I just need to get a few pieces of furniture, which is just a matter of actually going out and looking for something. The main thing is artwork for our walls. I don't want to buy something someone else did. Since Billy and I love photography and have quite a collection of various things we've photographed, it's just a matter of deciding what to print and where to hang it. I think we've decided on a sunset picture Billy shot in Greece for the boys' bathroom. I want to use flower prints in our bedroom, and I have tons of those. I need to take the time to go through them all and decide which ones will carry through the colors I like. I also need to decide if I want one large poster-sized print to go over the bed or if I just want to arrange three or four coordinating prints... Decisions, decisions.
I feel my house is both comfortable and comforting, and I hope others feel that way when they're here. The same goes for my blog.