Monthly Archives: July 2009

Paint Exploration

As I continue to decorate my new apartment I have moved on to the kitchen. I am having huge issues with finding the right paint color, or rather the right color at the right price. I have found my “dream yellow” however, a gallon of it will cost me a whopping $79.50. Nice. Thanks Farrow & Ball for being in England. Hasn’t the pound dropped? Well anyways, this color has been suggested to by the Farrow & Ball book, as well as reinstated by Apartment Therapy to be a great color for smaller rooms.  My kitchen being 10′ x 10′, is a small room.


The other problem with this color is that it’s impossible to find a substitute. Pale Hound is a warm/neutral/cool yellow all in one. When you look at it on the wall its a beautiful warm yellow, put next to another yellow, it has a green undertone and put it next to a green there is a clay undertone. There is just so much depth in the color, its so hard to recreate.  First I looked through all of the yellows available by Benjamin Moore and there wasn’t one that had a similar tone or depth to the F&B color. I also checked Pratt & Lambert, no luck. Then I got this great idea to go to the Green Depot, because I was told this place will match any color swatch. Its eco-friendly and its only $40.00! So I went for it. Too bad, they couldn’t create the color either. I’ve ended up with a color that looks like Pale Hound on paper, but on the wall looks is a weird green. Its so strange and I’m so bummed that the paint has to be $80.00 a gallon.  So my search continues, should I just bite the bullet?


Pale Hound is used in the dining area. Its so pretty. xJavierx


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I have been away for so long from my blog. I have been very busy thinking and planning and moving and decorating. So for an update on our new place. Jack has built a wall to make the large living room/kitchen into a kitchen and bedroom. The wall also has a beautiful french door which he built from scratch. In the living room he has built the shelving unit/entertainment center. It’s not completely finished because he still has to put the crown molding up and the bottom cabinet that the TV sits on. I also have to paint the entire unit.  He has also built up the closet and of course that’s not completely finished either. But things are getting done which makes me feel better. As for the rest of the place, its still a mess full of boxes and extra furniture that we don’t have the right place for. Right now we do not have an “office” because we have decided that the lovely secretary he built for the last apartment is too big. We are thinking of doing a few things.

#1. Cut the thing down and make it a smaller secretary. Which will entail taking the top shelves off and just leaving the desk part with the door and the bottom drawers. This may look a little awkward, I’m not sure.  #2. Taking one of the older pieces that my mother has offered me. Which would be a real antique secretary, but the issue with that would be that we wouldn’t have any filing cabinets. #3. Jack could build a new one. This would not be the best because it would be a waste of money and time, he has so much else to do! haha. I love my boyfriend. 

I would post photos, but the place is such a disaster.

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Ruth Madoff is moving to my neighborhood.

Her new modest home may only two blocks away. weird. news_graph3


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