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Monday, July 30, 2012

Lost in Creative Space: Part II - Green With Envy

Welcome to the second part of my creative space series!  If you missed Part I, be sure to check out how I transformed my office furniture from blah to black!  As I brushed on that black coat of paint, I began to picture what wall color would bring out my furniture best.  I wanted a color that would 1) make my furniture pop, 2) reflect my personal style, and 3) inspire and facilitate creativity, of course!

As I "Googled and Pinterested" through many inspiring creative spaces out there, this photo really caught my attention.

Yes, those Cs certainly grabbed me, but I was surprisingly drawn to those green walls!  I liked her black accents with the green, which helped me visualize my furniture with it.  I traced the room to Creative Keepsakes Magazine's Blog and found its owner to be editor, writer and crafter Cindy Tobey.  Cindy's blog showed more of her "Happy Little Studio" - a super cute and organized space!  She was kind enough to share her two wall colors with me, which ended up being a professional painters brand, so I went and found similar color swatches from Home Depot and Lowe's brands.  The shade I ended up choosing was one slightly between Cindy's two shades.  Meet Behr's Asparagus.

It's hard to share the true paint color here because it can be varied by the camera, the lighting of the room, the digital file and your viewing device.  For instance, if I push the angle my laptop screen back an inch or so, it looks more like the true shade of my walls.  :)  I'd say my color has more of a lime tint to than the above image. 

Prepping to paint this room while protecting my freshly painted furniture was pretty tricky, as you can see.  Everything was stacked in center of the room on top of drop-cloth-covered furniture.  It was a tight fit for painting (especially behind the shelves), but I sucked in and managed get it done.


The above shots show how lighting (ambient vs. indoor) truly impacts the wall color.  My walls are actually a deeper green than the day shots and less lime-y than the night shots, so somewhere between the two.  The final completion photos were taken the next day.  The color photographed light, but the room definitely looks better in green!


Now that you can finally see the full hutch and bookcase with the fabric backing, what do you think?  I am so in love with this simple embellishment.  I think it made a huge difference!  It also helps that I am madly in love with damask. :)  And did you notice the handy item in the corner?   Yup, the CD-rack-turned-ribbon-rack is a great asset to this diaper cake maker!

Sorry for the black-outs.  I wanted to save the small accents for my next post on decor and organization!  I know, I can't wait either, so stay tuned! :)

With green being the topic of the day, I leave you with this verse on being fresh and green in His eyes...

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "the Lord is upright; He is my rock and there is no wickedness in Him." - Psalm 92:12-15

Keeping Him in mind,

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