I absolutely love colour, but for the walls its mostly white paint for me.
As a teenager, my parents let me design my own room in our newly finished basement. It was white with blue shag carpet and had a big tri-colour blue stripe around the room making a big “S” on one wall that became my headboard. I felt so hip! I painted a couple of university apartments with white paint and there was lots of white here in my first working girl apartment. Check out the creative tv stand!
When my husband @geraintthewelsh and I bought our first bungalow we re-painted and re-did every surface while we welcomed our first two children. We had walls in dusty rose, dark green and brilliant blue. But once I was home all day with our first baby, I could not stand the intense colour, and so became pretty good a re-painting walls while the babies napped.
When that house felt too small we sold it and bought a bigger one down the street and did the same thing again. The second house we painted in more muted colours which I liked for a while. I did not realize how much I relied on the help of our oldest daughter Mackenzie as a white paint apprentice.
By the time our third child was age two, we had bought a cottage on an island that needed a whole lot of TLC. I remember we put lifejackets on the kids at breakfast and took them off at bedtime. The kids and the lifejackets were filthy and had white paint on them, but everyone was safe and having so much fun. We only seemed to take pictures of the kids back then, not the rooms they were in. But, here is a picture of Syd having an important telephone conversation. The cottage walls seen in the background, were painted in Benjamin Moore Cloud White.
We loved that cottage to death, but after about five years, we realized that we were not spending enough time there when junior hockey season ended in June and started again in August. So this time, we swapped out the house in town and the cottage on an island, for a big house in the country with a pool. That house was pink when we bought it. It had pink walls and 4400 square feet of pink carpet. It look several years and many gallons of Benjamin Moore Cloud White paint to turn that beauty around, but we certainly had a lot of fun family time enjoying that space. We have very few pictures from that house, as we lost 1200 in a software update.
About four years ago, as our children started heading off to university, we decided to take the big leap. Living on the water was always our dream, but finding the perfect spot was not easy. The setting is the most important factor when choosing a waterfront home. Bedrooms and closet space come second.
We spent a fair bit of time looking at too big, too small, tear down and too done. Finally, on the day our formerly-pink house sold, I decided to go to an open house for a house I had not liked at all online. I grabbed our middle daughter for a second opinion. Sydney walked around the house quickly and decided right away that we were buying it. I was certainly not as sure as she was. The floors were orange, the walls were gold, the ceiling was brown and there was a whole lot of ugly tile. But the river house had that view. I knew when we chose this place in the dead of winter that it would be our four season paradise.
We will have been in this house for four years in June. We agreed at the outset that we would take our time with this one and enjoy its beautiful location. But before we moved in, we sanded and re-stained had all of the hardwood floors and of course, we applied white paint top to bottom, this time, in Benjamin Moore Simply White.
It certainly appears that I like white. What about you? Do you like lots of colour or are you also addicted to white walls?