I grew up as a military kid. We moved a LOT … about every two years. I enlisted in the Air Force while I was in college and began my own life of moving … a LOT. We lived mostly in military housing on base, occasionally renting a house off base when quarters were not available. When you’re a temporary resident, you tend not to paint the walls because you either have to pay a fee to have them repainted, or do it yourself when you move out. Consequently, I spent almost my entire life in homes with white walls … until now.
When Greg and I moved into our first apartment, he suggested we paint the bedroom. My response was utter shock, “WHAT?? Paint a room??? Um … OK, I guess. You know we’re renting, right? We have to paint it back when we move out.” So … we painted (and repainted it when we moved out).
We’ve been together for ten years and this home is our fifth together. I guess some things (like moving a lot) never change. But everywhere we’ve lived, we’ve always painted the bedroom … until now. Our Arizona home came with beige walls. Within a month we had painted the walls of our home office and some accents on the archways between rooms, but not the bedroom.
We spent three years sitting around the dinner table hemming and hawing over paint colors. We came up with options, ideas,and suggestions, but nothing stuck … until now. A couple of weeks ago we made the decision and I dashed off to Lowe’s to get a couple of gallons of paint. We decided to do the entertaining spaces first, so we tackled the living room with a shade that evokes the red rocks of Sedona.
Next up was the lounge. This week, we emptied the walls, taped the edges and grabbed our brushes to add some much-needed color to this fun space. It’s called “Firenze” and looks like an adobe-brick orange.
There’s more to come, but as we finished the second room I realized I am THRILLED with having color on the walls. I feel like I live in a fancy resort. It’s personal. I am so very grateful for Greg’s eagerness to contribute to the creation of a unique and special home. He enjoys mulling over color choices and is more than willing to grab a brush and paint.
Today I will sit in my house and revel in my colorful surroundings filled with gratitude and joy. Tomorrow (metaphorically) we’ll tackle the bedroom.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Find inspiration where you go and color your world!
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