I have a decorating split personality. I really struggle with it. You see, the problem is, I like more than one style. As a result I often find myself going sort of half-way there and ending up missing the mark entirely because I can’t commit fully one way or the other.
For example, I love the French Nordic look with mostly white painted pieces, lots of age showing and maybe a hit of black or grey. Love, love, love this look.
That’s the direction I headed in with my new Specimens cupboard.
But I also love color. Especially pale aqua, but also blue and greens, and I don’t mind mixing in some pinks or yellows as evidenced by the collection of stuff in my pantry.
You can’t really mix these two styles without diluting them somewhat. Certainly not in the same room, or rooms that are visible from one another.
So my problem is, I really want to gravitate towards the French Nordic look, but I can’t bare to part with some of my favorite more colorful pieces. I’ve been making a concentrated effort to head in that direction over the past year or so though. That is partly behind my switch from the Kitchen Scale buffet (even though I still love that color!) to the Specimens cupboard, although function also played a part in that decision.
As part of that switch, I also recently repainted my grandmother’s chair. If you’ve been following me since the beginning you may vaguely remember when I painted this chair in Miss Mustard Seed’s Flow Blue. That was three years ago! My how time flies.
I wasn’t too sure about the Flow Blue on this chair. It was the first time I’d used that color and I was a little startled by how bold it was. But it grew on me over time and it worked well with my blue walls.
But in keeping with my switch to a more neutral palette, I decided a muted grey would work well on this chair. Since I have a ton of milk paint on hand already, and I’m pretty frugal, I also wanted to use a color I already had. I went to my milk paint supply cupboard and looked for some Miss Mustard Seed Trophy. Nope, didn’t have it. How about some MMS Schloss, that’s what I really wanted. Nope, didn’t have it. Then I saw my bag of Homestead House milk paint in Bedford. I love this color, but it is definitely a very warm greige rather than a typical grey. But I thought it might work. So I mixed some up and painted the chair.
Hmmm. A swing and a miss? When I put the chair back in place, I really didn’t love it. I don’t think it works that well with the blue walls.
But then I moved it over next to the Specimens cupboard …
And it seems to be much more at home. So for now I think I’ll leave it in this spot, and I’ll keep on working towards that French Nordic style. The next thing to go might be those horizontal stripes on my walls in this room. Be sure to stay tuned!