I have mentioned a few times over on Instagram that I have a HUGE week with a few deadlines, etc. And, then we leave on Friday for New Orleans. What do you do when you have deadlines and feel overwhelmed? You take a trip to the antique mall to get your mind off of all of it. I was joking around during stories talking about all the ways to procrastinate. Because I am the queen. ???? I really do work better under pressure. The more time I have, the more things I can find to do other than what I am supposed to do.
I’ve had my green chippy cabinet for a few years now. You can look back through my Instagram feed and spot it several times throughout the old house. It originally held all of my white ironstone. We then used the top over the laundry area and paired the bottom with a different top. I ALMOST sold it when we moved here but it fit perfectly in the kitchen to use as a pantry. We went from a walk-in pantry to no storage at all. So the big green chippy cabinet worked perfectly for that.
All of you neutral people get me. ???????? I know you do. I LOVE to see color in other people’s homes. One of my friends has lots of color and I think it looks so pretty when I walk in her home. I just can’t live in it. When we had colored walls years ago, I found myself changing the color every year. It would hit me out of the blue… “OK… I’m painting this kitchen today. I can’t take it any longer.” Deb used to say that our rooms were going to end up an inch smaller because of how many times coats of paint we had. ???? It wasn’t until I realized when I painted two rooms a creamy white that I found my peace. The creamy white walls stayed for years, until we moved from that house. It was that realization that color makes me anxious. And when I get tired of it, there is no keeping it.
I’m an anxious person to begin with so I don’t need anything else stimulating that part of my brain. ???? I am also realizing that the “frillier” a piece of furniture is, the busier it looks to my eye, and I will tire of that quickly, too. I’m very drawn these days to plain and simple primitive pieces. Remember the HUGE primitive piece we just bought for the dining room? It is one of my favorites.
While I was procrastinating on Saturday, I walked into the antique mall and immediately fell in LOVE with this primitive cabinet. It’s clean lines and simplicity is just gorgeous to me. The wood tone is stunning and matches my love for woods and whites. If I stick with plain old woods and whites, I don’t tire of the pieces.
I get this question quite frequently. Let me start by saying I’m not an expert decorator. I didn’t go to school for design, etc. With that being say, my answer to the above question is YES.
I think to get a cohesive, relaxed look, they need to be of the same wood tones. I’m drawn to pine and oak which are generally medium-toned woods, which I think go so well with all of my neutral whites and creams. I love the contrast of the woods and whites together. And, mixing different tones of wood pieces in every room gives me the option of moving each piece anywhere I want to use it… which is something I do quite often. I love the ability to move a small dresser from the bedroom and use it as a side table in the living room and not have to worry about color. If everything is white, cream, pine or oak wood, it will never look out of place.
Now…. I have gotten a few really dark pieces of furniture for little money that I ended up painting white. Because they felt too harsh for me mixed with everything else. So, that is why I stick with the lighter to medium color wood tones. AND…… remember that it’s YOUR house. If you want to mix and match wood tones, do it! Home decor is like make-up, or painting a picture. YOU are the artist and can do whatever you want to do. There are no rules. At least in my book there aren’t.
Thanks for stopping by my site today. I love to hear from you guys. Let me know what you think of my new cabinet or if you have any questions.