Your questions are answered! This was fun for me too!
Miss Mustard Seed asked - The colors you have in your home are bold, but they aren't crazy. Everything works really well together. What is your process for choosing the perfect shades and colors?
I actually did a blog I think in December about my paint colors. You can find it right here. To give you a brief summary - I went with my gut - it was risky but I'm glad I did it. Ace Hardware had all kinds of paint brochures and it featured homes in the colors of that brochure. I kept going back to the same brochure because I loved the interior look of the houses in it. So I took a leap & went bold. I kept everything in the same intensity & that helps keep things cohesive. I love that I have white wood trim - it makes things really pop. I also think my textured walls play a bit more with the color & that makes my paint really special. I always am a bit sad though when I post pictures of my house b/c my camera plays with the color a bit. Taking better pictures is something I want to learn! Sometimes my walls looks a bit too far out there when captured on film, when in fact the colors are bold, but very comfortable & homey. I'm glad my Mom always taught me to do decorate with what you love b/c it will all come together - so true b/c I love my bold and unique home.
http://thelemoncottage.blogspot.com/ asked - I love your red house. It's a bold choice, do you have any regrets? I bet you don't, since you're a color girl! :)
I don't have any regrets. I have worries that the siding will fade - then I will regret the color. However, I love my red house. I live in an older town & I have always had a love of bungalows. I am a house stalker & I love to look at the historic homes in town. The house plan I picked out is a bit of a bungalow. My favorite bungalows in town are red or brown - so I went with red b/c they pretty much guaranteed me the brown would absolutely fade. They were pretty confidant the red wouldn't - so I took the plunge. My house looks great in the summer with all the trees & my flags all done up patriotic style. It also is pretty in the winter with snow, greenery & lights for Christmas. I really love the red! I'm glad I did it!
Amy also asked - Okay- um, when are you girls going to start showing us the goods from Ethel Edith??? C'mon, we're ready. We can handle it.
Amy - you crack me up! We actually worked our butts off Sunday. We refinished 2 large dressers for one of Maggie's stylists. They are stunning right now in my garage! When I left for work I thought oh my goodness - those look really great! So I do have pictures on my camera, and hopefully soon I can share! We also finished an adorable 3 drawer gray dresser with crystal knobs & 2 white chairs with yellow & white fabric seats if that is a teaser for you! Since I have been sick I haven't staged anything lately! It takes a lot of energy for me to pull out the pieces, up the stairs, & then walk around my house staging. I do have a lot of fun with it, and hopefully later this week I can motivate my butt to stage something special just for you!!
Flea Market Trixie asked - Do you watch HGTV? if so who is your favorite designer? & Also, what is your favorite color?
I absolutely watch HGTV! My favorite designer is Candace Olsen of Divine Design. If I had the cash to do what that lady does - I can't even imagine! She puts together some of the most breath-taking spaces & I am constantly wowed by her! I want her job actually!! I may have surprised some of you with this answer b/c I definitely don't have a swanky house, but I love her style. I think one of the best things I learned from my Mom is the ability to appreciate something in everyones style. I know my style is very unique from most people. I'm just thrilled that in the blogging world - people find a way to appreciate it and like it for what it is! So you may notice that I will post pictures on Ethel Edith, or here that may not look like my personal style, but all the same I find them beautiful! I always tease Jade that I want 10 houses to decorate in different styles - I really do!
My favorite color is actually red. This is too a bit surprising because I don't have a lot of red on the inside of my house :) However, the outside is red & I love it! I think red is just a really gorgeous color! It can be very overwhelming - that's why I use it as more of my pops of color rather than an entire room. Which - Everett's room is barn red, but it's because he's a tiny farmer! In all honesty I love all colors though. Turquoise & pink are two runner ups for me as well. Perhaps an easier question is which color do I like the least - that would probably be purple. I don't know why, but I just am not a purple lover - it's the only color I don't have anywhere in my house.
My sister Maggie asked - who is your favorite sister? me or Abbie? oh wait i know this one...it's so obvious it's me! haha
This is a common question we tease each other with. Our Mom even writes in our cards -'PS you are my favorite'. In fact both my sisters are my favorites for very different reasons. I love them both and I'm extremely blessed that I have grown up & found best friends in them - and that they live in my town! I can't imagine life without my two sisters! Thank you Dad for having them as the twinkles in your eyes before you even knew!
PS - if you have more questions or have something in my house you want to see - always feel free to leave a comment or send an email to me. I love reading everything you say to me & I never miss a comment :)