May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Friday, March 16, 2012

I've Seen the CELADON...

Hola darlings!

I visited TJMaxx today during lunch hour in search of candles.  I found what I was looking for - and also this:

It is a not-so-great rendition of a Tang Dynasty horse, but representative of the genre.  I am partial to Tang Dynasty horses.  I didn't see this fellow during my sweep of the store, and I'm wondering now just what it was that led me to walk through that particular aisle just one more time on my way to the check-out at 12:45 p.m.  When it caught the corner of my eye I made an abrupt turn and - there it was - standing in front of me.  The only one of its kind on the shelf. 

The price was right - $19.95.  But it was the color that grabbed me.  I bought it without thinking twice.

And - on the walk back to my office - I had a brain storm.  Literally!  KA-BOOM!  That pale celadon color.  I'd had a dream of it a few nights before.  I kept seeing a wall done in a -- not sure what, exactly because the vision was blurry (damn!) -- but perhaps it was a damask print in very pale colors, close to but not white, in shades of greyish-blue and blue-greens and green-blues; or perhaps it was a large paisley print...

After I had that dream I confess, I wasn't so sure any longer about the colors I intended to paint the family room.

But tonight, after I hurried home and quickly took the photos of my new faux-Tang Dynasty horse treasure, I took the paint cards I had selected (posted about previously) and put them up against the pale celadon of the horse and it was like magic!

So, now I know I'm going to go from absolutely safe neutrals - fresh painted and new but still - boring - neutral -- to something with just a bit of a color twist that I had not ever considered before.
Until the dream of that long solid wall in my family room covered in a magically colored paper a few days ago, and until today, when I was walking through TJMaxx and saw this horse!

Pale celadon.

Celadon is a very difficult color to describe because sometimes it shades a bit to blue, and sometimes it shades a bit to green; but in its lightest versions, it looks nearly white - but with breathtaking undertones.  The thing about celadon that is most wonderful is that almost all of its various tints and tones go together very well, from the palest to the deepest.  They look fabulous against dark taupe, black, chocolate brown, and white. 

Pale blue celadon

Pale green celadon

Palest celadon.  Is it green?  Is it blue?  Somewhere in between? 


Okay.  That means at a minimum ditch the current area rug and replace it when I can afford it.  New curtains will be required but there is only one window (albeit rather large) and if I can find the right kind of tablecloths, sheets or on-clearance curtains, it's doable.  I can sew, too, although I'd rather not.  The throws can be removed and replaced if I can find something with the right celedon accents and/or color.  Everything else pretty much will stay the same, as was the original plan.  Light to medium taupe furniture stays.

The only issue will be WHAT colors to put on the walls.  I believe that Dutch Boy's "Family Tree" medium to dark taupe will work on the upper part of the walls. Should I follow the vision of that dream from a few nights ago, and go with the most noticeable wall in the room done in a great grand heavenly-colored pattern that coordinates?  I seem to remember shades of what looked like silver and palest blue, as well as white tones...

Should I introduce, instead, a subtle stripe in the lower portion of the walls I'd intended to paper in patterned anaglypta and paint Dutch Boy "Superhide White?"  Woodwork will also be painted in Superhide White, BTW.

Or instead of wallpaper, paint the lower portion of the walls in that mystical pale celadon?  How could I ever hope to get something not too green and not too blue, but the perfect balance of borth?


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