27 January 2012

Seeing Red

Yup, we're painting the front door red. Originally, I was leaning more towards dark green but when I checked online for pictures of blue houses, I saw that most of them had red doors. Considering I've always loved the color cherry red, I thought it was perfect.

Currently, our front door is painted white but I've noticed that it gets dirty very easily and I have no wish to spend most of my days wiping the door down.

Then again, the green below also looks good:

Oh dear, I can't seem to make up my mind...

20 January 2012

It's Good to be Queen

I saw this on Sieggy's blog and thought it was perfect since it basically sums up how I feel about the house (hahaha!):

13 January 2012


Page 7 - If you buy neutral furniture (tan, black, white or gray), you can easily change your wall color for an entirely new feel without having to go out and purchase new furniture (which costs more than a few cans of paint!). Colored furniture, such as a red, blue, or green sofa, limits the changes you can make; they may be subtler and less gratifying than freshly painted walls.

Page 13 - One thing I recommend is not to judge your paint color until you've removed all the blue painter's tape. Some people have trouble envisioning what the final outcome will look like, and that blue tape certainly doesn't help! Once you remove the tape and artfully place your belongings back into the room and hang your pictures on the walls, then, and only then, are you allowed to judge your color!

Page 21 - The trick to arranging items like a pro is to think in terms of threes - two vases on a shelf are too little, four vases are too many, but three vases are just right! Also, mixing objects in various heights balances the scale and looks chic. Items can range from pillar candles to vases to books; these objects will help make your space look more like a home. Just don't go overboard, because you don't want it to look cluttered; a little styling goes a long way!

Page 73 - If you're not a big fan of silk plants (and you travel a lot or don't have a green thumb), use a tall narrow urn or planter and fill it with some long, skinny twigs. This will achieve the same height element that you'd get from a tall silk tree in a corner.

Page 107 - In a small bedroom use a high headboard but skip the footboard. Footboards make a room feel smaller and take up valuable space. (And just think: You can avoid stubbing your toe - that's right, no more bumping into the footboard when you get up in the middle of the night!)

All images and text in this post were taken from Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions: Secrets for Making Any Room Look Elegant and Feel Spacious on Any Budget

06 January 2012

2011: A Review

A year ago today, I made a post regarding our House Resolutions for 2011.

Out of the four main objectives, we were able to cross off three from the list. Not bad but were not able to do anything else as it was a year marked with a lot of waiting - waiting for the cabinets to be finished and waiting for Earl's office to determine our fate (which you can read about here).

As of this time, we still don't know whether we are staying or leaving but it's looking more like neither Singapore nor Germany will push through. We're just waiting - again - for the official word before we start buying furniture.

One thing is for certain, I will no longer make resolutions for this year. We will just go with the flow - see what pops up and just go from there.

Happy new year everyone!
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