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Teal for the Entryway?

I like the way open-concept homes look but I prefer to live in a house with separate rooms, and Victorians are certainly known for having lots of rooms. Ours has the entryway, double parlor, and dining room all open to each other with wide doorways (the pocket doors of which are nearly always open). If you sit in the center of our teal sofa, you could see all four rooms, and into the kitchen too.

I See Everything!

I like thinking about the design for the first floor as a whole, since you do see multiple rooms at once. The dining room will likely get Fornasetti’s Chiavi Segrete wallpaper once we can afford to do it. (The nursery and second floor renovation is getting top priority right now.) It would look a little something like this.

Dining Room

Now that both parlors have been painted and I know what’s likely going in the dining room, I’ve been trying to decide on a color for the entryway. The window and door face East, but the porch and large tree out front block a lot of the light for much of the day. And there’s a whole lot of oak paneling and trim. I’ve had it in my head all along that I want to bring in more teal to that side of the house to reference the sofa, but I was going to do it through accessories and keep the walls neutral. Maybe teal on the walls is the way to go though?

BHG Teal Paints
BHG Teal Paint Colors

Another option is Sandberg’s Raphael wallpaper in dark blue.

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper

I have a sample and it looks perfect, but it doesn’t work with the other wallpaper. I think that between the two, I’d rather go with papering the dining room — which brings me back to teal for the entry. I’ve been playing around with my design boards in Photoshop (you’ve seen them in various stages on the blog before), virtually rearranging things and trying out different combinations. I shared this screenshot on Instagram the other day.

I would probably go a little deeper and darker than the paint colors in that BHG palette above, but not so dark that it competes with the black in the back parlor. What do you think?

Pink in the Library

The day after I got back from my trip, I figured I may as well paint a room. Then I realized what a dummy I was for pushing myself too hard, and I took a few more days to rest before putting on a second coat of paint and finally finishing up. The library is now the most perfect shade of pale pink (Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball).

I tried to make the boy do most of the work, but he gave up about two minutes in. Thanks a lot, kid. I know three-year-olds are not the most reliable when it comes to manual labor, but can you not see the state your poor mother is in?

Painting Pals

I was eager to see some payoff after all of that painting, so I laid out one of the rugs I brought back from Morocco in an effort to create the illusion of a finished room. (Tricksy bloggers with their vignettes!) Eleanor went ahead and set up the pink stools around the table in preparation for a tea party — appropriate, since I drank mint tea while rug shopping.

Pink in the Library

I like the rug and I love that it would have the memory of picking it out in the Marrakech souk attached to it, but it’s not working in the larger context of the space right now. It’s too near the entryway and its vintage Persian Koliaei runner, and the two clash. The Persian can be used in the hallway upstairs though, which gives me a couple of options. Either I can find a runner to compliment the Moroccan rug, or just move the rug into the entry instead of the library. It’s a funny size (4’6″ x 8’6″), and it would actually fit pretty nicely, but I don’t know how well it would hold up to heavy traffic. Chicago winters are not kind to entryways with all of the salt and snow that gets tracked in, and the dense wool Persian is fairly impervious to all of that. I’ll have to play around with my options a bit more.

I am loving the pink walls though! I’d been missing my favorite color.

Would You Like a Sample?

I’ve been feeling a little better (finally, five months into this pregnancy), and so with increased energy and mobility comes more decorating gusto! I’ve been on a sample kick lately, getting test paints and wallpaper swatches.

I’ve been testing colors for the front parlor (the library), and was interested in Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball after seeing it in action here. I ordered two new paint swatch books because I like to have a backup for showing to clients (p.s. Working with clients again! Contact me if you’re interested.), and I received five in the mail. Eleanor and August were both interested, so I told them they could each have one. The next morning, they personalized them while I was getting breakfast ready.

August was especially proud. “See mommy? I made it nice for you!”

Future Decorators Club of America

Well, they can tell their swatch books apart now.

I looked at samples from Farrow & Ball, Glidden, Behr, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin-Williams, and with each color, I would think ‘I wish it were a little less lilac/more peach/more muted/less intense, etc.’ Pink Ground was that perfect color that none of the others quite were. The lone wallpaper sample up there is from Hygge & West and I love it, but I think paint is the way to go in that room. Let the dining room get some crazy wallpaper instead.

Pink Paint Swatches

Benjamin Moore’s Queen Anne Pink was a close runner up — and so perfectly named for use in our Queen Anne — but it was slightly too peach. So now I either have to head over to the Merchandise Mart to pick up a gallon, or just order it online. I’m heading into the city for a haircut today, so maybe a quick detour before coming home is in order. Plus, you know, I might need a few more wallpaper samples…

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