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Weekend Show and Tell: A Bad Case of the Grays

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 12, 2012 01:08 AM
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by Brandy last modified Mar 11, 2012

It’s official.  I’m depressed.  I have no motivation to do anything.  I even drank some coffee and all that succeeded in doing is making me jittery whilst I wallow.  If you follow my blog regularly, you have seen that I sometimes indulge in these little pity parties.  (Most likely monthly, if you know what I [...]




 

 

It’s official.  I’m depressed.  I have no motivation to do anything.  I even drank some coffee and all that succeeded in doing is making me jittery whilst I wallow.  If you follow my blog regularly, you have seen that I sometimes indulge in these little pity parties.  (Most likely monthly, if you know what I mean.)  And though I have no intention of making this blog my personal therapy session for the psychological voyeurs out there in blogland, sometimes I just need to whine.

For one, I have been sick this week.  Really sick and haven’t had much time to take care of myself because of work and other obligations.  Two, it’s gray.  Really really really gray.  And rainy.  Looking at the forecast, it’s going to be gray and rainy for the next ten days.  Ugh.  Seattle, how I sometimes despise you.

I tackle this ennui in a variety of ways.  Suggestion from Maeve this morning:  Eat chocolate.  Lots and lots of chocolate.  Hmm.  No.  I like chocolate, but not the way other people like chocolate.  A small square of bittersweet good chocolate with a nice glass of red wine.  That’s all I can really handle.  Not doing that at 10am though.  Then again…

I often will get out my yoga mat.  Or take the dogs on a walk.  Or buy something.  (Definitely not the healthiest approach.)  Sometimes I even get online and plan exotic imaginary vacations somewhere far away from here that I never pay for or take. And then, other times, I just dive into the deep.  I find that resistance is often futile, as they say, and the mood passes when I just let it take its course.  Today, I thought maybe I would fight the battle by focusing on a cheery color like yellow for the Show and Tell.  But then I decided, screw it.  I’m going with the gray.

And since I have sequestered myself back here, I am thinking about gray and my bedroom.  Now I know my last post was about Orla and her very cheerful new linens coming to Bed Bath and Beyond, but then I saw this article from Houzz about ‘Master Bedrooms that Take Command.’  (Hmmm…does that headline work for anyone else?)  I had started a post a while ago that never saw the light of day about how much I wanted my bedroom to look like a hotel.  Having travelled a lot lately, I have grown to love the sleek look of a W or Kimpton hotel room.  It’s soothing, clean, uncluttered.  The article suggested monochromatic schemes with layers of texture as a way to achieve that.  And while definitely more classic than our style, I am liking this direction.

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From Remodelista, this is probably a little more our speed and style, especially with the teak paneling, very much like we have in our room.

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I have already begun the gray transformation of the bedroom with the newly upholstered chair, sitting in my soon to be reading nook.   The teak panelling looks way more red in this photo than it actually is.  It’s almost the exact same color and tone as the wall in the photo above.

Okay, gray chair and teak wall.  Check.

Now this whole duvet dilemma is something that has me down.  I was kvetching with someone else in the blogosphere about how hard it is to find good linens.  For one, I am all about the duvet cover.  I don’t buy comforters.  They are so impractical, especially when you are as capricious as I can be about interiors.  Sometimes you just need to change things up and you don’t want to buy a whole other duvet.  What I want is a very simple gray cover, perhaps with some kind of modern woven texture, in a decent (maybe even indulgent?) thread count.  I saw this at West Elm and I like the idea, but I think it’s too dark.  (Plus, I have the same headboard, so I thought maybe it might work.)  Any suggestions on where to find good linens?

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As far as the wall colors go, once we rid ourselves of the wallpaper, I think we will paint them gray as well.  You all know what a tough time I have had with grays, but I think I found one I really like…Amherst Gray by Benajmin Moore.

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And since even just writing about this is starting to cheer me up, I may just throw in a pop of yellow here and there to remind myself that the sun really does exist somewhere behind the Seattle duvet of gray clouds. (Via Dwellings by DeVore, 2Modern and Bright Bazaar.)

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Here’s hoping the sun is out wherever you are.



 

 

 
 
 

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