Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Unlocking Creativity


(Traditional Home 2012)

This is a bait and switch post.

I do NOT know what unlocks my creativity

in terms of design in my home.

In addition-

to make matters more complicated,

I have entered a sort of indecisive,

hand-wringing stage of late

where ideas dart around and rarely land.

And so when that happens, the phone calls to daughters start

beginning with me saying

”Don’t hang up. I just want to ask you about my paint colors.”

If that doesn’t work, I text friends (Anna, Jenny) or email other bloggers (Karianne).

And so today,

after days a la Cinderella’s step-sister trying to jam her foot into the wrong shoe,

something broke loose,

and my creativity rebooted and started to flow naturally again.

Why today?

I have no idea. 

It just did

after doing the things I listed below.

Here is what I learned if you are ever faced with this stumbling block:

*Decide what you don’t like.

I eliminated a large portion of the

color choices for our guest bedroom at Sherwin Williams by scanning the board and saying

”No, no, no…”

* Once it clicks ,and you feel your creative juices flowing-


My house may be a big hot mess right now

because 4 rooms have been repainted in the last week

(my utility room is now cobalt blue),

but I am seizing the day.

* And finally, when I asked our daughter the librarian

if she wanted to come by during her lunch break today to

look at the white paint color I picked 

(I know… I was really pushing my luck),

when she agreed,

I ran around the house 90 miles an hour

fixing her lunch

and putting things I thought would look good on the bed in the newly painted bedroom.

That worked


Who knew that all Sherwin Williams Snowbound

SW 7004 - Snowbound

(Sherwin Williams 7004 )


in a room with lots of natural light was

a white coverlet on the bed

which I will be spray painting in gold leaf,


a burlap pillow,


a mercury glass urn,


a chinoiserie vase in taupe and white,


a few antique gold accessories,


an antique gold and glass lamp from the flea market,

leopard print fabric that will cover a desk chair I am painting gold,

and two intaglio prints in gold frames I found at the flea market?


Who knew?




Linking to:

Make it Pretty @TheDedicatedHouse
Twisted Party @ DebbieDoos
Cowgirl Up @CedarHillRanch




Brenda Pruitt said...

Heavens, you can feel the creativity emanating from your post! You go with it, girl!

Alex M said...

Very pretty, very inspiring... it's a good thing you don't have a muddy dog!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Who knew, in deed?!

sounds heavenly. I'm sure you'll give us the nickle tour of the dreamy room, when it's finished?

Pura Vida said...

You freaking crack me up

NanaDiana said...

That is going to be beautiful when it is all pulled together, Laura. I am so glad to see gold coming back into play again- xo Diana

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Oh I can't wait to see it all together. I am the same way. I will frustrate myself with what I consider by my lack of creativity and then all of a sudden I will see something and the bells and whistles go off. I love it when it happens. You will pull together something that is wonderful. xxoo

Connie said...

And I can just see you running around making that sweet daughter lunch so that it will make the short time together so much easier in coming to agreement on your already excellent selection!

Karen said...

Good going, Laura!! You've done it again!! Can't wait for a tour.
Ladybug Creek

Theresa said...

You go girl... come help me do some decorating:) Have a blessed day dear Laura, HUGS!

Bliss said...

Stella got her groove back!


Always Nesting said...

You have such an eye for beauty and I love this bait and switch :)

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Well done! Good tips too!


Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

I literally laughed out loud about you asking your daughter's opinion, with the preface...don't hang up....
My relation with my daughter has come to that! I can bounce ideas off of her for just a very SHORT while, and then my window of opportunity ceases to exist! LOL!

Glad your creativity is back in gear! Can't wait to see what you've been working on! Sounds like it's going to pretty!

Pondside said...

Am I the last woman in blogdom who is NOT painting??? You've abandoned me here all alone in my paint-lessness.
Looking forward to the reveal.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I'm really enjoying all your old posts. this one especially hit home as I'm in frozen mode right now.


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