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I'm at the Eco Chic Blog today, talking about different decorating styles. 



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Interior Trim: Ivory vs. Bright White

Anyone who knows me knows this: I love a home with white trim. It's impossible to get through a single conversation without the topic of Jack White white trim coming up somehow.


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It makes a home feel fresh and bright and clean.


Our last house had dark, mission-style wood trim and cabinets everywhere, which drove me crazy for nearly three years. I do not miss that dark wood, and my husband does not miss listening to me complain about it. 



The house before that had white trim, but only because I absolutely insisted, much to the disgust and discouragement of the homebuilder, who insisted that only retirement communities in Florida and Arizona have white trim. (...and don't even get her started on white kitchen cabinets!)




I wish I had taken more pictures of our Minnesota house. This is Jason installing crown molding to the top of our scandalous white cabinets.

So the question for me isn't wood vs. white. Crisp white will always win that battle. What if the trim is off-white?

The new house has all kinds of amazing trim: crown molding, thick baseboard, picture frame molding, beautiful detailed trim everywhere. But it is off-white rather than bright white.


mudroom in the new house

The main wall color is SW Latte, which is beautiful against the ivory trim. 

built-ins at the new house

The actual color is Steamed Milk, but it doesn't look as dark as the picture below suggests. Yes, my home is currently painted Latte and Steamed milk. Absolutely perfect for the Starbuck's Lover in me.

Spring/Summer 2014 Color Palette


 This is a better picture to show the contrast. Of course, it appears darker against some colors than others. The cool blue brings out the warm tones in the trim. 


I thought about painting it all bright white. Seeing the transformations at The Lettered Cottage and Bower Power, I thought, "Maybe I should go for it!"

I had that crazy thought in my head for about 15 minutes, then I came to my senses. There is simply too much Steamed Milk trim in this house to repaint, it's in great shape, and it's a nice enough color. It just isn't crisp white. #crymeariver

So I've decided not to paint the trim, now I need to find the right shade of gray that won't make the trim appear dingy or yellow.
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Sometimes it just requires a shift in how I see the things I like. 

This is one of my favorite rooms by Muskoka Living Interiors, and I see shades of white combined with ivory. Although the doors and trim are white, the built-in cabinets are definitely off-white.

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But really, there are still a zillion boxes to unpack so let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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Focus On The Positive

Every time we move, I find myself muttering the same things during the first month of unpacking. "I'm too old for this" and "I can't do this again" and "Seriously. We are not moving again."

The process of unpacking all of our belongings and trying to rearrange the puzzle so everything fits in a place that makes sense and looks nice, feels like playing with a Rubik's Cube. And the Cube is my life, and I'm not a fan of that game to begin with.  

So, with much left to do, I choose to focus on some areas that look somewhat settled. Although, disclaimer, these areas are only temporarily settled. They will be changed.









And I will walk swiftly past scenes like the one below, which just make me want to pour a glass of wine and watch HGTV all day. 


No Mom, I don't drink wine all day. Just all night. Ha!

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Linking here:

The Road to Domestication

The First Day Of School




The morning sun is always right in their eyes when I take "first day" pictures.













I think they've perfected the goofy pose.




Then Ella grabbed the camera and  took a picture of Jason on the first day of school. Girl cracks me up. 


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New House Tour - Grand Finale




I can't believe the number of times I've said to myself that this house feels like it was made for our family, from the moment I started obsessing over where everything will go and then eventually began unpacking our belongings. It all fits. From the floor plan to our overall style. 

We have lived in every size and configuration imaginable, and some fit us better than others. Some made me grouchy on a daily basis. (Salt lake City, I'm looking at you) Louisiana was an amazing, fancy, beautiful home, in the truest sense of a southern-style home. But it was small and there was no basement - it remains one of my favorites, nonetheless.

Our home is wherever the five of us are together, whether that's a tiny starter home in Northern California, or a chopped-up, mismatched rambler in Fargo. 

I'll find projects wherever we go, because I like the style our family has developed over the past 12+ years, not the finishes and colors the previous owners chose. And because I'm super persnickety.

Having said all of that, let's tour the basement and exterior. 



The basement is basically a family room (most likely a future man cave), a guest room, a bonus room of some sort, storage, and a walkout to the back yard.



The bonus room will be used for an exercise area and that's currently where my craft hoard is living.


When I took these pics the electricity hadn't been turned on, so you'll have to trust me, that room is huge.


Oh - there's a full bathroom too. Again, no lights, sorry.

guest room

guest room

The guest room is huge. Attention MOM: the guest room is huge, and I'll pretty it up for your stay. That goes for all future guests, but my Mom always needs extra coaxing.

The exterior is probably my favorite part of the whole house.

This is where we will live on chilly fall nights

And rumor has it, this is where the snake lives

Whatever. Snakes don't scare me. I'll share this yard with Bigfoot. It's just so nice to have a private back yard. 







So that's it!

Now let the unpacking continue and the customization projects begin...

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New House Tour - Upstairs

Welcome back! Not as many pictures today, we're just touring the upstairs of the new house. The upper floor is all about the kids: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a play area. The master suite is on the main floor, one of the reason I'm so in love with this floor plan. 

Crazy kids? Just send 'em upstairs!


At the top of the stairs, to the right, is the play area, but I need to come up with a cooler name for this room. Maybe "The Zoo."




I have a lot of interesting ideas for this area!

The corner closet is for storage of toys and games.




They will have a TV, Wii, DVD player, etc., sofa, papasan, coffee table, toys & games in the storage closet, and a craft area.

Ella chose the blue room. 


This picture shows the true color of the trim throughout the house. Not white, but ivory, especially against the white ceiling. This makes me a little crazy. Not sure how long I can go with off-white base board and crown, when I'm a pure white gal. 

Natalie chose the pink room. She likes the pink walls with the black and white curtains. 



These room connect through a jack-n-jill (jill-n-jill in this case) bathroom. But they each have their own sink, which is cute. They share the shower and toilet. 



Owen has his own room AND his very own bathroom. He shall now be called Prince Owen or Sir Owen. No, not really. No six year-old boy needs his own bathroom, but he has one by virtue of luck. 


That's what's going on in the "fun zone?"

Do we like "fun zone?"

Crazy Land. 

Crazy Town?!

I'm open to suggestions. 

Otherwise it will always be known as "upstairs" and it's more exciting than that. 


Wait - is it weird that I feel like I need to name the kid area?


Tomorrow will conclude the house tour with the basement and back yard. And I'm sure we'll be all unpacked and completely organized by then. 

That's hilarious!



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