Thursday, June 28, 2007

Complimentary Colors, What a Concept!

I had been agonizing over what color to paint the pantry for months and although the source was somewhat strange, inspiration hit just as I was using up my last drop of tolerance for the dirty white primer.

I glanced over from the living room the other day and noticed this:

and it struck me how much I liked the orange of the randomly tossed dishtowel and handbag against the turquois-ey jade of the Rendezvous Bay color of the kitchen walls (which, incidentally, is still photographing nothing like it looks in person). Ten minutes later I was on my way to buy some paint.

Either I'm getting better at making decisions or getting reckless....

It sure transformed the room, from blah and a little unpleasant (dirty white primer...go figure) to bright, welcoming and exciting and a part of the house I don't mind hanging out in. Just what we needed for this busy, multi-purpose room.

The insides of both entrance doors still need to be painted (probably just white), and the current rug was a cheap stopgap that is a little too narrow but working for the moment until I can find the perfect replacement.

So officially, only our bedroom and the tiny outside walls of the powder room remain on the painting roster for downstairs, but I'm still so at a loss about this stuff and the rest of the upstairs that lately I've been joking that by the time I get it everything painted it will probably be the avocado green, harvest gold and shag of the double oughts. And with orange rooms #1 and #2, I suspect that moment may arrive even sooner, but for now I'm absolutely loving it.



Blogger Jeremy said...

What is the brand and name of the color. It looks so god with the blue!

3:13 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Oh yes, sorry.
It's Benjamin Moore Orange Sky, not to be confused with the BM Orange Juice that's in my powder room :)

7:37 PM  
Anonymous guiniveve said...

your baseboards...are they shiny rubber with washers, etc, or bent metal (!) with washers? been enjoying your progress for awhile now – awesome space.

10:25 PM  
Blogger blushing apples said...


11:27 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hello guiniveve. The baseboards are raw steel, bent just a bit on the edges so as not to "swim". I had the steel fabricator make it up in 10' lenghts with the holes every 2' so all I had to do was trim it to length and attach it. I did that using square drive zinc screws.

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

I saw your home on decor8, which led me here. I love your home, it's truly amazing. And I LOVE the orange. I am a convert to orange. I love it too. And it's such an amazing color because several years ago if you had asked me what is my least favorite color - I would have said orange. I never thought I would use it. But use it and love it I do!

I'm currently using lots of white in my home, with pink, orange and a tiny bit of blue in my accessories and art.

P.S. - I love the rug. Can you tell me where you got it? Rugs are such a dilemma for me. I need them cheap, and I need them machine washable.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

I really love the color combination. I have recently been infatuated with that yellowish orange color -- it can be so dramatic but harmonious with so many other colors.

As for your handbag inspiration, I've found my best ideas are often the most unexpected.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Surviving said...

Wow! You have such a great looking house.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Departing from house awe (which I do possess), where did you find your orange handbag? Or rather who made it so I might have a chance of finding one for myself? The color! The texture! The shape!

5:38 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Gotta laugh because you took the words right out of my mind about the orange's one of my faves. It's Dooney and Bourke, and I searched for YEARS, literally, for the perfect orange handbag and passed by many the almost-but-not-quite orange bag during that time. And then I found this one at either Marshalls or TJMaxx about six months ago. (but shhhhh! Those places are one of my best kept shopping secrets and I've amassed a much-too-large decent handbag collection over the years this way despite the fact that I am VERY picky about my bags.) Before the orange, my favorite was a D&B in the same style only in purple faux croc so I knew the second I saw this that it was the IT orange bag.
Check EBay. I've seen them there.

5:59 PM  
Blogger K Nutter said...

Hey Splat, been seeing you around for quite some time - Live Modern, IkeaFans, your blog, etc. We just built an eco-mod house with an ICF foundation, and currently, the exposed portion of the foundation is still ICF. What did you do to yours - is it stucco below the HardiPanel? Did you do it yourself or subcontract? We can't decide. Thanks!

Knutter - from

11:02 AM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Greetings Knutter!
The band of exposed ICF between the bottom of the Hardi and grade is covered with stucco.
I did it myself, using a bagged, acrylic stucco product that just gets mixed with water and applied with a trowel.
It's not hard or particularly time consuming, but it takes a little practice to get it to look nice and learning to handle a trowel and hawk can take time.
Because it's a two coat process, by the time I got all the way around the house with the first coat, I was a pro.
It basically went like:
1. remove the chalky oxidation and roughen up the face of the foam with a wire brush or rasp.
2. mix stucco and let slake for a few minutes according to package directions. It takes a bit of trial and error to find the right consistency...
3. attach fiberglass mesh to foam and apply first coat getting it as smooth as possible. let dry
4. apply second coat

I think it can be tinted before application. I left ours gray.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Jane H. said...

Your house is just so cool! I'd like to know where/how you got those lockers. I love them! Can you please let me know? Thanks!

4:51 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hi Jane
The lockers are from
because that's where I found the best prices. If you google "lockers" you'll find that there are lots of sources online.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Hi, I'm Greenie said...

I've seen your comments over on Ikeafans, but this is the first time I've hopped over here I think. I was laughing when I saw your orange bag against the turquoise wall -- those are the colors in our little home in Illinois! We went a bit o' modern in our renovation, and painted the dining room and living room paler shades of turquoise, with a bright orange entry wall and a bright orange huge wall lamp over the dining room table. I love the color combo -- even more when I see it in your house!

2:51 PM  

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