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Monday, September 19, 2016

Flowers Are Red

In celebration of our upcoming 5th year anniversary in Japan, our “Home Sweet Home” received a splash of color. Inspired by our friends, Michael and Rose, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to make a color statement in our own home. Rose had painted one of the walls in her home a brilliant red. The color made a lasting impression on me. I thought I would never have the courage to make such a bold statement in our home. Besides, every house that we ever owned was purchased with the intention of reselling it. One of the rules for reselling a house is to keep the colors neutral. However, in the back of my mind, I wanted to have a red wall that would symbolize that I was finally home and I had no intention of selling or leaving.

The late singer/ songwriter, Harry Chapin, expressed my feelings towards colors in a song "Flowers Are Red". If you haven't heard the song, please click the link and have a listen.

The outside of our home does not reflect the colors that are inside. The basic beige, black, and brown are conservative colors. In other words, BORING.

 However, the blue front door gives a hint of what is inside. 

The color palette I chose generally looks like this: Blue in the bedrooms, Green in the living areas, Yellow upstairs and in the closets, and Red in the kitchen and highlight areas. Ideally, I wanted colors that were vibrant and alive.

 KPaint, the brand name we chose for our home, absorbs moisture in the air and helps control mold and mildew. Unfortunately, KPaint colors are somewhat limited. I compromised vibrant color for warm and rich colors. I found out later that Microsoft uses similiar colors in their logo. Well, if it's good enough for them...'s good enough for me. OMG! George has lost his mind! He painted his house all of these wacky colors. Before jumping to any conclusions, please wait until the finished product is revealed. I have a gazillion pieces of trim that need to be installed which will tie all of the colors together. 

So far, the younger generation thinks the colors are really cool. The older generation...well, in Japan people are too polite to say what they really feel. Hah!!
We love it! 

Stay tuned, I promise to have a few more surprises. 

BTW, the floor is brown, beige and white so I'm not completely crazy.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Passing Time Till Autumn

It’s been a very hot and humid summer this year. The good news is that autumn will be here soon. Autumn weather is great for finishing up outside projects. In the meantime, I’m finishing up inside projects. This means painting, paneling, wall papering, and …sleeping.  

Under the bar counter, I installed some paneling to blend with the existing logs. 

After finishing the paneling, it was time for an afternoon nap. 

The utility room required some prep work before painting. Pictures will be posted later. The upper log (dark brown) used to be on the outside of the house before the remodel. I built a box around the log to conceal it. Next, I wallpapered the upper portion of the room. Everything was primed in preparation for paint. The ceiling was stained and clear coated. The lower half of the wall will be tiled. The utility room will take some time to complete. An entire post with pictures will be added later.

 Lucky continued with his nap while I worked in the living room. 

The living room is ready for some color which will be discussed in a future post.               George