Weekend Show and Tell: A Bad Case of the Grays

11 Mar

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.


10 Responses to “Weekend Show and Tell: A Bad Case of the Grays”

  1. Jamie Shehan @ Mommy's Cigar March 12, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    I hope you get to feeling better! I think gloomy rainy days are worse. I get really down with out my vitamin C, the natural way. You know they actually have a name for that, I just can’t remember it. It rained here Wednesday till today. I cried off and on this weekend for no reason, even if someone looked at me funny. The sun is out now! I’ll urge it to come your way!

    • Brandy March 12, 2012 at 8:39 am #

      Thank you! And tell it to hurry. Today I am now home with a sick kid. Feels like it will never end!


  2. midnightagenda March 12, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    That is crazy, I was just looking at a similar duvet on etsy!

    I think it is so cute and would look really good in a retro bedroom with simple furniture. This would be my flair.

    • Brandy March 12, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      Very cute! Thanks for sharing with everyone!


  3. Norelle March 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    escape the gloom with a visit to sunny southern california! i know a few people who would love to see you. and i love the yellow and gray by the way. nice color combination.

    • Brandy March 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      maybe, sis. i need something and you guys would be a sight for sore eyes.

  4. Laurie Bunker March 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I don’t know how you deal with all the gloom…it would kill me. I have enough trouble here in Florida (OK, I grew up in Arizona, I have an excuse!!). But I do like the grays, for your bedroom, and I really really like the touches of yellow, they make it all scrumptious! Feel better! 🙂

    • Brandy March 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      It may kill me, indeed. It just may. Unless I perk things up with some yellow.


  5. Dana@Mid2Mod March 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I really like the gray against teak, and the yellow at the foot of that bed is wonderful. We’ve had more than our share of rain here in Texas the past few days, and I’ve done plenty of complaining about it. Remind me of that when we hit the 40th day of 105-degrees in August.

    • Brandy March 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      I remember that feeling growing up in Texas that the sun was so unbearable. I don’t know which is worse: Seattle in March or Texas in August?

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