Call Me Ang: Color of the Year - Rose Quartz

Color of the Year - Rose Quartz

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I've been wanting to change the colors in our home FOREVER! However, like a comfy pair of old shoes or jeans...I didn't want to get rid of the existing decor, because it had not failed me. I truly needed to step out of my comfort zone and just go for it!

So, I planned...and of course, those plans changed. With each step, I found that things worked...or didn't....

One change I didn't foresee, buying a new coffee table! Five years ago, I found the perfect table that was dark wood with bronze caster wheels. It was oversized and large. There was one problem with the table...because of the size, it consumed the Persian rug, leaving it barely visible. If you are going to invest in a high quality piece, you want to be able to enjoy it, right? I decided that I wanted a glass top table, so that we could finally enjoy our rug!  Even though the table was affordable, the purchase took a chunk out of my $300 budget...but it was sooooo worth it!

I found amazing and super affordable pillow covers. Don't get me wrong, they are not designed with high quality fabric, but they suit our home just fine! With a furry pup and kids, durable fabric work best in this household.  I went out on a limb and purchased two pink fur pillow covers. Yes, you read that correctly, pink fur. Probably my favorite purchase!!! It's a little crazy, but they are so pretty and created interest and texture on the sofa. I'm still waiting on our floral pillow covers to arrive....I cannot wait!

Here is a sneak peek: 
Pink Fur Pillow, Rose Quartz, Interior Design, Pink Living Room

In addition, I purchased a couple of Kate Spade coffee table books...because who does color best? Kate! Remember, this is my attempt to finally live life in color. Go outside the lines...and have fun!

Below are the items I used in our living won't believe what a steal the pillow covers were (remember, the covers are not high quality fabric, but they are constructed well and will last until we grow tired of them).
Navy Greek Key Pillows, Kate Spade Books, Pink Living Room, Glass Coffee Table
Fabric: Green | Pink | Navy
Books: Here | Here | Here

The pink bench is for inspiration. I am purchasing the pink fabric above to reupholster an existing bench.  

Another unforeseen expense, paint. We have a wall in the great room that leads into our second story entry. A change in the wall color would require scaffolding. I have driven myself crazy trying to figure out a way to paint that wall - without carrying it into the entry....I think I have a plan.  I'm not sure if it will look tacky...but I'll never know, if I don't try. I can't wait to tackle this project and share.

With unforeseen expenses, also came savings! I removed the existing fabric from our chandelier shades, which revealed the original ivory canvas cloth.  I planned on purchasing new fabric to recover the shades and then I had an idea...If I can paint on canvas for art...why couldn't I use paint on the lampshades! So I went out on a limb and painted them. I thought, if I planned on covering them anyway, if it doesn't work out - oh well. If it does...well then I saved a few bucks! Much to my worked!!!! Woo Hoo!  This was super easy. Mix a few table spoons of water with an acrylic paint color of your choice - it forms a dye-like substance. Then, grab a brush and get to work!


Do it yourself, Painted Lamp Shades

I haven't had an opportunity to revamp our occasional chairs yet. I'm contemplating not using them. I kind of like the openness of our great room right now. The changes that I have already made, has made quite an impact.  One being, there is no clutter. This makes my husband VERY happy.  He is a minimalist.

Finally...In my last post, I shared with you that I tried my best to recreate a van Gogh still life painting in high school...My Mom texted me a picture, so I could share my "masterpiece".  Looking at it now, it doesn't look as good as I thought it did...but it wasn't bad for a 17 year old kid. ha!

I was home with a sick middle schooler today. I'm not sure she will be heading back to school tomorrow.  Poor thing. She came down with this over the weekend. Isn't that the way it goes, you get one kid healthy and then another one gets sick....sigh. She needs to get better ASAP, she has a cheer competition on Saturday - provided Winter storm Jonas is kind to us. Everyone is complaining about the cold weather, but I welcome it! I feel like Winter is a time to slow down, relax, tackle indoor projects and rest by the fire...who is with me? 



  1. Wow, I am so impressed by your ability to step outside your comfort zone and make this happen so quickly! I tend to dither over choices for so long that by the time I make up my mind, a whole new color palette is in style :) I love neutrals, and drool over Pinterest pics of seas of white and beige - but I also live in an old farmhouse (MD) and have a lot of American antiques, so the more contemporary or Swedish neutrals don't quite suit its overall feel. After deliberating for like two years (really!!) I finally splurged on a beautiful piece of antique fabric in beige/gray and blue, and a bundle of antique fabrics with beige, blue, and even a touch of red - so bold, I know!! ;) I am more excited about the pillows they will make than I have been about anything else I've done in the house lately. Your pillow choices are pretty and fun, and those lamp shades - amazing. Who knew it was possible to paint fabric like that? I love what you have done so far, and can't wait to see the final outcome!

    1. Pamela I love neutral spaces as well. Our bedroom has NO color. Sea of khaki, white and wood. ha! My dream is to live in and restore an old home...I'm jealous! There is nothing I love more than beautiful fabric (provided budget was not in the way). ha! Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to read my little blog! :)

  2. Hello! Love the idea of painting lamp shades since it's so hard to find that perfect color at the perfect price. I know you mentioned a few tablespoons of water — how much acrylic paint did you mix that with?


  3. Hi Kelsey!

    I didn't use a specific amount of paint. I just kept adding more drops of paint, until I achieved the color I wanted. Good luck!!

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