The Van Zandt's are again torturing themselves with painting. Painting really shouldn't be torture, but when you combine my need for getting the Exact. Right. Color, with Joe's OCD-like impulses to make the job look perfect, plus a toddler's need to screw %$*# up, then you've just guaranteed a tortuous affair.
After buying paint samples and then entire gallons of two different pale greens for our foyer, I decided that I just wasn't bold enough to choose such a color- the colors were a combination of lime/celery and just too bright for an entryway, so we're using it for our laundry room and James' bathroom.
So I instead went with a buttercream paint for the foyer, which happens to be the same color as the kitchen and master bedroom in our old house. I loved the color before, and I still love it. I think it will look really nice with the bright white woodwork, and natural wood on the floors and stairs. And it's neutral enough that it will look nice leading into the family room's blue and all the bedrooms upstairs.
You can see it here compared with the "builder beige" of the former paint color and I hope you can tell that it will really brighten up the window-less foyer. But much to Joe's dismay, it's going to take three coats.
One a more fibery note, did you see the new colors of Alpaca Sox in the store? Not only are there two new kettle dyed (Bronze Maple and Blue Jay) , two new solids (Cereza and Lago), and three new variegated colors (Sailor's Delight, Frenchman Bay, and Nor'Easter) but I have a restock of all the other colors. Meaning that I have ALL the colors in stock for only the second time ever. Ever since the Lace Ribbon Scarf was published, this yarn is a bit hard to get in stock in all the colors. So if you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend doing so, either for scarves, socks, or this simple shawl, which I will be casting on once the weather gets a bit cooler. I'm going to use Alpaca Sox for the project, and follow the pattern, except that I won't have to hold the yarn doubled b/c the weight of Alpaca Sox is heavier than the yarn called for in the pattern. I'm thinking of using Bronze Maple or Cereza, both new colors.