Remember when i decided to paint my wall turquoise
? (i understand if you’ve blocked it out, i wish i had). Well we (in television, that’s right i’m
in television now, need proof? sunday at 7pm HGTV) have a word for that – or an anagram, called PDSS – Post Design Star Syndrome (its a rare and non-terminal syndrome, could result in fame or a boost in ones career and possibly a lot of temporary fast design decision making). i suffered badly from the last symptom when i returned – although now i’m suffering from the 2nd one (boost, not fame, please), which is awesome.
When I got back from filming I had a bit of designing-for-a-competition hysteria and i needed “BIG BOLD COLORS” and I needed them NOW. (picture me enunciating the ‘B’s really loud, blinking my eyes really hard and flashing jazz hands while i say that). So I woke up one morning (at like 6, btdubs) and went to the paint store, waited for it to open like a crazed ‘one day sale’ at Macy’s shopper the day after Thanksgiving – NO- the midnight before the day after thanksgiving, re-enacting the ‘open open open’ commercials from the 90’s, and bought a gallon of BM Caribbean Azure and painted it that day.
I loved it for like 3 hours, and i have been living with it ever since. I hate it. really hate it. There are a few things wrong – the color is too turquoise and not enough peacock blue. It’s too bright, too bold for me. I could handle it at a restaurant, in a hotel room, in a hallway, or at my beach house in Mexico (cut to my british accent: oh i do need to visit soon, its been just way too long). But I can’t live with it in my 1 bedroom apartment in Silverlake that doesn’t get enough light.
Yes, its the color above, styled for a test shot, taken by Terilyn Fisher
It is actually making me angry.
Don’t get me wrong I love turquoise, but its in the wrong place, mixed with the wrong things and in order for me to truly make it work it would take more time, effort and money than just painting over it.
So that is what is about to happen.
I have a shoot here next week for the new and potentially extremely fabulous RUE
Magazine – that’s right MAG-AZ-INE – i know, that word sounds
familiar and i get strangely nostalgic saying it, its been a while since i heard that a ‘new’ one was coming out. Check this out: I heard an old wives tale that we used to have shelter (home design) magazines sent to us in the mail! can you even imagine! magazines with pretty photographs of aspirational homes for us to flip through actually came out monthly and we could buy them for almost nothing! (which, HELLO, clearly might have been the problem, i didn’t go to business school, but should great things that cost a lot of money to make be virtually given away for free?? seriously???)
ANYHOO. Well now they are back, just on-line. Adapt we will.
VERY VERY EXCITING INDEED!!
And i’m gonna be in it.
It’s gonna be a party, and I love to party.
Back to my paint problem:
I have the rest of the apartment in BM november rain, which I loved, but I want something cooler right now.
I need light grey paint color recommendations.
I want it to be fairly color-less – no hints of green, purple or brown, it could go more blue if it has to. Just picture the perfect gray (reminds me of one of my favorite blogs, ‘a perfect gray
‘ perhaps she also was in search of this perfect, yet elusive color). I want it to be as if pure black was mixed with pure white. But fairly light. Maybe even just a tone.
Your challenge begins today, and you have until tomorrow. Don’t let me down, people.