A Fresh Look

A couple of weeks ago I decided that I was tired of the green walls in my bedroom. So after trying out several swatches of different colors (everything from mustard to colonial blue), I decided to visit the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer, and finally found a color that I couldn't live without: Crystal Clear. Also known as NPI 511.

Here's a picture of Tilly, perched on a favorite spot in front of my window, with one of the old green walls behind her:

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And here's a picture of the new paint over my headboard, silently waiting for Dutch Beauty to return home from the framer:

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Btw, I purchased a new bedspread as well.. it's called the Martha Washington's Choice, and I absolutely love it! It looks like it has sampler motifs on it…

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I didn't want any shams or throw pillows or neck rolls this time. I'm converting to utter simplicity, so I wanted just a bedspread, and nothing else. So far, I'm very happy with it, although I've threatened Mike with complete despair for the rest of his days if he dares to lay his sweaty, fresh-from-the-gym self on top of it for an afternoon snooze.

Before I painted, I was planning on having Adam & Eve samplers hung over the bed. But I've since changed my mind, and have moved the A&E's to the bathroom. It's not like I have many; I only have Frances Eden and Paradise Lost there so far, but since my mother would need smelling salts if she saw that I wasn't working in odd numbers, I decided to add a third A&E to the mix…

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This is A&E by The Primitive Needle. I kept most of the primitive color palette, but did change out a few of the colors to keep it as bright as Frances and Paradise. Of course, one of the colors added was NPI 511. 😉

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I also changed the color NPI 775 to NPI 223, and stitched the deer and squirrel in colors from the chart's original NPI list, but not in dark brown, as the chart symbol indicated.

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It's stitched on 35-ct. Weeks Dye Works Parchment, and I left off the straight-edge border, as I'd like to have the mats or frame come right up on the edge, where the border would have been.

That's about all I've been up to this past week! I suppose I've had enough fun lollygagging, so it's time to get back to model stitching. Although, the living room could sure use a fresh coat of paint…

22 Replies to “A Fresh Look”

  1. Blast!! All that pretty flowery stuff I just wrote disappeared….:( To recap:
    Dutch Beauty – fabulous against new wall color
    Bedspread – lovely.
    The simple look – very nice
    A&E – rocks, will hold her own the with other two.

  2. Love the direction for your bedroom. I, too, like simplicity. Just wish I could attain it! LOL. Like your color choice too, but I must admit I like Tilly best. 😉 Cathryn

  3. Paulette, the paint color is beautiful and your new bedspread is gorgeous!! I couldn’t have the white in my room though due to the dog issue we discussed. Thanks for being patient with the framer. She is working as fast as she can these days!

  4. Your “new” bedroom looks wonderful! My mother always had the exact same Bates bedspread as yours, and now I have one too. Don’t worry too much about Mike with it…it is very washable. I’ve had mine for years, and it still looks great.
    I forgot to congratulate you earlier on having completed “Dutch Beauty”. That is quite an accomplishment!

  5. I absolutely LOVE the new color and the new bedspread – fantastic!!! And your version of Lisa’s A&E is gorgeous. It will look so pretty with PL and FE. Can’t wait to see everything hung up together and Dutch Beauty presiding against the new wall color!

  6. WOW – that color is perfect! DH and I are starting remodeling our bedroom/bath combo and he wants more “manly” colors than the lovely yellow I have in there now. This is the perfect compromise. I love it – glad you have such excellent taste!
    I remember my mother having one of those bedspreads for years. Didn’t know they were still around. Hers lasted for years so I am sure it can stand up to a little man sweat!
    Frances will look fabulous against this.

  7. I love your new colour choice. It would have such a wonderful, calming effect. Perfect choice for a bedroom!
    I had a very similar chenille bedspread that covered my bed when I was growing up. They were so popular then and I think they’re making a bit of a comeback.
    I’m thinking of purchasing one for my guest bedroom.
    You’ve done a lovely job on your A&E! I can’t wait to see all three hanging on the wall.

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