Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bizness

Points of Business:

1) I'm totally deflated about Aaron McCargo, Jr., winning "The Next Food Network Star" challenge. I thought he deserved 3rd place. And since I've been home a month and cooked warm food at least 6 times (not including Pop Tarts), I think I know what I'm talking about.

2) I wrote a letter to Burger King about the horrible commercial wherein the weird Mini Me Burger King (Burger Prince?) kicks his wimpy father in the shin upon being handed a treat. I'm sure my one letter is going to effect big changes, as it did when I was 8 years old and I wrote a letter to singer Bobby Sherman asking him to do something about that vampire Barnaby Jones on Dark Shadows, and voila, Dark Shadows was cancelled in 1971.

3) Do not forget to visit Diane at Meyers on the Hood tomorrow for our first commentary on Beth Moore's Online Believing God study. I think my first commentary next Thursday will probably just be something like, "Believe me, you should believe God," so you'd better go see Diane for something a little more in depth.

But now, here is today's real post:

Hello, I'm the Black and White Lady who has infiltrated Lidna's mind. I whisper to her night and day, "Go with black and white in your kitchen ... do something different from your usual plebian modus operandi ... for heaven's sake, try to be just a little chic for once!" (This is in ref to yesterday's post.) But I'm not trusting her all the way because she has a supernatural, inhuman tiny waist that could be making her mean and spiteful.

So here's what I'm thinking. What if I went with a black and white theme. (College Daughter, if you're reading this, just wait to cast judgment until you have beheld the pics.) I would put paper on ONE wall, the accent wall. The wainscoting would stay white, and the walls, well, probably white. That's a lot of white, I know, but I do love it. I can just envision black frames with colorful prints or black and white prints. Probably my third (accent) color would be red, but I'd want it to be able to be removed so that when spring arrived, I could go pink as an accent, for example.

Here are some sample papers. What do you think? You can click on the pics to get a bigger view. Keep in mind this is an old (1966) ranch house. The other big room is in autumnal colors with black accents, with one big ol' cranberry red wall, although it always photographs purplish. So the black would be carried through there, and it's also in the frou-frou room I just re-decorated.

Here is one option, a swirly. Two shots--one is wall perspective, the other a close up.










Now here is a floral that has some shiny silver in it, which would allow me to paint the other walls light gray:









Finally, here is the Frenchie, Frenchie Frou-Frou version of the B & W:










Do you like any of these? I promise this is the last decorating post for a while!

60 comments:

Chatty Kelly said...

I think you should pick what YOU like. You are going to live there.

On another, that woman did have a scary small waist. That was the first thing I noticed, before even reading you thought so too. Can you say corset?

beckyjomama said...

Number Three!!!

I LOVE toille and I think that it would be DE-VINE in a kitchen. Especially with red accents. And especially in a 60's era ranch house. It has old Hollywood written all over it!!!

I am now re thinking the bathroon I was gonna just paint and be done with. My husband thanks you by the way - you and BigMama who has the toille wallpaper in HER bathroom! Ahhhh, good times!

sara said...

I love number ONE. But I like bold statements and am not a frou-frou person.

Now you are getting me into the mood to do my bedroom...the only room in the house I haven't attacked since moving here...it's time!

Monica@Dailydwelling said...

I love the third choice. It's so elegant! But, they're really all great.

Jodie said...

I vote Frenchie FrouFrou (the one behind door #3). :) But it is your kitchen. This is just my puny opinion. ;)

Alison said...

I personally L-O-V-E the first one. However, my advice to others who I have helped "re-do" rooms is go with what you like...otherwise you will never feel comfortable in that room.

Mrs. Who said...

I agree with the first commenter - pick what YOU like. However, I do have opinions. Of course. I really like the first one. It seems clean and bright and kind of art deco. The second - silver? Please. No. And the third is just too busy for me. TOO many flowers. I love the black and white idea. And I also love the idea of being able to change your accent colors. I do that all the time in my family room, even switch out the curtains. Keep us updated!

Jen said...

I love the swirly and frenchie. Truly. I just hate wallpaper -- although I have to say in this case it is probably justified. And the floral is so pretty, except the shiny might date it pretty soon.

But if you like it best, you should go with it.

FABULOUS choices. You can do so much with black and white. Any color you want can be the accent -- actually cranberry would be nice if you want some continuity from the other room.

White is so bright and clean. Always a good choice for a kitchen.

Swirly reminds me of a lunch box/bag I had in the 5th grade. Very cool. It will look dated in 20 years or so. Frenchie will never looked dated, will always look very traditionally stylish, and you will never have to redo it.

You know, you could spray paint those kitchen chairs black too. I have those same chairs -- from LS Ayres -- and I painted them 4 different colors of blue and green. My neighbor came over and said to me "You know those are different colors." I should have said "OMG! No way!" But I didn't. I told him it was on purpose. I was copying a Trading Spaces idea.

xox

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Floral or Frenchie. But I would think twice before I used any wallpaper - it all looks dated so quickly! I have gray walls in my kitchen, with white cabinets and trim and dark counters - it looks great! Currently I make all the "changeable" stuff (dishtowels, etc) red, but I can change that if I want.

How about no wallpaper, all gray, and decorate that one wall with cast-iron type stuff (candle-holders, or plateholders, or whatever). That's also a great wall for pictures in black frames.

Down with wallpaper!

Robin M. said...

This is very interesting to me because I am also considering re-doing the kitchen / dining room in black and white. So I can see how yours turns out before I decide! I really like the Frenchie Frou-Frou one best.

PJ said...

I think all them would work great in your room. The first would be more modern, the second more feminine and the third more classical. Depends which you like. I'd probably go modern, that's me. My sister would go classical, that's her.

I love the changing the accent with the seasons. But knowing me, I'd have my Spring colors still up at CHristmas. No...probably I'd still have the Christmas ones up in June. (I once left my tree up until March!!)

Mocha with Linda said...

I agree with suburban correspondant. I would paint the wall and do pictures and plates and other accents.

Paper #1 - I love it in the sample, but I think it would make me dizzy on a whole wall. Too many swirls.

Paper #2 - I like the more random floral, but I think the silver look actually would make it look cheap.

Paper #3 - I like the idea, but it's too much and too symmetrical. I think it would be overwhelming on the wall. You want people to notice the room as a whole, not just have their eyes drawn only to the wall.

Kinda like when you wear an outfit that is your color & style, people say "you look pretty" instead of "nice outfit."

But the bottom line is what they've all said - it's your house. Tastes are as varied as people. You have to look at it every morning when you walk in and flip on the light, so choose what you like!

Erica said...

I am in LOVE with all the black and white out right now. Have you seen all the adorable black and white paper products (post-its, planners, etc) on the dollar rack at Michaels? That said, I like the third one. It's trendy now, but it's frou-frou enough to not feel like you're in a completely different house when you step into the kitchen. Not that I've seen your house, but I've seen the pictures you've posted, and am making an assumption here. :)

Erica (who took one interior design class in college and watches HGTV excessively)

PS I totally wanted Lisa to win the Next Food Network Star. I love Martha Stewart, and she could've been the next Martha.

Big Mama said...

I'm a fan of number 3. I think any of them would look really good.

DidiLyn said...

On Food Network Star: I though the girl would win hands down. I thought they would come out and at least say they wanted them both. BUT they LET HER GO?! Don't get it. Did you hear her sing, even?

On your kitchen: Love the black and white with the changable accent color. Absolutely brilliant!

On Believing God: "It's a good idea." That was gonna be my post for tomorrow. I guess I'll gussy it up a little.

Darlene R. said...

Black and White is a great idea! I love the first one! It's young and hip and cool and well, you get my point.

Teri said...

Frenchie all the way! LOVE IT!

Sharon said...

I vote for the french frou-frou one (last one). Timeless, I tell ya! Imagine some black curtains with black & white checked tie-backs to go with it..... You could do a lot with it, and accent it with silver accessories if you want. I wouldn't go with anything metallic in the wallpaper print -- it will look dated sooner. Keep us posted!!!

Teri said...

Oh yeah, a friend of mind did paint her table and chairs and can I just say, WOW? It looks like a brand spanking new set! She painted a wood table black and distressed it a little on the edges. It looks fabulouso!

Lynn said...

I love #3! Can't wait to see the finished kitchen.

Natalie said...

Using any print design, you need to be careful not to create a very busy space. I personally love ANYTHING b&w because you can add any accent color you want...bold reds or subtle greens.

Listen to me...I act as if I know what I am talking about when I look in my kitchen and paint is chipping off. It's so much easier to offer advice to others than to come to a conclusion for my own house. :)

Good luck!

Mary said...

Love number 1. You could pick any color to complement it on other walls!

Merrie said...

Yes, I'm loving the poseys (un, flowers - but w/ a last name of 'posey" it comes naturally) w/ silver.. flowers not too busy and overpowering - and you'd "expect" some color splashes somewhere b/c flowers ARE colorful - unless you have white and dead ones, but we won't go there..
love the options ...

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

I already told you what I think but I guess you thought the masses might have better ideas?!?!? Pshaw.

#3 all the way. And find a dress like that and pose for us in your new kitchen.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I like the black and white idea. But is that enough color for you? I picture you as a very colorful individual.

Fiddledeedee said...

SO! It was YOU who instigated the cancellation of my beloved "Dark Shadows." And the untimely demise of my pretend boyfriend, Barnabus Collins. (Quentin was groovy, too, but if I had to pick one...)

I curse you with GARLIC on all your toast.

Tabi said...

I love the first one!! So bold and pretty! I also love the black and white idea! BUT, like the rest are saying, I'm thinking you need to pick something you like!

Guinevere Meadow said...

I like the Frenchie Frou Frou the best.

Kelley said...

I liked #1 but then I saw #2 and liked it and then #3 I love it too. I think you will be happy with whichever one you choose. The whole black & white thing is so cool!! I can't wait to see it finished.

We have had to paint every room in our house, it had late 80's/early 90's floral everywhere. The only room I have left to redo is my bathroom. It is pink on pink paisley (it looks like a bottle of Pepto Bismal exploded all over the walls).

"MoodyBlue" Jodi said...

Frenchie Frou Frou For Sure! Very classy!

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Cindy Swanson said...

I could see black-n-white...maybe with red accents? Just a thought.

About the vampire...wasn't that Barnabas Collins? (or were you just being funny when you called him Barnaby Jones? I think that was the series with the guy who used to play Jed Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies.)

And lastly, the lady in that picture...her WAIST!!! Simply amazing.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I don't care for #1 as it's busy and loud. I think I like #2 best only because you said you'd paint one wall gray. I love color and a gray wall would look great. A gray wall would be great to accent black frames and such. I like #3 also but then no gray.

I would agree with some of the others that to be cautious that you may be tired of this wallpaper in 5-10 years. It is so much easier to paint over paint but not wallpaper.

Have you consider maybe instead of wallpaper do one wall with sponge painting or rag painting. Lowe's has lots of options to spruce up a wall with texture/techniques.

I have one wall in a spare bedroom sponge painted and I love it. It's a very very light blue (almost white) with darker navy sponge. I literally used a cheap $1 car sponge and plucked pieces out. Of course, you could pay a couple bucks and get a sponge roller, much easier but be careful to not roll in lines.

I don't mind the decorating posts. I don't think others do either. Just make sure you show us the end product. :-)

Lynn said...

Girl,

I think you and I grew up in the exact same neighborhood. Bobby Sherman and Barnaby Jones... I am right there with ya. You crack me up.
Have a great day. Hugs~

Pam from alertandorientedx4.blogspot.com said...

If we're voting...#1...I like that you can change it up with different colors. I agree with the post that the silver-y could make it look cheap. Toile is on it's way out, according to my friend who just consulted a pro-fess-she-o'nell decorator. Now you're making me re-think mine...I don't think I'll do wallpaper, tho...have that in the pink bedroom. p.s. Hobby Lobby has some great b/w stuff going on right now, too. And you know how I feel about red....yummy!

NotJustLaura said...

I like the floral best.

Susanne said...

I didn't watch Food Network Star. I'm a Top Chef watcher.

That ladies waist has got to be photoshopped but if it's not I wouldn't listen to anything she had to say either.

The paper:

Do what you would like to live in. But seeing as you asked opinion, well, I'll just jump right in.

#1 Too swirly for me.

#2 Love this one but how silver is the silver? Is it subtle or a shiny metallic? I think if it was subtle it would look lovely with the grey walls.

#3 Very classic.

Debbie said...

Not Aaron, really?! I was hoping it would be him. Or Adam, anyone but Lisa who wavered between bossy, snobby, and controlling and shy, pathetic, and whiny - usually all in the same show. I know I wouldn't be able to watch her for 30 minutes. Also, her "Beautiful Basics" concept might have been good if any of her basics were things people who eat anywhere other than a five star restaurant had ever heard of. I was really hoping it would be Kelsey after tasting her amazing white chocolate fish dish at Red Lobster. Not that I arranged my whole evening around when the show was on or anything...

Queen B said...

Pick the one that you love. Not the one you think you are supposed to love. (Or maybe I'm the only one that does that....)

Personally, I like them in this order: 1, 3, 2.

Have fun choosing!

Susan said...

I like the first black and white pattern. Actually I just looked at a kitchen at Ikea that had this scheme and I loved it. Very clean and fun.

Have a great day!!

:-) Susan

Theresa said...

I like #3 the best.

On my honeymoon, 2 & 1/2weeks ago, we went on a tour of the mansions in Newport, RI. One of the mansions was the one were they filmed Dark Shadows. It brought back so many memories. I used to love that show.

Laurie Ann said...

As the others have said, go with what you like. My vote is for the frenchie design. I love it and can see so many possibilities (in my head!). Any would look fine, though.

Cheryl R said...

Black and white is an awesome choice. I painted our kitchen last summer and that is what I chose. The bottom cabinets and drawers are black with white handles , the top cabinets are white with black knob handles. I LOVE IT ! My curtains above the sink are red and white gingham(sp) and the curtain by the dining table are solid red. Red accents here and there and wow , what a change. Like I said, I LOVE IT !

Cheryl R said...

I forgot to say that I painted all the walls white in my black and white theme kitchen..........

Lorri said...

Personally I like the first or the third the best. The great thing about black and white is that you can add any OTHER color in at any time...like say Green?? lol sorry, shameless reference to my comment yesterday. Pretty ideas you have there!

Rachele said...

I love the Frenchie Frou-Frou, my fav right now!
Chel

Photo Buffet said...

Linda, I would go with Behr paint and forget the wallpaper. I know what I'm talking about, because I recently removed wallpaper in my dining room. I must have been nuts, leaving it up there so long! The room feels so much more open without it now.
Besides, you have an amazing choice of paint colors out there (I love Behr paints), and with painted walls, you could make any seasonal changes with accessories, like many others have mentioned.

Caffeinate yourself and take time to think about five years from now. Will you love or hate your choice?

Michelle@Life with Three said...

I'm not usually a real "frilly" type, but I really like #3. It would also let you carry on the "French" theme you had going on in the bedroom. Ballard Designs always has some neat "French inspired" accessories.

And, I totally know what you mean about The Next Food Network Star. I didn't think he should have won. I was kind of rooting for the other guy (can't think of his name) -- Hungry in Philadelphia.

Anonymous said...

Linda, Here is a link to Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality. She is listed on Boo Mama's blogroll. She just showed her utility room that she did in Black and White and Apple Green. I think the black and white is a great idea but maybe the green would be more modern than red.
http://southernhospitality-rhoda.blogspot.com/
Kellye

Dawn said...

I like the first one - swirly, but it may be too much. Did you happen to see design the design challenge when they designed for their families. The blonde painted a similiar type pattern on the wall, just in a larger perspective. The pattern is simple enough that you probably could freehand it.

Also, I'm glad you wrote the letter about the Burger King commercial, because I think it is horrible too.

carol ~ i throw like a girl said...

Boy, you really went to town, didn't you?? LOL I vote for Frenchie Frou Frou it's very classique!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I like toile so the last one is my fav. Reminds me of those patterns, but you should totally pick what you love.

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

I can't wait to see what you decide on. I'm horribly indecisive when it comes to decorating, so I'm not going to give you my opinion cause it will probably change tomorrow, or in 2 hours.

Marina said...

like the Frenchie and like the black in white can't go wrong :)

waist what waist I have seen a waist since I was 18 years old.
LOL!!! marina

My ADHD Me said...

#1 is my fave.
First thing I noticed was that tiny waist. I love those old style dresses.

annie's eyes said...

Good grief. People have OPINIONS! I guess I do too! I'm thinking Frenchy foo foo is good, (from someone who can't even decide on a blog header.) The toille is very pretty. Now, keep us posted!

Becky said...

I love the Frenchy Frou Frou which I think would go FAB with red accents...but I also favor the swirls. Bold, smart, and FUN.

You can show pics of decorating projects all you want...I LOVE it! (Gives me lots of good ideas!)

Roxanne said...

Number 3 is my pick as well. You could even paint the other walls a pretty taupe color--it looks SO good with black and white--then pick the accent color of your choice. . .you could even change it seasonally if the mood struck you.

blackbelt_oma said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

I don't know you so I don't know which of the 3 options is "you." But really, I don't think 2 is the right way to go.

Nevertheless, what are you doing with your oak furniture? I think that will make a big difference in what you choose. I can see painting them black and changing the seat pads for the seasons.

Happy shopping!

Tammy said...

I'm no help at all...I like all three...but wow, with 56 comments before me, I'm thinking you must have some good advice in here somewhere...Wow!!!

You know, I'm not exactly deflated about Aaron...he's a nice guy and all. But I found myself kind of disappointed that Adam didn't win.

This and Designer Star has kept me on the edge of my seat this season...me, who shook my head at all the AI watchers! ;)

Anyway, back to your design...I read your post below, and the same thing happened to me with my bedroom wallpaper. Someone was house hunting and saying, "this has got to go!"
So embarrassed...