February 8, 2011

Green Tea, Contest Warning, Exotic Bloom

This morning I thought I would have green tea instead of coffee. AHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! Coffee has been brewed, and I've had some.

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This is the last day to enter the worst Valentine's Day gift contest. (Don't worry: the winner isn't chosen by who has the worst story. It's random selection.) I encourage you to enter, not only because there is a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate on the line and because it makes me look good to my boss if there are lots of comments on a post, but also because I am SO ENJOYING reading the stories. Some of them are so appalling, but in the "slap your hand across your mouth" kind of way, rather than the "heart sinking in dismay" way.

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Elizabeth has chosen the color for her new room. After a week of dithering between "aqua" and "aqua with pink corners" and "pink with aqua corners" and so forth, she was getting ready for school one morning and said, "I've decided, and it's my final decision: magenta." I borrowed one of her magenta gloves, drove to Home Depot, found one single color that met that standard, and bought it.

Paul has done two coats of it and is going to finish the third coat of it tonight. It is just as startling a color as you would imagine. Very pretty, too! But if we ever want to paint over it, I'm predicting eight coats of Kilz. Here's a screen shot from Behr.com, and keep in mind that not only is her room not that large (I think it's 11x9), nor as high-ceilinged, nor as sparsely/whitely furnished, nor as well-lit, but also we have medium-dark wood trim instead of white:

Exotic Bloom 608B-6


This color makes the "bright lilac" we used in the office look like a pale model-home lilac in comparison.

23 comments:

-R- said...

If she likes it, that's all that matters. =)

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I love that you let her choose whatever color she wants. :)

d e v a n said...

hehe - I bet she loves it!

Nowheymama said...

Love it! We let the kids choose colors when we redecorated, too. I love their rooms; they are so *them*.

elckd said...

I love it too, but I'm a sucker for all things purple. Have you found bedding yet? I saw this at Company Kids:

http://www.thecompanystore.com/Pinwheel-Quilt-Bedding/34039-ps,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=ck-bedroom-bedding-girls-quilts-comforters

It's a little pricey, but I just thought it would be forgiving as far as showing wear, and also go with the wood trim in the room.

lifeofadoctorswife said...

Gorgeous! I bet she'll love it.

Maggie said...

I think magenta is a great color for a little girl's room - fun and bright. We did the room shuffle when we had my daughter and my son was 6. He chose eyewateringly bright orange and blue for his room. My mother in law was horrified that we went with it. I figured what the heck, it's his room and he likes it. There will be plenty of time in his life to have beige walls.

Erica said...

Well, it certainly is MAGENTA, isn't it?

We had out house built 6 years ago and STILL have not painted a single room. How sad is that? Very Sad, Indeed.

Misty said...

Oh, the color is super pretty. I want to get giant light blue butterfly decals for the walls.

Lovely.

Elizabelle said...

Heh...I can't tell you how many times I've decided to "switch" to green tea from coffee. Several boxes of lovely green tea are currently sitting in my cubicle drawer, patiently waiting for me to rediscover them, while I continue to swig coffee...But I do enjoy green tea when I actually drink it.

Katie said...

That's definitely a bold choice, but I'm sure will look great in a kids room. It's fun to give them the reins in their own space!

And boo to you on the dislike of green tea. Starbucks Iced Green Tea is my favorite drink. Ever.

Farrell said...

I like it and hope you'll show us the finished room!

Swistle said...

Katie- I really liked the green tea! It just didn't have the caffeine I'm accustomed to for morning.

Carmen said...

I came to comment about green tea and I was going to give you a fist bump, as I feel that it tastes like someone steeped an old gym sweatsock in swamp water. But I see above that you actually like it. So now I'll have to think of something else to comment on.

You're BRAVE to let Elizabeth choose her room colour. I'm not that brave yet, and I'm not sure when I will be. Kudos to you!

(My word verification is antspr. Do ants need PR?)

Swistle said...

Carmen- Mine was CHAI Green Tea---perhaps that helped?

1hottiredmama said...

i LURVVVE it!!!!! Why don't we, as adults, make such bold choices? I think I'm going to make a bold choice like that for MYSELF! :o)

BTW - My word verification was "fierso" -- as in "Fierce. SO?" I love it!

Slim said...

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/decor/msg0511443429920.html

Scroll down to magnaverde's comment, and that's why one of my children now has a Sherwin Williams "Marigold" room. (It's not as bad as I thought it might be, but I would never have picked it.)

Swistle said...

Slim- I LOVE THAT COMMENT. I wished she had a link to a blog!

Slim said...

More Magnaverde:
http://clippings.gardenweb.com/clippings/magnaverde

And his website
http://magnaverde.com/

I agree it's a shame he only provides decorating advice, because I think I would take his life advice, too.

Slim said...

Oh, and this

http://blog.bossycolor.com/2010/10/magnaverde-secret-fan-of-yellow.html

StephLove said...

I had green tea this morning. And followed it up with a chocolate-cherry toaster pastry. Does that cancel out the healthy?

Kels said...

She's gonna love it. And I think it's awesome that you let her pick out that color.

(What in God's name made you brew tea instead of coffee?)

Kelsey said...

I haven't gotten on board with green tea yet, though I feel like I should keep trying.

LOVE that color! I am wimpy when it comes to wall color. Oh well.