Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Two-tone

Thank you so much for the input on the nursery painting. We are definitely going to go with the majority on this one and keep the chair rail (also, thanks to all of you for teaching me that term) white. Also, I was intrigued to see the suggestion of a darker turquoise below the chair rail. A lot of people said it but I was having trouble picturing it until Chris linked to an example. Of course, this is yellow and ours will be turquoise, but I love the concept:


I showed it to Torsten and he likes the idea too, so I think we're definitely going to go with that (minus the cheetah). We'll pick out a few possible paint colors for the top part, get samples and paint some squares on the wall to see what we think, pick a shade of turquoise for the top part of the wall, and then go with the color 2 to 3 shades darker on the same paint card for the wall below the chair rail. I am so excited to do this! And hopefully we won't hate the way it looks. I think the two-tone is a great way to inject a brighter color into the room while allowing it to be generally soothing instead of overwhelming.

So! That's the plan. Two-tone turquoise walls with white trim, probably white furniture (I don't think I want a yellow crib), and then yellow accents like bedding, curtains, art, and so on. But of course, since there's no baby to plan for yet, the only part of this concept that will be executed in the near future is the paint. The rest of it will have to wait, like me.

SO. Since the waiting game isn't fun for anyone, let's talk about something else! Like the fact that it's snowed more in DC than in Denver this winter, and DC is expecting another foot or so of snow tonight! How about that?

Seriously, Denver got a quick three inches yesterday, and schools weren't closed or anything. It was just like a flurry that kept on going. I spent 10 minutes shoveling and then I was done. But MAN, DC just got PUMMELED. And that city is not at all prepared. My sister sent me photos of plows that attempted to clear her street, but got stuck in the process. That doesn't happen in Denver, because we get snow a lot and we are equipped with vehicles that can handle the mess. But DC? My god, no wonder the federal government is closed today for the second day in a row.

We got out just in time, basically. I love snow, but it makes such a difference living in a city that is prepared to deal with it. I mean, I haven't even noticed lines at the grocery store before impending snowstorms here. (Though maybe that's just because we don't rush to the store ourselves before a storm? Who knows.)

Anyway, what about you? Have you had snow? If so, is it awesome or just a pain in the ass?

32 comments:

  1. Love the color idea! How fun it will be for you guys
    planning that room!!

    We got 30 inches in DC and they are calling for 10-20 more inches starting later this afternoon. I'm hoping this is a fluke and will only be a light dusting. The roads are a mess!

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  2. Well, I live in NC, and the problem with NC is exactly the same as what you said about DC. We are not prepared for big snows. So when it snows, the major roads get plowed the first day, but the side roads don't get plowed for several additional days, if at all. We got about 6 inches of snow the last Friday in Jan., and the road I live on (out in the country, granted), was not plowed until Tuesday of the following week. If we didn't own a four wheel drive truck, I would not have been able to get to work until Wednesday. To other areas of the country, six inches of snow is nothing at all and wouldn't have slowed them down at all. But here, we are not prepared. We (as a state, as a county) don't own enough snowplows. We don't have a plan in place. We are not equipped to handle the little bit of snow that we do get. We certainly couldn't handle the conditions that DC has right now.

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  3. We are getting snow as I type. And it's yet another snow day. I don't get why they cancel snow here at the sign of more than 15 flakes. They knew it was coming, prepared, and yet they cancel school. I get having a delay so the plows can get the streets ready, but what do I know? Just seems like they're wussier now than when I was a kid (says the crotchety old lady).

    I love the two-tone idea, especially sans cheetah. That thing would give a kid nightmares.

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  4. we had snow, as i am just up the "road" from you in ft. c. i work in Longmont, however, and couldn't believe the difference in snow amounts from one place to the other. heard it wasn't snowing in Denver in the a.m., yet in Longmont, there was tons. ft. c had almost nothing. then the drive home last night was the opposite. i love snow. i don't love driving in it, but i don't freak about it either

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  5. i miss the snow :( a lot. but i do have to say 60/70 degree weather while parts of the country are esentially snowed in is...actually not bad!

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  6. I live in OH and you'd think from reactions this year that we never get snow. I'm in Cleveland and we got about 4-5 inches over the weekend and will be getting 8-12 over the next 24 hours. You'd think it was the end of the world - people are FLIPPING OUT. It's Cleveland, in Feb - it snows!

    My sister, who lives in the southern part of the state got about 8 inches last Fri/Sat and schools were preemptively closed last Friday (it didn't even start snowing until late afternoon), closed yesterday because of blowing snow on the roads and then preemptively closed again today. It's crazy. Lucky for her she's a teacher and got a 5-day weekend!

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  7. I love the 2-tone idea, and I think it will look super-cute when you are done.

    I like snow, but I too live somewhere that can deal with it. Unfortunately, it's been so warm here this winter when it snows that we've gotten mostly rain down by my house near the lake while they get all the snow up over the hill (about a mile away). Why it is raining all winter in Northern MN is beyond me. It's very confusing.

    I do have to laugh about the grocery store thing - people go to the store before a storm here, but only if we are supposed to get multiple feet of snow, and then only to stock up on fun snack food in hopes that we will all be home from work the next day.

    When I lived on the East Coast (in Delaware) I always laughed because they would be predicting an inch or two of snow and people would be in the store buying milk and bread like it was going out of style. How that is supposed to help if you actually get snowed in for a long time I'm not sure, but that's what people do. Weird.

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  8. I think the nursery will look great in that color scheme!

    I'm in WI, and we get a decent amount of snow. We're expecting 5-9" today. I'm a consultant with a party plan, and I'm hoping tonight's hostess reschedules.

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  9. I love all the silly terms my DC friends are posting on Facebook about the snow: Snowmageddon 2010, Snowpocalypse, ,,,,what else? I know there were some others!

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  10. It's snowing here as we speak. We've got probably 4 inches on the ground already on our way to over a foot. And to be honest? I LOVE IT. Just as much as I'm going to love the sands of Grand Cayman next month. I'm a seasons whore, what can I say?!

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  11. Great idea for the paint!

    Of course it has not snowed in Seattle this year since we're prepared and all. I even stocked up on rock salt. Damn it.

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  12. I love the two-tone idea! Looks really cute!

    I can't believe how awful the roads still are here in DC...it's so insane!

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  13. It snowed last night in Chicago and it's currently still snowing but I don't expect we'll be pummeled like DC was/is. Also, Chicago knows how to deal with snowy weather. The plows were out, the sidewalks were (mostly) clear, and everyone is at work today. Sigh.

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  16. Hi Jess! I live in Fredericksburg, VA. Just a bit south of DC and I definitely am on the "It's a pain in the ass" bandwagon!

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  17. How about a non-snow comment? :) I am so excited to see how the room turns out! And I'm with you...minus the cheetah. :)

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  18. We've had a little bit of snow, but more than any other winter since we've lived here. People here freak over snow though.

    Can't wait to see the paint when it's done!

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  19. What's wrong with the cheetah? ;-)

    Oh and a couple of years ago Denver had two blizzards about a week apart (near Xmas). The airport shut down for a couple of days and it was a MESS. For the most part though, Denver does a good job with the snow.

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  20. I LOVE the two-tone idea. So fun!

    I'm in MI and they're calling for 6-10 inches between today and tomorrow. We're pretty well-prepared for it here, though. It's mostly a pain because of the extend it puts on my commute, but I always LOVE the attendant SNOW PANIC OMG that comes along with a storm of this size.

    I mean, obviously the East coast has reason to freak because those places don't see stuff like this, but Michigan in February? Eh, that's just how we roll. :)

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  21. It's been snowing here for 2 straight days and we own a snowblower, but it's broken, so when I got home last night I was so, so, SO happy to discover our neighbor cleared our driveway.

    Minnesota is prepared for this stuff, but even so, work let out 2 hours early yesterday. Snow day!

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  22. That's a great idea for the room!

    I live north of Toronto in Ontario, Canada... we have snow that has stayed on the ground pretty steadily, but nothing too crazy. We are supposed to get snow tomorrow, so maybe that'll be worse. We haven't had a "snow day" at any of our schools this year -- or in the last couple of years that I can remember.

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  23. What?!?! MINUS the cheetah?! COME ON!

    We got a lot... not sure exactly how much because I didn't pay attention to the news and the wind was blowing it around so much there was a lot of drifting. I'll venture a guess at about 20 inches. We're supposed to get another foot or so tonight through tomorrow. I hate winter and really miss Charleston, SC, every single year when the temps drop.

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  24. We've had snow in Buffalo, yes. Nothing earth shattering though.

    This is unrealted to this post but I was just thinking about when you asked people whether they licked their yogurt lid. I was unsure, had never given it any thought. I caught myself in the act today though, of scraping the yogurt from the lid on to the rim of my container and stirring it up with the rest. So there you have it, I'm sure you will sleep better tonight knowing.

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  25. I love the two-tone idea! You may already know this (but I never knew any of this, so I figured it can't hurt to share the info!), but for picking the paints, and easy way to do it is to pick two paints from the same color strip. That was you are in the same color family and you can easily see how many shades apart the paints are. Or - if you find a darker turquoise that you fall in love with, you can just ask them to mix that color with 50% white paint to get a lighter shade for the top of the railing. Works like a charm!

    And yes - we are snowed in here in DC. I haven't been to work since last Thursday!! Being from New England originally, it is kind of nuts to me, but I know it's just that they are not equipped to deal with it here.

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  26. The two tone idea is great! specially with the white border thingy (I know you wrote the correct term but I am too lazy to check) and I love the idea of turquoise and yellow.

    As for snow, we here in Iceland haven't seen any since the first week of January, while the usually snowless Denmark is getting pummeled with snowstorms and icy conditions for over a month... with no signs of it relenting any time soon. I heard some meteorologist talking about how normal weathersystems had somehow moved themselves slightly eastward, thus creating these unusual winter conditions.
    I have to admit that I´m enjoying the springy feeling here in Iceland... and dreading our trip to denmark next week. Oh well

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  27. A friend posted a picture of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (he used to work there) and it's half-buried! Completely crazy to see.

    It hasn't snowed in San Francisco in my lifetime, which is part of the reason I live here. I love a huge snowstorm when everything shuts down and you're forced to curl up inside for a while, but anything short of that is just a massive pain in the patoutie. I like living in a place where people don't understand that it often has to warm up to snow.

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  28. I live in Maryland, about an hour or so from D.C. Snow? Total pain in the ass, and back, and neck and under my arms from shoveling 30 inches of snow! And now we're to get 12 to 18 tonight?!??! We did not have power/internet/cable for a day and a half last week and the roads are horrible to travel on. Utter madness.

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  29. I like the two-tone idea very much. Our daughter's room has a chair rail, and we painted wide (about 1 foot) pink and orange alternating stripes below the rail, and a fun yellow above the rail. We love it. And the 2 tone was our other plan, and probably what we'll do when they outgrow the stripes.

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  30. I remember being really amazed the first winter I spent in WA, when it snowed just a LITTLE, and they closed the schools and I got to stay home from work. I was in awe.

    It could snow ten inches here, and everyone would go about there business. Montana is awesome. (So is Denver).

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  31. So glad you're going the darker color on bottom route, it's going to look awesome! I like this turquoise (http://vivalabuenavida.blogspot.com/2009/12/nursery-reveal.html) - Forgotten Secret from Ace Hardware - but I'm sure you could get it color matched and lightened or darkened.

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  32. I love the idea of that color scheme, but I thought I had totally missed some big news! (I am admittedly way behind on your blog.) So, no baby yet? But just planning for one? Just checking. :-)

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