There's also too much contrast between the foyer and the hall, I think. We're actually repainting the foyer today (well, the painters are) with F&B's Plummett, something of a leap of faith, since I haven't even painted it on a board. "A lighter version of Down Pipe, imitating lead. Appropriate for interior as well as exterior use as often in Gothic architecture." A plummet is a lead weight, used in fishing, among other things. We have Down Pipe in the connecting hall (as you can see above), so I'm hoping that it'll transition well and have a bit more weight and presence than Blackened did. We have a Chinese Blue ceiling in the foyer too, so hopefully they'll all work together. And work with the curtain I sewed yesterday, which I purely love. Peacocks!
That's Vintage Plumes by DwellStudio for Robert Allen, in Jade. 55% linen, 45% cotton, which gives it a wonderful heavy drape; it hangs well and feels good in your hands when you pull it back. About $50/yard, which is insanely expensive as fabric goes, but luckily, I only needed exactly one yard to make this curtain, which screens off the coat / vacuum closet from the hall. I just hemmed it once all around, and then folded the top over to make a rod pocket. That's about as easy as sewing gets -- it would have taken twenty minutes if I hadn't run out of thread partway through. But eventually, I managed to pick up more thread and finish it. Threw it on a tension rod and voila!
I'd originally thought to mount it in the doorframe itself, but the rod was too long for that. And actually, I think this is better -- it highlights the beauty of the trim, and the trim acts as a frame for the fabric, as if it were a painting. We decided to do a curtain there instead of a door because it's a narrow space and it seemed like it might be awkward to be opening a door there to put away coats, especially in a party situation with lots of people around. Fingers crossed that this will work well.
That peacock has some attitude! :-)
- Home Depot: lights, shower curtain rod, lightbulbs, guest bath faucet -- DONE
- 11:00 - meet with zinc guy -- DONE
- 12:30 - meet with Manny re: fence -- DONE
- buy guest towels -- DONE
- buy microwave -- DONE
- buy washer / dryer (Samsung red) -- DONE
- finish grading 474 -- DONE
- submit final grades -- DONE (with 37 minutes to spare -- let's not cut it that close again, okay?)
- exchange baby gates for ones that work -- DONE
- get groceries to cook snacks (vegan, savory) for meeting -- Kev DOING
- unpack and clear kitchen
- get & write another set of party invites if we can't find originals
- install gates
- kids at home
- deal with backlogged e-mails
- work on web page for department
- order food for department meeting
- drop off party invites at school (urgent!)
- call to have dishwasher fixed
- make decisions on all shelving / wood-working
- queen headboard, sofa, and chair, washer and dryer delivered
- unpack whatever's left on first floor
- borrow air mattress from Lori?
- catalog guest bedding -- buy what's missing for two sets of guests
- finish prepping for parents' arrival -- what else?
- pick up roses at Gethsemane
- swing by Nadeau, check out screen for playroom, mirror for powder room
- Land of Nod ball / stuffed animal storage?
- cook snacks for meeting
- all-day department meeting
- parents arrive around 10
- cook for party
- get party supplies / goody bags
- take kids to zoo with parents
- Sharmi arrives around 7
- Mirna and Gian arrive early
- clean and decorate
- Ryan arrives late