Here's one element I'm worried about -- doorknobs. This is the problem with buying things on the internet -- they often don't arrive quite as you'd envisioned them. I love the Eastlake-style pattern on these knobs (Emtek's solid brass Lancaster knob with Lancaster rosette), which we used throughout the second floor. And I love the darker, oil-rubbed bronze tone, but the rest of the knob is much more bright copper in color than I imagined. I like copper fine, but the functional bit of the door is brass, as you can see, and in retrospect, I sort of wish I'd chosen the French antique brass finish instead. (I can't find a picture online of the Lancaster knob in that finish, but it'd be like this, but more aged, darker and less shiny.)
I'm worried the copper tones in this won't coordinate with anything else, and will look garish and clash-y. Ugh. I asked Piotr if they might get darker with time, but he said that at least initially, the metal will only get brighter, as our hands keep polishing the knobs with use. They'll patina eventually -- in a hundred years or so.
I could have them all taken off, returned, and reordered in a different finish, but that would be expensive (labor, plus shipping and maybe a restocking fee), and I'm not even positive that the antique brass finish would be better. In retrospect, what I should have done was ordered one knob months ago, looked at it in person, and then placed the order once I was sure I liked it. But I think these will be okay. Maybe. Are they awful? I keep wondering if I could use some kind of finishing thing on it to accelerate the patina process and darken them, but am worried that I would just ruin them completely.
In other bad ordering news, the pretty cobalt blue hex tiles from LuxeTile arrived with many, many chips. Poor George had to spend a lot of effort swapping out chipped tiles to try to finish the floor, and in the end, as you can see, there was not quite enough despite all his work. So today I have to get on the phone with these people and yell at them and hopefully they will just send me 3 sq. ft. of replacement tiles so I can finish the floor. George estimates that close to 10 sq. ft. of tile was chipped badly. Argh. Yelling at people is one of my least favorite things -- I'm bad at it, and it's no fun.
At leas things are progressing well outside. This is sort of a terrible photo, sorry, but it's the guys holding up plastic (on a windy day), so Peter can spray grey primer on the porch spindles. At least half the house is scraped clean and primed grey now, and it looks much better than that horrible peeling off-white. Progress.
And spring is progressing too. The yard is covered in sprouting green bulbs now -- both the ones that were original to the house, and the ones I added last fall. Very promising. And the crocuses are actually blooming. So pretty and cheerful!
(Are those knobs awful? Tell me the truth.)