Sunday, March 25, 2012

A paler (and more neutral) shade of beige

Work here at Casa D' Cookie continues as we wade through the morass that is our house.

Following up on the list of things that Realtor said we needed to do, we have been painting walls and ceilings.

This week, we head down stairs to the living room and the dining room.

Gentle Doe is out and Cincinnatian Hotel Briggs Beige is in

The walls had been Majestic Paint's "Gentle Doe" - a midtone beige with a gold hue to it.  I love that color - makes me feel warm.  However Missy the Realtor said it was too taste specific so we're painting the walls Valspar's Cincinnatian Hotel Briggs Beige, which looks like nude orthopedic pantyhose. 


We had friends to dinner last night and our friend Dante is appalled that we are redoing the house to suit the Realtor's suggestions.  

"Your home needs to be an expression of who you are," says he.

Now I love Dante, but he's is a drama teacher, not a Realtor.  And he is no more going sell our house for us than he would let Barbara Corcorian in to direct Twelfth Night.  

Dante can't wrap his mind around the concept that we are going to move, he doesn't get that people are going to be going through our house and trying to decide if they are going to buy it.  You got to make the house appear as if they just slide their furniture into it. 

So why not paint the walls off-white?  Well, our woodwork is fumed red oak, and its dark.  And we have a lot of windows and doors (the dining room has two doors and four windows, the living room has five windows, a stair case, three doors and a fireplace.  Off white would make the rooms seem choppy.  

Then there is the whole psychological aspects of colors that dark colors recede and light colors advance - so white, off white and cream colored anything are bad decisions.  

And speaking of Barbara Corcoran, I had a nightmare that our house ended up on the Today Show and she was ranting about our color palette.  "What are they thinking? You can't see the house with that putrid gold on the walls!" 

When we find our new home, that Gentle Doe is going right back up on the walls.   And Barbara Corcoran? Well she can kiss my "Gentle Doe" loving ass.


11 comments:

  1. I love the Gentle Doe. In fact, when I saw the other color, I let out a gentle "D'oh!".

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    1. I adore gentle doe. It goes with just about anything, but pink. We have royal blue in our stained glass piano window and its a nice counterpoint.

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  2. oddly enough, (if memory serves me correctly) our house in toledo was very close to gentle doe too. might this be an ohio thing?

    (i have an aunt doe and she is not gentle.)

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    1. Ah, Toledo! City of Light, City of Mystery.

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  3. My, my, my...
    You really are from Shaker, Mayfield must really just rattle your nerves....

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  4. Mayfield, and worse - its down market cousin Mayfield Heights - are necessary evils, but then again, one must visit them on occasions. How else does one get to Gates Mills?

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  5. I actually like both of them and I think will buyers respond to the slight pink in the hotel one.

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  6. Gentle Doe has more warmth and character.

    Mistress MJ would prefer "sunflower gold" which would doubtless give the realtor a migraine.

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  7. I live with a different color in every room and not only that but in hue rather than tints or shades. I would absolutely die if I came home to hotel builder beige. If it sells the house and makes money then it was worth it.

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    1. It s a bit soul killing. Bu if it gets the job done, it's worth it.

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