atc swap reminder and new paint color


Just a quick reminder for my Artful Bag Challenge atc swappers. If you haven't  already mailed your card out to your partner you should be getting ready to mail in the next few days. We will be posting on our blogs on the 25th.

I finally decided on a color for my walls and actually bought paint today. After months of dreaming about something completely different from what's on there now, I went with one that's not too different after all.


I've had this color on my walls for about 9 years. It's called Butternut by Martha Stewart and maybe you can tell from that shade and from my dark wood furniture that my inspiration came from, where else? The Owen's living room in Practical Magic.

Image from Victoria Magazine October 1998

My living room still has the same espresso and sage color scheme as the PM house, down to the brown sofa, leather arm chair and honey colored drapes. And no matter how much I change things around I always end up going back to these favorite colors, especially when Autumn comes around and I start decorating for Halloween.

I watched the movie again the other day (probably the 387th time) and realized how much I still love everything about that house. So I ended up with another Martha Stewart color called Malted which is a little bit deeper and greener than the Butternut. I thought about going almost white, like a pale blue gray but I think I just love warm golden shades too much.

I also learned something new when I went to Home Depot to buy my paint. Now I always knew you can have any color mixed from any brand of paint. If you like a shade from a particular line you can have it mixed in any of  the brands of paint available. I love Martha's colors but I went with Glidden paint which is a little cheaper. What I didn't know is that Martha's line of paint IS Glidden, relabeled with her brand. The nice man mixing my paint told me this when I asked what the difference was between the two. So I was able to save a little and still got not just Martha's color but basically the same paint.

We'll see how it all turns out tomorrow.

Hope you're having a great week so far!


9 comments:

BLISS angels said...

Beautiful color Anna I love buttery yellow I have it in my family room... pumpkin yellow going up the stairs... it is such a sunny color even are the dulless days it seems sunny and warm enjoy you new room... I was inspried with the vines painted behind the chair in that photo... let me see ...where did I put the paint brush hugs wendy

Linda said...

I'm excited for you that you are painting. It is always nice and fresh after a good coat of paint. Can't wait to see it all when its done.
I watched the movie again the other day. There are always new things to look for when you watch a movie like this. It will always be my favorite.
Hope you have a great day and I will talk to you soon. I am waiting for my bag challenge ATC to arrive....

Celia said...

Can't wait to see how it turns out! I love all the colors in your room....I have many of the same colors.....

Mina said...

I can't wait to see the results!

goddessandmagick said...

I use to paint, myself every wall, love to change things!! keep going !!!

Diane MacNaughtan * Dianie Mac * said...

Anna,
I love your room.. It is very warm and welcoming!
I cant wait to see your new paint in your space.

I just purchased glidden and that is a great little tidbit to know ;)( I really loved how it went on the walls)

I will be mailing my atc Saturday or Monday..
Aiming for Saturday though ;)

~Diane

Cameron said...

Painting is a big job....but, oh so gratifying! I'm sure it will be just different enough to bring a smile to your lips everytime you see it....

Your house is gorgeous, btw!!

JenW!~ said...

Love that leather chair. I haven't seen PM in a while. I may have to see if I can find a copy somewhere and buy it. Thanks for the paint tip about Glidden.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a beautiful room, Anna. It is nice and cozy like the Practical Magic House. I'd love to sit and chat with you there (you with hot chocolate; me with coffee). Great choice of paint color!