After a lifetime of living with marshmallow white walls, last week I finally added a little color to my house by painting with something other than white. I decided to be brave and go with bold colors. I asked Lily what color she wanted the playroom to be and when she said red, I said bring it on. Playrooms should be FUN colors. I had just painted the living room lavender taupe and had the same color purchased for our (massive) hallway when I realized there was a problem.

The stairs have one wall with what would be a red playroom and another with a hypothetically purple hallway. They also sit across from what would be a purple wall. And they have a bizarre construction about them with little slivers of wall beneath the banister. What IS that all about? I never realized how weird that was until I was about to paint it.

If I used two colors, my choices were bleak: I could do purple on one side of the stairs and red on the other, paint the playroom purple (I didn’t want this) or paint the wall above the banister red and below it purple. Everything looked or sounded bizarre. I was cursing our builder (whom I curse a lot anyway) for making this design decision even though it was the first time it bothered me in the 4 years we’ve lived here. What were they thinking? (We didn’t buy directly fro the builder, otherwise I’d know exactly why my stairs are like this. An open spindled banister must be an upgrade, I’m guessing.)

And thus, because of this insane construction and my promise to Lily that the room could be red, I painted my entire hallway AND playroom red. Although I never realized how much I wanted an open wood banister with spindles and NO wall, it ended up looking great.

I guess from now on my 3 year old will be making all my decorating decisions… though I’m guessing from the toy clutter I trample through daily she’s always been my chief decorator.

Coming next week: Tales of a Seasoned (But Only Partially Successful and Mostly Disgruntled) Potty Trainer– at least a 2 day series including crudely drawn cartoons.


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