Reluctant Renovator’s First Shout-out

It’s been years since I started a blog from scratch, so I’m paying attention to where Reluctant Renovator’s traffic is coming from- my personal blog, Twitter, Facebook, and even a couple of hits via Google search. I was surprised to see traffic coming from a website that was unfamiliar to me (oh, the joy!), so I clicked over to The Design File and poked around a bit.

Turns out The Design File author, Lesley, and I have a common friend in Laura from Chambana Moms. I appreciate Laura connecting us, because goodness knows I can need all the design inspiration I can get. I love the mission of The Design File:

The Design File is the online representation of the shoebox I’ve long kept in a closet, stuffed full of paint chips, fabric swatches and magazine photos of rooms, furnishings and ideas I love.

But here, I try not only to feature the unattainable (although there is a little of that) but also the affordable, the inspirational and the fun.

And I aim to provide readers with the kind of advice I’m always seeking: How do you choose the right wall color? How do you mix modern and traditional styles of furniture? How much color is too much?

Lesley might just be my new bloggy BFF or my home homey because I have no idea how to choose the right wall color. Or how to mix my 1910 steamer trunk, 1920s hulking player piano, the 1950s console record player/radio and whatever we have worth representing the 1990s. Also, perhaps she can help me convince my husband that said items are actually kinda cool.

4 Responses to Reluctant Renovator’s First Shout-out
  1. Lesley @ The Design File
    June 22, 2011 | 8:15 am

    I’ll be reading regularly. I’m sure that wasn’t the only time you’ll be in The Design File’s blog roundup! Cheers and good luck. -lesley

  2. RL Julia
    June 22, 2011 | 10:39 am

    As far as painting and wall color goes….
    1. More expensive paint generally is worth the money. It goes on better, requires fewer coats to get it to the correct color – there really is a quality difference. I am partial to Benjamin Moore (esp. their eco-friendly line) myself but there are many great companies.

    For choosing a color, I also love the Benjamin Moore website which will allow you to upload a photo of the room you want to paint and then try different colors on it. The application doesn’t adjust for the lighting but between their sample rooms (which do) and your uploaded photo, you’ll be able to get a good idea if the color will work out or not. The feature is called the personal color viewer -you will have to register and get an account with Benjamin Moore to upload your photo.

  3. kiki
    June 22, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    Thank you..really informative!!

  4. Kim/Reluctant Renovator
    June 27, 2011 | 7:50 am

    Thanks Lesley and Kiki. Great tip RL Julia. I need all the help I can get with things like that!