Painting Dilemma At The Ranch

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In between unpacking an ungodly amount of boxes (holy cheese where did all this come from? I am such a hoarder) I have been slowly but surely painting the living room white, 

and I got a little bone to pick.

 I spent extra money on the green paint y'know that kind that doesn't smell and you could eat it and it wouldn't kill you, yeah.
I bought two gallons, surely I thought to myself, this will do the whole living room two coats and maybe even the hallway. I hate to say this to because I really, really, like the way I feel when I tell everyone how green I am; "OH ya all the paint is totally green because the environment and y'know, I got the reusable shopping bags too."
I really do care! My recycling bins are fuller than anyone else's on my street!

Maybe three walls, actually I only got 2 and three quarters of walls in TO-TAL. 
 Two gallons = 2 and 3/4 of painted wall. Granted I got two coats in all but still, that paint just doesn't go as far as the non-green kind and I still can't figure out why. I understand some of the cheaper paints are thinner and have less coverage, but I am talking about same caliber in terms of quality; one being environmentally friendly and one being the normal kind.  Mr. Ben Moore if you are listening...

Here are some white rooms to feast your eyes upon while I sort out my paint dilemma.

I chose white because we have so much art work and I wanted the get away from a "cluttery arty look" which is what I used to have in my last house, and move towards a "clean arty look"...these are professional design terms of course.

It took me awhile to decide on a good white, some of them have gold undertones some have blue undertones, ultimately I decided on Decorators White by BM. OMG!!! it is so perfect, perfect, perfect! It is warm, it is cool, it is whatever you want it to be baby.
The shelf detail with the marble in this picture is decadent. 
Seriously though,
 I would have that shelf crammed with crap after about a week. 

 I was so happy when I found this picture because I have almost that exact chandelier (bought at a thrift store) that I have been keeping in storage for years. Best believe I busted that thing out, I'm going to put that mother in my entry way.

I really like this kitchen, the waterfall White Carrara marble counter top, and the white flat front cabinets with the wood toekick, YUM. 
They took my idea with the candles on the table though. Mine have a nice layer of wax drippings all over them. If wax drippings hold memories, then mine have plenty of stories from all the weird convos that have taken place over dinner or a glass of vino. 
I find it slightly romantic that a candle could hold a memory.

See what I mean though, clean, bright, and crisp. This is the direction I am going currently with the R. Ranch.
 It's like American Psycho (for the modern), meets Amelie (for the quirky) mixed with Meet Joe Black (for the art), and a sprinkle of Clockwork Orange (for the retro.)

Bon weekend folks!


  1. Speaking of candles on the table remember that time you got wax all over that random green (or was it black) marble table in the kitchen on vauxhill? I got in trouble bc you either through me under the bus or they didn't believe me that it was christy who got wax all over it. AHHh the grudges I'll hold for LIFE.

    PS i am all about white walls!

    1. I actually do not remember this, but I do remember that table. It was like an outdoor table with green marble tiles that was used as a kitchen table for the kids.