As a little girl my Dad would tease me about always wearing things that had posies (flowers) on them. I was that girl, dresses and flowers. My teenage bedroom smelled of flowers and was decorated in sunflowers, my very favorite flower. They are bright and beautiful, following the sun and gathering up as much of its rays as it can the sunflower has always attracted me.
Having said all that, would you be shocked at all to find out our bed still has big flowers (not actual sunflowers, but still a posies girl) and our bedroom/bathroom always has a floral scent? I didn’t think so!
But what I expect will surprise you is our living room is muted and not at all popping with color. Actually, it’s kind of bland. In my mind I decided that it was my duty because I am the only female in our home (aside from a very bossy cat) that the colors need to suit the majority and not my personal tastes. So we have browns and greens all in earthy “eh” hues (eh is an official term that I use for not very exciting). Even now I am looking into my living room from the bright kitchen table into the living room and it’s dark. Not very fun, but I never would have considered this or thought much about it if it hadn’t been for the launch team I am involved in.
Change Your Home, Change Your Life With Color by Moll Anderson did in fact do exactly what it promised! It helped me to find my color story, bring life and color into my home and in turn add some freshness to our dull space.
I loved everything about this book. The words, the pictures, the layout..EVERYTHING. It’s gorgeous and I inhaled it.
I can now tell you I do not care for the color orange. I do not have a reason to not like it, it’s just not a color I love. It falls under “eh” for me.
Likewise though I can tell you that turquoise is a significant part of my color story. It’s bright and lovely. I tend to wear varying shades of turquoise quite a bit, so much so that a friend thought it was my favorite color. It’s not, but I do love it so!
Each chapter in this book is broken down by color. Fabulous colors that bring life to spaces. But this book isn’t just about decorating. It’s about grasping parts of your life attached to colors and taking hold of them. It’s about going deep and beckoning the true you to be on the surface.
OH! and it’s about compromise because the other people in your home might not like “Barbie pink” as much as you do.
So, lets go back to our living room. I shared my thoughts with Jim and he quickly took them to heart and worked with me to find some throw pillows and other pops of color to add life into this space. It’s a long way off and we are still working on it, but I see our color stories merging to create a beautiful space.
I am fully aware that I say every book is incredible. Every book should be read. Every book should have a special place on your bookshelf, but this one needs a place in your home and heart. And, speaking of bookshelves, try organizing yours by color rather than topic or size…you’d be amazed at how it changes your space (this wasn’t in the book but I think it could have made a nice addition).