It is official, I am turning into my Mom. It gets more apparent everyday. Not that I’m complaining, my Mom is a pretty amazing person, it’s just that it is happening quicker than I anticipated.
How does this relate to the #oakpointporch project? (you can see the before pictures here and the initial scheme here) Well, I happen to working on the project with my mom, as this is the porch in our family cottage . To demonstrate the Lindsey turning into Carolyn phenomenon, I will use one of our recent exchanges related to said project. I sent her a bunch of fabric swatches in the colour scheme we had discussed, which was light/pastel blues, greens, with maybe some greys and yellows for good measure. Only one really jumped out at her from that bunch of samples I sent her. No big deal, she said she would go to some fabric stores on her own. She went but felt overwhelmed by all the choices and gave up.
Hmmm, feeling overwhelmed with too much choice, finds it hard to make a decision:
So then I suggested that she should let me decide so she doesn’t have to, and she could just know that I will make it look nice. A brief pause, some nervous laughter followed by ….”well, I don’t know about thaaaat…..”
Despite feelings of being overwhelmed, not really willing to relinquish too much control:
This is just ONE conversation, with TWO instances where I realized we have similar reactions. The good thing is that because I am so much like her, I understand this so I really wasn’t expecting her to just give me free reign, or agree with my choices the first time around. Ahhhh, family, what would we do without them?
But back to the update on the project…..one of the biggest jobs for the porch revamp was new floors, which my Dad installed a few weeks ago. Out with bad carpet and linoleum, in with some laminant flooring.
My focus while I am home will be to paint and reupholster the 2 chairs like this one.
Also, I’ll be doing some painting. On one wall there is gorgeous cedar, but on the 3 outside walls we have ugly faux wood paneling that you can kinda see below the windows in the picture below. Long-term we will be replacing the windows and putting up cedar in the rest of the walls, but in the interim I have suggested we paint out the paneling, likely in white or off-white.
My mother and I are going to attempt to get some fabric in Moncton when I fly in on Saturday. We will be limited in terms of number of fabric stores, but I think with our heads together we can find some fabrics that work well. I do know that we are on the same page in terms of a general palette that I mentioned above. Light blues, greens with some yellow, and maybe some greys. Here is a little mood board to help demonstrate.
It’s a pretty palette to be sure, and these are some of my mother’s favorite colours. Light and airy. Sort of how I feel everytime I step inside my cottage. Wish us luck on our fabric journey on Saturday!