Paint Intervention

Since I wrote a few days ago, things got kind of out of hand. And it all has to do with avoiding making a decision. I need my third chakra!

pink samples

Things got a little out of hand with the paint sampling.

In the previous episode, I couldn’t decide between the RL Venetian and the BM Wild Aster. Again the room made a difference. In the yoga room, Venetian wins hands down. In the Bedroom, the Wild Aster or even the BM Pink innocence sort of wins, but I’m not wow’d by either.  So I kept sampling.

I bought four RL “pinks” from Home Depot, then another four from BM. That’s 8 additional soft barely-there supposedly pinks, all of which were more of the same, or worse. One was so peachy I couldn’t bare to even put it on the wall (RL Pink Sunset is neither pink nor like a sunset. It’s more of a melted orange sherbert in the paint pot.)

It was also at this point that I realized that I don’t really like pale, barely-there pinks. I like PINK! Here’s one of my favorite tops and my purse:

Favorite blouse

Favorite blouse


My purse

These are not shy pinks. So I started to wonder if maybe I shouldn’t go all out with the Pink Innocence; it’s pretty bold. And I like it. but I stop myself. Instead of making a bold decision, with the idea of PINK! in mind, I tried samples one last time.  BM Begonia is a beautiful color. Really it is. But there’s no way I’m putting it all over my walls (It’s the one alone at the very top of the sample photo).

At this point I have enough samples for a gallon of paint. Seriously. So this is what I’ve decided to do: I’m goign to get a big bucket and mix them all up and put it on the walls. At this point, what color I put on the walls doesn’t really matter. What matters is making a decision and acting on it. I hope it’s pretty.

sample pots

sample pots

Colors shown in top photo:

Top: BM Begonia. Second row, left to right: Paisley Pink, Strawberry Yogurt, Bridal Rose, First light, all Benjamin Moore. Third row, l to r: Mercer, Tudric Pewter, Venetian, Early Morning, all Ralph Lauren colors in Behr samples. Fourth row, l to r: Ballerina Pink, Pink Innocence, Wild Aster, Calm, all BM. Fifth row, l to r: Cameo Pink and Tea Rose both RL; third from left is a combo of Wild Aster and Venetian, and Verona Pink RL is the last on that row.


Why Manipura House?

Why Manipura House?

Manipura is the third Chakra. For those of you who don’t know what chakras are:

Chakras are not physical entities in and of themselves. Like feelings or ideas, they cannot be held like a physical object, yet they have a strong effect upon the body as they express the embodiment of spiritual energy on the physical plane. — Anodea Judith, Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self, the absolute best book on chakras.

It’s all about energy and activity, self-esteem and becoming an individual. It’s about personal power and will, and being willing to go out on a limb to be who you really are, mistakes be damned.

Our sense of personal power gives us hope that we can make things viable for ourselves, and with this positive outlook we are not afraid to venture into the unknown, to take risks, or to make mistakes. — Anodea Judith

The color of Manipura is yellow. My house is yellow. Unequivocally eggy, sunshiny bright yellow. Ergo: Manipura House

I want to use it as a testing ground for going with my gut, put things together that “don’t go together,” paint the walls any color I want – something I’ve been fantasizing about for more than a decade – and, here’s the important part, re-paint them if it doesn’t work and I want to try something else.

When one feels that it is a catastrophic event to have been wrong, one is led to avoid choice and decision. The development of an individual personality is therefore stifled. — Edward Whitmont

Decorating a house requires lots of decision making, especially my house where one space leads to another, leads to another (I’ll explain later). All of my decisions I’ll regret at some point, because… that’s what I do. However, the point is not to avoid regret, which leads to avoiding making decisions. The point is not to wallow in a mistake, but to always know that I can take action, try something different, be willing to make mistakes without it being the end of the world!

In the process, I hope to make my house what I want most in a home: comfort and color, style and ease.

Welcome to Manipura House!