My Painfully Neutral Home

A confession.

I live my entire life in black and white movie. Ok, sepia tones. (for real. see pictures below, no filters or special films were used in the taking of these pictures).

Between that and the nasty Ohio winter, I am starting to need light therapy.


Sure, a year ago I sort of preached that one should decorate in neutrals for the sake of making their homes more marketable in case of resale. I am hating myself for that right now. I’ve been talking like a bigshot like I do things that are cutting edge, and a design risk-taker, (hey, I’m getting there, like the Union Jack headboard) but the fact is, I’m a chicken-$h!t when it comes bringing color in my home decor. Not sure why I’ve done that…maybe it’s the apartment living all those years where the wainscoting and neutral walls were never my own? Maybe I’m just lazy. Who knows…

Try this sometime. Take pictures of your own house, then look at those pictures objectively. That’s pretty much what did it for me. My plan was to proudly present you with a house tour, but I was derailed by my brain short circuiting after fighting with the WP gallery widget. Nothing’s simple. And I’m slightly embarrassed that I’ve let things get this out of hand and didn’t buy anything other than taupe or brown for the last 15 years.

The fact is, I really haven’t shopped for anything this year. I’ve given away two household’s worth of stuff, every two weeks my kids seem to out grow their jeans and shoes, and we’ve been paying contractors. When I do shop it’s out of need vs. want. Annnd….what’s left in the house are the items I thought “had potential”. But before I’m too hard on myself, I will say that last year, we took on A LOT of major projects. Most of the shell of the home is complete. I’m still working on the steampunky man cave in our industrial basement. Yes, I’ve eradicated all existence of builder’s white, and the orangey throw-up-ey builder’s oak…so that’s a major step.

In the spirit of honesty, I posted a picture of my kitchen tonight. Sorry, not quite the “gallery” I was hoping for. Didn’t even empty the sink or stage it for ya. But look how neutral, huh? {Note the blue Dawn container-which is PROOF it’s not a black & white photo}.

So now, it’s time for a


In DIY blogland…I’ve encountered women who have achieved magazine-worthy homes by just driving by a pile of garbage on a rainy day, and transforming it into a beautifully staged French country farmhouse dining room set by that weekend. Complete with their perfectly groomed children dressed in white suspenders and a bouquet of daisies.  Every project is like an episode of craft wars, so it’s hard not to get envious when I step outside of my own blog. As I watch DIY projects unfold by these talented ladies, I find myself getting major trigger-finger to do a few projects of my own. My paint brush is almost always loaded, and an arm’s-length away.

So if I didn’t mention it before…Phase II of my decorating this year

I will be FORCING myself to use color!!

And…let’s just chalk up last year (Phase I) as “preparing the canvas”.   Thank you, Bob Ross.


P.S. – here are some updates:

1) The new blog is under construction, AND….

2) We’ve chosen a NEW NAME. (to be announced)

3) A Facebook page where people can share furniture re-purposing questions and post photos of projects that are nearly curb-bound. I would LOVE it if my other DIY blogging friends could help out.

4) I’ve hired a great designer to help out with my new logo…very pumped.

5) I am also stockpiling a few Goodwill purchases for some future projects as I declare the Phase II color assault on my home.

Tonight’s purchase:

A Goodwill treasure

A Goodwill treasure me out. What COLOR do you think this should be? I’m considering a Decoupage treatment to the drawer facings. I’m also thinking and where it will live–maybe in the overexposed morning room off to the left in the awesome picture I took below. Part of me is still wanting this to be a white or French Grey table. Here is a shot of the rest of my house (and before you pity me, I am making a trip to Ikea this weekend and on the list: a new, colorful rug…and brighter pillows for my couch and new art. Yep, I have a lot to do.


It’s a canvas, right?

About Jeanette @ snazzylittlethings

Putting a twist of vintage in all things new. I come from a family of real "American Pickers"...and I love to decorate with old photographs, art deco, steampunk, vintage travel posters, old postcards, subtle faux finishes, sports and rock & roll memorabilia. 100% self-taught on most things, including decorating and playing guitar...and now feeling my way through the blogging community. View all posts by Jeanette @ snazzylittlethings

4 responses to “My Painfully Neutral Home

  • hippogriff

    I agree, you need color. Neutrals may be great for selling a house but it’s bad for the soul. You have a good size space and I see a couple small plants…another way you might add color quickly and (somewhat) cheaply is through flower arrangements. You could use real flowers when they are in season, but I’m referring more to craft store flowers. Spring stock should be in..and, if anything, it gives you an excuse to buy a vase from Goodwill or Ikea. Or you can buy a pre-made arrangement from a craft store, but those tend to be a little expensive. One thing I like to do is make a couple of arrangements for each season (fall is one of my favorites!), and when you want to swap them out you just bag them (vase and all) and store them away until the season comes around again. Google “artificial flower arrangement images” for some good ideas…

    • streetwisediy

      Exactly – so depressing! I have a clean slate now to work with in terms of furniture since we gave so many things away. Fresh flowers are most definitely in order…and probably the quickest fix. I hate how fast they die, so maybe some pre-planted bulbs. So my first shopping list is made: tablecloth (cheap) – vases (turquoise) with fresh flowers. And maybe a new rug from Ikea. My newest obsession is on If you order a shower curtain, you can build a frame and make it into large wall art. That will definitely help. And I’m getting most all of the black furniture out of the upstairs and finishing the steampunk man cave. I am going to dip my toe in painting the Goodwill table a bright color also.

      Thanks for pushing me…I will need it!

  • Elaine

    Paint your table a raspberry, purpley, fuschia!

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