So, I'm betting with a subject line like that, you can probably guess what the "announcement" part is..... I'm pregnant! I'm due in June and my husband and I cannot wait to meet our little one. :) We both have pictured ourselves as parents, and it's hard to believe that it's actually happening! Be sure to check back soon - the next thing I'm posting is our little boo's bedroom wall (because of course that was going to get mural-ed). Exciting times ahead!!
There's a cute mural-related part of the story too: I share a due date with a client of mine! I worked for this family about a year and a half ago, on their first child's bedroom. They wanted a more simple, subtle look as the backdrop to baby girl's crib (the first two pics below are that first mural). The room was already painted in a light neutral grey, and they asked that I use colors from the rest of the color swatches within that paint chip to create a northwest-y mountain-scape. We added some strong fir trees dotting the hillsides. I love that it's whimsical, but also so classic and simple - it doesn't shout for attention (very unlike what I'll be showing you for our little one's wall - but I mean, it's my job - how could I NOT go all out in my own house?!).
When this lovely client reached out to me again recently to tell me that she's pregnant with her second babe, and wanted me to paint another room, I was so excited! I shared with her that I'm pregnant as well, we found out we are due within a couple of days of each other. The universe is so cool sometimes.
For the second mural, we stuck to the same color palette and nature theme, only this time, with birch trees (third picture down). I have to admit, working with house paint is such a different animal. It dries like 4 shades darker than you see in the can when it's wet... messes with my mind! But I do love it for projects like these. There's really nothing better than cans of quality interior paint when you want a very flat and even finish. We used Benjamin Moore's Natura paint. Did you know Benjamin Moore eliminated VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds - the ozone depleting nasties that get released) from ALL their paint about 6 years ago? That was an awesome thing to find out at the paint store. I'll definitely be using their paint even beyond pregnancy, knowing that. It was fun working in this style, too. There's something really meditative about just focusing on painting flat shapes. And I think there's something meditative about how they look when they're done, too. These two little rooms feel so peaceful to me. And how cute that they even go together?! I love it.
Happy almost-Spring from your growin' muralist friend,