Friday, April 25, 2008

Another Grey Day

Photo courtesy of Ramblings of a SoCal Mom.

The last several days here have been grey grey grey. I can tell that it is really starting to affect the moods of some of the people in my office (we've got some serious cranky-weather-syndrome going on up in here). Clearly, I love me some sunshine, but after yesterdays post and last night's trip to Home Depot, I feel the need to share about my love for the clouds as well.

For some reason, I have ALWAYS really enjoyed overcast days.

After a monsoon in Arizona.
Picture courtesy of City-Data.

Growing up in Arizona, it was sunny nearly all the time (even sometimes when it rained), and so every time we would get a real monsoon with real clouds, it always made the day feel kind of... special. A respite from the exhausting heat and harsh rays.

San Diego Skyline - I miss you.
Photo courtesy of Sign On San Diego.

When I moved to San Diego, my friends thought I was crazy because I loved the months of May Grey and June Gloom. It is warm enough to go to the beach, but breezy and cool enough that you can wear a big comfy sweater over your bathing suit and curl up on a beach blanket - my idea of a perfect place to do homework or read. No threat of impending wrinkles and no need to flip every five minutes for fear of an uneven tan. (Confession: I am a leeeeetle OCD about laying in the sun. I have a fear of wrinks and I turn brown in about T-minus two seconds, despite layers and layers of SPF 137,000. It can make sun bathing a bit stressful - no falling asleep allowed!)

No matter which way you put it, a dark sky during the day is something that makes me feel good. Cozy and Calm.

In a previous post, I mentioned that G and I have been looking for the perfect color to paint our bedroom walls. We considered grey and teal (Ok, I considered them, he really just sort of listened) and I was having a tough time deciding between the two. After several storms in a row over the past few weeks, I began to think about how much I love to wake up in semi-darkness to see that the sun has decided to sleep in behind its thick down comforter of grey clouds.

Yesterday, I picked up the latest Crate and Barrel catalog that was delivered to our office, and after flipping a few pages, I saw this photo.

Azure Sofa - $1899

The Azure Sofa was what instantly caught my eye (cobalt blue=one of my top 3 fave colors), but it didn't take me long to realize how much I LOVED that it was in a grey room! This wall color just totally embodies relaxation and comfort to me, and I thought, "Hey, what better emotions could your potential bedroom color possibly evoke?!"

G and I went straight to HD after work and the paint specialist was SO helpful. I showed her the magazine page and she went straight to the swatch that we ended up going with (not an exact match to the color in the photo, but a little bit warmer, and much more suited for our tastes - ok, my taste). Upon her suggestion, we also used the color at 50% saturation, which I didn't think I'd be into, but once she had mixed it I knew it was right. Soft and calming, but versatile enough to bring in SO many fun colors (think gorgeous Missoni shams)! I walked out of HD a happy woman (and miraculously with only a can of paint and a bag of potting soil)!

As soon as I get home tonight, I promise to post the color name... it has completely slipped my mind (dang it), but I want to make sure I put it out there, because let me tell ya - it's a good one.

***UPDATE: G has just informed me that the color is called Creek Bend and is from Behr (see swatch below, only picture it a little lighter)

Creek Bend

Hope everyone has a fantastic, grey (or sunny) Friday wherever you are!

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