The apartments are taking shape, particularly the one in the front.
It’s all primed and taped and ready to paint. Just waiting for the new windows to be installed.
I’ve agonized over the colors. We are required by the historical preservation authorities to paint the window frames (inside and out), balcony and interior shutters a light gray known as RAL 3075. (Turns out RAL is like Pantone, but European.)
I had dreamed of something more in a creamy, buttery palette, with gold touches, like this:
But we’ll go Gustavian if we have to.
We’ll put the whitest white on the ceiling, then a medium gray called Silex on the walls, and two shades lighter for the carved decorations and interior doors. The front apartment faces south and is very bright, so we’re going to be a little daring with darker walls.
We have some wonderful slipper chairs in blush that should work nicely with the gray.
The curtains present some dilemmas. Before, the curtains covered the windows when open, with the rods placed barely larger than the openings.
We’ll have to spread them out in the bedroom. But in the living room, there isn’t much space to avoid covering the wonderful decoration between the windows and to have curtains that aren’t skimpy.
So: should we try curtains that pull to only one side? Or would that look weird?
I am scouring the encyclopedic do’s and don’t of window coverings at Cote de Texas, but am open to suggestions!
The floors are done, too, with some surprises.
The living room went from this (not unusual to paint the terra cotta tiles):
The bathrooms are tiled, and fixtures will be installed as soon as the walls and ceilings are painted. Reveals coming soon.