Friday, March 5, 2010

Color has taken possession of me

"Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever... Color and I are one. I am a painter."

Tony (aka the outside innkeeper and maintenance-man extraordinaire when he is not working I.T. at his other job) is in right now painting the guest parlor.  Okay, let's say repainting it. Okay, let's just say for the sake of argument the first color was the primer.  LOL!
  • Advice #1 Never go to Home Depot with a super cute small dog in your cart to distract you from choosing the preferred color.  Or as Tony would say "Colour."  
  • Advice #2 Always paint a room the morning of a day guests are checking in, as there will be no dilly-dallying here.  The foyer is packed with antiques from the parlor which all need to go back into the parlor once the paint dries and we can remove all the tape and move the furniture back and eventually hang all the artwork back up. (yes that was a purposeful run on sentence to emphasize the work yet to be done before check in today!)
  • Advice #3 Never get hyped up on afternoon coffee before deciding "Yes!  Let's go and buy paint right now!  I'll grab my keys!"
  • Advice #4 Never ask the person in the family who is - apparently - color blind (or shall we say colour-blind) to agree or disagree on a paint sample that is a 1 inch square.

So dear B&B guests - the parlor (parlour) will be a fresh new surprise color (colour) for your morning cuppa!  Gone is the flat peachy pastel that has plagued us for nearly 7 years.  Wow what an improvement.

Changes are comin'...well, slowly and meekly, but they do eventually come to The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast.  Fires! That is what I call them, fires need immediate attention - lawns mowed, gardens maintained, gutters cleared, porches renovated, giant pecan tree limbs falling into the ponds, goldfish floating - they can survive the winter freeze but can't stand a little summer heat, LEAVES...etc etc "Fires."   So we finally got around to painting the parlor!  Our guests this evening shall be the first to enjoy it.  

I will try to post some new pix as soon as I can.  After I re-ice my arm from moving all the furniture back in.  (PS you can click on the image above for a better view of Tony and the leaves that are just from ONE maple tree out front, so this is just 1/8th of the leaves he gets each Fall))

Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia