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For the past three years, I have lived in a house with bare white walls. I’ve attempted at hanging a few pictures but nothing that looked good. I’m not sure if I was afraid of doing anything too “permanent” or if I just didn’t care enough to decorate. However, once I got pregnant, my outlook on my house changed. This isn’t just another place I’m going to live in momentarily then forget about when I move out, like all of my living spaces in college. No. This is where I’m going to bring home my baby girl. This will be her first home, my new place of work. It was time for a change. It was time for paint.

The first room that needed paint was the nursery. What do we want our little girl to look at day after day? What do we want her to see? What colors do we want to both brighten her day and calm her down? Do we want animals? Shapes? Flowers? What message do we want to subject her to during her most impressionable years? We decided on gray walls, white trees and purple forest animals. It’s adorable.

Our bedroom was next. What color can I look at day after day and not get sick of it? What will look good at night and in the mornings when the sunlight fills the room? What color demonstrates a welcoming softness, but also bold enough to remind me I am a force to be reckoned with? We did a light jade and metallic gold. It’s really effin pretty.

Paint makes a house feel like a home. I’d recommend it.

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