Learn a new language, read all of the classic books that were ever on a must-read list, learn to knit or sew... I don't want to do any of those things, nor could I just now even if I tried. My mind is far too distracted to focus for any length of time on a task that is new or challenging. I want re-read the things that comfort me, re-watch every Will Ferrell movie ever made, and try to look after my family in a way that gives some semblance of routine and comfort. There are days I've started to think of as "bad pandemic days", a particularly bad news day, or one when one of the Rascals is struggling with their new reality, but every day is a new day, and they can't all be good days.
I have found a project that will be a distraction from my own distracted mind, one that isn't difficult exactly, just time-consuming. I'm going to decorate the kitchen.
As you know I've decorated the entire house with Farrow & Ball paints, I wrote a blog post about the whole-house colour palette here.
In that post I mentioned not touching the kitchen or the powder room, they were the only rooms we didn't decorate before we moved in. I did mention the F&B colour Cook's Blue, however, because it is nearly identical to some of the countertops in the kitchen, and this colour is also in the tiles that line the walls.
So I've kept the colour Cook's Blue in my mind, though I couldn't decide if I should replace the wallpaper on the kitchen walls or scrape it off, repair the walls and paint them... that's right, with the colour I'm obsessing over: Cook's Blue.
The other thing I've been thinking about is the kitchen on the cover of this book:
Kim of Northern California Style sent me this book last winter, well before we bought the stone house! It was a weirdly prescient gift, because it is really so in tune with the kitchen here in our stone house. Thank you Kim for such a thoughtful and inspiring gift!
I love this colour, it's so cheery.
|Door to the Terrace|
|Same door, snippet of counter and shelves.|
|Window to the left of the sink.|
|Window to the right of the sink.|
There is a bench just next to this window, below. It has a seat cushion which I'll recover with the Schumacher fabric, something I would normally source out as my sewing skills are rudimentary at best. Hopefully I won't botch it too badly.
|Window to the side porch.|
The bench and coat hooks are just to the left of this, on the back wall.
|Door to the side porch.|
I'm going to use the Schumacher fabric to sew a new skirt sink, one of the remnants is just large enough.
|Wee powder room sink.|
I'll replace the skirt sink with my Schumacher fabric.
Have you found any distracting projects? If you are still able to work are you finding you are busier than ever? MrBP is feeling that, and I know some of my friends working from home say their days are longer despite the lack of commute.