Monica Bielanko
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My new house is being painted. Yup. House. Since moving out of Mom's place when I was 16 years old, I have yet to live somewhere that didn't involve bitching about the Loud Clompers upstairs What the fuck are they doing up there? tap dancing? or the surround sound system of the assholes next door. Look, even the dog is vibrating!

The backyard? The backyard is completely fenced in with a jungle of trees and bushes. And there is a patio! Did you hear me? A PATIO! Wanna know what else? It's HALF the cost of my tiny apartment in New York City. And there is a garage and a basement with a real washer and dryer! Can you imagine? I didn't even have to promise the landlord my first born! And I no longer have to drag my entire wardrobe down the street to wash clothes! I can just toss it down the basement steps and wait for Serge to do the laundry!

For you Utahns in the neighborhood know - it's in Sugar House! Within walking distance of downtown Sugar House. Which means one very important thing. I can stagger walk home from the bar. And I can walk to a coffee shop! Which we all know is paramount when searching for a home in Utah. First question: where is the nearest bar? You know, because there are as many bars in a one block radius of my Brooklyn apartment as there are in the entire state of Utah.

So my mind is awhirl with paint samples and color schemes. Most of the interior walls in the home will be a caramel color. I'm thinking caramel and other neutral shades between brown and cream...With red accents? Leather furniture with bright red throw pillows? The floors are all hardwood so I can have a bit of fun with rugs. Fun With Rugs! It sounds like a new program on the Home & Garden channel, which I am currently addicted to. I also think I'm going to blow up a bunch of my photographs, place them in different styles of black frames and hang them on one wall. This will be fun! Any ideas? Decorating tips? What about the bedroom? Throw some colors concepts at me.

Reader Comments (34)

I think your colour concepts sound fabulous, red accents are great because if you tire of the red, you can always switch it up. Keeping it neutral everywhere else is what I do too.

I'm a big fan of white bedrooms. White gauzy curtains, white washed furntiure (which can easily be done yourself, not myself however, I have yet to fully finish a dresser) and crisp white linens. Something breezy and romantic about white bedrooms, I think.

Anyway - "hi". I read you daily, comment rarely but heart you muchly. Congrats on the house, the move, and mostly - the washer and dryer!

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

my entire apartment is bright yellow, which helps, since we live on the Northwestern side of the building. The only exception is the bedroom with is bright green. At first I was kind of scared, but with furniture, it's quite nice. Plus, those bright colors help see us through the long Philly winters. Oh, and yellow is bitchin' with hardwood floors, I swear.

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEstelle

I think your idea with the red accents sounds awesome! You should paint one bathroom a nice orange color, orange is hot! Then again, I'm pretty much a retard when it comes to home decoration, good luck!

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjennilaya

Congratulations on the house-sounds perfect. I have only one suggestion-getting a hold of those pink satin pillows from Brooklyn. Need I remind you of "tonight, not tonight?"

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlego

My front room and kitchen is a warm caramel and cinnamon red and I love it! One of my best color combos ever, if I do say so myself. Very warm and comfy. One thing about leather---can be cold to sit on---check out Pottery Barn Catalog---lots of ideas and choices there.

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Congrats! How very exciting!

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchels

I understand the hunt for a house near a bar. Congrats on the house.

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCate

Did you know they are tearing a lot of Sugarhouse down to build high rise condos? The area where the Blue Boutique is will all be nifty condos instead of an eccentric part of the city, it really is sad.

Love the color scheme, red rules. Oh and if you get leather and let the dog on the couch, it WILL scratch so be prepared.

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

"Did you say WALK home from the bar!?"

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjoe

Are you afraid of the basement too? Because my wife is and that means I have to do the laundry!

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Not afraid of the basement.. afraid of LAUNDRY!

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl Who

glad you're settling in. sounds amazing. a house!

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjail diet

rock on about the house. i have absolutely no decorating advice. i've lived in my house for 2 years and just now started putting stuff on the wall. but as soon as i did, i got a little obsessed. it sucks you in, this decorating thing. good luck. i'm totally into the browns/neutral stuff. i change my mind frequently so those always compliment whatever color i fancy at the time.

and Serge does laundry....good man. i don't mind the washin and dryin, it's the foldin and puttin away parts i can't stand.

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHaley

Ok, unless this is some elaborate literary metaphor, your blog entry sounds almost like you've moved back to Utah... Hum.
What is up?
Call me sometime cha cha!
PS, the only decorating tip I have involves a Led Zeplin poster and some scotch tape ... so you're probably better off trusting the West Elm catalouge!

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis W.

Congratulations, Sugar House rocks! I don't know if I'd want to walk to downtown from there...but I am kind of a lazzy ass. What bars do you go to?

May 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWendi

Congratulations for the house! i envy u! im 20 y.o. and still leaves with my folks. well, living in the philippines is not new to this kind of life. People here move out of their parent's abode when they reach 26-30. Other's even live with their parents even if they are married. hehehe.

i like the concept of your house! hmmmm! Such a dreamhouse. But i would rather live in an apartment in downtown NY city though instead of Utah! hehehe

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdhawell

Monica everything sounds so so exciting!!! Congratulations for the house!
about the paintings tips: I love cosy and calm colors, in my house, there is colors of grassland I mean bronze, tan and green (color of spring grass). both colors looks great. and I think greenish goes with blue it looks interesting and fine, and a bit of lowkey yellow. and thinking of painting you need to remember about light:) I think everything is about light, it makes the rooms come alive. okey I better go i can talk about house decoreting for houres, best regards!

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterana

browns and blues go really well together IMHO. For the bedroom- I love the idea of sagey greens and whites- very calming and not girly or masculine. I also love the idae of accent walls they can really do the decorating for you and spice up any room. I think putting your photos in frames is a fab idea- you have some really beautiful shots of NY and Utah- what a nice contrast hung together! Have fun!!! Very exciting- I got just got to decorate a new apartment- so fun!

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

I live like 10 minutes from Sugarhouse, that is a fun area! I know of a few fun bars downtown SLC, but definitely not walking distance. Anyways welcome back!

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Ummm hello - Fiddler's Elbow, The Tap Room, Fat's (pool place) - all within 1 block of my favorite shopping, The Blue Boutique. It's where I get my work clothes.
Talk to Hope about next weekend.
Even though I'm made at you.

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

And by made, that's so mad, that I ended it with a vowel.

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

welcome to utah! or rather, welcome back. You live right down the street from me, exciting!

anyway, i'm sorry but I'm not much of a decorater but if it helps there is a Bed Bath & Beyond across from the Wild Oats market. I buy things from there and call it decorating ;)

May 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Garage Sale season is upon us......You couldn't have picked a better place than Sugarhouse. The area that every single non/ex-mormon living in Utah County aspires to inhabit. My boyfriend and I gush over the little houses and hardwood floors daily. Houses that were built when people actually found backyards attractive and necessary. Before siding and 10 inches between houses. And of course the coffee..and the bars.

May 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMel

congrats on the move and the return to nature. don't know much about utah, but there is a costplus outlet store in the bay area. maybe there's one over there? they have good stuff.

May 6, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterleyla

A handwritten note that is meaningful to you would be lovely framed -- If its too personal, it can be kept on your bedside table.

May 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterS.

Wild West Love Song in frame!!

May 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterserge

so. J-E-A-L-O-U-S!!!!
I think you're really smart to do neutral colors on the walls, because then, re-decorating (which we women are wont to do on a whim) is really a snap! I love the red accent part though, so I don't really think you need to change your ideas.

I like to look at Pottery Barn catalogues to get my ideas. (I of course would have to get knock-offs though, they're expensive!)

May 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfancythis

I love your ideas for color and decorating schemes so far, how about jewel tones int he bedroom, maybe even an Asian theme? That is how I decorated my bedroom and I find it very soothing.

May 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLory

I want to be you right now. Now that I'm moving people are suggesting buying to me and though that sounds daunting, all I want to do is decorate it and have people over without worrying about the crazy man above who slams the toilet seat down every damn morning at 5 AM.

May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather B.

My whole house is done in very nuetral browns with accents of red. I highly recommend Ralph Lauren paint samples. Their "Urban Loft" line is fantastic! My living room and foyer are painted "Cobblestone" and "Neutral Brown". It's like the color of chocolate milk. And my dining room is "Village" which is a very deep red. You can find the paint samples at any Home Depot. Oh, and don't let them talk you into buying the most expensive paint. Those crazy Home Depoians will try to tell you that the color won't come out perfectly unless you buy a certain kind of paint. You have to literally throw a little pouty fit in the store to get them to color the paint you want to use. ALWAYS use an eggshell finish! It makes the color look like velvet on the wall. Okay, that's all.

May 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Here is website in case you are trapped at work and can't race directly to your nearest Home Depot:

May 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

(don't know if these are the kinds of reds you're thinking of, but they're good-lookin..)

May 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterleyla

Yo! I've emailed you, but you don't email me back. Damn Mormon.

Anyway, this has nothing to do with this particular blog, but since you shut comments off of to 'eye' blog, I'll post my response here. Rebel I am, eh?

Listen... I was diagnosed in 2003 with PDS - Pigment Dispursion Syndrome... I went to Wills Eye Hospital for my normal yearly check up since I'm blind as a fucking bat and have been wearing glasses since utero, and the eye doctor there (who was the first doctor in my life that was younger than me.. that was a little freaky... there since have been plenty) literally did the same exact shit to me. He had no idea what he saw... had to get me his colleague... who still was unsure, so they sent me upstairs to the GLAUCOMA department. Found out that I had the beginning stages of Glaucoma - PDS. So for the next three months I visited Wills' Glaucoma Center for laser treatments ON MY EYEBALLS... me and 16 old black men... it was a fun experience. Actually the doctor was pretty hot.

In any case, whatever the fuck it is that they see, make sure they know what they're doing. My eyes are better now.. the pressure has gone down because of the laser treatments, so I'm showing as negative, but don't screw around with your eyes.

TCB out. Mormom.

May 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertallchickbarbara

This is a dated post, so you have probably already chosen a color scheme, but just in case you find yourself contemplating other design elements, you should check out: Love that site.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRK

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