When Valentine’s Day means a gallon of paint!

When Valentine’s Day means a gallon of paint!

My husband Barry means everything to me.

He is my heart, my life, my dreams, my story, my past, my present, my future, my prince charming, my hot legs, my partner, my soul.

He is Dad to our kids and Pop-up to our grandkids.

He is a role-model, the mold, of kindness and generosity.

We’ve celebrated bunches and bunches of Valentine’s Days together. We’ve never gone too big on gifts for each other, but always celebrate with little somethings and always do dinner out together – just us – anything from fine dining to hot wienie joints.

This year, I told Barry that I don’t want anything. Just him. I am not kidding. I’ve been cleansing and cleaning and minimalizing and donating and I want nothing to come into our home that doesn’t mean something to us or that we don’t need.

This feeling of surrounding ourselves with beauty and comfort at hand is so very freeing. 40+ years together means inner peace together and in our home.

So, all of this being said, Barry will still buy me something for Valentine’s Day. Never big. Always a treasured sign of love.

But this Valentine’s Day, all I want is a gallon of paintBenjamin Moore Bavarian Cream, to be exact, to paint our little “front parlor” as my mother-in-law called these little entry rooms from the front door…

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With all of our renovations going on in the kitchen area, this little space with its morning sunrise warmth has been neglected a bit. This room is early 19th century neatly placed for reading, conversing, being. I love this room…

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But it needs some window treatments, change-out of paintings, a little more cleanse from Christmas (yes!) and a lovely coat of paint.

The mantle is Greek Revival original, 1800 or so. The tile is probably 1940’s or 50’s. The fireplace brick – I’m not too sure about. But the color that I’d love to pick up for the room is the lightest of the creams in the tile…

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I’ve matched lots of swatches and love Benjamin Moore’s Bavarian Cream to complete this little gem of a space in our home…

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I love the words: serene, tranquil, sophisticated, versatile, dramatic.

I would love these words for Valentine’s Day — by the gallon!



About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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