Sunday, November 30, 2008

Look What We Did! Well, Mostly Brett

I keep waiting for Brett to post this on his blog, but he just hasn't had the time. Because we moved to a country that is pretty much colorless, and because the villa we were assigned has a drab sand/beige motif, we decided a little color would help our mood and at the same time help us bond with our new temporary home.

So we set about doing a little decorating. And boy do I have the right husband for this! Brett took pictures of the wall, manipulated them on the computer with photo shop, and designed a fun graphic mural for our living room. The colors were risky, and I was a little hesitant, but Brett's confidence with color is unsurpassed, and I have to say he was right. There were moments (like after the third time going back to the paint souq with the same can of paint and asking them to try and actually mix the color we ordered) when even he lost hope that we could pull it off. What follows is the true adventure of home improvement. (Thanks goes to Abbey for providing the video with her new birthday camera.)

BEFORE:
DURING:


AFTER:
It might not be what we would paint in our house back in Utah, but in Qatar it works. It has been a fun project - probably more fun for me and more work for Brett. The best part is being able to show off my husband's artistic talents. He rocks!!

8 comments:

Marinda said...

Dianna! Kristy had a link on her blog about Abbey's baptism, so I hope you don't mind that I had a look at your lovely blog. Wow, wow and wow! You rock. I am so proud of your and your family for taking on such a huge adventure. I really admire you. We're in Germany right now, my husband is working on Ph.D. I like adventures, but "familiar" adventures, like Europe. I'm surprised at how truly global this world has become. I now have family living in India and Singapore and I know countless other people who have traveled all over the world, isn't it incredible! If you'd like to read what we're up to then send me an e-mail, marinda.bush@gmail.com (my blog is private).

Congratulations to your beautiful Abbey. What a memory!

Marinda (Allred) Bush

Kristy said...

I love it! You guys are totally awesome.

Chelsea and Manuel said...

Wow, guys it looks fabulous and so much more "uplifting". You did a great job with the flowers, love it-love it!!!

And, congrats to Abbey, that will be an awesome memory for you. Be sure to write it down or better yet record it on your new video camera.
We miss you!

Amy said...

Oh, I love the flowers and the cool spaced lines. This is so wonderful because you will always have flowers blooming in your house. Like desert roses. :) Well done.

Breeann said...

What a fun project, it looks beautiful. I too have been painting all weekend and I dont have something so fun to show for it. What a way to add some fun and color to your lives, good job! Congrats to Abbey on her wonderful decision.

Richardson Family said...

Holy cow!!! That looks fantastic! I want you to come paint my walls!

ljanlyons94 said...

I love it! It totally brightens and brings in warmth, sunshine and happiness. It makes me smile. Great job.

Marcell said...

This is amazing, I am having so much fun viewing your blog today, first I was crying as I read about Abbey's beautiful day and then smiling as I viewed the progress of the room it is realy beautiful.
Abbey I Love you and I'm so proud of you.