Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TEMPTATION TUESDAY: Christine Rimmer is all about color-- and a giveaway

Special Edition Author Christine Rimmer reveals her not-so-secret passion for a house of many colors...and she has a giveaway too!


First off, I have a confession. When it comes to my clothing, I can be color-challenged. I’ve been known to wear black almost as often as a native New Yorker. And gray and white, as well.

But if you’re talking about living spaces—my home, in particular—give me color! Lots and lots of color! At my house, color really does tempt me. And it also satisfies me. There’s nothing like a great color on the walls of any given room to brighten my day. Or make me feel cozy and warm. Or to soothe me. Or to inspire.

Last year about this time, my husband and I and our two cats, Tom and Ed, took on a major relocation: from Norman, Oklahoma to Portland, Oregon. I loved our new house here in Oregon on sight. But when it came to colors…there weren’t any. Except for the two smaller bedrooms, which were yellow and pink, everything else was off-white. And yet more off-white. As always, I had a book to write and I was already running behind due to the time-suck of the move itself.

I told my husband we would just move in and live in the off-white house for at least a year. And then slowwwwly tackle putting color on the walls room by room. My husband smiled. And then proceeded to explain to me that in the long run, if we put the whole house together and then took it apart to paint later, we would be doing twice the work.

I didn’t argue with him. Partly because he’s the painter—and he’s an expert at it. He’s wonderful with a roller or a brush. I’m not even allowed near a can of paint. Which is just fine with me. What I am pretty good at is picking wall colors.

And so the fun began….

For a couple of months, I spent a good portion of every Saturday at the local Sherwin Williams paint store, studying samples until my eyes crossed, choosing just the right color for each of the rooms. My darling husband did the rest. And beautifully, as always.

For the entry and living/formal dining room, I chose a lovely, soothing green: Koi Pond. For the family room and kitchen, we went darker than many would have. But we like it cozy. And if we want more light, we just turn on a lamp. So for the heart of the house: Plantation Brown. For the powder room: Grapy. Hey, why not a purple powder room? And for my office: White Raisin above the chair rail, Old World Gold below. We painted the guest bath a yellow-brown: Meadowlark. And our master bedroom and bath are now Haymarket (which is a deep, rich gold). The yellow bedroom we left the original color. And the pink became Tempting Teal. Yep. There’s that word again. I love all the colors I chose. And I love the names of them, too.

Next week, we’ll be hosting our first big family holiday here. I can’t wait to sit at my dining room table in my Koi Pond living area with all the people I love the most for our first Thanksgiving in Portland. It’s good to be home. And I’m so glad I let my husband tempt me with color as soon as we moved in.

Do you like color in the rooms of your house? Or do you prefer the soothing background of a nice off-white? Leave a comment for a chance to win Christine’s current holiday release, A BRAVO HOMECOMING. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, everyone!

A USA TODAY- bestselling author, Christine Rimmer has written eighty contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. Christine has won the Romantic Times BOOKreviews Reviewers Choice Award and has been nominated three times for the RITA Award. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit Christine at christinerimmer.com

15 comments:

  1. I love how color brightens a room and going through paint charts is such fun. The nice thing about paint is it is so easy to change if you don't like it, unlike wall paper

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  2. Avi, hey! Nice to see you here. I so agree. Color change in a room really gives the most bang for the buck--and is so easily fixed if you go wrong.

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  3. I love changing room around, but where I am at now it is hard to do. Color is about the only thing I can change around.

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  4. Regencygirl01, happy holidays! So often, in the old days, when I rented, I wasn't allowed to paint. I'm so glad it's an option now!

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  5. I'm no home decorator,but i do like color, my kitcken is a mauve and then my living area is blue, when we moved we had these two colors in the counch that we no longer have-my daughter bedroom is lavender which is my home daycare play, since she moved into her old brother's room and she painted a sky blue.I love pillows with different colors, native american flair-my house as alittle bit of everything-western and mostly hand me downs from my mom's house and grandparents since they have pasted away/lots of memories.Happy thanksgiving to you and your family. love yur house!carolefiore@yahoo.com

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  6. I live in a very rainy climate, so the more color in a room the more it makes up for the months of dreariness outside.

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  7. Most of the house is an off-white/eggshell color. It was easier when the kids were small and we had a mishmash of furnishings. I was waiting for them to get older so we could get nicer furniture and match the wall color to that. Unfortunately, they're finally older, but so are WE and I can't fathom all the work moving things around to paint! :-)

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  8. I'm visually impaired and see better when there is lots of light. Light seems to bounce off white best, so most of my place is white.

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  9. Carole, thank you! And yours sounds so nice, too! Love color. Love it!

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  10. Summer, me too, me too. I live in Portland, OR. Can you spell GRAYANDRAINY. It is. A lot. I love my color to brighten things on the gray days.

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  11. CindyDandy, hey! LOL! I so hear you. Which is why I'm glad the dh went ahead and painted right up front. I can't imagine doing it all now...

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  12. Chey! An excellent point. White really does reflect the light. :)

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  13. If I could get away with painting my parents house all the colors I want they would go crazy.When we moved to this house it was all white.The only room that was painted differently was mine which was yellow. My parents did come around to changing the colors of the whole house.. After my dad remade my room I decided purple would be the new color I wanted on my room, with a peachy watermelon color on one wall.When I have a house of my own one day, I will have am awesome color splash..I always dress up like a fashionista.I don't hold back on color or patterns...Hi Christine Love your books..

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  14. spongebob2285! Thank you. And you go. Help your parents to see that color is a GOOD thing. :)

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  15. And the winner is...Anonymous (Carole Fiore). Congrats, Carole. Email me at christine@christinerimmer.com with your current mailing address. And I'll get your copy of A BRAVO HOMECOMING to you!

    Happy Holidays, everyone and thanks for visiting!

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