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Fifty Shades of Grey

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Okay…maybe not that many.  And I have to admit, even though that bestseller was a book club selection, I never read it…

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…but the color was the inspiration for a long-overdue home makeover.  The depressing photos above/below were taken by AnRong Xu, in my kitchen.  Now you see why I never photograph food in there.

BECAUSE MY KITCHEN IS SO WEIRD!!!

There’s a window in it that opens into the laundry room.  There’s zero natural light.  Everything is monotone.  It’s not exactly the most inviting place to eat.  And as you can see, it desperately needed a paint job.

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I bought into the Behr Marquee ads running on TV lately.  No primer?  One coat guarantee?  Totally worth the extra $$$.

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We chose “Coastal Storm” for the kitchen.  (Later on, during a walk into Larchmont, we realized why it felt like we were in a gay man’s bathroom cabinet.)

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We also updated a wall in the bedroom…

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…to make way for our new bed from West Elm!

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And another gift to ourselves – a couch!  I couldn’t find the one we bought at Plummer’s online; the one here is similar.

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This is why I needed to interview an expert – our little home project took about a few weeks of (literal) back pain, but I’m beyond thrilled with the changes.

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Inside Out Writers

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My friend Gary volunteers/teaches at InsideOut Writers, whose mission is “to reduce the juvenile recidivism rate by providing a range of services that evolves to meet the needs of currently and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults.”

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They’re opening a thrift store, so we all brought our gently used items for donation…

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…and enjoyed a lovely BBQ.

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Anna (Gary’s daughter) was there…

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…even the vegetarian got his hands dirty.

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On the menu – Beer, Brats, Bourbon Bacon Baked Beans…

IMG_1353 …and other things that don’t start with the letter B.  (Look how big Rudy is!)
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For more info about InsideOut Writers, including how to get involved, please visit their website.