Friday, April 20, 2012

Mid-life art-attack, or my love affair with red and blue

I blame the red shoes.

I found these sneakers in New Zealand, and I love them, love them, I do. The color is energizing. And when I wear them, I can run faster, jump higher, and I actually want to clean the house. Yep, they started a dangerous trend in the Acorn household. I suddenly felt the need for a change.

Well, maybe the shoes can't be entirely to blame. It really started when Old Blue gave up the ghost.


The frame of our dear thrifted 1920's sofa gave out. The three of us--the hubs, the youngest, and I--were snuggled up enjoying an episode of Cupcake Wars when suddenly -BAM!- the couch collapsed. Dry rot. Irreparable. After the prescribed mourning period passed...


...Old Blue was finally replaced with something Chesterfield-esque. Thank God. My weary eyes were starting to bleed from perusing the internet in search of another blue couch. So what does this have to do with red shoes? I don't know. Just stick with me here.


All of a sudden, this, with a can of paint...


...became this


And these were traded out


for these


Gosh, I dunno. Maybe it's because I've got to dress like this once or twice a week. I want to come home to mod. Maybe it's some sort of tempermental artist mid-life crisis. I won't say cabin fever, since I've milked that one to death.


Anyway, red shoes can sometimes be a dangerous business. Oh, and my daughter is sending me another pair in turquoise. Oh-oh...

28 comments:

Southern Gal said...

My daughter would love your home. She's a patriotic soul. I'm going to paint my kitchen table...maybe red?

amy said...

yes jodi yes! i love it. your shoes, the chairs, all of it. i think red may be your color :)

Brandee Shafer said...

Splashes of color rock. And red is my favorite color to splash. As for the tennis shows, tap your heels: you already know there's no place like home. :)

It's Just Dottie said...

Cute ,Cute, post!!!!
Dottie

emily wierenga said...

i love it. as you know, i'm a huge fan of color. so color me red, as they say :)

Val + the Girls- BK +CK said...

lol love them!

Susan said...

I LOVE Red. and I love this post.

The turquoise will be awesome too.

Dan said...

Great shoes! I too have a 'thing' about red shoes, though mine is for the strappy sandal type. Your new chairs really make a huge difference to your dining room. It looks so light and bright - love it!
Dan
-x-

Janie Fox said...

I love all the changes. I want those shoes in turquoise!! You fill the red shoes quite well. Bravo!!

Nancy said...

I have one piece of fashion advice, and it is this: When in doubt, wear red. It has served me well for many years. Looks like it's doing the same for you.

And turquoise sneakers? I can just hear your "What would happen if" wheels turning. :)

Deb Colarossi said...

LOVE!!!!!

Leslie said...

I have a pair of red keds. Now I'm afraid to wear them ;)

Seriously though, I LOVE the red rocker!!! And I like the touches of "mod" here and there. Your house looks very much the house of an artist. You know how to blend styles so they look creative and cosy. It's a gift.

Kim Hyland said...

Maybe that's what I need . . some red shoes to get me unpacking our ten million boxes :p Love the changes!

Niamh said...

You can get tennis shoes in red and turquoise here in the states, why have them shipped from NZ?

Jodi said...

Niamh, because shoes with Euro sizing seem to fit my wide hobbit feet better than American shoes. And they won't be mailed - someone visiting Joy is bringing them back for me.

Jodi said...

Thanks, bloggy friends, for your comments and joining in the fun.

Linda said...

You're always up to something fun, Jodi! I love the results. You have a lot of color courage--maybe someday I will acquire this virtue!

Niamh said...

Ah! I knew there was some reason.
I'm glad that you call them "Hobbit" feet because the Little Miss has some too and I tell her that she has "Hobbit" feet.

Sara said...

There is something so satisfying about making changes around the house now and then...and I love your new blue couch.

Sara said...

PS: Not to mention, I also love your red shoes, and am looking forward to seeing the turqouise ones! Very fun. I wonder what changes those will inspire...

Ostriches Look Funny said...

I read this the SECOND you posted it and I was in my bed on my phone and I couldn't for the life of me get it to leave you a comment. So I went to sleep, dreaming of red shoes and blue couches.

I love everything you've done here...with your abode. It's delightful. I LOVE THE DINING ROOM CHAIRS, I LOVE THE NEW COUCH, etc. etc.
I am a firm believer in mixing old with new. Right?

Kit said...

Awwww yeah baby! I love red everything, as you can tell by looking at my kitchen...
Everything looks great, Jodi, starting with the shoes. Everyone knows that new sneakers make you run faster...

Melissa said...

LOVE love love it all. Gorgeous couch, delicious reds, delighful, artsy nesting...I am glad to have such a kindred as you in this colorful world. My beauty craving is satisfied for the moment. Thank you, beloved Jodi.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Wonderful! The new couch is fabulous (though what a moment of shock you all must have had when Old Blue collapsed!) and I like the red chairs! I wear a lot of red because winter is my color season and it may be energizing, at that. Change is always good, especially change that you initiate! Exciting days at your house!

Kat said...

Love your sofa and love the color change-ups. :)

Rachel said...

I'm really liking the mod!!! I can see how you would like those colorful chairs. Loved the cleverness of this!

Anonymous said...

My wife sent me this post. Perhaps it's because I bought a red truck. Then I noticed my red lunch box and coffee mug look real good in it. One day I needed a hand truck, yes it's red too. It all started with a red t shirt. She won't let me get her red appliances :(

Jodi said...

HAhaha! thats awesome Mr.Anonymous. Red is addittive.Thanks fot the comment!

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