Tuesday, February 24, 2015

So I Married a Creative Blankety-Blank.

Kirby here: My friends Bliss and Cassie asked if my sweet DL would like to join in their group post: So I Married a Creative _________.  I'm not sure if he's supposed to fill in that blank or not, but I am afraid of what he'd say.  So I didn't let him.  Let's pretend he would write "Genius," shall we?

1.  What is your favorite project Kirby has done, and why? (Cassie & Bliss are asking the questions in bold.  Dennis is answering in regular type, and I am in italics

DL: Kirb made a really cool garden in our last house.  We had a boring, flat front yard when we moved in, and by the time we moved out, we had a garden that our neighbors envied. (Kirby: he is saying this because he did some stuff to get some stuff and I can't talk about it here, but suffice it to say it was a beautiful rock-lined garden.)

2.  What is your least favorite, and why? We tried blue paint on shutters once and instead of navy it was more royal. We stopped after the first shutter and went back to black. (Kirby: I thought for sure he'd say the mauve sponge-painted bedroom.  At the time? Quite romantic.  In retrospect? Looked like a bad case of the hives.)

3.  What is the one creative item or tool that Kirby cannot live without? A Sawzall. (Kirby: this is bull$hit.  I have never used a Sawzall in my life. I use paintbrushes and a sewing machine and a compound miter saw and a nail gun and a battery-powered screwdriver, but NEVER a Sawzall.  My favorite creative tool is DL. *just kidding*.)

4.  What is your biggest pet peeve about Kirby in the real world or the project and decorating realm? She talks when I'm watching TV. (Okay, this is true.  I feel like there's stuff he needs to know, and if I don't say it immediately, I will forget what it is.  But sometimes I just talk AT the TV, and that doesn't really count, does it? *shakes fist at Lord Merton's nasty son.*)

5.  If you could take Kirby on a vacation anywhere, where would she want to go? Europe.  Probably Austria and Switzerland. (He is correct. Maybe because for the past thirty years I've been saying I'd love to go to Austria or Switzerland.)

6.  Kirby finds $100.  What does she do with it? Sticks it in her bra. (Ha! There's no room in there! You can even read about it!)

7.  What is YOUR favorite room in your house and why? I've never thought about it.  I guess the old lady room, because it's the only one finished. (*sigh* It is NOT an old lady room.  It is a quaint cottage bedroom. Hay-SEUSS, people!  Does every room need to look like it's been plucked from a Pottery Barn catalog?  NO!  It is perfectly acceptable to own some nice antiques and a needlepoint rug.)


8.  Creativity is messy, but for the most part blogs show the pretty picture.  Can you tell us how Kirby is a secret slob? Secret?  (He's right.  It's no secret.)

9.  Name a project or decorating adventure that you thought would be a flop but was fabulous? On Ashlyn Drive, when she wanted to paint the shutters dark green and I thought she was crazy.  But they looked great. (And he has been doing my bidding ever since. Except for those "navy" shutters. One fail in 30 years.)

10.  Blogging takes a lot of time.  Do you ever pass by Kirby while she is on the computer and secretly feel neglected? Sometimes. (I try to limit it now, but if I'm up against a deadline, I'm sure he does feel neglected.)

11.  Before, during, and after photos are an important part of blogging, do you remember to do that while working on projects for Kirby? We're getting better at remembering. (Let's be honest--it's easier to remember when you have the fancy camera sitting on the coffee table.)

12.  How often do you read Kirby's blog and do you have a favorite post? Sometimes when I travel. I don't have a favorite post. (He reads it on long trips, which are twice a year.  His dad reads it more frequently.  Hi, Mr. C!)

13.  Before changing a piece of furniture, hanging new curtains, or planning a whole room redo, does Kirby consult you or do you come home and it's done? Sometimes she needs help, but usually she does it herself. (And then he comes home and complains about how I did it. Many times it gets re-done. Sheesh. Some people have a little trouble with control.)

14.  Does Kirby discuss her blog with you,  stories from other blogs or friendships with other bloggers? Yes. (I think at first he thought I was making people up.  And then he met some of them and realized that they weren't just imaginary friends.  He's still not sure about Bliss, though. I think he thinks that Bliss is a figment of my imagination. Or my alter-ego.)

15. Where do you think Kirby gets most of her creative inspiration; tv, magazines, online, you, or was she just born that way? Probably her parents. (Like Lady Gaga, I was born this way.)

16.  Do you know what Pantone's color of the year is and how do you feel about so called "girly" colors for your walls? Nope. And they are fine, but not for a man cave. (Define "girly color." Does mauve sponge-paint count?)

17.  If you could change one room or area of your home with no decorating advice from Kirby, what area would you choose and why? The man cave. (And it will look like the wreck of the Hesperus. Maybe a little sponge-painting?)

18.  Are you ever worried Kirby will share too much personal information or that blogging might invade your private life? Not really. (I don't even use his name, fercryin' outloud.  Just his initials.  It's funny, though...now my real-life friends are calling him DL, though they have known him by his real name for 25 years.)

19. Have you ever helped Kirby style photos for her blog or offer input on how you think a vignette should look? Not really.  And what's a vignette? Isn't that where the saturation fades? Not sure what you mean.  (If he starts offering vignette advice?  I will start looking into placing him in a long-term care facility. Because something is definitely wrong.)

20.  There is a saying "If walls could talk...", what would yours say about the decorating in your bedroom? The floors need to be refinished. (I think that about sums it up, both literally AND metaphorically.)

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Debbiedoos said...

Well I would say so far your husband is the most of the chatter in this series. I love Kirby! This is fun.

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

what the what.DL doesn't know what a vignette is. get rid of him!

Julia Konya said...

LOL to the "old lady room"...men what's wrong with them? Loved reading this

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So cute! And those sponge painting 80's and 90's will haunt us forever! :) Linda

reFresh reStyle said...

I'm sitting here smiling and nodding my head! Too funny! Sponge painting needs to be banned worldwide, of course I did it once...but I will never speak of that! And that old lady comment, what is he thinking!

Bliss said...

Ah ha ha ha.... my floors need refinishing too! Don't tell Shavonda, but I had emerald green sponge painted walls with metallic gold sponged on over them. I.do.not.miss.those....or mauve either.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this was so fun to read. since i have met DL on more than one occasion, i feel like i have more insight, too. his brain works so differently from yours and that is what makes you a great team! and what is it- they all want a man cave?!?! really?!?!?!

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

I love how many guys said "what's a vignette?" Too cute!

Shannon Fox said...

We shall forget all about the sponge painting. And hey, blues can be hard! We shall forget that one as well.
All projects have been perfect from beginning to end, until we tire of them.
(and that kid is a spoiled jack ass!!) Can't wait till' next Sunday!!

Brynne Delerson said...

This is hilarious! You had me cracking up already with the title :)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I wonder how many of the husbands know what a vignette is? I bet not one other one said anything scientific like DL did! We use color names for rooms - that way there are no judgmental names attached to them. If they weren't identified by color, it would be the messy room, the messier room, and the messiest room.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I'm sure he would have said genius, too!! And seriously, I'm pretty sure Joel thought I was making up people when I first started referring to bloggers as friends. Great post!!

Andrea said...

I love this! Always a treat to have DL stop in and you look mah-velous in italics as usual!

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

Ha ha #13! Taylor jumps in to help anytime he sees me with a hammer and nails.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Fun to read Kirby! Now get out that Sawzall and start practicing!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Old lady room, wreck of Hesperus - ahahahaha! Just think of what you could do if you started wielding a Sawzall! (At my house I am not allowed to use the Sawzall - partially imparted upon me by myself.)

Feral Turtle said...

LOL This was a fun read! Thanks guys.

andi filante said...

Sawzall. Ha!!!!


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

DL is your favorite tool. :)

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