Color of the Year

January 30, 2013 in Editorials

I took down all the Christmas (including the snowflakes) and the house seems so bare.  While it always looks cleaner after Christmas, I felt that the place needed a little pick me up and was inspired by one of my Christmas gifts…My typewriter.  My beautiful green, petite, vintage Royal typewriter.  How I love thee!

Now, I realize that green (specifically emerald) is the Pantone color of the year, but I jumped on the green bandwagon ages ago… seriously.  I was 7, loved pink and pink and pink.  I turned 8 and I loved green.  Still do, even though I flirt with yellow and aqua as my bright choices.

So, I had the color matched as closely as possible with no specific purpose. I have been slowly but surely remaking my living room over the past several months.  I had a coffee table that was unpainted > became an upholstered bench with painted legs > back to a coffee table painted black > and now looks like this.

This room needed to be lighter.  Goldfish crumbs show up more on black. So, I painted it one of my pale greys and distressed it and all that jazz.  But, I had this overwhelming wild hair to add something.  Enter the Typewriter Green paint on just the feet. It adds a little something… a way to bring the old in with the new.

Michelle Hughes owns Vintage Junky at 309 Hardin Alley in Spring Hill. She blogs at

Vintage Junky items can also be found online at and her antique booth at Winchester Antique Mall in Franklin.