Our hall (and, okay, the living room. And the kitchen. And the bathroom) needs repainting. Not this part, which I’ve posted a photo of above. But the rest of it has had years of jammy, buttery little hands touching it as they bounce down the hall, and scrubbing only keeps that from showing for so long. I’ve had in mind a decorative scheme for a while. It might not work, because the Italianate bit pictured below is already on one of the walls, but I love slightly abstracted shadow botanical prints, and I think if done on the upper part of the wall, in the same terra verde and olive colors, it could work. But I’m not sure. And since I mostly want it along the top of the wall, it would mean a great deal of time on a stepladder. I hate the stepladder parts, with an aching neck, balancing a cup of paint and a couple of different brushes and the kids coming by with critiques and suggestions. The picture, I know, is not great. The decorative work is in a little corner, which is hard to wedge into for a photo. It also doesn't get much natural light. It could also be that I'm just not that handy with a camera.
On a totally different note, I don’t know how it is that I haven’t mentioned Vios until now. I don’t know, really, why I don’t go there more often. Actually I do, and it's simply that I rarely eat lunch out. Their sandwiches (particularly any involving pita), while simple, are addictively good, whether eaten in or taken out (although plentiful napkins are advised if you take out). Baguette Box is great (a chorizo sandwich and truffle fries are very, very hard to beat), but Vios, although their lunch menu is a little shorter, may well be even better for lunch. If you're nearby (as in, within a 10-mile radius), it's worth a detour.