LET THE WILD RUMPUS BEGIN!
Here's some excellent advice I got from my mom that I'll pass on. When you're selecting colors for decorating, find a piece of fabric or a painting or something with colors you like. You don't even have to love the actual painting. Then use those colors as your pallet. We did this in our Seattle house and it worked wonderfully. We showed an interior designer our fabric swatch and she about fell over. "This is where I TRY to get my clients to be!" she said. Today we looked at fabric to inspire us for our new house. This is the swatch we chose. Love the vibrant reds and oranges -- just like the volcano! There are a dozen or more colors in the pattern so we'll have plenty to work with. Not planning on an orange house. The more subtle colors, or shades of them, will do. And no plans at this point to decorate with surfboards, but you never know.