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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Grading is done, fill is in.

Wow, what a difference from a week ago.  The front and back have been graded and fill brought in around the foundation, etc.  It all makes me want to go out and buy some trees, shrubs, etc. and start planting.

We have other fun things to do right now, like finalizing tile and picking out kitchen cabinets.  One of the really cool things I can't wait to have in the house is our dog wash station (isn't it adorable)!

Molly's Dog Wash Station

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Things are coming along


The foundation walls have been put up and are starting to take shape.  I'm very excited because, in the basement is where my craftroom will be, and I can see the large windows in place.  This is so exciting, as I have been waiting to have my own creative space for soooo long.  I am so excited to set up my room and start being creative, which is what I do in my spare time to relax and fulfill the creative side of me.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lets talk furnishings.

I could not wait until we shopped for some of the furniture for our new home.  It truly has been a pure joy perusing photos on Houzz.com and having design ideas play out in my mind of how we wanted our home to look.  Traditional yet comfortable, but yet a little rustic.  I think we might have achieved that with our choice of furnishings for our great room.

As mentioned in my previous post, my husband insisted we have a dining table big enough for 12 people.  We love to and often entertain, so I was happy when he insisted we look at something different than what I had in my "design mind".  We really both got what we wanted.

 Love the Sunbrella fabric on our sofa, loveseat and chairs, so easy to maintain.  The rustic coffee table is one I was so happy they still sell a design of.  Love this look.  I wouldnt mind if someone put their feet up and felt comfortable.  I want our home to be welcoming and cozy.

We are building. Finally!


Our little spot of paradise!

We have had our land for a few years now.  A dream of building we have been thinking about for a while now.  Now things are starting to come together and we have started to break ground.  It is very exciting for us.  Neither one of us have ever planned or built a home from the ground up.  The process of "tweaking" our home has been fun and now we are finally starting to see some of our dream come true.  We love the wooded lot we chose and it is very near some family members and close the land that my husband's family once farmed (some still do). 

Our home is considered to be a traditional craftsman.  Thinking about furnishing it was a great pastime of mine over the last year or so.  I love saving photos to my ideabook on Houzz.com and sharing them with my husband.  I love decorating and its funny when you have one idea of a design in your mind and you totally sway the other way when your husband points out he needs a dining set with 12 chairs!  Threw me "off kilter" there for a little bit, but I came around to his choice, I really do love it.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

From Drab to Fab-Dining set makeover

I purchased from my sister a while ago, a beautiful vintage dining set.  The set was old and tired, but I loved the shape and pretty details of the chairs.  I knew I wanted to make it over for my daughter - so begun a labor of love and passion for turning the old into new again.

I had never really recovered chairs before and the first try - the foam was way to thick.  1" thick foam was more than enough.  It really was a labor of love, lots of sanding and recoats of paint.

Here are the before and afters.

The old chairs were certainly sad and tired

I gave my daughter my first set of Gorham china (it was never used).
The green in the china just popped against the coral color in the chairs.

Side table gets a makeover

A friend of mine gave me a great little side table.  I really love the look of it and the little leaf knob on the drawer.  I was not a fan of the wood tone on it because I really didn't have anything that went well with the wood tone.  

I wanted to paint it, but I knew I wanted to paint it bolder than all of my other furniture I had painted.  I was at Lowes and spotted the sample sizes of paint from Valspar.  There were many colors I absolutely loved, included a chartreuse green (which I purchased for another project), purples, etc.; the red caught my eye.

As you can see the before table had some personality, but I think the red just kicked it up to a whole new level.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I'm featured on Hometalk - painted Furniture On Hometalk

I could spend hours being inspired by the posts and articles on Hometalk.  I love decorating and especially have a passion for making the old new again, especially furniture.  I was asked recently by Hometalk to curate a board on painted furniture after I featured a post on the before and after of a dining room set I had recently updated.  Of course I said yes!  I have to say I was flattered and excited they asked me.   Please stop by and check out the inspiring, beautiful projects on this board. I think they are projects that even a novice "do it yourselfer" could tackle. Just click on my board below and it will take you right to the featured projects.  

I'd love to hear from anyone stopping by about any recent projects they have tackled and what they think of the board I curated.  

Bedroom Reveal -Part II

I recently shared photos of our upstairs remodel, featuring the new bathroom.  Today I am sharing photos of our new master bedroom.  Our home is over 100 years old and slowly throughout the years the interior and exterior have seen some changes.  The last was the upstairs.  The whole upstairs really needed to be gutted to allow for better insulating and more options for update.  I really love how the bedroom turned out.

Love the blingy light fixture

I had some rope trim from another project and asked to have that installed on the sill.
I like the way it enhanced the sill.