Tuesday, October 18, 2016

House Update (AKA- No, I'm Not Dead)

Well, hello, hello!  If there is anyone still out there checking in, yes, I'm still alive!  It's been a crazy six months, moving into our new house, selling our old house, and slowly working on not living out of boxes and crates.  I'm working one room at a time, and am nowhere close to done with my decorating, but have gotten our great room/kitchen nook/entryway close!

These are not necessarily in any kind of order, but hopefully you can get a gist of the layout from the absolute plethora of photos I took!

I'm all about the natural light and the pastels at this house!

 The stairway opening out to the great room is great for capturing the whole scene in photos!

I struggled trying to fill these archways, but I'm happy with my solution for now.  I'd like to frame the photos in the two outside arches eventually.

All the pretty aquas and pinks just make me smile!

Here you can see how the stairway opens out to the room.

Here's the view looking in from the breakfast nook.

And another shot from the stairway.

The entryway wall.  I found the pink/white cabinet at an antique store, and I'm in loveeeee!

If you haven't guessed, the map hides a television set!

 Here's the kitchen nook.  Our old table/chairs was black and ready to be retired.  I found this refinished dining table at a local shop, and got the chairs from Crate 'n Barrel.  The chandelier will be replaced soon.

A larger shot of the entryway.  Sconce holes on the wall either need to be filled, or I need to find new sconces!  The old ones just weren't my style...

 Cute little corner!

The view from the front door.

Another shot of the kitchen nook.

My repainted bookcases!  So glad I took the risk of painting them and didn't leave them the original dark wood!

Eventually, I'd like to have shelves cut from wood instead of the glass ones, but that's a low priority at this point...

 My gallery wall was one of the first things I did, and I'm in LOVE with it!

 This is taken from the hallway to my studio and our master bedroom.

How excited do you think I was when I saw this little cabinet at the antique store???

Pretty fabric bunting on my chippy cabinet!

And pretty vintage children's dictionaries on the cabinet as well!

More cute little moments.... (but dang those ugly outlets and light fixtures!)

Sigh... so pretty!

Above the front door....

 There always seems to be something different on the coffee table, but this is what's there right now.

My mother-in-law complains that the pink filigree is broken.  Eventually, I may try to fix it, but for now, it doesn't bother me too much!

Here is the reason I need a quilt covering my white couch at all times.  Milo's favorite place to lay.

The room wouldn't be complete without some pink vintage doll furniture, now would it?

Can you tell I'm a little obsessed with distressed, pastel photoframes?

Ah, more vintage pink doll furniture!

Breakfast nook gallery wall.

Do I spy more vintage pink doll furniture??  And vintage children's books?

I don't think I've shown you this dollhouse before.  I'll have to do a tour someday.

Nor have I shown you this ginormous one!  Yes, I may have been absent for a while, but the dollhouses have continued to accumulate!

So, that's where we stand now.  The other room that is close to being done is my studio- yay!!!  I will take pics of that soon, and show you all of that yumminess (I've got my priorities straight, quite obviously- Bedrooms done?  No.  Studio/dollhouse room done?  Yes!).

Thanks for hanging with me, those of you who are still around!!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A Little Bit of Progress

I know it probably seems like we're moving at a snail's pace with our move and our renovations of our new house.  But so much of what needs to be done is based more around my husband's expertise than mine, so that means it's done on HIS schedule- ha ha!

But anyway, I've done a little of my own renovating recently.  You may remember the TALL red walls and wood built-ins in our great room.

I debated back and forth about whether I wanted to keep the built-ins as-is or to change them.  Well, as you can see, I decided to change them!  The wood just felt too dark, and I knew it wouldn't work with my general industrial/shabby-chic/eclectic/vintage style.

 I decided to dip my toes into the chalk paint world, and it worked beautifully!  I used a soft aqua color, and distressed it with Vaseline applied before I painted.  I used wax over the top.  I'm crossing my fingers that the surface will hold up as it is supposed to!

When I took the photo, I'd only done one set of shelves, but since then, I've completed them both.  I left the interiors the wood tone, but I'm considering painting them the same offwhite as the walls. 

Any ideas about what you think would look best?

We plan to officially move in about a month, and after that, the decorating will move at a much faster pace!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

My Newest Dollhouse

 Although I've been trying to curb my "collecting" lately, since we're somewhat in between homes for the moment, I did get a "new" dollhouse for Christmas from my wonderful husband!  He obediently followed the link I sent him in my Christmas list, and "surprised" me with my favorite gift!  Those are the best kinds of gifts, aren't they?  The ones you pick out yourself?  Ha!
Anyway though, I am completely enamored with this little homemade house!  I'll give you a tour.  As you can see, the outside isn't much to look at, although I think the size of the door is quite charming! 
 A little big for the scale of the house, but what the heck?  It works!
 The inside is just adorable!  Yummy pastel shades and hand-applied artwork!
 Each room has its own rugs and d├ęcor, and I just can't get over how cute that is!
 I love to think about a mother (or perhaps the daughter?) cutting out the pictures from catalogs for each room.
 The bathroom has lots of towels in it!
The roof shingles are in the same scale as the door (large!), but again, I think that adds to the charm!
 All my doll furniture is packed up now, so I'm not sure how it will be decorated, but frankly, I'm perfectly happy with the way it looks right now anyway!
It is such a happy little house, and I simply love it!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

No More Red Walls!

We are slowly, but surely, making some changes to our new house before we move in.  My first priority was painting the dark red walls in our great room.
 This is a photo from before we took possession, when the old owners still lived there.  It was decorated beautifully, but the red walls just don't work with my style in the least!  Painting them was a pretty big issue though, since these are 20" ceilings! 
After getting back quotes from a painter, we quickly decided that we wouldn't be able to take that route, which meant it was up to my husband, who is afraid of heights!  And since he is very particular about painting, he doesn't allow me to do it at all.  Usually that suits me fine, but I felt bad that he'd have to do something he wasn't comfortable with.
But, he faced his fears, and he did it!  I had to sit at the base of the ladder while he worked, just in case, but that was perfectly fine with me!  He even let the kids climb the ladder just for fun!
 Don't think my heart wasn't racing while they were up there!!
And now we have non-red walls!  I opted for a neutral cream for now.  I want to see how the room comes together before committing to anything else. 
As you see here, I got a vintage pull-down map to hang.  I plan to put it over the television, and it can be raised and lowered as needed.  I'm not crazy about having a TV over the fireplace (that's prime display space!!!), but this thing is mounted in there pretty tight, and would take quite a bit of work to remove it, so for now, I'm going to try out the map.
The shelves are currently just a drop-zone for things as I unpack them, so I'm not sure what will be going in those.  And I have NO IDEA what to put in those huge archways up there!  As you can see from the previous photos with the kids, they are like 4-5' tall!  At first I had thought dollhouses (because, like, duh!), but I don't think I have any that wouldn't be completely dwarfed!  We'll see, I guess.
I also need to get a rug.  We haven't had hardwood floors before, so I don't have much experience buying rugs, but I'm leaning right now towards this one.  I think it would work well with the map colors and the floor.
So anyway, that's where things stand right now.  Our old house hasn't sold yet.  We bought a St. Josef's statue, and buried it a few days ago, so we'll see if he does the trick for us!
I'll keep you all posted as things progress further!
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