Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Decorating- In The Office

Things have been crazy around our house because Dad has had bronchitis and pneumonia. He requires 24 hour care because he is weak. It will take time for him to get his strength back, he's an amazing 96 though. He's ready to get back to his routine of playing bridge and poker several times a week. Thank you for prayers and well wishes! 
So many of you have asked- yes, the construction is still going on on the garage apartment. With Dad's illness I haven't been able to go to Rome as often to take pictures. This project has been a year long adventure that is winding down now. 

Welcome to our home office
Birds and nests just seem to say Spring to me. Do you have any thing that you love to use when decorating for Spring? 
A plow disc cloche

 I just found this mirror at Kirkland's. This one isn't as formal as the other one was. The formal mirror found it's way to the duplex foyer. 
A small Spring vignette by the fireplace- 
I have grown so fond of lamps on this mantel.  I have them on a timer for night. They give off the warmest glow. I used white owls lamps for the winter mantel. I found these bird lamps at Walmart and painted them ivory to match the shades. 
I recycled the burlap bird banner and burlap flowers from last year. 
Wishing you a very happy Spring!
Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Has Sprung on the Porch!

This time last year I was madly painting outdoor statuary for the garden tour.
Whew, it was a job, but the proceeds went to a good cause.
Welcome to our Spring porch!
 I'm delighted warmer weather is here and have my fingers crossed that winter weather won't return. Last year we had a late freeze that froze so many budding plants. It was really sad I had so few Hydrangea blooms.  
Galvanized items always seem to be a staple when I'm decorating the porch. I'll be adding annual blooming plants when I'm sure warm weather is here to stay. 
I have been a sign painting fool lately. You can see some other versions, on cabinet doors, here.   
My "Nest" chair was on of the first items I painted. I used Annie Sloan's chalk paint and a poly acrylic finish; it has held up beautifully outside.
Last year, I bought these owl pillows.  They're designed for outdoor living. I love the bright green and hope to find a new rug to match them.

The French trough has reappeared for Spring. It's a fun piece, but one thing I wish I hadn't bought. It's too big and takes up way too much storage room. Have you ever regretted a purchase and feel stuck with it? 
This is my favorite spot to read and listen to the waterfall. 
A special gift, from a dear friend, the Gardener's Prayer.
Dollar Store moss covered rocks add a pop of green to this vintage, ironing, board server. 
I changed this sitting area last year and love watching the birds from here. They love to bathe in the waterfall. If you look closely you can see Mr. Raccoon's footy prints. That boy does love to play in the water! 
Thank you for stopping by today! Your visits are so special!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Decorating & New Kitchen Chairs

It's been a while since I have posted. I have been a tad bit under the weather, but am getting better now. I have tried to keep up with you through your blogs and social media posts.
 Many thanks for stopping by today!
 Last year, I refinished Mother's kitchen table. It had been in storage many years. I also painted her pressed back oak chairs black. They were small and uncomfortable. We decide the look for new ,larger, comfy chairs.  I'm thrilled to say we have new chairs from Bramble & Company. 
I bought this vintage frame, at an auction, because I loved the gold tone. Now, it's my favorite chalkboard! 
I have fallen in love with this Nippon black and white stripped china! Just look at the sweet roses in the design. 
This is my Grandmother's everyday china from 1900- Noritake, The Ceylon. 
Nothing quite says Spring like cherry blossoms and bird's nests.  
This was one of my first Silhouette projects on burlap. Why didn't I have one of the machines when I had a booth? It is such a time saver!  
Oops, the wee chalkboard says, "Spring". I just couldn't get it to show up in the photo.

Here's hoping your having cherry blossom snow!
It's always great to hear from you!
Happy Spring!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The "A" Side Is Complete!

Welcome to the 1940's duplex! This has been an adventure that has taken seven months to complete both sides.
This home is two hours north of our home. There is no way I could have completed this project without my contractor. He is such a blessing to me!
We will pressure wash the front steps after we complete the new landscaping. The before link - total shock! 
The foyer- a mirror will be added above the table soon. Well, I forgot to take it today!  I bought this light at Home Depot and painted it black and then added some gold accents to bend with the black front door and table. 
The "A" side is almost a mirror image of the "B" side.
This unit has hardwood floors throughout, new thermal pane windows, an upgraded electrical system, new central heat and air conditioning, extensive moldings, built-ins and nine foot ceilings 
The dining room has corner cabinets that my Dad built many years ago.
The french doors lead to the screened porch. The "B" side doesn't have a porch.
The study is an extra that the "B" side doesn't have. It's light filled with seven windows.
The study overlooks the screened porch.
The kitchen received an extensive update, including, granite counter tops, energy star appliances, a built-in microwave,  tile flooring and extra cabinets. There is also a large pantry. 
We added a dishwasher in place of a cabinet. My contractor's coffee pot is never far away! 
A new laundry room
The guest bedroom has two large walk in closets.
The master also has two large walk in closets. 
The master bath still retains the original tile.
The 1940's tub was re-glazed.  Don't even get me started on the repair the management company made to the tub! Fortunately, the tacky piece they added to use a single lever could be glazed. They declined to look for two handle tub faucets and glued this on top of the tile. Grrrrr!

The new landscaping will be installed next week. The railings have cured and will be painted. The old girl is coming back to life! 
My soon to be 96 year old Dad made the trip to see the updates and renovation! He was amazing going up the front steps! He wore me out! This was our first outing since his fall and time in rehab for the fall and my hospital stay for pneumonia.
Thank you for following along on this journey!

Linking to:
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Cedar Hill Ranch, The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here We Go Again!

 The 1940's garage apartment is on the back of the duplex property. As you may remember my Dad turned this property over to a management company 24 years ago. A tenant was living here the day I photographed the outside. He lived there for twenty years. The peeling paint was caused from the gas floor furnace vent being broken and venting down the building and into the air. 
The tenant removed the center, carriage, garage door, added a single door, boarded the other two doors and made this area his personal storage space. He pad locked each door, even his doors inside the apartment. I suppose the duplex tenants never complained about loosing their garage space. There are three garages, one per unit. Gotta love the ivy growing all over the building! A lawn service was paid $130 per month to care for the yard! 
 A tree was down and covering the walkway. The tenant loved bright blue, so he painted much of the unit this color. He also boarded any area a person could see in- doors and windows.
This photo was taken after the tenant moved and had cleaned out most of the garage.
Need palettes or a washing machine? 
The screened porch contained a dryer and that lovely blue paint!  This will be the future mud and laundry rooms. 
I suppose the management company put this entrance door in and used plastic grocery bags to insulate it. 
The hardwood floors were covered with two layers of carpet. Twenty years of smoke filled and stained the entire unit. There are two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and bath. 
Bright blue paint again- he boarded the bottom half of the window here..
The back bedroom with ivy growing inside the window. Don't know what the "T' thing is. 
A closet and another washing machine! 
Master bedroom
Master- see the dark spot at the bottom of the walls- more packing tape repairs. This matches the duplex repairs. 
We have removed the blinds, washing machines and carpet. The hardwood floors have glue all over them from carpet. My contractor thinks the flooring can be salvaged, so I'm very happy! Next, the tile ceilings will be removed, the kitchen and bathroom will be gutted to assess water damage to the sub flooring.  We will install a new laminate beam in the garage to remove the dip in the rear of the unit. The garages will also be reopened. Fortunately, two of the original carriage garage doors remain.
A tiny update on the "A" unit- it is complete. I have not been able to photograph it yet because I have had a severe case of Pneumonia.  I'm feeling stronger each day and hope to travel there soon. Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers!