Friday, February 28, 2014

Closet Transition

When we first bought this new house I knew I wanted to use this mudroom or back entry as a closet.  We have other entrances to the back yard.  The sole purpose of this room is to be able to bring firewood in from the yard and stash it in the wood box next to the fireplace.  The door you barely see comes in from the yard.  The fully visible door leads to the living room.
This is the door to the wood box and is directly across from the exterior door.  There is another door in the living room where you can access the wood.

I mixed some leftover wall paint from my craft room (mulberry) and the white paint from the bedroom (Dry Martini) together and painted the interior including the ceiling.  It took me all of an hour. The space is only about 66 inches by 59 inches.


Husband then installed a cute little chandelier a friend had given me over a year ago.  I couldn't pass on a freebie even though at the time I had no place to put it.

Because we didn't want to permanently alter the room, we purchased a closet  insert. It is a Target Threshold product. I also had a little bookcase that I painted a darker color of the purple. The outside of it is painted in Silver Screen, a grey color.

The spring tension rod only holds my scarves. That way they are hung but the rod does not have to support much weight.

The rest is made up of baskets and shoe racks we already had on hand. There is also just a scrap of the house carpet laid over the linoleum.

I adore this little closet.  It is perfect for me.  We also bought some closet organizer systems to update the closet I had been sharing with Husband.  He now has his own closet with double hung racks and places for his shoes.  He also put a rod in the tiny little closet that is completely cedar lined.  This is where his suits now live, instead of my shoes and sweaters.
Thanks for stopping by this little tour of my new closet.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Master Bedroom Re-Decorating

I re-decorated my bedroom for the February and spring months. My daughter crocheted the blanket last year for my birthday.  Her first attempt at a larger blanket.



The large pillows in the back are feather pillows we got for $8 each at Target last summer. The fabric is barkcloth I bought on ebay more then 12 years ago.  I had been saving it for a decorating project and finally decided to use it here.  I love Purple!

The heart shaped pillow is one I bought for Husband for Valentine's Day when we lived in Beirut in 2004.


Thanks for stopping by, I just wanted to share a little of what has been going on around the new house. I'm sure spring planting will be coming up soon.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Using Up and Clearing Out the Closets

Hi, My name is Jeannine and I seem to be a hoarder.
Although I have not stated it anywhere for publication, one of the things that needs to be done around here is to get rid of some of the things I just don't need. To that end I took 2 large bags, approximately 10 years worth, of Victoria Magazine and Romantic Homes magazines to the school where I substitute teach and left them in the Art classroom.  That emptied an entire shelf in my craft room closet.
I also used up some fabric to make Valentine's Day pillow covers.  I have been saving two 1 1/2 yard pieces of barkcloth I bought on ebay over 12 years ago, but never intended to use them I suppose. I split them in half lengthwise and made covers for some $8 clearance feather pillow inserts. Perfect for our bed. The other two purples are from my quilt fabric stash.
The afghan was crocheted by my daughter for Christmas 2012.  She had just taught herself to crochet and did an admirable job.  It is perfect to keep my legs warm in the evening.
I have been working on a Cinderella costume I started for my son's girlfriend last October.
It took about 7 hours just to complete the sleeves, they have so many pieces. It is going to look fabulous when I complete it.
And my pattern for my Georgian Stays arrived in the mail today!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Merry Christmas Open House

Welcome to our home! We are all painted and moved in. Painting and moving is always hard work, but it was definitely worth it this time.  Owning our own house is a joy. But will also be a lot of maintenance.  As our son said, "You realize you just married a third person when you bought a house."
The kitchen is now a sunny yellow and all the appliances are stainless.  The stove is the one that came with the house.  The dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator are new. The dog is half German Shepherd half Husky.  His name is Rerun and keeps that floor polished for me.  Yuck.

The other half of the kitchen.  Washer and Dryer in the kitchen. Sigh. Not ideal but I don't have to go out to the cold garage to do laundry. The chair and little table give us a spot for someone to sit and visit while someone (Husband) is cooking.  We wanted an open concept house so everyone would be together all the time, but this house really suits us and makes us happy.

Dining room.  We painted it Desert Sand by Glidden.

The dining table has another leaf but I don't think we will ever be able to use it as the room is a tight fit as is.

Our master bedroom.  I adore it.  I painted the focal wall Grey. I can't remember the name but it is by Behr. The white is the Dry Martini by Behr. It is white but it has the slightest pink tint to it.  When I painted it over the white you could tell it had pink in it.
I have never decorated the bedroom for Christmas before, but I really like this.  I used scraps of velvet to make the red pillows and purchased the plaid for the big pillows in back.  I then made all of the pillow covers.



My craft /guest room got a coat of girlie purple.  I love purple and finally got a room painted in it.  It's pinker than I thought it would be but it works. This is still a work in progress.

I thought all of my stuff would fit in these lovely built in drawers but I seem to have too much stuff.  The closet is packed with aprons for sale and costumes.  I can't part with the costumes! What if I need one?

The hallway joining the master bedroom and craft room. It leads directly to the living room.

The living room did not get new paint.  Mostly because our backs literally gave out.  Husband painted the bricks, shelves, and all the trim. The mantel is brand new and made of oak.  A friend made it for us as a gift.  I stained it with Cherry Minwax.



Oops! Forgot to remove the Double Gulp cup.

I made new stockings this year.  All in shiny sari type satin fabric. Each has unique trim.

The tree is decorated in Mardi Gras-New Orleans style.  All the ornaments are gold, green, and purple. White glittery poinsettia blossoms. Masks. Chandelier crystals.
The piano in the background is my great grandmother's. She purchased it in 1902. It's kind of heavy to haul around.  Can't wait for Daughter to have a house.  Traditionally it goes to the kid who took the most years of piano lessons.  She beat her brother because she took a semester of piano in high school. Ha Ha! Piano is like 800 pounds! Good luck.
Thanks for hanging with me through this fall while we found a house.  Hopefully I will be more consistent with blogging. 
Now, if we could only find the remote control for the DVD player.......

Tour of the New House

I finally figured out how to edit
 pictures on my Windows 8 program.  I am not a fan.
Anyway, that said, here are the pictures of our new house before we painted and moved in.  We closed escrow on October 18 and got right to work.  Fortunately the weather was still in the 80's so we could paint and move without overheating or getting caught in rain.

Above is a view of the kitchen.  The wall here is painted avocado. That's my son in front of the microwave.  The first thing Husband did was to remove the microwave and the shelf it is sitting on.  It took up too much of the usable counter space.

This picture is taken standing by the sink. Laundry straight ahead. the white door goes to the mudroom and garage. The open door on the left is the bedroom and bathroom on the front of the house.

The room is a "human tank". It has two massive banks of windows and you can see up and down the entire street.

Here's the bathroom.  Lovely avocado.  All of that was repainted my favorite whit, Dry Martini by Behr.

We painted in here as well. 

Yay! We have a huge front coat closet. 

This is the living room.  The part painted white is a funny little addition that will eventually have to be removed and French doors put in.  That will allow the room to have so much more light.  The red bit above got a healthy coat of white as well.

Main bathroom.  It is not en suite with the master bedroom, unfortunately.  It has to be shared with guests who might visit and use the craft/guest room.

This is the craft/guest room.

It has a great set of windows and this entire wall with built-ins. 

Master bedroom.

Master.  We went from a house with two large walk in closets to this huge master with one shared closet with one rod.  Ouch!  We have to learn to share again.  The room at the right is actually a mudroom for an outside door.  It also leads back around to the living room.  I've never seen  a house with so many doors.


The dining room has a built in buffet with a mirror over it.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour.  We spent most of a week painting the rooms. It took a week or so to move all of our stuff over after that.  But it is now all together and feels like home.

Thursday, November 28, 2013