Friday, December 19, 2014

The past, 40 plus years in the making......

My Mom found this today. That's my Uncle John, me in the middle, and my little brother. According to the back of this picture, we're in my Aunts dorm room at campus. All I know, is that is one hell of a bedspread.  I have to be around..... 6 or so in this picture I'm guessing. And, I remember that pink vest I'm wearing. It was crocheted by my Grandmother. It was my favorite thing to wear for a while.  I don't remember this picture being taken, but I do have memories of that time, so for that, I'm thankful.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My dressing room is ALMOST complete. Almost.

First off I have to admit this. It's not done.  I need a new rug, which I have to buy. I am going to change out the curtains, and the art isn't right. Also, I haven't quite figured out what to do with my jewelry- which is still everywhere.....BUT. The "closet" part is done. Because it's so close to Thanksgiving, and then we just roll down the hill the Christmas (which I am totally unprepared for) this closet might not get the rug and curtains until after the holidays. I chose to "unveil" this room today though, because it's ALMOST there..... and it's useful again.

Here is where I showed you what this room used to look like....



and here is where I remind you that for the past 10+ years, THIS has been my closet. 3 ft wide and right off the dining room is the space I had my clothes in.... 

And now, this is my room...

See, I need a different rug.... The grey is boring, the red is too small... I might even change out that chair.... but it's really comfy so now it stays..... 


The art and pictures need to be changed around...... too busy. 

The boxes on the top shelf need to be changed out so they are all the same. The difference is killing me. BUT, they hold my house my out of season purses.....

BUT, I have room for my clothes, and when I put in the bottom shelf, all my shoes will also have a place to stay......

and, I kept my sewing machines in here, and behind the white curtain is a closet that houses my craft supplies. It all fit- it's just not that pretty. And the art is all wrong. 


So, even if I'm not quite done.... art, rug, shoe shelf.... I have closet/dressing room that is usable. and no longer an eye-sore.  It's better than it was before. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Two new projects coming up! A new dressing room and a repainted bathroom

I'll have new photos next week. I am taking my unused (except as a dumping ground) spare bedroom and turning it into my closet/dressing room/ crafting room.  In addition, I am repainting the 1/2 Jack and Jill bathroom that is attached to my bedroom, and updating that room. My husband thinks the color is "fleshy"

I have a busy weekend.


Have a good one.

Bonus before pictures...

Spare bedroom before.




The little closet I use now. 



The "fleshy"  1/2 bath.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Mr. brought me home a project yesterday- an american of martinsville table.

Yep. An american of martinsville drop leaf walnut table. (no leaves) It was CHEAP.  He actually sent me a picture of it while he was out, and said he didn't buy it because of the top... I took one look at it and made him turn around and go back..... The legs are in great shape, and it's sturdy and not wobbly. It will need to be sanded and stained.  It won't even be that hard a fix.... I did it already to the coffee table we bought.   But, what will I do with two dining room tables?


 Before pictures.....
Pretty rough, but no deep scratches, and no burn marks.....



This is one drop leaf side, the other looks pretty much the same as this one... 


closer to the color it is (walnut) than in the first picture..... 


At least it's not a chair! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

This weekend is the final Allegan antique market for the year.

The weather is going to be fantastic. We have many new pieces of furniture to put out, and although I am dreading the work, and I am so glad this is the last show of the season, I am looking forward to it!  Allegan here we come! 

There might be pictures(of us)  next week! 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The chair aftermath.....

SO- as I said, the Mr. went to an auction and bought 8 chairs, one table and a boat dashboard... or most of a boat dashboard.

These pictures aren't going to win me any awards. Everything he bought is still in the garage...so excuse the mess?

Here are the fiberglass shell chairs... three turquoise and one yellow. No labels.  Those tables to the side are Heywood Wakefields, an unknown stool and a Conant Ball. The danish modern chair behind the shells is a Baumritter.



This is the table base. The top is just a normal conference table top from the 1970's, but the base is interesting. The dresser is one I have to sell, it doesn't have a home inside anymore.

The green chair is an office chair with wood arms, the two orange chairs are Steelcase chairs, I love their color. There is an identical one to the orange ones, but in Mustard. 



The boat dashboard, and all the steering guts. We'll sell that- people are always looking for vintage speedboat steering wheels and gauges. 

So there you have it. 8 chairs, one table and a dashboard. When you add it to all the other crap I have it's getting a bit overwhelming. It's time to have another chair sale! 

Here is my garage ceiling by the way...I believe there is a total of 19 chairs hanging from the ceiling

There are three milo baughman brass stools up there, two Thonet wood chairs, a unmarked danish modern lounge chair, a round Selig chair, 3 iron ice cream chairs, a really nice aluminum office chair, a molded plywood office chair from Italy, a few stools, some sort of random office chair, a danish modern dining room chair and 4 American seating school chairs.....and some other chairs up there....  There's more hanging in the pump room and in the basement. 




Thursday, September 11, 2014

I don't know what to say exactly.....

my husband went to an auction tonight.... alone. He went to look at a canoe. He did not buy the canoe..... he bought 8 chairs, a table, and a boat dashboard. I am in disbelief


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bedroom project has commenced!

I just put up the very large paint sample in the room.... I like it. I'm going with it.



I like how it goes with the lamp, and with all the white that is in this room, it won't feel too dark (I hope)



In addition, we pulled up the red rug and put it in the dining room this weekend. More about that later, but here it is. I bought this wool rug (from Hold Everything) for 2 dollars at the Pottery Barn Outlet (along with a few others) when they were getting rid of all that inventory. It's one of my favorite purchases....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My bedroom project- step one.

no. Forget that, step 2. Step one was the mood board. Step 2 is this.....

Do I even like the look I picked out? I have to say......

I do.  I still have to paint- so the room itself is still green...but I bought a sample and tried out "Man Cave" and I like it. It's DARK. It's going to take a lot of time to get used to..... and before I paint I really have to decide if I want it dark or go with white..... but I really think it's time to visit the dark side...

so here are some pictures of my initial trial run...

wait. Just in case you forgot....here is the sample board first...


and here is my trial run (minus paint color) 



The picture of the boy at the beach is leaving.... I don't know if another set of antlers will go there or a painting....


This is my favorite lamp. I love it. 


this is the paint sample near the UGLY carpeting. We have to keep the carpet. The roof estimate just came in over 8 grand. I need a roof more than I need a better looking floor. 



Possible art choices....

what do you think? I need to get the paint before September 3 so I can get the rebate..... I am so cheap. 

later! 



Monday, August 18, 2014

I put in a fire pit....

Actually, I had a fire bowl, and I put in an area around it so I wouldn't burn down the neighborhood.

I am terrified of fire. My Mom caught on fire in front of me when I was around 4 or so. She backed up into a stove, and  her apron burst into flames. My Dad was there, and put her out, but it has stayed with me since then. Although I want a fire pit area, I don't want to be too close.

I had pulled a forsythia tree/bush out of this area two years ago. It was very overgrown- about 9 ft tall or so and awful.....


I unfortunately have no before pic of the ugly tree, this is where we took it off, and my lovely Mr's behind.

It left us with a really ugly hilltop. UGLY.

This is the spring (see, no leaves) all we did was to put up a rock border to warn people not to fall over the edge...... there were a ton of daylillies planted on the hill...... well, it turns out my Mr. HATES daylillies.  It's been 11 years and he's just NOW telling me this.... so.... I pulled out the daylillies, and then we had to have the huge maple cut down off the back deck....it was rotten.  It was also HUGE...and around 90 ft + tall. It turned the back yard shade garden into a full sun desert...... plants started to die. Things turned ugly. I had to do something.....


so I decided to make one of the shade gardens into the fire pit.... I made the area larger by removing a huge chunk of grass and then put a rock border up... these photos are horrible. I don't know what setting my phone was on....but it isn't pretty. Sorry....


 We had to pull the truck back to unload the rock (which we STILL need more of btw)




 How much vegetation did I cut back?..... two wheelbarrow full



 We need some more rocks...and a better bench......but we're now good to go...and burn........

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bedroom project..... ideas, plans and thoughts.....

This room is a challenge for me. It's small. (10x11ish?) two doors, two windows (one that I cover up so I can fit a bed and dressers into the room), and one wall is closet. Under the window is a heat duct that we cannot cover up either.... so.... the layout is pretty much set in stone. We've tried the bed on all of the three available walls, this is the best solution.

I might have a color now.... Man Cave....


You might be able to figure out now, that the room will be heavier, more masculine. My husband actually doesn't care- he's said he'd sleep in a pink flowery room. if that's what I wanted, but it's not what I want either. 

Here are some of my inspiration photos right now.... 
This one is from House beautiful....  I love the rustic look of it, and all the textiles and the textures. The view isn't half bad either...too bad I don't have that. 




This picture is a dining room... I just love the feel of it.  The white horns. The mix of modern smoke chairs with that vintage table. The plants against that grey wall.

This is the last photo. Again, it's more about the feeling. ...... I have no idea where this came from.... my bet? Apartment Therapy. 



The final pic is here. Again, it's the feeling. The texture, the dark vs. light. It's from here... but that site just compiles pics so I don't know where it began it's life. 
sorry.. 

When you next hear from me,.... I might have a compiled some actual products to share..... I can only hope. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Is there a name for pre BEFORE pictures? It's time for a bedroom project!

My bedroom has been a source of anger and anoyment  for me since we moved in 10 years ago. At first we lived in the basement (long story....but it had to do with the heating system in this house) then we moved upstairs when we had the baby. ALL the rooms in this house are TINY. TINY. Wait, let me say that again...TINY. We have two 8x10 bedrooms, and ours is 10x11 (ish). Basically, they are bedsized bedrooms.

One of the small rooms is my sons, the other is a catch all room that changes all the time...a library? a playroom? an office? That little thing has never been right..... and I also plan on working on that this winter....but I can't get ahead of myself. This is about MY bedroom, and my hatred of it.

Hate is a strong word. I don't hate it all. I do hate some of it though.

Here are my "now" pictures.
(they are actually like my room is...I just threw the duvet on the bed and snapped...no "staging" or "cleaning" it is what it is....  This first picture is the view from the door..... oh wait, did I also mention that this room has two doors, two windows and one wall is the closet? Yes, all in less than 120 sq. ft. Throw the fact in that I have the WORLDS UGLIEST CARPET.... well..... now you get the picture.


The view from the bathroom door. Behind that acid trip fabric headboard is a window.  The tall dresser is mine, and I would love to find something similar but shorter. 


This is the view from the far corner looking out toward the hallway. The white curtains hide the Mr's closet. He keeps his clothes in here, mine are in the hallway closet. It was my idea, so calm down. He works outside the home for a living and has to dress nice for the job. He needs more room than I do. 


This is the view from the closet. The door in the corner goes to the 1/2 bathroom that is connected to this bedroom. There are two pieces of art on that wall. The black used to be up, the painting hanging is a test. 


Below is the view from the door when you first come in and shows the dressers. I would love to find a second smaller dresser to match this one...or even one that is similar so that both sides would have a smaller dresser/bedside table to use. .....  


I want to keep the dressers, the bed (queen is the largest we can have and still move around this room)  the lamp on the dresser  and the layout.......and that's about it. I prefer white bedding, but I might change my mind if I find something I like. The floor, the wall color, all the accessories are all up for grabs. 

This is my quest. I want to re do this room. I want to keep it very eclectic, but I do want to pare some of the stuff down. Think I can do it? 

I sure hope so.