Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cats on chairs...

You know how Desire to Inspire has pets on furniture Mondays?  I've had my pets on their site before, both my poor late doggy, and my rescue cats, but I wanted to post more animal photo's here....

so here you go.

RIP Tommy. No chair photos, but I couldn't let him be unrecognized for the great cat that he was.

RIP Chuy. The very best little doggy I could have ever had. He's on the Mr. Chair, by Plycraft. He was a very special doggy. I miss him every day. 

Now, we have DK  (short for Darth Kitty) on a Danish Modern rocking chair.... 

and this is Spinx (on the floor, but it's a fantastic shot of him) 

but these two will cuddle up and sleep together. Yes, on the Mr. Chair. It seems very pet friendly. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

This is why I can't read Apartment Therapy much anymore.....

This quote is from here 

 "Your home a space where you can retreat from the outside world and focus on what is healthful and centering for you. Tonight, why not make that make that retreat just a bit more intentional - a little quieter and deeper than usual - and see how it feels? This evening, take a break from what is for many of us the default way we relax at home; turn off the tv, put down the smart phone and and give a media fast a try." 

I am not bound to my technology. I do not need this hippy dippy bullshit to tell me to get off my computer, or phone, or tv. If I didn't want to have them on, I wouldn't. Sitting in my living room with the tv turned off isn't going to make me look "deeper" into myself, or my house, or anything.  

In this house, in this family, we are in charge of our lives. That includes what we bring into it- like technology. It's a tool. One we use,  and one that we are in control of, not one we have to run away from. 

So, yesterday we started cleaning up the basement, so we can start using that room. ARG, I almost typed space.   Anyway, we re-set the furniture, cleaned off the pool table, and we PURGED! 3 Boxes of garage sale merchandise, a bag of dress clothing to be donated to the first lady's attic at the University, and an entire truck load of stuff to take to the Goodwill...

There's two chairs, a few boxes of assorted stuff, baskets that my Mr. hates, and other things back there. I just hope Goodwill is open today so this stuff can get out of our lives. 

I'm working on another bag of clothing to donated myself today. I have reached my "goal" of items purged from this house, and we haven't even touched the garage yet. 

which is an utter disgrace. But, it's too cold out right now to do anything about this- and that's not an excuse. It's just too cold. But soon, this is fair game too..... 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Working concept for my walk in closet

walk in closet ideas.... 1

The Door is almost complete, it's in, and it works. I need to paint it, and the trim needs to be installed. Then, I can go to work inside! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's January- time to organize and purge.

At least, that's what everyone is saying.  I'm not going to lie, I'm purging my stuff. I have a very lofty goal of  removing 12 tubs of stuff (for either resale or charity) , and 12 large garbage bags of well, garbage.  I have removed 2 boxes and 2 bags so far this year. UPDATE  ...... My day has not been as productive as I had wished it to be It's hard to get done what I wanted to get done, and rein herd on the boy too. But, I got the computer desk cleaned, purged and organized. I still need to work on my desk and files....The total since I started this job is
8 large bags of garbage purged out of the house
3 large tubs and one small box of items that will go out for sale this spring
3 large bags of clothing to donate
3 bookcases
2 lamps
3 lamp shades

my goal was 12 bags of garbage/ donations  and 12 tubs of sale stuff. Now, if I can just get 24 bags/totes/tubs of stuff out of my house I'll be happy.

You can see that there is a big mess of stuff under this desk. We got a HUGE printer/scanner as a family gift. it still needs home. For now, it's on a table under my desk. That's not permanent, but I haven't quite figured out what I want either....

To reward myself, I'm thinking about what I can do to my tiny kitchen to perk it up. I love the color that I painted it ( Midnight Bayou from Valspar)  so that is staying. I like the white cabinets, and  my countertops are just fine, thank you very much...... so that sort of leaves decor items.  I can handle that..... here is some inspiration.

From here  . I love this. The open shelves, the interesting art, the pottery and metal basket. LOVE IT.

From Here.  The glass canisters really make an impression.

From Here    Wood. White. Plants. Enough said.

So, it's clear I'm looking at simple, white rustic kitchens.   I think it's time to pare down.   Science has told us that if we make choices from a menu of fewer options, we are happier with our choices.   I need to have fewer choices in my house.

Here is my kitchen, before I decide on any changes....

It could use a few improvements.  ( This was before my paint color change ) 

Be well.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The roof, the roof, the roof is.....almost finished.

The roof on the house is on, tomorrow they do the garage and the final bits and pieces. It's amazing. There are two workman, and two helpers (who get the shingles and things to the dumpster) It was 9 degrees today. 9. Fahrenheit. , snowing and with the wind , it "felt like" -1 outside. They work SO hard. It's amazing. They come inside, take a break and we dry their coats and shirts in the dryer for them, then they are right back at it. Their work ethic is amazing.

Here are some updates.  (I had to wait until they were done for the day and gone, you don't take photos of the Amish)

This needs to be emptied. 

The back of the house...... 
and the front. 
The bar across the front you see is to keep the ice from falling down and beaning your head in the winter.....

Monday, December 29, 2014

We're getting a new roof. Tomorrow. In the winter.

Yep. In the winter. The local Amish do the work, and make the metal roof. It's a brown/slate color. They'll come tomorrow and start, they say it takes about 3 days. We'll see. I won't though, I can't be here when they rip the roof off of my house. I can't bear it.

Pictures to come.


In ;the summer of course. And this was taken a few years ago, before we re did the porch.... so. just look at the roof.

Good night.

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.