Sunday, July 31, 2016
Welcome to our living/dining room.
Or the Grand Banquet Hall, as we jokingly called it when we first saw it with drywall up, because it looked like a very huge, long hall. But now that it has furniture in it, it's not bad at all. It's actually my favorite room!
When you walk in to our home, this is what you see from the foyer.
Keep in mind I have not put anything on the walls yet. That's another story for another time.
There were a few things I knew I wanted for this room. One thing I did not want was green furniture! I'm just tired of it. I had green furniture in the other house all over the place. HOWEVER....when your Mom asks you if you want this couch, because they are going to get rid of it....and you are just not up to making one more decision, even about furniture....
you go with the green, peeps!!!
And I have to say it is the most comfortable couch I have ever sat on, and bonus...it makes into a bed!
and double bonus...it matches this leather chair perfectly, that we bought off of my friend Leslie. Our original thought was to put this chair in our bedroom, that looked huge without furniture in it...rooms have a way of doing that.
The other thing I knew I wanted was a piece of furniture in this corner by the table to set stuff on when entertaining. (Pay no attention to the sewing machine on the floor. I had pillows to make and I am not quite ready to put it away.)
And I also knew I wanted a sitting area.
So here is where the fun began. My friend Teresa came over one Friday around 2ish and did not leave until 11pm-ish! You see, I have furniture and stuff stored in the basement, pole barn and garage from our other house. Stuff I've collected for 20 years. And in our other house, I had two living/dining rooms, and a sun room....so I had a lot of furniture. However, I sold the couch and chair because I was SO TIRED of it!
Teresa and I had this room full of different pieces of furniture,
moving stuff this way and that for hours....and we finally got it right!
Here is the sitting area with the covered cushions.
The idea with the pillows were to use a bit of green to match the furniture, but incorporate some pinks and blues. Which are my favorite colors, and to give this furniture a cottage style.
I have this theory that I've used for a long, long time. You can incorporate any color with the colors God used to create the earth. Think about it.... browns (dirt, trees), greens (leaves, grass, bushes) blues/whites (sky). What color does not go with brown, green, blue, white?
I think the table to the right needs a lamp.
As soon as I dig through some of the boxes....
(keep in mind the decorating is not finished. Maybe this winter)
Dave ordered these shutters from Lowes.com
I know...the pics look the same. I just couldn't decide.
So here is the finished room from one end...standing in the den.
Here is the view from the couch...
or just standing at the window looking out...
Here is the view from the door that leads to the porch.
I'm a summer person and I like a lot of light.
You can see why this is my favorite room in the house.
PS. I also want to thank my sister Theresa, for helping me move the table up from the basement and the leather chair out of the den. They were heavy! We also moved a smaller buffet type of furniture out of the den into the foyer. Dave had a hernia, and he couldn't lift without being in severe pain. Thank you sister!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
So...I didn't want to start on this room until after Easter. We had just finished the mudroom, and office area, and we were having Easter at our house. So, we waited until the first of April and got busy.
First we cleaned out the room really well.
Boo Boo's happen!
So here's one TA DAH! The ceiling, which I think turned out great.
Now, during all of this ceiling hanging work, I was also painting lots and lots and lots of trim and wood pieces.
And this is just a small amount of the trim and pieces that I painted. If you know me personally, you know I was tired of painting these pieces of trim...every...single...night.
Dixie had to check out the floor.
TAA DAH!!!! Here it is peeps!!!!!
I can't wait to show you the furniture lay out. It turned out great!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
We finished the mudroom/office back in April.
See the area on the right with the doors? Well, in the original plan that was all supposed to be open. We were only to have a closet at the very end. But, there wasn't enough room in the chase to put all of the plumbing, heat runs, etc., so between the two closets on the right are what I call "Behind the Scenes" work. Plumbing, Heat ducts, wiring, etc.
I guess he's using this one too. When winter comes his clothes get the boot!
We took an afternoon/evening off awhile back and went shopping for office supplies. This cute cupboard ended up being our filing cabinet.
And file boxes fit in it perfectly.
This desk is kind of special. Years ago, when we lived in town, we became very good friends with our elderly neighbor. When she passed away, her children sold us her house, to fix up and sell.
They left some things in the basement that they didn't want to mess with.
This desk was one of those things.
it was painted and cruddy and I think the Pa in the family used it for a workbench when he was still alive.
Dave was going to cut it up into pieces and burn it!!!!
I wanted to keep it.
It is SO HEAVY.
It was not easy getting it out of the basement.
But we managed.
And it fits perfectly in this little office area I have now. (smile)
So the garage leads to the breezeway, which leads to the mudroom which is the door on the left of this picture. You can barely see the bell hanging on it. When I hear that bell, I know someone has walked into the house.
So here you go!
Office Mudroom area
Most people will never be in this room, because they will use the other entrance, rather than the garage entrance.