Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Garage Makeover

The garage has been a project we've put off for several years. After throwing away, recycling and donating, we had the walls, floor, door and trim repainted.

We are pleased with the cleanliness and organization. 
The work has been well worth the effort.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Walls Have Been Painted

There's been activity at our house this week!
The dining room has been repainted.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dining Room

The dining room is empty!
We are going through yet another transformation!
The last man standing is the Round Top lantern.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

What's Blooming

in Texas...

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Exterior Lighting Arrived

Thanks to Brandon a fabulous electrician our house is being illuminated inside and out.

The exterior lanterns are being installed.


We hung a matching lantern on the other side of the garage too.

We hope your enjoying your weekend. 
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Our Saturday has consisted of cleaning the garage. BORING!
We have painters coming in a matter of days so we are in recycle, store and throw-away mode.

We are making progress but we still have so much to do.
We hope your having a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, April 19, 2012


It only took 20 years....

Do you have things in your house that really bug you?

This kitchen light box is finally going!


Oh NO!
Guess who now needs to paint the entire ceiling in the kitchen and living room???

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My DYI Project

I've been wanting to add an accent table to place between our two chairs in the study.
 When I saw this inspiration photo it got me to thinking about an existing table we currently own.  

(In January this table image was posted on Velvet & Linen.)

  SO, with sandpaper in hand I started the process. I knew I couldn't replicate the table but the size was right and anything was better than what we had. 

I first applied a layer of Gold Rub.

 The results were too brash for the room so I revisited my favorite blogs for further direction.  I saw a lot of lighter gray techniques so I brushed on a small amount of Farrow and Ball's Pavilion Gray.

Once I completed the lighter paint I revisited my principals of wanting contrast.
I began applying a coat of Bronze Metallic Master paint to darken the finish. 

To add to a family pocket watch I purchased a few accent accessories, a gold tray and boxwood plant from Back Home.

I still wasn't satisfied with the table so I brushed on a layer of Pewter Metallic Master's paint.  This additional color starting bringing out the gray in the mirror frame. 
 Remember where I started?

At last I finished with yet another color of Old English Metallic Master paint.

Hey... the price was right!
Next I need to find the rug shown in the original inspiration photo.  I want to break
the dark finish from the table and floor.
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Monday, April 9, 2012


Am I the only one that has shopping regrets, repeatedly?

I enjoyed sitting in our study over the weekend. I'm beginning to see the room come together except for the CD collection that still hasn't found a home.   Then I thought about those baskets we saw in Warrenton. Oh, why didn't I purchase them they would have been a perfect!  I'll add the baskets to my wish list for the Fall....
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Let's get a little happy...

Jennie and I go to Round Top!

On my wish list for the day was to find 2 planters for our front porch.  Immediately, we found these 2 urns and agreed the legs, color and design would be perfect.   Sold.

We saw this fun Easter display.

We admired the Carolyn Westbrook bedding showcased in khaki and a dark mushroom.

Burlap lighting was a new trend...

...and bottles made of chrome.

We saw a lot of displays filled with cement objects.

We found a barn filled with pendent lighting.

Round metal tables in all sizes were everywhere.

Coral displays were alive and well.

I dream the planters I purchased earlier could be filled with boxwood's.

more tables

and more tables


We found the olive baskets!

We also saw very large green bottles new this time.


We loved these baskets stacked.

On the right house these large metal numbers could be really cool.

I thought about taking this cabinet home for the study.

I got my "happy"...the planters are perfect!

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