It isn't much, but there is one tiny corner of my chaotic, in-the-middle-of-remodeling-prior-to-moving-in house that is just the way I want it to be! Hooray! Except, that is, for the lack of soft grey paint in the corner there, which I didn't notice until now. Ah well. I'm not going to bother cutting in everything until the whole room is ready to paint.
This will give you a sneak peek into the new color scheme of the main rooms of our new house = oh, how I love the combination of aqua, red, and grey, with lots of silver accents!
That quilt in the middle there (this was the kids' playroom in our old house) was the inspiration for my new color scheme.
Anyway, I love this little vignette at the back of the closet we just finished (a la contractors). It faces the back door and looks into the kitchen breakfast area, reflecting lots of light and color into the back of the house.
The mirror is one of the many things that got damaged in our move - the corners were all smashed up. I was able to fix it and repaint it, thank goodness. The mirror frame used to be black, but I painted it white and then did a series of glazes (1 coat light silver, 1 coat dark silvery grey....both were little pre-mixed bottles of Martha Stewart paint available at Home Depot). I love how it turned out! Much better than plain black.
You'll probably recognize my awesome red faux poppies...they've been cheering my house for the past 4 homes we've lived in. The horse head statue is a new bargain acquisition, thanks to Marshalls. I didn't like the way the bottom of the base was designed, so I covered it up with some wide grosgrain ribbon...the perfect little polkadot flair, n'est pas?
Here is the reason I'm finally blogging again....I love my kids more than anything, but Holy Macaroni I'm glad school has finally started!! This has been one of the most difficult summers ever for all of us - the kids were SOOO bored so I pretty much gave up trying to work on the house and spent much of my time entertaining/playing referee/driving to the local pool. We're ALL breathing a sigh of relief that school has begun.
It's also quite exciting to see a picture of the two of them actually hugging eachother and smiling...an important moment to document, without a doubt (wink).
Even my little Hazel Basil is off to school this year...PreK, that is, since the cutoff here in NC is just before her birthday. I'm laughing at myself because, after 10 years of secretly looking forward to having all my kids in school so I could have more free time during the day to work, I'm all bittersweet and sniffy about my baby girl going off to school fulltime. Hazel has been my nearly constant companion for almost 5 years now, and I miss her snuggles and adorable smile (Although not the whining. I don't miss the whining at all). My friends who have "been there, done that" assure me that the sadness is short-lived, however, and I'll quickly recover. :-)
So this past week has been spent cleaning, decorating, working outside, and doing lots of little projects like the ones you see started in above photos (more on those later), plus I'm almost finished with our office - but that post will have to wait for another day.
I also need to post about the amazing Marcie, who worked tirelessly to make (and inspire her friends to make) TONS of bags for the Bulgarian Orphans! She doesn't live too far from us, so she and her 2 sweet sons (they helped put all the drawstrings in) delivered the huge box of nearly 100 bags earlier in the summer. At about the same time I received a box of beautifully sewn bags from Manuela (thank you!!) so we have lots of gorgeous bags to send off the the orphans. That's on my list of things to do this week. But I'll post about that later too.
Right now I've got to finish spreading drywall mud on the base of the dining room walls...I'm eliminating the annoyingly distracting texture of the sheetrock and, when it's all smooth, will cut trim to create faux paneling/wainscoting below the chair rail. Not the most excitingly fun project, but it'll look great when it's done! I'm REALLY looking forward to having my dining room put together.
Until another day, then....and I promise I won't wait another month before I post again. You probably thought I'd died or, more likely, went completely insane due to the traumatic upheaval of everything these past few months. Which, actually, is not that far from the truth. But I'm mostly recupurated now. Catch ya'll later - now that I'm in the south I can talk like that, right? :-)