28 February 2013


I fuss all the time about bloggers rushing the seasons, but I guess I am a little guilty of it, too, at least today.  This is what I did today before breakfast!

A green bunny hopped up here on the hall tree...

Tulips sprouted up in a green pitcher.  Is that (gasp!) Easter Eggs?  In February?

Green things have been popping up everywhere I go.  Not necessarily the Emerald shade purported to be Color of the Year.  Just bright happy Spring green.  Nothing promises Spring like fresh green.

The little bunny and the wreath both came from Home Goods.

Antibes ASCP is finding a place all over my house, too, it seems.  It will probably spill over to the porch as well as on a piece of junque or two.  

And, lots of daydreaming going on about how fun and funky the porch will be.  Speaking of which, yesterday when I was perusing the Needless Markup Neiman Marcus catalog, looky looky what I saw!  McKenzie-Childs heaven!

NM photos

I would definitely have to copycat these because they cost a fortune.

My little heart skipped a few beats at the sight of this --
no way is it in the budget, but it is exactly the look I want!
I don't know how to copycat this...  boohoo!

All these pieces are OUTDOOR, porch-y things...

How come I can't fall into a tub of butter?  (That's what a late aunt-in-law used to say when wishing for some good fortune.)  If I did fall into a tub of butter, I would buy them all! 

Ah well, I will just have to be creative with what I have.  That's not so bad, is it?

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Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

25 February 2013


These last few days have been all about the paint.  Not the kind I put on my face nor the kind that creates signs or great works of art.  I'm talking about the kind that goes on the walls and the furniture. 

The sheet over the hall-tree looks like that gigantic statue of Jesus over in Portugal!
Finally, finally.  My Sweet Husband decided that we needed to get the foyer/stairs/landing area finished because the new door will be coming pretty soon.  Can't have that baby-poop yellow on the walls with that classy new walnut door!  This, after I had started the job months ago but could not do any more because my knees got too sore, and then we went away for a while.  He is not the world's best painter yet, but I am training him. (:>D)   I am very good at giving orders, in case you didn't know.  What he lacks in skill at this point he makes up for in enthusiasm and energy which is more than I can muster.  I do have some mopping up to do after he paints, literally, not to mention some retouching, but overall, he gets the job done in a timely manner.  My hero.

The shelves on the balcony normally hold some of my art and design books.  I have decided to paint the backboards a bright color -- come back next week and see which one.  I am living for the day that the s*#@!y carpet goes away. We are planning to have it ripped out, put in new risers and treads, doing white risers and black treads.  I want a totally black and white area, so that the artwork, lame as it may be, stands out.

We are finalizing the drawings for the screened porch with the contractor so that construction can begin.  First, another contractor will paint the house and do some repair work around the windows.  Meanwhile, I am dreaming about decorating that screen porch.   Let's get on with the fun stuff, people!

Today while Sweet Husband was giving the walls another coat of paint, I was doing laundry, cooking, and working on one of the pieces that will go out on the porch.  We originally snagged it at PB during a floor sample sale for the beach condo we were hoping for, and then it got parked when we decided to put that dream on hold for a while.  It is made of outdoor wicker which I assume is some sort of vinyl or plastic.  I decided to try the good old reliable chalk paint -- Greek Blue-- since it is supposed to stick to everything.  There will be every color in the rainbow on this porch, BoHo style, so this little bar will be blue.  I think I will probably seal it with something other than wax since it will be somewhat exposed to the elements.  

Painting wicker with a brush is a new experience... glad I had read the Annie Sloan book which covered the subject.  It is definitely harder to get the coverage you can get with spray paint.

One coat down, another to go.

There is plenty more to paint, and you can bet we will be very busy for the next few weeks.  You may need to get out your sunglasses as this porch takes shape!

A little restyling is in order -- the cleaning product is not very cute, is it?
I am thinking of making the mirror frame greener... what do you think?

The French hall-tree got a good cleaning...
it might get something springier on it.
Is it too soon for bunny rabbits?

The portiere situation will have to be re-thunk when the new door is in.


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21 February 2013


In Progress....

New blinds -- Yay!

And now...

Holdbacks for the curtains and the pillows are done

Wonder why the light makes this look so yellow --
it isn't.

These pieces got painted, as did the walls.

That big armoire is next

Quick, before you blink!  The master bedroom has never gotten completely finished with this lavender/purple, chartreuse and white thing I had going, and now that summer is on the horizon, it will be time to do something else pretty soon.  The plan was to get all the furniture, most of which will probably not change, painted lighter.  I am still dragging on the armoire, nightstands and dresser because I was still waffling on the shades. I was not up for an excruciatingly matched set, rather some perfect harmony. There is so much going on around my house right now that it is like a three-ring circus, and I just haven't gotten around to it.  I guess there's no real rush, now that I found out I am not dying; at least that was the last report.

I found that little plaid throw on clearance at HG -- it is wool and very warm.

I love having the holdbacks because now I can see out.

There are heavy blackout panels under the silky ones, and they are too hard to slide open and closed every day.

The other thing I didn't get done yet was adding a corona and the appropriate drapery over the bedhead.  I have gotten a bee in my bonnet that I want to have a corona and feel like an empress while I am slumbering, although I may be a dowager empress at this rate before I find the one I am willing to fork over the money for.  The hunt is still on, though, unless I lose interest, which has been known to happen.  

I want this Hekman armoire and nightstands to be a lighter shade -- this taupe is SO OVER!
The slider thingamajigs under its feet have been there for a while now --
truthfully I don't even notice them any more.  I will get them off when I finally paint.
The lavender "silk" came from Calico Corners about a hundred years ago, and I bought a whole bolt for $8 a yard.  You cannot tell it is not the real McCoy, and it is (shudder!) polyester.  I have my trusty black-out panels underneath them so that I can sleep.  It does kind of eliminate the necessity of lining the panels, since I change my mind about the decor in here nearly as often as I change my unmentionables.  The duvet cover, which is a dead-on accidental match, came from Tuesday Morning at least a hundred years ago, back when I had a stenciled wisteria border in a previous house MBR.  We have just added the holdbacks.  Now we can see daylight.

Oops -- the lamp is off center...

You have already seen the saga of the chartreuse desk and mirror and the blue chest now painted grey.  (Check back a few posts in the archives if you missed them.)  A few years ago, I made the slips on the bench and the chaise (actually two pieces) from some $5 a yard quilted cotton from HobLob.

We recently added the two 5 x 8 greige shag rugs, because my husband is dragging his feet about getting hardwood and I had to cover up that s@#$%^&*y carpet.  It will happen.  He knows and I know it, but he likes to think he is in charge.  ;>p

You have seen the antiqued brass and glass etagere from Ballard, which was my only big purchase for this redo, and the main rea$on I still don't have a corona.  (The only Corona I get right now is in a bottle!)  The lamps were $20 each and bubble-gum pink from an estate sale, and they got silvered by me.  Their shades and tassels came out of my stash in the attic.  That estate sale rocker that I painted French Lilac last summer is going on the screened porch with a different cushion.    The Suzani patterned silk that I made the big euros and the rocker cushion from was my other little splurge.  Otherwise, things just got shifted around or swapped out for stuff I already had. 

Sorry it took me so long, but I decided that if I didn't get all the furniture painted before I showed it to you, we might all be in the nursing home by then and nobody would care anyway.  So, hope you enjoyed this look at my little private nest, and we will revisit it when there is something new to talk about.  Look forward to it!

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