Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Light, New Windows And Drywall In The Sunroom

I still haven't found chairs for the foyer but I'm tracking a couple.  In the meantime we finally got a light for the sunroom.  My husband just put it up yesterday.  Finally, I won't have to feel my way around in the dark.  And now we can even work in the room at night.  Oh joy!  It's hard to tell in this picture, but I'm painting the ceiling that faint blue color.  It's BM Palladian Blue 25%.

We also changed out the old louver windows with something that comes much closer to the originals.  They aren't perfect, but much improved from what was there.  My husband finished putting up the drywall.  Now it just needs tape and mud and then we can paint.  Though I still haven't finished prepping the old windows.  It's such a nightmare.  We had asked a painter for a quote to do the prep work.  Let's just say that person never got back with us.  Hmm.  I wonder why?  Nightmare.  

Not much else has been done, but in the next month we are having a bookcase made for the opposite wall.  

It will be the entire length of this wall, going over the doors (which we found in the attic!) and from floor to ceiling.  The bonus is that we're getting a library ladder.  I'm so excited! This is definitely going to be my favorite room in the house. Light + windows + books = heaven.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Almost Done...

It's so close.  I'm just trying to find some smallish chairs, preferably some barrel back cane chairs, and some tidying up and flowers and it's done.  Here's a peek, but keep in mind that a) I'm a horrible photographer, and b) it was a really cloudy day.

I'll take better pictures for the reveal...or at least I'll try.  It will be after Thanksgiving some time, depending on the chair situation and the need for reupholstery?  Until then, everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving and try not to go overboard on the turkey;)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More Action In The Foyer

The ORC may be over, but my foyer is still in the works.  I don't think I've even gone through 1/10th of the reveals but what I did see was awesome.  It's motivating me to finish this already.  That and Thanksgiving looming.  The good news is that we finally got the mirrors.  They are awaiting picture molding hooks and wire.  I sure wish we would have thought to buy that stuff weeks ago, but then again we were a bit preoccupied.

 I made the Neo Toile covers for the bench pillows this weekend, so the bench is complete.

The lambrequins are supposed to be ready next week.  I had a picture of the try in but it was so dark.  It's so hard to take a picture of a window.  At least it is for me.

Anyway, I'm really hoping to wrap this up before Thanksgiving.  We'll see what lady luck (whore) has in store for me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The One Room Challenge- To Be Continued

So I didn't finish.  I'm kind of bummed but it will be done in a few weeks or so.  Not the end of the world really.  I think this time around there were just too many things out of my control.  And, it's been a very rough month for my family.  In addition to being sick for just short of a month now, my husband's sister, who he's extremely close to, lost her year and a half long battle with cancer last week.  She was 48 years old.  Needless to say my foyer hasn't been tops on my mind.  I'm not linking this post to the challenge but I didn't want to leave it hanging.  A death puts so many things in perspective and I just feel like now, more than ever, I want to love on my family and live like there's no tomorrow.  When you're young you feel like you're bullet proof.  Like nothing bad can happen to you.  The reality is it's just not true.  I know everyone says this, but make sure the people who are close to you know how much you love and appreciate them because our lives are so fragile and uncertain.

And now, getting off my soapbox and on to something less heavy, I wanted to thank Linda from Calling It Home for putting the challenge together.  Though I didn't finish, I did get the kick in the pants that I needed to get started and I know it's going to be fabulous (or at least it looks fabulous in my head).  I plan on spending some time this weekend looking at everyone's wonderful rooms.  It will be a great diversion.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week 5

Week 5.  Kill me know.  Since I'm already running way behind I might as well keep it going with mirrors that I ordered that are backordered until November and take 6-8 weeks to ship.  Are you f'ing kidding me?  What can I say?  They were the right size and shape.  I'm hoping the finish isn't going to be an issue.  Especially after waiting that long.

Via Bellacor
The ones I had on my original moodboard I copied from google as an inspiration.  Sooooooo......I do have something to show you.

That is the candidate for the lambrequin fabric with that color green rope trim that will be on the bottom edge. You like? You can also see a peek of the Neo Toile fabric in the background.  I found a crazy deal for it online ($11 per yard) so I promptly bought 40 yards.  Yes I know it's a lot but I thought for a minute that I was going to use it in my dining room and then thought the better of it.  It's actually going in my sunroom (if that room ever gets finished) but since I have 40 FREAKIN YARDS of it I thought I might  bring some of it into the foyer.  If I get a minute and can fix my sewing machine I'll make a pillow or two out of it and see how it looks.

And the lambrequin lady came by with a template. So that step is done, but it will still take a few weeks to make.  I framed some of the historical pictures/documents about the house and the blueprint is being framed as well so just waiting on those and the mirrors to put up.  So once again, very little progress but I'm excited to see progress at all, quite frankly.

I'm off to work, but can't wait to check out the Challengers and Linkers to see what everyone has been up to.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week 4

Well I have absolutely no real good news.  My cushion is done but won't arrive in time for today.  Maybe it's best not to reveal too much?  Especially when that might be the only thing done in time for the challenge.  The bench is off to get stripped and stained but the shop had someone quit and the boss's wife yada yada.  Long story short it may not be done in time.  And the lambrequins?  Forget about it.  I could murder the woman who's supposed to be working on them.  So frustrating.  It will all be done in the 8 week version of the ORC.  Ha!  I'm not saying I'm quitting because I'm not a quitter.  I'm just saying that I have very low expectations for completing my foyer.  But, I'll at least be a lot closer to finishing than when I started (that one's for you Linda:).

Here's just a few snippets of what I do have.

No, it's not going there.

That's it.  I know.  Slim pickens.  Well we shall see what will happen...In the meantime go check out the Challengers and Linkers.  God, I hope they've made more progress than I have.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week Three

Well I've been sick for about 9 days.  I finally went to the Dr and turns out I have pneumonia. Damn!  I thought it was taking an abnormally long period of time for me to feel better.  So not a lot got done.  I'll tell you what did go right.  The cushion fabric is out of my hands and is being made as I write this.  Yes!  I also got the rug.  The color is not quite what I was hoping for but the price was just too good to pass up.  It's growing on me though.

Then I found a couple of leopard print pillows for $16 each at Home Goods.  I was going to make them but then I just carried on with my life;).  I'm hoping they work because I really don't have the time (or energy) to do pretty much anything at this point.

When we moved in the house, the previous owner's daughter gave us some old pictures of the house and some information about who first occupied it.  We also have the original blueprint.  I plan on framing these and putting them up as a little homage to the original owners.  

I wonder why anyone in their right mind would have taken the porch off?  Shaking head, rolling eyes.

Now on to the big fat bummer news (besides the fact that I have pneumonia!).  The window treatments. I plan on doing lambrequins.  Exactly like this, to be specific.

Via McGrath II Blog
And no, I'm not tackling these myself.  I'm supposed to approve a template which hasn't even been made  yet so I'm pretty positive that they won't be ready. But then again, never say never.  Whatevs.

First things first though.  I've got to get well.  I haven't had the energy to look at what everyone's been doing, which I'm bummed about, but I'm sure it's all rainbows and sunshine.  So what are you waiting for?  Go check out The One Room Challengers and Linkers.  Go. Now.