I’m giving a big sigh of satisfaction now that I can say we are officially “settled”….or at least enough to have hosted a big family event last night, with tons of compliments and all around fun at at our newly renovated house. It was one of those events that forced us to finish all of those lingering unfinished projects…hanging closet doors, changing light fixtures, sewing curtains, painting random walls that for some reason got left out during the week-long paint-a-thon. Installing stair treads. Ya know, little things. :)
But those little things add up, and it was a real challenge it was to meet the party deadline! I can honestly say I was dripping with sweat, hot gluing new roman shades together and helping the hubby re-install the iron stair railings, less than an hour before guests began to arrive. But we finished! And it feels amazing to relax today! (sans cleaning up party debris).
Do you guys mind if I share a few pics? I’ll shout it from the mountaintops! SO SO SO SO SO grateful for our new home! It’s a joy to cozy it all up! Truly…I know I’m a bit fanatical about decorating, or maybe all women are this way? Or maybe I’m just slightly obsessive compulsive AND I love decorating, which of course equals an obsessive decorator. Every wall needs a picture, every chair needs a pillow, every tabletop needs a pretty vase of flowers and an antique tea set. That’s just how I roll.
First up, living room. Here’s what it looked like before (took this pic at a showing, so this is the previous owner’s decor).
And here it is now! Oh, I just love spending time in this room! So happy! So fresh!
I still can’t believe I snagged that antique trunk at a garage sale for $30!!!
This might be Mr. Dock’s favorite spot…his cozy reading chair.
Another garage sale score….got the old fan at a yard sale down the street for $1. I threw them a buck and ran!!!
Here’s the staircase sans dingy carpet…sat this way for a couple of weeks, hoping and praying, I’m sure, for some love.
And here’s the staircase after.
Dining room….featuring Grandma’s old chandelier. She says her and Grandpa bought it together for their 50th wedding anniversary. Such an honor to have it in our home. And they weren’t joking with that solid brass. Even without the crystals, it took both Russ and I to lift and install it….might weigh more than the table.
The girls room of course, with, as usual, more yard sale treasures. Nora spotted this cute 1960s pink chair at a yard sale as we were driving to lunch one day….$10! The perfect bedtime story chair.
If you know me, you know I’ve got an unhealthy obsession with wall collages. I do. I can admit it.
And my day-of-party super easy diy Roman shades for the kitchen!!!!! If you haven’t tried these, you simply MUST. They are super super easy DIY Roman shades using an old crappy mini blind (you remove the slats and just use the basic structure of the blind). I used THIS tutorial and found it totally easy to follow. The only change I made was omitting her step of gluing the shade to the back of the mini blind and then using an extra strip of fabric to cover the front. In my blinds, the pull cords came out the bottom (underside) of the top piece, so gluing to the front was no problem. Plus, I love that the cords are hidden behind the fabric, and it’s no trouble to pull the shade forward when I want to grab the cord and open or close them.
I know I shared a pic of the front room last week, but here it is with a big more bling. Some of my vintage floral plate collection displayed above the window, some silver candlesticks, and a little bit of wall art. What in the world should I do on that far wall behind the table? I like those 2 lamps at the end of the table, but they are completely baffling me in terms of how to address the wall. Art above the lamps? Feels kinda high. Hmmm….would love your ideas!
Decided to soften this little sitting area by hanging a couple of my favorite old quilts from the railing, and I just love it!!! The double wedding ring is a family heirloom, and the dresden is a treasure that I snagged at a local flea market. I just can’t bear for quilts this pretty to sit in a linen closet or a chest, tucked away and rarely seen….so much work and emotion went into them, and they should be admired! I love that these gorgeous quilts are the very first thing you see when you walk into my house.
Well, there’s the house-cozying wrap up! So glad you stopped by to check out what in the world I’ve been up to (seemingly in hiding!) for the past 2 weeks. Now, time to relax and enjoy summer! We’re swimming, reading in our hammock, and sewing! Excited to share another Sugar Block with you, and announce the winners of the Andover giveaway on Monday!