Friday, December 14, 2018

The Living Room

I should be blogging about our Christmas decor.  Except we don't have anything yet!
Instead, I'm just going to share our new living room since it's one of the few rooms that feels done.

Luckily, when we moved in, our furniture fit perfectly.
There wasn't much to do here but paint the walls a neutral cream that matched the existing woodwork like I did in the dining room.

Here is the before photo.  
Thank goodness, the floor is in really good shape. although I did have it buffed and a new coat of polyurethane was added.

I considered having bookshelves custom built on either side of the fireplace, mainly because there were built-ins originally, based on the floor patch.

Instead, I ordered two matching bookcases from Restoration Hardware.

We have so many books, so these were clearly a necessity!
I had fun organizing our books and staging the cabinets with favorites objects.

The fireplace mantel is a work in progress.
I had the electrician install the sconces because this room needs all the light it can get.

I can't quite commit to hanging the paintings yet.

This room is constantly evolving.
Adding books, candles, pillows, as well as rearranging here and there.

Here is the room right after we moved in.... it is now.  
I just keep layering!
So glad I saved the draperies from the San Francisco house as they work perfectly in both the living and dining room.

We actually use this room!  It's cozy and that's what we like.
What's next?
I'm currently working on converting the fireplace to gas so we can sit in here by the fire during the winter months.

Hopefully, I'll get around to decking the halls before Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Field Trip to Magnolia Market

 Last week, my daughter and I visited Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas.
I've been a fan of Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna ever since their show debuted on HGTV.
 Magnolia did not disappoint!

Everything is so perfect, from the raised garden beds and potting shed to the food trucks and shopping at the Silos.

The potting shed was filled with the most wonderful clay pots, candles, books, dishtowels and dishes.
I clearly needed to buy another suitcase if I bought everything I loved!

We ordered lunch from one of the food trucks on site.
Nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup!
Talk about comfort food!

After lunch, we ventured in to the main building to shop.

It was so overwhelming!
Everything is perfectly merchandised and everywhere you look is pure eye candy.

Lots of inspiration here. 
The counters are thick concrete, backsplash is classic subway.  

I think we came at the right time because the whole store was decked out for Christmas.
Love that black shiplap wall!

Outside, people were lounging in stripe beanbag chairs, children playing kick ball and Christmas music was in the air.
What a fun day!

Visiting Magnolia was definitely high on my bucket list.
I can check that box now!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Dining Room

The dining room has been the easiest and most rewarding room so far to decorate.
Before we moved in, I had the walls painted the same color as the trim for a clean look.
This room is the most visible room, so I've been keeping it filled with flowers and plants.
The orchids are the latest.

The sideboard is new, from Restoration Hardware.  I knew from the beginning that this was the one to fill that nook!
I'll eventually hang that mirror.

The day the new chandelier was hung, was like Christmas!
I could barely contain myself!

I chose the "Paris Flea Market" chandelier from Visual Comfort.
I like the gilded finish and its airy vibe.  Not too heavy.
Notice the drapes?
They're repurposed from our house in San Francisco.
So glad I saved them!

What's next?
Woven shades for a layered look.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Monday, November 19, 2018

A Blank Slate

 When we got the keys and were able to see the house without the staging furniture, it was a little daunting.
Everything looked tired, but I viewed it as a blank slate.  Most of the rooms just needed a fresh coat of paint, like the living room above.

The sunroom off the living room was destined to be my favorite room.
The shutters are beautiful, but I think that window is even more beautiful!
What should I do, I wonder?

 The dining room is large.  Those doors need to go though and a new chandelier is in order.
What is that room off the dining room?
It's a dish room/bar/office.

 I especially love the French doors in the dining room.
Not sure if they will ever open, but I plan on keeping them even though they're pretty rough.

The kitchen.
No comment.

 One of the guest rooms.
Fresh paint for sure.  I wonder what's under that carpet?

The master bathroom.
So much space dedicated to the toilet.  So little to the tiny shower.
What if we reversed that?

No hesitation there.  This was priority number one, and exactly what we did.
Before we moved in, we gutted the bathroom and it's actually nearing completion.
Stay tuned for before and after photos.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Plan

When I was eight years old, I found a book of house plans at my grandparent's house.
I would sit for hours poring over each floor plan, imagining the possibilities.
The floor plan for our new old house intrigues me the same way.  I've stared at it for hours, imagining a wall opened up here, a bathroom reconfigured there.  

The family room is "Bedroom 4" on the floor plan.
It probably was a bedroom in its previous life.
It looks nice professionally staged and photographed for the listing.

 Once the staging furniture left, reality set in.  It looked tired and dingy.
In fact, the whole house did!
Not to be discouraged, I was lucky to find an amazing contractor who will tear down that wall and connect the kitchen, creating that proverbial "open concept" idea.

My attempt to visualize the room on the computer.
The kitchen designer comes tomorrow at 9 to see the space and hopefully come up with a great plan.
Ready, set go!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Going Home

 Thomas Wolfe wrote the novel, You Can't Go Home Again.  In it, the main character realizes "You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to the escapes of Time and Memory." 
I certainly believed that!

That's until one day we realized that while we left our community four years ago and embarked on a search for a new lifestyle, it wasn't working.
We missed our friends and family.
It was time to go "home."

Once we made our minds up, we found a fixer upper only a block away from our old home.
It is a single story, 1924 Normandy style cottage that needs everything!
The previous owners lived here for 40 years until they went into a retirement home.

It has great bones and a floor plan.  There's a back deck that is perfect for entertaining.
Nevermind that the deck is rotten!

Let's go inside and take a peek. 
The living room is to the left of the entry...

...with a sunroom next to it.

The dining room on the other side of the entry.
I love the French doors that look out to the front porch with its canvas awning.

 The master bedroom opens to the deck in the back.
It has a bathroom and walk-in closet.

There is a family room that also opens to the deck.
In true HGTV fashion, I plan to knock out the wall behind the sofa and create an "open concept" kitchen/family room.  
It was another selling point to this house.

The kitchen. 
I just want to point out that all of these photos are shot to make the house look bigger and to sell the house.  
This kitchen is tiny and not functional.  
A remodel is definitely in its future!

Since buying this house, I've replaced the roof.  I've gutted the master bathroom, which is nearing completion.  California Closets created a very functional master closet.  The interior has been painted and there is a huge landscape project underway.
We moved in about a month ago, so we're living through the reno.  
I'm planning on blogging again to share this project with the few readers that are still there.
Will you follow along as I take this old lady and gussy her up?

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