Saturday, January 14, 2017

Living Room


This space has turned out to be my favorite in the house.  Have a look.
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Before
The blue grey in here was the first thing we painted.  I worried a little at first that it would be too dark, and then I was surprised that it was more blue and less grey than I expected it to be, but I absolutely loved it.  With the white trim it has such a classic feel to it.  It's so neat and clean.  I love the back of our front door.  It's got this beautiful red-oak finish, and all this carving.  For some reason though, no one carved the front and they painted it this flat confederate blue.  So sad.  I'd kinda like to move it to our room at some point, and repaint the outside, since the door at the office opens to the outside on the side of the house.  And get a door with a big glass piece in it, to let more light into the living room area.  Again down the road.  The only other thing I would change about the space is at some point, we do want to change the tile floor out for wood, and we can't decide if we'd prefer the red oak finish or the dark wood finish.

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When it came to setting up the room though, it took me a little longer to figure out what to do here.  Since we weren't able to pull down the wall before we moved in due to the delay in closing, it left me scrambling to try to figure out where things would go.  Dad and Gary have this move things once policy.  And since I was trying to do the bare minimum of lifting this pregnancy, I needed to make decisions as much as possible while Gary had help there.  Turns out the furniture fits the space even better than I had thought it might.

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With the front door and screened porch lined up with the french doors and the back porch (which is also screened in), I can get a great cross breeze during the day, and even with the porches we are getting a surprising amount of light.  The front of the house faces almost due South, a little Southwest-ish maybe, and of course all the white trim helps brighten up the room.


I have all of our favorite pictures hung up in here.  Nearly everything in this room has been a gift.  there is the Bible verse from the Mizells that Sis. Lori Gowens made.  There is another Bible verse from my Secret Sister, Sis. Carol Rowel.  There is the verse from Be Still My Soul that Sis. Lydia Crouse got for us.  And the three pictures on the other side of the tv, were all gifts when we got married.  One of them Sis. Kelly Spezzano made for me.  Right by the door is a small plaque about family that Old Carrol gave us (I believe Sis. Wanda picked it out).  There is also the bird picture that use to hang above my parents couch when I was small, a picture I learned to count with.  This is where all the pottery Aunt Cindy made for me sits.  And during Christmas I had my manger scene out here.  Everything just feels so comfy about the space.


It's also more in the middle of our floor plan.  The kids rooms to one side, the dining and kitchen to the other, guest room sort off the side of it along with the big screened in back porch.  I can have the kids doing school at the dining room table while I work.  I can read in my big chair while they play on the back porch.  They can watch Netflix while I work in the kitchen.  It's just a really great spot.  I have mentioned several times now, but I absolutely love how the layout works for us in this house.


The living room is currently L shaped as long as the wall remains in place.  I was at a real loss what to do with the smaller leg of the L.  For Christmas at least I decided I wanted to keep the fireplace.  It was a real eyesore before, several different color schemes going on - pink inside, the greys and browns on the outside stone, that off white/pale cream on the top and the hearth.  Alot of places where the finish was completely knocked off, dingy, and full of cat fur.  Memaw even accidentally vacuumed up a dead mouse out of the fireplace.  It seemed to fit really well on the smaller wall, so Dad and Gary with alot of effort and some piano rollers moved it across the room for me.  I decided if it was going to sit there for Christmas pictures that I at least wanted to try to clean it up and touch up the paint.  After I was finished, it looked so much better that I've decided to keep it.  That wall is where we are hanging all of the really nice family pictures we had made back in the fall.  And I even have a frame set aside and saved for Kate.


On the opposite wall for now, I have the last two book cases.  One has some fun books as the kids get older, and the board books for Kate.  The rest of their school stuff that didn't fit in the big cabinet is in the other bookshelf.  I had school stuff at the last house on the two small shelves that Britt has in his room, and they were really too cramped.  So, this works better.  I also have the rockers in here, and have spent alot of time reading to Rebecca since the move.  The others like for me to read, but she can't get enough of it.  She often wakes me up in the morning with a book in her hand.  She reminds me of myself more and more each day, and not only in the worst way.




This wall, currently has the tiniest good for nothing closet, and the AC thermostat, so taking it out will be a little more work.  But again, this will do for now.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Laundry Room



The same night that Gary hung my blinds in the laundry room, he also hung the shelves and hooks back up in the laundry room for me.  So the tiny room, that should have been super easy and a fast one to finish, was one of the last ones on the priority list.
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We ran into a couple of snags in this room.  The first was that somehow in the move our old washer had the dispenser tray break off.  It was already cracked, but when it finished breaking off, the washer was dumping all the water it pumped back behind the tub where the dispenser use to be.  Gary tried several things to force the tub further back, but when it started it's rotation it would stay back.  So, off we went to replace it.  We found the replacement for a good deal, but it took us a little time.  It was money hadn't initially planned to spend, and it left me washing clothes at the laundrymat or Mom and Dad's for a few weeks.


The other issue, is that the paneling in this wall moves back and forth quite abit, so I was a little worried about hanging the same shelves back up on the wall.  We tried the sturdy shelves from Mom and Dad, but the post that help them stay in place were just too long.  They wouldn't fit around the sink.  We debated keeping the sink or not.  Taking it out would give us so much more space in there for acutal storage, and as it is the water comes at little more than a trickle.  However, Aunt Joanna when they were here suggested taking some of the stone paint and giving it a speckled rock finish, and repainting the stand.  I like the idea, but I'd have to find some of the paint, and I'm not sure how much trouble it will be.  I also have a tough time fitting around the sink right now, with my pregnant belly.  So maybe that will be a project for down the road.


It took a little time to decide on a color.  I love the green/blue color that Bro. Chris and Sis. Lydia have in their house, but I wasn't sure how it would go with everything else in the house.  I also, typically have looked for cooler colors to make the space look bigger, but totally threw that out the window this time.  The color is the same as the office, though it looks a little different in here, due to the paneling.  When I was painting this space, I was a little worried, with less light it looks more crimson.  A color that I'm not fond of as an Auburn fan.  But I think it all turned out very nice.  Despite again, not being quite the shade I was initially going for.


So with the original shelves cleaned up and hung back up and some of the hooks hung back on the wall, it looks pretty neat and organized.  At some point I might like to find a pin board to hang over the drier.  I have some papers on how to wash my LulaRoe, and a cheat sheet for more Norwex projects that I'd like to be able to hang up and not have to shuffle through a stack of papers to find, and that's when I'm not knocking them behind the hot water heater and trying to climb under the sink to reach them.  There's not tons of room on laundry day.  I typically leave the folding door open and have my piles in everyones hampers, some inside the door and some into the hallway.  But it's not a big deal.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My Office and Library Space


Last night after we got back from our busy day in town, I found the final piece of my Christmas had arrived.  It was something I got for organizing my craft stuff near my desk.  At the old house, I had the desk up against the big bay window, and I used all that window as extra storage space.  I don't have that here, so I was having a little trouble getting everything organized in a usable fashion.  The solution was to get two items I had been eyeing for a little while with my Christmas money.  So I finished up the space last night, and wala!

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Before
You may or may not have noticed when I took the photos of our bedroom, that there was one side that wasn't photographed.  That's because it is completely open to what was designated as an office space.  I almost immediately new that this is where I wanted all my good books and my desk.  I have a clear sight line down the hall toward the rest of the house, but it's outside of the of the main bustle of the rest of the house, so I can have quiet to think.  These windows also look across the bulk of the backyard, so it's a good place to watch the kids from while I work.  I don't have as good of a view of the backyard from anywhere but the back porch.











The one challenge with this room, was that I needed to be able to find a way to differentiate the space from our bedroom area.  I finally settled on painting it differently.  We were using lots of red in accent colors in our room, mostly pulling from a blanket that Gary really liked that we use on the bed. So, we looked at the two reds in the paint book we had.  We felt like going dark, would work in the space due to the large windows, and the white trim looks amazing against it.  I was going for a slightly more muted rustic red, but apparently we got the other red from the page mixed.  I like it, even though it wasn't quite what I was shooting for.














My big pretty bookcases covers most of the space on the one wall without windows.  Since we added the 6 white bookcases around the house.  I went through my books.  I gave some of my childhood favorites to the kids.  Britt got the least, he ended up with all my Matt Christopher sports books.  I gave Ruth all of the American Girl series, she has really enjoyed them.  Rebecca got all the horse books and my Beverly Cleary books - because if there is anyone out there like Ramona it's Rebecca.  Having one of the white bookshelves in our bedroom for some of our more fun reading books, gave me more room on my nice shelves for more churchy books from Granddaddy, and it also gave me an empty shelf to place all of Abigail's things.  And of course all my literature and history books are near the bottom of that shelf still. Her glass angel was broke in the move, but everything else is on the shelf.  The white furniture also looks really good in the space I think.  When I was painting everything else white, I also painted our little filing cabinet/printer stand to match.  The rolling organizer in the corner is one of the new pieces I got with my Christmas money, it holds alot of washi and still has plenty of room for my scrapbooking paper and the like.  The little mint/pale teal caddy is another piece I have wanted for a few years, that I got with Christmas money.  It currently holds all of my stickers, mailing supplies, and misc desk items that I need.














It's a great space for my planning, for doing bills, and lesson planning.  In the evenings if I'm still working when Gary is ready to watch tv, or relax, I can hang out with him while I work.  And since the tv pivots on an angle from the wall, sometimes I watch tv more than work.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dining Room


We finished up the dining room on Monday.  The last thing Gary had to do was to hang the three blinds in the window.

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I mentioned in the kitchen post that I used this blue grey color in all of the common areas.  It looks a little different in the dining room area.  For one thing there is more light in there and for another about half of the room or so is paneling instead of the heavily textured drywall that's everywhere else in the house.  The paint looks a little different on it.   But like so much of the house, a clean coat of paint and white, white trim does wonders for it.











The other thing that totally transformed this room was taking out the huge cabinets.  I already mentioned that I have used the 6 bookcases around the house.  They were all painted white.  There are two in the girl's rooms, and of course you saw the one in our room.  We took the back off the fourth and put it in the bathroom.  The last two are in the living room area.  The cabinets are holding kids toys on the back porch now.  The wall was really open without the cabinet overwhelming the space.  Of course with the fridge sitting in here, it's a little bit unbalanced looking now.  I love all of the space in this room though.  We can pull all the chairs out from the table and still have plenty of room to walk around.Right now I have nearly all the school stuff in the big cabinet in this room.  I've thought about trying to add one more shelf inside it to hold a few more small things.  Especially since the larger section is really bigger than it needs to be.  I still really love this cabinet.  It looks nice and it closes up to hide all that STUFF.  I have a couple of items out next to it, that I need to be able to get into.  Would rather have them out of sight too, but I don't have some place else readily in mind to put them.


One of the odd things about this room is that they cut a hole in the wall to plug the microwave into an extension cord to plug it in on this side of the wall.  This is the wall that we want to take out.  For now though I have the chess table and a couple of chairs there. I also have the kids school posters up there for the time being.


Other than that I just have the china cabinet and my spoon racks up as usual.  I also hung two of the shelves and placed some of the glasses we've collected around the country over the years on them.  Gary has often complained that I keep those glasses that he likes tucked in the bottom of the china cabinet so I thought this was a good way to display them.  The table was especially pretty at Christmas.  Now it just looks a little plain, and I'm trying to think of what to do with it. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Half Way Through

1-9, 20 weeks, 2 days

I mentioned on Instagram when I shared my first pregnancy photo yesterday that I had wanted to document this pregnancy because with Abigail we had such few photos and posts. But, at the same time, I have been really hesitant about doing either. Not sure why.  I suppose for the same reason, I've drug my feet about buying anything for this pregnancy or for Kate.  For Christmas I got a 31 Bag gift card.  I had thought about buying a few more things for the house, but found that I had pretty much everything I needed, and thought instead I'd like to get a diaper bag.  During the outlet sale right before the end of the year, I ordered a few items on sale.  But even as I did I was think how I could re-purpose this stuff, if we didn't get to take Kate home with us.  Likewise by last week it was getting to the point that practically nothing fit, and I especially needed some dresses for the rest of this pregnancy.  A few friends mentioned that I should check out LulaRoe that it was great in that it would stretch for pregnancy, was super comfortable, and then would be fine after pregnancy, not permanently stretched out.  So on Sunday, I met up with a family friend who is selling it.  And I was so incredibly impressed.  All those ladies that told me I needed some LulaRoe for pregnancy weren't kidding. I might be willing to get rid of all my bluejeans. And I live in those.  I bought a few items, with the idea in mind, that they weren't solely for pregnancy.  I found a couple of skirts on sale online with Motherhood Maternity.  I had also planned to buy some nursing shirts last time, and managed to find some really nice ones at the best price around from Milk Nursingwear.  So I made took a leap of faith, and ordered them.  They came in this week, and they looked so nice, I especially like the look and feel of the nursing shirts.  Now I just need to get my mind together enough to find a new carseat, and see if there is anything else that we need to get this time around.


We had a good appointment yesterday.  Half way through, and no concerns so far, other than in my mind.  I got too see her heartbeat on the ultrasound and she was sleeping just like Ruth with her hand up by her cheek.  At one point, Raj (our ultrasound guy at the OB office) was trying to get her to shift so we could try to get a good 3D picture.  And all we got for our efforts, was her tilting her head back with a very big, very long yawn.  He laughed and asked did I see that yawn.  I told him it looked just like her big brother the day before in Church with his loud and dramatic yawns.  It was cute to see her do it.  He told me too, looks like she's going to be long legged.

12-21, 17 weeks , 4 days on our way to our gender ultrasound.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Our Bedroom and Master Bath


Our bedroom has been more or less finished for a few weeks.  In fact it was the first room that was pretty much done.  However, I had to wait a while for Gary to get around to hanging our big roman shade and curtains, and then I needed him to hang the shelf.  Night before last, I got impatient and hung the last of the photos in this room, but don't tell him.  I want him to continue thinking that I don't do that job.  Don't worry he won't notice because he's hung so much stuff in the last 2 weeks, he can't remember where or what he's hung.  In fact tonight's to do list includes hanging more stuff.

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This room had only one possible layout so I didn't spend alot of time trying to figure out where to place things.  (For that matter all the rooms seemed to have one place the bed would work best so there wasn't too much debate there.)  I went back and forth on room color, but Gary said he wanted a brown room, a light brown.  I was skeptical, because I'm not a huge fan of neutrals.  I like color, and brown is definitely not a pretty color.  But there was a sand-tan color on the booklet where I found all the other colors except the one for the girls' room, so I decided to go with it.  We used it in our bedroom, and in the master bathroom, (which was previously a pale purple) and our closets in the bathroom (which was previously hunter green).  We have just enough pops of red in our room to liven it up - in the bedspread, in the chairs, etc. 














One of the more time consuming projects in this room was repainting furniture.  We had black bedside tables that we bought in Indiana, and I decided to repaint them white to match my desk.  You can't see it but behind me in most of these pictures is my office space.  I'll post that when I finish it up.  Also, the previous owner left behind a large desk shelving unit in the dining room.  We disassembled it and I painted all 6 of the bookcases white.  One of them is under our tv, to hold books, and the DirectTV box and DVD player.  I have an empty space for a 31 tote that I won.  I'm planning to put it on that bottom shelf to hold some things that need a home.  I also have another 31 tote (the catch all basket) which I LOVE in the corner to hold some misc stuff.  I imagine that in a few more months it'll hold diapers and wipes for our room.  It's in the corner next to the cradle.

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I love all the grey in this room, and I really love our new shades and curtains.  The big window that lets in so much light is a real plus for that room.  But at night, there is a street light that was shining right in my face all night for a month and a half.  Gary got them hung, which obviously fixed that, but when they are down the window is still such a pretty focal point of the room.  I hung a few of my favorite pictures in our bedroom.  My favorites of the kids are near our bed, and our wedding photo is near the tv.

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I really didn't do much in the bathroom other than painting it.  Oh, and I did take the purple inserts in the lights down and replaced it when we It is laid out really odd though.  I wouldn't have personally designed one like that, there's so much space, but it's sorta wasted space.  In fact there was so much space that I put one of the cabinets that we painted in there to hold towels.  And I even ended up hanging our photos from our honeymoon in there because it seriously was so empty and odd looking.  It's the same color scheme from our bedroom.















Our bathroom has a really deep whirlpool tub.  I've only used it a few times.  But it's nice to get in the bathtub and have the water cover my very pregnant stomach.  The cabinets around the sinks are a little odd too, since they stick out into the walk way, but they have a ton of storage in them.  That has been an issue in every house we've lived in, because we've either had very little storage in our bathroom, or even all shared a single bathroom.