September 28, 2010

We're Moving Again!

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I've been wanting to update the blog for a long time now. I hope you love the new & improved real estate style!

September 26, 2010

hanging tough

That's what I renamed the New Kids on the Block song, "Hangin' Tough" today.

This is what our formal living room looked like this morning. Pictures not hung, lamps on floor, and boxes of books hidden behind the chair.
This room has the furniture that was in our living room on Bieze Street. We were lucky with the paint color. It really does match perfectly!
My first task was to hang the coral prints. I have been avoiding this. Hanging a grouping of pictures takes patience, and a measuring tape. I love to eyeball things.
I laid the frames on the floor to get an idea of the spacing I wanted.

These prints are from Got them about two years ago.
Sidenote-bookcase is finally full of old law books. I am glad the old book trend is hot right now.

Next, I taped paper on the wall for the measuring to begin.

The great thing about these frames, is the movable wire. You can adjust very easily if your nails aren't perfectly level.
Frames were from IKEA a few years back.
I didn't like how low I hung the bottom pictures. See the one on the bottom right. All I had to do was adjust the wire, and I was set!
The big reveal.
Here's a view of the room a few hours later. The coffee tables are acting as temporary side tables for now. We brought in another one of our coffee tables. {I washed the pillow covers on the sofa}
The Martha Washington chair on the right is from an estate sale. I need to get it recovered, so I'm testing out this Kelly Wearstler Faux Imperial Trellis fabric.

Then it was to other rooms. This is our breakfast room below. Hung a few things here. I am planning to repaint this room a light, neutral color when we do the family room.

After the breakfast room, came the master bedroom. I am so happy that our master bedroom was already painted a color that's basically the same as our old house. We have a fireplace, and two built in bookcases. I found a spot for the leftover law books that wouldn't fit up front.
I hung our egg prints over the mantle. They are a tad small, but at least they're up! Maybe I'll add more.
Last but not least is my office. This room is opposite the foyer from the formal living room. It has a LONG way to go, but I hung my old Whippet print until I figure out what direction this room is going.
It was a productive Sunday, and in case you're wondering-we have 7 fireplaces, so I will need more art!!

September 23, 2010

home office

One of the great things about our new house is my office. It is one of the large, front, formal living rooms. Now if a client needs to meet me here, they can come in the front door or the porte cochere side door. They won't have to walk through the entire house like my last one.

The bad thing about this is, my office is one of the first rooms seen when entering our house. I have kind of been ignoring it until now. This is the only room that still has unpacked boxes. Yikes!! My newest design dilemma is how to make my home office look more like a formal living space. When I say formal, I don't really mean formal....maybe "stylish living space?"

This is my old office below. Loved it. Fun, bright, and functional.

It is a bad picture, but the large white desk isn't working for me now. I'm thinking more along the lines of a smaller desk, and a non-rolling chair. Kind of like this one below.

*Call me if you want to buy a large white desk :)
{Has a file drawer on the left, a center drawer, and two drawers on the right.}

image via cottage living

This picture is my new all time favorite for an office look! Erika of Urban Grace is the designer, and it was featured in Southern Living a few months back.
This has me thinking of stylish storage solutions. Let me know if you see any painted secretaries for sale like this! I also think the idea of a skirted table might work. Maybe my desk could be skirted, or possibly a table that could cover my printer, and all that boring office equipment.

So now for some great options. They all come from Wisteria.
tall gray bookcase

light wood cupboard

Maybe a Louis chair for my desk.

Love the french settee.
I am picturing a french country flair for this room.

french colonial chair

french directoire

LOVE this one. french country breakfront

gothic style cupboard

dutch breakfront
Did I tell you I am now a registered buyer at the Mart? Big things in the pipeline...Promise to share more soon!

September 21, 2010

some house pics

First, you must see another Whippet picture. Savannah's lip gets stuck, and her fangs hang out. We think it's pretty funny.
I will admit, it's been tough to find time for blogging. With our old house sold, we have finally had a chance to relax and enjoy the new place. For a few minutes here and there.

This past weekend we had our first house guests. Everything went great, and we can't wait to have more! Since the upstairs was clean, and decently organized, I thought I would show a bedroom.

I call this guest bedroom 1. It's upstairs in the original, front part of the house. We think the house was built around 1850, and at that time would have only had 2 bedrooms upstairs.

This room has lots of character with the sloping ceilings, and fireplace. We have seven fireplaces now. If anyone has any suggestions on where to buy cheap {and good looking} firescreens let me know!

The wallpaper in this room is a very small and light aqua floral print. We had the previous seller leave the carpet since it was cut for the room. For the record I would like to state that the upstairs is going to be the last domain when it comes to redecorating. If I didn't start showing you pictures as is, you might never see them!

The curtains were also already here. I took down a floral valance, and left the panels. They are a small stripe. This house was full of traversing {sp} curtain rods. I am becoming a huge fan of these! It's so easy to open and close the curtains! This house isn't full of blinds, so the curtains were functional. I do not intend to put up blinds either. Since we are pretty private up here, I like having the windows open for light and the view.
So, we already had all the furniture that is in this room. The only purchase was the $9 pillow from American Mills. It has a bird to tie in with the bird tiles on the fireplace. That's all for now. I again apologize for the slow posting. I am working on revamping the blog as far as look and design. We also have a new business idea in the pipeline. I promise to post details when I am a little further in!

September 9, 2010

first project-complete!

Get ready to be amazed!
Well, not really. It's just a little before and after of our new laundry room aka closet.
Our laundry was located in the basement of our old house. I had tons of space! Now, we have a small closet off of the kitchen.

I hate to complain since it's in a convenient locale. The new laundry closet also has some cabinets. I decided to remove the cab doors. This should allow easier access to everything. I decided in the process to throw a coat of paint on everything. I used bright white paint we already had, the olive color on our old interior doors, and Ben Moore's Palladian Blue {half formula} from our old master bedroom.

If I am going to spend countless hours with my head in this area, why not have a nicer view?
The shelves were painted olive, because I figured they would wear better over time than if they were white.

Now our paper towels and mismatched dog towels are very handy. I also took an idea from my mom. She keeps flower vases in her laundry room cabinets. This freed up some space in the new pantry. That's another project. Needs paint, new shelving, etc.
I know this first project isn't that exciting, but I figured if it wasn't done before moving in, that it never would happen!

Totally off topic. How cute is this? The best house warming gift ever! Thanks D & M!

September 8, 2010

we've moved!

This was the old house during the packing process. It's amazing how many boxes we used.

Every now and then, we would have to take a break.

While the movers where loading the truck, the girls and I took some stuff to the new house. Pillows, bedding, etc.
They liked the sea of softness.
Once we were moved, the work began.
We replaced the front portion of the roof. They are almost finished.
The picture above, was the before picture.
We also changed/added some fencing in the backyard.
Lots of gates.

Sophie is a big fan of St. Augustine grass.

Savannah is a fan of our larger yard.
I just got internet yesteryday. It has been crazy not having access. We really are settled in pretty good. Now I have to work on my office. Stay with me, just a little more time, and I will get back into blogger mode!


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