Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Chair's New Spot...

I meant to post this a few days ago, but got busy and forgot.  I suffer from a summer break-induced ADD of sorts.  I constantly jump from one project/idea to another.  Keeps things interesting...

As you can see, the new chair is flanking the fireplace along with our new-ish leather chair and ottoman.



She's really comfortable and fun to sit in.  I may or may not turn the chair to face the TV and then quickly whip the chair back around to face Andy on the other side of the room to mutter something like, "The reason I've called this meeting..." several times a night.  The reason I married Andy?  I can almost always get a snicker.  He's a sucker for bad jokes.

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Master Bedroom Updates...

So, before we get started, please understand that this room is far from finished.  But, I finally feel like I have a direction/color scheme to run with, so that's a good start.


It all started with the striped rug.  I found a deal, and I didn't love the carpeting in our bedroom, so I bought it.  That locked me in to using gold/yellow in the room.


I also found the coral pillows at a Marshall's store several months back...which obviously tied me into using coral in the room.


The gray coverlet, white euros, and gold pillow joined the ensemble when my mom came into town.  Luckily for me, Duncan had chewed rabbit holes through our last chocolate-colored coverlet while trying to get to his dog bone, so I was already in the market for a new one.  We spotted all of the items at TJ Maxx, and everything was priced really well.  


Now it might make more sense why my paintings from last week's beach trip had the colors in them that they did.  I was trying to pull the room together.


We have had the white duvet, and I like how it repeats the white again at the end of the bed.  


The storage cubes at the end of the bed are temporary.  I'm trying to decide if we have enough room to put an upholstered storage bench at the foot of the bed (we only have one dresser between the two of us, so some extra bedroom storage would do us some good).


We obviously have some things to change in here.  The red piece you see in the background came from Hobby Lobby 6-7 years ago, and it has seen better days.  I likely need to paint it.  I also updated the hardware on our bedside table that matches the bed and dresser set (to see how I liked an updated look), and I need to make the same move on the dresser's hardware eventually.  We also need curtains, and I am trying to decide between several coral fabric options for that.  

I don't think we are going to paint in this room if at all possible (it isn't an offensive color and is in good shape).  The master bathroom HAS to be painted due to its deep chocolate color, but the ceilings are vaulted in there, so it will be a bear to tackle.  I need to frame my paintings (you can see I am trying out a gold one for now that I picked up at Michael's) and hang them on either side of the bed.  But then I may call the room done.  Our bedroom already feels more finished in only a few months than our last one did in a year, so hopefully I am a few tweaks away from "good enough"!

I also snapped a couple of pictures of the new chair in the living room, so I'll be back tomorrow to share those...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Finds...

While my mom was in town helping me paint, we did take a day or two to shop around town.  We headed to Dogtown Furniture one day after rearranging my living room (and discovering I actually did have room for another full-sized chair--and not just the Target slipper chairs we had been using).  My mom had never been, so it was a good time.  I ended up finding something I really liked...


It doesn't look like much in this iPhone picture, but it is a muted gray/brown herringbone patterned swivel-glider chair.  And boy is it comfy!  I liked the look of it to begin with (and the price tag), but then my mom mentioned that a swivel chair would be neat because I would be putting it in a corner of the living room right next to the TV and the chair could be turned to better see the tube (which let's be honest, that's important).  She also mentioned that at some point down the road it would be useful to have a glider on the main floor for baby rocking purposes.  Although we aren't there yet, that sounded like a good idea.  Rocking a baby AND watching TV on the main floor while you do it...not bad.  Needless to say, after a quick text back and forth with Andy, I loaded her up in the car and headed home.  I should include a picture of this chair in her new home, but that would involve getting my camera, uploading the pic, etc., so we'll just imagine for now, okay?

We also checked out a couple of Rome's antique stores while my mom was in.  There are actually several in town, and we were really pleasantly surprised with the two that we chose to visit.  We found several furniture pieces we liked, but I had already spent my wad the day before on the chair.  So, I came home with a little 8 dollar find...


It's a signed print of a statue in the Myrtle Hill Cemetery in town.  It's quite the landmark in Rome, so I thought it was a smart purchase.  I also have a thing for these types of statues (I typically take several pictures of statues like these when Andy and I visit cemeteries when we travel).


The frame was really cheap (and scotch-taped at the bottom), so I popped the print into an old frame I had around the house.  The print landed on a small wall between the living room and kitchen.  Not bad for eight bucks.

So those are our latest finds around these parts.  I've also made several changes in our bedroom decor lately that I'll try to show this week.  Off to run errands!

Monday, June 17, 2013

St. George Island Trip

Well, we returned last night from a trip to the beach with my family.  We had a great time relaxing, bike riding, swimming, eating seafood, watching movies, playing games, and much more.  I only wish we hadn't had to come home!  Poor Andy is already back to the grind today.  Here are some random photos from the week...


Ahh, the beach.  Andy snapped this on our last morning...



We had stayed in this beach house before, but had never noticed this sign.  Does number 7 really need to be said?


Connor met the perfect girl at the grocery...


I painted a picture for our master bedroom...


And another...


Murphy will wear just about anything you put on her when she's tired...


When my brother and Andy get together, they collectively lose brain cells.  Rather than walking around the fence to get the ball they lost, they chose to try to use pool cleaning equipment to pull it back over the fence.  It took forever, but they were ridiculously proud of themselves when they got it back.  


We found out that my childhood bestie (named Megan too) was also on the island the same week.  Andy, my mom, and I went to visit with them on the beach one morning.  I finally got to meet her sweet girls and catch up.  Andy got some baby snuggling in too!  It was such a fun reunion...


On our last day, we hopped in the van and headed to Wakulla Springs...


We had heard about their glass bottom boat tours, so we bought our tickets and showed up for our boat time to find...that we were on a metal-bottomed boat.


But we had fun anyway!


Although our guide was overly excited about all of the rare birds we were seeing on our tour, we had our eyes out for alligators.  We got a little closer to one than we wanted to (still not sure she was the best boat driver), but it was really neat.


The trees were so cool...


And the water was so clear.  It reminded me of the Caribbean...


People were swimming not far from here...in the same water that the alligators were swimming in.  No thank you.


And the obligatory kid picture with the sign.  Only Andy and Chuck got the memo about pointing to the sign with me.

We had a great week and are very grateful to my parents for hosting us.  It was a blast!  We also had a photographer take some family photos, so hopefully they will be worthy of sharing in a few weeks when I get them.  Thanks again for taking us, Mom and Dad!!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

GIANT Painting Project...COMPLETE!!!

After two very long days of painting, my mom and I knocked out the foyer/vaulted living room/kitchen painting.  Things look much better around here--much cleaner and fresher.  We've also updated the living room layout quite a bit, so it almost feels like a new first floor.  Hopefully my mediocre pictures will do the work justice...


Here is a picture of our 18 foot ladder that was used for trim out.  Scary!!!  And yes, my mom and I put this baby up on the wall all by ourselves.  


We also rented a 12 foot step ladder for some of the lower, but still high, trim work (which you can see in the picture of Andy below).  Getting that puppy home in my mom's van was super fun.


Here is a picture of my mom tackling that bear of a big wall.  Three complete coats on this wall...at least.


Yes, this is a work shot of Andy to prove that he did pitch in when he got home in the evenings. 

And the dogs?  What did they do?


Yep, they were tons of help.  Duncan had to wear his Thunder Shirt to deal with all of the big ladders and rearranging of furniture.  Pretty sure he thought we were moving again...poor dog.

Here are the after pictures...












As you'll notice, I didn't really clean up the kitchen for the pictures.  It was command central during painting, and I never really got around to cleaning it up afterwards.  I need to get on that.

A huge thanks to my mom for all of the help!  I could have never done it without you!  Thanks to Andy for allowing me to talk myself into crazy projects that involve LOTS of paint and giant ladders.