Monday, July 23, 2012

Next Project - Dining Room

I don't typically get much done in the house in the summertime.  I have a list of projects a mile long, but we have a pool now and that seems to take priority over everything else. 

Part of the reason I haven't started a new project is that I'm never sure where to start.  Do I do the entryway, the front room, the dining room...  You see when the list is long, I get overwhelmed and sort of stall out.  The hubs and I talked and decided on the dining room.  The main reason we decided on the dining room, is that it is a contained space.  See sometimes, when I do projects, I don't finish one before starting another one, and that drives my husband crazy. 

So, here is the Dining Room when we moved in:

See the lovely wallpaper?  Eveyone that comes over tells me how much they love the birds and they would keep them...well I hate them and they are going bah-bye...

Don't get me wrong, I'm quite sure that in 1965 this was top of the line wallpaper.  It has a metallic sheen and is super thick, but to me it just screams 1965...and I just can't keep it.

I don't know if I've said anything about this before, but see the glass in the built-in.  It's gold, as is every light fixture, and glass panel in this house.  If you didn't know better you would think everyone who comes over is suffering from jaundice. 

This was after we moved in.  Apparently that weird little shelf on the wall was added, because it used to be a pass through from the kitchen to the dining room.  Right behind that panel, is the stove top...kind of random, but the previous homeowner said that they fried so much in the 60s the carpet started to get discolored and I think the wallpaper must have suffered too, because when I started to pull it down, I found that there were two layers of the SAME EXACT PAPER.  Who does that?

So here is my to-do list:

1. Remove wallpaper, and patch walls.
2. Remove the built-in shelves and sheetrock over the hole.
3. Replace the gold glass in the built-in with some sort of clear pebbled glass and paint the built in.
4. Pait all woodwork and trim BM Chantilly Lace (White), because that is the color of the paneling and trim in the hallway, and will probably be the color of all of the paneling and trim in the whole house.
5. Find bold fabric and make curtains.
6. Replace light fixture with something more modern.
7.  Replace flooring and add rug.

So as for the curtains, I have been searching high and low for a bold fabric with a large pattern.  This is a tricky task, because it's hard to find and if you do it's like $80/yard.  I am a fan of the DIY Showoff, and she showed the fabric below and I think I've fallen in love. 

It meets several of the requirements that I am wanting. 

1. I want something bold and colorful.
2. I want some of the color to mirror the color that I paint the built in.

Santa Maria Desert Flower

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower - $19.95 a yard.

See I have been wanting to paint the built-in either a weathered green or a weathered turquoise.

Turquoise dresser - fabulous or painted doors
green paint or green paint

I also want to:

Add modern lighting:
 Loft Shade Chandelier or Pinned Image

Tear out carpet, and possibly paint subfloor (until we can afford to all of the floors) and add rug:
I also need to come up with a wall color.  So, I guess I need to get a swatch of the fabric and see what might look best.
What do you think?  I welcome your opinion (if it's nice)!!
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Vacation

Ft. Walton Beach Florida

We just got back from our first vacation in 5 years.  I would say our first "real" vacation, but it was only partially "real" if that's even possible.  The hubs company is located in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and every June he has to attend a conference there.  The company puts him in a condo on the beach, so this year we decided we would go with him. 

After all, the room is paid for (except for the few extra nights at the beginning), the rental car, his plane ticket and most of his meals are paid for.  That's why I say the trip was only partially "real", because the hubs did have to work part of it.

Watching a movie waiting to board our first plane.

The last trip we took was also to Florida, but Harper was 18 months old and I was pregnant with Ollie.  That vacation was to St. Augustine, Florida, to visit my Aunt and Uncle.  Needless to say, we were ready for a vacation.

Although I haven't been to Ft. Walton Beach in many years, we vacationed there when I was a kid, so I am familiar with the area.  It's very touristy, but there are beautiful beaches and fun things to do.  The only concern I had was that the forcast was for seven days of rain.  It did rain, however, it stopped after the second day and we had great weather the rest of the time. 

This is the view from our balcony. I love the beautiful white sand.

The first day on the beach.  It was overcast and the water was really rough.

One of the restaurants we ate at had a great big shark and a boat out front.  I thought it would be funny to take the typical tourist pictures... I told Harper to pretend that the shark had her arm... I laughed and laughed at her pose.  Ollie on the other hand looks like she is really happy to be eaten by a shark.

Other than the dumspters out to the side, I thought the next one was pretty cute too.

 Have you seen the movie, Dolphin Tale?  My girls love that movie and were obsessed with seeing a dolphin so one night we decided to take a dolphin cruise.  We drove over to Destin, which is like 5 miles away and while we were waiting to go on the cruise we let the girls do the jumpy rubberbandy (technical terms) thing...which they loved!

Daddy and the girls on the cruise...I love how Harper has her hand on Ollie's head to make sure she is looking at the camera...older siblings, I swear!

Finally, on the last day we had to be out of our room by 10:00 a.m., but our plane didn't leave until 5:00.  We ended up just driving around for awhile...doesn't the hubs look excited?

The girls were enthused...can't you tell?

They were tired babies.

A few things I learned:

1. It was great to save money by going with the hubs on a business trip, but I would have really enjoyed him being with us more.

2. I really liked staying somewhere with a full kitchen, that helped us save money.  We went to the grocery store and made breakfast and lunch in the room.

3. My girls are finally old enough that they are getting easier, even though I would prefer to have the hubs with us all the time.

4. I can't wait to go on another vacation...maybe with just the hubs next time!

Have you been on a vacation this summer?  Where did you go?


Monday, July 9, 2012

Ballerinas...they're not!

I am definately behind on my blogging!!!  Where did June go? 
I guess we've been busy, so I need to catch you up!

Harper & Ollie started dance lessons in January, and we had our first recital the end of May.
Both girls were put in the baby (beginner) class, and let's just say that they towered over the other babies...  They're both tall to begin with, but at 4 and 6 they were by far the tallest girls in the class.

This was supposed to be a costume-less year, but all of the mom's wanted to have costumes.  It was all of nothing, so I couldn't say no...and besides look how cute they are!! 

They had to do their "princess" walk across the stage one at a time, stop in the middle and blow kisses.  It made me so proud that they didn't even hesitate, while a lot of the girls got nervous and would either not cross the stage, or would run across.  Maybe they were made for the stage?! Lord help me!

I just can't get over how time flies...
Where did my babies go?

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