Monday, June 27, 2016

Guest Room and bath reveal

Happy Monday everyone.  Thought I would share some pictures of my guest room and guest bathroom and the beginnings of our Master Bedroom and bathroom re do.

This was a before pic of the guest room when we looked at this town home.  Woo she had two twin babies and a toddler in this room!  They were busting at the seams.


After picture of new guest room.  The walls are painted in snow drift that is white with a touch of gray.  I hope to replace this carpet upstairs when Terry finds a job.  For now it is a good carpet just hard to keep clean.

Everything in this room I had from the old house.  The only new thing is that awesome architectural piece about my angel picture over the guest room bed.  I got that recently at the three french hens market I went to with a friend.

Just such an awesome piece and it frames my angel picture so beautifully.  That was such a great score to find.


My mom is coming in for a stay in a few weeks so I wanted to have some good reads for her by the bedside.  The one book is written by my friend Diana from Nana Diana Takes a Break blog.  If you have not read her first published book this is a great summer read.  I left it for my mom to enjoy at night before she goes to sleep.

I was able to use this old cabinet piece in the room and also my vintage window framed mirror from the old house.

I love that it reflects the light and my angel.


Now on to the Guest Bathroom.  

Before:

Yikes the dark red this bathroom was!!!!!!

Before


I used Behr Marque paint.  Guaranteed to cover in one coat over any color.  So with the dark red I decided to use this to see if that were true.  Yep one coat and it covered all the red nicely.   
This mirror is off my great grandmothers dresser.  I have had this pretty mirror forever and never had a place to use it.  It looks great in this new guest bathroom.




I hung one of my old posts I had.  This will be nice for my guest to hang their robe on and the old vintage frames I had work nicely to have hooks for towels.  The bench was from my old dining room set in the old house.  Worked perfectly in this bathroom.  It is a big guest bathroom.  Love the nice open space in this bathroom.  I will show you the shower curtains I am having done for both this bathroom and my master when they arrive.  I am excited to have some  new shower curtains created for both of these bathroom.  So more to follow on those.



Perfect for hanging a robe or towel for my guests.





Cooper loves to lay in this bathroom on hot days.  This bathroom floor feels nice to him.





Here is my Powder Room on the First Level.


This is the hall way right outside the powder room


This hall way also leads to the kitchen which I hope to show you soon.  Almost done in there.  Just tweaking!

This is the powder room on the first floor.  Painted in the snow drift color.  I brought that old cottage door mirror I had in my other bathroom to use in this powder room.  




Sometimes it is the little touches that just make you smile.  I just added an old piece of chippy wood behind this regular ole toilet paper holder and it just gave a chippy vintage vibe.  So simple.


I was able to hang this old arched church window I had hanging in my old master bath in the old house.  Love that the things I saved and brought with me can be used in the new house.  It was hard to figure out what to save and what to let go of before we moved with not having a new home yet.  So I am excited that almost all my favorite pieces I brought with are able to fit somewhere in this new home.







Sneak peek at the new Master Bedroom.  Still working on this room and my master bath.  I will have finished pictures soon.

Thanks for your visit today.  I have to say with being in the new place less than a month.  Terry and I have gotten so much done in a short time.  Just some tweaking on the upstairs and getting a few things done in the kitchen and we will be finished.  Well at least finished for now lol!  You know me and change.  Just with doing so much painting and change ups to every room in this new home I am ready for a break.  I want to enjoy the rest of the summer and our new little grand
baby due this Thursday.  So it will be nice to not have the new house to worry about and we can enjoy a summer break and the new addition to our family.


 Have a great new week.  Enjoy every minute.  I will have the kitchen and master bath and bedroom soon.  So excited for Charlotte Grace our new grand baby to arrive in just a few days.  Abby is so excited to be a big sister and we are beyond thrilled to have another grand baby to love.  While life has been a real roller coaster for us this past year with lots of disappointments and hardship we have many wonderful blessing too.  This new addition to the family being a beautiful blessing.  
Hugs,
Kris


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fireman "Man Cave"



Hello everyone.  Hope your week end is going great.  Terry and I are heading through all the change ups to the new nest in record time.  We have accomplished a lot together in just the short 3 weeks we have been in this home.

Terry has lived in my white cottage world with no complaints.  So not only does he have a awesome set of tools and knows how to use them he also is so great at letting my decor shine through where ever we have lived.  This home being no exception.

So when we bought this place and it had the finished basement we both knew this would make for a  perfect Fireman Cave for Terry.  So while the first level of this town home is white the lower level is fire department collections and all Terry.

So excited that he has his own space that reflects his years of being in the fire service along with his fire antiques.  Mind you this space only has a third of his stuff!!!  All the stuff from his office when he was fire chief is still all packed in many boxes hoping to find a new home soon.



The only before pics I have are the real estate pictures from when we bought this place.  I had before pictures taken when we moved in but the disk I saved the pics too got cracked and the pictures were gone.

WARNING SINCE THIS IS A BASEMENT IT DOES GET A LOT OF NATURAL LIGHT BUT IT IS STILL A BASEMENT SO THE PICTURES MAY SEEM A LITTLE GRAINY.  SORRY ABOUT THAT.  THIS IS ONE TIME WHEN THE PICTURES DO NOT DO JUSTICE TO HOW NICE THIS SPACE REALLY IS.

Here We Go:

Before Picture from realtor's pics.

Before picture of previous owners man cave.



Going down the steps to the Fireman Cave.

Terry put all his antique little collection of fire trucks on the shelf leading to the basement.


Terry has comfy reclining sofa's in his man cave to watch TV.  He was able to create his hero, honor and courage wall again with his favorite poem called "who am I" and all his helmet shields the has worn throughout his career.








Terry has a full refrigerator, sink and ice tea maker along with a micro wave.  So it is all good.  Just need to get him a bed down here and he will never have to come up stairs lol!



Even little Cooper likes the man cave and has his doggie bed down here.  Nice and cool down in this space during the hot summer months.  That antique fire door came off an old vintage fire truck.  It is one of Terry's prize possessions.  The history from that fire truck and door is amazing!





Tucked back in the corner is Terry's office space.





Up in the left corner is all of Terry's badges he earned through the years of his fire service career.  Terry started out as a young fire fighter back when he was in college getting his degree in Architecture.  He needed a job to help pay for college expenses and they were hiring young guys to be firefighters.  He fell in love with firefighting and finished college but then decided being a fire fighter was his calling.

So he got his paramedics and then rose up through the ranks over his 35 year career.  He was in the final stages of his career as Fire Chief,  the highest rank he could hold when he lost his job.  So while he still wants to work at 58 years old and is hoping to find another chief position he is happy he had so many wonderful years in the fire service.
9ll was a very emotional time for all of us but for firefighters it really hit home.  Fire fighters run into harms way to help others.  So all those men and women that lost their lives that day trying to help others is a hard remembrance for Terry.


He lost a special friend  in 911.   Father Mychal Judge the chaplain for the fire department in New York City.







Probably one of the most emotional items in his collection is a piece of the world trade center after 9ll.

While this is just a piece of the beautiful towers that were lost that day it is an important reminder of the lives lost.  The innocent and the brave just doing their jobs.




 On a lighter note:


Terry's 60 inch TV!!!!!




Every Year we try to make a family trip to Disney and one of the stops is Universal Studio's.  Back years ago on one of  our first trips as they were filming the movie Backdraft.  Terry was able to get his picture taken in a back drop of one of the posters for the movie premiere.

Much more handsome than Kurt Russell RIGHT!!!!





There you have it.  The Fireman Cave in our new nest.  While my white world still exists upstairs Terry has his fire department decor in his man cave.  So it is all good in the new place.
Thanks for coming by for a visit.  Enjoy the rest of your week end.


Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dad's out there.  You are all hero's
Happy Father's Day to the love of my life.  The best dad to our two daughters and the best grandpa to our granddaughter Abby and soon to be granddaughter Charlotte.  You are our everyday hero and we love you.
XXOO
Kris
Parties:
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Living Room Reveal


The Cottage Living Room Reveal.


Welcome to the cottage living room.





With light streaming in this room all day I try my hardest to get a good picture without it looking too washed out.  My living room is in light gray walls, white and creams for my slipcovers and of course all my chippy architectural pieces.










Entry way before





Entry Way After

This old vintage door I had in the other house  fit perfectly for the entry closet door.












Stairs Before.



Stairs After the carpet was removed and the treads re stained along with the stair rails.  The spindles and risers were painted white.




Corner living room used for my new office area.




Quick DIY for you.  What do you do with that ugly thermostat?  Well......
Cover it up!!!!
I had this cute garden plaque.
It is open in the back and fit perfectly on top of the thermostat.  So if I need to get at the thermostat just lift.  Easy Peasy.




Shout Out to the Very Talented Lisa Harmon and her slipcover creations.  I just love Lisa and how she can sew the most beautiful slipcovers.  I have shown her work before and this time I have something kind of fun that she did for me.


 I am on a tight budget with Terry not employed yet so I needed a new chair to go with my white slipcovered sofa that Lisa had covered for me last year.  To make it affordable I got the Ikea Ektorp white chair and cover.  Then I sent the cover to Lisa and she did her magic and made the boring plain ruffle on this chair into a more cottage custom ruffle.

Just adding a simple ruffle to this ikea cover gives the chair a more custom look.





Look who else thinks the ikea white chair is comfy!!!!!
Look at the look on his face when I took his picture lol!  Hey I am trying to nap here!!!!!








Lisa did a double ruffle on the Ikea ottoman cover I had to go along with the double ruffle she did for the sofa last summer.





Lisa's creative sewing gave my living room pieces a custom look.
If you need a good slipcover or need an existing slipcover updated Lisa is your go to person.
Here is her website and Etsy.

Before Living Room




Living Room After



Thanks for coming by to see the living room transformation.  It is still a work in progress but it is coming together nicely.  I will have the kitchen to show you next and Terry's Fireman Cave.
Have a great rest of the week.