Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Small Peek at The Changes Happening to the New Cottage

We are moving along with all the changes to the new "nest".  Lots of painting, take downs, put ups and boxes galore to unpack!

I have been overwhelmed with this move.  So much to do.  It seems like we just cross off one project and there are so many more to do!

 Terry and I are working hard on getting the before's to the after's!!!!!

Here is a sneak peak of one wall done in my new nest.  Lots of new things to show you in the coming days.

I am excited to see this place transforming into a new cozy cottage.

Whites, creams and gray are my main colors with chippy whites and architectural pieces rolled in to the decor too.

Before living room window wall with new coat of fresh paint called Snow drift.  White with a hint of gray.

After:  Wall done up with cottage garden decor.

Stay tuned for more change ups to come.  I will have the living room and dining room to show you next.

Have a great holiday week end.  Enjoy.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sneak Peek

As many of you know we got into our new "nest" last Sunday.  This week has been a whirlwind of painting for Terry and I.  We start early in the morning and stay until early evening sanding, painting etc.  

My muscles are screaming and Advil has become my new best friend!  I have found muscles I did not know I had!

We are trying to get as much of the painting and sanding and messy stuff done before next Tuesday when the movers come to unpack our life that is stored in the pod right now.  I just see all the dust and debris all over and am glad we are getting a lot of this done before my furniture and things are put into place.

I thought I would show you a few of the changes starting.  The cell camera is the only picture taker I have right now so bear with the pictures.  I hope to find my good camera when we get things unpacked next week.

This is the entry and front part of the living area before shot.

Dining area before

Living room Before

I chose the color snowdrift.  It is a basic white with a hint of gray.  It should look nice with all my chippy white decor.

The windows and all the baseboards were painted in white.  You can see a little bit the contrast between a true white on the trim and the slight gray tint in the wall color.  Hard to tell how pretty this color is with my cell camera.  It is bright and fresh.

Before Kitchen.  Lots of work being done in this room.

Cabinets all came down.  Counter tops removed.  We began to paint the lower cabinets with a cabinet paint in white.
I will show you more pics of the progress here in the kitchen.  It is beginning to come together.  These pictures were taken early in the week before we got a lot more done in this room.  I cannot wait to show you the reveal.  You will not believe the transformation of this stock kitchen to a new french farmhouse kitchen.

The stair case is going to have a complete re do too!  Carpet is coming off and new stairs with a darker stain to match the floors complimented with some white spindles etc.

The balusters will be stained in a darker color to match the floors and the spindles and bases will be white.  The top stair treads will be done in the darker stain.

Inspiration off pinterest.  I cannot wait to achieve this look on my stairs.

Ok this was the best found treasure of the day.  When Terry ripped off the carpet on one of the stairs we found that real wood stairs were already in place underneath.  I did the happy dance.  We were able to take back all the stair treads that we were going to use.  That is a savings of over $500 in stair treads alone not to mention the work to make builder grade steps into wood steps.  The picture does not look great but I assure you there are pretty finished wood stairs under all that mess.

We are trying with all our might to get as much done to this place before the movers come on Tuesday with all our furniture.  This week is going by so fast with all the painting and changes we have to do.  Some of the changes in the bathrooms etc. will probably not get done until after we have officially moved in next week.  There is only so many hours in a day that Terry and I can get things done.  Once one thing is checked off the list there are several other things still to be completed.

Have a great rest of this week.  Hope to have some nice reveal pictures soon.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Baby Sprinkle Day

Today I had the Baby Sprinkle for my daughter Jen that is expecting our second grand baby girl at the end of June.  Apparently the second shower for someone is called a Sprinkle and not a Shower.
All these new age things I am learning!!

Me and my girls.  My daughter Jen that is expecting to the left and my younger daughter Kim to the right.  My granddaughter Abby in the middle.

My daughter Jen and son in law Tim and Abby

Table set pretty for the shower.

Party Favors

Menu for each guest
Tim as the new dad to be got a "man" diaper bag.

Abby even got in a gift or two.  Abby got a new bitty baby from American Girl.  Now she will have a new baby to take care of while mommy is taking care of her new sister.

It was great to share this day with family and friends.  We are excited about our new little granddaughter that will be coming very soon.

Tomorrow Terry and I are loading up the car with paint supplies and lots of Advil to start the painting marathon of the new house!  I am excited to get in there and start to get things rolling.
Have a wonderful Week End.

Monday, May 9, 2016

New Nest Beginnings

Yeah!!!! We are taking possession of our new Home this coming Sunday.  The Sellers will be moving out on Saturday and we will have our new nest to start the decor changes.

Hope you will enjoying coming along as we begin to transform our new nest.
I am excited and have been pinning ideas and running different decor ideas through my mind on each room.

We will not officially move in until May 24th to give Terry and I time to paint and do some of the reno before moving in our furniture etc.  It will be easier to do a lot of the changes before we move our things in.

It has been a long and stressful year.  I finally feel like our journey is on a better path with the purchase of our new home.

I will begin to post some of the changes as we start working on the new nest after next week.
Ahhhhh Home Sweet Home!!! I like the sound of that!!!!
Have a great week everyone.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Up Date

Hi Everyone.

Thought I would give all of you a little update on Cooper and our new Nest progress.

Cooper is doing so good.  You would not know he has this aggressive cancer.  He wakes everyday and plays and runs and just is a happy boy.  I hope we get a lot more days like these with him.

All these pictures were taken with my cell phone so they are a little grainy.  Hope to get my good camera out of the Moving Pod soon!!!
Here Cooper is with Frank my daughter's lab and Bruce the great dane in the background.  The only other doggie missing in the pictures is my daughters Boston Terrier Charlie he is in the picture below.  Frank and Cooper have bonded and play daily with each other.

Cooper has put on 6lbs in the past month so we are so excited to see him gain some weight.  We are spoiling him with good doggie food and lots of treats and an occasional treat of that happens to fall off my plate at dinner into his mouth lol!

Our new Vet started Cooper on an anti cancer medication that gives pain relief and is an anti inflammatory.  They have found this medication has helped a lot of dogs with Cooper's same cancer.  It does not cure it but slows the growth and spread of the cancer.  It works in 60% of the dogs given this medication.  So we are hopeful this will work with Cooper and give us months instead of weeks with this little guy.

He is happy and so far not showing any signs of the cancer getting worse.
So we will love him and spoil him for as long as we can.

Other News:
We are 10 days away from taking possession of our new home.  Terry and I are excited to get into the new place and start some decor magic.  I hope to be posting the changes to the new place as we begin to change this place into our new  sweet cottage.

So stay tuned for more posts to come on the reno's and changes.

Tomorrow I am taking a "Mental Health" day with a wonderful friend.  We are going to take a road trip to HobKnob Market.  It is out in the country and they have some really nice vendors.
So we will pack the car with sweet and salty snacks and diet cokes and hit the road tomorrow.
Hoping I can find some fun new things for the new nest.
Have a great Mother's Day and Happy Week End everyone.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Heavy Heart

Woo I feel like my decorating blog has become about sadness of late.  As most of you know Junk Chic Cottage has been on hold for a short time while our lives are in transition.

This has been a hard year for us with Terry losing a job he loved and all the crazy with the employment world to find another one.

We sold Junk Chic Cottage and have been living with our daughter until we can move into our new nest which we closed on yesterday.  That is the good news.  The sellers are getting 30 days to rent back before we can get in there and start the decor transformations.   I cannot wait to share with you and feel like Junk Chic Cottage is coming back to life with new decor happy things to share with all of you.  Just need to be patient a little while longer.  I promise Junk Chic Cottage will be back and will have lots of decor crazy transformations happening.

Now for the heavy heart news.  We adopted Cooper a few weeks ago.
This is my favorite picture of him.  This was his car ride home to come to our forever home.  He was smiling all the way home from Ohio to Chicago.

 Cooper has been the best little guy ever.  He is so sweet and loves everyone.  Almost too good to be true for a rescue dog.  No barking, begging, or bad habits.  Just a great little dog.  We have fallen deeply in love with this little guy.  

NOW with that said, we set Cooper up to go to our Vet for a through check up and get him started with a new Vet for his care.  They found a tumor on his cheek that they did a biopsy on and it was cancer.  So the next step was to remove as much of the cancer as possible and have pathology determine what kind and what his treatment options would be.  We did that last Tuesday and yesterday we got the devastating news that Cooper's cancer is a very aggressive sarcoma and he probably only has weeks to maybe a few months of life left.

This cancer is so invasive that to do surgery to get it all is almost impossible.  We would be looking at him losing his lips, gums, a lot of his neck and all the lymph nodes.  He probably would not survive that kind of surgery and then would suffer through chemo treatments to only give him a little while longer.  

So we decided after talking to our new Vet and her consultation with an oncologist that the best possible thing we can do is give Cooper the best possible life with us until he begins to suffer or it is his time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  
He is just a love and does not seem sick now so we will go with that and spoil him and love him.  He deserves that with all he has been through.   We will keep him comfortable and happy as long as we can.  He is so deserving of that.  He is just a gentle soul and loves beyond anything you could imagine.

They are going to start him on some pain and inflammation meds that have proven to help keep them comfortable and helps to slow the growth of the cancer to give him hopefully more time.

He probably has had this cancer for a little while and maybe the people that had him took him to a kill shelter knowing they would put him down.  Just glad he was rescued by the rescue agency so we could adopt him and give him a good life with what time he has left.

  Our hearts are breaking into a million pieces but we feel he was brought to us to give him love and happiness for this short time in his life.  He is just a big bundle of love and only asks for us to love him.  He is a gift to us to be able to enjoy this little guy.  He is a dream doggie and so sweet.  So each day will keep him safe and happy and spoiled.  

While are hearts are heavy he will not have a lot of time with us, we feel blessed to give him a good and safe home until he no longer can fight the cancer.

Even with all that has happened to us in the past year, Terry and I feel so blessed in so many ways.  We just closed on our new nest and we will be blessed with a new grand daughter in June to love and we are settling down and living near our family and friends.

Life can be hard but also can have so many blessings too.  I promise and look forward to bringing Junk Chic Cottage blog posts back up to happy decor posts soon.

I cannot wait to share the transformations with all of you.
Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts for Cooper.  He will be loved and spoiled with us.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Baby Sprinkle/ Cooper Update

Cooper Up Date:
Little Cooper came through his surgery just fine.  They had to really cut into his cheek to get all the tumor.  He was wagging his tail when we picked him up at the Vet.  Nothing seems to phase this little guy.  Just happy no matter what is happening with him.  He was back to playing with my daughters dogs and eating that same night.  So now we just wait for the pathology to come back in a week to 10 days.  Hoping and praying for good news on that report.
As you can see he has quite the scar to talk about!!!!  We told him it gives him character and he is still our little handsome man!

Just a happy camper.  He seems to take everything in stride.  Thanks for your well wishes for this handsome sweet guy.

Wooooo Hoooo Closing Tomorrow on the New Nest!!!!!!

We are closing tomorrow on the new house.  We will not take possession of the new place for another month.  We had to give the sellers  30 days after closing to rent back and move out.  While we wait to move into our new nest where I can unleash my decor happy and share, I thought I would share some creative things I am making for my daughters up coming  Baby Sprinkle.

Apparently when you throw a baby shower for the second child it is called a Baby Sprinkle.  Ahhh the new things I learn everyday!

My daughter Jen is having our second granddaughter at the end of June.  Her first baby and the love of our lives is Abby.  Abby will be 6 years old this May.  So we are so excited to know she will be a big sister to a new baby sister in June.

Abby's new sister's name will be Charlotte Grace and we cannot wait to meet her.

My younger daughter Kim and I are planning a "Baby Sprinkle" for Jen on May 14th.

Here are some of the things we are making for the up coming shower.

I took child size garden boots and spray painted them pink.  I added faux pink flowers and tied off with pink Ribbon and Its a girl tags.  I added a pink baby shower umbrella with the boots.  These will be the center pieces for each table at the Baby Sprinkle.
One of my daughter's favorite lip balm is the eos strawberry sorbet flavor.  So I wanted to make favors with something that I knew my daughter loved and would want to share with each of the guests.

I found the pink strawberry sorbet eos lip balms.

I found these cute baby sprinkle cards on Easy with the hole in the center for the eos balls to fit.  Such a cute idea.

For another sweet favor I found these cute Ready to Pop favor boxes.  Garrett's Pop Corn is a popular Chicago treat and one of my daugher's favorites.  So we will be putting Garrett's Chicago Pop corn together in these cute boxes for another take home favor.


For some shower prizes I took two bloom bowl covers.  Have you seen these?  They replace using cling wrap on your bowls and serving pieces.  You can micro wave with these and store left overs.  They are so cute and saves on using a lot of plastic wrap.

I tied off the cute little kitchen towel and bloom covers into a paper tray I found at Michaels.  I loved that I found the cute kitchen towel to tie in the shower/sprinkle theme.

Another cute prize are these Godiva candy dishes with Godiva truffles.  I tied them off and added a Starbucks gift card to each one.
Nothing is better than good Godiva chocolates and Starbucks.

 I am waiting patiently for the new nest to be ours so I can share some of the new decor transformation ideas with all of you.  It was fun to post something sweet and fun today on the upcoming Baby Sprinkle and all the fun ideas we are doing to make this Baby Sprinkle special.

Seriously!!!! after this past year with all the crazy it will be fun to get into the new house and start to post on the decor transformations.
I cannot wait to share that with all of you.

  I cannot wait to get in to this place and transform it into our new Cottage Home.

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by.