Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Good Morning. Wednesday the half way mark of the week!!! I spent yesterday moving my youngest daughter into her new digs. Man I am getting to old for this stuff!!  Every one of my muscles are feeling it today.

I have two daughters and my youngest (25 years old hey!! when did that happen?!!!) just landed a great job as an RN on an oncology floor so she has been temporarily living with us until she got settled into her new job and could find a cute apartment to move into. So for the past months she has lived back home with us and I have loved having her home.  It is hard when your adult children move back in especially for them but we all knew it was temporary and I have loved having her here. Our empty nest was full for a little while.

Now that she has moved into her own digs I am contemplating what to do with my guest bedroom.  I cleared a lot of the lake cottage theme out while my daughter was living in there so she could feel like she had her own space.  Now I am not sure if I want to change it back to a Lake Room or do something different in there.    I would rather be doing projects outside but with our crummy weather I guess I will redo the guest room.

Here are some pics of how it looks now.  My daughter took her tempur pedic bed out with her so now I need to find a new bed.

Not sure what I will do in there yet??? Lake theme or no lake theme?


One sure thing is my beautiful angel hanging on the old chippy door will stay.  She keeps good watch over our guests.

Old chippy door.  I may convert that door into a headboard.

My lakeside cottage rental sign and the hole in between the suitcases and sign was where my daughters TV was.

Thinking of maybe relocating the old garden gate somewhere else and maybe even painting it.

I think my old farmhouse mailbox will stay no matter what motif I decide to do in there.  Love that old chippy mail box. Such character.

PS..... I wanted to show you the bike I scored at Junk Bonanza last week.  I am in the process of painting this for my garden.  I can't wait to fill her basket with some lovely flowers this summer.

Well my friends.  I am off to Home Goods to see if a bed set from there might inspire me to which direction to go with the guest room.
I asked the hubby to Spackle where I take the stuff down off the walls today so not sure if I will paint the same color or change.
Stay tuned!!!!
Have a great rest of the week.
Kris
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52 comments:

  1. Your new bike is going to be amazing with flowers in the basket!! I think Midge would love to go for a ride in there too! Can't wait to see what you do with your 'new' room! :)

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    1. Hi Tracy,
      I think Midge will definitely want to be riding around in the garden with this one!!!!!
      Kris

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  2. Eeeeeeeeee!! Change is always exciting. Looking forward to seeing where you take it.
    Hugs,
    Gee

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    1. Gee,
      I just love you. You get so excited to see change. I hope I can get my act together and figure out what I want to do in there. Usually I have a vision of what I want and I build on that but for some reason I am stuck on what to do with that space. So I am going out today to look at some bedding maybe that will inspire me to go one way or another!!!!!!
      Kris

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  3. I love the bike, and also love to redo a room, so can't wait to see what you decide. Hugs, marty

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    1. Hi Marty,
      I am hoping to start on that room this week end. I may paint and go from there. Not sure yet. I can't wait to get that bike out in the yard. Hopefully soon.
      Kris

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  4. I can't wait to see what you do! What a great idea to use the bike in the garden. I will definitely stay tuned :)
    Huge ((hugs)) and congrats on your daughters new job.

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    1. Hi Sherry,
      Hope you are doing well. I hope if this crazy weather get a hold of itself and stays warmer up here maybe just maybe that bike can get out in my garden!!!!! Poor thing is hanging upside down in my rafters of the garage. Everytime I pull into the garage I feel for it!!! Hopefully soon. Take care my friend.
      Kris

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  5. You have so much to work with, Kris! You have a nice lake and garden thing going on...that's so YOU!! Good luck. I know what you mean about having them home for awhile, getting used to it and then them leaving. My sons have come back and forth since college and I miss them when they're gone. And I really miss my daughter since she moved out, nothing can replace that "girltalk"!

    Love the bike!!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Hi Jane,
      It was nice to have my daughter home for a short while but I know she wanted her independence again. So happy she found a great job at Hinsdale Hospital and she is loving it. Her apartment is near the hospital so it is so great for getting to work. She is still a city girl and wants to move downtown. So I am waiting for that to happen for her next year. Her dream job will be to get in at Lurie's Childrens Hospital on the peds oncology unit. So hopefully next year she will get that going. Just happy she found a good job in her field for now.
      Kris

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  6. I love what you have left in the room, but whatever you decided I am sure it will be amazing. Love the fence, mailbox and the row of houses, oh and the doors.

    Great find on the bike. I am on the look out for a old bike for the garden. Looking forward to seeing your new room and bike.
    Have a great day!
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,
      It is so weird this time for me I just do not have a vision yet for that room. Usually I have it all figured out!!! Maybe with my daughter moving out I just in a fog!!!!!!

      I love that bike and can't wait to get flower in it and get it officially outdoors!!!!!! It is hanging upside down in my garage rafters right now. It this crazy weather would ever settle down I could get it out and in the garden. Hopefully next month.
      Kris

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  7. Another great bike? Lucky Duck! I know firsthand that it's bittersweet having your guest room back after your daughter moves out. I'm excited to see what you have in store for it. Congrats on having a securely-employed child! : )

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    1. Hi Laurel,
      You just gotta love a great vintage bike. I hope when I finish painting her and fixing her up with some flowers she will look great. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  8. KRIS,

    I LOVE THAT BEACH SIGN. I AM GOING TOWARDS A BEACHY THEME LIVING ROOM. CAN YOU SHOW PICTURES OF THE ROOM BEFORE? YOUR HOUSE HAS INSPIRED ME SO MUCH. I HAVE PAINTED A LOT OF MY PIECES WHITE. :)

    DONNA

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    1. Hi Donna,
      I have sent you some pictures of my lake guest room through your email. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  9. Everything that you have for that room is gorgeous, but I know from experience that when you catch the bug to redo something . . . you just have to do it. With your fabulous creative powers, we all know, that it will be fabulous.
    Have a great day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie,
      Ha Ha you have me pegged!!!! I like change so I will do some changing in there. I just am not sure what yet. Usually I have a plan but this time I am going back and forth on the lake theme or something new. I may just stay with the lake theme and go with new bedding to make a change in there. I do like a lot of my old lake pieces in there so I might just want to stay with that theme. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  10. love the new bike, kris! can't wait to see the guest room re-do:) that door would make a great headboard!

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      I am loving the new bike. I painted it a lighter blue and not sure yet if I like it so it may get a new coat of paint. I just cannot make up my mind lately!!!!! I think that door may become a headboard. It is an old lake house door so I would really love to re love it somehow in that room. Hope your week is going good.
      Kris

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  11. It's exciting to wonder what will strike your fancy for that room. I'm glad your keeping the angel there, so sweet and such a good guardian.

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  12. I know whatever you decide to do in the now empty bedroom, it will be charming and full of chippy vintage goodness. Can't wait to see!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Hi Mary Alice,
      It is so nice to have my guest room back. I miss my daughter but am glad she has her own place now. My husband and I have been empty nesters for 6 years and to have our daughter move back in was hard. I think more on her than us. She has been out of the house since she started college and worked for 2 years down by her college. We were just glad she finally landed a good job up this way so she could be by us and we would see her more.

      Hope all is well with you. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  13. turn it into a man cave for your sweet husband! lol ;) hmmmm...what to do? do you need it as a guest room? it might be kind of fun to have it be a craft room? i know you have youe little office nook in the living room though. i love the vintage bike! i'm actually looking for one to ride. happy you're daughter is in her new place and got a new job! did i miss your other JB finds??? will have to go back an look...

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    1. Ha Ha Stacey,
      I thought about turning it into a man cave but I need the guest rooms for when my daughters come up and crash and I have company. So no man cave for now!!!! He is going to redo the garage this summer and make a man cave out there. Hope you have a great week my friend. We must get together soon.
      Kris

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  14. What fun to start with a semi-blank canvas. I think whatever you find at HomeGoods hat you love will kind of pave the way for the theme of the room. Gotta say the Lakeside theme is pretty sweet! Our oldest son is with us temporarily, too. It is odd-but okay in a good way. Congrats on your daughter's job...rn in oncology is a hard one-zo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana,
      My daughter is a special person and is following me in doing oncology nursing. When I started my nursing career I was an oncology nurse too. It is a hard job but most of the nurses I have known in this field are so compassionate and right where they need to be to help so many at the end of their lives. My daughter is a great nurse and wants to eventually go into pediatric oncology. It takes a special person to do this work and she is perfect for the job. I am so proud of her.
      Have a wonderful week.
      Kris

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  15. Kris - anxious to see what you do with that room. Everything you have is cute!! Love that angel on the door.

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,
      I love that angel too. She is a great keeper of my guest when they stay in that room. She is staying for sure. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  16. Evening Kris, LOVE the bike! I know it will look better than ever with the new paint job!! The old door is great....you will work your magic!! Oh, by the way...you look FABULOUS to have a younger daughter of 25~~~~Looking forward to seeing your "new room" Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie,
      You are the sweetest. I turned 55 last week and some days I feel like I am 80!!!!! My other daughter is turning 30 this fall. Yikes where does the time go!!!

      I can't wait to get that bike out and into the yard. I just wish our weather would cooperate.

      Have a great week my friend.
      Kris

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  17. Oh what fun! I just love the vignette on the wall over the dresser. So cute! And that lake sign is wonderful. Happy shopping and decorating! You will have to tell us all about Junk Bonanza next your in. See you.
    Julie

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  18. Love the new bike!! We have a huge Flea Market here in May and a bike for my flower garden is on my list of things to look for. My youngest is 26 years old and now has a place of her own across town that is closer to her work...so I have an empty bedroom to decorate too. Right now I've been making my jewelry in there, but I really need to get a bed to go in there so when family from Tennessee comes to visit us. Can't wait to see what you do with your room.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy
      I love this new bike and I am so excited to get it out in the garden soon. I am hoping in the next few weeks I can start to plant my flowers etc. I usually do it right before Mothers Day so we will just have to see what this crazy weather allows!!!
      Hope you are having a great week. I am keeping good thoughts you will find a bike for your garden at the Flea.
      Kris

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  19. After seeing how beautiful this room is . I can't wait to see what you do to it next.

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      I am hoping to keep some of the lake theme in there and just play off the blue and change things up on the walls etc. I love change so I am excited to get this going.
      Have a great week.
      Kris

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  20. The lake theme is cute, but it sounds like you are ready for a change.

    I love the door for a headboard.

    How does your angel get along with Midge?

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    1. Hi Carol,
      I think I am going to keep the lake theme. I just have so many cute things I have collected and want to keep. I am going to have Terry make the door into a headboard. You know me and doors. I found some Rachel Ashwell British rose duvets that are white and blue so I think I may use them for bedding to keep the blue in there. I am feeling a little color coming on in my white world!!!!! Have a great rest of this week. We actually have had sun for two days in a row!!! Wooooo Hoooo! such a tease for us. Hoping it will stay nice and I can actually start my flowers next month.
      Kris

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  21. Well I can't wait to see what you do with the room! I love everything you have done so far. Love the bike too--looking forward to seeing it painted!

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    1. Hi Sandy,
      I think I will keep the lake theme in there I will just play off the blue. I found some old duvets from my shabby chic days that I think I can make work in there. So I am going to keep the walls the same color maybe just change things up a little bit. Change is good!!!!!! Have a great week.
      Kris

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  22. You know ? I fell like as I can't wait to see your new changes ! Do you feel exited to have a new big project to solve ?

    xoxo from PARIS

    Joëlle

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    1. Hi Joelle,
      I do feel good about change so this will be nice to redo this room. I think I will keep the lake theme since I have collected so many cute lake things and I live in a lake town so I love that one of my guest rooms reflect that. I think I may just add some color and new bedding in there. I am excited to get it going.
      Kris

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  23. Oh, Kris, it's so fun to re-do a space, isn't it? You have so many fun things already, and I'm sure you'll throw a few 'new' chippy things into the mix to make your guest room delightful! The bike is adorable! :)
    Susan

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I am excited to start today in this room. I need some color in my white world so I think I may play off the blue in there. I found some duvets I had from my shabby chic days so I am hoping the light blue in the duvets will work in there.
      Kris

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  24. Hi Kris, I am anxious to see what you discovered at HomeGoods. Whatever you do in that spare room will be charming, I am sure. I would love to see you make the white suitcases as a bedside table. You could store guest towels, sheets, magazines, etc. in there. Went on a trip this past weekend and used your tote twice. Sure did come in handy! :) I have been keeping up with your weather thru my son. He has some issues in his basement he has never had before but not as bad as others. Sure hope things are better up that way now. Wishes for sunshine and warm weather. xoxo

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      I actually did not find anything at Home Goods but I did find some nice duvet covers I had stored. They are Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic British Rose with the lighter blue in them so I think I may play off the blue in there. I am going to keep the lake theme since I have collected so much for that room. I am going to have Terry make the old door into a headboard for me.

      Our weather here has been pretty crazy. Glad to hear your son did not get too much of the flooding. We were good our sump pump was going non stop but it kept the rain out. The weather has been better so I just hope it continues so I can actually get out in the yard with my flowers.

      Have a great week.
      Kris

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  25. Our youngest daughter moved back home so she could go back to school. She brought her 2 large dogs with her. She turned 27 yesterday. I love my DD, but her dogs, not so much.
    A new project for you? Great news for us. We get to watch you play. My question is - How did you get that bike in your suitcase? lol
    *Smiles*

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  26. Congrats to your daughter on her new job! That's wonderful and quite a commendable career she's starting. I love the old door that's in there right now. I like the idea of using it as part of a headboard. Good luck on finding your inspiration for the room. I'm sure you will decide after you walk around the store. Usually, just a walk through the bedding department can do that for me!

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  27. Such pretty things to work with! Love that bike, what a great score!

    How exciting for your daughter to be moving, unpacking is a lot of work but fun all at the same time. Have a happy weekend.
    Michelle

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  28. There's nothing like a little decorating to help you get over the empty nest blues! I know you'll have that room filled up and fabulous in no time at all. I can't wait to see what you do with your old bicycle!

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  29. Loving what your doing with your Daughters apt. Can't wait to see the transformation as you keep going and adding.

    Love that Bike looks like the one we have only ours is a lot more rusty and broken down.

    Have a gorgeous weekend ..Sara

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  30. Oh goodie! A decorting challenge!Time for you to work more of your magic! I wonder what Midge thinks? Have you consulted with her yet? She may want a beach theme to go with her bikini or a jungle theme to appeal to her wild side! Hmmm....on second thought, maybe you should leave Midge out of this one LOL! Whatever you decide, I'm sure it will be fabulous!
    Can't wait to see it! Hugs, Leena

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