Thursday, October 16, 2014

One Room Challenge: Fall 2014 - Week 3

One Room Challenge Linking Event....Get Ready!

Thanks so much to everyone for all of the feedback on my dilemma I talked about last week. It was hard to decide if I should put a dark stain on the window trim to match the rest of the house or paint it white instead. I did decide to go white with the trim around the window in the library.

So painting window trim is what I did this week. For hours....

I did discover one thing as I painted....I hate painting trim!!!!

I have painted walls and I have painted furniture, but nothing was as tedious and time consuming as painting window trim.

Finally, after a very long time which was starting to feel a little torturous, I finished.

Imagine me as Braveheart making my final stroke of paint on the trim, and yelling "Freedom...from painting window trim!"

In the end though, I was glad I did it. It really did update the house, and pull it out of the 80's. Now that I have seen these results, my goal is to work through each room in the house and get the rest of the doors and trim painted white. It might take me until the end of time, but I am going to do it.

Imagine me as Scarlett O'Hara shaking my fist at the sky (while holding a paint brush.)
"As God is my witness, I shall never have dark trim again."

Ok, maybe that is a little dramatic ;) But did I mention how long it took?

I did want to share a few tips I discovered to get me through it.

Putting up painter's tape always takes a lot of time. So I bought a very stiff brush. It didn't splay out like other brushes I used, so I was able to keep the paint just where I wanted it to go, and avoid the need to tape everything.

Also, I put petroleum jelly on the windows. (I just used a jar I happened to have on hand, but I was told that lip balm also works.) If I got some paint on the glass, it easily wiped off like a knife through butter.

Next, week I am going to do something a little more fun. It will be a unique console table for the space behind my couch. Be sure to stop back for that!

Now I am off to see what my other fellow linking participants are up to at Calling It Home.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Find a Rug for the Dining Room with Charish

Have you all checked out Charish?  It's a great site to find those unique items that are still at a reasonable price. And if you find the perfect thing for your room, and need to make space for it, you can use Charish to sell your no longer needed d├ęcor items.When they contacted me to ask if I would like to create a styleboard around one of their rugs, I jumped at the chance. I have been on the hunt for just the right rug for our dining room for some time now. Since our dining room furniture, which came from the house I grew up in, is on the traditional side, I wanted something with a little more modern look to act as a contrast.

Here are a few that that I found on Charish that I considered.

Image of Issac Mizrahi Safavieh Geometric Rug
Image of Purple Medallion Turkish Rug
Image of Madeline Weinrib Westley Thunder Cotton Rug
Image of Paul Smith Swirl Rug

Such great eye candy, right?! I was so impress with the selection.

But my favorite was this one.

Tulip Green Medallion Turkish Rug

I thought it was just the right look I was going for in the dining room. Traditional pattern with a bold modern color. Here is how I see the rug used in the room with the traditional furniture I have and a few blue and white accessories added in.

Now if I can just convince my husband that it is the one, I will be all set. Have you ever checked out Charish? Found anything good?

If you want to check out others just click on the link to see more rugs at Charish.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

One Room Challenge: Fall 2014 - Week 2

One Room Challenge Linking Event....Get Ready!
It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge.
Since, I talked about my library project last week,  some progress has been made. So far, to be honest, my husband has done the most work on this room. After working for five evenings, the white carpet is gone and the hardwood floor is in. I cannot tell you what an improvement this has made to the room.
After stalking craigslist all week I did find a card catalog for the room! I am so excited by this! (I know I am a total nerd.)
Apparently, it came from a nearby middle school, and after it was decommissioned, the seller's brother, who worked at the school, took it home and used it to store various things including tapes. I think it will be a great addition to the room, once I find a table to put it on. More on that later.
Next up for the room is painting the trim on the window that was installed a few weeks ago. (The old one had rotten wood.)
All of the wood trim in this house is dark wood.
Now if this was an old Victorian, I would stain this window to match and be done with it. But it was built in the 80's and I worry that the dark trim is dating the house. I am leaning towards painting the trim around the window white. But that would mean I would probably need to paint all the rest of the trim in the house white also...a big project. Any opinions from anyone if that is worth it? Has anyone else painted dark wood trim in their house, and been happy with it?
Be sure to stop back next week for another update on the library.

And hop on over to Calling It Home to check out all of the other linking participants.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

One Room Challenge: Fall 2014 - Week 1

One Room Challenge Linking Event....Get Ready!
 I'm back....

A lot has happened over the last several months while I took a break from blogging.. The big thing is we moved into a bigger house! Yippee! A second thing is I became a writer for Tipsaholic, a great blog that shares tips on all kinds of subjects. When you have a moment, check out some of my featured tips on moving, camping, starting conversation's with kids, flower arranging and laundry.

While there is a lot on my plate right now, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to once again participate in Calling It Home's One Room Challenge. For those of you who don't know, this is a six weeks event with the Linking Participants sharing their progress of decorating a room each Thursday. In the end, a whole room is redone. This will be my third time joining in. In the past, I redid my laundry room with a Greenbrier/Dorothy Draper theme and the kid's mud room in bright primary colors with a big dash of organization thrown in.

And this time the room in my home I am going to do for the ORC is.....

Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Room Challenge: Spring 2014 - Week 6

The big day is finally here! It's reveal day for the One Room Challenge!!!

First let me say a big thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge. This is so much fun! Plus, once again I was actually able to finish a room in my house. Yipee!!!

So without further adieu here is my Mudroom....

To see how the mud room was all put together, check out the past five weeks here.
And go over to Calling It Home, and see what the other linking participant's rooms look like. There is a lot of talent out there!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Write for Tipsaholic

I am now a writer for Be sure to check it out.

I am so excited! Today is my first post for Tipsaholic. I will be a regular writer for the blog, so there will be more to come....

For those of you who have not yet checked out Tipsaholic, you should. It was started by Cassity over at Remodelaholic. She wanted to move beyond decorating into other areas of interests. The blog has grown into a great spot to get ideas and guidance for a variety of things from cleaning, gardening, and organizing, to reading suggestions, beauty tips, and a few suggestions for the kids. The blog is right up this Improvement minded girls alley, and I am so excited to be a part of it.

So check out my first post, 4 Tips for Using Binder Clips. Then be sure to look around the Tipsaholic blog a bit to see what else you can learn.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Blue and White Stripes

Stripes are very in right now. I see them everywhere. Such a classic yet chic pattern. Normally you will find them in Black and White, but since blue is my favorite color, I am often drawn to Blue and White as the main parts of the stripes. 

I put together a few eye candy pictures using the Blue and White stripes in a table cloth. A great, and a little unique way, to use the pattern. That color combination looks so light, calm,  and a little nautical to me. Great for decorating your Spring table for both inside and outside dining.

A navy blue and white striped table is set with a matching table number, menus and monogrammed napkins. See more #wedding decor inspiration:
The head table featured navy blue and white striped linens and an antique mirrored top.
Navy Blue and white stripe nautical table runners :  wedding nautical navy table runners reception A 0395
love the blue and white striped rag rug used as a table runner
And for more Blue and White goodness. Check out the Pink Pagoda. Today is the Blue and White Bash.