Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Christmas Day has come and gone. It seems we have so much hype getting ready for Christmas that it leaves us with such a lull during the next few months. Well, we can always read more blogs and get inspired for spring. There are a few things that I am going to be doing this winter.

When we moved to our new home in June we only took our furniture that we had in our duplex and put it in the house. We also had a 52' tractor trailer full of furniture. I can not believe we have so much stuff. I am ashamed to show anyone our basement. We are going to be finishing it this winter, starting Jan 1. LOL... I need to go thru what furniture we are going to keep and what we need to sell. The money from the sale of furniture will go to pay for either electrical, plumbing or drywall. There is a mountain of stuff (Holy Moley) that I don't even recall what is there anymore..... guess I didn't really need it that bad. It would be great if we had a cottage - this furniture would be perfect. I do recall a few items. there are at least 2 beds, a double and a queen, all my fabric storage units (for quilt fabric), 2 couches, a corner hutch, some tables, 2 white bookcases, a dinning set, a old school house desk, 2-3 rocking chairs, and all my china.
Man that is going to be tough working around that.. We may need to rent some space while construction happens. My husband and father-in-law will be working on this.

The plan for the basement includes a storage area for storage bins, a table for crafts and cards, a full bath, a guest bedroom, a family TV area, since we do not have a TV in our main living area, and a quilting corner. It will be open concept and the will add another 1500 square feet of living area. We have radiant heat thru out the rest of the house with hard wood floor. We will be putting carpet in the basement which will make a feel great with the warmth from the in floor heat coming up from the bottom.

Friday, December 18, 2009

I was able to take this chair from the basement familyroom. It wasn't being used - so I took it.
I purchased the light and drapery hardware from the Home Depot, the rug from Southport Home Hardware, the curtains, bedding and pillows from Second Glance Interiors and the bench from Wicker Emporium.

I completed the bedroom with a day and a half to spare. I painted, installed new curtain hardware, installed a new chandlier ( the old one was hit by my mother when she was practicing her golf swing), a new rug, new leather bench at end of bed, new side table lamps, bedding, stole a chair and new art work and an new flat screen tv. I think it really turned out well. They were totally surprised. The slurg in the room was the rug at $500.00. Everything else was pretty reasonable.

My parents were away in Florida last year for a month. A week before they returned I decided that I would do a make over of their bedroom. Don't you think they needed a make over?

Here's another view of this kitchen.

In designing our current home, I wanted to have dark kitchen cupboards. I was searching the internet and came across this kitchen and fell in love with the color and the details. I was thinking that this wood was birch but it is white oak. I loved this stain also. I did decide on a wood, and it was birch - very similar to white oak - and finally picked a stain for it.

This kitchen was made for Bruce Laukka, Incorporated. He had it put into his own kitchen.


I love these doors. They add such a country barn feeling.


I have always loved transome windows. They add such a airy feeling to a space. There are a lot of windows in this picture. I love the use of the wood detail above the fireplace. I wonder how they get those lamps to work......

Dec 18, 2009

I have always loved interior design. I would like to have my own business some day, but until than I will post some of my ideas here.
I hope you enjoy.