a little one anyway. if i could talk tom into it, i would do home improvement projects every week! i guess it would be pretty hard on the budget, but i seriously love the process. when we finally decided it was time to redo my studio floor (my craft/scrapbooking studio) which is actually just an upstairs bedroom, we had to clear it out. i was ecstatic! such a fresh start for a room when you can completely clear a room and then put it back together. since i have gotten rid of so much stuff, i thought that it would be really streamlined….but that’s not really how it turned out. it seems that even though i purged a ton, i still have a ton left! but it does feel good to know that i have gone through every little bit of it and i couldn’t part with the things that are left. the plan was to replace the carpet with a rustic wood floor. the look i was after was a sort of old front porch floor. i called around and got bids on whitewashed wood floors and decided that $2000 was too much for my little ol’ studio….so tom came up with the idea to lay decking for my floor. we knew it was very experimental, but since the room is used as a studio, we figured it was a good place for an experiment…plus it was cheap! the carpet was trashed, so it couldn’t have been much worse-
while everything was cleared out of the room, i tried to talk tom into taking the popcorn ceiling down, but he just gave me a look. so we still have the lovely ceiling.
in the meantime, there was quite a mess in our bedroom-
the mess spread to our guest room-
our plan was to get the paint for the floor tuesday and have the room back together by today. however, as with most home improvement projects, there are always unexpected issues that seem to arise. we went to the paint store and as we were talking with the store manager, we discovered that the wood we used needs to cure for 6 months before it can be painted. the looks on our faces must have been awful! tom felt terrible about it, like he had let me down. but after the initial shock, i adjusted and i’m good with it. it’s a good excuse to clear the room again in 6 months and maybe even take the ugly ceiling down! here’s how it looks now. i still need to get rid of a bit of ugly plastic and just get rid of more stuffs in general : )
the photo below is what i see when i’m sitting at my desk and turn around.
it’s imperfect to be sure, but it’s still delightful to me. i have some of my favorite things in this room and i just adore the time i spend there!
today, donna and i are planning to do some painting at the loft. the bedroom is so dingy and needs paint so bad. i think it will make a world of difference. little by little, it’s getting there! patience was never one of my virtues, but with age, i seem to be getting a little better.
today is my dad’s birthday! happy birthday dad!
another little man in my life was quite a poser on memorial day. brooke sat him in the grass for one of the first times and he reacted much like harper did….not sure if he was okay with it or not, but he adjusted to it much more quickly than she did-
i am smitten with this boy.
here are a couple of quotes that i like and that seem to be my *home decorating* mantra:
“do what seems right for you. we find that when we express ourselves honestly and intimately we can feel confident in our choices”. alexandra stoddard
“be authentic. try to express yourself honestly in what you do. if we make choices based on what other people may think, we will be disappointed in life, because it won’t be ours to live”. a.s.
“be responsible for the way your home looks and feels”. a.s.
“my business is to preach to you the beauty of suitability”. elsie de wolfe
“much of the character of everyman may be read in his house”. john ruskin