Sunday, February 26, 2012

Home Office Take Two

Hello Everyone!
We have been painting rooms, cleaning, de-cluttering, donating, selling furniture
and buying new furniture all in the last two weeks. It's been crazy and I am tired. 
Finally I can share with you the new home office which was previously the unused
formal living room. I really did like this room we just never used it. Ever. I had the
idea a few years ago to relocate the upstairs office to this space and here is the result.
Join me for a before and after tour.
 After! The paint color is a light khaki color called Tobacco Leaf by Martha Stewart.
I was ready to lighten up the deep gold we had here before. The desk unit fits well.
 Here is the formal living room before the room transformation.
Yes, we did keep this leather furniture for the family room.
 Another before view. The french doors are one of our favorite features.
 I used the same drapes from Target that were in the previous upstairs office.
Since they matched a chair I was going to use I saw no reason to change them.
 The bookcase has been redecorated. I talked my husband into donating half of his books.
Let me tell you that was not easy. He loved his books but I know they will find a better home.
 Photos of special events and the helicopter he flies.
 On the other side I added an M and a few more decoratives.
 The chair from Ashley was fairly new so it found a new home here.
This is my hubs spot for lounging on his laptop while I sit at my desktop.
 The envelope pillow matches the drapes and came from Marshalls.
 I was able to still use the rug from Lowes that was in the room.
This room will be changed to dark hardwoods soon though.
 The same was true for the burgundy drapes from Bed Bath and Beyond.
One more view of the entire space.
We love this bright room now. The important thing is...we use it! 
Thanks for coming by. Check out my Face Book and Pinterest boards.  
I'm still pinning away and post on my FB quite a bit.
I'll see you very soon with another new makeover project.
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Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Decorating Chaos

Hello Friends!
If you read my previous post you know that I am now on a decorating frenzy.
Check it out of you missed it for an update on our move.
I'm trying to slow down but I feel like tearing each room apart and that is precisely
what I have done. Piles of *stuff* are everywhere Yikes! It has me uneasy. If you have
read my blog for any length of time you know how much I organize and clean so this 
chaos is not me. I know it will all be worth it in the end. I can't wait to show you all of
 the before and afters. Here is a peek of the new home office formally the living room.
It is cloudy and raining today so I can't get very good pictures. More coming soon.
 We are using the chair from the family room and the same drapes.
This room will be changed to hardwoods in a few months.
I definitely can't handle that extra noise it takes to have them put in right now.
The long weekend ahead has us painting some more rooms and celebrating
our thirteen year wedding anniversary on the 20th. Where does the time go?
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Moving Conclusion

Hello Everyone!
Remember our upcoming move to Maryland?
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would tell you this outcome.
Are you ready for this? We are not moving. At least for the next two years.
What? How did that happen? That is the military for you. Unbelievable.
We are both still a little in shock after finding out the news last week.
As you know we had been waiting for well over a year to have his orders cut
 for a new assignment in Maryland. This March makes six years we have lived here.
As of this coming July he moves to a great new job at one of our local bases. He's fine.
I'm fine as well. I just wanted to know the final answer. As you can guess I will be 
decorating our current home up a storm! I am excited and I have wasted no time.
Here are the overall plans:
1. Paint every single interior room. It's all going to be lighter and brighter!
2. Rearrange three rooms. We will now use them how we live.
Goodbye formal living room, hello new home office, bonus room
becomes a media room, bonus room moves to the current office.
This includes selling and replacing some furniture. Fun stuff!
3. Have the kitchen cabinets painted a light cream.
4. Remove the carpet downstairs and have hardwoods installed.
5. Steam clean upstairs carpets and pressure wash house exterior.
6. Update flower beds and clean up our current landscaping.
7. Replace outdoor deck rug, pillows, clean back deck.
8. Update, redecorate each room along the way.
I hope to have all of this complete within the next few months. I hope!
I have held off so long with decorating thinking we were moving I'm more than ready.
Check out our progress so far. Big thanks to my hubby for all of his hard work.
 Goodbye gold paint. This room is done! I'll show you soon...:)
 Ugh...what a mess painting and moving furniture makes. I have no patience. Pray for me.
We will be selling the fabric sofas and armoire this week.
 A cheerful aqua for the new workout, Chestnut's room.
 I chose soft colors for the master suite.
 A deep teal for the guest bath. Love this color with chocolate brown.
 The guest room color will be another aqua blue shade.
 My paint color choices for the entry, family room and kitchen.
All of the colors are from Martha Stewart at Home Depot.
 The formal dining room colors. A painting was my inspiration.
 New drapes and hardware for the future media room.
A new fan too. This is also the room that will need new furniture.
Stay tuned for many before and after posts right here.
Finally I feel like I will have much to share with you. Hooray!
Have a wonderful week!



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sneak Peek & An *Almost* Update

Hello Friends!
A long time ago I promised to share with you photos from my sister Michele's new home.
 Unfortunately she's been too busy with teaching and her two young sons that is has been
difficult for her to take finished photos of the rooms. Here is a sneak peek of her dining room
wall and buffet. As you can see their home has many unique pieces. I will share more soon.
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On another note...
A few days ago I posted on my Face Book page about the status of our upcoming move.
The details are not completely finalized yet. I will let you know the surprising changes soon.
It has been one crazy, roller coaster ride that is for sure. Whew!
Stay tuned...:)
Have a wonderful week!

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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a USMC wife married to a wonderful man for fifteen years. He's a CH-53E pilot and has done three fleet tours overseas. I am very proud of him and his hard work. For many years I worked in retail jewelry sales and finally decided it was time to stop and enjoy my decorating passion. We share our home with our cat Chestnut, Lloyd the cockatiel and a betta fish. I appreciate all of your comments and try to respond to as many as I can. Join me! I would be happy for you to follow along.


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