So time is flying by at break-neck speed and I am not so good about blogging anymore or taking pictures of what I do. So here's a little recap.
We moved into our new home on March 1, 2010. We love it. I set to work right away getting some of the projects done that I didn't want to wait 7 years to do: like tiling the "chef's nook" and 1/2 bath, wallpapering a giant map, painting the master bedroom and dining room, etc. I will post more pictures later (especially of the stenciling projects I have been doing). But here is what we have so far.
Here is Todd welcoming you:
Here is the view from the front hallway into the family, kitchen, and dining rooms.
We had to consolidate all of our bookshelves and entertainments into the huge shelving unit. We also relegated our red sofa and chair to the basement and promoted the leather sectional up to the big leagues. Our sectional is wrong... it "L's" the wrong way, but it was not within the budget to buy another couch or rebuild the house, so... for now it is what it is.
Here is Todd doing some dishes...
We did quartz counter tops (Hanstone in "Tiffany Gray") and white cabinets, because I am still a white cabinet girl. Our floor is 12" x 24" gray porcelain tiles laid in a brick pattern. The tiles look like grass cloth and are Fiona proof.
Here is Todd looking into fridge to see if there is anything to eat... which there isn't.
Here is Todd sitting and laughing at something witty you just said.
The dining room wall is a stencil that I made from an Art Nouveau book. I will blog about that later. The stencil is not finished yet. It will have birds and flowers (you can see a small finished portion on the far left).
Here is Todd waking up in our lovely "winter" bedroom.
The trees are stencils from Urban Outfitters. The wall color is a wonderful slate gray from Restoration Hardware that I LOVE. I was worried that it would be too dark, but I really love the crisp white and gray with yellow and white bedding. There is a white wardrobe with a gray tree stenciled on it to the side. I also like our bedside lights that hang instead of sitting on the night table. I still need to hide the cords.
Here's Todd in his thinking place...
I am going to paint the bathroom a lighter gray and do something fabulous with tile. Someday...
Todd is still excited to go upstairs, even though the upstairs is decidedly not exciting.
I LOVE our carpet. It's a mix of low and looped pile and it has subtle stripes. It is wheat colored and has already weathered 5 ladies with the stomach flu and one dog who ate a 5 lb. bag of chocolate chips. It still looks great!
Here's Todd in the guest room. He didn't want to leave.
I imagine that this room will be beachy and tranquil.
This is the daybed in my craft room. He didn't want to leave here either, in fact, he didn't. He's still there.
Fiona is keeping him company. She also took his shoes. The craft room is still not perfect. I have a lot of stuff to organize and get rid of. It is also Fiona's secret hide out. If I leave the door open, she brings her "treasures" up here. If I am missing something like slippers or a 5 lb bag of flour or chocolate chips, it will be in her hideout.
This is the map papered 1/2 bath that I love.
I tiled the walls 1/2 way up on two walls and then the map covers the rest. It was the first thing I did and I love it.
Here's some other stuff I did this summer:
We went to Florida to visit Tyler, Brittany, & Owen. It was heavenly. They live in such a beautiful place. We miss them SOOOOO much!
I went to Connecticut to visit Emily & the little ladies:
I walked on air!
I drove a submarine.
I saw the old sites and some great "old" friends.
We went to Sturbridge Village and did old fashioned-y things...
We made headbands galore...
I was purposely trying to make that look awkward.
Then Emily & the Little Ladies came to my house... and got sick.
It was the stomach flu which we all got, even some of the cousins. But I did not throw up. How, you ask, can you get the stomach flu and NOT throw up? Oh, you can... you CAN.
We visited the Bingham Copper mine. It's a mile deep.
And then I lost my our brand new camera and don't have documentation of Sarah's visit or of Spencer and Sho and the wedding we all attended. Or of Todd's mom and dad's visit or Darcy's visit or of Tyler and Brittany's visit. Or of Girl's Camp. It's been non-stop fun. Just the way summer should be.