Sunday, November 29, 2009
In the photo below, you can see my version it it. After we bought this house in August, I went on EBAY and found some vintage ice skates. The garland is from the Christmas Tree farm we visited last week.
Here is a close up of the skates.
I put some red fuzzy socks inside the skates and then added some fresh greens and berry picks I got from a craft store. I changed the old laces out to red ribbons.
Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here.
I can see these skates hanging in the center of a wreath on the front door as well! Another vintage item I am keeping my eyes out for is a vintage sled. I have wanted one forever, to place on the front porch and hang a wreath on it.
I have also seen smaller sleds placed on a dining table as part of a center piece. Wouldn't that look great!
This post was originally written by Penny Carlson and she blogs at The Comforts of Home.blogspot. She can also be found on Facebook at penny.carlson.10.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Here is the old living room ceiling fixture. It was a verdigris finish. Nice, but not the look I was going for.
Here is the new living room light. It hangs from the ceiling about 7 inches. The glass has a old golden cast to it. The iron is finished in a old brass patina look.
Standing in my dining room you can see a part of the new dining chandelier, the foyer light (which is an exact copy of the living room light) and the living room light.
On the the kitchen. These are the old pendant lights that hung over the counter. They were silver with white glass shades.
Here are the new lights. They have the same vintage brass iron look, with old golden glass shades. I love the way they blend with the tile back splash.
Across from the kitchen is the eat in kitchen area. Below is the old chandelier. It was silver with white glass shades also. (Ignore the mess on the table - this was about a month ago when I was still unpacking).
I mentioned one of my sons is here visiting and he and Mr. Comforts of home installed the new chandelier over the kitchen table.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Here are some pictures of the Christmas tree farm. It is called Sandy Hollar Farms and has been in business for 30 years.
The gift shop was deck out in wonderful fresh cut Cypress and Frasier fir garlands and wreaths. I bought a couple of the garlands and a wreath and will show you soon, how I am using them.
Isn't this just beautiful?
Without further adieu, the winner of the burlap/ french postcard print pillow cover giveaway was drawn by Random.org. There were 83 comments and the winner was number 15.
The winner is Stacey of Poofing the Pillows (how appropriate is that?). Congrats Stacey! Please email me your mailing address and I will send your pillow out to you right away! And thank you all for your sweet comments on this post.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I would love to give someone a French burlap pillow cover. This pillow cover is made by ME. It is burlap, with a vintage tea stained French post card applique.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Here is a night shot of the shower after Mr. Comforts of Home installed the rain shower head and handle. I have marked this Done on my side bar.
We are getting so close to finishing the master bath! I ordered something today for the master bath, but it is on back order until Dec 3rd. Once we received it I will do a before and after post on the master bath.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Take, for instance, this built-in magazine rack in the master bath. As remodeling tends to go, this was installed BEFORE I had a chance to paint it. So now I need to paint it and I have added it to my "to do" list.
I will also be adding other projects to the list as they come along. It helps me to feel a little more organized and in control when I have a list. Plus I really get a sense of accomplishment when I complete a task and can mark it Done.
Do you make lists?
I was waiting to finish a couple of more things in my kitchen before doing a "before and after" post, but this was a great opportunity that I didn't want to pass up.
The first THREE pictures are my kitchen in it's BEFORE. I took them the day we closed on the house a couple of months ago.
We removed the tile that was on the wall under the bar and replaced it with drywall. We removed the skinny corbels and added thick, chunky ones (they still need to be painted). We are planning on getting three bar chairs to sit there. And we have our new kitchen pendent lights, but have not installed them yet.
I have copper pots that I use as containers and planters. I have more copper pieces to hang on the wall, but have not had a chance yet. I love the way copper warms up a kitchen.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I now have a full gathered bed skirt (Pottery Barn), in white. A fluffy down alternative comforter (Bed Bath and Beyond) and my toile quilt (Pottery Barn).
Still no head board, curtains, lampshades or proper nightstands.
HOWEVER, I do have this marvelous old carved mirror....remember in some of my inspiration photos on this post, the mirrors used as headboards? I don't think I can do that, but I can get a similar feel with this mirror. More later...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
So, since I think of you all as family I am going to let you come on in and see a teeny bit of the mess that I have lived through for the last 2 months.
Here is Mr. Comforts of Home installing a new chandelier in our dining room. When we purchased this foreclosure, the previous owners took the chandelier with them.
The chandelier came in a box, filled with boxes, filled with chandelier parts. Thank goodness I am married to Mr Comforts of Home. He knew where every part went and how to install it.
Along with the chandelier for the dining room, we also received the lighting for the powder room, master bathroom.....
...and the lighting for the foyer and living room ceiling....and the chandelier for the eat in kitchen as well as the lighting that hangs over the kitchen counter. So we will be living with boxes and boxes of electrical parts, plastic wrap, Styrofoam and wiring for the next week or so while Mr Comforts of Home installs the lighting in between his day job of engineering.
Monday, November 9, 2009
The tub was installed today!! Doesn't it look great? I want to take a bath in it tonight, but I am forcing myself to wait until the entire bathroom is finished, so I can really enjoy it. Besides, I still have the window covering issue to deal with.
And I know that seeing a toilet, might not be very exciting to you, but for the last month and a half we have been sleeping in a guest room UPSTAIRS, because that is where the only working bathrooms were.
Our master bath toilet was also installed today, so we are moving down to the master bedroom.
A little bit of progress every day...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I had a wonderful day today! About a month ago, Rhondi from Rose Colored Glasses invited all North Carolina bloggers to come to a lunch at her house. Rhondi and I have been blog friends for a couple of years and last year Rhondi drove from Charlotte, NC to my house (about a 2-1/2 hour drive) to spend the day with me. I was so excited to be able to drive over to her house to see her again!
Two other North Carolina bloggers also attended Rhondi's luncheon. Mary from Across The Pond (who lives in the Raleigh area and I just met two weeks ago when she was visiting Asheville) and Donna from Dobco, who I had not met until today were there.
From left to right, Rhondi, Donna, Mary and Me....on Rhondi's front porch.
Here is a picture of Donna, Rhondi and Mary standing just inside Rhondi's dining room before lunch. You can see Rhondi's living room behind everyone and her beautiful crystal chandelier over her dining table in the left fore ground.
Of course, you know you can tell a BLOGGER when you see someone with a camera taking a picture of food!
Rhondi's lunch was delicious! She served homemade butternut squash soup as the first course, followed by a broccoli quiche and a wonderful spinach salad with raspberries and mandarin oranges.
For dessert Rhondi served us tea from her vintage tea cart and gorgeous Dainty Blue china tea service.
The dessert was Mango sorbet with Rhondi's homemade oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies.
We spend the entire lunch talking about everything from blogging to trips to France and Thailand, quilting, photography, other outstanding blogs and more! I felt like I had know these wonderful women for years.
Mary brought this wonderful French style laundry bag and a English Lavender room scent as a gift for me. I love them both!
And Donna hand made this lovely Christmas bag and filled it will a cookie cutter, recipe cards and a mini loaf of yummy bread!
It was a lovely day. As I drove home I thought about how I would love to recreate this wonderful idea that Rhondi had. Maybe a luncheon next spring or early summer....