I had an urge to "Dress" my mantle! A number of the Bloggers I follow are dressing and doing miracles to their client's and their own mantles. I have never done a thing! The mantel is very shallow! Thought whatever I put on it--- would fall off. But, I decided it's MONDAY I'll try anything!
Now, when something, and I literally mean anything, changes in the BLH, more than one thing changes! And this time did not fail! We have changes!
I doubt anyone is surprised. I am still amazed at all the different looks I can accomplish with the same items (stuff). I guess over the 54 years we have been married we have a fairly good amount of accessories. Not to mention the ones I have handed down! (some of which I beg for back...) I'm always finding something to add. Of course when I add something, I put something away! Years ago, a dear friend, who was an amazing artist/designer, told me never to have everything displayed . Put things "away" and later bring them back out. They become NEW once more! It's great advice and I have followed it for many years.
So a few changes have been made. Nothing new or great! Simply PLAYING!
SPARE TIRE MIRROR
The Great Room now is completely OPEN. The trees are all green and I do enjoy seeing the entire VISTA without any blocking. We also will be adding some "color" in the form of potted plants to the Terrace and it will add to the view!
SO.....this Monday was PLAY DAY!
MC has been in the Garage! He did some work on his next MC Little People piece!!!
This has been one of MC's smallest BUT one of the longest projects to complete!
Here it is a couple of weeks ago. It needed "finishing" touches and a final coat of paint.
And now this morning.....ALL DONE!
Kathysue...eventually we will get the white dreamy towels!
I added a picture of our closet/dressing "room"!
Love the Chandelier. It was in our last Master Bedroom. THE red leather bench is from Design Within Reach! Yeah! We purchased that when we had the Uptown Condo in Charlotte! It doesn't "fit" anywhere in the BLH..... but due to it's ridiculous cost, I had to find a home for it!
Those are IKEA cabinets we painted with the left over Annie Sloan paint. Yes, we had some paint left over!!! Still can't believe that 3 quarts were all we needed to do the entire Kitchen and the Master Bath!
It's 30" x 50"
And the rest of the Master Suite
Overall this is one of the nicest "Master Suites" we have had. (and that's 35!) If I could change anything... it would be to remove that huge soaking tub! I know, a lot of you love the idea of lounging in a tub. But, not me.
I can't relax and enjoy it. QUESTION How do you read when your hands are wet? Never could figure that out.
In it's place I would have the entire space a walk-in shower with multiple heads....the Ultimate Shower! Not to be in this "life", but thought I would let you all in on my wish!
At this time, MC has one tiny project he's playing with. It's a new MC's Little People. It is a good one! I will share as soon as he gets motivated to finish it!!
Lately I have noticed words on my Posts and emails have been "highlighted". I am not doing this. When you click on these words, Ads pop up.
MC is working on the cause so we can stop these.
I am so sorry that this is occurring.
Thanks for your tolerance in this problem.....Hopefully it will STOP soon.
A friend of mine called and told me she had done some Annie Sloan work! She mentioned she was in the process of working on her Kitchen Island! I asked her to call me when she was finished. I wanted to see what she did!. We all have the same elements in our homes and to see how the homeowners personalize them is amazing.
WELL I was blown away!!!!!
The changes she has made were breathtaking! I found it hard to take it all in!!
I asked if she minded I share all her work on my Blog! She was so gracious to agree. She took out her handy camera and sent me some pictures! She also filled me in on what colors she used. I am so glad she added that!
JUST LOOK AT WHAT SHE HAS DONE!!!!!!
Starting with the Kitchen.
The colors are Old White with a "tad" of Old Ocher
Here is a Chest.
The colors here are a 50/50 mix of Old White and Chateau Grey
Then she trimmed it using Old White. GORGEOUS!
She also did her Dining Chairs!
Again using, Old White. All her colors flow! I love the seat cushions!!
And Finally, in the Entry of their home this wonderful piece!!!
The colors here are Duck Egg lightened with a "tad" of Old White. She used Gold Gilding Wax
FABULOUS PIECE.....AND A WONDERFUL FOCAL POINT TO GRAB YOUR EYE AS YOU ENTER HER BEAUTIFUL HOME
You have to be kidding. I have been in the house too long.....
First, I get this idiotic idea to move around some furniture. Bad idea...Ended up putting it all back.. A lost day!
The next day, I get the urge to move MIRRORS....all of which led to a massive disaster area here for three days.
MC has been working on a project for a long, long time. No big thing, just taking forever. It has been in the garage for over a month, and BTW he has touch up painting and some finishing detailing to go.
We have a faux marble useless "seat" attached to a 3/4 wall separating the shower from the tub. Some of you are familiar with these wonderful "features" !
"They" are described as seating!
Real world, there is no way anyone can "SIT" on them to perform any task or hygiene routine !!!! I have tried for years! Forget it! No room to sit, position oneself, or place necessary items, etc.
We decided MC could construct a shelf unit to rest on this "space". He's becoming a Pro at shelf units, so why not another one? This one would actually have a purpose and improve it's appearance.
carried it in from the garage to make sure it fit! Can't imagine what
would have happened if it hadn't? It will be finished "In Place"!
There is no way we are going to lug that back into the garage.
There was a picture where it now sits, and of course that had to be moved! Thus the beginning of... "What in the world are we doing?
Another factor contributed to the movement! I was reading about a home and the designer mentioned how fantastic a family Ceremonial Dress looked in the home's Foyer.
Where I have seen that before?
..... Except many moons ago it was moved out of our Foyer.
I thought maybe I should get our "Ceremonial" Christening Dress back, front and center!
For months it has been out of the main area of the house. Actually as things progressed, I found an even better place to "display" it, other than the Foyer......that's later.... Really out of the box!
A few days ago, I actually thought I had a plan where each piece would go! Somehow that "plan" got lost?
Between hair appointments, which we all know, are of the HIGHEST PRIORITY, meetings, etc. I finally think we are finished ....for now....
The mirrors and paintings have moved at least two or three times......The Morning Test Thing! Oh boy do we need to fill in holes, and touch up some paint!
Poor MC, he has been up and down step stools with nails, levelers and hammers!
As of this moment .......
The leather framed round mirror (fondly referred to as the "Spare Tire" ) is over the mirrored Lady's Desk in the Foyer.
The Zinc table was moved to the TERRACE....So far so Good
Moved the black framed mirror that was in the Foyer and put it over our black painted Hope Chest. They look like a set, but in reality refinished 20 years apart!
Plan B or C or whatever is still good!
WOW THIS PICTURE NOT MOVED!
Erica's Bow fabric piece over M. Bed......Looking good...real good!
Moved the large gold framed mirror that was over the Hope Chest, into
the bedroom over the glass and iron console table, again although they look alike, they are completely separate items bought and refinished in different years........we are still on a roll.....
OUR CEREMONIAL CHRISTENING DRESS
The Dress is now the focal point of the room! The first thing you see when entering. The View , not disturbed....still there!!!
PS....MC painted the frame black.....big difference!
When the wall unit in our bath is finished, I will have the pleasure to pretty it up!
Boy I have been sneezing, etc for four days. I don't think it's allergies, I do think I have a head cold, but I'm not sure at this point!
I slept for three days. It has taken me hours to catch up on all you guys! You have been busy while I have been sleeping!
IN MY FOGGY STATE I did come up with a change I wish to share!
I noticed a lot of posts about Art over the last couple of days. Thus the Post on my Brother!
Then on Thursday, the first day of my cold, while still sober, I saw a great picture on Kristy and Beth's Blog, My Design Chic http://www.mydesignchic.com/
They were showing fabulous pieces of Art in different settings. When MC and I finished our Kitchen cabinets with "Annie" I wanted so to have the one piece Erica did for us somewhere in the room. It had the perfect colors to accent our new cabinets. I actually gave up, until Thursday!!!!!
Then the following appeared on My Design Chic
WOW, THIS WAS THE ANSWER!!!!
I had thought of hanging Erica's piece over the shelving, but was afraid it would be too much.
So in between naps and sneezing I convinced MC to hammer two nails for me ! He did and look!
Entering the space....Get the idea?
IT'S JUST WHAT I IMAGINED.....
A very special Thank You to Kristy and Beth for their inspiration.
My brother, Bobby, AKA PATCH, in some parts of the country, has been creating some very impressive Art! He was showcased in their Florida Community of Pelican Preserve, Fort Myers, Florida last month.
He actually sold many pieces.....so he is a PRO!
He is registered on the site below...
Check it out...
I have two brothers, Bobby, THE ARTIST
Henry, AKA Happy, who is a highly acclaimed ACTOR!
Over the past 10 years or so, he has been in many performances and Starred, in productions of the Gainesville Community Theater. He has won Many Many of their awards....
. Bobby, Henry, Erica
MOVE FURNITURE AND CLEAN!
but I do not have an AKA