Monday, September 17, 2012


He's getting there!
I would say we are 70% finished with the "Room".  We still have a few projects left.

Only one OOOPS moment when one of the large shelves I was holding while MC was bracing the side piece fell on my hand...but....  Really, it was OK.   One of those moments when you are afraid to look at your body part for fear of what you will see.... 


This side has been dedicated to his Air Force life!

Under the Clock is his Sword from his ROTC Corps life at VPI...Today known as Virginia Tech
 MC is making a sign to place on the back wall  of this shelf.  It will read,  MC's Little People. He also will be making stands for each of the figures
 In addition to MC's Little People
we have
His School Stuff
Cook books
A special needlepoint that Patti made, just for him, eons ago!
(you don't see the copier, do you?  Just pretend it's not there.)

  The room is directly off the Foyer at the front door, at the front of the house.  This makes it very, very visible. It's one of the first things one sees when entering our home.  We never paid much attention to the detail of the room, felt good it was kept neat and orderly!

When a neighbor commented that we had put so much into the other rooms, we realized we needed to address MC's private space!

What's left for the Wall Unit are round black knobs that are on order for the lower cabinet.

The largest,  of the other projects,  are drapery panels for these two windows that face the street.  We have  Bali Neat Pleat shades which are perfect for privacy, add nothing to "design"!

I have been looking at fabrics and fabric ideas for these windows for over a year.  Never had the need to make a decision and never had a direction!

Saturday, MC and I went to OHCO Warehouse.



We played it safe and brought home 8 swatches, or cut off pieces, to see if one would stand out.

It's funny, the second we brought in all the cut off pieces only one said IT'S ME!  It was perfect!  Guess which one?  Clue, it looks great with the clock.
Added feature....it was a Bargain Lover's Huge Bargain!!!

MC is going to paint the old gold rods he made (that started out white) black and we picked up black rings with hooks.
He will do his IRON ON TAPE magic!  This will be fun!  It really looks great in this room!

One other project is for the smaller wall opposite the window wall.

Don't you love MC's TV.  You can tell he's not into sports!  He actually uses his computer monitor more !
Told you he was "DIFFERENT".  Just give him a good book!

What we are planning here is something I've not approached before.  I am going to  use  some of the family pictures that were on the IKEA units that were behind his desk.  We bought six 11 x 14 black frames and two 8 x 10 black frames.  We will use matting and center 8 x 10 pictures in the six large frames and smaller pictures in the two 8 x 10 frames.
Best part....got these frames at the Dollar Store.....total $8

This is my starting point....Get the idea?  The TV will sit below the two pictures in the center.

I love this chest.  It's the one we bought in Senoia a few years ago.  Never dreamed it would end up here!

So, this is where we are today.

I don't think it will take too long. I'm sure it will be finished by next month.  We're having a large meeting for the 2012 Holiday Tour Of Homes.  All the "Committee Heads", Homeowners and the Homeowners that are selling their crafts in our new addition this year.  THE GIFT HOUSE!  It will be a great place for everyone to do some shopping for gifts and "secretly" for themselves!  This is the second year Steve and I have headed up the Tour.  Had a lot of assistance with another couple...That made a huge difference.  Last year our home was on the Tour.  Now, that was one of the best days we've had since we moved here.  We spent the afternoon  relating the stories of all our treasures.  The HIGHLIGHT of the show.....Erica's Christening Dress!  Our Holiday Decor was secondary!  I have tons of pictures.....will make a new post later in the year!

Wish MC Luck with his new projects.  He's resting up!!!


  1. looks super!!!!! love the showcasing of the little people!

    that fabric store is the "bee's knees"... wonderful!

    LOVE THE GIFT HOUSE IDEA! I would want that to be my house if i lived there :)

  2. Wow! Ya'll don't mess around!!! Love the bookcases! Stellar job!!! and that fabric yummy!!!!

  3. You are a couple possessed - are you for hire? Just love what you have done and can't wait to see the draperies - love the fabric!! Is your hand okay?

  4. Hand is fine...thanks.
    We keep busy here in Sun City!

  5. MC is perfect!! Not into sports....likes reading....and most importantly, helping you with decorating projects? Pretty sweet, Patty!!

    I am sorry the shelf fell. I hope your hand is okay. The room looks really fabulous. And how cool to have your house on the tour :)

    Take care!

  6. Bookcase looks amazing - brilliant job. And I'm green with envy for all the fabrics you can get at such crazy prices. We have nothing like that here.

  7. The bookcase looks like it's always been there!! Fits in perfectly. I LOVE that fabric store too. Great finds there.

  8. The shelves look great, wonderful styling! I think the clock and the shelves really make that room. I love that black geometric fabric, by the way! Is that the one you picked for your drapes?

    I am glad your hand is okay now (from reading your comment above).


  9. ok seriously - what a find! that place sounds AMAZING. i need a place like that. and the fabric seems PERFECT!

  10. Bethany, We heard about this place from a neighbor, over a year ago. This is our third project purchase. It's a little over an hour's drive. We went Saturday, brought home swatches and then went back yesterday to purchase the one that was PERFECT. We were so lucky to find this place.

  11. It's looking amazing Patty!!! I love the fabric you chose for the curtains! And I really like your plan for the frames around the tv. They will fill up the wall so nicely and I love when the tv is kind of "hidden in plain sight". also love the stripped dresser!! Did you guys do that? It's beautiful!

  12. Brooke,
    I have to admit, no we did not paint the chest. We bought it in a great little town about 30 minutes from here, called Senoia. Southern Living Magazine has their 2012 Idea house there. Our neighborhood is going next month. Will do a post, although a lot of bloggers have done so already!
    Thanks so for commenting and I'm so glad you like what we have done so far.

  13. Perfect choice of fabric. I always get confused and lost in fabric stores....too many choices is a bad thing for me lol.

    I love how this is shaping up for MC. Bravo!

  14. I could do some serious damage at that fabric outlet. LOVE the chest too! You all have been BUSY!Hope your hand is okay!

  15. I love your fabric choice! That outlet looks fantastic, what bargains! You could buy remnants and sell them on your blog girlie! I want to see more!
    Your room is looking fantastic. Your house is so TOUR worthy! new blog lingo!

  16. MC continues to bedazzle. Glad your hand is okay. The chest that MC's lil tv is on is tres fab! Your fabric choice (I'm hoping it's that geometric one) will be stunning and can't wait to see how the photo project turns out. And where are my manners, TGIF! A fab weekend to you and the fam .

  17. Did anyone ever tell you that decorating can be dangerous? I guess you found that out....hope all is well. I have been to that fabric store and felt like a hoarder when I left...with fabric for nobody but me and my obsession!!! MC is a busy man....I really can not believe how multi talented he is! Along with being handsome :)