Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hope your Halloween is spooktacular.

Chris decided that prepping for Sandy included carving a pumpkin. Impressive, no?
Thanks to everyone who checked in on us regarding the storm. We were very lucky and didn't even lose power. Our thoughts are with those who are now dealing with some very unfortunate aftermath. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Vinyl Wallpaper Is the Best!

After nights of losing sleep wondering how we'd get the wallpaper down from the highest, most unreachable areas of our stairwell, it turned out not to be an issue after all.
 The vinyl wallpaper came down without effort.
As in pull one corner and the entire sheet came off in one piece.
This is going to sound like bragging, but it only took 20 minutes to get it all down.
It was like it was begging to come off.  It took us another 20 minutes to bag it up and then we were back to enjoying our weekend.

The wallpaper guy who hung the new wallpaper in our family room and powder room assured me that vinyl wallpaper was easy to remove, but I didn't think it would be this easy! Don't be too jealous. Chris and I have paid our dues with stubborn wallpaper removal. I feel we deserved a little break.

Now, let's just keep our fingers crossed that Sandy doesn't end up being as big of a deal as The Weather Channel is saying. Stay safe, East Coasters!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sconce Search

Thank you for your very kind responses to our exterior project reveal. It feels SO GOOD to have that behind us and are so happy with the results. But there's still a lot of work to do on Hazard Ave, so let's move right along to our foyer & hallway, shall we?

I seem to have the most difficult time selecting lighting (unless it is alabaster, and then I can't control myself).  I'm getting pulled in several different directions when it comes to choosing the sconces for our downstairs hallway.

Do I go with something very simple that won't compete with the mirror?

Simple with a twist? 
Soho with Black Shade

Double Swag

 Doublewide with an "x"?
Transitional "X"

I'm leaning towards doublewide with an "x". I like the way the "x"s in the sconces mimic the "x"s on the mirror, but I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Our New Old House: Exterior Revealed!

We can close the chapter on our summer-long project to make over the exterior of our home.

It has come a long way from what it looked like when we bought it two years ago.  Then it was the wallflower of our street, literally camouflaged in paint colors of green and brown and hidden behind overgrown shrubs.

So we removed the monsterous bushes, had a new roof put on, replaced the front railing, and gave the whole house a fresh new paint job.  It has been transformed into something we are now proud to call home. 

Home sweet home. 

Body painted in Amherst Gray by Benjamin Moore; Trim color is Montgomery White by Benjamin Moore; Accent color is Chat Room by Sherwin Williams; Foundation Color is Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore

Friday, October 19, 2012

Gilded House Numbers

One of the things that sold me on this house were the "gold leafed" house numbers on the transom over our front door. It wasn't until we moved in that we realized that the numbers are just a paint job that looks DIY'd. Isn't it funny how your perception during walkthroughs prior to moving in can be so different from actuality?
Yes, we stil have paint touch ups to do and yes, that light fixture still needs to be replaced. 

I'd always thought we'd have to hire a professional sign maker to replace them so the project moved to the "nice to have, but not a necessity list". So imagine my delight the other day when I stumbled upon this website that will custom make gold leafed numbers that we can adhere to the transom ourselves.
Wouldn't something like this look so much better?

The only hard part is going to be choosing a font.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Big Arse Art

I have a couple of ideas brewing for the giant wall art that I mentioned wanting for our upstairs hallway. I'm all over the board, from super traditional to super modern.

Framed wallpaper panels are an obvious choice.
Domicile Interior Design
Chinoiserie themed wallpaper especially. The print is generally large in scale and can stand on its own.
Love how Jenny gave hers an edgy look with plexiglass.

We're also considering fine art mounted on giant-size canvases available from Surface View. Surface View is a UK company that allows you to crop and enlarge any of their available images in a variety of ways. I've been having so much fun on their website.

This is Chris's pick.

This is called The Virgin in Prayer which would be ironic because neither of us are virginal or saintly.

I also like this one.
The Surprise

Or maybe something that will indulge my sailboat obsession.
Mending Sails on the Deck of the 'Birkdale'

Or...we could get really creative and blow up one of our own photos into a 3' x 4' engineer print at our local copy shop. For around $20 (including plywood or foam core mount board), this would be our most economical option.
Sugar Bee Crafts

We still have plenty of time to figure it out.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Coloring On Walls

Eh...I know you are all eagerly anticipating pictures of our recently painted house, but she isn't quite ready for her big debut. We're waiting on our electrician to install the lighting. Waiting...waiting...waiting. Hasn't that been the theme of this entire project? I hope we won't have to wait too much longer.

Chris and I have been busy though.  Interested in an update of our hallway project?

Chris made scaled drawings of the hallway to help determine size and placement of the picture molding and chair rail. After several iterations, here's where we ended up.
(I'll note here that Chris's drawing was to scale until I mucked it up with the image of my new mirror. The mirror is is actually smaller than the panel will be.)
(Wait just another second... I see now that the molding to the right of doorway isn't right. I'll have to let my husband/designer/contractor know).

Where was I?
Oh yes.
We're also having the electrician wire for sconces, so the drawings helped us see where we should hang them in relation to the mirror and panels.  They'll go right smack in the middle of each panel to the right and left of the mirror. 

Now the fun part-- Drawing on the old wallpaper with a bright red marker to help see how it is going to look in real life. 

 Oops! Made a mistake there.
But get the picture?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Funny story about this huge, bamboo framed, crazy-awesome mirror.
I saw it for the first time six months ago at a rather pricey antique store not far from my house. It is the kind of antique store that is only open "by appointment" or if the owner happens to be there. The kind of antique store that doesn't put a price tag on anything. I make a point to stop in whenever I see that it is open just for inspiration.  

Six months ago when this mirror first caught my eye, I asked the owner how much she wanted for it. She gave me her price and I walked away because it was way more than I'd ever spend on a mirror. A few weeks ago I stopped back in and was surprised to see that the mirror was still available. I played dumb and I asked again how much she wanted for it.

This time she quoted me half of her original price. 

And that, my friends, is why it is now sitting in my family room waiting to be hung in our soon-to-be renovated hallway. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hallway Inspiration

I've been procuring images of hallways and stairwell since we moved to Hazard Ave. My collection has become rather random, but I can assure you that it all makes perfect sense in my head.

I would like my new foyer/hallway/stairway to have...

Large scale art that will cover a lot of wall space
White spindles and a dark stained railing
White. Bright white!
House and Home
A leopard runner
CWB Architects
Paneled picture molding
Hooked on Houses

A statement mirror...
Style at Home
Contrasting dark stair treads to my lighter stained floors.
Stone House Inn
I hope that mixing all these random ideas into one space will result in something awesome. 
And not awesomely random. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Wet Paint

Our painters have worked tirelessly on our house for 7 straight days until they were stopped by rainy weather. Let me tell was so much fun to come home from work every night to see all the progress that had been made in our absence.
Now we're in the home stretch-- there are just a few details left to be finished up.
Such as painting the front doors black. I can barely stand looking at them in their current half done, red-black state. It is honestly making me cringe.

Good thing sunny skies in the forecast.

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