Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yard Work

Mulch is like a fresh coat of paint for your yard. A new layer of it every spring is instantly transforming.
Which is a nice reward when you can't move your arms after spreading 4 cubic yards of it in your backyard.

We took a shortcut when it came to the beds in the driveway and hired a landscaper. 

 Not only did they mulch, but they cleaned out the beds and planted some brand new shrubs and perennials. I have no vision when it comes to gardening, so I was happy to spend the dough to let someone else do it.
 The landscapers surprised me by starting the job a week early and I missed the opportunity to take before pictures. It looked about as bad as a vacant city lot.

So now that the yard is done, time to spend the summer outside enjoying it, right?
Yep, just as soon as we finish the living room...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Can a Room Have Too Much Millwork?

No way.

We had to special order a piece of molding for our complex crown situation, so while we're waiting for that to arrive, Chris spent some time over the weekend framing out the living room walls with astragal molding.  Our living room is adjacent to the hallway that we recently completed and I figure that the picture molding will help visually link the two spaces.

Slowly but surely, this room is finally starting to come together.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Black Magic

I hope I don't end up regretting this, but in a rather bold move (for myself anyway), I ordered BLACK linen to reupholster my yard sale chairs for my living room. Believe it or not, I was inspired by this:
Yep, that's the bag I carry with me to work every day. The brown leather, the black fabric, &  the brass hardware just do it for me, you know?

And since the legs of my chairs are already stained that color brown, I figured why not?
It also helped that the sofa in my favorite living room of all time is upholstered in black fabric too.
Photo: Evan Joseph
Then I came across these chairs and I started to feel even better about my decision.  
Bill Blass
Design Sponge
House and Home
Windsor Smith Home
bryn alexandria
See? Black won't be so scary after all.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

House Tour Season

It is that time of year again!

If you are in the area, be sure to clear your schedule this weekend to attend the Providence Preservation Society's annual Festival of Historic Houses.
Photo: Warren Jagger
Some of the homes on the tour are on my running route and I've been DYING to see what they look like inside.

Click here for full schedule and to purchase tickets.

Monday, June 3, 2013


My poor husband has been dedicating the last few weekends to installing some complex crown molding in our living room. I'm not even going to attempt to give you step by step photos and instructions because the thought is making my head hurt. Too many steps.
I will show you the soffit he built though.
After he built the soffit, he installed an inverted piece of baseboard molding and egg and dart crown molding underneath it.
Next weekend he'll install another piece of crown on the top of the soffit for a "double crown" effect.

And hopefully be ALL DONE!

Meanwhile I've been keeping myself busy with some simpler DIY projects, like spray painting these old Target side tables gold.
Then I promptly packed the tables back into our storage unit/dining room after the paint dried without taking proper "after" photos first. Bad blogger. Don't worry, they are going in our finished living room eventually, so I'll show them off then.

I also used some of this stuff on our new chest of drawers and on the legs and arms of a pair of chairs we picked up at a yard sale last summer.
 The leg on the left was treated, the leg on the right was not.
 I was so pleased with the way the chairs came out using Restor-A-Finish that I opted not to stain or paint the legs a different color.  Now, I just need to start the impossible task of choosing a fabric to reupholster them in.

Clearly wanting to get in on the action, Harry found himself a nice big pile of sawdust from which he could make tabs on our progress.

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