Sunday, December 12, 2010

Heirloom Furniture

I am a lucky lady. Not only did I marry a very, very good man, I got a very talented grandfather-in-law as well. (And lots of other great in-laws, but he is the featured relative for this post.)

When Papa retired he took up furniture making as a hobby. He has become quite the talented artisan over the years. I thought I'd show you some of our beautiful pieces just for fun.

Our wedding gift:

Notice the beautiful detail on top. We store our Rock Band equipment inside.

The most recent table he made us-
This one is especially neat because it is made from wood my husband bought him when his grandfather gave him his truck at 16. Mind you, he made him haggle hard for a fair price before telling him it was a gift :)

He's made a couple of sweet pieces for our kiddos.

This cabinet was just because. Isn't the carving inside beautiful?

This piece is in our dining room, he gave it to us when we moved to Georgia.

And this piece he made just for me because I mentioned I liked the one in his house. Pretty isn't it?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Are we crazy! YES WE ARE!

Or should we go the Bob the Builder route instead? Can we do it? YES WE CAN!
We have started a new remodel project. Don't worry, the bathroom isn't done yet ;)
My husband works from home, however, and hiding in the bedroom is not a workable solution. So last weekend he began framing in the basement.

He, his dad and his grandfather got this all done in two days. Yeah men!

If you are wondering, these are soffits to contain the HVAC ducting, gas and water pipes, etc. Insulation and drywall start this week. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Window Solution

I am so thrilled to have solved some major light problems in our house for cheap cheap cheap!

We have just moved our daughter's bedroom because her former room was too cold due to being over the garage. The new room has high ceilings and a pretty window arch.

Pretty? Yes. Problematic? Yes. I did not want to pay for a custom wood blind to fit so I have been trying to come up with a DIY solution...PVC, fabric, maybe?

Then I found Readi-Shade. Got it for $17 on Amazon, though it's available at Macy's or Bed Bath and Beyond for around $25. A paper fan shade with peel and stick strips. Just cut with a blade and stick. It was cake, and look! Not too bead for seventeen bucks.

FAR MORE problematic are the two-story windows in our living room. We thought they seemed nice, let in lots of light. That they do. So much light in fact they are bleaching out my couch, make our living room uninhabitable several hours a day and heating my house up to the point mid-day that I have opened windows when it is 40 degrees out to cool the place off.

Ideally, I'd like motorized blinds, but they run about a grand a window. I just ordered a 6-pack of Redi-Shades that will fit for $25. Feeling very excited to see the result for such a minimal price!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Master of Disguise

Our new home has two stories. This has caused some formerly unexperienced toy dilemmas.

I dislike having our public living areas crowded with toys, but dragging them up and down the stairs is impractical. I go to great lengths to keep things close at hand but hidden away.

Case in point: Riding toys.



How do you deal with this?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas time is here

You know how when you know exactly what you want, you can never find it? Not today! Look at this fantastic star!!!

I am psyched, can you tell?
In the move my angel mysteriously disappeared. I love a pretty angel - I find most have creepy faces - I was sad.
So I set my hopes on a star, but I wanted something that would be big enough and bling enough for our 9 foot tree. Then I found it. Granted, it was not intended in any way to be a tree decoration, but it had holes, so why not. And it was only $15 at Marshalls!

Another piece of Christmas decorating that I am quite pleased with is my snow display. I really appreciate like-themed groupings.

Do you have a holiday display that makes you happy? We'd love to see a link, send it my way!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dining Room Complete...Finally!

It has been almost five months, but the dining room is finally complete. Or close to it. I still need curtains and a larger scale picture on the back wall.

Just a refresher on where we have come from:

I feel like I need a drumroll here. But instead, just a few pictures. Notice the new light fixture as well, I love it!

So, so??? What do you think? I can tell you this, if you see a painted piece of furniture and think "No problem, I'll just strip and refinish it." Pause for a moment and make sure you are leaving yourselves a few months :)