Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SURVIVAL MODE

It's been a whole week since I left Kate, Jesse and the munchkins.  Tonight we are doing a FaceTime conversation .... while the boys are captive in the bathtub!  Gosh I miss them.

But life is ramping up over on the island.  Julie introduced me to her handyman so the projects are coming to life!  He is painting the burgundy accent wall in the living room vanilla ... to match the other walls.  With just primer on, the room already looks bigger!  Next is to add a ceiling fan on the back lanai.  Sometimes you just need a little breeze (and it annoys any flies that may try to visit).

I bought some moulding and he is going to "frame" both bathroom mirrors to give them an update.  The moulding is currently white but I may try to make it look shabby.  There are a few other small projects but the BIG ONE!  A new floor!

Currently this tiny place has four floor coverings ... carpet, ceramic tile, linoleum and wood laminate.  It looks so small and choppy this way.  My friends, who are now in Alabama, had all 18" square ceramic tile throughout and the whole place looked huge.  I think ceramic would be too hard on my arthritic joints so I found a vinyl tile to use.  The handy TEAM will need to make the whole house be at the same level (after getting rid of the current flooring) and I hope we can put down a subflooring with a lot of GIVE.

Last, but not least, I'm going to get a window seat! 


Mine will continue to the edge of the window.  See all that storage underneath???  I'm also going to have a bookshelf added in that back corner ... cookbooks!  What is proving difficult is finding a table with flip down leaves.  When it is just me, it will be a rectangle and pushed up towards the bench.  When I have guests, it will fold out to be a huge round or oval table to seat 6.


I love looking at how others arrange furniture and decorate.  This house is one of my favorites.  I wish they would move back here ..


6 comments:

  1. Redecorating and dreaming about redecorating is such fun!. Be sure to share some before and after photos. I love drop leaf tables, too.

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    1. I may have to have the table built. And I actually found PLANS online! Just need it made a bit bigger. The handyman I'm currently using may not be the one to hire. He's spent 4-5 hours priming one wall ... and it will need two coats of paint! We had the whole interior painted a couple of years ago for $800!! Stay tuned! (He's $50/hour)

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  2. $50.00 an hour? Is he putting himself through Law School? Oh well, it will probably be perfect to the nth degree and, that's what you want. I too love and have a drop-leaf kitchen table. It's been a very long time since someone came and I had to put the leaf's up. Sigh

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    1. Invite someone over! It can be as simple as coffee and muffins or pizza and beer! Just for the company.

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  3. A drop-leaf table is the way to go. I love your idea of a window seat. It will serve multiple tasks: storage, seating and charm. Making all the flooring the same will be a huge change. I did that at my last house. We had hardwood in the foyer, vinyl in the kitchen and carpet in the family room. We had hardwoods put in everywhere. It looked so much better. Take before and afters for us!

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    1. Hardwood in the bathroom? No issues with messy bathers? Hmmmmm ....

      I will do some before and after!!

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