No More Excuses

NewStorageI finally have a place to organize photos and old family papers. Now I just need the motivation to compile dates, names and images into a family tree. I haven’t informed my girls yet but NO, I haven’t finished or really even started a baby book for either one. Shame. See I’m not much of a “scrapbooker.” I always WANTED to make them gorgeous books filled with memories of their childhood but it was just so overwhelming. I’ve purchased the books, the paper, the stickers, you name it I’ve got it! But I waited too long and now the task to too daunting. So when my girls finally have homes of their own I’ll present them with the boxes of photos (organized by age) that I always intended to use in their baby books, folders of school papers (also organized but by grade) that were too cute to discard and a compiled family history. At this point compiling the family history is the goal.

This weekend I found the perfect chest to house my collection of family artifacts and it has inspired me to get to work. The little green dresser I found on Craiglist for $40 was the perfect size for the space in my living room. It allowed me to compile all the marriage and baptismal records I found in my grandmother’s home after her passing and boxes of photos I was stashing throughout the house. Going through these mementos to compile the family history is going to be my “rainy day summer project.” In the mean-time I just couldn’t let this cute dresser sit alone in the living room. The twelve gallon crock, rescued from my grandfather’s basement, is providing additional storage. The Pottery Barn/Ana White inspired shelves are filled with reminders of my summer goal and this chest’s current purpose. Finally, I needed a little catch-all for papers I am currently processing. The large distressed box on the dresser was made from two cedar fence pickets and finished with a steel-wool vinegar stain.

I just love the space. I’m reminded daily of the job that is housed in this area and am looking forward to a few dreary, rainy days that will surely arrive once the humid Virginia summer is upon us.


Mini Bathroom Makeover

Have I said I love Pinterest? I just completed a mini make-over of our downstairs full bath for around $200 and was completely inspired by Pinterest. The tile and bathroom pieces are yellow and absolutely need a little updating but we are currently renovating a half-bath so a major renovation will have to wait. This room was looking quite dated with the floral Laura Ashley decor and I was hoping to tone down the yellow with a more neutral color pallet. Sorry I didn’t think to take a before picture but I did snap a picture of the old curtain and shower curtain. I’m a little ashamed to show the curtain and shower curtain but I could never find anything to go with that yellow so the bathroom was stuck in the 90’s.

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Craigslist Hunting

I have been searching for over a year for the perfect piece to add to my dining room. I know that is sad, but yes sometimes I’m slow to make decorating decisions. I had an empty wall in the dining room that looked completely naked, needed more storage and knew I wanted something that looked rustic. I found exactly what I wanted when visiting a local antique mall in Williamsburg, a jelly cabinet. The $500 price tag was more than I really wanted to spend so the Craigslist hunt was on. When searching Craigslist, it is important to be patient and diligent. When I’m on the hunt I check daily, don’t settle, and act quickly when I find something I like. After several months and a few missed opportunities I finally found just what I was looking for and the price was amazing, $40. Happy dance! Continue reading

I LOVE Pinterest!

Yep…I’m hooked! I love the ideas that people share on Pinterest. It is helping me to solve some of the “I hate” areas of my house. Areas like the front steps; the horrible eyesore everyone could see when entering my house. We replaced the carpet on the steps and second floor when we first moved into our house  and it had certainly taken a beating over the years. I didn’t want to replace the carpeting again because I knew in a short period of time it would look the same. Anyone else out there in a constant battle with your family to remove their shoes in the house – I’ve finally surrendered to that battle. And then I saw the pin of painted steps posted on the Southern Hospitality blog. LOVE!!!!! Continue reading

Kelly’s Room

Before our oldest daughter, Amanda, left for college the girls traded bedrooms. This gave me the opportunity to help Amanda sort through her all her mementos. She decided what to save, donate, take to college and discard. After the switch I wanted to give our younger daughter, Kelly, a “big girl” space. We found some amazing furniture on Craigslist and applied a shabby chic finish. Continue reading