Saturday, February 16, 2013

Guest Room Reveal

Hurray!! The guest bedroom is mostly done...I'm finally ready for guests!

I had initially thought I could just get by with cleaning it, getting rid of the furniture left behind, adding curtains, and furnishing it.


I had to convince Mr. B the desk had to go...too big and didn't go with my vision for a guest room:


The night stand/end table thingy is one ugly, heavy piece of furniture:
It got pressed into service as a stand for the tiny refrigerator we initially used. Now it's sitting out in the garage until I decide what it's good for...

The paint looked like a nice golden apricot until I put my curtains up. yikes! That made it turn very peachy and not the pretty golden color I wanted:


I decided then and there I was going to have to paint it. Although I thought about getting a rich golden color, I had 2 gals. of paint leftover from my master bedroom here in the city. It is a custom color similar to Behr's Creamy Mushroom only lighter. Neutral is good, plus it goes better with the tile. :o)  I also gave all the trim a fresh new coat of white.


My twin sister gave me my mom's bedroom furniture to use as she was no longer using it. I had to reglue the joints, sand the old finish off, and then refinish it.  Since my mom's favorite color was blue, I decided to use a blue stain. I think it turned out beautifully. What do you think?




After much debating on where to place the bed, Mr. B. suggested this wall. Perfect!

The picture over the bed is from the thrift store - I paid $20 for it. I figured the frame was worth that much (it's a good size) but then discovered the picture went perfectly with the colors in the room.                              



My sweet Mother-in-law gave me the bedding. Although it's hard to tell from the pictures, it has a blue motif on a white background. Thanks, Bonnie!



The flower arrangement was moved from the fireplace hearth to the vanity mainly to save it from the puppies. They are into everything! haha! I like it on the vanity though:
vanity


The curtains are actually 60x84" tablecloths that I just added clips to and hung from the rod. I bought a couple of extra ones to use to cover the stool and to make a small quilt and pillow. I am still working on those.


On the dresser, I placed my mom's milk glass lamp along with a quilted heart and decorative bowl:


 The room gets wonderful light during the day so that it feels warm and cozy. I am working on the last finishing touches - a decorative pillow with a stenciled saying and a raggie quilt to drape on the foot of the bed plus I'm looking for a few more pictures and accessories.  I will show those when done.

I love how the room turned out. I hope my guests find it a comfortable place to rest and relax when they come visit.

Cecilia

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring are showing up at the "B" Farm. 

Daffodils:





Snowdrops:






Oxalis:


Early wildflowers:
Pretty wildflower - Not Bastard Weed!
Plus, the leaves on some of the trees are starting to bud out:

Elm tree

I hope we don't get a late cold snap that freezes the tender leaves but it's very possible. Texas weather is so unpredictable this time of year and can change in an instant.

Of course, the interior is getting refreshed for Spring also. All the wintery decor has been put away and replaced with an early Spring one:


Fireplace Mantel with warm candle light and roses


 I found this birdcage at GW long ago and whitewashed it:

 I love how it looks with all the candles in it.


The lantern also got a whitewashed finish:



 I moved these from the entry and placed on the fireplace ledge. I love their rustic finish and how the candlelight shows up the letters:


The entry table decor was greatly simplified. Ivy surrounds the mercury glass-like candle holder:


All is ready for Spring. My next post will show my guest room reveal. I am excited to have that room ready for guests to come stay in! 

I hope you enjoyed my signs of Spring and hope you find some where you are.

Praising God for His blessings of renewal,
Cecilia

Monday, February 4, 2013

Puppies First Farm Visit

We finally got to take the puppies to the farm. They had a blast! They gave me lots to smile about and laugh over - just what I needed.

We like this place! 



They ran and dug in the dirt:

oops, Buddy got into the paint - see the white streaks on his lower body?
 I was testing paint colors on the exterior. He had to "help"




ran some more, then found the leaf piles and played in them like little kids:

Leaves!

Burrowing and tossing leaves up

Pounce!

What fun! They make a great crunchy noise!



I think they loved being there....they certainly wore themselves out!

Whew! We played hard!
While I played with the puppies, Bruce replaced the steps in the yard:

Old railroad ties removed and new ones going in place

new steps
The old ones were pretty rotted and threatened to crumble when we walked on them. It's great to have solid wood underfoot now. Thanks, Bruce! Now I need to work on cleaning the weeds out of the retaining wall.

I also tested paint colors for the exterior of the house. It's mostly brick but the previous owners had started repainting (bad color choice) the trim, porches, and garage doors then quit about 1/4 of the way through. It needs to be redone soon! Also on the list, painting the inside of the doors. They are primed so ready to go. I need a week there! Herbie and Buddy are all over that - they can't wait to go back and explore some more.

 :o)
Cecilia