Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Home Tour 2010

It's feeling very much like Christmas around this household! Enjoy!

Living Room Tree

 small arrangement above front door

Foyer table #1

Foyer/Living room table

Living room coffee table


Above the stove

Behind the kitchen sink

Wine room table

1st Floor Bath

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas 2010 home tour!  Happy Holidays to you and your families!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Christmas Mantel - Re-do

I really stressed over my mantel this year, it was the last thing to be decorated.  I just had no idea what it needed this year.   I knew that I wanted to use the long needle pine garland and the NOEL letters so I just set them both up there to get inspired and they haven't moved since.  I have just added on around it.  It's definitely growing on me.

Update: I knew I didn't like the previous arrangement on the left so I had to go and change it today and now I have that warm cozy feeling that says "I'm done". 

Previous pictures

And now the Re-Do

Thanks for visiting!  Can't wait to see all of the other Mantels out there. I have linked up to Layla's Christmas Mantel Linky party, check it out!

The Lettered Cottage


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fun with fresh greenery

Today for the first time ever I purchased real greenery to decorate for Christmas. Why haven't I ever bought fresh before this?  What is wrong with me?  How did I not know how great it is, the smell, the look, the feel...mmmm.. love it! I combined what I purchased with some spruce clippings from my yard to create arrangements for my front porch urns and a little something to go behind my kitchen sink.  I've even added some to my mantel but you'll have to wait to see that.  I have had a lot of fun this weekend decorating for the Christmas holidays.  We have some hosting to do over the next few weeks so I wanted to make sure I get it all complete.  Here is a little sneek peek.

The wreath is also fresh and I'm loving it.  What I am not loving is the white dust all over my door mat from the drywallers going in and out. 

 Love this little burlap bag that I picked up today too, it was at a local garden supply store, I picked up a little tiny one too but don't have any plans for it yet.

I am so excited to see the tours of everyone's homes soon.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Basement Remodel Update #2 - Framing and Drywall

We're moving along nicely but the downside is that my house is constantly covered with an inch of dust and the plastering has not begun.  The framing is complete and all of the drywall is up.  Next up is the plaster finish over the drywall which should happen tomorrow.  I'm learning very quickly that these tradesmen are not very reliable.  They pretty much show up whenever they feel like it.  Here are some pictures of the progress.

Stairway before it was opened up at the bottom

Stairway after it was opened up

 Finished area with closet before walls were taken out and opened up

After the walls were taken down
After (bathroom with storage closet on left)

Finished area before wall on left was opened up

After wall was opened up

Future wet bar area

 Water heaters were removed
 A different view of future wet bar area

Wet bar area after wall was removed to the finished area
 Bathroom before

Bathroom after (On outside wall there is a storage closet above and access to ejector pit sump below)

 Old Tool area

New play area(this area will have a drop ceiling because of all of the plumbing access)

Alcove for TV area
Alcove after (notice the big furnace is gone!) 

 Storage area before

Storage area closed in

 Inside bathroom (45 inch vanity planned against back wall...toilet to the left)

Here is a picture of the vanity that we've purchased for the bathroom
and here is a picture of the cabinet style and color we purchased for the wetbar.

Hope you enjoyed, I'm off to look at paint colors and select flooring this week.