Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Paint colors

Deciding on paint colors is definitely not my strong point. Although I want to use greys and blues, the details leave me totally unsure of myself. Hand a Sherwin Williams fan deck to me and I want to cry. Right now, I find myself extremely thankful for Lauren and my daughter, who both have an incredible eye for color. As I look at the grays, I realize I don't know exactly which gray to choose.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A bit of humor?

Back in January when the slab was poured for our house, we had a timeline that listed December 26 as move-in day. Several things have contributed to that date being delayed, but it stuck in my memory since it was so close to Christmas.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chimney caps made easy

There seems to be a tendency to panic when I get an email or phone call requiring a decision. Many of the decisions are not major, but rather quite simple. However, just the thought of "Oh, no! What if I make a wrong choice?" is usually the first thought after I'm asked a question.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Right place at the right time

My husband and I were married in the days when brides registered a china pattern at a local store, and these stores would set up a small table with the chosen patterns, plus add a list of other gift ideas for the couple. Wedding guests could visit the store and see the table settings, even purchase a piece or two of the china or "pottery" as a gift if they wished to do so.

Monday, December 15, 2014

"Perfect" stains

noun: misnomer; plural noun: misnomers
a wrong or inaccurate name or designation.
"“king crab” is a misnomer—these creatures are not crustaceans at all"

inaccurate name/label/designation, wrong name/label/designation, inappropriate name/label/designation
"scientists say “killer whale” is a misnomer for what is one of the gentlest marine creatures known to man"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thoughtful consideration

As I search for light fixtures, I find myself torn between the look of traditional brass chandeliers like many historic homes used, or the more updated finishes readily available today. If I knew which direction the design pendelum would swing five or ten years from now, this decision might be easier. I don't want to be the only one with brass, but I also don't want to be the only one with oil rubbed bronze.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In need of a change

Mentioning the need to find creative solutions for certain items in the last post prompted the topic for this post. "Sometimes you have to trust your carpenter!" It's a hard statement to accept at times, but if you have a carpenter you do trust, then you can take the time to listen to what he is telling you and work together to find a solution that will work in a specific space.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Inspiration house #2

Believe it or not, one of our inspiration houses was a beautiful Tuscan one-and-a-half-story in our hometown. The floor plan is amazing, and we were sad to discover it was not a spec home, but was being built by a family.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Planning for Christmas 12 months from now

While getting Christmas decor out this year, I've realized it is the perfect time to plan for next year. When I pack away the ornaments, throw pillows, stockings, and other decor, I will need to have the boxes labeled correctly so they will be put in the correct place in their new home.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Toss it!

I accidently stumbled across a great list through a link on Yahoo. You can find the post on POPSUGAR.

The object of the list is to clean out clutter from our homes. Emily Co wrote a post titled One a Day: Throw These 116 Things Away. The writter is today's hero!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Can't do that with stain -- oh, my!

Most paint companies can wave their magic wands above a sample of paint, pillow, bedspread, chair, or pretty much anything else, and suddenly they have a formula for matching paint. If only it was that easy with stain.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A collection of boxes

It has become apparent that my "project" involves three major tasks: (1) working on the new home, (2) getting the current home ready to sell, and (3) packing, which is a major chore itself. I started packing months ago, but still haven't had time to make a huge dent in this undertaking.