Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dining Room Sneak Peak

The first room in the house that we will have finished is the dining room.  We tackled it first because it's small and also because it's one of the front rooms.  We hoped to do the living room and the dining room at the same time, but an electrical obstacle has made us put off redoing the living room until our electrician can do the necessary work in there.


Here is a picture of our dining room just after we moved in.  cringing a little
 Yes, it's very cluttered, but you can see the cobalt blue walls below the chair rail, the gray-blue carpet, the very 80s chandelier.  It was the same style my Dad put in our dining room in 1989 - only ours was uglier, if you can believe that.  It was brown tinted glass instead of colorless. Eeew.

Here is your sneak peak into what it looks like now.  Drum roll.....




The floor looks better than I expected.  We pulled up the carpets one night after the boys where in bed and this is what we found.  They do need refinishing, but not bad for being under carpet for 25 years or more, eh?



Very soon I'll be making roman shades for the windows and I will recover the chairs.  I have a few more wall hangings to go up too.


Imagine these windows dressed in yellow damask!


Imagine this fixture replaced.  Don't know what is going there, but it'll be a far cry from this!

It's very exciting be so close to having a room in our house done!  When it's finished I'll be sure to post more pictures.



Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bye Bye Short Wall

In this old home there are a lot of little things that really could use some renovations.  There are the kitchen cabinets that need a serious update, both bathrooms could use overhauls, we need a new banister, the front porch needs replacing.  I could go on and on.  But there are a few projects small enough to tackle in a day or two. 

One of them is the strange short wall in the family room.  



This picture was taken days after moving in, so pardon the mess.  That's my Little Adventurer in the foreground.  We imagine, based on the position of the window, that the short wall was a part of the room when the room was built.  This room is an addition on the house built in the 1950s.  Above it is the master bedroom.  We think it was likely a closet that the previous owners did not use and had thus taken off the doors.  The previous owners actually used this room as a breakfast room so I wonder if they had a hutch or something similar in this corner? In any case they didn't seem to feel the need to knock down the short wall, so here it stands.

Or stood, until few days ago.





It needs a serious patch job, but as we are weekend warriors, or sometimes after the kids are in bed warriors, we haven't gotten to it yet.  It's a beautiful sight, no?  I wish that the window was centered on the wall, but I'm sure with a few decorating slights of hand, I can make the off centered window hardly noticeable.  But you'll have to stick around and read about that another day!  As you can see I've already updated the window treatments.  I'm not sure if I'm done with them of not, we'll see!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Welcome

Hey there!  I'm so excited to be starting this blog!
I really want to share all that goes on in my little world under my little roof (and a bit beyond).  I live in an adorable Little Stone Cape in Suburbia that my little family just moved into and my life is so exciting right now I have to share what we've been up to and what we will be up to in the future!
About my family
My name is Deborah and I am married to a Great Guy and we have two little boys, a three year old Sweatheart, and a one and a half year old Adventurer.  I am blessed enough to stay home with my little guys full time and we have so. much. fun.  I'll be writing all about our adventures.  
About my home
I live in the cutest little house.  The Hubs and I bought the house in February 2012 and are fixing it up and making it ours one room at a time.  The house was built in 1939 and we are only the third owners.  I think that is so cool.  As we renovate and decorate I'll be sharing it here and I hope you enjoy seeing our house come together as much as we do.  (Okay, that's probably not likely, but, you know, I hope you enjoy it a lot)
My hobbies
I am a full on crafting queen.  I paint, sew, glue, knit, sketch, burn, sand, glaze, decoupage, crochet, macrame, sculpt  - you name it i'll try it.  I might not be great at it all the time (I can't seem to get my cakes to look like Martha's) but most of the time I'm pretty good (you should see my felt food).  And I am more than happy to share all this crafty goodness here.  Who knows, I might be able to show you a thing or two.

So this is what goes on In the Little Stone Cape.  Welcome, pull up a chair and don't be afraid to get a little messy.