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About That To-do List...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

 Hi friends!  It's been a while since I looked at the to-do list I posted at the beginning of 2014 outlining a few changes I wanted to make to our home during the year.  If I'm being honest, I was avoiding looking at the list thinking that we had fallen short of of everything I publicly announced was going to happen.  I'm not one to make resolutions, but prefer to constantly re-evaluate where I am and where I'm going, more on that tomorrow.  So the other day I took a look at this post, and much to my surprise felt better knowing that we had in fact addressed the majority of the list, and naturally I've added a few new things to it.



Even though we haven't added the box molding to the dining room, we still plan to, and I believe it will happen within the next couple of months (after the kitchen is finished).  I'm also thinking of getting rid of the lantern and replacing it with a chandelier.  I know, I know, but I'm ready for a change.  If you are local and want the details, email me.  Still to do is replace the lampshades!  I'm also considering whitewashing the table, changing the artwork, oh I could go on and on.  Ha!



My goal for the stairs was to add artwork and molding.  I moved the portraits of our sons which had been hanging in the living room for years to the stairway and really like the formality they add.  It also allowed me to try something different in the living room which you can see here.  We replaced the light at the top of the stairs and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  You can read about the stair runner here.  Still no molding, but there's always 2015.




Also on the to-do list was painting the living room.  We went from BM white dove to SW worldly gray.  You can also see the vertical stripes that I painted in the entryway using worldly gray and white dove.




I haven't shared all of the changes in the kitchen with you yet, but here is a peek at the shiplap we added to replace the old plate wall. We were thinking of getting rid of the drum shade pendants, but have decided to keep them.  I love the texture they add and really take on a different appearance now that the planks are up.  We still have to take care of a few details in this room like crown molding and that darn soffit, but we are well on our way to a much improved space.



Our son's wish to change up his room was granted.  The new color is BM hale navy and no, his room doesn't look this clean right now!

Last on the list was the upstairs bathroom.  Lord bless the friends who have to go in there.  I have no pictures to share, but we have made a few changes mostly prompted by having out of town guests for graduation last spring.  While it was an improvement, I'm not sure that anything is blog worthy.

Here's to finishing projects big & small in the new year and I'll be sure to take you along with me.

12 comments:

  1. Love your house so much! And I'm in love with the direction your kitchen is taking. Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thank you so much Julia! This is a huge compliment coming from you. Love your house and your style! XO

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  2. Looks like you've got a lot done. Love the planks on the wall. And did you paint your son's bedroom floor white? I'm getting ready to do it and was wondering if you used porch paint and anything over it?
    xo
    Leslie

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the floors are painted, you can read about them here with additional links to the entire project. Wood love the refinish all of the upstairs rooms one day. Good luck!
      http://cottageandvine.blogspot.com/2010/08/blue-room-reveal.html

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  3. Wow, sounds like you accomplished a lot. I love your dining room and the paintings of your sons. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Marty! Haha, so much more to do :). Happy new year to you!

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  4. You've been busy, Rene! Love all the colors you've chosen. I have to check out SW's worldly gray - don't know that one. Thanks for sourcing :) Looks awesome!

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  5. I can't wait to see the rest of the kitchen! Your son's room is one of my favorite rooms!

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  6. Love your changes Rene! It's always something isn't it? I mean seriously not a day goes by that I am not thinking about all of the things I want to do to this place:)

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  7. Loving the new blog graphics! Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year!

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  8. Love all of your light fixtures!

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