Little slice of life

Restoration Diary,

We covered the hole in the floor with good old duct tape to prevent getting splinters until we can replace the floor board.

I am sitting upstairs in my bedroom, trying to catch a moment of quiet from all the work happening below. I can hear the electricians working in the room below me. Suddenly a drill bit comes up through the bedroom floor. The electricians have just drilled a hole through our original Douglas fir wood floors.

This kind of sums up my day so far…

Comments { 5 } December 6, 2012

It’s Crazy

Kitchen Remodel, day 3

Restoration Diary

Three electricians, two plumbers, and an alarm installer walk into a kitchen…it’s not the beginning of a joke, it’s our reality this morning! Then there’s the HVAC happening this afternoon. Kitchen remodel in full effect.


Comments { 3 } November 29, 2012

We’re In

And sleeping on a mattress on the floor

Bedrooms, Restoration Diary

We moved into the bedroom. It is so nice to be out of the home office. Our bed is on back order so we are sleeping on the floor. Even though we splurged on a new queen sized mattress, we still don’t have enough room for the two corgis who keep trying to sneak into our bed during the middle of the night.

The little closet we had built into dead space behind the wall looks like it has always been here. The door, hardware and trim are a perfect match with the original features of our house.

The light fixture is an eBay find. It came from a 1915 bank in Ohio.

The curtains are hung, but still not ironed. David decided that privacy is a little more important than beauty and that we’ll have to iron them later.

Closet door and the bedroom door.

The room still needs to be decorated, but it is so nice to finally sleep in a bedroom that is clean and renovated. Our clothes are hanging in the closet instead of piled inside oversized plastic storage bins.

Big sigh…either of exhaustion or relief!

Comments { 18 } October 24, 2011

Finding Functionality in a Miniscule Closet

With elfa closet system

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Photos taken from both ends of our very small closet.

To say that this closet is a challenge is an understatement. It is very long and very narrow with a sloping roof. We decided to go with an elfa closet solution from The Container Store.


Comments { 3 } October 19, 2011

Mauve by Any Other Name

Why is choosing a paint color so difficult?

Bedrooms, Paint, Restoration Diary

My friend asked if I would consider this color mauve. Once she asked that I started liking the color a little bit less and having flashbacks to 1986. Maybe I am in denial, but I think this is a softer, more elegant color. If anything, it is mauve’s third cousin twice removed.


Comments { 5 } October 14, 2011

Paint Color

Decisions, decisions

Bedrooms, Paint, Restoration Diary

Paint color creates the mood and makes a huge impact in any room. I am looking for something that feels peaceful and soothing for our bedroom, which led me to search for a soft, faded grayish-pinky-tuape color.

After deciding to go in this direction, I found the above photo of a room designed by renowned decorator Windsor Smith. This was enough to convince me that I am going in the right direction. Hey, if it is good enough for Windsor…

I have decided to go with the paint color on the far left, a very pretty color from Dunn Edwards called Chocolate Milk (DE6059) with a soft blue-gray color on the ceiling.

Comments { 2 } October 12, 2011

Bungalow Bedroom Progress

Quick little update

Bedrooms, Restoration Diary

The plaster walls are sanded and ready to be primed.


Comments { 1 } October 12, 2011

Storage Spaces

Love the old house, hate the old closet

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How will this closet ever be functional for two people? It isn’t like we are clothes horses, but we do have a reasonable amount of clothing between the two of us. I’m not convinced there is enough space for my shoes! The closet is long and extremely narrow. For the past 99 years it has functioned without any lighting.


Comments { 1 } October 4, 2011

Saving the Plaster Walls

Bungalow Bedroom Renovation

Bedrooms, Restoration Diary

The plaster walls were able to be saved despite their sad condition.


Comments { 5 } September 30, 2011

Bungalow Bedroom Renovation


Bedrooms, Restoration Diary

I didn’t think it was possible, but the room has gone from bad to worse! With the wallpaper removed we can see the original wall color from 1912. I love green, so I don’t mind this color, but I’m planning on a paint color that is lighter and more soothing.


Comments { 3 } September 28, 2011