Archive for August, 2012

Paint, Fences, and Cool Dudes

August 31st, 2012

So what’d ya think of the new place?  Pretty cool even with its crazy colors right?

Well the painters are officially done and the place looks and feels great.  I still haven’t had a chance to take “after” photos of every room, but here are a few for you!

WOW- right? Remember it use to look like this…

And here is my other favorite transformation.

{close your eyes if you are not a fan of painting over wood paneling}




We used the same paint, BM- Tapestry Beige, throughout most of the house. {thanks anne w for the recommendation!} I love the light feel that the color has, and it will really allow me to play up bolder colors in artwork, fabrics, etc.

The second big project that we have begun to tackle is having a fence built.  My four legged babies haven’t had a lot, okay any, unsupervised outside time since we moved in a month ago.  There was the one time that I tied each one to a separate tree and came back 10 minutes later to find both in tangled messes.  Bad idea mom.

I did my due diligence and interviewed more fence guys that I would like to admit.  We ended up going with Rusty at Creative Custom Structures and I am SUPER STOKED!

Our fence is going to look very similar to this one that he built for another client.

Insane detail right?

We will probably just leave ours unstained, but will make the final decision once he is finished building it.

Rusty got started yesterday morning bright and early.  First task was to clear the 15 years of unmanicured weeds foliage.

By the end of the day he had it all cleared and laid out the string line to show where the fence would go.

Today he started the holes for the posts. And hopefully by quiting time we might have some in place!

This weekend we are sticking close to home and are attempting to finish unpacking those last few boxes.  I still find myself getting very overwhelmed with the thought of decorating every room, but I just tell myself to get a grip.  It doesn’t have to happen overnight.  As with all good projects, it takes time.

Top things on my list are:

1. A New Storm Door for the Front Door, 2. an Upholstered Headboard for our bed, 3. a New Rug for our Bedroom, 4. Floor to Ceiling Shelving for the Pantry and Guest Closet

Minor Things on my list are:

1. New Bedding for the Master Bed, 2. New Bedding for the New Guest Bed, 3. Open shelving unit for the dining room, 4. Artwork

Anyone still there?  I feel like I just dumped a whole lot of 411 on you.  Guess it makes up for the 3 weeks of not posting anything.  Everyone have a great long weekend!

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Welcome to Dovershire..

August 10th, 2012

Before I start showing you guys the fun stuff we have been up to over here, we have to start at the beginning.

Here is what our new bundle of joy looked like on Day 1.

vannyB says Welcome to Dovershire!!

The “foy-yea”

The Powder Room

The Living Room

The view from the Living Room back into the Foyer

The Dining Room

The view into the Kitchen from the Dining Room

The Kitchen

The view from the Kitchen back into the Foyer

The Family Room off of the Kitchen and Foyer {view from the kitchen door side}

View from the Foyer door towards the back of the house

Going up!

The doorway to the left of the top of the stairs leads to the Master Bedroom. To the right is the Guest Bath and other Bedrooms.

vannyB’s Bathroom

The Master Bedroom view from the hallway

View from my closet looking at Mr. vB’s closet

View towards the back of the house looking at my closet and en suite bathroom!

The Smallest Master Bath ever created….

Hallway to van’s room and the 2 guest rooms

van’s Nursery

The Hall Linen Closet

Guest Room #2 {will be van’s big boy room one day}

Guest Room #1

I think the only spaces I left out were the back hall that leads to the garage and the back yard area.  Otherwise, there you have it in all its 60′s paint color glory.

I’m imaging that if we waited a few more years our paint colors would be back in style.  But I’m not patient enough to find out.

So our First project has been to paint THE ENTIRE HOUSE.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Every wall in this house has been painted as well as the trim.

Here’s a sneak peek…

Mr. vB and I agree that it looks like a totally different house now.

Now just to finish unpacking and the real fun can begin!

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