10/31/17

Halloween and Fall decor tour 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

With my Halloween party behind me, and the littles coming tonight for trick or treat, I decided to post the pictures my friend and photographer of Bleudog Fotography, Shawna Henrie took of the decorations.  This year it was all about the projects....  I was successful in completing a few on my list and it was so fun to take a little time to create...

Although I try to change things up a little each year, these little pumpkin lights are one of my favorite decorations and I do them the same every year.  Each year these happy little jack-o-lanterns light up the front of the house on the climbing roses.

While I may change their look and their position from time to time, 
the skeletons are also out front to greet guests each year...
 Wire lights are great to bring out the details.
One skeleton at the entrance to the front walkway...

while the second skeleton perches on a big cast iron urn near my front door.




The haunted clock in the center of this rose hip wreath was one of the projects I was able to complete ....

and I managed to pull together a few florals that should carry nicely into Fall and Thanksgiving
(with the removal of the black and white ribbons)


Once you are inside the front door, things get a little crazy....

 My favorite thing to decorate each year!












This was another project - and so fun and easy. 
I created three of these witch hats for the buffet area.  
I found this easy tutorial by Made in a Day, that you can try too...


Kitchens are always hard to decorate seasonally - all hard surfaces and work areas.
I have this spot to line up the little jack o lanterns ....

and the back of the stove top


and then the island....
and the rest is counters and appliances...
(but I did find a spot for Clive...)

Another project ....  one for each side of the fireplace...

The biggest project this year ...




I kept the mantle simple with black painted ivy and felted skulls...





The party was so fun...












Until next year....

Bailey says BOO.

9/26/17

Master Bathroom Remodel

At long last, my master bathroom is being remodeled.  The whole suite, in fact.

I feel like hitting an operatic high note and holding it for 30 seconds - or until I run out of breath.

This has been a long awaited project.

A while ago we discovered some issues with the plumbing in the tub and shower in this master bath. We decided to forgo the quick fix in the interest of really doing what we wanted  - to pull out the tub and put in a walk-in shower.  We had become 'empty-nesters' so moving to the guest bathroom wasn't much of an inconvenience. I just kept the goal of a complete remodel in my head.
The ugly before... after a little demo...
We were in the middle of a major remodel in the kitchen at the time, so I had a lot of time to plan and dream about the changes in my bedroom and bath.  The master bath hadn't been touched since its construction in the early 90's.  Oak vanity, cheap round bulb strip light fixtures, 2 inch white tile for the tub and shower, berber carpet...  It wasn't just a shower we were redoing, it was a whole room change.

Long. Awaited.
Inspiration...

demo-day


gutted


changing the tub drain to a floor drain


the hot mop - (my house smelled like tar)


first of the tile going up in the new shower
When we moved here I was so tuned in to what needed to be done to the main living spaces that neglected to follow my own advice - to focus on the master suite before the rest of the house - because its your sanctuary....  The rest of the house needed so much work that I put the 'sanctuary' last on the list.
love this gorgeous stone

Oscar.. the man!

And it was a long list.
love the new drain...

But now its happening and I'm over the moon excited.

I really do love remodeling.  I love taking everything away and starting fresh.  Its always good in a house that has been around for nearly 3 decades like mine, to see what is going on behind those walls and under that flooring.   In my case, I found a little water damage (rot) on my sub-floor from a past roof leak and rain damage (more rot) near the doors to the deck that needed repair.  The roof leak was a long ago repair, but the rain damage was hidden and could have caused problems later on.  It is no longer hidden and can be corrected so that it doesn't keep recurring.

just a bit of a glitch


all better


I also asked the guys to silence a very annoying creak in the flooring.  I figured, if it was creaking, it was flexing, and the thought of tile on top of that made me nervous.  Would my tile crack?   After many tries to muffle the squeaks with a whole lot of screws - to no avail - they had to remove baseboard and drywall to discover that the wall was no longer attached to the sub-floor in that area. Once it was reattached - no more squeaks.
check out this tile


over the moon!

There are a lot of wonderful things happening in this space, but I think I am most excited about painting this room a fresh new color!  I'm exploring those options - but first I need to choose grout color, pick up a new toilet, choose a medicine cabinet, sconces .... I'll update you later on the progress!

Hope you enjoyed the preview...

Best,
Claudine







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