Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Soaring to New Heights - The Story of a Paint Job

 Hello World!  Since I'm busy trying to get the kitchen cabinets finished, this post will probably be a little short.  Ha!  We'll see.  Several of my lovely friends wanted to know what the Shabby Chic by Benjamin Moore looked like in the family room and entry way.  

Monday, June 27, 2011

Earning my Stripes - A Kitchen Makeover, First Step

Hello World!  I love stripes!  I love all kinds of stripes in all kinds of colors and sizes.  To me, stripes are a wonderful foundation or background for whatever you might want to showcase.  Or, they can be the star of the room. 

When we moved back to Texas so I could be a stay-at-home mom (which is the hardest job, EVER), my colors were green, gold, and a deep, dark purple.  Hence, the green leather couch that can be seen in a previous post.  After having the Dedicated Daughter, my color palate started to change.  I fell in love with blue and white which creates such a calm and cool feeling.  However, in my family room, I have soaring ceilings and just didn't feel the blue and white could really work on the walls.  I needed to anchor the room.  That's when I discovered Shabby Chic by Benjamin Moore.  Since my kitchen and breakfast room are open to the family room I would need to bring the beige into those rooms as well.  Best way to do that is with stripes.  

Here is a little look.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Where Sweet Dreams Are Made

Hello World!  Happy Friday and best wishes for a pleasant weekend!  In my pre-forty life I never really thought about baby nurseries except for the visits to my sister's nurseries for all of her wild and fun little babies.  They are almost all grown with the exception of an thirteen year old still wandering around her house.  But, no more baby nurseries there. 

So, when I got married at forty (met the right man late in life, according to the world's standards), we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.  We were married in Texas (since both of our families are here) in November 2006 and then set up house back in California.  Promptly in December 2006, the Dedicated Husband and I became pregnant.  I didn't even know I was pregnant until the end of January.  All I knew, was that I was sleepy and my tailbone hurt like no other.  We both decided that we wanted me to stay home with the precious little bundle we were going to have.  That meant moving back to Texas.  There would have been no way I could have stayed home with the cost of living in California.  So, we found a house in Texas close to my Mom and sister and moved in late June 2007. 

Here I was, great with child, seriously, I was huge.  I thought about posting prego pics but I was not one of those fortunate women who glow through pregnancy.  I was puffy, uncomfortable and I had a waddle!  So, great with child, new house, boxes to unpack, rooms to organize and then it hit me, "Holy Cow! I have to decorate a baby's nursery in a little more than 2 months!"  We knew we were having a girl even though at the first ultrasound she decided not to show her goods.  By the time the second ultrasound rolled around she gave us a peek.  Thank God!  I really wanted to know what the gender of the baby was so I could start planning The Dedicated Baby's room.   Now we I could pick a color scheme for her room.  Problem entered when I decided no pink.  I have since changed my mind about pink and there will be a post in the future about it.  We are such fickle little creatures. What was I going to do?  I know, I'll go to my special manilla folder of decorating ideas I tore out of magazines over the years.  How old school is that?  Now my folder is online.  The inspiration piece came from a copy of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion which is no longer being published.  I believe the article ran in 1996 and it was now 2007.  Way to carry something around for eleven years...I knew it would come in handy one day.  The article was a layout of Home Stylist, Sunday Hendrickson's home office out in the City of Angels.  She used this beautiful pale blue and pale green color scheme with this way too cute checkerboard theme on the floor.  She carried the checkerboard theme up her walls as a border at the top.  That was it!  I was sold!  Now, just had to paint and paint and paint. 

I looked through all of my files and could not find any before pics.  The room had good bones, empty space with the ever so present Builder's Beige on the walls.  May I introduce 
Where Sweet Dreams Are Made:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chalk Paint and Goodwill, a Most Convenient Marriage

Hello World!  It's my first post on The Dedicated House.  Before I get started, there are several persons I must thank for inspiring me.  I had never been a blog reader until Christmas 2010.  It started in November as I was trying to decorate my staircase.  To tell you the truth, it looked pretty bad.  So, I thought, "why not look on the internet for help?"  There it was at Creations from my Heart. Sherry's staircase was so dreamy.  It took me 8 hours, no lie, to decorate one flippin' staircase.  However, the Dedicated Husband and the Dedicated Daughter thought is was magnificent!  What could be better than hearing your loved ones ooh and ahh over something you made? The professional decorating world may have thought it was not up to snuff, but who cares when your family is in awe.  That one little visit to Sherry's blog opened up a whole new world for me.  I fell in love with Max, Susan's sweet kitty at Between Naps on the Porch and of course her porch!  One day, I will have a MASSIVE porch!!  And, then there is John and Sherry at Young House Love.  Holy cow, do they make me laugh.  And, the Dedicated Daughter love, love, loves watching videos of little Clara who she calls "that cute little baby with the dog."  Then there's Janet at The Empty Nest who can sew like no other!  I am in awe of her skills as I am of my Mother who can make just about make any sewing machine submit! I on the other hand, must practice, practice, practice.

Now, onto the matter at hand.  For the first post, I thought I should talk about my non-professional use of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Thank God for Miss Mustard Seed!!!  Marian is absolutely amazing!  I've saved just about every video she's posted in the last 6 months. Anyhoo, it started out with a trip to Goodwill.  I came away with this darling little cherry pedestal table that had a big watermark on top and a wobbly leg for $2.99.  I figured if I messed it up, I was only out $2.99.  Big whoop.  So, into the vehicle she went.  All furniture for me is feminine.  Have no idea why.   For a teaser here is how she looked after she was spruced up.   I shall call her Peggy the Pedestal Table.