Tuesday, April 22, 2014

State of the State of Chaos

Answers to the previous post:
Ugh. I'm currently "working it out" with the contractor.
Remember how I mentioned the lavatory as one of my 875,293 projects? Feast your eyes on this mess:

I can' t recall if the terrible green picked by my husband came first or if it was the birch. I hand painted the trees when the birch wallpaper was all the rage. I'm over it 2 years ago. I do, however, still love my $30 Menard's knock-off of the Tom Dixon light. Love. Not moving. P.J. says he hates it but he gently dusted it off the other day on his own merit. I think he secretly likes it.

The floors are 3/4" wood with nailhead details. I have a four year old boy that uses this toilet. You can put two and two together. It's gotta go. You can see that we started taking off the base board already.


My mug shots! I still love these and they will stay in the next rendition. Food for thought when guests are on the toilet. I have more that need to go up but right now my favorite is Frank Sinatra. He was arrested in 1938 for carrying on with a married woman. I'm sure that man had STOR-ies. I painted the wall black because I had to reduce the awful green. I let the man go rogue and look what happens. Please note this room canNOT be applied to my design style as I hate it as much as the next person. It's merely in limbo.
So as you may have guessed the "broken house" is still in the same place but will be the new vanity in here. I'm going gold handles and fixtures. Holla!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

State of the State of Chaos

So the dining room looks like this:

Ceiling is smooth and dark in a semi-gloss paint. Yes I did say semi-gloss. Since the color was dark I wanted that good window light to bounce around. Now is that the best idea for say, an older home with old ceilings? Probably not as there are likely flaws in old ceilings and semi-gloss only highlights those. Now my ceiling was brand big box store drywall new. It took about 5 rounds of spackle/smooth/spackle/smooth but it's next to perfect now. While I am pretty freekin' good with a spackle knife I wish I could say it was done easily and right away but I always find a way to make my life more difficult in the name of design. Whatever. It's done. The room is a work in progress just like the rest of them. Not sure I'm feeling the frames hung the way they are. 

Moving on. Marble is on the fireplace. Now reread that sentence like your parents bought you a car when you were 16 BUT it's a station wagon with faux wood paneling on the side because 
it ain't right.

Can you see the issues?

I'll post them tomorrow and in case you were wondering the "broken house" hasn't moved. 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Photo of the Week #0095

Has it really been a month since my last post?!? Whoops! I should change the title of the post. Anyway check this one out:

By Jake OsonGorg.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

My Guy

So my oldest turned four this month. 

I thought I would share since I can still say "this month" for another couple hours.

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Another Pretty Book

This is a post for those that are interested in GOOD books that also look nice on a coffee table or book shelf. This is the second addition (here is the first). Today's book is a staple and if you don't already have it you should get it now here:

Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy

It has great decorating tips and the cover and spine are this pretty light aqua color with a dash of bird and flowers. 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Detroit C-list

Time for more Craigslist fun in the D!

$90 will get you this uniquely cool cart. Cart bars are all the rage these days and if you like to upcycle this one is for you! Or it could be a plant stand, console table, or cat bed. You decide.

Also trending in the design world are dead animal parts. One antler could be great on a coffee table or collect a lot of them and you could make a chandelier.  The traditional wall mount is acceptable as well. They want $185 for these bad boys.

I love the look of antique fans. This one  is fiddy.

Letters, of course, are neat-o keen. $15 each is a great deal for these.

Then for the prop junkies there is this really great old tricycle for $250. Not cheap but this could easily sell for more.

Don't live in the D? I can scour your local Craigslist for you just tell me where :)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

State of the State of Chaos

This is pretty close to the finished project folks. Just pretend the baseboard is installed next to the door and that the outlet plate is attached without the tile blocking the screw holes. Just ignore that last part. I'll take some prettier photos soon but this is pretty much crossed off my list.

This is the before if you need a reminder - we flipped it from the living room to open to the hall in order to get a sectional against the now closed off wall.

Dining room update is that I have a ceiling once again. Even better is the fact that my dad likes to spackle. I have some smoothing to do then I get to paint the ceiling and fill in the holes in the old crown molding that was put back. Super. Hashtag myfave and soreneck.

Family room is still in this condition

My son hasn't moved (nor has the "broken house")

Picking up the tile for the first floor lav tomorrow. I foresee joy in racing a four year old up carpeted stairs after last second announcements like "I just have to go to the bathroom".


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Monday, February 24, 2014

State of the State of Chaos

Sooo we've talked about the bar project, the fireplace project multiple times, but did we talk about the first floor lav project? I know we haven't talked about the new dining room ceiling project. For the sake of bat shi+ crazy I'm going to add to the list a master bath remodel project.

Boom goes the dynamite. 

This is a long post so grab a hard drink. I'll warn you earlier next time. So listen I finally ordered the tile for the bar back splash. Finally thought I made a final decision and was so proud of myself. See I can pick out a back splash for you no problem. I make design decisions for others on a daily basis but it doesn't go down like that around here. Different tiles cross the path of my eyes multiple times a day and it confuses me. It's a fear of commitment. Will the tile still make me happy in 5 years? I'm not a fan of tiling. Don't want to do more tiling work than I have to. So Houzz.com (I can't find the photo!) slapped my eyes with a 12"x12" Carerra back splash someone installed and I thought "how hot would a 6"x6" Carerra be?!?" So (P.J. avert your eyes and unfollow this blog) I have samples coming tomorrow. Good news is that the tile is local, in stock, and I don't need much of it. I can get it yesterday if I want.

Next topic is the fireplace. I ripped the mantle off and sold it on Craigslist. Here is the plan as we have mentioned before - the bottom image is the goal

but currently the top right is where we are stuck until I find the right white marble. Waiting...and waiting...and waiting on contractorS. Yes plural.

Moving on. This happened:

Ohhhh the repetitive sound of water dripping from an unexpected source such as a ceiling. Makes me warm and fuzzy inside but in a terrible money flying out the window kinda way. Please note: the formal dining room is on the kitchen remodel list as the wall between them is planned to come down. The kitchen remodel starts in 2083. So the short list the dining room did not make until 3 days ago. The leak is fixed ($400 later - please don't ask me about $2 toilet valves) and the ceiling will be repaired only to be messed up again in 2083. Sweet.

Anyhoo the leak started above the dining room between the boys bathroom and the master. We hate the master as it has peach tile and sponge paint OVER the wallpaper. Who paints over wallpaper? Real question. The husband is really over how gross the master bathroom is. Cue the flying pigs and ice in hell because he's actually wanting more work done around here. And who am I to tell him "no"?

 I'm going to expand on the master later and save the first floor lav for another post. This post is too long and it makes me want to scour Houzz and Pinterest It's 10:32 pm and a girl needs her rest. I could spend days on both. Bottom line is I bought the vanity for the lav like 8 months ago and it has been living in my family room. My son loves to play with the "broken house". 

Here is what I stare at these days

the "broken house" aka Ikea's Godmorgon

in said living room (out of the shot but behind the white container here) -->

new ceililng...new chandelier?...hmmm....

yes I use it [said with fingers crossed behind back]!!

I [not so]secretly love it. BRING it.


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