Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Decorating Outdoors

I don't usually write a post two days after another but...
it's that Christmas thing
and it is that "new door" thing.

And, although
I am saying
that I have finished the entry door decorations,
one never knows.
I have a tendency to adjust over and over again.

I cannot explain in words
how excited I am to have what feels like a real "front door"....
even though it is on the side of our house,
it is our entry door.

Decorating the entry to our home for Christmas is just such a joy this year....
Yah, I think you probably get that
but for once I feel like these urns really have a place.

I started with the branches as you see below.
I like to add a lot of dogwood followed by sumac branches which provide another hit of red.

And of course, more is usually more in this type of decorating.

Now, hmmmm.....do I or don't I add fairy lights??
Still debating on that one.
I will have to save that decision for later in the week.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Natural Decorating

Okay, just a peek....
today is my day to get some outdoor decorating completed.

As in past years I am using
a lot of dogwood branches
and pine and spruce boughs.

Jack is my look out and my partner when we raid my secret dogwood patch.
It takes a bit of work to get this all organized.
And in this case,
more is more.

I will be heading back out for more branches
and more boughs today.
By tomorrow I will have either added Christmas balls to this urn
white fairy lights

You'll see.
Have you decorated outdoors yet??

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Office Window

Well, not quite ready to show you the whole room....
actually the room is not ready to show you its whole space?
You know what I mean...I am not there yet.

I posted this on Instagram today... just had to share part of my new happiness.

I want you to see this lovely new window that now provides my view when I work from home.
The old window was a foot shorter....a good foot shorter....which meant sitting at my desk I saw nothing really unless I looked up...sorta.

Yep, I am in love.
Now to get some bulbs planted in that urn.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Approaching Normal

 Life is slowly getting back to normal around here.
We have had construction guys in and out over the last few weeks.
The weather has become a major obstacle and caused several delays.
It all started with rain and ended with this lovely white stuff.

At the end of every day I have tried hard to piece our home back together.
Replacing windows and the entry door has been a huge job 
and a dirty one.
And of course we were not just replacing old windows with new ones ...
oh no...
we decided to replace these 70's style windows with much larger ones which would
expand the views from the bedrooms.
And we also replaced the single entry door with a double entry door.
We did keep the same sized windows on the front of the house as they are already quite large.

Now that the windows are all in upstairs
I have been able to get my office assembled.
That is almost ready to share....not quite...but almost.

You can still see remnants of the "workmen" in the house.
Slipcover for the ottoman is in the wash.
I feel like I am forever dusting.....oh boy.... I despise dusting.
The house has been feeling quite grey.... sort of B&W if you know what I mean. 

If you look closely at these photos you can see that there is still some taping to be done for the drywall... these armoire doors will soon have to close up for that project.

I just needed some sanity last night so I re-filled this armoire with cook books etc.
Perhaps jumping the gun,
as workmen are expected here tomorrow to finish all the details.

To the right of this image is a stack of wood trim that will go around each window on the outside of the house as a finishing detail.
That was how I spent my weekend.
Of course given the arrival of snow I did not want to leave that trim exposed until next spring....

Anyway, details....all details now.
I am looking forward to the next step which will be decorating for Christmas.
Have you already started??

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Mess in Progress

You know how deep down you realize that
things have to get messy first
before they "get good"?

Well, I am struggling to hold on to that thought.

Finally the door has been installed....
we have been watching the weather closely as little flakes start to fall around us.

There was a surprise with the door design that we are now going to have to figure out
but I think we have... I will save that for another post.

Oh yah, it is a mess.... everything all over the place
that is part of the process...right?

So, chimney gone..... check.
Old door gone....check.
New stairs off back to match the front....check.
Close in the underside of deck with sliding barn style doors to hide storage..... next up.
Finding new location for bbq.... figuring that out.

Yep... a real mess.....

And, on the other side of these doors is a whole new reality.
Crazy how replacing a single door with double doors
changes your "optimal" floor plan for furnishings.

But it does.

Once the front windows are replaced next week
I will get started on that.
Stay tuned. 

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