Monday, February 22, 2016

That day I met Jonathan and Drew Scott

WHAT! I am truly STAR STRUCK!  I love these boys. They are inspiring in so many ways.  From their show "The Property Brothers" on HGTV to the fact that they grew up on a farm in Canada but have made their way to the top in America. It's what dreams are made of. These fellas are talented! I was honored to meet them and shake their hands at this year's Raleigh Home Show at the Downtown Raleigh Convention center. I was a lucky winner of two wristbands to meet them. I couldn't have been more excited.  I hope I can see them again some day. Jonathan Silver Scott and Drew Scott -you guys are seriously awesome!

xoxoxoxo
Cathleen


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Painted night stand

I probably shouldn't go into stores like Habitat for Humanity Restore right before moving.  As if we didn't have enough to move, 3 full PODS of stuff, and I come home with 4 more things!  I couldn't help it.  I scored an old vintage credenza for $75. A cool shiny black and gold Media cabinet that I want to turn into a liquor cabinet for $85, a cool tall chair I can use to cut the kid's hair for $30, and lastly a vintage Hammary wooden end table for $25. Everything came home with me, (gotta love a minivan that can bring home huge pieces of furniture) and Joe's awesome friends helped put everything into the POD.  Except for the nightstand. I wanted to crank out one last painted piece before I hung my brushes to dry for the very last time at the old house.  BTW, we have one last week in our house.  We are crazy busy packing, retouching walls, filling holes, fixing trim we removed for furniture to fit snug against a wall, etc. etc! And right now I can hear Joe with his new Forstner Bit outside drilling out the inside of a huge Log from a tree we cut down a month ago so we can make a cool table out of it and it won't end up weighing 200 pounds. At least that's what it feels like.

So needless to say we are super busy! But here's the table I managed to do in a few days in between things.


Painted in Valspar's Gloss Cobalt Cannon. Inside the bottom drawer is stamped "Hammary." The beauty of this piece to me are the gold original caster wheels, and that pretty gold handle.  Originally thinking it would go in the boy's room, but it would also be great for the guest room. Not sure just where yet, but I think it will be great in just about any room.


Can't wait to show you more vintage furniture finds and how we will decorate our new house.

xo
Cathleen

Monday, February 15, 2016

Our New home

After a whirlwind process of deciding whether to sell our home, we did it.  It was on the market for one day and the first person who saw it made us an offer. We had a plan with our realtor to show it to more people and have the open houses that were already planned, so it was a week of us living out of our car and then finally just leaving town for the weekend, but it was nice knowing that we got several back up offers. We could rest easy. We're sad to leave our beloved first home that we worked so hard on over the course of 8 years. But we were bursting at the seams with only 1,500 sq. ft. and three kids and 1 new puppy.   We made a few offers on other houses that we didn't get because we were outbid and one house that we went under contract with didn't work out because there were too many red flags on the inspection report.  With only about three weeks to be out or house, the decision was easy to buy a new ready made house that already had the finishes we were looking for and a move in a date that didn't leave us homeless for too long.

SO, here she is. Our new Craftsman style home.  She's 3,420 sq. feet (upgrade!) and over 12,000+ sq. feet of land.  She's pretty basic at the moment but there's a lot to already love. We can't wait to move in and start adding architectural details and furnishings. We're gonna take it slow, decorating one room at a time until we're done.  If we budget correctly we can hopefully finish in 2 years. I know decorating is never really "finished" in my eyes, but at least each room will be functional and fun.

Here are some pics for you! These are BEFORE pics. When we move in, I'll add more pics of each room from every angle.




Entry/Foyer, looking into the Study

The formal dining room.

The Great Room.



The Kitchen.




The mudroom

First Floor Guest Suite

First Floor Guest Bathroom.

Master Suite.


Master Bath.


Game Room.

Boy's room.

Girl's Room.

 Craft/Sewing Room.

Porch.

Back of house.

Can't wait to share in this new adventure with you!

xoxo
Cathleen
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