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Last WinterI had a lot of "internal" design work between January and March last year... it was very healthy, but it was an emotionally, physically and spiritually demanding season...so therefore, not much got done around the house. I did however add to our ever-expanding home library.
The work that God and I were doing together inspired a strong desire for order. Order in areas that were "dark" and scary in the home needed to be brought to the light.
Like our craft/activity closet. (1)
Thanks to a trip to IKEA and some elbow grease, it is no longer dark or scary.
We turned our attention to our "outdoor rooms" in the late spring.
As a family we did some demo on the eyesore of a brick oven (2) in the CENTER of the backyard. I have no idea WHY it was built there,
but it needed to go.
We cleaned up all the flower beds, walkways and the sunroom (3) got a makeover (for now, new paint on the floor and replacing the roof are in the plans for 2011)
I added a bistro table (4) onto our balcony for breakfasts
and late afternoon iced teas.
Our home took a backseat to all of our activities outside the home - camping, travelling, soccer, etc. We weren't home long enough each day to do more than eat, play and work in the veggie garden. Due to my summer hour switcharoo, at work, the kids’ clubhouse (5) got a face lift. We painted a faux rock design on the floor, added the wooden staging area and painted the walls with leaves and a sky scape. The nursery and preschooler rooms were re-organized as well.
The one indoor project that I did get to, thanks to a house-guests unexpected help, was uncovering my stairs (6) - they still have to be finished, but this still looks WAY better than the nasty hospital green carpet they were covered with.
Last AutumnIn preparing for the new school year, I decided that mom needed a work area too.
In the late fall, our master bedroom (8) finally got a do-over. My love, for my birthday (in Feb) told me to re-do the bedroom, so took my time, gathered bargains and a plan and voila – I picked a shade of grey called “overcoat” – I found the bedframe and head/footboards on Kijiji, the bedding at HomeSense on clearance, the iron décor piece at Winners for $10; the lamps at Bouclair for $5 each on clearance, pulled pieces from other rooms and goodwill, rearranged the furniture – I found the yellow chair buried in our office, added the purple accents (the feather fronds are from Indonesia) and there you have it, a new room.
On the heels of the bedroom and just before the holidays our front entrance (9) got paintedfinally. (It had never been finished after we installed a door to the basement apartment… so the decor for 3 years includeddrywall/plaster splotches mismtached everything.)
Just as the holiday season began, I took a couple hours and seriously purged and cleaned my china hutch (10) - what a difference!
I only kept clear glass and white pieces (that we actually use) - and tada!