Sunday, April 3, 2016

Like Summer

~ April 1st. was like summer ~

So we took advantage of it and spent all day outside.

And planted the Lavender after the photoshoot.

Rain is in the forecast,
So glad we had a summer day
~ So early in the Spring ~

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fireplace wall and painting the oak

 We've been doing a lot of remodeling
and fixing up this 30 year old home we bought last summer,
and there's so much to share here on my blog and I'm so behind!

So I'll just jump in with sharing our fireplace wall.
My husband designed a new mantle, including corbels,
spray painted the brass black,
and I painted the oak built-ins and fireplace.
Here's the 'before'

And here's the finished wall.  Oh, and I painted the entire room.
The final thing to accomplish in this room is new flooring.
A beautiful tile in grays in the area for going in and out
and probably carpet for the rest, also in gray.

I'll be sharing more often now.
...I know I said that before...

~ Violet ~

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Some December Creations

I'm back!  ~ You know how when you haven't written to someone in a long time
you just keep putting it off because the stuff to say keeps growing as time passes?
Well, I'm like that anyway.
And the longer I was away from doing a blog post,
the more I procrastinated!

Too much to say, lots going on, from remodeling to painting to crafts.
So just some photos of a few of the Christmas crafts.
~ And my WING painting ~

snow scenes in jars  


~ large pine cones made into trees  ~

... some snow scenes ...

So whatcha all been up to?

How was your Christmas?
What plans do you have for the new year?

Now that I have finally made a blog post
it will be easier to come back.

~ Violet ~

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lavender Love

H e l l o !

I apologize for my absence.
We moved, sold our house, moved some more.
(left a bunch of things for staging as you saw in previous post)
And I've had so many projects going!

~ I'd love to show you some of them ~
The Paris Guest Room
has been my favorite and so much fun....
here is a little table-turned-writing desk

I found it at a thrift store for $6, below is a 'before' photo
(...since this photo we've planted new grass...)

I hand painted the drawer and spray painted the rest in lavender .
No matter how many coats I did on the top, it was spotty.
Which is a good thing, or I never would have covered it with this
Fabulous Paper!!!

~ Violet ~

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thought on Staging Where we LIVE {on a budget!}

More of the decorative touches I gave our house for selling
(I did much of this when we lived here too... but added to it)

Staging the outside is essential too!

Flowers are the perfect embellishment!
{ Glad it's Summer! }

~ Entering the front door you'll see ~

More of my favorites ~ ~ ~ Sea Shells

I added cheery yellow to the master bedroom
with touches of aqua and gray

The bed vignette
A White Summer Dress and Hat

Thanks for coming on the tour!

We all 'stage' our homes
and create vignettes even if we don't call it that.
I don't know when the word "Staging" came to light
in regards to selling a home,
and has even become a profession!
{it's pleased me to no end when people ask
if a "Professional Stager" did my house}

Something interesting happened after I changed
a room some, taking away this, adding that,
purchasing a few inexpensive items to add color...
My husband said, "We should have done this before!"
(Yes, he uses the "WE" just as I do when "WE" build something)

Where we now live has so many wonderful features.
But the hall bath and the powder room were so dated.
There are other things that need to be done on this
30 year old house, and right now the bathrooms are not it.
So I decided to decorate them.
(there was absolutely no staging done on this house
when we were shown it by a realtor)

Although photos can't show the new beauty
(a small bathroom does not photograph well)
Just let me say
A huge splash of a bright floral bouquet on a shower curtain,
a colorful towel and floor mat
and a frame-less oval mirror for over the sink
from Home Depot
has turned it into a room that is a delight
even with dated faucets and light fixture!

~ I'd like to suggest ~
If there is a room in your house you are not thrilled with
a room that you wish you could remodel
or do a complete makeover on but it's just not possible...
look at it and think:
"If I were to sell this house, how would I stage this room?"
Then de-clutter, get rid of things you don't like or don't use,
or would be better in another room.

Shop your home or visit a thrift store,
a flea market or stores like Ross, T.J. Maxx or Target.
Find something that has colors that speak to you.
And then work around that.
A floral bouquet.
A painting (even as an artist I still buy inexpensive
art for my bathrooms if I see something I love)
Spray paint a tray
bright fuchsia for over the toilet and add a hand towel
in the same color, as I did for the powder room.

Then get a couple of pillows for the couch,
or a new hand towel for the bathroom.

Why not LIVE in delight
When it's possible?
It really doesn't take a fortune!
{but oh my it would be fun to decorate with a wad of cash}

~ Violet ~