Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Tale of Two Bathrooms

You may recall that I've mentioned my parents' were remodeling their bathrooms.  Such talk started back in November, but they live in a small town where there is basically only one contractor who you get to do anything, so they got in line behind some pretty big projects and the contruction didn't really get started until about April.  Then said "1 month" project turned into a bit longer, so I only got to end up seeing both completed rooms this weekend.

These bathrooms were pretty grody when we bought the house when I was in 3rd grade.  Then around 6th grade, they were gutted and remodeled, but the floorplan stayed the same.  Style of the "new" bathrooms:  Country.  Rust & Navy in one, Pink & Baby Blue in the other.  I can still see that "country" wallpaper with pink hearts on it that Mom hung in my bathroom that I shared with Dad.  Anyway, over the years, Dad received a reprieve from the pink hearts when Mom re-wallpapered his bathroom, and Mom re-wallpapered her's a couple of different times when she got new bedding and painted her cabinets white.

This year the remodel was a little more involved.  They decided to lose one of the closets in their bedroom so that the 1950's bathrooms could get a little larger than those mid-20th century folks thought was necessary.  The result is really fantastic and not just in the bathrooms, but in Mom & Dad's bedroom too.

The Hall Bath (aka: Dad's) Before:



After:
View from the door
We had that medicine cabinet (that you can just barely see above on the left) built.  We had an electrical plug put inside so that Dad's electric toothbrush, etc. can be there and plugged in without unsightly cords going everywhere.
The closet in the bedroom was divided between both bathrooms and provided a new area for the toilets...
This windowless bathroom necessitated photography skills that exceeded mine. So you don't have the best lighting and color represenation going on here!
I think Mom was happy to have a better place to hang Dad's Stockyard picture

This is behind the door if the door is open because it's between the shower and the door.
If you are at the toilet, it's straight ahead of you.

The Master Bath (aka: Mom's) Before:



After:



A new & bigger window was part of the remodel...
The other part of the converted closet...


Master Bedroom Before:




After:

Because the old bathroom door was covered over and the new one was moved over, the dresser was ablet to move down , which created a bit more room on that side of the bed...
New closet doors were added here.  The inside was completely re-done and my Dad took over this closet (but I forgot to take photos)...
New doors were added to the entire house.  They look great, but as you can see they haven't all been painted yet.  The plan is to spray them...when it isn't 100' outside. 
The bathroom door was moved over and is now a pocket door...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Favorite Sale

I've been anxiously awaiting the mail on a daily basis for about a week now.  I knew any day something exciting was coming, and it finally came on Monday...

I flipped through it immediately.  In addition to the catalog, I was provided with a secret code that allowed me to log onto the website and look at everything that is going to be on sale.  I called Lisa to report that the sale was near.  Here's our conversation:

Me:  There are several things that I think I might have to request for my birthday or Christmas.
Lisa:  Well you know your Mom likes to get her shopping done early.
Me:  It's just so exciting, it's one of my favorite holidays
Lisa: What? Your birthday?
Me: No!  Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale!
Lisa:  Is that a holiday now?

I plan to get the necessities:  I always get my year's supply of Spanx.  I also need some new bras.  Not exciting, but it is great that my bras are $26 cheaper on the sale than any other time of year.

Non-necessities on my list may include:

Uggs.  I think these are so cute, and I didn't buy any new Uggs last year! 

Barefoot Dreams wrap.  I have always longed to have their robe (which is on sale too BTW), but I don't really like robes.  I do think I'd use this wrap though.

I was happy to see that it appears riding boots and leggings are still in style for fall, but I'm a little unnerved by the fact that it appears we are going back to the "grunge" era...lace up military style boots, etc.  I mean, isn't it a little soon for that look to come back?  It was just the 90's like, yesterday, right?  Plus, I don't really think that was a good look that needs to be comin' around again. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Unexpected Presents

I love getting presents at Christmas and Birthdays, but I think some of the most fun presents to receive are the ones you get unexpectedly and for no real reason.  I got one of those this past weekend.  My friend Lisa went to Nocona with me for the night and when she showed up at my house on Saturday morning she had a present for me.  I asked why and she said it was my "you didn't have a baby gift".  Really she knew I'd been having a rough time the past couple of weeks trying to keep my head above water, so she thought this would cheer me up.

Here's what I got:

These super cute magnets...
and this paper weight which I adore!
Lisa said she read the line about believing in pink and thought of me, but it was the line about lipstick that really sold it as "my quote".

I don't know how I have not seen this quote before, but I LOVE it!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Decorating for the 4th of July

Decorating for the Fourth of July is one of the easiest holidays to decorate for.  Just get a bunch of flag and stick them everywhere!  That is basically my philosophy when it comes to outside decorations at least, but inside I have a few other things...

My mantle is basically the same as last year with this sign and Uncle Sam car...
This decoration was used last year, but I got the "firecrackers" at Hobby Lobby for like 90% off after the 4th last year, so I added them to the arrangement...
Uncle Sam is by the fireplace this year.  Some years, he's been out front.  And I'm not going to lie, some years, he doesn't even make an appearance.  He's usually in the attic and since opening the attic in Texas in June or early July is akin to opening the door to Hell, he sometimes just gets left up there.  But this year, I thought ahead and when I was putting Christmas decorations back up in the attic in January, I went ahead and pulled Sam down.
A flag runner on the coffee table...
This sign is a new addition this year.  It's fairly large and I couldn't come up with anywhere great for it, so I just stuck it on the door leading out to the garage (and put a big old piece of tape on the back so that it wasn't constantly banging against the door when the door opened and closed)...
I love that it has glitter!

Now for the front yard:

The entry...

A closer look at the door sign & bunting...
The urn of ferns by the door...
Every other pot out front has flags as well...

and I stuck some flags around the tree...


In my backyard, I don't have anything fancy, just more flags in all my planters.

In my Gerber Daisy on the side table...
On the Daisy on my table...
In the large pot by my backdoor...
(And by the way, I think I've found the perfect thing to grow in this pot!  These coleus are going crazy!)
The planter outside my breakfast room window...

My kitchen window box from the outside...
and from the inside...

 

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