Sunday, August 30, 2009

Some Work and Some Fun

On Saturday I started removing the laminate flooring from the back stairs. If you remember, the back stairs lead out of the laundry room up into my studio. I was initially excited to see actual wood stair treads on the steps under the laminate. I thought I would be able to strip the paint and stain them, or sand and paint them. But, when I reach the landing I found that the landing had chip board not hard wood. So we will carpet the stairs one I remove all of the laminate. I have two more stairs to go.

Our new house is located about 15 minutes from the Biltmore Estate. After working on the house most of the day, we cleaned up and headed to the Biltmore. Once a year they create a "Flower Carpet".

Isn't it pretty? Click on the picture to enlarge. You will also be able to see the beautiful mountains in the background.

And finally at the end of the day, we had dinner with friends at one of Biltmore's restaurants, called The Bistro. It was my husband's birthday. Happy Birthday Honey!
Welcome Home,


  1. First, happy birthday to your honey. What a wonderful spot to spend a birthday celebration.
    Could you not just finish the wooden steps in a pretty stain and carpet the landing? Would that work?

  2. Good morning, Penny - You have lots of hard work ahead but when it's all finished it will be a thing of beauty. And it's good to take time away for fun. That flower carpet is gorgeous! Belated happy birthday to your hubby. ~Adrienne~

  3. Your new house is beautiful. I agree with BJ, can you paint or stain the steps?

    The flower carpet is wonderful. I have only been to there once at Christmas. I would love to see the gardens. Your are lucky to live so close.

    Have a blessed day.

  4. Oh~~ how wonderful to live 15 minutes from the Biltmore! That is just a beautiful area of our country!
    Happy birthday to Mr. Comforts, sounds like it was a perfect ending to your day...

    ~Let Freedom Ring!~

  5. Penny, I adore your site, you are very talented full of happiness and life! My hubby was 70 on Aug. 8 and my son's birthday is tomorrow the 31st! Bless you! Kerrie

  6. Happy Birthday to your husband. We went to the Biltmore 3 years ago and we enjoyed the area very much. The Bistro has wonderful food as well. It is such a beautiful area! Our favorite was the Batcave area next to Chimney Rock because of the river and falls in that area. We stayed in Hendersonville at a B&B way up in the mountain (Echo Mountain Inn) and ate at the restaruant up there as well. What a wonderful are you live in!!!

  7. Happy Bday to your honey too!

  8. Yes, happy birthday to him! Guess he's getting a house for his birthday! I see where you slammed yourself with the hammer.

  9. Happy Birthday to your Honey. I think you both got a birthday present with your new home.

    I love wood stairs; I think they are easier to climb. Could you strip and stain the steps, and then do something a bit funky to the landing? Like maybe tile - or something!

    Bummer, about the plumbing, but I'm glad you were there and got someone out fast.

  10. Hello, Penny,
    I did not realize you had bought a new home. I remember seeing your home in one of the romantic magazines, and I loved it! The stairs will look nice with the carpet. That flower carpet at the Biltmore is certainly amazing. Happy Birthday to your hubby, too. Have a wonderful week ahead. Vicki

  11. Happy to know the house purchase went OK - sorry about the plumbing problem!

    You have lots of work ahead Penny - nice to see you took a break at Biltmore - lovely carpet of flowers.

    Happy Birthday to your hubby - and many, many more.

    I'm doing OK and got good news last Fri., so thankful.
    Hugs - Mary

  12. Happy Birthday Kent....Don't let Penny WORK you too much..!! You know how us women can be. Especially when it comes to OUR HOME...:):):)
    Your birthday dessert looked delish..!!!

  13. Your site is becoming one of my favorites....Wow do you have some work to do....

  14. Happy Birthday Mr Comforts!

    You're moving right along with the projects. Too bad you can't use the wood on the stairs & change the landing.

    Thanks for the amazing Biltmore pictures. ☺ diane

  15. A very Happy Birthday to your hubby....

    You do have a lot of work ahead of you but just think of the ending of this story....
    It will be wonderful...


  16. OMG Penny! What a neighborhood you've moved into!!! Keep us posted on all the work you're getting done...I'm so happy for you!

  17. Happy bday to your sweetie. Love that dessert plate. Great idea. How disappointing to find chipboard. It'll be cute anyway. Mimi

  18. Wow, your certainly won't be lacking for inpiration in those beautiful mountains with the Biltmore Estate close by!

    Happy Birdthday to Mr. Comforts of Home. That plate is so pretty I wouldn't want to eat and mess it up.


  19. Happy Birthday to hubby! The Bistro is our favorite place to celebrate a birthday, too! The Biltmore is beautiful right now. I posted pics of the Carpet of Flowers, too. Enjoy your new house...don't work too hard!

  20. Hi Penny
    What a lovely end to a busy day. Happy birthdau to your hubby. You are lucky to be so close to Biltmore! I am enjoying watching the work you are doing on your new home.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  21. Happy Birthday to your hubby! What a great place to celebrate!

  22. You have the right mi, Penny - a little work, a little play and a little is good!

  23. You dig right in to new projects dont you! I hope to see Biltmore some day and when I do you know I will be calling to meet you:>) Happy birthday to Mr. Carlson and many more!

  24. Wow! You've been busy! Happy birthday to your hubby!

  25. How wonderful that you are so close to Biltmore! It's one of my absolute favorite places to visit -and Asheville is just wonderful. Good luck with everything at the house - it looks like you've got your hands full for awhile. :)

  26. Good Morning Penny,

    Happy birthday to your hubby.

    I didn't realize you were moving closer over this way. I think it's wonderful.

    It's kind of nice to think that someone whose blog I have been following for a long time now, is practically a neighbor.

    Welcome my friend.

    Love & Prayers,