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!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's Ours!

You might have seen some of the mosaic house number plaques I have made for different customers on my Lavender Hill Studio Blog, here.

See the one I am starting on below? It is for a VERY SPECIAL CUSTOMER....ME!! We closed on our house today!

So in the next month you can follow along as I sort, have a yard sale, pack.....paint, install, clean...and close one house and move into my new home. Want to come help?
Oh and during all of this, we have company coming Sunday for the night from out of town and company coming Labor Day weekend for a couple of nights.
I'm loving life!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Falling In Love

I have been falling in love with old vintage marble and alabaster lamps. There is just something so Country French about them to me. Usually the ones I see when out antiquing are out of my price range. But I found this one recently in a local antique mall. (You can click on the picture to enlarge for detail).

The price was right, so it came home with me. I know I will find the perfect place for it in my new home.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wicker White....

The wicker is all white and new looking again! Here is how we did it. We have a commercial grade paint sprayer and that is what we used. The paint was Olympic Fast Hide Exterior Latex, Commercial Grade paint that we purchased at Lowe's. We used a Semi-Gloss finish.

First we made sure to brush off all of the flaking paint with a soft wire brush. With a commercial paint sprayer the paint goes on thinly, but evenly. We (Mr Comforts of Home) applied 3 layers, starting with the underside first.

I am glad we had the commercial sprayer....we had a lot of wicker to paint!

Here is a close up of one of the finished pieces. You can click on any picture to enlarge for detail, but please excuse our messy garage.

We are letting them dry for a week before we actually use them. When we have closed on the house we will move them over to the front porch and I will show you a picture of them there.
Things are going along great and we are still scheduled to close on Friday.
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Monday, August 24, 2009


The wicker transformation has begun. I have taken them all down from the barn loft and have brushed all of the paint flakes off them.

They are sturdy....they just need a new coat of paint.

If the rain stays away, we will paint them today....

What are you doing this week? Any great plans? I would love to hear about them.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dreaming vs Reality

In the past view posts, I have been showing you pictures of my dream rooms for the new house we hope to buy. Now for the reality portion of this move.

Not only do I have to pack up a regular house full of furniture and dishes, but I have to pack up all of Lavender Hill Studio's furniture and dishes! You can get an idea of what I am in for in the pictures below.

First, these are the dishes in my studio. Not a lot you say?

Below are the dishes in the garage.....

Below are boxes of finished mosaics, waiting to be sold and shipped....

Here are some pictures of the barn that is filled with items waiting for me to paint and mosaic.

More items waiting for mosaics...

And some more below...OH! See here is some of the wicker I am going to be using on my new front porch...after it is scraped down and repainted.

Yep...I have my hands full. But I am loving every minute of it! Like Mr. Comforts of Home likes to say, "I'm loving life!".
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Road Trip

A couple of weekends ago, in between trying to buy our new home we took a break...a road trip. We drove to the Raleigh area of NC to visit one of our sons and grandchildren. It is a 5 hour drive and we left on Saturday morning and came home Sunday night.

The weather was beautiful Saturday. The fog was lifting and the sun was shining on the mountains as we headed out.

After arriving we went to lunch and then headed to a great local park. This park has a vintage carousel, a pond with paddle boats, a train to ride and a lot more. I convinced my two grandsons to paddle their grandma around the pond. It was hard work....

But the views were just beautiful.

After the boat ride, we needed refreshments. And what else do you get on a 95 degree summer day, than BLUE RASPBERRY SNOW CONES? Not in those silly paper cones, but in a CUP...yummy! Have you had one lately? It will bring you right back to your childhood.

We did a few more things....then sadly it was the next day and we headed home. In the rain.

It was a wonderful weekend and we are looking forward to going back again soon. What have you done for fun this summer? Have you had a SNOW CONE? Gone camping? Fishing? Beaching? I would love to know what your summer fun is!
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Thanks and a Festival

Thank you all for saying such nice things about the house I am hoping to buy! Things are moving along. We have filled out and signed a ton of paperwork. We are waiting for the title search to be completed and some repairs that the bank who is holding the foreclosure to be made. At this point things are on schedule.

In the meantime, one of my sisters is here visiting and we went to an arts and craft festival in Black Mountain this weekend. Here are some of the pictures I took while there.

These gourds are really colorful! You can click on any picture to enlarge.

This bottle tree was sparkling in the brilliant sunshine.

Underneath the table below is some wonderful pots of herbs.

The picture below shows what appears to be a statue. But it was truly a live man. He stood absolutely still, until someone dropped some money in his bucket. Then he played his guitar for a minute.

My sister is still here, so I haven't had time to visit everyone. I promise I will drop by very soon!
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Home Part Three

On to the second story of the home. Remember you can click on any photo to enlarge. Here is the main staircase leading upstairs.

The view from the mezzanine down into the family room. If you click to enlarge you can see crayons the kids of the previous owner must have tossed onto the top of the built in cabinets.

Standing on the mezzanine looking towards the stairs. You can see two doors down at the end on either side. Those are two bedrooms. Closer on the left is the door way that leads to my studio.

This is the view looking out one of the guest rooms windows. You can see some mountains in the distance, as well as some neighbors homes.

Below is one of the guest rooms. They both have walk in closets and their own full baths.

Here is part of one of the baths.

The tub/shower in the guest room bath.

This is the second guest room.
Below...the door on the left is a closet. The door on the right is another bath, this one also opens into the hall that connects my studio.
And here is my studio. It is really large. But only has one small window. We are looking into some great track lighting or maybe some skylights to brighten it up. There are some great built ins in the studio.
Below is the back stairway that leads into the laundry room I showed you yesterday. That makes it really convenient to bring finished mosaic pieces in and out.
This pink room below will be Mr. Comforts of Home's office. For some reason he wants to paint it a different color - lol.
So...there you have it. Upstairs and downstairs of my new home (hopefully). Next post, I will show a couple of pictures of the back yard and tell you the ideas I have for it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The House Tour Part Deux

The house inspection came back with many items that needed repair, but we expected that. Nothing major. Nothing structural. So we are proceeding forward. The tentative closing date is August 28th. It could be before or after that date. It just depends on all of the paperwork involved.

So are you ready to see the rest of the first floor? Below is the entry into the master bedroom from the master suite hallway. We are removing this floor. This is not hardwood, but laminate floor. It is a cheap laminate too. It looks like the old Contact Paper that was faux wood. Do you remember that? As we go on you will see that all of the bedrooms have this flooring. We are replacing the flooring in the bedrooms with carpet, I think.

There is a linen closet on the right and the french door goes out onto the back deck.

The ceiling is a tray ceiling. It makes the room feel larger.

Below is one of the walk in closets to the Master Bedroom. This one is in the bedroom itself.

Here is the other one. It is in the master suite hallway next to the bathroom.

Here is the master bath. We want to change out the gold trim to silver or brushed nickel.

There is a stained glass window over the tub. It is really pretty, but again trimmed in gold. I wonder if I can paint the gold "lead" on the stained glass window to look more like lead. I think it is worth a try.

There is a closed in area for the commode.

Ok....on to another area of the first floor. Below is a pantry that is next to the kitchen in the eat in area. There is also a pantry in the kitchen.

Below is the laundry room. You can also see the back stairs that lead straight up to my studio (I will show that tomorrow).

This is the powder room on the first floor.

Another shot of the powder room.

With today's post and yesterday's post you have seen the whole first floor. I hope you come back tomorrow for the second floor tour!

Some of you wondered if I was going to continue my Country French theme in this house. I think I am, only a lighter, brighter version of it. I promise to show you before and after and probably in between shots as I decorate and remodel. I think this is going to be a years worth of blog posts coming up!
See you tomorrow!
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