Posts tagged ‘Design’

If you see my hair falling out…

it’s because I have been living without a master bathroom and WITH all the dust and dirt from drywall being torn down.

Now the biggest thorn in my side is finding floor tile for a good price. Why does it seem everyone else in the world can renovate on a “shoe string” budget and find AMAZING deals- except me?  Every time I visit a  freshly renovated bathroom they always say “this tile was “ONLY xyz- totaling under $200!”… here I am looking for black/white hex floor tile and seem to can’t find anything less than $60 for a box of 10 which is only 9sq ft… I need 80sq ft! I was considering settling for something cheaper but I will only be able to renovate my bathrooms ONCE- maybe twice (when my kids move out) and I can’t afford to buy one that will not fully meet my vision. I can’t settle- even if it means Starbucks is kicked to the curb and I probably need to drop the “hot spots” option on my cell.

I have less than 3wks until family come and it would be great to have this all put together. Take a look at the video of our progress- do you think we can pull it together in time?

What’s left? This week, drywall will be completed, electrical added and moved ….oh and I STILL need to purchase FLOOR TILE!!  which all seem to be “special order” … this is soooo frustrating..


Inspiration photos

I’ve been scrap booking for each of the rooms in my house-collecting pictures and ideas of how I would like rooms to be AFTER repair, item purchase and put together.. here are a few of the online photo inspiration/ ideas I found this today..

I would love to paint Noah’s room- the little room upstairs this color and decorate in this minimalist theme..however he’s not in the room now so no crib is necessary but I do have this shell chair on “watch” in my Ebay list!  Right now, this room is slated to be another “den” where we keep all Noah’s toys, a nice TV for kids movie nights and a comfy rug-since we have a dog our home is void “comfy” rugs- we have a lot of sisal and “HARD itchy” rugs (as my daughters like to point out)

My sister and  I have been crocheting but  this year she jumped to knitting. So now I’ m learning to knit and I think this should be my first project!!  With the right yarn, this could be really nice rugs for the side of your bed.  Even though the picture below is of a recycled sweater…I think it should be fairly easy to knit.

Design Idea..

I love the shingled wall… would like to do this to a bathroom ceiling..

Who stole my Mojo…?

Week 4 of exasperation. It’s been one of those “WHY DO I WORK IN REAL ESTATE?”,  months.  I’ve had a horrible appraisal, buyers with unrealistic expectations, sellers looking to sell for more than the market can bear, I’ve lost out on bids and have overall taken an emotional beaten…not to mention being up all night long to take care of a 2month old baby. I’m worn out and praying for a bit of a break through before I ring someones neck!…oh but WAIT! Now it’s raining- so you know what this means for my roof.  *sigh* To top it off, I’m losing my ‘in a tree house’ feel now that all the leaves are falling from the trees that surround my house.

Real Estate, especially in the neighborhood I work in, has always had it’s ‘ups and downs’… right now the downs’ are  items I can not control and it’s driving me crazy! If it were that I only had the challenge of finding a buyer…or house…these are things I can deal with. I can WORK and hustle to search for the match..but my challenges are coming from events I can not do anything about.  I believe God is trying to tackle my dependency issue.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the winter will bring, in additional to cool-clean- air. This will be our first winter in this house. We survived the summer months and the AC did a great job in keeping us cool without blowing our budget in raising the electric bill.  I’m sure we will not have such good luck with heating-since the downstairs is heated with GAS. *faint*… lol…  Dont get me wrong, I love gas- cooking and heating…just don’t love the price per therm I usually have. And why does it still feel cold at 68degrees?  We can usually stick it out and deal with space heaters, dress in layers etc. but I don’t know-now with the baby-we’ve needed to turn it on sooner than we normally do(which is usually by Thanksgiving). His  hands were so cold the other day- I don’t think I should subject him to wearing mittens just yet lol.. I’ll wait at least until he’s 3

I decided, in my spear time, to make a scrap-book for the plans I want to implement in renovating the house. Since I have such a hard time sticking to the plans I have in my head, I figure on paper I can’t NOT stick to it. So this week  I will begin sorting through my old House Beautiful magazines and Room/Board catalog to begin sorting out my vision.  Now only if I can get over my Real Estate challenges to begin bringing the vision to life.  We shall see… either way, I must begin doing SOMETHING, since I am hosting the  Thanksgiving dinner this year.

I missed it…

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Week

Coming along






So the office is getting there. We still need to paint,get curtain rods and tidy up but at least now its a functional room. We have my office space,home school area, work out corner, guest daybed and a chaise I seriously need reupholstered. I know-so much in one room,but it works for us.
Oh,and we need a door…how did I measure incorrectly the first time? Lol

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Smoke and Mirrors

I was so tired of looking at this unfinished wall…here is my contribution to todays home improvement projects…
Mean while, the drywall is in the guest room screaming to be used.

We must get it together, monetary value will not be added with smoke and mirrors…

In other news,my husband is up to stairs #4 of 18 in pulling up the carpet. LOL… I think its time he swings by home depot and pickup a laborer for a few hours.

I’m praying the baby comes very soon-like tomorrow-because I can’t take NOT being able to do anything.