The Big Move...Say It Isn't So!

Well, as much as I tried to live in denial and wish the move away it didn't work.  The packing crew showed up Monday and by Tuesday evening everything was in boxes.  The cars were picked up Tuesday as well.  My black and white beauties are safely (I'm hoping) on the back of a truck and waiting to meet us in Chicago next week.   Today the movers showed up to load the truck and they'll be done tomorrow afternoon.  Since everything is packed up in boxes we moved into a hotel Tuesday. We'll be living in hotels for the ten days until we move to Chicago.

I'm not being a Debbie downer, but this particular move has been a really tough one.  We looked for so long to find our house in Connecticut and were all ready to set down some roots.  However, this wasn't in the cards for us,  as someone had other plans for our family....a new life in the Chicago area.  I've been reminding myself that everything happens for a reason, but I have to admit this is something I've been struggling with.  The thought of starting over again with friends, a house, city, school, doctor the list goes on and on has been a bit overwhelming.  

The last couple of weeks I've been keeping myself motivated by looking at the listing of our new house and doing some room planning.  I sold a lot of furniture at my recent sale which means I have lots of pieces to replace and rooms to figure out.  Instead of focusing on the fact I have to start everything all over, I'm trying to get excited about the possibilities.   

I figured today I could share the listing pictures with all of you!!  I'm hoping this will also encourage me and get my creative juices flowing again.  

Here are a few pictures of the new place!  (these are all real estate listing pictures so the furniture and decor are the current owner's)

This is the snowy front of the house

This was one of the features that sold me on the house.  I love how there's a gate on the entrance and inside the gate is a great courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.

Here's the courtyard.  The gate locks and in order for people to come to the front door, we have to let them in.  I like the idea of the privacy and the added security.  Plus, I've always wanted an outdoor fireplace!
This is the front entryway.

 The first room you see is the dining room and the double sided fireplace.

 This is the family room, which is open to the kitchen.  The dining room, family room and kitchen are all open concept.

Here's the other side of the fireplace.
The kitchen, which is open to the family room.  This was another feature I really liked.  It's nice to be so close to all the action.
This is the eat-in kitchen.   The white door in the back corner is my office.  I like how much light comes in this house through all the big windows.
This will be the office.  Again light-filled and that ceiling made me swoon.
This is called the 'den', but it's technically a fifth bedroom that is located on the main floor.  We're going to use it as a TV/Family room.

This is the view from the top of the stairs.  Behind the archway is another sitting area.
Here's the upstairs sitting area.  I think we're planning on using this as the video game area.  This way when Hunter and his friends want to play games they have a quiet space.
 This is the master bedroom.  I know the Hubby is looking forward to the new space and it's his and hers closets.  He doesn't like sharing with me!
Master Bath

Master Bath
This is going to be Hunter's bedroom
 The plan for this room is either the play room or a guest room
Last bedroom and again we're either using this as a guest bedroom or play room. 

Hunter's bathroom

Powder room.....I have plans for you!
Laundry Room

Unfinished basement or my workshop.  We also have a 3 car garage that will also serve as my workshop in the warmer months (they have those in Chicago, right?!).

The backyard...I'm not going to lie, it was hard to come to the realization that we had to trade our 3.5 acres of woods and creek for a small yard.  On the bright side, it will be a lot easier to take care of!

This ends the tour of the new house!  I do have lots of plans for the house, but first I need to unpack and get settled.  The first room on the list is the kitchen.  I got rid of my kitchen table and chairs so we need something new.  Also, we left the bar stools in the house we're selling so I need to find some for the new house.  I want vintage drafting stools, but it's hard to find them in sets of 3!  

We close on our house Wednesday and the movers arrive on Thursday.  We will then be able to begin the process of settling in.  Hunter is starting his new school hopefully Thursday as well.  There are lots of changes in store for us, but also lots of new adventures.  The most important thing is we'll all be together living under the same room.  We've missed having Daddy around during the week!

Thank you for reading!  I'm happy I get to share the excitement of the new house with all of you.  I'd love to hear from you.  Let me know if you have any amazing or fun ideas for me to try in the new house.  Oh and if you know of anyone selling 3 vintage drafting or industrial metal stools please email me immediately :-)

Thank you!

For the Love of Stripes

I love a lot of things.  I'm starting to realize the older I get the more 'things' I love.  Of course I love my family, friends, dog, cat and UPS guy (who doesn't love it when the UPS guy delivers packages!).  BUT I'm taking more about 'things' as in collections.  I've never been a huge collector, until the last two years.  I did collect two things in my early 20's however....wicker baskets, anything black and white cow and Mary's Moo Moos.  Here's a pic in case you don't know what a Mary's Moo Moo is.  

Yes, I used to love those little white and black cows.  It became my go-to gift, so every time I had a birthday, etc  got another cow.  That's when I realized I really didn't like them anymore.  I have to point out this was the the early 90's people.  I was into anything sea foam green, peach, wicker and black and white cows!  I did keep the cows for about five years and then I moved on and never really found anything else I loved collecting until I started collecting globes, kitchen scales, carpenters rulers, levels, anything metal and industrial......I think I will stop now before this gets too embarrassing.  

I've always loved and been drawn to stripes.  I like just about anything that's striped (well maybe except large horizontal stripes on my clothing...I'm not that brave!).  I'm drawn to stripes like a moth to a flame...ummm might be the wrong analogy, but you get my drift.  

I've painted a few pieces with stripes and I know I'll do more before I'm done painting furniture, If that ever happens!  

Speaking of striped my super smooth segue???  I finished a striped dresser a few weeks back I really like, but forgot to write about. 

Here are a few before pictures

Basically this dresser was ugly, super dirty and really lacking in any character or personality.  I figured I knew what I could do to change all that....Paint on some stripes!!

I started first by giving this dresser, purchased in the basement of an estate sale home, a very thorough cleaning.  It surprising how much dirt comes off this old and neglected furniture.  After the dresser was clean and dry, I gave the inside of the dresser body and the insides of the drawers a coat of Zinsser™ Shellac.  I like to do coat the insides of old pieces with shellac because it takes those old dresser smells away.  I also like knowing it's a fresh clean surface when putting items inside for storage.

Next step was to paint the dresser.  I painted the entire outside in Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Coco.  I applied two coats of paint then let that dry in between coats.  I wanted to make sure the dresser was dry so when I applied my painters tape I didn't pull the finish off.  

I measured to find my middle and where I wanted to place my stripes.  Then I taped it all off and painted the stripes in Chalk Paint™ in Napoleonic Blue and Pure White.  I applied to coats of each color then pulled off my tape.  One trick I've learned to avoid bleed through when painting stripes, is to take a credit card or something similar and run it across the edges of the paint.  It makes a big difference!

After a coat of soft clear wax I very lightly distressed the piece to accent the details on the drawers and give it an aged feel.   Last step was adding new hardware and I was done!

Here's the finished dresser. 

One thing you might notice is I love navy blue.  My favorite colors for an older boy's room are red, white and blue.  I like the nautical, Americana, and rugby vibe of all these colors together.  The Coco, Napoleonic Blue and Pure White work perfectly together to give the dresser the look I was going for.

I had planned on selling this dresser and had some takers, but I think I'm keeping this one.  Not sure where it will go in the new house, but I have lots of room and know I will find somewhere for this one.  

I had a furniture sale/tag sale at my house this weekend.  I sold a lot of pieces that I hadn't planned on selling and WOW it felt so great!  It was nice to pass on some of the pieces I've worked on and loved to some great new homes.  When I get to the new house I will definitely need to find out where all the great thrift stores and flea markets are so I can replace the pieces I sold!  

By far the best part about having this sale was meeting so many of you!  I've dreamed of owning a store where I could sell my furniture and vintage finds, but also offer design advice, etc.  After having the sale I feel like this dream will become a reality.  I'm not sure where or when, but I know it's going to happen for me.  Now all I need to do is convince the hubby to stay in one place long enough to open a store!  Not sure either one of us has any say in that :-)

I'm really thankful for each and everyone of you that reads this blog, follows me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Hometalk or Instagram.  Every time I hear from one of you, it makes me smile!  Thanks for coming on this long and winding road with me....who knows where it will take me next!

Thanks for reading,