So here are a couple of shots of the finished product.
I LOVE IT!
The color is B.M's. TYLER TAUPE which changes color as the light in the room changes
I LOVE IT!
It looks darker in reality but doesn't really darken the room.
Let me hear what you think. This little "project" wasn't supposed to include all this! 'There is still lots to do (groan!)
Now I need a new room size braided rug and the window treatments are coming tomorrow so I am getting there, slowly but surely.
(Now if I just figure out how to put pictures on this blog in the right order I will really be a "Happy Camper!)
Bear with me.
Going on vacation back east and won't be back till Nov 1. See you then! :-)
Well here is the "old look" or what I call "The California Look," lots of white and light and airy. Over the years my family had always been subject to transfer and I always had to decorate with "reselling" in mind. When we moved to California I thought I would add a little color and a few "Prim" accessories as that was my true style. So the house had been white walls and woodwork until about 10 years ago when I got up my courage and, starting with one room at a time, gradually added "light, neutral" colors to the walls.
I have never lived in one house as long as this one and could feel myself getting the urge to change something! Reading other blogs, Country Sampler, Judy Condon's books and of course, a Primitive Place I was really starting to plan what I was going to do.
Well, it all started like this: We have a wonderful "wholesale-to-the-public" fabric store and I just happened to see some lovely "neutral" Casement yard goods for a fantastic price. Well, I couldn't pass up a real bargain now, could I??? LOL I think By the time I got it, with all the specials, discounts and deductions it was down to a tiny amount so I quickly figured up the needed yardage and away I went with my treasure. I had just planned to change PART of my window treatments and thought: "No Big Deal." Wrong! I got home and REALLY LOOKED AT THE ROOM and decided that it looked too busy for me. So down came the checked valances and the muslin side panels. As I looked around the room with a critical eye I decided that "yes, it was too busy looking and it really needed a make-over."
AFTER ALL, THAT IS WHAT I DO FOR OTHER PEOPLE SO WHY NOT ME!
Favorite contractors were called and my favorite seamstress got to work.
Not to mention Mr. S.O. and me!
So here the contractor had partly finished adding "bead-board" to the fireplace wall
How would you like to do this in a Jig-saw puzzle!
(This was supposed to be displayed under the "Get-A-Way Day but when I checked my blog this morning I found I had not Published it...so here it is now...that is what I get for working so late into the night. Again, bear with me. I am starting to get it...
After an interesting lunch in the quaint little town of Sebastapol where we enjoyed a tasty lunch of Vegetarian Meatball Italian Sandwiches in the little restaurant where all the "locals" seemed to congregate, we decided to hit the road again and head to a favorite mini-vacation spot called Bodega Bay After deciding there was no way we could "get down to the beach" Mr. S.O. decided to explore a little. He found the most scary winding , less-than-one-foot-wide path that could get us there. He came back to get me and I screamed, "Are you crazy???" "We can never get down that path without killing ourselves." Never to be proven wrong, he dragged me, kicking and screaming all the way and when we came to a "hairpin turn" I said, "no way, I can't do this." but he persevered, holding my hands tight and we made it down. (I didn't tell him but I felt quite powerful that I actually didn't kill myself!) Ha! We walked the beach and took pictures and I loved this seagull so I thought I would share it with you. .
Here is a mural composed of comic strips from the newspapers all fitted together to form the coloring. It is a work of art and I will never be able to figure out how they did that. Must have taken months. If you walk up really close you can even read the comic strips and I am sure you would also remember some of them if you were ever a fan of Peanuts.
Here is a mural you see when you enter the Charles Schulz Museum. It was an interesting place to visit and see how Charles Schulz highlighted what trends were happening in the world around us to be the subject of his cartoons.
This is the lantern/light fixture I found at Habitat-For-Humanity several months ago and here it is all taken apart before I started messing with it. So I removed the glass, the candle sleeves and the reflector. I painted the reflector metallic gold and it was toooooo bright so I sanded and sanded and even ran a little stain over it to dull it down. I painted the (dirty) candle sleeves white and after stuffing them with rolled up paper towels, I dripped Hot Glue over the tops to (hopefully) look like candle-drips. Then I sprayed them with Matte spray (so the Antiqueing wouldn't "grab") and Antiqued them with water-based brown antiquing and wiped it off with a damp rag so they wouldn't look dirty. I rewired the wires sticking out the back together onto an extension cord so I could plug it in when I use it on the center of my mantle for Christmas with greens, tiny lights and apple and pear trimmed garlands. I love the way it turned out! LOL.