23 August 2013

The Powder Room

Our powder room has worn many faces in these short 6 years we have lived here.  On move in day it had red & cream toile wallpaper above the white bead board.  Ya'll know I love some toile but folks....red...not so much.  The fixtures were brass or brass like.  As hard as I tried I couldn't dig up a single picture of this room.  Looking back I think what bothered me was the white bead board and the cream in the wallpaper.  That came down before the end of that first year and was replaced by yet another wallpaper.  Again....looked for a pic but I must have destroyed all evidence of having selected such a horrid paper.
The powder room is a tiny space so, 3 years ago I decided to just try paint thinking this would lighten it up and make it feel bigger.  Replaced all the hardware and light fixtures.  Bought a gorgeous piece of art and picked a color that complimented it.

For the first time I was "satisfied" with this room.  There was never an inkling that I'd want to change it...ever again.  Then the AC to the bonus room leaked....just enough to circle the ceiling and make the wall look rippled in a 3 inch spot.  This needed to be fixed.  I had always thought that crown molding would really dress it up.  Bestie Beth's husband is a master at woodworking and he volunteered to cut & install the crown.

You all remember that fabulous blue heron I bought on vacay, in case you missed it here it that post.  I knew this would be perfect in the powder room.

 I set out to pick yet again that perfect paint color and chose Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. 
After the trim was painted, the ceiling came next...my first time ever with an entire ceiling in a room painted a color other than white!  LOVE it!

The powder room isn't completely ready to reveal, which is short for I haven't found a mirror to replace the one that is up there. So stay tuned for her big reveal!

22 August 2013

The Welcoming House

One of the highlights of vacation for me is to do something I can't do at home.  This includes eating fabulous foods, taking in  coastal scenery and of course shopping.  There is nothing better than going into a shop where the owner has hand picked each and every item. As I meandered through these many shops on St. Simons I noticed that almost every single store had this  book called The Welcoming Home.  I decided having only gazed at the gorgeous cover, that the author must have been from the area.  I do this...I get caught up in the beauty of something and pay no attention to details.
While visiting one of those stores...more like ogling for more than an hour while Honey roasts in the car cause this is not a "man" shop I struck up a conversation with one of the owners.  I ask...what is the deal with this book...I am seeing it everywhere...who are these women.  She walks right over to me and picks up this book that is still encased in a plastic cover, puts it in my hand and begins to tell me that I MUST have this book...Bunny Williams wrote the forward for crying out loud.  She walks me right to the cash register and less than 10 minutes later I am leaving with said book.  During this experience I play along like I know who Bunny is, after all, at this point she seemed more important than the actual writers of this book.  For the record I when I got home I googled  Bunny and am now well versed in who she is.  But back to the book.....friends....as I was told...you MUST have this book! 

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