Tuesday, July 21, 2009

the downstairs is finished!

The downstairs is done! Yay hallelujah!! Well, you know: "done." Air quotes. We didn't want to put all the same stuff on the walls, so there are some big empty spots waiting for paintings to be created to fit them -- Jim and I want to get some canvases and do a few paintings together. And we really want a new slipcover for the sofa, but that will have to wait. But basically, here's the living room with newly refinished floors and new paint:

Bright and airy. Nice. Here it is before:
For the record, I liked it then too :-)

We didn't do anything to these rooms but clean and de-clutter; here's a corner of the kitchen:
And my writing room:
The bathroom, which is the weirdest and funkiest room in this old cottage (was originally the front porch back in 1924 when there was no bathroom but only an outhouse), also got much-needed new paint:
Changing table is set up and waiting, and above it, a mobile made by my super-talented friend Maggie. Here's a detail:
She hand-felted those birds. Aren't they awesome??

So, that's the downstairs at the moment. Neat and tidy and freshly painted and de-cluttered. Loving it. The upstairs is almost there. Crib partially assembled, new curtains need to be hemmed, last and worst painting project (stair railings) nearing completion. Soon.

Soon.

24 comments:

Shari said...

Love, love, love it! The new rug in the living room is perfect. I love how the watermelon has it's own seat. And I think I need the name of the color green in the bathroom. I believe that's the color I've been looking for to use in our kitchen. You guys have the funkiest nest around. Job well done.

R.J. Anderson said...

Looking at your house just makes me happy. Such amazing colors, so warm and cheerful and welcoming! Great work.

Nerd Goddess said...

Whenever you show pictures of your house I am always insanely jealous. It looks like a house out of a dream, or a fairy's house. I am in love with it. Almost enough to kidnap you and make you come do-over my dreary little apartment. (almost^^)

Commander Kip said...

Wow, everything's so bright and beautiful! I love it! Doesn't it feel so good to be DONE? (Love the mobile, by the way.)

Diana Dang said...

Your house is gorgeous! I love the bright, happy and spunky atmosphere!

Deirdre said...

I LOVE the new living room color, and the rug too. It looks summery and cozy and welcoming. Just right for bringing the professor home.

Shelli said...

your house should be in a magazine. reminds me of my fav furniture - by Stix.

persnickety_jen said...

What gorgeous new paint colors - I'm smiling just looking at them. I can't imagine what it's like to live in such a funky little house. Can't wait to see more pictures... good luck with those stairs!

Anonymous said...

Ok, that's it. I'm moving in!!
Haha.
Your home is like.. magical.
:)

MotherReader said...

I don't know if I've ever known anyone whose house reflects them so perfectly as yours does. What a great home.

Heather said...

Oh it's so light and airy! All over! Just divine, you guys!

Shveta said...

Everything looks fantastic, Laini! Congratulations. The honey really sets off everything else in the room so well, and I adore your writing room and kitchen. You live so magically!

Amber said...

I always like pictures of your colorful home. And I did like it before, but I really dig that new bright color! It is very happy, and makes the room seem to open up.

I still lurve your green bench.

:)

Lexi said...

Yay! Your house looks so beautiful and pretty!

lizardek said...

Your home is SO beautiful, Laini!!

tanita davis said...

Bright and sparkly and lively -- your house is lovely, and I can't wait to have my own again. I LOVE both colors of the living room, but your writing room is THE BEST. I totally need tights that sherbet orange color...

~Molly~ said...

Ohmygosh, that birdie mobile is out of this world cute!!! Love the keys! I also love the living room mobile, very nice.

Your living room has come back together just wonderfully! I especially love the rug and the window treatment/frame above the console table

My daughters are jealous of your kitchen floor, that's what they want in their bedroom! I'm afraid it would be too hard on their eyes though.

Can't wait to see the upstairs but take your time, lol!!

Molly

Kat said...

Beautiful! It looks so great. I love that you're nesting - in a BIG way - making the whole house pretty for your new baby. So sweet.

Deldino said...

Wow what great colors and the light in your home is amazing...

Sarah said...

All these pretty colors make me smile :D LOVE your blog.

BJW said...

Wow. Cool, cool House. Love it!

Stephanie Perkins said...

Oh, WOW! Everything turned out so beautifully! Professor is lucky to be welcomed into such a gorgeous, cheerful home.

Can't wait to come visit ;)

jone said...

Love the new look of the living room. So sorry to have missed the shower.

Suzanne Young said...

WOW! The place looks fabulous!!!