01 November 2013

November 2013

Wow!  It's November! I wanted to start the month with a new family tradition of changing the drawing and saying on my chalkboard, but I didn't have time.  With piano and dance, I need to prepare for the holidays, but a busy schedule doesn't stop me from getting distracted.

We have several new projects in progress here at the cottage of butterfly bungalow.

We began working on my spouse's office.  This is a big project.  All big projects around here take us six months: bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping porch with laundry room.  We do a bit at a time as our budget allows.  This one involves my spouse replacing a door, a window, some more tear out, new insulation, new plank paneling, new floor, and lastly calling the electrician to reconnect the office to the rest of the home with new conduit wiring. 

Last weekend he replaced the door to his office and photos are coming.  For now, I have an old door for a project.



We also built one bed for our garden and photos are coming, but that is as far as we progressed.  I hope to purchase some soil this weekend.

In the meantime I am really enjoying our finished sleeping porch and reclaimed library.  But because it is so recent, I have not settled on how I want the furniture on the porch or library.  So my spouse graciously moved chairs until we ended up with this new arrangement in the library.



My daughter loves the "Mad Hatter" chairs that we found at a vintage shop, so we moved them to where they will get the most enjoyment.  The library and my daughter's bedroom is a suite, but we all can use the library, because it is the first room on the way to her room. She asked to paint the walls gray in these rooms. The arrangement is not done, and I might pull out a different rug from storage, and we still have not got around to moving some stuff out and some stuff in, so I'll put it under consideration.


25 comments:

  1. ooh yes life is so busy isn't it...lovin those chairs...the whole room...and look forward to seeing what you do with the door...now for some exciting news!!! You've won the print giveaway over on my blog! If you can let me know which print you'd like, and your address, I'll put your prize in the post...my email is healthfactormedia@bigpond.com

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    1. Thank you! Oh my gosh, Chrisy. Thank you. I will e-mail you.

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  2. The improvements never end, right? lol! That's just how it is when you own a home. Everything you do turns out fabulous! I love the Hatters chairs and yes, your cute hatter daughter would love them. That old door is great. Can't wait to see what you do. I will be showing an old door in my next post. Must admit, I kind of have a fetish for old doors, windows, chairs, and ladders. Is that all? Hee-hee!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I can't wait to see what you do with your door!

      I would of kept this one on, but it's warped, and it is actually an indoor door on an exterior room! But it is certainly good for hanging on a wall or making a table etcetera. I have a thing for chairs, ladders, candlesticks, and pillows. I really need blinders. Oh and my daughter always has me on the lookout for something "Alice" .

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  3. The chairs are great! They look perfect for a library.

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  4. time's flying and I can't fit in any projects or work on the house. But it feels good anyway!! Love your door, can't wait to see what you do with it.

    Happy Saturday!

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  5. I love old doors! looks like something is going to come out of that. Big projects are...well, BIG projects, and for some reasons it seems to always take more time than expected

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  6. Your decor is amazing. I may just have to show your blog to my boyfriend because we can never agree on a style and I think something classic like this would suit us both!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. How touching to hear that!

      That's interesting... My spouse says he likes it because it is "not fufu". That's his computer on the table. He likes that he doesn't have to worry about the color. He also doesn't like overly feminine.

      The good thing is that a lot of these furniture pieces can be found in second-hand vintage shops for not a lot and often well made. For example, the chairs were made in California in 1986 and the cost was 135 each! People tell me if I went to estate sales, I could probably do better on price, but I have not explored how that works.

      It's hard to see, but I also have eclectic mix on the shelves of mine, my daughter's art, as well as friends. Yours should be displayed in your home as well!

      XOXO

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  7. Those chairs look so comfortable to curl up with a good book and a throw!

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  8. That door will morph into something wonderful I'm sure! I love those chairs and I'm glad your daughter likes having them in the library. I think if I were young I would like having the library as the anteroom to my personal space. It's especially fun that she shares your enthusiasm for beautiful decor. Blessings, Dana

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  9. Lovely blog. Have a lucky November.

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  10. Oh I cannot wait to see what you do with that old door! Happy fall my friend! Don't forget to enter my 1000th post celebration giveaways all week long.

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  11. I am in love with those chairs. So lovely. I so appreciate your comments you leave me on my blog. Its funny I feel like all my blogs are like celebrities.So when I get a follower or comment I am always so honored. Have a great day!

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  12. I can't wait to see the garden! xo Jen

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  13. Your library looks great! Sounds like you have a fun project up your sleeve for that door! :)
    Susan

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  14. What a great space, can't wait to see the garden!

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  15. Those are wonderful chairs! Looks like such a pleasant place to sit and read.

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  16. Haha! I love those Mad Hatter Chairs too! Wonder what you will do with that old door?
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  17. I know you will do a fantastic job on your husband's office.

    And, how much fun to have a door for a project.

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  18. I love old doors. I'm very excited to see what you do with yours! I know what you mean about the furniture arranging. I have some of my rooms fairly fixed, but others that no matter how many different arrangements I try I'm just not "feeling it" as they say. Hopefully it will make sense eventually. :-)

    ~Angela~

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