Last night I stopped by Michaels and bought some craft papers then borrowed a bunch of my sister’s red tableware. This morning, Fluffabelle and I made star templates, then traced and cut out oh, 50 or more stars to get things going for our house guests this week.
I just got all my red stuff back from where it was staging an awesome basement which I will try to post here or on my business website. I’ve missed my stuff.
Should have taken a closeup so you can see that all the stars are patterned scrapbook paper.
What you can see here, but probably didn’t notice is that all that work I did putting up barn board trim in the morning room became all the work of tearing it all off the wall. Yes, I’m serious. I took every single piece of the barn board and the rail trim pieces off and redid the whole thing with board and batten. This also involved tearing off the casing below the window sill and replacing it. I need to post about it separately, but basically, the old version of the trim was chosen because it avoided dealing with all the tricky issues like the depth of the casings below the windowsill, but it always looked weird to me. Kind of jailhouse cell bars. And I knew I was getting around problems by literally getting around them, and that just didn’t cut it. So I took it all off and did all the tough stuff like bringing outlets forward. I only electrocuted myself twice, by the way. This look is much more refined and understated, and most of all looks fantastic with my shaker cabinetry.
I’m far from done with these rooms. I still have to finish the crown molding, paint above the wainscoting in the morning room, recover the chairs, do benches along the wall and window treatments, and paint the ceilings…kill me.
BUT I am extremely pleased with my decision to keep everything neutral so that I can really change the look with seasonal decorations. It makes me happy to give things a complete makeover every month or two, and helps me keep really seeing and enjoying things instead of becoming inured to my environment and deriving no pleasure from it. Yes, I read about all that in a scientific study.
I really want to chose carefully what I will and will not cook for this weekend. Our friends are coming to stay with us for a couple of days, then we are going to the beach with them for a couple more, so there are many meals to figure out. I do not want to spend my whole time cooking. And I’m spending hours of every day designing a client’s spectacular kids basement! Oh, you don’t even know how awesome it is going to be, but every element takes time, time, time.