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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Zero Budget D.I.Y.

It Cost Absolutely Nothing to Dream!

So I'm tired of making excuses about my old timey orange bathroom. I have house guests coming in two weeks and we'll be doing the bathroom shuffle. My house has two baths but the hall bathroom has been in a state of transition since 2007 when I sold the old sink and attempted to take the wall paper down. The toilet and claw foot tub work fine but the two layers of partially ripped down wall paper and resulting exposed plaster make me wince.
I have a beautiful brass shower sprayer from Sign of the Crab that's been sitting quietly in it's box for 5 years (back when I had a six-figure job and six-figure dreams to match). I also have a cherrywood sink base that I purchased 7 years ago when Floor & Decor went out of business (I never bought the sink top because I thought I'd create something much more interesting with marble...never got around to it). I really need lots of storage in there so a pedestal isn't practical, but might have been cheaper in the long run.

My funds are extremely low so I have to get creative with my renovation. I've got to do everything myself, including the plumbing and painting, using the resources that I have available to me.
The good thing is that my pack rat tendencies have provided for much of the renovation supplies: from primer, tile, a sink and faucet, light fixtures, plaster, stain, towel bars, etc. There are a couple of things that I still need to get so a garage sale of my other crap may provide the funds (or some clever bartering).

One of my friends says that shiny brass is "So 1980's", but I can't even attempt to sell and re-purchase ALL of my plumbing and fixtures in Chrome or even Nickel. I've seen some techniques for transforming metals but the thought of that makes my head swim! (will this get done before 2020?)

Anyway, transforming my bathroom in Photoshop was completely FREE! So until I learn Google Sketchup, here's my attempt to rectify the problem.

Sign of the Crab
Kohler Faucet
Ballard Wall Mirror I like
$70 Lowe's Knock-off
Anthropologie Mirror I like
Nice Bathroom Tile
Affordable Version of that tile
Wall Art
I already have something like this iron wall art
Monogrammed Linens
Elegant Wainscotting

Other Inspiration:
Mrs Limestone
My Home Ideas
It's great to be home
Things That Inspire Post about Bathrooms

and of course, my favorite pile of blogs over there --------->

If you care to make a comment please be mindful of my zero budget. I love suggestions but the ones that cost $$ just aren't practical for me at this point. 
Thanks & Blessings, Y'all.

Ooooo, look at this from the Cococozy blog!!


hope to brighten up this scene and enjoy a long peaceful soak in the tub!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

These are just a few of my favorite things!

Just trying to play catch up after this extremely busy week. Things are starting to look up and the kitchen and bathroom are clean! I REALLY need to do some yard work, get a haircut and a pedicure but other than that, What more could I ask for?
So, as I cleaned up today, I took some time to count my blessings and once again, my cup runneth over!

I know, quite a random mix of images, right? 
But who doesn't love Hepburn's classic style, a good pair of spectator pumps and a vintage purse, toile, anything from Paris (including a metronome), a sunlit bathroom with a claw-foot tub, Saks Fifth Avenue window displays, citrus aromatherapy, houses by the sea, Un-birthday birthday parties, a pile of good books, vintage photographs of complete strangers, monograms on just about anything, old films starring Marlene Dietrich, boopie glassware, crystal doorknobs, ANYthing from Tiffany's, Lena Horne's timeless beauty, baseball on a sunny day and someone you can Totally depend on!

that's why I call this the glorious pile...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

mothers day.

Happy Mother's day to all of those mommas, past and present,  and the hard work that you do. And thinking about all those who aren't mommies: We're special too!

It was a gorgeous day and my mint and roses were in full tilt...actually they are transplants from my mom and grandmothers garden. It's as if they wanted me to see them and know that they are doing just fine!

during my morning walk I came across this cutie (I drive by it on a regular basis)

kinda reninds me of IHOP!

cool door, awning and shutters

garage doors of an abandoned building

sweet neglected light fixture

tin ceiling tiles and brackets

chicken wire security door and scrolly awning brackets

'mi piace' the roof tiles

This little place is an old gas station in my town. I love all of it's little details. Wouldn't be a great bistro? How about a drive thru organic coffee shop/farm stand/craft boutique or maybe my next residence?!

(if my mom were alive, she'd say, 'what are you daydreaming about now, sugar?')

I know! What the heck am I talking about, I'm No entrepreneur!?
I can barely manage my own little house drama, let alone a business, but I sure do like to DREAM...

In Fact, Filler Up!

Look at similar gas stations in: Hart, GA,   Wabash, IA,   Creston, IA,   Paducah, KY,   Minerva, OH,   Emmet, WI   and this one has been turned into an internet company

This is not a gas station but a residence in Savannah, GA

I found this bungalow is in Savannah last summer as I was walking around. Something about that crisp white clap board, red standing seam roof and the fancy corbels ....well, it prompted me to stop and say 'Ooooo' out loud! 

a cute house in the neighborhood

Monday, May 3, 2010

Happiness is a clean kitchen

I think I love this kitchen almost as much as I love my own!

photo is from

But this one is definitely on top of the dream pile
Maybe it's just the photo styling, but the blue hydrangeas and the chairs at the table just add that extra "je ne sais quoi" that makes me want to dance in my pjs and make banana pancakes!

from the 2009 Southern Accents Kitchen Award Winner, designer Gwyn Duggan
"mi piaci molto"

my glass cabinets show my eclectic collections of mish-mashed tableware

but, when my kitchen is clean, my mind is clear!

I cleaned the kitchen last night to clear my head and start the week fresh and new. When it's spic and span clean it feels like a whole new room!

The trauma of last week has worn off and I'm busily working on another hot potato project, while staying on top of the situation at the mortgage company. I decided that, besides the flaws, I love my house enough to fight for it! (and that's more than I can say for my energy bill, which was at an all time high this month?)

This morning's "Streams in the Desert" was "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Joel 2:32) and says "So why don't I call on His name? Why do I run to this or that person, when God is so near and will hear my faintest call? Why do I sit down to plot my own course and make my own plans? Why don't I immediately place myself and my burden on the Lord?"         My sentiments, exactly!

I instantly remembered a song from VBS years ago, "I will call upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from my enemies, I will call upon the Lord".
Mmmm, soothing to my soul, y'all.
I feel an enormous amount of comfort and peace. Could be the prayers and thoughts of so many sweet friends.
For now, I am content!

By The Way, if you want to see some Real Jaw Dropping Kitchens be sure to check out the May 2nd post on the Things That Inspire Blog, you won't be sorry!