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Dining Room Reveal

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As of late last week the dining room was officially finished. Yes, we’ve been working on it since early March  (paint colors can be found in that post if you’re interested), but it’s not like it was a construction zone or something–I’ve just been lazy about putting the finishing touches on it.  My daddy hung the mirrors (got them at an estate sale last year and just have been hanging on to them since) last week and I’m considering the room finished now.

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My biggest conundrum with our dining room was the furniture. I love it because it’s C.’s great-grandparents (well, the china cabinet we bought at a local antiques store and it’s a pretty close match), but it’s dark. And I can’t paint it because it’s a family heirloom.  And the doors in here have their original (dark) stain and as C. (affectionally, of course, HA!) says I’m a “preservation nazi” I just can’t paint them either.

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So I decided to leave it as it were, but change the rest of the room–the walls, the fireplace paint, the rug, the drapes, and some of the chairs.

And y’all, it’s a drastic change!

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I replaced all the chairs except the end armchairs–they’re next on my list. I’m not necessarily a fan of the bench (and was going to return it), but all three kids want to sit on it together every meal…and how could I return THAT?!

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Bench found here. Side chairs found here.

The drapes took the longest to find. Only because the sweet seamstress that did all the rooms in our house when we restored it has since retired. And I cannot find someone as talented, or reasonable, as Miss June. I finally found Sanya who is just starting out on Etsy who would make some custom pinch pleat drapes for me. I sent her the trim (on Monday when I went scouting for fabric it was $14/yard, when I went back to get it on Thursday I got a remnant–7.25 yards (just what I needed) for $10. It was meant to be) and she had the drapes ready in a couple of weeks and sent them back to me.

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Other new things:

Lamps here.

Mirror (similar) here–I did get it at At Home though.

A couple of items: this wooden pedestal and this metal stand came from our trip to Waco and Magnolia Market.

Rug came from At Home. Similar here (5×7). Similar here (another 5×7).

{The china (transferware actually) displayed throughout the room is by Grindley and the pattern is called ‘Malta’. It’s from 1887 and I collect it one piece at a time off eBay. My Mama Grace gave me my first piece in high school–a ginger jar–that had been passed down through her family. The other old things you see in this post I find at antiques markets (Scotts in Atlanta) or Queen of Hearts antiques mall or on eBay.}

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Master Bedroom Reveal

It’s finished!

Well, as finished as I care to make it. 😉

Let’s take a little walk down memory lane, shall we?

This is what this room looked like when we bought the house in 2007. It was a guest room (like four out of the five bedrooms were then) and hadn’t been lived in since the 1960s when the boarding house closed and Ms. Eleanor {the lady we bought the home from (and whose parents had purchased the home in 1917) and who we named MM after} lived here alone.

In this room we did extensive plaster repair, scraped & painted the ceilings (they were more of a mess upstairs than downstairs because there was no heat or air conditioning (and subsequent temperature extremes) had left long strips of paint hanging from the ceiling) and removed the carpet and refinished the floors. This is what the room looked like after we moved in (I couldn’t really find any recent pictures, but we had a difference duvet).

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And this was my inspiration picture. I loved all the neutrals (and the ceiling is wood like ours (we have heart pine tongue and groove ceilings throughout our house)).

Here’s some more pictures and then I’ll talk sources and stuff at the end.

We have an awkward-shaped bedroom. As soon as you come in the door the fireplace kind of juts out on the right. There’s also two doors, a double window, and a radiator. Oh, and it’s only medium-sized at best, haha.

This is the only picture I have of our antique oak armoire {bought at an auction a few years ago} that holds 99% of all our folded clothes.

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Random fact: our house had a fire in 1927 and it started when two boarders came home late one night and started a fire in this fireplace. A coal popped out on a rug a bit later and started a fire that destroyed the second floor. The fireplace surrounds up here are original, but I’m thinking the mantles are new. The floors are heart pine up here and new (‘new’ meaning 90 years old, haha).

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The only new furniture purchased for the redo was the bed and mattress. Everything else was already in the room or used somewhere else in the house.

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My three babies.

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Gosh, y’all, look at that bed. Don’t you just want to crawl in it and sleep forever? It is heavenly.

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And look at those two babies (babies, I tell you!) in their first picture together. We were both 23.

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(And I totally didn’t pose C.’s slippers like that–I didn’t realize they were even there until just now–they match too well!)

Okay, so sources. I’ll do my best.

Paint: Walls are ‘Quiet Moments’ by Benjamin Moore

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Trim, plantation shutters, and ceiling (trim is semi-gloss and ceiling is high-gloss and plantation shutters were sprayed, but not sure what finish as we didn’t do them): ‘Swiss Coffee’ by Behr

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Stain on the floor: ‘Early American’ by Minwax (which shows up very light on these heart pine floors verses our tiger oak floors downstairs, by the way)

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Let’s start with the bed:

~Bed {‘Larrenton’ King Panel Bed from Ashley Home Furniture}

~Mirror from At Home (I’m 99.9% sure this is it.)

~Rug from Rugs USA (it arrived 30 hours after I placed my order!)

~Mattress from Mattress Firm {Simmons Beautyrest Black hybrid}

~Natual linen duvet Cover: Hotel Collection from Macys

~Microfiber Sheets: Hotel Collection from Stein Mart ($19.99; I bought some 1000-count Egyptian Cotton sheets too and let C. touch both–not telling him which ones were the “nice ones”–he picked the cheap ones!)

~‘Dune’ linen channel-quilted quilt: Restoration Hardware

~Light sage green linen quilt: Pottery Barn

~‘Fog’ linen Euro shams: Restoration Hardware

~Wamsutta Vintage beige linen shams: Bed, Bath, & Beyond

~Grey rectangle pillow: TJ Maxx

~Brownish throw with ruffle edge: Nina Home by Nina Campbell from Stein Mart

~Painting on the wall to the right is a vintage paint-by-numbers I found at an antiques store in Savannah years ago

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Next up, fireplace:

~Wood Piece from Hobby Lobby

~Gold rectangular metal piece from At Home.

~”Loved you then” sign (old, but I think it’s Rustic Orange–shop is currently closed)

~topiary + cement votive holder from At Home. Topiary here. Votive holder similar here.

~Picture frames (I made myself)

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Nightstand {both tables are vintage. Table on left from an estate sale in southern Alabama 9 years ago and table on the right from the original Lakewood at least 12 years ago}:

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~Gold frame from At Home.

~Cement lamp from TJ Maxx

~Alarm clock from Amazon

RIGHT:

~Mercury glass lamp from At Home (similar here)

~Faux flower arrangement from At Home.

~Alarm clock from Amazon

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Dresser {which is from late 30s – early 40s and I got at Lakewood 400 years ago}

~Lamp from At Home.

~Pleated lamp shade with buttons from At Home from a while back.

~Pottery Barn jewelry box (similar here).

~wall mirror {vintage cabinet turned into mirror; I’ve had since college}

~‘Botanical Study 5’ original watercolor by Courtney Khail that I just got yesterday and am in love with.


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And I think that’s basically every product link and I am exhausted. Lord, this post took like three hours and I’m up waaaaaaay past my bedtime. 😉

Let me know if you have any questions about any links/brands or thoughts on the new room or if ever see anything you think I’d like please holler!

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Decisions, Decisions…Help Me Make Up My Mind!

As I mentioned on Monday, we’re repainting and kind of refreshing our dining room. New paint, a new rug, new drapes, and maybe some other stuff (toying with the idea of a new mirror over the server and maybe new chairs).

This is the before:

And this is its current state (holy color change, Batman!):

My helper said, ‘Mess! Mess!’ over and over while he “tried” to sweep. Without pants on. ‘Cause duh, we all do our best sweeping pants-less. I know I do. 

We painted the mantle this color (‘Sea Salt’ by Sherwin Williams):

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But it doesn’t show up as green as I wanted. I was afraid to go darker…and now I’m wishing I had been a little more adventurous. Don’t be like Natalie, kids. Be daring! Go for the REAL greeny green!

I should’ve gone with my original choice: ‘Saybrook Sage’ (by Benjamin Moore).

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Oh well, you live and learn. 😉

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This is our bedroom before.

And then yesterday the painter got to our master bedroom. We had it painted ‘Quiet Moments’ by Benjamin Moore and I’m in looooove.

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What’s interesting about this color is that sometimes it looks gray. Sometimes it looks green. And sometimes, like in our bedroom, it looks blue.

And ohhhhhhh yes, we’ve already started taking our bed apart because on Sunday we’re getting a new bed and mattress. This bad boy is coming home to mama!

The ‘Larrenton King Panel Bed’ by Ashley. I seriously looked for hours online and went into nine different stores…and then I saw this one and knew immediately.

The inspiration for this room is from this pin:

Basically I want just a whole bunch of muted neutrals that come together to make something not so muted.

I already have a neutral linen duvet I got last year so I’m all set there. I’m looking for a neutral (maybe a “greige”) quilt. And a soft ruffled throw/blanket in either a darker nude or a darker grey.

Here’s where I need your help. And I really do need it…not just trying to be nice…I’m really lost! Knowing the paint color we chose and the bed we bought AND my inspiration picture above–what do you think?

  1. Do you think we should do a bench at the end of the bed or will it take away from the footboard?

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2. Should I go with a mirror above the bed or artwork? Here are the mirror choices I’ve found (some are turned the wrong way–they’d all be hung horizontal of course):

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3. ORRRRRR should we do artwork instead?

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I’m really digging the one on the left (but not necessarily for above the bed–maybe the mantle in the bedroom…random, I know!) Hobby Lobby

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4. Rugs.

I’ve narrowed it down to two for the dining room (and bought them both and have them laying in the parlor), but forgot to take a picture. DARN!

But I’m wondering if I need one in the bedroom. Do y’all have a rug in your bedroom? We have hardwood floors so a rug would be nice, but we don’t have a lot of extra space (the fireplace kind of juts out in our already medium-at-best-sized bedroom). If we did do a rug in the bedroom, what do you think about this one? And what dimensions? 5 x 7? 8 x 10?

5. As for curtains…the bedroom is staying the same (they’re pretty neutral and we’re only going to be in this bedroom for about two more years and then we’re moving downstairs after renovation 2.0). But for the dining room I think I’m going to go with a goblet pleat and a contrasting trim. And have I told you how much I miss my seamstress, Miss June? Oh, Miss June, you spoiled me! She did fourteen rooms of drapes in our house and not only was she crazy good at calculating (sewing is a whole lotta math), but anything I mentioned she could do. Please come out of retirement, Miss June! #allthesadeyes

And that’s where it stands as of now. Please, y’all, PLEASE, help a girl out and tell me your opinions (On this post. Or on Facebook. Or on Instagram. Or in person. Or through a text. Or by telegraph.). Especially about what to go over the bed/artwork. I’m completely lost and really don’t feel like going to buy 18 different options (just so I can return 17 of them–I already have to return one 8′ by 11′ rug and I’m dreading it!).

Thank you thank you thank you! xoxo

 

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What’s Going On at Brogdon House This Week

It’s funny that this blog is named “Old Southern House”, but other than mentioning it here and there, I haven’t been talking about my plans for Brogdon House.

If you want to know the story of our home, click here.

If you want to see some photos of what the home looked like before we bought it in 2007, click here.

If you want to see some pictures during the restoration, click here.

But don’t click the ‘after’ button. Those are so out of date (no mention of Moseby’s nursery…or room and definitely no mention of Lawson’s nursery!)–I’ve got to work on those.

When we bought our home 9.5 years ago we did all the “un-fun” things that cost a great deal of money, but you can’t even tell. Things like new plumbing, new wiring, adding insulation, adding heating (only four out of the fourteen rooms had heat), adding AC to the entire home, refinishing the floors, patched plaster walls, removed asbestos in the basement, etc.  Which meant the budget ran out quite quick and I had to put my dream kitchen on hold. I look back at it now and realize that had I gotten my dream kitchen (which meant turning our sleeping porch into the kitchen and the old (our current) kitchen into a butler’s pantry) my kids wouldn’t have a playroom (on the sleeping porch). And y’all we NEEDED to put all these toys somewhere, haha!

We also were unable to afford putting in a second bath upstairs (where the old kitchenette from the boarding house is located–right now it’s just a storage room off of Lawson’s nursery) or putting a half bath downstairs. Right now we all live upstairs (there are four bedrooms upstairs, one downstairs) and we all share a bathroom. When we restored our house it wasn’t a big deal at all–it was just C. and I–but now that the kids have come along and gotten older, man!, it’s getting tough.

We’ve decided when MM turns 10 (in a little less than two years) we will begin restoration 2.0 to do all the things we couldn’t afford in 2007.  …and I don’t even want to think about the cost right now. HA!!

But just because we’re not during the big renovation just yet we ARE doing a couple of fun things to the house over the next week or so! Want to follow along as we do it?

First up: dining room!

For some reason these were the only two photos I could find of the dining room (that was used as a living room) back in 2007 when we bought the house.

This is how it currently looks.

Today our painter is coming to the house and we are painting our dining room.

I decided on ‘Greek Villa’ above the picture molding:

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I decided on ‘Natural Choice’ for the majority of the walls.

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‘Sea Salt’ for the mantle (originally I was going to paint all the white trim this color EXCEPT the window/plantation shutters, but y’all talked me out of it Saturday on Facebook).  😉

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{All colors Sherwin Williams, by the way}

I’m going for lighter and soothing in there. We have very dark furniture, dark hardwood floors, and four doors that have their (original) dark stain that I won’t paint (I can’t paint over anything original; I’m a historic preservation freak like that).

As for updating furniture…as of now, I don’t think I’m going to. Not because I don’t want to, but because all of the furniture in here {except the china cabinet which we found at a local antiques store that matches} are C.’s great-grandparents. So no painting it. And I don’t want to put it in storage…but I’m torn because it’s all SO BROWN. I’m toying the idea of getting new chairs and maybe a new mirror over the server.

I did get a new rug. But now I’m not so sure. I’m going to wait and see the room painted. To figure out just how light/dark it needs to be (because currently have I mentioned IT.IS.SO.DARK.IN.THERE?!). And as soon as I can find someone to sew me some pinch pleat drapes (my seamstress has retired), I will. {And yes, I can sew. And yes, I’ve actually made custom drapes for our last house, but I promised myself I would never ever do that again because it was soul crushing. HA!}

Once it gets painted I’ll show you the updated room and you can help me decide on the rug and what direction to go in for the drapes.

After the dining room what’s next? The master bedroom! We’re painting and yesterday we bought a new bed and a new mattress (after almost ten years and it is dreamy!) that gets delivered next Sunday. So I need help deciding what to go over our new bed–I’ll show you what I’m thinking on Wednesday and I’ll let you help me decide that too!

Y’all ready to put your interior design hats on? Let’s do this!

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The Project That Grew Bigger and Bigger

Isn’t that how it always go?

Something starts out relatively simple…painless…and then once you start grows and grows ’til you just have to keep plowing away at it until it’s finished or you might kick yourself for giving up?

Maybe it’s just me.  I don’t know.

Since Christmas we’ve been talking about getting MM {and Moseby when he gets older} a play-set for our house.  We looked at the ones we liked online and they were four or five…thousand.  No offense, but who in their right mind would pay five thousand dollars for a play-set?  Riddle me that.

We looked at Costco and Sams and their smaller versions were still pushing $1000.

So we tabled the idea and said we would come back to it in the spring.  Imagine my surprise when a few weeks ago C. said he had been looking at them on Craigs List for a few months now and found us a good used one for literally five percent of the original cost.

The only problem was that WE had to take it down, WE had to move it to our house, WE had to set it up in our backyard, and WE had to repair/add things to it.  {I say ‘we’ loosely, of course.  I just planted a pot of flowers and held a couple of posts up.}

We couldn’t turn a deal like that up so last Saturday we went and bought it.  And it took basically a whole day to take it down and move it to our backyard.

Our backyard looked like a graveyard full of old swingset bones.

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Pretty daunting, huh? {Thankfully they labeled the pieces and took tons of pictures before they took it apart.}

But MM loved “sliding” already.   She stood around “helping” {see that screwdriver in her hand?} all afternoon.

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Late that afternoon they had the first tower thingy put together.

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And right before dark the first slide got added so MM could take a quick ride down {because, come on, it’s hard for a three year old to be that patient and we had to reward her!}.

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The next day the second tower was added, but the twisty slide {MM. calls it the “curly slide”…so cute} and the swings proved to be much more difficult.

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The men met again on Wednesday evening to come up with a list of more materials they needed {four trips to Home Depot and one trip to Ace for this project, I might add}. And on Friday afternoon as the rain was trying to close in on us they got the swing and slide added.

Moseby’s vantage point:

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My laidback baby of course fell asleep while lying in the shade and took a little nap while everyone worked.

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And while he snoozed MM and I planted some marigolds and catnip {her choice}.

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And Vivi barked. And drank water. And barked. And drank water.

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And then it was time to swing so MM practiced a bit with her baby first.

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And had a little snack on the stairs {you’ll probably notice that the swingset has a picnic table built in, but of course that meant that MM wanted to eat on the stairs, haha!}.

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And by Friday evening it was fully functional though still a little rough looking.

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Saturday we bought accessories {handles, a ship’s wheel, etc.} because a plastic telephone brings the swingset to a whole ‘nother level, you know?

And then on Sunday the men added decking to cover the old sandbox {sorry, I don’t do sandboxes} and a new roof.

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Grand total of time spend on this thing: 28 hours.

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All I gotta say is those kiddos better play on that thing everyday! …but so far Moseby is not impressed. HA!

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Eleanor Jane

The first time I met Miss Eleanor it was an early July afternoon and the temperature boiling.  She had put a small ‘For Sale’ sign in her front yard earlier that week, so small that it was not much bigger than a greeting card, knowing that someone would come.

We were those someones.  It was our destiny.

She let us in her home where honestly it wasn’t much cooler inside than outside on that summer day.  All the windows were closed and there was but one fan whizzing by somewhere in the back of the house.  It was trying its hardest to produce some sort of cold air so she could sit in her recliner, watch the news, and talk on the phone all day to her friends. 

{I’m sure we were the topic of her conversation that day.}

Within five seconds of walking through that door I knew.  I spied the corner of a beautiful fireplace with a summer screen.  If she had given me the opportunity I would have signed the contract right there.

There was something special about her homeplace.  Something so full of history and wonderful and already such a part of my soul.

I’ve said before it was like a dance to buy her home.  During the almost three month process we never mentioned money to her and all legalities of attorneys and closing dates and such were passed through her niece and then told to her after we left.  If she had anything to say about the sell it was told to Margaret who relayed it to us.

Miss Eleanor was a strong-willed, stubborn lady in her late 70s then.  She had never married and was what my mama calls a “change of life” baby meaning that by the time she was born her three older siblings were basically grown.  Her father died when she was a small child which left her and her mama to fend for themselves together.  She was strong and had opinions and could give you a sideways glance and an upturned mouth that would cut right through you. 

But boy did I love her from the start.

She let me ask question after question after question.  Yes, of course she remembered when her mama bought that Hotpoint stove in 1939 {it had replaced their wood burning two-eyed Jack after all}.  Yes, she remembered when they put the radiators in and stopped using the fireplaces.  She even remembered the man’s name who did in the early 40s and she would spell out each letter which I wrote it down in the big notebook I carried around with me whenever I was with her.  She told me about the drunk boarder who once fell thirty feet over the stair railing who just got up and walked away laughing.  About the World War II soliders being shipped off to war who would let slips of paper with their names and addresses float out of the train windows as it carried them to ships that would take them to other countries to fight.

She wrote to several and one even came calling after the war.  But he lived too far away and she wanted to stay with her mama and her small town.

She worked at the phone company for years and always wore high heels.  She was pretty with beautiful hair and was impeccably dressed.

And when I got to meet her that first day she was sharp as a tack, smart, and inquisitive about why exactly these two young people wanted to live in such an old house.  Why didn’t we want to go live in a nice, new house in a subdivision?  Because that’s what she was going to do!

During the restoration I thought about her constantly.  ‘What would Miss Eleanor think of this paint color?’  ‘Will she be upset we tore down this wall to make a mudroom?’  ‘Will she think the house is pretty?’

She came to see it five months later when we had finised.  She talked on the front porch for almost an hour before she made it inside, almost as if she wasn’t sure if she was going to like what she saw.  She didn’t say much as she walked around, just a little ‘Hmpf’ every once in awhile.  Finally, when she came back outside she said in her matter-of-fact, never sugar coating what she had to say way, ‘Well, I’m not sure if it’s what you were going for, but it looks just like it did in the 1940s!’

We assured her that it was indeed the look we were going for and she looked at us like we were crazy and shook her head.

I talked to her a few weeks ago about a myseterious water leak on the outside of our house to see if she knew where it was coming from.  We had looked for hours and had called her as a last resort.  Of course she knew were it was coming from and she remembered who installed the pipe fifty years ago too…if I wanted to write his name down in my notebook.

When we told her we were naming our daughter after all she said, ‘Well, now, that is special’ and left it at that.  But I know it made her proud as she was always calling to check on Mary Margaret Eleanor {she always made sure to call her by all three names} and sending her little mementos signed “With Love, From the Other Eleanor”.  I hope she realized how much she meant to us.

I loved her sassiness.  And her kindness {and patience} towards me.  I loved her strength and resillence.  I loved her with my whole heart. 

When I heard this morning that she had passed away last night I was so sad at first.  And honestly if you looked at me right now with tears rolling down my cheeks you would think I still was.  But I know she is in heaven with her daddy and mama and her brother and sisters–all of who she hasn’t seen in a very long time and I know she is thrilled.

But that doesn’t stop my heart from hurting.

We love you, Miss Eleanor.   You have left an imprint on our hearts.

Love,

C., Natalie, Mary Margaret Eleanor, and Moseby

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The Nursery Reveal

We are in that “holding pattern” time before a birth…you know, that antsy time when there are contractions, and backaches, and other things that point to a baby.  But no baby yet.

So, to keep our mind off of it {though my cell phone is attached at my hip at all times…because we could get!the!call!anytime!} I thought I’d take some pictures of the nursery while it was semi-clean and put together.

{The paint is “Turtle Dove” by Behr and the trim is like the rest of the house, “Swiss Coffee”, by the way.}

MM says, ‘Welcome to my brother’s bedroom!’

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The chifferobe I found at a local antiques store for $85.  My dad painted it a medium gray and I replaced the knobs with ones I got for 50% at Hobby Lobby.  The lamp was left with the house.  The wire basket on the floor I got years ago at Lakewood and is filled with all handmade blankets, including three quilts by my birth mother that she made for her newest grandson.

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The sleigh crib is from Pottery Barn.  Mom  got it second-hand on Craigs List in 2008 for MM.  I had the crib bumper made back in the summer from Etsy.  The dust ruffle I made myself {and honestly, I don’t like the color–the linen looked green in the store, but now looks brownish, blah.}  The horse print is a large flashcard from the 1950s that I had framed.  And that little stool?  MM put it there so she’ll be able to check on her baby brother whenever she wants.

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For now the crib houses her baby.

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The chandelier came out of C.’s parents’ house when they redid it last year.  I had it installed on a dimmer switch and I love that I can make the room really bright or pretty dim.  The drapes are made from Amy Butler’s ‘August Fields’ line and my mom had them made for the nursery.  The rug was a $60 find {which is a steal for a rug that big} from Urban Outfitters.

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The vintage ‘Baby Foods’ sign came off ebay for $15.  The frame with the dress thing I saw on Pinterest. The gown is C.’s mother’s.  I wish I had gotten the frame {which I got for 50% off at Hobby Lobby} just a little bit bigger.  It irks me that the gown hangs over the bottom of it.

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The rocker came with our home  {and was part of MM’s nursery} and the little table we painted with camo-colored flat spray paint.  It’s got a little vintage alabaster lamp with a burlap shade, my dad’s baby rattle and piggy bank, and old family photos.

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The mantle in the room holds lots of special meanings.  Citrus fruit, a map of our state, cotton picked from the side of the road–all will mean something to our little guy one day and we can’t to tell him all about them and his birth family.  The chairs we found int he basement.

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The dress was bought at a local antiques market back in ’07.  It fit our changing pad and diaper storage perfectly.  Hanging on the wall is a drawer from a vintage printers cabinet.

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The diaper storage is an old GCC crate.  The wicker hamper is not as sturdy as I would like so I need to figure out a way to make it stronger so I can use it.

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But don’t be fooled by those disposables diaper in the above pictures–we plan on cloth diapering {after the umbilical cord stump falls off and for naps/nights at first}.  I’m sure there’ll be plenty of posts about THAT in the upcoming weeks!

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And even though this doesn’t have anything to do with the room tour I had to show you this little book MM picked out for her baby brother…before we even knew about him.  She saw this book in October and had a FIT to get her for Moseby.  And boy, am I glad we did.

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And since I try to keep it real here…while I was taking pictures C. decided to clean out our closet {I’m apparently not the only one nesting} and this is what was in our hallway. It took five trash bags for the hangers alone. UH-HUH.

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Now we just need our son!

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One of THOSE Weekends

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All our plumbing is contained in a separate room from the basement called “the cellar” {though it’s not a really cellar as it’s far too damp to house anything other than our potted plants in the winter}.  It was added in the late 1910s when plumbing was installed in the house.  That white thing on the left?  A corner of our downstairs tub.

Ever had a time when you looked around your house and swore it was falling apart at your feet?

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Installing the tile floor in the kitchen.

…oh, okay.  Guess it’s just me.

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Extending the tile back splash behind the new-to-us antique farm sink. (…that once we bought and installed realized we had one JUST LIKE IT in storage upstairs.  Oops.)

Rot. 14,000 gallon water usage in four days {ie a HUGE water leak}. A busted meter. A broken stove in the carriage house. A tree on our fence.

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Said sink.

You know, just the usual stuff.

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Ahhh…so nice to have minimal suds in this room.  HA

There’s a lot I of “fix-it” stuff I don’t blog about.  For instance, I only took pictures of one of the ….drum roll please…. *six* plumbing problems {but I mentioned two more here and here} we’ve had in the last ten months because, let’s be honest here, who wants to keep seeing pictures of busted pipes/flooded yard/crazy lady?

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Note to self: Never start “picking” at spongy old boards because you’ll just keeping picking until all the wood is in a big mushy pile at your feet and you’ll have to go replace it.

That’s what I thought.

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More rot replacement.  This time it was on our front porch before we sanded and painted it.

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t taken pictures of everything  we’ve done–whether it’s a rotted soffit and fascia of a carriage house {like the past weekend} or water leaking from the beautiful wood ceiling of our downstairs guest bedroom {two days after Christmas last year}.

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My beautiful tile floor we had to pull up due to leaking pipes–leaking pipes that were only three years old, I might add.

Make you feel better about your own house yet? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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A face of a homeowner who knows he has MANY hours of home repair work to do on his weekend off…and wondering why he married his ga-ga-for-old-houses wife.

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Chalkboard-Magnetic Wall(s)

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I realize I’m pretty bad about talking about projects here at Brogdon House and then never showing you the after.  Like…our new {now a year and a half old} stove or our {now ten months old} kitchen floor, etc.

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my dad and I were working on making our pantry into basically a gigantic magnetic chalkboard framed in old yard sticks.  …and I thought I better blogged about it before it just became part of our everyday life and I forgot.  Again.

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We painted three coats of magnetic paint {it’s thick and black} and on top of that put three coats of tinted chalkboard paint {it’s thick and dark green}.  We attached the rulers with Liquid Nails.

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And now, finally!, we have a place for our calendar, grocery list, goals {things we want to do} for the month, and a place to display MM’s latest school things. And inspirational quotes that I need to recite to myself everyday.

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At first I was just using regular old chalk, but then I discovered these. {They came off with a Magic Eraser.} And it writes like a pen. Love ’em.

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And what was Little Miss Thang doing while I was taking pictures?

Sitting in the mudroom singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her animals in their high chair, of course!

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And drawing them a picture too.

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6 Days

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It has almost been a week since our porch has been painted and the furniture placed back on top {we actually waited 3.5 days to let the paint “cure” before moving the furniture back}.

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This project–like our mudroom and brick walkway–is one those you wonder why you ever waited 3.5 years before doing it.

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It makes that much of a difference.

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Since we moved in I’ve been apologizing to every guest over the status of our porch–it was that bad. And since it was one of the first things you saw when coming to our house I always thought it gave a bad first impression. *And* our porch is so big that it really was like an extra room of our house–I hated that it was in such bad shape.

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I did all that cutting-in myself, I’d like to add.

So this spring break we cleaned it off, sanded {we rented a sander from Home Depot}, replaced boards where needed, primed, and painted over the course of three days. It made a world of difference and only cost $172 and in my book was totally worth it. Now don’t misunderstand–it’s still a 135-year old porch so there’s some uneven flooring, bumpy paint, etc.–but it is sooooo much better that I don’t mind at all.

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I replaced the country blue color with a sagey-tealish green that was a few shades lighter than the paint color we found on the back porch ceiling when we were redoing the mudroom.

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As soon as we moved all the furniture back I let out a big sigh of relief. Aaaaah, that’s better.

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Yes indeed.

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