ONE ROOM CHALLENGE GREATEST HITS

THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE AND ONE ROOM CHALLENGE LINKING EVENT

WRAPPED UP A  FEW WEEKS AGO.

AND IT HAS TAKEN ME THAT LONG TO visit all the

AMAZING ROOMS that ROSE to the Challenge…

ALL I can say it “THERE IS SOME MAD TALENT IN BLOGLAND!!!

I am humbled and inspired and even ever so slightly intimidated by the transformations that took place. REALLY…each makeover was impressive and BEAUTIFUL and so personal and heart-felt I am NOT just saying that to be nice…each space on every budget, magic was made and I am proud to have been a very small part of it!

HERE ARE  SOME BUT FAR FROM ALL OF MY FAVORITES…

FROM BOTH THE 20 ELITE DESIGNERS AND THE LINK PARTICIPANTS

JENNA SUE LYONS - GUEST ROOM MAKEOVER

JENNA SUE LYONS – GUEST BATHROOM MAKEOVER  OH MY GOSH MY GOLLY!!!!! YOU COULD TRY FOR A MILLION YEARS BUT I GUARANTEE YOU CAN NOT IMAGINE WHAT THE BEFORE LOOKED LIKE…THIS WAS MAGIC AT IT’S MOST …WELL…MAGICAL!!!!

HOLLY'S UNUSED LIVING ROOM TURNED PING PONG EMPORIUM FROM THE ENGLISH ROOM

HOLLY’S UNUSED LIVING ROOM TURNED PING PONG EMPORIUM FROM THE ENGLISH ROOM I AM OBESSED WITH HOLLY’S TRANSFORMATION AND HAVE BEEN RACKING MY BRAIN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH LIVING ROOM IN OUR HOUSE TO DITCH FOR THE PING PONG EMPORIUM – OLD COUNTRY HOUSE STYLE!!!!

I HAVE TO ADD A SECOND PHOTO OF HOLLY'S LIVING ROOM SLASH PING PONG EMPORIUM TO SHOW YOU JUST A SAMPLING OF HER INCREDIBLE ART COLLECTION. HOLLY DOES WEEKLY ARTIST WRAP UPS THAT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES TO A WHOLE WORLD OF BEAUTIFUL HAPPENING OUT THERE!!!

I HAVE TO ADD A SECOND PHOTO OF HOLLY’S LIVING ROOM SLASH PING PONG EMPORIUM TO SHOW YOU JUST A SAMPLING OF HER INCREDIBLE ART COLLECTION. HOLLY DOES WEEKLY ARTIST WRAP UPS THAT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES TO A WHOLE WORLD OF BEAUTIFUL HAPPENING OUT THERE!!!

STEPHANIE KRAUS - MAKEOVER OF HER 11 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER'S ROOM

STEPHANIE KRAUS – MAKEOVER OF HER 11 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER’S ROOM THINK HER DAUGHTER WOULD MIND IF I MOVED IN?

LIFE AT HOME AT 2012 -TWEEN ROOM - I LOVE SEEING BOYS ROOMS! I PAN TO DO OVER OUR SONS THIS FALLL...THIS GIVE ME LOADS OF INSPIRATION!

LIFE AT HOME AT 2012 -TWEEN ROOM – I LOVE SEEING BOYS ROOMS! I PAN TO DO OVER OUR SONS THIS FALLL…THIS GIVE ME LOADS OF INSPIRATION!

BECAUSE ITS AWESOME - KITCHE REVEAL AND LITTLE AVA STOLE MY HEART!

BECAUSE ITS AWESOME – KITCHEN REVEAL AND LITTLE AVA STOLE MY HEART! I AM MADLY IN LOVE WITH LITTLE AVA AND I THINK SHE HAS A TELEVISION CAREER AHEAD OF HER SELLING KITCHENS!!!

MIMOSA LANE BLOG MUDROOM REVEAL!!!

MIMOSA LANE BLOG MUDROOM REVEAL!!! JUST SO SWEET AND CLEAN AND STREAMLINED PERFECTION….SIMPLE AND GLAM I LOVE THIS!

KIMBERLY SCHLEGAL WHITMAN DINING ROOM - OH MY OH MY - I AM OVER THE MOON!!!

KIMBERLY SCHLEGAL WHITMAN DINING ROOM – OH MY OH MY – I AM OVER THE MOON!!! SWINGING FROM THAT CHANDELIER MIGHT HURT BUT ENJOYING A MEAL THERE WOULD BE HEAVEN!!!!

LOTSA GORGEOUS – LOTSA GOLD!!!!! AND OH FRIENDS, WHEN I TELL YOU THAT I COULD DO THIS POST EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK I AM NOT EXAGGERRATING…

THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY TO ABSORB ALL OF THIS TALENT AND BEAUTY…BUT I ENCOURAGE YOUR TO TRY…THE INSPIRATION IS ABUNDANT AND THE STORIES SO WONDERFUL…THE BEFORES AND THE AFTERS…GRAB A GLASS OF WINE OR A CUP OF JO AND IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE TRANSFORMATIONS!!!!

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SWEET KITTY GUSSY COMES HOME TODAY…YEAH!!!

and ONE WEEK UNTIL TATE’S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION…AM I READY….

FRAID NOT!!!!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

ORIGAMI ON THE MANTLE

ORIGAMI ON THE MANTLE

Leslie

POOR GUS …….AND A CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT GRADUATION / FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL!!!

GUS - PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR OUR SWEET GUS WHO IS HAVING SURGERY TODAY AFTER HIS LEG WAS BROKEN...IN A CHASING GAME GONE BAD

GUS – PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR OUR SWEET GUS WHO IS HAVING SURGERY TODAY TO REPAIR HIS LEG AFTER IT WAS BROKEN…IN A CHASING GAME GONE BAD

THANK YOU TO MELAINE OF MY SWEET SAVANNAH FOR HOSTING A

CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY ON HER BLOG

MY SWEET SAVANNAH

AND

CONGRATULATIONS TO LISA, WHO WON A PORTRAIT OF HER SWEET 17 YEAR OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER LOLA !!!!

Springer and Golden

Thank you to everyone who entered to win and in celebration of you and your pets and Graduation and Father’s day I am offering a special from NOW through midnight

on

FATHER’S DAY

$50 OFF any size CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT!!!!

LOLA MUST BE A LUCKY NAME - A PREVIOUS WINNER WAS ALSO NAMED "LOLA"!

LOLA MUST BE A LUCKY NAME – A PREVIOUS WINNER WAS ALSO NAMED “LOLA”!

YOU CAN GO HERE TO ORDER YOUR PORTRAIT – ALL PRICES HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED TO REFLECT THE SALE PRICE!!!

"BURGER" 36" X 36"  ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

“BURGER” 36″ X 36″ ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

I AM VERY EXCITED TO MEET YOUR SWEET PETS.

 

BELLA (featured in November 2014 House Beautiful Magazine)

BELLA (featured in November 2014 House Beautiful Magazine)

I ONLY DO THIS SALE NCE A YEAR SO JUMP ON BOARD AND GET YOUR ORDERS IN!!!!!

SAY A PRAYER FOR GUS

SAY A PRAYER FOR GUS

JACK

JACK

Leslie

BUGS I HAVE KNOWN II

When I was packing up my city self to move to the country,
I remember a friend, who had moved out here a few years before, saying “the one thing that took
some getting used to..was ALL the bugs.”
They are everywhere.
They are always there.
I am not one of those people who flip out at the sight of a spider. I have no trouble squishing a tick.
When those million leg bugs come out every night to make their rounds, I can sleep in peace.
I don’t hate bugs. (EXCEPT STINK BUGS) But I also…do not love them.
Which is a good thing….because ….They are everywhere…in the country.
My sister in law, told me I should make a coffee table book…Bugs I have Known.
Here are some the entries.
They show up…everywhere.
COOPER’S “LEAF BUG”
Cooper was my “bug guy”, never intimidated by creepy crawly things, he brought me bugs of all
sizes and shapes…all the time. This was a favorite which resulted in quite the photo shoot.
He called it his “LEAF BUG”
PRAYING MANTIS…
These skinny pre-historic looking things show up like a quiet person who enters the room without you
knowing. You look over and realize they HAD to have been there a while to have gotten for
example…on your flashlight…but you never heard the door slam behind them!!!!
We call them “GOOD LUCK”
PRAYING MANTIS ON THE FLASHLIGHT

PRAYING MANTIS ON THE FLASHLIGHT

THE CLOWN BUG

THIS BUG is my favorite. This photo was taken 8 years ago…and sadly I have not seen this kind of bug since…. we named it “the CLOWN BUG” because it reminded us of a clown fish…..

Leslie

MID CENTURY MODERN FAVORITES

STILL HAVE MAD MEN ON MY MIND…I GUESS IT WILL TAKE TIME…

our entryway – THIS PIECE WAS INHERITED FROM MY HUSBAND’S GRANDMOTHER. IT WAS A BIG DEAL TO BE ABLE TO BY NEW FURNITURE AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE IN THEIR 50’S WHEN THEY GOT THEIR NEW BEDROOM SET IN THE 60’S. I CHERISH THESE PIECES WHICH ARE ALL OVER THE HOUSE. WE BROKE UP THE SET TO SPREAD THE WEALTH!

SINCE MY HEAD IS STILL SWIMMING IN THE 60’S HOW ABUT WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF
MY
FAVORITE 
MID CENTURY STAPLES
COLORS…..
THIS PAINTING PRETTY MUCH CATCHES THEM ALL…
EARTHY TONES OF BRONZE, RUSTY
ORANGE, AVOCADO GREEN, TEAL AND BLACK.

this easy AREA - Giclee Print - Mid Century Modern Danish Modern Minimalist Cubist Modernist Abstract Eames contains ALL of the colors of the 1960's

this easy AREA – Giclee Print – Mid Century Modern Danish Modern Minimalist Cubist Modernist Abstract Eames contains ALL of the colors of the 1960’s

KITCHEN BEFORE

OUR AVOCADO KITCHEN INSTALLED IN 1967~ITS ALL THERE!

FURNITURE
THE 1906’S SAW THE DIVISION BETWEEN THE FORMAL LIVING ROOM AND THE “FAMILY
ROOM” THUS A WHOLE NEW MORE RELAXED WAY OF LIVING BEGAN…AND THE ROOMS,
USUALLY CENTERED AROUND THE TELEVISION BECAME THE HEART OF THE HOME.
mid century upholstered pieces were slimmer and more streamlined...less about comfy cozy...more about geometrics and boomerang angles....

CHARLES AND HUDSON – Mid century upholstered pieces were slimmer and more streamlined…less about comfy cozy…more about geometrics and boomerang angles….

BOOK CASES
THESE PIECES THAT "DIVIDE" ROOMS ARE SO QUINTESSENTAILLY MIDCENTURY. IT WAS HALFWAY BETWEEN WHEN THE COOKED AND DINED IN SECLUSION...AND WHEN WE TOOK DOWN THE WALL ALTOGETHER.

THESE PIECES THAT “DIVIDE” ROOMS ARE SO QUINTESSENTAILLY MIDCENTURY. IT WAS HALFWAY BETWEEN WHEN COOKING AND DINING TOOK PLACE  IN SECLUSION…AND WHEN WE TOOK DOWN THE WALL ALTOGETHER.

THIS PIECE HAD A MILLION USES!

DIG DIGS – THIS PIECE HAD A MILLION USES!

CREDENZA CREDENZA

I remember being so excited when we got a NEW SIDEBOARD/ credenza that had the STEREO BUILT IN!!!!  But quite often your sound system sat out on a piece of furniture. STEREOS TOOK UP A LOT OF SPACE. The turntable, the amplifier, the tuner and the speakers. Add a lamp and you have a LONG piece of furniture. I LOVE THEM.

THESE days our sound systems fit in the palm of our hand but our TV’s are long and skinny and are perfectly at home atop a long skinny CREDENZA!!!!I could and do have one in every room downstairs!

KENT COFFEY CREDENZA

KENT COFFEY CREDENZA – PERHAPS MY FAVORITE SCORE EVER!

always one for the SURPRISE... I love the drawers INSIDE our cabinet.

always one for the SURPRISE… I love the drawers INSIDE our cabinet.

I LOVE OUR CREDENZA…RECENTLY I FOUND THIS COMPANION PIECE ….ON EBAY…LOCAL SHIPPING ONLY..IN THE BOSTON AREA….I MIGHT MOVE TO BOSTON JUST TO GET THIS PIECE..OR DRIVE AND PICK IT UP!!!!

KENT COFFEY PERSPECTA CHINA CABINET!!!

KENT COFFEY PERSPECTA CHINA CABINET!!!

INTERIORS BY STUDIO M

INTERIORS BY STUDIO M – I LOVE THE LONG SKINNY TAPERED LEGS…SUCH A MID CENTURY TRADEMARK!

 

SFGIRLBYTHEBAY

SFGIRLBYBAY THE LONG CREDENZA IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO HANG A GREAT HUGE PIECE OF ART!!!

TYPE IN “CREDENZA” AND YOU WILL FIND AS MANY AS THE DAY IS LONG…HAVE FUN!!!!

LAMPS

I KNOW THIS PROBABLY IS NOT TRUE, but I feel like in the 60’s, lamps went from utilitarian to creative pieces of ART and LIGHT…YES, MANY WERE AS UGLY AS SIN…but many are wonderful and ETSY has them in abundance…and Mid Century INSPIRED lamps are EVERYWHERE!

Pair of Mid Century Pink and White Speckled Large Lamps by Vintage Wolfy

Pair of Mid Century Pink and White Speckled Large Lamps by Vintage Wolfy

The classic “flower pot” pendant designed by Verner Panton (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)

The classic “flower pot” pendant designed by Verner Panton (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)

AND OF COURSE …..EVERYBODY IS NUTS ABOUT THE SPUTNIK CEILING LAMPS!

 Now, it is believed Lightolier was the first to produce such a light, but since 1960, numerous designers and companies have copied the overall design, thus making it well affordable and available today, whether you want a vintage version or a newer one. These lights come in many different sizes and hold many bulbs so a wall dimmer is a good option for this pendant as well. Some of these lights even offer bulb caps that resemble a star or icicle. Prices range from $95 to $450 for newer versions and $75 to $850 for vintage lights, depending on size and condition.

Presumably Lightolier was the first to produce these “Sputnik” lights,  but since 1960, the design has been made by countless designers and manufacturers and can be found in a wide range of prices and sizes.

 The PH5 Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)

The PH5 Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)

ART ART ART ART ART ART ART

I COULD AND SHOULD DO AN ENTIRE WEEK OF POSTS ON THE ART OF MADMEN, BUT SUFFICE TO SAY…THEY HIT THE GOLDMINE!!! MADMEN depicted a level of affluence that could afford some of the best Popular ART in the 60’s and I do believe that ART is IN and I could not be HAPPIER!!!!!

Mark Rothko, "Untitled," 1960 SFMOMA

Mark Rothko, “Untitled,” 1960 SFMOMA

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MID CENTURY INSPIRATIONS AND TRENDS…IF ANY?

Leslie

FAREWELL MADMEN

 MONDAY.
January Jones as Betty Francis, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris and John Slattery as Roger Sterling - Mad Men _ Season 7B, Gallery _ Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

January Jones as Betty Francis, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris and John Slattery as Roger Sterling – Mad Men _ Season 7B, Gallery _ Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

I HAVE A MAD MEN hangover this morning.

TOTAL WITHDRAWL has set in.

I watched, and RE watched the VERY FINAL final
episode of MAD MEN last night after having binge watched much of the first 7 seasons for the last
few weeks.
I may just have to give
up TV altogether for a while….everything feels strangely bland and slow and  sober and sloppy.
Watching Mad Men was like seeing the world, or at least a fictionalized
slice of … of my childhood.
And it was just plain FANTASTIC TELEVISION.
I loved it all…the acting, the costumes, the sets, the colors, the sounds and the story.
The Design. The attention to detail and authenticity was unsurpassed…and it had a soul.

 

madmen season 6

madmen season 6

MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE…I WILL MISS THE CHARACTERS ON MAD MEN.

DON AND PEGGY

DON AND PEGGY

EACH LIKE A LITTLE PART OF MYSELF, I COULD RELATE TO EACH ONE IN A DIFFERENT WAY…THEY MADE ME THINK AND CRY AND LUST AND YEARN AND HATE SIMULTANEOUSLY  WISH FOR MORE AND FEEL GRATEFUL …

and ….I MISS MAURA, MY SISTER IN LAW, WHO INTRODUCED ME TO MAD MEN, SHE KNEW I WOULD LOVE IT AND GAVE ME SEASON 1-4 FOR CHRISTMAS A FEW YEARS BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY. IT CONNECTED US LIKE A LIFE NOT LIVED AND AT THE VERY LAST MOMENT OF THE VERY LAST SCENE…I MISSED HER SO MUCH.SHE WOULD HAVE LOVED IT.

FAREWELL MADMEN.

Leslie

SENIOR NIGHT

T MINUS TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING….

IT IS GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER…AND I AM LESS AND LESS READY FOR THIS EVENT TO TAKE HOW DID WE GET HERE SO FAST?

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Tonight is Senior Night at Tate’s soccer game. He is my first SENIOR so this is all new to me…Parents and Seniors are recognized…

and we walk across the Soccer / Football field at the beginning of the game. Perfect excuse for a pedicure don’t you think???

I am so proud of Tate and his achievements in Soccer. All he talked about as an 8 year old soccer player was playing in High School. We hoped for the best. But it is incredibly competitive in our area…and he did not make the JV team when he tried out in the 9th grade. He was heart broken. But the next day he went to the coach and offered to be the team manager… just so he could practice with the team and get better.  The next year, not only did he MAKE the team but he was made Captain of the JV team! Last year he was the ONLY junior to make it as a field player on the Varsity team (there were an amazing group of seniors) and the team went on to win the State Championship!!! This year once again he is the only senior field player and the other senior is the goalie. Why do I tell you all of this .. Because I am so proud. I have told Tate that he has already has shown himself that if he wants something bad enough… And he works  for it.. He can make changes happen! It was his dream !

And tonight we honor him!!!

thanks for indulging me in the moment of parental pride!!!

(the announcement above is the “shining laurel” Graduation card from Tiny Prints…I forgot to get the new the school provides! But I love how these turned out!)

Leslie

WHAT TO DO WITH A NON WORKING FIREPLACE – 5 IDEAS!

IKEA DESK WITH PBTEEN CHAIR

IKEA DESK WITH PBTEEN CHAIR

One of the first things that stole my heart when I very first saw this house, despite it’s decrepit state, were the 5 fireplaces…all non working, but still, here is just something so magical about a fireplace..the mantle, the decorating possibilities…their demand for attention…I love them. And over the years I have found that there about a million ways to use them, style them, including NOT doing anything….

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO STYLE A NON WORKING FIREPLACE

1. WALLPAPER IMG_8699

WALLPAPER!

PHDROOMDESKVIEW

2. PAINT

OUR DINING ROOM FIREPLACE HAS HAD MORE

“REINVENTIONS” THAN MADONNA!

FAIRVIEW TAUPE DINING ROOM

FAIRVIEW TAUPE DINING ROOM

DINING ROOM AFTER

DINING ROOM AFTER

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CRATE AND BARREL GALVANIZED DINING ROOM CHAIRS

CRATE AND BARREL GALVANIZED DINING ROOM CHAIRS

3. FURNITURE

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM - photo lesli devito

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM

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4. BOOKS

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5. MORE FURNITURE!!!!!

TATE DESK

TATE’S DESK

AND here are some more BRILLIANT ideas found on Pinterest…..

AND THIS MIGHT BE MY MOST FAVORITE OF ALL!!!!!! I WISH I HAD DONE THIS FOR PHOEBE!!!

DO YOU HAVE A NON WORKING FIREPLACE? WHAT KINDS OF CREATIVE IDEAS HAVE YOU COME ACROSS??

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A FEW BITS OF BIZ –

1. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP TO WIN A

CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT BY ME ON MY SWEET SAVANNAH!!!!

2. IF YOU NOTICE ANY WEIRD VISUALS ON MY BLOG FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS…OKAY, MAYBE A WEEK…..BEAR WITH ME, I AM LAUNCHING A NEW “MOBILE SITE” AND THINGS MIGHT BE A BIT WONKY CAUSE LIKE I SAID “I AM DOING THE LAUNCH”. BUT HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE GREAT

3. I HAVE A QUESTION AND I WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE SOME FEEDBACK…

I WOULD LIKE TO MERGE “MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE” WITH “LESLI DEVITO” BUT I AM NOT QUITE SURE HOW TO DO IT AND I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY DO NOT WANT TO LOSE ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME FOR SO LONG. BUT I FEEL LIKE I WOULD LIKE EVERYTHING MORE STREAMLINED…IN THE SAME PLACE…THOUGHTS?

I KNOW..HOMEWORK..GEEEESH LESLI!!! BUT I WOULD LOVE YOUR THOUGHTS.

Leslie

PAINTING TODAY

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I am painting today. I have the worst time staying focused in my house but I have come to the conclusion that this is my biggest challenge and if I can stay focused here…. I will have zen like capabilities!!

anyway I was adjusting my easel and looked down and almost started to cry  when I saw all of the old paint collected in my paint tray …(photo above…

I know this will sound stupid but there are so many days when I ask myself “why’s are you doing this to yourself!!!” “Let it go and JUST be one person instead of 4!” But the answer comes back ” because this is the thing that makes my heart feel right.”

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – PAINTED SIDETABLES AND SPRING MINT!

LAST THURSDAY WAS THE FINAL DAY FOR THE

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE AND

I INTRODUCED YOU TO PHOEBE’S NEW ROOM 

IT it feels a bit strange to have the work behind me…but behind me it IS and now I am gearing up FOR A BIG MONTH!!!! I WILL paint a bunch of ART for a show house in Charlotte which I will share more on later! In addition, I have two BIG GRADUATIONS coming up…my oldest son,  Tate,  from HIGH SCHOOL and my Youngest son,  Cooper, from MIDDle SCHOOL. We have family coming into town, lots of parties and celebrating and life will be a whirlwind ..and then SUMMER!!!!

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There were two makeovers which made it a tad late to the party and the reveal last week….Phoebe’s bedside table and the gray side table which I moved from the hall into her room for the TV.

the Bed Side Table was part of my husband’s Grandmother’s bedroom set we inherited. We have it broken up all AROUND the house, my husband has a dresser in our room….and this piece is in the downstairs hall…

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SIDE TABLE MAKEOVER

BEDSIDE TABLE PAINTED FRANKLIN WHITE FROM THE BENJAMIN MOORE WILLIAMSBURG COLLECTION

BEDSIDE TABLE PAINTED FRANKLIN WHITE FROM THE BENJAMIN MOORE WILLIAMSBURG COLLECTION

ORC BEDAND DRESS

The COMMODE/WASHSTAND was in the upstairs hall…

we moved Phoebe’s secretary desk out there and brought the washstand in for her TV…It was grey and now… grayvs springmint I am freaking out at how much in love I am with the very very subtle BENJAMIN MOORE SPRING MINT color. In fact, I plan to paint my dresser this color this week with the leftover paint! I also LOVE how the Benjamin Moore ADVANCE paint lays..so smooth and in Semi-gloss with a smooth shine (I swear I do not work for BM though don’t you think  They should toss a little something my way for all the shout-outs I gee them!!!LOL)

DREAMY SPRING MINT

DREAMY SPRING MINT

SPRING MINT COMPLIMENTS THE GUS PORTRAIT

SPRING MINT COMPLIMENTS THE GUS PORTRAIT

I REPAINTED her side table Benjamin Moore Spring Mint - semi gloss Advance.

I REPAINTED her side table Benjamin Moore Spring Mint – semi gloss Advance. Hardware is spray painted gold.

HOP ON OVER TO MY SWEET SAVANNAH TODAY!

HARLEY!

HARLEY from MY SWEET SAVANNAH!

SHE IS DOING A GIVEAWAY OF ONE OF MY PET PORTRAIT PAINTINGS!!! PLAY ALONG AND YOU COULD BE THE WINNER!!!!!

Leslie

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

meandmomm MOTHER’S DAY 1995 – I remember when this photo was taken. I remember this day more than I remember days last week…I was home visiting my family for Mother’s day and we went out to brunch. My sister-in-law was expecting the first grandchild which gave the day and extra special feel. But true to form, my Mom was getting on my nerves….I cannot remember why..but I can feel the knot in my stomach as I write. Then, the knot leaves as I remember my Mom…all the good parts…the way you do when someone is no longer there…to get on your nerves.

The kids at saratoga 2009

My MOM passed away in 2007. My youngest was 7 and my eldest 11. They were old enough to know she was not coming back and young enough to still need me to be the Mom in charge…which kept me nice and busy and distracted and too preoccupied with present needs to dwell on the depth of the loss. It upset my kids to see me so sad so I learned to hold it in as best I could until they were at school, asleep, not there. I wrote a lot in the early days…and then I just drifted off into living which was the only thing I knew how to do….  My youngest started first grade…life took on that brisk mind numbing clip that happens with school age children, The routines, repeating days and years…blurring all together until another event serves to mark the time…more loss…more joy…more school…vacations…more years…and we plow forward.

the kids as babes

the kids as babes

Long after my Mom had died, I used to pick of the phone to call her… all the time… but oddly enough I would dial an old number, 3 numbers before…back to the last house of her own…a house where good memories had been made …The house where she lived when we gave her a onesie that said “Grandma’s reason to shop!!!” …wrapped in a package for Christmas . She opened the package and nodded…amused…not getting the clue that I was expecting my first child … but instead thinking the reference was to my 3 month old niece…and we said “NO MOM!!!!” and then she GOT IT.

my three wishes came true!!!!

my three wishes came true!!!!

I LOVE MOTHER’S day.  I had a great Mom and that I AM a Mom to 3 AMAZING kids and 3 AWESOME God children and for one day…our busy world slows down long enough for life to come into focus. I love being a Mom. I wish my Mom could see how wonderful my children have grown…but she knew they would the day she met them…because she knew me…and loved me…kids and for one day…our busy world slows down long enough for life to come into focus. I love being a Mom. I wish my Mom could see how wonderful my children have grown…but she knew they would the day she met them…because she knew me…and loved me…

…her only daughter… to pieces.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

means the kids

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