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

Leslie

MOTHER’S DAY – THIS IS WHY I (STILL) BLOG

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND

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Mother’s Day 2007 – This was my last MOTHER’S DAY with my MOM . She passed away September 2007.

If I really am 100% honest…I think the WHOLE reason I started this blog was because I missed my Mom.

I began blogging in the Spring of 2011. I had no idea what I was doing….I just knew I needed to talk to somebody who liked decorating, and color, and the whole mixed bag of life… as much as me. In the early days of blogging….I SPENT WAY TOO MUCH TO TIME trying to figure out how to get people to READ / LIKE me.  Everyone knows…. “you cannot please all the people all the time” and so THAT goal of mine was a waste of time and energy. YES I did want to REACH people…connect to people..build my BLOG…share my ART….but striving to become a POPULAR blogger was not the way to go. I decided to just be MYSELF…the whole “ADD ….doing way too many things at one time, freaks out at the perfect pink chair or something funny the kids said…obsessed with my dog” SELF and you can like me or not!  I decided to JUST TALK to YOU…like I would my MOM..share my days…WITH YOU.

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I could talk to my Mom for hours about the silly nonsense of my life. The exciting stuff, the boring stuff…all of it.  She loved hearing about everything ME…the kids, the house, the pets, the life…my decorating…things I had made, things I had fixed…anything. I did not know the true importance of this until her unconditional love was gone from my life…

MY MOM AND MY NIECES...TAKEN ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO...

MY MOM AND MY NIECES…TAKEN ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO…

My Mom was great. My Mom was also human and imperfect which is one of those things I did not fully appreciate and forgive..until she was no longer here for me to say “NOW I get it!” And somehow writing this blog, talking about the ins and outs of my life connects me to the part of myself that is her…all my creative whimsical traits…I get from her…it connects me to her.

the 10th Birthday NYC trip...where did that time go?

the 10th Birthday NYC trip…where did that time go?

So when I find myself wondering “Why am I still blogging?” I guess the only viable REAL, TRUE answer is…… “Because I still miss my MOM.And I like talking to you!!!!”

MY LITTLE GIRL IS GROWING UP TOO TOO FAST....

MY LITTLE GIRL IS GROWING UP TOO TOO FAST…. THIS”

Decorating Phoebe’s room WITH Phoebe was such a bonding experience…we are already pretty close, but can we not all get a little closer…we can always be more patient and Flexible? Decorating Phoebe’s room WITH her was often an exercise in letting go …and letting her be who she is NOW… now 5 or 10 years ago…back when I still hung the moon and could make magic happen by guessing when the light would turn green!

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I treasure this room and this view but what I mostly treasure is my Daughter….

I encourage you, challenge you to decorate with your Teens.

You can spend thousands or you can spend $25…. it is not WHAT you do and not really even how it looks to anyone else but your child….but that YOU share doing it! You do not have to be good at decorating or DIY…you do not have to know where it will end…It will take on a life of it’s own and the journey will be the part that matters MOST! You just have to respect each other and WANT it to be better…whatever BETTER is…Because only YOU know what BETTER is to you…

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You have nothing to lose and so very much to gain…including a space that your child can be who they are becoming…still under your roof…for the blink of an eye…

PHOEBE IS MY SPRING BABY!

PHOEBE IS MY SPRING BABY!

PS – THIS FALL I already plan to enter the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE to makeover my youngest son’s room…after his big brother goes to college…his first ever room of his own!

Leslie

One Room Challenge – PHOEBE’S GOLD, WHITE AND BLUSH BEDROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL!

THE GRAND FINALE!!!

TIME TO REVEAL PHOEBE’S BEDROOM MAKEOVER!!

I am A LINKING PARTICIPANT!!

 #oneroomchallenge

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VISIT WEEK 1 AND WEEK 2  WEEK 3 AND WEEK 4 AND WEEK 5

WEEK 6 – THE GRAND FINALE

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AT LONG LAST – PHOEBE’S NEW 17TH BIRTHDAY BEDROOM MAKEOVER IS COMPLETE! (all sources are listed below)

PHOEBE'S BEDROOM MAKEOVER

PHOEBE’S BEDROOM MAKEOVER

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

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

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THE PORTRAIT OF GUS

THE PORTRAIT OF GUS

PHOEBE CRIED WHEN SHE OPENED THE PORTRAIT

PHOEBE CRIED WHEN SHE OPENED THE PORTRAIT

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PHOEBE DRESSER PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH

PHOEBE DRESSER PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH

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DRESSER AND HUTCH AND NEW CHAIR

DRESSER AND HUTCH AND NEW CHAIR

CHAIR - OVERSTOCK, PILLOW FROM PBTEEN

CHAIR – OVERSTOCK, PILLOW FROM PBTEEN

PHOEBE'S TAP SHOES

PHOEBE’S TAP SHOES

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GOLD DIPPED HUTCH, PILLOW- ANTHROPOLOGIE

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NEW CHAIR FROM OVERSTOCK.COM

NEW CHAIR FROM OVERSTOCK.COM

IKEA DESK WITH PBTEEN CHAIR

IKEA DESK WITH PBTEEN CHAIR

NOBODY HAS EVEN MEASURED....

NOBODY HAS EVEN MEASURED….SUGARBOO DESIGNS…VINTAGE SCONCES SPRAY PAINTED GOLD

ORIGAMI ON THE MANTLE

ORIGAMI ON THE MANTLE

THE GIRL WHO FLIES

THE GIRL WHO FLIES – BETH MUELLER

PHOEBE'S MIDDLE NAMESAKE - BILLIE HOLIDAY

PHOEBE’S MIDDLE NAMESAKE – BILLIE HOLIDAY

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AND BACK TO BED - MOHAWK SHAG RUG - HOME DEPOT

AND BACK TO BED – MOHAWK SHAG RUG – HOME DEPOT

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PHOEBE IS IN LOVE WITH HER NEW ROOM AND SO AM I.

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SO MANY PHOTOS!!

IT IS EVERYTHING WE HOPED IT WOULD BE, WITH SOME WELCOME SURPRISES LIKE THE FURILICIOUS DESK CHAIR SHE GOT FROM HER GRANDMOTHER FOR HER BIRTHDAY…AND THE PORTRAIT OF GUS…

STILL TO DO: THE CHANDELIER WILL BE CHANGED IN A FEW WEEKS WHEN WE HAVE THE CEILINGS REPLACED..A PROJECT LONG OVERDUE….AND I AM JUST WAITING TO SEE WHAT BUBBLES UP FOR THE WINDOWS…IF ANYTHING…THE BARE WINDOWS ARE SO WELCOME TRIGHT NOW! …IT IS SUCH A WONDERFUL HAPPY LIGHT ROOM!!!

THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ALONG!!!

SOURCE LIST:

WALLPAPER – HYGEE AND WEST – JULIA ROTHMAN “DAYDREAM: IN BLUSH

PAINT – BENJAMIN MOORE CHANTILLY LACE (WALLS- EGGSHELL/ TRIM SEMI-GLOSS)

BED – VINTAGE SPINDLE/SPOOL BED – TUCKAHOE ANTIQUES AFTON, VA.

COMFORTER – TARGET  SIMPLY SHABBY

BEDSKIRT – 18″ BOHEMIAN BEDSKIRT PBTEEN

DESK – IKEA TRESTLE DESK

DESK CHAIR – “FURILICIOUS” ROCKIN ROLER DESK CHAIR PBTEEN (spray painted base gold)

CHAIR – OVERSTOCK

RUGS – HOME DEPOT AND FUR

LAMPS – POTTERY BARN  ALEXIS CERAMIC LAMP  (bases painted gold)

DRESSER – VINTAGE  – PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH ADVANCE SEMI-GLOSS

HUTCH – VINTAGE  – SPRAY PAINTED WHITE WITH KRYLON GOLD SPRAY PAINT

VISIT THE OTHER LINKING PARTICIPANTS AS WELL AS THE ORIGINAL

20 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE DESIGNERS!

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Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Krauss | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Savvy Home | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design School | Jill Sorensen | Swoonworthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ALONG!…and  Be sure to subscribe to MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE  Let’s get friendly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

                                                           

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HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ALONG! ME AND PHOEBE

Leslie

TRENDY OR NOT – BLUSH PINK….ACTUALLY… ANY PINK is ALWAYS IN AT MOCH!

I WAS READING ONE OF MY FAVORITE BLOGS
AND SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT
TRENDS AND WHAT IS IN FOR 2016
BASED ON WHAT SHE SAW AT HIGH POINT MARKET A FEW WEEKS AGO….
PINK –  ESPECIALLY DEEP BRIGHT PINKS AND BLUSH WERE IN ABUNDANT SUPPLY!!!!
BALLERINA PINK TEIKS

BALLERINA PINK TEIKS

This always makes me happy…I always have PINK in my house….not frilly little girl pink…but sophisticated pink…just a pop (or two) in almost every room.
MY 9 FAVORITE BLUSH PINKS - EARLY SUNSET, GENTLE REPOSE, OLD COUNTRY, PINK MOIRE, PINK GROUND,  PRISTINE, PUPPY PAWS, RALEIGH PEACH AND TISSUE PINK.

MY 9 FAVORITE BLUSH PINKS )all Benjamin Moore except PINK GROUND) – EARLY SUNSET, GENTLE REPOSE, OLD COUNTRY, PINK MOIRE, PINK GROUND, PRISTINE, PUPPY PAWS, RALEIGH PEACH AND TISSUE PINK.

THESE PINKS ARE NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH OR CALLED PINKY-BEIGE

THEY ARE NOT BEIGE IN ANY WAY!!!

PHOEBE'S BEDROOM MAKEOVER

PHOEBE’S BEDROOM MAKEOVER hygee and west “daydream” in blush

I like these pinks paired with bright whites and deep grays…even high gloss black! They LEND A  feminine but not GIRLIE spin to things…They are GREAT FURNITURE colors!!!!

 

EARLY SUNSET

EARLY SUNSET

BLUSH PINK HEMP CHAIR!!!  ABC CARPET AND HOME

BLUSH PINK HEMP CHAIR!!!
ABC CARPET AND HOME

I LOVE THIS COLOR - WHATEVER IT IS! CRYSTAL GENTILELLO

I LOVE THIS COLOR – WHATEVER IT IS! CRYSTAL GENTILELLO

GENTLE REPOSE

GENTLE REPOSE

THIS SOFA IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SEE HOW WELL IT PAYS WITHT HE GRAYS AND COPPER!

THIS SOFA IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SEE HOW WELL IT PAYS WITH THE GRAYS AND COPPER! MY “METAL” TREND PREDICTION IS COPPER NEXT FOR SURE WHICH IS WHY I SAVED ALL OF THE COPPER FIXTURES FROM MY 1960’S KITCHEN!

OLD COUNTRY

OLD COUNTRY

"RED DOOR" 36 X 36  - ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PAINTINGS...THE SKY IS PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE OLD COUNTRY...

“RED DOOR” 36 X 36 – ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PAINTINGS…THE SKY IS PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE OLD COUNTRY…

PINK GROUND BY FARROW AND BALL

PINK GROUND BY FARROW AND BALL

Jennifer Carroll Photography

PINK GROUND – MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

PINK MOIRE

PINK MOIRE

PRISTINE

PRISTINE

PRISTINE - Mary Alice’s Sophisticated Nursery - PROJECT NURSERY

PRISTINE – Mary Alice’s Sophisticated Nursery – PROJECT NURSERY

PUPPY PAWS

PUPPY PAWS

I LOVE HOW THIS BLUSH PINK CHAIR IS SO SOFT AGAINST THE WHITE WALLS....JUST DREAMY!

I LOVE HOW THIS BLUSH PINK CHAIR IS SO SOFT AGAINST THE WHITE WALLS….JUST DREAMY! BYFRYD BLOG

RALEIGH PEACH

RALEIGH PEACH

PHOEBE DRESSER PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH

PHOEBE DRESSER PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH

TISSUE PINK

TISSUE PINK

HORCHOW - I THINK IT BALANCES THE PINK TO HAVE WOOD AND GLASS. NATURAL FIBERS AND EVEN STONE!

HORCHOW – I THINK IT BALANCES THE PINK TO HAVE WOOD AND GLASS. NATURAL FIBERS AND EVEN STONE!

IF I SAID IT ONCE I’LL SAY IT A MILLION TIMES…..

PINK is absolutely NOT a color to be afraid of…especially BLUSH pinks…SOMETHING A SIMPLE AS even a BLUSH  pillow can transform a room….and add whimsy and softness…pair with natural products…WOOD, MARBLE, STONE and deep navy, gray and browns…the possibilities are endless and the rewards GREAT!

The Dining Room Mantle - painting - "EVIE" is on UGallery

The Dining Room Mantle – painting – “EVIE” is on UGallery

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BLUSH PINK?

Leslie

2015 ROTUNDA PAINTINGS AVAILABLE NOW

UVA ROTUNDA PAINTING #1 10 X 20

UVA ROTUNDA PAINTING #1 10 X 20

THE UVA ROTUNDA PAINTINGS ARE BACK –

JUST IN TIME FOR GRADUATION AND MOTHER’S AND FATHER’S DAY!

IN LIMITED SUPPLY

WHAT ARE THE ROTUNDA PAINTINGS?

THE ROTUNDA IS A ICONIC BUILDING ON THE LAWN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. DESIGNED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON HIMSELF, ANYONE THAT HAS ATTENDED UVA OR EVEN VISITED HAS SEEN THIS ROUND BUILDING INSPIRED BY THE PANTHEON IN ROME. THE BUILDING WAS INTENDED TO REPRESENT “AUTHORITY OF NATURE AND POWER OF REASON” . THE BUILDING WHICH TOOK 4 YEARS TO BUILD IS ONE OF 3 BUILDINGS IN THE USA WHICH ARE INTERNATIONALLY PROTECTED AS WORLD HERITAGE SITES – JOINED BY THE STATUE OF LIBERY AND INDEPENDENCE HALL.

 

UVA ROTUNDA WAS BUILT IN 1822 AND COMPLETED IN 1826

UVA ROTUNDA WAS BUILT IN 1822 AND COMPLETED IN 1826

THEY WILL WILL ON MY WEBSITE TONIGHT

LESLIDEVITO.COM

AND ALSO WILL BE SOLD IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

AT PATINA

1112 E. High St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434.984.2266

BEGINNING TODAY

UVA ROTUNDA PAINTINGS FOR 2015 - IF YOU SEE ONE YOU LIKE EMAIL ME LSDEVITO@GMAIL.COM OR VISIT MY SITE - QUANITIES ARE VERY IMITED

UVA ROTUNDA PAINTINGS FOR 2015 – IF YOU SEE ONE YOU LIKE EMAIL ME LSDEVITO@GMAIL.COM OR VISIT MY SITE – QUANITIES ARE VERY LIMITED

SIZES AVAILABLE ARE: 3- 8 X 8 ($95) , 2- 10 X 10 ($125) , 4- 9 X 12 ($155)

AND 1 – 10 X 20  -($250) .

PINK ROTUNDA # 6 8" X 8" $95

PINK ROTUNDA # 6
8″ X 8″ $95

ONCE THEY ARE GONE, THEY ARE GONE, UNTIL NEXT YEAR!!!

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – NEW PORCH FURNITURE

BIRDS EGG BLUE CEILING DARK GRAY FLOOR

BIRDS EGG BLUE CEILING DARK GRAY FLOOR

THIS TIME OF YEAR – with the help of a little Claritin, I could LIVE outside. The temperature is perfect, the birds sing all day long, the flowers are blooming and the view is SO GREEN AND  beautiful…only problem…I have no place to sit!

WE NEED PORCH FURNITURE!

porch1 THIS SET UP HAS SERVED US FOR YEARS BUT I AM READY FOR SOMETHING A BIT MORE…WELL..CUSHIONY!!!!

HERE ARE SOME INSPIRATION PHOTOS….

GARDEN AND GUN

GARDEN AND GUN

COASTAL LIVING

COASTAL LIVING

THE GLAMOROUS HOUSEWIFE

THE GLAMOROUS HOUSEWIFE – LOVE THIS VINTAGE LOOK AND COLOR!!!!

NOT AT ALL WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR BUT SO WHAT I LOVE!

DISHFUNCTIONAL DESIGNS – NOT AT ALL WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR BUT SO WHAT I LOVE!

I KEEP GOING BACK TO THIS FURNITURE WHICH I THINK WOULD LOOK SO APPROPRIATE AND WELL, I JUST LOVE IT!

AM I CRAZY? WOULD IT BE TERRIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE? I JUST THINK IT IS SO CUTE AND LOOKS DURABLE AND MY PUPPY COULD NOT POSSIBLY CHEW THE LEGS OR RIP THE CUSHIONS AND THEN EAT THEM LEAVING SNOW SHOWERS OF FLUFF ALL OVER MY YARD AND MY HOUSE…….

DO YOU HAVE PORCH/OUTDOOR FURNITURE YOU LOVE ..OR HATE…WHAT DO YOU LIKE / RECOMMEND? THIS IS UNCHARTED TERRITORY FOR ME!

Leslie

TARGET RUN – BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS ON EVERY BUDGET!

WINDOW TREATMENTS AND DRAPERY WERE ALWAYS ONE OF THOSE –

“WE WILL DO THEM IF WE HAVE ANY MONEY LEFT” 

KIND OF THING.

NOT ANY LONGER!!!

I HAVE TO LAUGH. SOMETIMES I THINK MY BLOG SERVES THE PURPOSE THAT MY TELEPHONE USED TO ……EXCEPT I CAN TALK TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT ONE TIME...LIKE BACK IN THE DAY…..  HAD  I BEEN TO TARGET AND SEEN ALL OF THESE AMAZING  WINDOW TREATMENTS, I WOULD HAVE CALLED YOU TO SAY…..

“OH MY GOSH- YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT THE DRAPERY AT TARGET!!!!THEY HAVE OUTDONE THEMSELVES THIS TIME!”

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TARGET DRAPERY SAMPLER – SO MANY COLORS AND STYLE AND WEIGHTS – AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE AND FOR TODAY ONLY USE COUPON “ONEDAY”!!!

THE SELECTION OF WINDOW TREATMENTS AT TARGET IS MIND BLOWING!!!! – SO MANY COLORS- GOOD COLORS- AND LOTS OF STYLES AND WEIGHTS….SERIOUSLY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!!

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THRESHOLD SAMPLER

I love love LOVE the the navy and white ones and the coral pops are killing me!!!! BIG WINDOWS- HIGH CEILINGS??? GO Online you are able to get longer lengths!!!

THRESHOLD MORE!

THEN THERE IS MORE!AND THEN EVEN MORE!

AND THEN EVEN MORE!

SO MANY CHOICES…LOTS OF INTERNATIONAL FLAIR..AND INFLUENCE AND  THRESHOLD DRAPES AND THEN….GET THIS…THERE ARE EVEN MORE THAT ARE ONLINE ONLY…THEY ARE MAKING MY MIND EXPLODE…I LOVE THESE FOR PHOEBE’S ROOM MAKEOVER…

HAPPY SHOPPING…GET THOSE WINDOWS DRESSED UP ALL PURTY-LIKE!!!!

Leslie

A PORTRAIT OF GUS

YESTERDAY MY SWEET ONLY DAUGHTER CELEBRATED HER 17TH BIRTHDAY

BABY PHOEBE WITH THE CHOCOLATE EYES

BABY PHOEBE WITH THE CHOCOLATE EYES

I won’t get all mushy on you…lets save that for ALL of next year when I prepare for her to leave home for College…but suffice to say…she has grown up much too fast…

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PHOEBE HAS A CAT NAMED GUS.

Gus came into our lives, Phoebe’s life after our family had suffered a great loss. He has brought such comfort and joy into Phoebe’s  life and I believe he has helped her heart to heal. Gus spends 99% of his time in her room, coming out as if on a recognizance mission when he needs to tend to his bathroom needs of grab a bit of chow. He is a FRAIDY cat for sure…but he melts in Phoebe’s arms and adores her unconditionally.

GUS IN GUITAR CASE

GUS GETS COZY IN PHOEBE’S GUITAR CASE

I DECIDED THAT  the perfect birthday gift for me to give my sweet sweet girl was

to paint a portrait of GUS  !!!

GUS PORTRAIT

GUS PORTRAIT

 

PHOEBE CRIED WHEN SHE OPENED THE PORTRAIT

PHOEBE CRIED WHEN SHE OPENED THE PORTRAIT

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GUS

GUS KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE OVER OUR GIRL

GUS KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE OVER OUR GIRL

THE PORTRAIT OF GUS is the perfect addition to Phoebe’s new room just as he was the perfect addition to our family!

Leslie

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 5 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHOEBE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHOEBE!!

WEEK 5!

I am A LINKING PARTICIPANT!!

 #oneroomchallenge

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THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE was conceived and is coordinated by Linda at CALLING IT HOME blog and  is a semi-annual event where 20 bloggers, made up of Professional Designers, Diy’ers, and Interior Design Bloggers, transform a room from start to finish.  For the next six Wednesday’s, THEY will be giving you updates on THEIR room progress.

IN THE MEANTIME, anyone that wants to (like ME) can  LINK UP and Participate and is INVITED to POST THEIR progress on THURSDAYS!!! And I am JUMPED ON BOARD!!!

VISIT WEEK 1 AND WEEK 2  WEEK 3 AND WEEK 4

WEEK 5 – “Did you revise your plan? Hang in there, you can do it. “

YES I DID AND OF COURSE I CAN!!!

LAST WEEK I GAVE YOUA SNEAK PEEK AT PHOEBE’S NEW WALLPAPER!

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I ALSO FINISHED PHOEBE’S DRESSER MAKEOVER LAST WEEK…

HER DRESSER WAS PREVIOUSLY PAINTED WHITE WITH A RUGBY STRIPE:

PHOEBE'S DRESSER

PHOEBE’S DRESSER

I DEBATED MANY COLORS AND EVENTUALLY LANDED HAPPILY ON A BEAUTIFUL COLOR FROM THE BENJAMIN MOORE WILLIAMSBURG COLLECTION:

RALEIGH PEACH

RALEIGH PEACH

PHOEBE DRESSER PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH

PHOEBE DRESSER PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH

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PHOEBE DRESSER PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE RALEIGH PEACH – I AM OVER THE MOON IN LOVE WITH THIS COLOR!!!!

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THIS TRAY IS A BIRTHDAY GIFT I PHOTOGRAPHED IT BEFORE I WRAPPED IT!!!! (FROM TARGET) – I ALSO SPRAY PAINTED THE LITTLE URCHIN THAT YOU CAN SEE BEHIND….! LOVING MY GOLD SPRAY PAINT!

THIS PAST WEEK I COMPLETED THE FOLLOWING

1. PAINTED PHOEBE’S SIDE TABLE

2. GOT HER “NEW” CHANDELIER

BRASS CHANDELIER WITH WHITE GOLD DIPPED PORCELAIN FLOWERS - THIS USED TO BE IN OUR MASTER BATHROOM BUT I REMOVED IT WHEN I THOUGHT WE WERE SELLING THE HOUSE - AS SOON AS WE LANDED ON PHOEBE'S COLOR SCHEME I KNEW THIS WOULD BE PERFECT!

BRASS CHANDELIER WITH WHITE GOLD DIPPED PORCELAIN FLOWERS – THIS USED TO BE IN OUR MASTER BATHROOM BUT I REMOVED IT WHEN I THOUGHT WE WERE SELLING THE HOUSE – AS SOON AS WE LANDED ON PHOEBE’S COLOR SCHEME I KNEW THIS WOULD BE PERFECT!

BRASS AND PORCELAIN LAMP

BRASS AND PORCELAIN LAMP

3. GOT THE RUG

MOHAWK SHAG RUG FROM HOME DEPOT

MOHAWK SHAG RUG FROM HOME DEPOT

4. PAINTED LAMP BOTTOMS GOLD

5. SURPRISE GIFT FROM MAMA!

6.  ANOTHER  SURPRISE FROM NANNIE WHICH IS COMING AS A BDAY GIFT)

TO DO

1. CLEAN OUT HER CLOSET (THIS WILL BE THE BIGGEST JOB YET)

2. INSTALL CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE

3. PUT DOWN RUG

4. TAKE A BILLION PICTURES!

5. PAINT DESK

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!!!!!!

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SPRAY PAINTED SCONCES

SPRAY PAINTED SCONCES

HAPPY 17TH BIRTHDAY PHOEBE – BIRTHDAY POST LATER TODAY!

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NEXT WEEK IS THE BIG REVEAL I CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE THE TRANSFORMATION WITH YOU!!!!!

Here is a LIST of the TALENTED ORC PARTICIPANTS:

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I HOPE you are having as much fun as I am  checking out the 20  participants AND THE OTHER LINKING PARTICIPANTS!!…There are such diverse styles and a such WIDE range of spaces being transformed..from total Kitchen gut jobs to reimagined master bedrooms and even another teen girls room!

BELOW ARE THEIR LINKS  if you have some time to be inspired!!!

Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Krauss | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Savvy Home | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design School | Jill Sorensen | Swoonworthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

I HOPE you will follow along…and  Be sure to subscribe to MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE  Let’s get friendly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

                                                           

 

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HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ALONG!

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – MUDROOMS AND CREATIVE STORAGE

A few years ago, I was looking for an inventive and artistic way to hang the millions…
BILLIONS
…of coats which usually end up on our hall floor.
 At 30 feet x 10 feet – OUR upstairs and downstairs
 hallways function as rooms….
The downstairs is a QUASI MUDROOM
The Pew

The Pew was the FIRST piece of furniture we got when we moved here. For a while, during the renovation it was the ONLY piece of furniture…the kids…who were still tiny…would take naps on it….

I like this beachy feel

I like this beachy feel

The upstairs hall is where we try to make up for the lack of closets with dressers…so very many dressers….

DASH AND ALBERT JAMAICA TICKING RUGS

DASH AND ALBERT JAMAICA TICKING RUGS

hall1 hallwayrug

The Hallways/Mudrooms/Closets….
are also more visible
than traditional mudrooms and thus
EVERYTHING is OUT and VISIBLE
I SUPPOSE I could just line the hall with rubbermaid bins..storage..but that would be SO NOT ME. This has inspired me to find clever and attractive ways to store things….lots of things…linens, shoes, tools, photos…you get the point!
One of my favorites is the SHOE MOLD COAT RACK!
This awesome coat rack was made…
 by attaching vintage shoe molds
onto an old recycled plank of wood.
Then I painted it with Benjamin Moore’s
Fairy Tale Blue
I love the pointy toes! I wonder what those shoes looked like?
I do not find myself in Pointy Pumps often – Okay, EVER! But – I do so love them! Now what was I talking about? Oh yes…STORAGE!!!!
What clever ways have you found to HIDE YOUR STUFF???
COMING THIS WEEK –
PHOEBE’S BIRTHDAY BEDROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL!!!
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