Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Neighbors

A new town.. a new street..... new neighbors!  And I am completely blessed with it all!  It was a ton of work to get here. I packed up the entire house wrapping each item in newsprint and buffering it with bubble wrap. 

Dumpster diving became my favorite past time as I needed more boxes than I could have ever imaginedRolls and rolls of wide tape were used to close the lids. Some boxes with red tape, designating their need to be sent to storage, and others with clear.  Two... yes, two! ...garage sales later, multiple trips to the library to donate my books, and many more trips to Goodwill (I believe by the time we were through we must have filled a third of the store with our "stuff") and we were ready to leave the past behind and begin a new chapter!  As I said, a new town, a new street and new neighbors.

Neighbors that aren't shy about coming up and introducing themselves.  Conversations quickly become so comfortable that I feel as if I have known them for years! Sometimes I hear a voice call out my name as I head to the garage and I quickly turn to see my next door neighbor shouting out a greeting!  No reserved attitudes here and I feel blessed!

And as always, it is the little things that please me so.  You see, on both sides of our little house, my neighbors have unknowingly given me a gift each and every time my eyes gaze upon them.  And each and every time I break out in a contented smile.  My one neighbor has graced me with this sweet, little vignette.

A weathered section of white washed picket fencing enhanced with a single red geranium that has been neatly tucked into a chippy white clay pot!  Ahhh... I see she is a lover of vintage, too!  

Such a sweet touch and a charming way to detract from an AC unit.  And I'm the lucky one who gets to see it multiple times a day!

My other neighbor makes me smile when I gaze out one of my bedroom windows.  A window that initially made me groan as it's one of those octagon shaped windows we all drooled over in the early 90's. Now, as I gaze out of it in the morning, this is what greets me.

Call me crazy but I love the look of an old brick chimney so high up among the trees!

Call me even crazier as I instantly think of Julie Andrew's singing "Chim Chim Cher-ee".  Nice way to wake up in the morning, don't you think?

Oh!  and how can I forget out other neighbors that give both my husband and I such pleasure....

She is the mother of a delightful family complete with doting father.  Such docile rabbits I have ever seen.. seriously!  Not skitterish in the least. And six little ones lovingly nurtured by them both.

Just last night we were lucky enough to witness the mother nursing all six little ones right under our kitchen window... in the middle of the driveway!!  Some little ones had their legs flailing trying to keep their spot while others quietly enjoyed their dinner "a plein aire".  And the father?  Pacing back and forth, stopping on occasion to check and see if all was going well.  They tucked their babies into bed for the evening when dinner was completed, as a half hour later, we found the mother and father alone in the backyard no babies around.  Apparently, even rabbits understand the value of "date night" as they were calmly munching on the grass.. just the two of them!  Too funny!  

Yes... I do believe I am going to like it here!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Lovin' My Laundry Room!

In the thirteen laundry rooms I've owned.. from the the thirteen different homes we've lived in... this one beats them all ~ hands down!  The minute I set eyes upon it, I was instantly smitten with the black and cream checkerboard flooring.  Twelve inch linoleum squares showing only a bit of wear.  Seemingly impossible as they are truly vintage!
And that sink!  This 1929 year old girl shows her age with this as it's a very deep, double sink set on cast iron legs.  A difficult thing to replace as they just don't make them like this anymore!

Again, I'm having to show you an "after" photo as this was the second project I tackled upon moving in eight years ago.  The first step I took in this makeover was to paint the cabinets and distress them.

A Laura Ashley shade of green, Olive 3, and an antiquing glaze I made up (did I write down the formula?  if only!!).  It was back breaking work but so worth it to breath some life into what was originally a stark white generic cupboard.  The top of the counter was a laminate.  Wanting to replace it, I headed to Ikea to purchase a wooden counter top, cutting it to size.  Now I had a long expanse of counter top that brought more warmth into the room!  New pulls for the cupboards and that project was complete.

Originally, there were shelves that went the entire length of the wall.  Not necessary and made the room appear smaller.  As I liked the white shelving there was no need to do anything to them.  Just cut them down to size and support them with new brackets.

With a passion for vintage, I now had a fresh space to reflect that..
making it feel more comfortable. After all, sorting through dirty underwear and untucking scrunched up dirty socks isn't life's most pleasurable chore, for sure! So why not make your laundry room a place you don't mind spending time in!

A large "antique" clock face that, like all antiques, "stopped short never to go again".  (Words from a song we sang in school when I was little that actually has some validity to it!)  With two large glass canisters containing laundry soap set on the counter underneath it, that area in the room is now complete.

Do you like old wooden children's chairs?  I am addicted to them!  This charming little one is painted the same color as the cabinet but without a glaze......

 .... and holds my waste basket.

 And the other little detail that tickles me?  This one.

This little vignette rests on the shelf above the sink.  I just love looking up and having it catch my eye!  All it takes are those little touches to bring a smile to your face.  Little touches that makes a house a home.  Dirty socks and all!!!

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