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I know I’ve been tempting some of you with reports of my new red door. So here is the proof.

I was gripped with the urge last week to completely cranberry cherry berry RED our front room. SO. I painted the door and whipped up some valances for the window. I must say I just LOVE how they all turned out. Of course reds don’t photograph exactly the way you want them too. But, this is about as crisp and cheery a red you can find.

I’m working on the robin’s egg blue accents for the rest of the room — but until they are complete, the red is all that is noteworthy 🙂

(Here is my current inspiration on Pinterest)

And, I completely forgot in the last post. I do have proof that there ARE hedgehogs in the baby’s nook. All the pictures were completely devoid of any furry creature. Here are the stuffed animals, and the final wall (complete with painted birdcage and hanging artwork).

And so that is the current state of things — can’t wait to bring the little lady home to the Inn soon 🙂

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So! Thanks to my dear sisters, and a very diligent day of snipping, sewing, gluing and painting, we are done with the baby’s room!

Theme: Yellow & gray.
Motif: Birds & Hedgehogs.

I GREATLY desired to make at least a little something for my little girls room, so I grabbed some pretend vintage prints and whipped up a crib skirt. I absolutely refused to make baby bumpers or my own sheets. Perhaps when she’s soiled all the clean ones, I’ll whip up a few for her. Yellow & grey birdy fabric w/ stenciled hedgehogs? YES. Here is the progress, along with a snapshot of some CUTE little burp-clothes (gifts from a dear friend, dyed old cloth diapers and stitched fabulous ribbon on. Love love love.) and the little white IKEA boxes that now hold all sewing materials.

And here we have a better view of the window, with the fabulous curtain made by Aunty M., along with the gorgeous lamp, and tidy shelves.

My sweetheart and I put up the shelves after a long day out at IKEA with my sisters. Quite a challenge hanging such usefulness from drywall, plaster and molly bolts. But. We managed, and put yet another “old-house” notch in our belts. And now they look stunning.

You’ve seen these items before…our dear little girls Going HOME outfit! The jumper was worn by my husband, and I wore the booties. Thanks to Aunty J & M, the little rosettes were added for our little girl. How fitting that her outfit matches her room. 🙂

And finally, little peep at her changing table (tucked into an open closet), snugabunny and new diaper bag.

Luckily, the room was already painted a beautiful whisper yellow, so I just added crib, curtains, rug, shelves and artwork. Simple transformation overall, but it took a bit of time, as mama bird seems to be moving slower than usual these days. Perhaps its the beautiful bump that keeps on growing 🙂 A heartfelt cup of THANK YOU to all my dear sisters (Aunty J, aunty M, aunty R, and aunty L!) for getting it truly 100%!

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I’ve been attempting to finish my entire home before our dear little baby arrives, and geez, it’s proving to be a challenge. When I say finish, I mean, all those little to-do’s, that irk your mind when you’re walking in and out the door. For example, my curtain quest is as yet 80% unfinished. Who knew I was such a picky bird? After about fifteen iterations, I’m back to square one & robin’s egg blue. When I hit this combination of de-cluttering & re-loving. I go straight to some idea dens to give me vision and get me motivated.

Here are the inspirations of the morning from Anthropologie:

So. Today I’m off to find some inspiration, nail down my actual to-do list, and continue floating on this incredible nesting energy!

In the mean time I’m certain that some more throw pillows will be concocted from the cast-off curtain material, and I may just document my new bathroom re-loving for you all! I call it: Chocolate Robin’s Egg 🙂

xo, Mrs. T

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Now that the Inn is quite situated and in a routine of menus & cleanliness, we’re taking tenants for the summer. To be specific, we have one room and can only accommodate one female tenant (she must bear no cats, we have enough strays already). I couldn’t bear to give up my yellow guest room (where to put sisters, dear parents, wonderful in-laws, stray friends and various siblings?), but the little green room (formerly my project nook) was perfect for those seeking summer lodging.

Saturday morning, in the spirit of my dear parents — who every Saturday I can remember would be up early, coffee in hand, at 7A surveying the crazy endeavor of the day, having already been at the mart gathering materials. Complete execution before dinner was essential!

We did likewise and thanks to my sweetheart were able to move the entire contents out of the room before 11. To the unfortunate bed of the yellow room.

Furniture moved out.
Wooden daybed brought from the basement, painted and distressed. I think distressing using a crisp white base is about the classiest thing you can do for an old house.

Lighting fixture repaired.
Quilts, curtains and artwork arranged and hung.



Little chair and small table assigned duties as nightstand and desk.

Jar of pansies perched to add the last touch.

And so, the “Green Room” is ready.

If you would like to distress a little piece — here are some quick steps to transforming it.

Distressing a normal wood/metal furniture:
1. Wipe down with damp rag
2. Lightly sand with grain of wood using small grit sandpaper
3. Paint using shiny white spray paint
4. Let stand 1 hour
5. Lightly sand all over to prepare for 2nd coat
6. Sand ALL edges to remove paint complete to see wood beneath
7. Paint 2nd coat
8. Sand edges to ensure dark wood can be seen through white paint.
9. Optional: Pound a few dents w/ hammer to add the final authentic distressed look

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