Monday, April 22, 2013


I know you've waited a long time to see what I've been up to in our new parsonage.  In my last post, I gave you a little peak into the living room when I showed you my diy bookcase makeover.  Today you get to see the whole room.  It's the only room in the whole house that I can say is finally finished. The room had a long list of to do projects, but thanks to the helping hands of church friends the room is finished.  While we were still in Washington I received a call from a member of the church.  She told me they would paint my husband's office and living room for us, and asked what colors we'd like the rooms to be.  She also told me they were installing all new lights in the parsonage (including pot lights in the living room), and updating the electrical outlets.  I remembered from living in the house 16 years ago, that the living room could be very dark because there were no lights in the ceiling.
After a lot of labor pealing off a wall paper boarder that had been painted over, the new paint color is on the walls and it looks wonderful!  It is a soft gray, (Portand by Valspar); and the ceiling is a bright white ceiling paint.  I love how it brightens up the room!

We took down the old curtains and put up new blinds. 

Friday, April 19, 2013


I know you haven't heard from me lately, but life in our new parsonage has been very busy.  Not only did we have to unpack all our household items, but we've had so many projects going on.  Almost every room in the house is getting repainted. The living room is finally coming together; and I'll be sharing the room reveal soon!

 Here's a to do list for the room.

Did you happen to notice the bookshelf on the right side of the picture?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


My house decorating was put on hold this past week because of bad weather.   We've had quite the ice storm, and I'm starting to wonder if it really is spring.  It started last week Tuesday morning with freezing rain followed by snow.  We lost our electricity Tuesday evening and didn't get it back until Saturday evening.  No electricity  =  no Internet connection and explains why you haven't seen any posts for a while.  We were so thankful to have a generator.  We were able to alternate having our furnace on and kept our refrigerator and freezer running.  This is the worse ice storm I've ever seen in my lifetime.  The trees received major damage! I don't think there is a street in town without tree limbs down.   We lost a large limb on a tree in our back yard.  It missed hitting our new patio door by mere inches.

This is how our bushes all looked - totally covered with ice.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013


When decorating, choosing the right paint color can be difficult.  In my last post I told you that I've been struggling with the correct paint color for the kitchen and my office. I can envision in my mind what I want, but I've been struggling to find that perfect paint.  Paint sets the mood for a room, and it's important to remember the other colors in the room.  Tip: think of upholstered items, counter tops and fabrics in curtains and drapes as the "artist's palette" from which to select potential colors for your walls.

Keeping that in mind, I've found it very difficult in our kitchen because I don't want the color to conflict with the counter.  The counter has dark green, light green, taupe, and a little black in it.

While the vinyl floor covering has shades of green and

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


The old saying it has to get worse to get better is true for our home.  The construction or should I say destruction has begun.

They have begun the removal of the siding and take out the old windows.


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