Blood on the walls…

So, after my last posting, things ramped up a bit here…  We drove to Florida, with the intention of spending several days for my birthday.   We got there late Sunday night, and at Midnight, my 2 loves gave me presents..  And then we went to bed.   We slept late, rolled out of bed to go to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch and then took a long drive along the coastline, enjoying the views of the water and the wind on our faces.  When we got home, it was a bit warm in the house.  Uh-oh.  I checked the thermostat and lowered it a bit, but worried that maybe the AC was just working a little too hard.  So, we hung out for a little while but ultimately decided to head out, enjoy the afternoon and then go to a late dinner at a great Fondue restaurant.  So, showers and then back out we went.

Dinner was amazing, and I had a good time with my loves.  However, when we got home, it was just downright HOT in the house.   We looked at the Unit and tried to troubleshoot it, turned on a bunch of fans and tried to make the best of it.   By 3 a.m., it was blazing hot and The Fiance and I couldn’t take it anymore.  My monkey wasn’t complaining, but she also hadn’t fallen asleep either, because she was hot.   So, we packed up the car, grabbed a couple of 5-hour energy drinks and came back to Atlanta.  The monkey and I slept for a good portion of the trip and The Fiance powered through like a champ and got us all safe and sound back to the Atlanta house.

While we were in Florida, my In-Laws had decided to come and look at the house once more before deciding to head to the bank, and My future Mother-in-Law noticed things that were less than optimal for her that would go unnoticed unless you’re looking at a house, envisioning yourself in it.  One, both of the bathrooms have bath tubs, not walk-in-showers, and she has a tough time climbing in and out of a bathtub.  So, they mentally added that as a renovation they’d have to make.

Two, the backyard is quite large.  That’s upkeep they’ll have to pay someone else to do, because they can’t maintain a yard of that size.  Third, the driveway has a little bit of gradation to it.  Not a lot, but enough that someone in their 60’s would sit up and pay attention to that.   She worried that my future Father-in-Law would have a hard time taking the trash to the street and back up to the house.

In a stroke of coincidence, their Realtor called them the same day with a listing to show them, 3 miles from here, with all of the things they’d been looking for in a house.  They went to see it, and my future Mother-in-Law fell in love.  In LOVE.  The house is a bit smaller, on a smaller chunk of land, with a completely flat drive-way and a walk-in shower.

They were a little afraid to tell us, afraid we’d be upset that they’d changed their minds and we wouldn’t be house hunting after all.  LITTLE DID THEY KNOW…  I kind of hate house hunting, hehe.   And I was already fully entrenched in Crazytown with the house I HAD.  No sense sending my poor little planner brain into a complete tailspin and having no where to root my Crazytown fantasies!  So, with the new found news and finding ourselves in Atlanta instead of Florida – what did we do?  We went and bought paint.  Let’s get this Crazytown show on the road! hehe

We decided to paint the little nook next to the kitchen a different color than the rest of the common areas.  We’ve been talking and talking and
talking about this nook, and both of us were in agreement that we want to block off the sliding glass doors there and pretend they don’t exist.
Eventually, drywall would be nice, but for now – just hanging curtains will do nicely. I am most definitely a fan of red, and have lots of red accents already, so in the spirit of comforting, familiar colors, as well as budget in mind (I don’t want to spray paint ALL of my accent pieces, nor do I want to replace them).. we chose Valspar’s Posh Red.

The first night of painting was fun, and exciting, and our very first slap of paint onto the walls of what will be our home.  We liked it so much, we ran right out the next day and bought 5 gallons of paint for the common areas.  Let’s just say that painting that little nook compared to painting 16 foot high ceilings in a HUGE space (plus the hallway!) are VERY different experiences!  Buttttt…  we’re trekking along, and tomorrow I will unveil what we’ve completed in the living room. 😀

Vacation Time is restful time..

Here I am, Day 3 of Atlanta and I am not in Crazytown nearly as often as I thought.   The Fiancé and I have had discussions here and there, about what we’ll do when all of our things are here, and what we’ll paint, etc.   But the largest topic of conversation has really been about whether or not we will use his bed, my bed, or buy a new bed.  Nothing’s been decided there, so there’s little to report.

However, the room that has been on my mind is the guest bathroom.  It seems like a safe enough choice, and it doesn’t require all of our things being here to get started on.  The guest bathroom in this house also holds the washer and dryer.  It’s not quite as optimal as having a dedicated laundry room, but I’ve decided I don’t mind it at all.  It certainly has its benefits.  Namely:

  1. I cannot put off laundry and just stuff it in the laundry room before guests come over. (I mean.. other people DO this, right?  I can’t be the only one!)
  2. I will be making a daily trip into that room, ensuring that my Monkeyface is not leaving her clothes laying about or toothpaste dripped into the sink. (When she and I have separate bathrooms, I don’t use hers much and so every Saturday when I go in to clean it, I’ve come across some unpleasant surprises.)

Unfortunately, I left my camera at home and only have my phone to take pictures with while I’m here (dammit!), but I did snap a few pictures for you guys.  Here’s what we’re working with:

It’s a pretty run-of-the-mill, somewhat small bathroom.  But I like the mirror and vanity a lot.  The layout is pretty basic, and I don’t mind that at all.  The bi-fold doors were removed years ago which in my opinion, was a good choice.   Of course, now the washer-dryer are exposed to the room, but it also makes it feel quite a bit larger.

My thoughts are that I will hang curtains in front of the washer/dryer, but instead of hanging them outside of the doorway trim, I will hang them on the inside, so that they can be pulled back, completely out of sight when I choose to.  I think that this will help preserve the open feeling that nook gives the room.  It also will give a sense of reason between the curtains on that wall and the curtains on the shower not being the same height.

Speaking of shower curtains..  I saw something on Pinterest last week that has some promise.  I am not 100% sold on the shape of the valance, but I really like that these curtains go all the way to the ceiling, and open in the middle, giving some drama and height to the room.  I imagine that the liner is tucked away behind one of them and just pulls closed when you are taking a shower.  Seeing that treatment in what looks the to be a bathroom approximately the size of the of the one I will be working with has also helped me to envision it working in this bathroom.  I have zero idea what type of material and paint colors I will be using in this room.  My bathroom in Florida is currently a black-and-white toile sort of theme, which I intend to put into the Master bathroom here.  The other bathroom set that I have is fishies, and that just won’t work.

So, I’m open to suggestions!   Given that I really love the idea of this curtain treatment, and there will be additional curtains hung on the interior of the washer/dryer nook…  And keeping in mind that I will be keeping the mirror and vanity set up, what would you do?  What do you envision for this space?

Crazytown: Atlanta Living Room Colors

Crazytown is what my fiancé calls the place I go when I start ultra-planning mode.   You see, I’m a thinker.  And a planner.  And a pinner.  I pin like crazy to Pinterest  (Wanna follow me?) in random fits of pinning frenzy, and usually it’s organization projects,  crafts, recipes or house inspiration.  Sometimes a crass picture that makes me laugh. hehe.

I also search the web, look obsessively at pictures of the house we will be living in, and try to fit together pictures in my mind of how the space will look as our home.  Right now, I’m fixated on the living room.

I had him snap these with his cell phone so that I could take accurate trips to crazytown.  (  that he indulges me! :D)  However, tomorrow I am heading to Atlanta to see the house in person, so expect an influx of dimensions and photographs from all angles, plus a whole new level of crazypants. 😀

So, looking at the second picture in that series, you can see into the dining area, and around the right corner is the kitchen.  That is his couch, and in the negotiations we had about stuff-merging, it stays.  As does the TV.   The curtains, TV stand and ottoman, however, didn’t make the cut. 😉  (The ottoman will just go elsewhere in the house.)

Let’s talk about things I like:

  • Architecture.  I love the vaulted ceilings.
  • Flooring.  Wood floors, mmmm. 🙂
  • The fact that it HAS a fireplace (we’ll talk more about that specifically on the list of things I don’t like.)
  • The angles.  More specifically, the fireplace being on its own “wall” and the closet being at an angle.
  • The openness to the dining area.
  • That the trim is white.  I know some people like natural wood trim, I am just not one of those people.
Now, for things I am not a fan of:
  • That fireplace.  Really?  Yikes on the stone and YOWZA on that mantle.  It’s SO heavy and dark, I feel like it drags the room down.
  • The door opening directly into the room without a place for a mudroom-type area.
  • The window (that you cannot see.)  Beyond those curtains is an octagonal window.  AN OCTAGONAL WINDOW.  Dear Lord.
  • The narrow shape of the room, in general.
But, all things considered, I like this space.   It’ll just take a little attention to detail to make it feel like home. 🙂

To start, I began thinking about a paint color.   When the house was painted, it was all painted a pretty deplorable shade of white/blue that feels hospital-esque to me and makes me feel like someone could barge in with a blood pressure cuff at any moment.  I would much prefer something warmer.   Given that the room opens into another space, and there isn’t any place to really cut off the color to change to another, we’ll have to go with something that will be suitable for all three spaces. (Living room, dining room, kitchen.)

I am drawn to darker, slightly dramatic colors, because I really love how they pop with the white trim.   So, my initial thought is something like this Filbert color, that I just picked online from Valspar.   I also, however, like the Macadamia 2 shades up.  But I don’t like the Singe in between.   So, this could be a bit of a process.   I foresee some swatches painted on the wall and days spent staring at them in my future. 😉

That mantle will also be getting a coat of fresh, white paint, and I think I can probably add some molding detail to it to give it a sense of delicacy that it otherwise is completely lacking.   I’m just not 100% sure where to go with that just yet.

What do you think?  What color would you paint this room?  How would you address the mantle?  (Replace the fireplace entirely, which would be my first choice, isn’t in the cards for the time being.)