Curio Cabinet

In the Cottage is a piece of furniture that fits perfectly between the front door and large window.

The curio cabinet was one of the first pieces of furniture to move into the Cottage with the tenant.

It is a tall slender curio cabinet.

White

Its owner is thinking of getting rid of it but I suggested she might paint it.

Black or graphite

To that end I sent a bunch of inspiration photos.

Antiqued

Similar cabinets transformed by paint.

Turquoise

Finally.

Black

Does one stand out as perfect?

The Pink Garden

The west yard has become overgrown in the past few years.

The west exposure of The Glade in May.

We’ve had to remove a huge dead oak tree the stump of which is now covered with vines — Virginia creeper, grapevine, and honeysuckle.  We’ll sort it out.

In the mean time some of the perennial flowers have begun to bloom.

Simple sweet pink roses.

There’s a little pink rosebush that always seems to put out a bloom or two.

In addition to the peonies we also have giant leafed hosta.

There are also large and gaudy deep pink peonies.

This bloom is about 6 inches across.

I’d love to take them in the house except they look so great in the yard.

Tiger lilies grown wild and freely spread in our neighborhood.

The next chore in this area is to dig up the orange ditch lilies that spread too easily.

Peonies

The beautiful flowers make the upkeep worth the work.

What’s your weedy nemesis?

A Quick Tour through the First Floor

I haven’t taken any up-to-date photos for a while.

The kitchen was set up with most of the party food except the cakes.

We straightened the first floor for the surprise birthday party last Friday night.

The island was set up with a salad bar. Most popular items: avocado and chopped eggs.

Thirty people attended.

The late afternoon sun reflects off the island granite.
The conservatory is a favorite space.

The next day was beautifully bright so I photographed the entire space.

The floor plan might make the layout more understandable.
The dining room can be seen from the conservatory.
I must finish the covers for the cushions on the window seat.
The dining room flows through to the living room.
We flipped the Bergere chairs to face the fireplace on a cold day.
Dining Room

We still have tweaks to make but the downstairs is very livable.

Do you keep fresh flowers in the house on a regular basis?

House To-Do List – 2017

I used to organize the house to-do list in one long list that I added to as I thought of something new.  Here’s the updated room by room view at the end of 2015.  Lots done in the ensuing year.

The living room in 2017.

Living Room

Living room in 2017.
Dining room

Dining Room

Dining room
  • Clean paneling
  • Paint paneling

    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
  • Paper top of walls
  • Clean floors
  • Paint chairs
  • Get a rug
  • Finish cushions

    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
  • Move piano
  • Paint trim
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula

Kitchen

The kitchen
The kitchen
Coffee bar in the kitchen

Pantry

  • Add shelves
  • Add counter

    Counter in the pantry
    Counter in the pantry
  • Add cabinets
  • Paint wall and ceiling
  • Hang lighting fixture
  • Organize pantry food and tools
A new floor was installed last year in the conservatory.

Conservatory

The floor has made a big difference.
  • Paint floor or lay flooring
  • Lay rug
  • Hang drywall
  • Mud walls
  • Paint walls
  • Move furniture
    • Love seats
    • Bistro set
    • Oak dresser
  • Get TV
  • Move file safe into closet
  • Drywall window
  • Mud closet
  • Paint closet
  • Get doors for closet and bathroom
    Doors in the conservatory.


    Conservatory bathroom

Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
  • Choose tile
    ConservatoryBathroomTile
    Conservatory floor tile — white on white basketweave.

    Bookshelves in the bathroom
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose sink 
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.

    Conservatory vanity
  • Get shower installed

    The shower is installed.
    The shower is installed.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Powder room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Add paneling at bottom of wall
  • Paper top of wall

    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
  • Paint lighting fixtures
  • Rehang towel bar
  • Fix hole in wall
The stairs and landing to the powder room.
The stairs and landing to the powder room.

Stairs

Upstairs hall
Upstairs hall

Hallway

  • Repair wall where door was removed
  • Paint wall
  • Hang gallery

    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

Laundry Room

La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house

  • Finish floor
  • Hang closet door
  • Add hanging pole to closet
  • Add baseboard trim
  • Add chair rail trim
  • Paint and install inside shutters
  • Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
Master bathroom.
Master bathroom.

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom
  • Tear out closets
  • Erect bookshelves

    Shelves to be finished.
  • Patch holes
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls

    Blue master bedroom
    Blue master bedroom
  • Paint trim
  • Lay rug
  • Make bed rustic
  • Refinish tall dresser
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.

Master Deck

  • Rug
  • Paint vintage garden furniture

    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
  • Have railing built
  • Have deck surface finished
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

Diva Room

  • Paint trim
  • Add shutters or curtains
  • Clear out boxes
  • Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

Treetops Room

  • Clear out boxes
  • Wash windows
  • Move large painting to living room
  • Reorient bed
  • Paint lamp and refinish shade
  • Paint door
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.

Front entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose blue stone or paving
  • Make planters
  • Add landscaping
  • Paint door
  • Door mat
The westside porch.
The westside porch.

Side entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose bluestone or paving
  • Make planter for front edge
  • Make wood box
  • Bench or chair
  • Door mat
The back stairs to the conservatory.
The back stairs to the conservatory.

Back entrance

The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Garden

  • Make a plan for foundation plants
  • Plant grass
The shed is both charming and useful.
The shed is both charming and useful.

Wee Little House

  • Organize tools
  • Paint shutters
  • Clear work bench
  • Organize garden items
The Cottage has come in handy for guests and as a temporary home for our son's friends.
The Cottage has a permanent tenant.

Glade Cottage

Glade Cottage in Spring
  • Clear up unfinished projects
  • Move paint to house
  • New water heater
  • Install kitchen sink 

    Cottage kitchen
  • Move tools to shed
  • Move and repair drafting table
  • Clean up old lumber and flooring
  • Vacuum well
  • Dust and wipe clean
  • Rent

Exterior

  • Paint shingles
  • Paint and install shutters
  • Paint trim
  • Hang gutters and downspouts
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.

    We’ll be adding and crossing off as time progresses.

The longest night is over for another year. Did you survive?

Master List: The End of 2016

You can read about the Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. Last year I decluttered the list itself.  And now I’ve removed anything that has been accomplished before 2015, retaining things that still need work, and adding projects that require finishing or are just plain FUN. (Our room by room to-do list is here.) Unfortunately we haven’t made much progress on this list.

Projects to Do:

  • 1. Paint green vanity

    The dressing table is still green.
    The dressing table is still green.
  • 2.  Pump up curb appeal with landscaping upgrades

    This total lack of landscaping needs to be graded, seeded, and planted.
    This total lack of landscaping needs to be graded, seeded, and planted.
  • 3. Make a cushion for the piano bench.

    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.
    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.
  • 4. Move former back door to laundry

    Former back door now in storage.
    Former back door now in storage.
  • 5.  Clean closet in Treetops room

    The Treetops Room.
    The Treetops Room.
  • √6. Clean and paint side porch door.

    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
  • 7. Paint master bedroom door.

    One of the master bedroom doors.
    One of the master bedroom doors.
  • √8. Strip and repaint front door.

    Front porch door
    Front porch door
  • 9. Scrape, sand and paint back bedroom door. Repair jamb.
  • 10. Lighting for walk-in closet
  • √11. Clean floor in cottage
  • 12. Paint trim in pink bedroom

    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.
    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.
  • 13. Refinish floor in laundry and cottage
  • 14. Replace trim in laundry
  • 15. Finish closet in laundry

    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
  • √16. Lighting for master bath
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.

    The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
    The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
  • √17. Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style).

    The vanity is in place and in use.
    The vanity is in place and in use.
  • 18. Refinish my tall dresser

    My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment.
    My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment.
  • 19. Check interior shutters for size
  • 20. Think about bedroom curtains
  • 21. Make living room curtains

    Working on it.
    Working on it.
  • √22. Paint bedroom

    The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
    The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
  • √23. Paint new closet

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
  • √24. Think about dining room décor

    The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain.
    The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain.
  • 25. Finish cushions in DR

    One cushion remains to be sewn.
    One cushion remains to be sewn.
  • 26. Paint all the trim in the house

    Tons of trim needs to be painted.
    Tons of trim needs to be painted.
  • 27. Paint wood trim on exterior of house

    Charlie started painting on the rear eaves. Upper left.
    Charlie started painting on the rear eaves. Upper left.
  • 28. Paint dining room table and chairs to use in the kitchen or Craigslist current set and buy something more size appropriate (Go to Red Hen’s blog for great inspiration)

    Sold.
    Sold.
  • √29. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for flooring
    All the floors are installed.

     

  • √30. Pick tile for bathroom

    Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.
    Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.
  • √31. Get rid of rubble pile

    The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
    The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
  • √32. Decide where every lamp goes

    Limoges lamps - for the bedroom?
    Limoges lamps – for the bedroom?
  • 33. Consider terrace or deck
  • √34. Decide where mirrors go

    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie's sink.
    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s sink.
  • 35. Decide where art work goes

    Lots of original art in the living room.
    Lots of original art in the living room.
  • 36. Get rid of art that does not suit
  • √37. Paint hallway

    The upstairs hall is painted "Moonshine".
    The upstairs hall is painted “Moonshine”.
  • √38. Paint stair risers

    Painted stair risers.
  • 39. Paint design on stair walls
  • 40. Hang photo gallery in upstairs hall
  • 41. Put shelves in pink room and paint stunning color at back of shelves
  • 42. Clean basement and add utility shelves under the steps.
  • 43. Design garden plan for back of yard behind the cottage.
  • 44. Open an Etsy shop.
  • √45. Paint house exterior

    Sandy Hook Gray
    Sandy Hook Gray
  • 46. Paint exterior shutters

    Shutters on the house are Duron's "Thunder Grey"
    Shutters on the house are Duron’s “Thunder Grey”

I’m going to clean up the list for 2017.

Thanks to all who serve to maintain our freedom.  I salute you.

What are you trying to finish in this calendar year?

The Autumn Leaves

We have a wealth of colored leaves at The Glade.

The west side yard blazes in the morning.
The west side yard blazes in the morning.

Red dogwood leaves, yellow tulip poplar, yellow, orange and red, maples.

The Cottage is framed with colorful trees.
The Cottage is framed with colorful trees.

It won’t be long before a big wind comes and throws them in waves down onto the grass in the yard.

The trees through the master bathroom window over the vanity.
The trees through the master bathroom window over the vanity.

We can see these colored trees from almost every room in the house.

The kitchen bump-out window overlooks the vegetable garden and the backyard.
The kitchen bump-out window overlooks the vegetable garden and the backyard.

The kitchen with its picture window was set up to view the trees.

Red maples and dogwood trees are on the east side of the house viewed from the conservatory.
Red maples and dogwood trees are on the east side of the house viewed from the conservatory.

The conservatory has an especially good view.

We still have not finished trimming the master bathroom window, the stickers are still on the window pane.
We still have not finished trimming the master bathroom window, the stickers are still on the window pane.

Even the master bathroom gets a stunning display.

How do your leaves get picked up?

Something on My Hands

Charlie and I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, last night but our trip was not without delays.

WalkingBoot
A walking boot should make me eligible for a wheelchair at the airport.

Since I had broken my ankle the day before we  decided to get to the Baltimore airport really early. I got in a wheelchair and a skycap came over to help us.

He took us to get our boarding passes and then on to security where we had TSAprecheck tickets. Charlie went through without a hitch.

Talk about things going wrong. I was passed thru the pre check line then they tested the palms of my hands with a piece of paper which they put into a computer.

The test revealed a dangerous substance which meant I had to be patted down.

I had to take my boots off including the medical one. Go in a special room and get patted down.

All my belongings were tested for the special residue but I guess I passed because I was allowed to priority board due to my injury.

Have you ever had trouble at the airport?