Bookshelves are still Not Finished But . . .

Almost every renovation project takes precedence over our bedroom bookshelves.

The skeleton of the shelves are screwed together.

The skeleton of the shelves are screwed together.

Up until this week they were just a shell.

1/4" shelf pins come 12 to a package and 4 pushed into pre-drilled holes support a single shelf.

1/4″ shelf pins come 12 to a package and 4 pushed into pre-drilled holes support a single shelf.

I decided to pop the rest of the shelves in place on little metal shelf pins.

Just before the blizzard this weekend we brought the striped cushions in from the bedroom terrace and now they're piled in the bedroom until out closet is finished.

Just before the blizzard this weekend we brought the striped cushions in from the bedroom terrace and now they’re piled in the bedroom until our closet is finished.

I know the paint will need to be touched up when the shelves are all trimmed out.

We carried these 2 Italian tiles back from Rome in 2005.

We carried these 2 Italian tiles back from Rome in 2005.

I found a few decorative items that might look good on the shelves when they’re all finished.

I love the blue and grey together.

I love the blue and grey together.

In addition to my etiquette book collection I’m keeping a Helen Mirren biography a friend recently gave me.

I'm pretty sure that Charlie's side of the room will also be styled by me.

I’m pretty sure that Charlie’s side of the room will also be styled by me.

As I find other things I’ll style the shelves with things I’ve had put away just waiting for a place to display them. Of course I’ll eventually have to remove everything in order to finish up the building.

Do you take interim measures just for fun?

 

This Came with It

Strapped to the back of the master bathroom vanity when it arrived was a piece of matching trim.

The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.

The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.

I imagine it is meant to be a backsplash.

The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.

The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.

I have no intention of using it for a backsplash because I plan to tile the wall behind the countertop with marble tile.

This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.

This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.

Since it matches the wood of the vanity I was thinking I could do something else with it.

A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.

A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.

It is divided into 3 sections with trim, the two side sections are the same size and the center is larger.

I'd have to find just the right spot.

I’d have to find just the right spot.

Maybe we could make some shelves with this as a decorative piece. Or a hook holder.

Got any other ideas?

Moving Pictures

I woke up to a snowy landscape and car this morning which discouraged me from running out to the gym in the dark as per usual.

The painting in the front entrance might look better somewhere else.

The painting with the oak frame in the front entrance might look better somewhere else.

I started taking photos around the inside of the house and decided to make a few changes.

An oil painting of a small cabin by a lake.

An oil painting of a small cabin by a lake.

This painting which my mother gave me years and years ago has hung in both of my houses.

It fills the empty spot above the television.

It fills the empty spot above the television.

The colors in this painting allow is to hang just about anywhere.

The colors in this painting allow is to hang just about anywhere.

Its size and coloring are very versatile so I moved it from the front entrance to the conservatory over the television, a spot which had been left empty when I moved this.

Time to go upstairs.

Time to go upstairs.

In its place in the front entrance I put a sepia print (again a gift from Mother) of a little girl seemingly pointing upstairs.

A pretty little sepia print.

A pretty little sepia print.

Maybe she means, “time for beddy bye”.

Do you hang art in your home?

 

The Orchids are in Bloom Again

Last year we had two orchid plants, one from the trash and one a gift, which bloomed beautifully and for a long time.

The orchid I received last year for my birthday in February was still blooming in June.

The orchid I received last year for my birthday in February was still blooming in June.

Then those two and a large pot of four orchids I keep at work dropped all their blooms.

I poked holes in the bottom of a shallow plastic container.

I poked holes in the bottom of a shallow plastic container.

A layer of bark chips covered the bottom of the container.

A layer of bark chips covered the bottom of the container.

This mass of roots wouldn't fit into the shallow container.

This mass of roots wouldn’t fit into the shallow container.

A month or so ago I tried to move my orchids into bigger pots but realized I would need special pots and soil (bark chips) so I just put them back into their original pots.

Should be blooming by Valentine's Day.

Should be blooming by Valentine’s Day.

Now they are all budding.

All the orchids will be blooming at the same time.

All the orchids will be blooming at the same time.

Perhaps it’s just the right time. Or am I an orchid genius?

What do you know about growing orchids?

Waiting for the Thaw

My sister reads this blog everyday.

Our old green mailbox is on the street on the west side of the house.

Our old green mailbox is on the street on the west side of the house.

She noticed that our mailbox didn’t match the new grandeur of The renovated  Glade so for Christmas (after tons of research) she sent us a new one.

The mailbox and components came well-packaged in 2 boxes.

The mailbox and components came well-packaged in 2 boxes.

The "waiting mail" flag is sturdy.

The “waiting mail” flag is sturdy.

It’s larger than our old box, heavier than our old box, and much more elegant.

All the parts are heavy metal.

All the parts are heavy metal.

The kit includes 2 side plates with our address.

The kit includes 2 side plates with our address.

The box is cast metal as are the other components.

When we get this all put together it should look like this except with our address.

When we get this all put together it should look like this except with our address.

We’re eager to put it in but the ground is frozen so we’ll just have to wait for the thaw. Thanks, Sister, for such an extravagant gift.

Is your mailbox on the street, on the porch, or at the post office?

A Little Chore for Charlie

I was so happy to get all the rooms in the house painted but most of it happened before we were finished all the big jobs.

There's a fairly deep scrape behind the toilet in the conservatory bathroom.

There’s a fairly deep scrape behind the toilet in the conservatory bathroom.

As you might expect the newly painted walls got dinged in a few places and I always had the plan to touch up the paint.

This scrape goes all the way into the drywall and needs to be patched.

This scrape goes all the way into the drywall and needs to be patched.

Unfortunately some of the walls were marked to the point that they need not only paint but also some spackle.

Fresh, pre-mixed patching plaster.

Fresh, pre-mixed patching plaster.

So I bought Charlie a brand new can of spackle since between the two of us he is the better spackler. Have at it, Babe.

Are you the painter or the spackler?

Master Shower Enclosure

Our shower glass was installed by the  Shower Door King who was recommended to us by the contractor who built the additions on our house.

Shower Door King is based in Ijamsville, Maryland, and services Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

Shower Door King is based in Ijamsville, Maryland, and services Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

I went to their website and asked for two estimates which I received by email the next morning.

The process went very quickly.

The process went very quickly.

The process was streamlined by Tracy in their office who called with details on proceeding and answered all my questions. Her boss Al, the owner of SDK, came out the same day to take measurements, that was December 29th. He sent the estimate that same evening.

The glass for the master bathroom shower.

The glass for the master bathroom shower.

Then just about 2 and a half weeks later on January 15th two young men, an installer and his helper, came to the house with glass for both showers.

First they were careful to lay down the track on the high point of the bathroom floor since we have a curbless shower.

First they were careful to lay down the track on the high point of the bathroom floor since we have a curbless shower.

They proceeded to install the larger of the two first.  Charlie found out that the main technician had been installing glass for 14 years.

The enclosure consists of 3 glass panels.

The enclosure consists of 3 glass panels the center one being a door hinged on to the kneewall panel.

He was extremely careful to make sure the glass was set in exactly the right spot on our curbless showers.

The shower glass makes the bathroom brighter because it is so reflective. (There is only a round window in the shower, the other one is a reflection.)

The shower glass makes the bathroom brighter because it is so reflective. (There is only a round window in the shower, the other one is a reflection.)

I was so excited to see the shower finished when I arrived home from work and was determined to take a shower and wash my hair.

The vanity will ultimately be near the glass panel on the right.

The vanity will ultimately be near the glass panel on the right.

Unfortunately I had to wait 48 hours before touching the glass while waiting for the silicon sealant to set.

The master bath shower is finished except for the window trim. The vanity still needs to be put in place and plumbed.

The master bath shower is finished except for the window trim. The vanity still needs to be put in place and plumbed.

We had a good experience with Shower Door King and could recommend their products and installation as high quality.

Have you found companies you can recommend? Do you take the time to write a review or letter of endorsement?