after a bit of “moving things around…” i found a few places (2 to be exact) to add some christmas cheer trees! and a few other little twinkles of joy. hope you enjoy seeing a bit of my holiday display!!
(Notice my new shelf?? that pretty little thing got put up a few weeks ago…LOVE it!! i sort of wish my Starbucks sign had been hung just a touch higher now…but no sense in taking it down…repairing the drywall, repainting..to rehang it 6″ inches or so…)
my snoopy tree…packed to the max. it lights up at night with one strand of multi colored outdoor bulb lights. I still have plans to place a few twigs…painted white to the tree…as if this tree needs anything more….
a little sparkle 3 tree display…and my NEW winter pillow. my husband just tends to sigh when i bring in seasonal pillows…after a few years of marriage…he knows they are coming…even if he were to complain…about the purchase of YET another Pillow!
and the stockings were hung by the chimney with glee…
happy monday readers. wishing you all a very merry christmas season. scl
(hi Ren…sorry to have to post this pic with you in it!)
the pics dont show this very well…but this space – which was originally the front porch of the cabin- was closed in, in the 70′s to create a concrete and stone floor with a beautiful view of the lake! there were three stone steps leading down to the enclosed area with a railing around the remaining area and a half wall/ledge…which was part of the originally dining room … which the renters were using as a third bedroom.
in order for the space to be more usable for us…we did several things…
1. we removed the stone steps so that we could bump out our bedroom a few feet.
2. (shown in photo below) we tore out the existing half wall and rebuilt it allowing us to build in storage under the house. (notice the doors beside the steps on the lower part of the wall) prior to doing this..there was only one area for storage…the closet where we would have also put our clothes!
3. (shown in photo below) built a new set of stairs into what would become our dining area. since we were building a set…this allowed us again to build in more storage. the new set of stairs have a latch door that raises on the landing – allowing us to have even MOrE storage!!
4. built new railings…the top of the railing is made from recycle studs that we had to remove from the walls… we just cut off the rotten parts! the remaining railings were made using rebarb! again…a super inexpensive material…plus as you know i am sort of in love with a laid back industrial vibe!
after bumping out the bedroom wall – using the 6′ which used to be the stone steps) we were left with a pretty cool wall under the “reading loft- details coming” … since we dont have too much actually wall space…i wanted to be able to have a really cool focal wall. but keep in mind…we really needed to work with inexpensive material…so one day while roaming lowe’s for ideas…i came across lath wood. lath wood’s original purpose was to help created the form and stability for stucco walls when used with mortar. in my case…it became a material used on the outside of the wall for decor!
to prepare the wood i did a few things…
1. sanded the rough edges..this stuff remember is not meant to be seen…so it is poor wood quality!
2. stained the lath wood in 3 colors ranging from natural to dark.
3. spray painted other pieces…
4. then sanded the wood once final time to create a lightly distressed look— i really just wanted to soften the color a touch.
5. picked a random design and began stapling the lath wood to the wall (well…i didnt, this was done by my husband…who also created the design!)
then we added a door to our bedroom…i really wanted to use the old distressed doors that were our wedding backdrop…the photos can be seen on Facebook…at shannon crider langley. we hung them like a barn door…but used galvanized steel poles…much less expensive than buying the barn door hardware!
vintage herman miller chairs, hanging chairs from ikea, a pub table from england (steal at 100.00!), leather director chairs, a super cheap ikea rug, a really fun ikea chandelier, and my greatest find of all…my starbucks sign!!! (a 40.00 sTEaL from Scott’s Antiques)
i still plan to….
1. hang a ledge under the starbuck sign to prop up photos and display some fun “dining room” decor!
2. switch out the storage door with something a bit more unique
3. paint the tops of the steps a dark grey.
hope you like what we have done so far… and thank you so much for reading!! scl.
notice behind the armoire…plastic! the original bathroom is just behind that door…and since we were not able to remodel it during this first phase….we put up plastic so that we wouldnt have to tear into our wood panel walls in the future. thankfully that was the only wall big enough for our armoire so it covers it up quite nicely.
so a few of the things that we did to make our space go from this:
1. we had to floor a loft that could fit all three girls…so with that being said…we lost our A-frame windows and 20′ high ceilings on the first floor. however…even with flooring the loft- we were left with 8′ ceilings in the living space. in order to use all the ceiling space that we could get…it was necessary to leave everything exposed. of course… i didnt mind this at all… since i already had a plan in mind for my lighting. exposed ceilings would allow the lighting idea to work perfectly. (more on lighting in another post)
2. new flooring- which i mentioned in a previous post.
3. 8″ (or maybe they are 6″???) wood wall planks. which we hung vertical. i bounced the idea back and forth and could not figure out which way i wanted the wood to be installed on the walls- vertical or horizontal…so i left that to my husband to figure out mathematically…he determined that hanging them veritical would give us the best yield from the wood.
****side note**** in order to allow the cottage wood to look more rustic like they had been there for years…i avoided caulking every joint and nail hole. this allows each piece of board to be seen and well as nice amount of texture to break up the white paint.
4. a new stair case (which i will show up close picture of and explain in a future post)
5. furniture. and this is where i surprised even myself….look how much furniture fits comfortably into our space! yay! my father in law joked that i would never get the amount of furniture that i was thinking i could…and then the day of the move….he said…i proved him wrong!! now thats a happy ending!!!!
one thing to notice that will be in a future post…the extra tiny loft to the right of the armoire with ladder access. (my husband and contractors idea…two men thought of that…can you believe it??) my kiddos love this space. it is a nice space for just about anything!
since this photo a few decor things have changed and we put up our closet door… i will snap a pic and post that extra showing tomorrow…so stay tuned and keep reading!!
happy hump day readers. scl
so my darling husband hit our mailbox not long ago…which left it with a nice large…and quite ugly….dent.
a new mailbox was just not of any importance to me…until the other day while wandering around walmart….i ran into a sale section in the home goods section…and there was a mailbox…a 12.00…silver aluminum mailbox. cheap enough. sold.
i ventured home thinkng how amazing my new mailbox was going to look as is…and then i had a thought… a DIY. so i grabbed some washi paper tape- which i had…and a black sharpie. simple additions i know…but why not.
and wallah…. my new mailbox!!
we had some rain come our way…so i put the box outside prior to screwing it on the post…to see if it would all stick and stay…and so far so good.
washi tape- target, michaels, hobby lobby, etc.
sharpie marker- anywhere …even the gas stations sells these now
This is the time of year where we all begin to think about giving.
and … I dont know about you…but i love gifts of thought way more than gifts of monetary value. (unless you are my husband…in which case you can certainly buy me that cartier love ring i have been wanting!!) So with that in mind (minus the side note to my darling husband) i have been on the hunt for easy to make gifts to give. gifts of thought. gifts that will mean more to those that receive them as the years go by. homemade and handmade. gifts like we made in kindergarten and gave to our parents and grandparents. and the best part… even if you dont consider yourself the crafty type…you can certainly go for it…because after all…gifts of thought welcome a few (or more than a few) imperfections and the best part is the imperfections are really never seen by those who receive!
a few of my favoites so far… courtesy of country living
(dear family and friends, stop reading… here unless you want to see a gift you might actually receive!)
this would be perfect for this time of year. i am thinking a house warming gift for thanksgiving!
perhaps i am thinking of a draft stopper…because not only will i need to make one to give…but one to receive as well…brrrr…our new cottage is quite draffffty!!
i love that these are made with acorns and tiny pinecones…which are truly in abundance this time of year. again, a great gift to give on thanksgiving. making them even special if you live out of town from family…this would be like leaving a piece of your land around for loved ones to enjoy.
i tend to love antique plates. i love this idea of adding a phrase… everyone you know probably has a favorite saying or scripture that could make this gift super special!!
one of my favorite handmade gifts of thought…
this pillow was given to me. made by my sister in law and given as a gift a few christmas’ ago… i cherish this pillow and each time i see it, i think of her. no pillow i could ever buy would be as beautiful as this!
Happy Thursday Readers!
Dont forget if you live in Atlanta or in the surrounding area…this weekend is the country living fair at stone mountain park !!
October 25, 26, 27.