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Sunday, January 25, 2015

There is Beauty in Failure

The past few Sundays it’s been quiet as crickets here.

I have to tell you that I am a bit like a turtle at times. If I don’t have positivity and cheerfulness to share then I just retreat into my shell.

Lately I have been SO creative.

Trying so many things to make our house a home.

Yet each idea has been a project failure.

And well, no one LIKES to share their failures.

But they are a part of life.

On Friday I finally shared one of my many recent project failures. Because otherwise I would have had nothing to say once again.

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The funny thing is that a lot of you could relate to my failure. A few people even wrote to say that I gave them the courage to now try even though they might fail.

So, there is beauty in failure after all.

History is filled with successful people who first failed. Sometimes more than once.

I think failure makes us more human.

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But I find such comfort knowing that God’s love will never fail.

So today I am ready to try again.

Laura

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Quick and Easy Ceiling Fan Update - Spray Painting Glass Light Shades

You may remember back in December when I shared our guest bedroom makeover. One of the things I truly didn’t like was the yellow glass light globes on the ceiling fan. Although my preference would always be to have a pretty light fixture rather than a ceiling fan I’m not ready to take it down yet until I live through a summer here. A ceiling fan might be a necessity if it’s really hot and humid.

But the yellow light shades (also known as glass globes) had to go!

“BEFORE”

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After visiting a few big box hardware stores I found that the average replacement globe was $8 each. Times that by 4 and that was way more than I wanted to spend on a fan I might eventually take down. (Not to mention the five other fans/light fixtures in the house that are just like this one!) I also stalked the thrift stores to no avail and turned to Pinterest where I shockingly found…..nothing!

So I decided to see if spray painting them would work.

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I gave some deep thought to the glass growing warm if the light was turned on for a long period of time so decided to use Rust-Oleum’s Specialty High Heat Spray. It generally is for use on grills and fireplaces so I knew it would work just fine on a light fixture. There is a limited palette of just 5 colors, but thankfully they had white.

I removed the shades from the fan and gave them a thorough cleaning. Then I painted three thin coats on both the interior and exterior of the glass waiting 30 minutes between each coat. After they were completely dry I reattached the shades to the fan. They did look SO much better compared to the “before” photo above.

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I was a bit disappointed however when I turned the lights on and there was still a bit of a yellow cast on the exterior of the shade.

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I have decided that I will go ahead and buy new glass shades for the fan in my attic office as I will not be taking that fan down and I need clear white light. The question remains as to what to do with Sweet Guys bedroom….

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….Our bedroom, as well as the Fashionista’s room….

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…and the formal dining area.

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They’re not going to lick me! And when it’s all over I’ll never have a dark house full of gloomy brown and yellow glass shades again. (Shakes fist like Scarlett O’Hara!)

I am open to suggestions.

Laura

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Falling in Love with Romanic Fashion

Yesterday I was on Pinterest looking for images of “Inspirational Women” for an upcoming art installation I am working on. Somehow I slipped down a rabbit hole and discovered Ivey Abitz. Oh my word! All of my favorite literary characters and fantasies such as Anne of Green Gables, Jane Eyre, and Mary Poppins somehow seemed to join forces to become a fashionable delight.

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The husband and wife team of Cynthia Ivey Abitz and Joshua Ivey Abitz  use lovely fabrics gathered from all over the world as well as special touches such as 100 year old buttons and lace to create their designs.

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The designs are a collection of bespoke garments, meaning they are made specifically for you.

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 All the clothing has French seaming which means it is as lovely inside as out.

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I adore that all of the clothing is handmade in the United States.

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Given that the designs are custom made, using the best fabrics and trims, they are a bit pricey. But no doubt you would wear the classic pieces over and over. 

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I would totally wear any of these outfits particularly while watching Downton Abbey. How about you?

Laura

Monday, January 19, 2015

Come On In!

When we bought Storybook Cottage we knew that both of the back doors would need to be replaced as the wood had rotted in several areas. Like so many places in the country it has been a pretty cold winter in Texas. But that didn’t stop us from removing the doors one at a time.

The first door, which leads from the detached garage to the family room, was done first. It was a comical adventure of errors which included things like me innocently saying “Oh… we have to turn the door around, the swing is wrong.” to which the Mr. responded “You can’t TURN a door around…the exterior threshold is attached.” This statement was followed up with huffing and puffing, removing the newly installed door, driving all the way back to the hardware store and exchanging it for one with the right swing.  Yep, good times.

The second door was not any more fun. Upon removing the door it was discovered that there was not just wood rot around the doorjamb….

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Mr. Décor braved 30 degree weather while installing the door and then we were hit with 20 degree weather after he also discovered that the wood siding was rotted around each of the windows on either side of the door.

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Several of the two by fours were also rotted away and as luck would have it, a major thunderstorm was predicted. To make matters worse, since the house is over 30 years old, Home Depot and Lowes no longer carried the type of wood siding we needed to replace. Mr. Décor searched for hours and had to drive quite a ways to a specialty hardware store.

(You can see just how rotted the wood was as it was literally splintering into small pieces upon removal.)

In the end the last piece was barely in place before the skies opened up in a torrential downpour. But the replaced door and wall held up beautifully. We no longer had horrible drafts. Everything will need to be painted, but that is a job that will wait until spring.

This is the not so fun side to home ownership. We all love the pretty, but often ugly has to happen first.

Have you had any not so good home surprises lately?

Laura

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Peace Be With You

I find that I am most at peace when I am near water. To stroll the beach with Mr. Décor, right as the sun was rising, was truly a glorious experience.

Watching funny birds…

…while adding to our shell collection warmed both our hearts despite the cool ocean winds.

My wish is that each of you may encounter deep and lasting peace today.

Laura

“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11