helping a friend redecorate


bedroom 3

I just came home from my friend’s house. We have dinner together every week. I’m helping her re-decorate some rooms in her house which is what prompted this post.We’re on room three now. It’s a lot of fun. I love helping other people with their homes. She gave me the highest compliment, “Rebecca, you should really go into the interior design business”.  Aw……..

(BTW, the room above is a guest bedroom in my home. Just thought you might like to see it in case you haven’t already.)

Her remarks prompted me to think about ambitions, money, and success. There are lots of things I love to do and interior design is one of them. But the reason I like it is precisely because I don’t get paid for it. Money would definitely spoil it for me.

My friend wants to keep the cost of these projects down to a minimum. So far we’ve mostly just purchased paint. Tonight, for example, we “shopped” in her basement and found the perfect piece for her bedroom dresser. The color scheme is sea-foam blue, jade, and then a yellow- tinged green. The walls are the sea-foam color, soft and pretty. Colors are very similar to vases in this picture which sit on the wall in our La Cabinette.

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One bedside table is painted jade. I mixed up a chalk paint for her to use. It was what I used in a room in my home. It is a wonderful color.The ” paint guy” at Home Depot and I worked hard to get that color. I love that no one else has it. Two chairs in the room, formerly a dull, ugly grey with a gray seat, have been sprayed Eden Green by Krylon. She recovered the seats in a soft cream to match her drapes. A small table that her computer sits on will be painted the “one of a kind blue”. On the table is a smallish rectangular basket that will be painted in the Lemon grass yellow.I We are choosing lighter colors is because her bedroom furniture is dark wood and this will soften these pieces considerably.

Now we’re working on her den. She needs two larger end tables. Again, we shopped in her basement. (She has a lot in her basement.) We found two end tables we can paint. We’re going to be on the look-out for two “new” lamps at garage sales .We are also looking for a very large picture frame. She has three small pictures on three different walls. We will group them together inside the frame so they present a more cohesive look. In the blank spot that is left, she will buy one of those wonderful stick-on sayings that are so popular now. I think it will look great. We’re making very small changes in that room but the changes we are making will make a big difference.

No one has to spend a lot of money re-decorating. Except for my upholstered pieces, there is very little in my house that wasn’t purchased in a thrift shop or a garage sale. When I do buy new, I always look for “damaged” pieces. Who can’t fix a scratch? And who really cares, if it won’t be seen anyway?

Why would I ever want to work with someone who can afford to go out and buy everything they want? Where’s the fun in that? It’s so much more fun trying to decorate on a really limited budget. Plus, it sparks my creative juices for my personal decorating projects.

I love a challenge (ones I pick myself, that is), especially a decorating one. My mind gets going on warp speed as I imagine all kinds of options. Pinterest, of course, has a wealth of ideas. (Can I just say, I was doing most of the things on Pinterest long before there was a Pinterest.)

Anyway, if you’re thinking of re-doing some rooms, take it from me-you don’t have to spend big bucks. Paint some things, change some things. Take all accessories out of the room and start all over putting everything in a different place. Prop up some pictures, rather than putting them on the wall. If an object is sitting on a surface, can it go on the floor? If it’s sitting on the floor, can it go on a table? If the color is wrong, paint it. Anything can be painted. Trust me on that one. And finally make sure there is some contrast. See some related articles herehere and here.

I’m a painter and I know the importance of contrast. However, if it’s a piece you don’t like and don’t want to paint or discard, then you don’t want so much of a contrast. Keep this contrast suggestion in mind when you’re re-arranging pieces. Play. Have fun. Let your imagination take over. Remember, you can always put everything back the way it was, unless you painted it, of course. 🙂 But I’ll bet you don’t.

(I will post pictures of her room when it’s complete.)

Have fun and God bless.

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a place of retreat/teeny tiny red cabin


teeny tiny red cabin

(this was also posted in “depressionsgift.com)

Posted on May 2, 2013

Thought you might like to see some pictures. I will be writing from this location a lot this summer. I think you will understand why I find so much peace here.

CABIN, BUNKHOUSE 2013This is the main cabin. It’s only 500 square feet. Below is the bunk house. I used my Picasa editing program to make the pictures really great but I can’t get those pictures to download so I’m having to use unedited versions.  As you can see, none of the trees are in leaf yet and none of the plants I planted last year are in bloom. I have Lady’s Mantles planted in front of bunk house along with some grasses. Going to plant much more this summer. Ground is bear around both cabin and bunkhouse as we had to have trees removed for the bunk house to be built. Than we had to have electrical brought to bunk house from cabin so our yard really got bulldozed more than I wanted. My friend made the sign for me for Christmas. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Paris often because of my husband’s travel schedule and obscene number of frequent flyer miles. I always knew the bunk house would be named “La Cabinette.”DSC00282

This is inside cabin. To the right and in the front is the "kitchen". The bed kind of sits in a alcove. I had that darn laundry bag edited out of picture but as I said, can't get Picasa version to download.

This is inside cabin. To the right and in the front is the “kitchen”. The bed kind of sits in a alcove. I had that darn laundry bag edited out of picture but as I said, can’t get Picasa version to download.

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Inside bunk house. There are shelves pretty much on every wall. Walls are whitewashed in white. Ceiling in a wonderful seafoamy blue-green. It must have been one hundred degrees when we did this.. My husband could have killed me as just plain ole' painting would have been so much easier.

Inside bunk house. There are shelves pretty much on every wall. Walls are whitewashed in white. Ceiling in a wonderful seafoamy blue-green. It must have been one hundred degrees when we did this.. My husband could have killed me as just plain ole’ painting would have been so much easier.

Bought two chairs AND a love seat for $60.00 at local Goodwill. The cushions and pillow purchased same day for about $5.00. Table from Goodwill as well, $5.00. Everything in bunkhouse and cabin purchased at garage sales or Goodwill. I  LOVE thrift shopping and repurposing.

Bought two chairs AND a love seat for $60.00 at local Goodwill. The cushions and pillow purchased same day for about $5.00. Table from Goodwill as well, $5.00. Everything in bunkhouse and cabin purchased at garage sales or Goodwill. I LOVE thrift shopping and repurposing.

Candlesticks dry brushed. Look closely at the round shiny object. Will tell you what it is and how I used them in next picture.

Candlesticks dry brushed. Look closely at the round shiny object. Will tell you what it is and how I used them in next picture.

The gold shiny decorations are gold nails used for nailguns. I found them at a Habitat for Humanity store for $1.00 each. They are just sitting on top of the nails I used to hang the curtains.  Aren't they cool?

The gold shiny decorations are gold nails used for nailguns. I found them at a Habitat for Humanity store for $1.00 each. They are just sitting on top of the nails I used to hang the curtains. Aren’t they cool?

Another close up view of shelf arrangement on back wall.

Another close up view of shelf arrangement on back wall. I always knew exactly how I wanted to decorate the inside. I had been studying magazines for years. I knew I didn’t want a ceiling (the rafters are open) and that I didn’t want “walls”. I wanted everything exposed. Of course, that means the bunk house is not insulated. So when it’s really cold or really hot, it’s barely inhabitable. But I can always put on more clothes and hey, it’s in the woods, I can strip down to almost nothing if I want. Hubby would love it.

As I’ve said so often, I’m so grateful to have a place like this to come to. Being here really helps me gain perspective. One verse from Scripture that I love is from Proverbs 3: 5 & 6. (Proverbs is a book in the Christian bible.The bible is divided by books, chapters and verses.) It says:

“Trust in the the Lord with all your heart. Don’t try to figure out everything. Make God first in your life and he will direct your path”. (My paraphrase.)

I find that easy to do at Teeny Tiny Red Cabin.

God bless.

I’m embarrased to admit…..


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I’m embarrassed to admit….

Remember my post titled “words”? How we should choose our words carefully?  Remember that?  Well, let me just say I don’t always take my own advice.  I didn’t actually utter any unkind words but that’s only because I would have been escorted off a plane if I had.

Let me tell you what happened.  Did you also read the thrift shopping post? If you did than you know how I found this one-of-a-kind vase at a thrift store in Florida and I so wanted it but we flew down and only had one carry-on luggage apiece.  My husband bought it anyway and decided to stuff it in his suitcase.  Seeing as it was carry-on luggage, we figured we could get it home.

Here’s what happened.  We hand the boarding passes to the agent.  He waves me through and I head down the tarmac but my husband is not behind me.  I wait a few minutes and he’s still not there.  I go back to the entrance and my hubby is having a “discussion” with the agent over  his insistence that my husband check his luggage-the luggage holding my precious five dollar lime green vase.

My hubby was carrying my computer case so he had three items and apparently he was supposed to only have two-or four between us. I offered to take my computer case but then I would have three items. (Whose on first?) The agent was counting my relatively small purse as one item! We have traveled extensively and this is the first time my purse has counted as luggage. (Now I want you to know that our carry-ons were easily half the size of what most people carry on. We pack very lightly.) Our computer bags  are also small.  So I tell the ticket agent that I can easily put my purse inside my carry-on as I have plenty of room.  He was extremely rude and said it was too late he’d already tagged my husband’s luggage.  I am so ready to call him a jerk when I realize that:

(1) I might never get on the plane, 

(2) The flight has already been delayed two hours,

(3) It’s ten o’clock at night,

(4) We have a two-hour flight plus an hour-long ride home from the airport still facing us and

(5) We started this trip home eleven hours earlier and we’re tired. (It took us only two hours on the flight down.)

When we arrive home,  I take pictures of how much luggage some people were carrying and that  made me even madder. We still don’t get why we were singled out and there’s a letter going to the airline for sure. (This airline has just been bought out by another airline and I wonder if that had anything to do with it.)  During that whole two hours, I was fuming and worried about my vase.

Aren’t you wondering how this story turns out? Well, let’s just say my vase has a prized spot on my fireplace, all in one piece. Yea!

I share this post with you because frankly, I’m a little embarrassed and I need to “fess.  Who gets that upset about something so trivial? 

Apparently, I do.

Am I forgiven?

 

 

thrift shopping continued


English: Salvation Army Thrift Store, Santa Mo...

English: Salvation Army Thrift Store, Santa Monica, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

thrift shopping continued

Ok, so I tried to post the previous post from my I-phone and only pictures came through. So now comes the “rest of the story”.

I’m in Fl, right? We flew down, didn’t drive, right? Are you getting the gist of all this now that you’ve seen the pictures? Why do I find such treasures when I can do nothing about it? That is so frustrating! I spent all afternoon thinking about how I could at least get the one-of-a kind vase home. My sweet hubby said he would put it  in his bag. (By the way, it’s about eighteen inches tall.) I was thrilled. He also said he’d didn’t want to hear for weeks about how I should’ve at least tried to get the vase home. He knows me too well. That is exactly what I would have done!

I’ll let you know if it gets home in one piece.

(By the way, when we went back to the Salvation Army store, it was no longer on sale. I almost didn’t spend the $5.00. I wanted it at half price which is what it had been that morning. I can be so cheap. As I was suggesting to the clerk that after all, it was now only six and the sale ended at four, my husband just rolled his eyes and went ahead and bought it.)