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Friday
May042012

Dreaming of a Simple Life

Hi! Happy weekend! I haven't showered or eaten a full meal in three days. I literally ran home and jumped in a shower to wash away the chaos today. Let's say life has reached a level of insane I never thought possible. Count down to lake-house-complete has begun! With Emily and Orlando here to help with the final touches of the renovation and begin installation, I am beginning to see that light at the end of the tunnel more clearly. For the past four months, my life has been dedicated to a full renovation including (but not limited to!) three bathrooms, a kitchen, and three bedrooms. Plus adding a laundry room. I am so excited to see this house complete. It will also be a little sad because I kind of feel like I am in a relationship with the house. I have seen her at her worst, and I am about to see her at her best. Bitter sweet.

The weeks to follow the Lake House are pretty exciting! Joey and I are heading to Brimfield! This is our first time. We are super excited to get sucked up in the chaos! Tons of people we know and love will be there, plus we have some new people to meet. I convinced Joey I need a pick up truck and thought it would be perfect timing to get one before we headed up to Brimfield. Then I found this...

My heart stopped. My blood pumped. It was like someone out there went in my brain and restored this 52' Ford Pickup to my exact specifications. She's got a wood flat bed. She's a pinky-purple. Her face is gorgeous. She works. Sold! Sold! Sold!

Then, Joey pointed out two things. #1, the auction was over and didn't meet the reserve at 5K and we would no longer have time to pick her up and make Brimfield. #2, she's stick. I don't know how to drive stick and don't think I can learn in less than a week. I cried.

Then I found this pretty happy little man...

 ....but he's totally not in usable condition. Bummer. He's at about $750 right now. That would have been amazing. 

Long painful story short, I will not be rolling into Brimfield in a kick a** pickup from 52'. I doubt my BMW has enough space for everything I am sure I am going to want to buy. 

Are you going to Brimfield? How's your planning going?

Tuesday
Apr242012

Office: Take Two

As I begin to see the glorious light at the end of this massive project, I am energized to conquer my own space once again, and begin with my office. This Lake House project with Emily has given me so many ideas for my own home and I want to kickstart my own homes  long haul with the place I create. I had this while serious "FDR Chic" (as Emily dubbed it) idea in my head, but that's the rest of my house. I want my office to be special and bright and fun. I kinda over did it with my guest room...

Joey set me free in this room, and I went BANANAS. I was over it before I was done with it, so I need to be careful with my office. I think if I revisit the curtains and closet fabric, it will do wonders. But this isn't about the guest room, it's about the office. So here is what I am thinking...

 

 

I am going to use white.....more liberally.

I have this amazing desk from ABC carpet and home from India and the pretty "For Like Ever" print I need a good home for to kick start. I already started painting the icky yellow walls white, and putting up the gold polka dots. It feels so much better already! I am so excited the weather is warming up. I am itching to get back to things around here. 

Sunday
Apr222012

Almost back on track

Hey guys! The project Emily and I have been working on is weeks away from being complete! It's been a four month renovation upstate New York and has knocked the wind out of me! When the reno is complete I have Brimfield, London, Houston, and FLA to attend to, but the good news it - a lot of fun blogging will happen from that and the reveal of the design and reno on this lake house. I miss my house so much and am excited to get back to her.