Christmas Tour

We ordered a pair of new loveseats as our anniversary gift this year.  These finally replace a sofa and loveseat set we got as hand-me-downs years ago.  I was very grateful to have them for free for many years, but ultimately they were oversized for our room and the wrong color.  I wanted something more petite, not deep and more tailored looking.  I also did not want oversized or tall arms.  Bradley liked this loveseat with it’s touch of mid-century style.  I liked that it was shallow and not oversized.  We were able to pick out the fabric and have them made by Craftmaster. I thought the button-tufting on these were less formal than deep tufts and complimented the button tufts on the chairs that I had recovered earlier this year as well.  I did not like the 7″ tapered round legs that came on the loveseats, so I found some 5″ tapered square legs online that better matched the style of the chairs.  At only 5’3″, it is so hard to find furniture that allows my feet to sit on the floor without having to slouch or perch on the edge.

We had an issue getting the correct loveseats in, so after ordering them in September and expecting them around our anniversary at the end of October, we finally got the right ones in time for Christmas decorating.  I also picked up a new pair of mid-century-inspired side tables at Target for one of the loveseats.  I really like the marble tops to kind of shake up all the wood pieces in the room.

On to the dining room.  I finally bit the bullet and got all of the curtain panels in here and the living room hemmed.  I also added simple roman shades to both rooms for added privacy and light control when needed.  My Christmas decorations are minimal this year – table runner, a poinsettia from my neighbor, and some vintage ornaments in a lantern.

On the mantle, I didn’t feel like pulling out the Willow Tree nativity from Bradley’s grandparents, so a simple garland, banner and metallic trees with deer are it.

The red and black buffalo check monogram letter is new this year, but otherwise, just my normal nativity set ups.

The bulldog treat jar always gets dressed up this time of year and of course I have out the light bulb ornament I made years ago.

We have a couple of new travel ornaments this year on the tree.  We went to Nashville for a weekend to see Our Lady Peace in concert.  We also visited Bradley’s brother and his family in Portland this fall.

I will end the post with our early Christmas gift from mother nature – 6-8″ of snow!  We survived without losing power, but the Japanese maple tree in front of our garage couldn’t handle it and we had two very large limbs come down.  Luckily, I hadn’t gotten around to wrapping it in Christmas lights yet, and it might not be salvageable so it may never get decorated again.

A Spooky Wedding Shower

Bradley’s cousin will be getting married at the end of December, so I helped throw a wedding shower for the couple recently.  They love halloween, and since the shower was at the end of October, we decided to merge the two for a spooky shower theme.

I had most of the decorations already, since my normal Halloween decor involves lots of black and silver.  In the foyer, we put out favor bags with the couple’s favorite candies inside.

I put paper bat silhouettes in all of the lampshades in the living room.

I was able to reuse the potions bottles I had made for a Harry Potter baby shower as a centerpiece on the breakfast table.

I cut up a felt spider web placemat to add to the corners of the doorway leading into the living room.

On the gift table is the cute corsage my co-hostess made for the guest of honor.

I found this banner at Target and used a chalk marker to add MR & MRS to it.  I felt like we needed something to bridge the gap between it feeling like a halloween party versus a wedding shower.

Some mini skulls nestled in creepy cloth.

My co-hostess made this to hang on the front door.

For the food table, I found a spider web table cloth at Big Lots and layered it over a silver tablecloth for contrast.  The paper bats were flying across the window in the background.

I made Pecan Pie Muffins with a Maple Buttercream Frosting and grape salad.

I also made bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese.

My co-hostess made these hilarious vampire donuts and some apples with toffee dip.

Our other co-hostess made the monster green punch.

I think everyone had a good time and the couple got some great gifts to start off their new life  together.

Spare Bedroom Paint Update

I painted the spare bedroom again.  All of the inspiration I had loved for bedrooms using navy accents had white walls, but the color I used to match the trim just looked yellowed with age.  I am in the process of repainting the entire main level and had purchased several test paints to find just the right color.  I decided to take one of the ones that didn’t work downstairs and use it in this upstairs bedroom.

The color is by Sherwin Williams and is called Knitting Needles, but because I had test paints at 100% and 50%, I mixed them together to make a 75% color saturation.  It was a little too cool of a grey for using on the main floor, but I thought it would work well in this bedroom because I am using a blue (navy) for accents.  I am pleased with how it turned out – it is a neutral that brings the room to life and it’s not too dark to compete with the decor.  Eventually, I would love to update the trim color in this room, but it wasn’t a priority on this day.

I also moved a spare pair of lamps into this room for the bedside.  I spray painted them navy.   For an entirely spare bedroom, it is coming along.

Before/After:

Updated Kitchen Lighting

Bradley installed a new light over the kitchen sink for me.  While he was at it, he wired some under-cabinet lighting into the same switch.  We have really missed the under-cabinet lighting that we had at our old house for the past three years living here.

I don’t have a before picture, but the light over the sink was an ugly florescent tube light that was attached to a board behind a faux cabinet panel.  The faux panel is still there – it gives a nice connected look to the cabinetry – but we now have a pendant light hanging down from behind it.  It is exactly what I imagined for the space.

I’ve also been working on painting the downstairs a warm grey (SW Requisite Grey at 75%).  The color left by the previous owner (Behr’s Gobi Desert) was too gold with a red undertone and looked really bad with my new dining room chairs.  Our next project for this kitchen will be adding a backsplash.

For comparison, here is a side-by-side before and after shot:

 

Cane Chairs

 

I finally found two great little petite chairs for the front of our living room.  I’ve been searching for a pair of Lewittes caned wingback chairs for over a year, but not having much luck.  I had a saved Craigslist search and these popped up in the next town over, so I decided to go for it.

Before:

The burgundy fabric was not going to work for me and the padding was a little flat, so I decided to try having something reupholstered for the first time.  The recovering of the chairs cost seven times what the chairs themselves cost, but I am so pleased with how they turned out.  The upholsterer added padding to the seat and back cushions, and even made the back of the seat cushions follow the curve of the back of the chairs.

I chose a fabric by Richloom – Olson Cement.  It is a nice putty color in a subtle herringbone pattern.

I love the caning, and with a little Restor-A-Finish on the wood, I think they will clean up really nicely.  The size is perfect for under the front windows in the living room and they don’t block traffic in and out of the room.  The best thing about them is they are good short-people chairs.  I (at 5’3″) can sit all the way back in the chair and the front of the seat hits the back of my knees with my feet flat on the floor.