Weekend Progress!

Right now, progress looks like….

An empty bathroom prepped for tile.
An assembled vanity in the living room.
Three ceiling light boxes installed waiting for lights.
Two bedrooms mostly painted.
Painted den windows.. with excessive tape residue leftover.
A makeshift worktable in the dining room.

Can we just have an honest moment here?  Sometimes looking at all the projects we’ve started causes a slight tightening of the throat reaction inside me.  Like, are we ever going to finish anything?  It feels like we’re knee deep in a gazillion projects and just about every room in the house is covered in fine spackle dust.

Though I’m pining to have the satisfaction of one room being finished, this process is teaching me the importance of patience and contentment.  Each time we work on one of the many projects that are currently happening around the house, I have to remind myself to breathe and just enjoy the process.

I know different people find joy in different parts of a process; some in the planning, some in the doing, and others in the finished product.  It’s most natural for me to dwell in the planning stage, and sometimes I struggle executing, and I always struggle finishing!  Right now though, we are in the ‘doing’ phase in most projects.  That means no more planning until the projects at hand are completed.

But, at the end of the day, amiss all the dust and tools and random toilets in our dining room…. I’m working on projects with Jake, and that’s fun.  They may almost always go wrong at some point, but we figure them out together.  And through this process we’re learning to work better together and enjoy ourselves along the way.

As we were driving home from church on Sunday, we spotted an entire dining set curbside in our neighborhood.  We picked it up and it turned out to be an incredibly solid set!  Although we have no dining room to put it in at the moment (our is currently acting as flooring storage and acting workstation) it brought a break from the more ‘structural’ house projects at hand.  It’s always a thrill to find something neat for free!!

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I really like the clean lines and sturdiness of the wood.  I’m thinking of refinishing the top in a lighter color that emphasizes the grain and maybe painting the chairs navy and reupholstering.  The only thing I’m not sold on is the base.. so maybe we can make some simple legs for it, we will see :)

So thanks to this curbside find I got a little dose of creative planning in between all the project ‘doing’ this weekend.  Do you find you have similar struggles enjoying every part of the process?  Any tips on savoring it all are appreciated :)

Flashback to Summer and Flowers

Boy this week has been so rainy and dreary here in Chicagoland! Don’t get me wrong, I’m as much a fall-lover as the next one… But this wet and cold has me pining for summer again.  I was going through my phone pics over the past year and found a few that brought back the bright sunniness of summer.

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In June I went a community garden walk and got to see some amazing landscaping!  Before I saw this beautiful vignette, I thought I disliked hostas.  They just seem like a plant that everyone has, like the ‘builder-grade’ of the garden world, if you will.  But in this garden they were arranged with some pops of red and each in their own pots.  I love it!  Maybe someday I’ll get some big pots to put hostas in on our deck :)

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Another favorite of mine was this sweet little container.  Truthfully, I have no idea what either of those plants are, I’m sure my grandma and aunt knew though!  I think the peachy flowers with the olive green makes for such a whimsical vignette!

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And finally, another trend I’ve been noticing lately is to use cabbages as late summer/fall landscaping.  I think it’s so fun and out of the box!  Would you ever do this?  They do have a unique shape and fun color, I could see myself trying this in the future :)

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Well I hope these summer blooms and greens brought some sunshine to your day.  I know they brightened mine :)  Until next time!

 

Imperial Trellis – My Stencil of Choice

Y’all, we made great strides in our bathroom plans and reno this past weekend (although we never seem to accomplish as much as planned… I may be a bit ambitious).  As you know, we now have a vanity for the half bath, we got a new faucet and toilet this weekend as well.  More on our toilet drama later… ;) Also, we changed course and decided to tile.  Which I am super duper pumped about, since Jake let me pick marble!!!!  After tiling, I plan on stenciling the bathroom, and I’ve picked out and ordered a stencil already.  Things are just moving here, folks!

Stenciling is such a great option for high impact walls on a budget.  Wallpaper is back in black, folks.  And this time it’s in more graphic and bold patterns than ever, which means they are totally replicable with stencils!

I shared my half bath plans a few days ago, with a stencil design inspired by my favorite dining room.

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Since deciding on this look for the half bath I’ve been seeing this same wallpaper pop up all around the interwebs!  It’s called Imperial Trellis in Citrine by Schumacher.  I love how regal it is, with a bit of whimsy thrown in.  And the yellow is just so cheery!!

Below I found an image of the Imperial Trellis in citrine color in a bathroom.  Ours will be a bit more muted with 2/3 of the wall covered in white board and batten.

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I was able to find a stencil replica of this wallpaper on etsy.  The best part is, the stencil is reusable so I can create some beautiful fabric patterns to decorate with as well.  Check out all these inspiring photos that use the imperial trellis pattern:

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Have I sold you on the imperial trellis yet?  Are you rarin’ to go by yourself one???  If you don’t feel like spending $40, you could always try your hand at creating the stencil yourself.  Hello Gorgeous has a sweet tutorial!

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