Thursday, July 30, 2009
First my bouquet. It was made of two dozen lavendar and white roses with baby's breath. After freaking out about other florists' prices, I found a shop that made my bouquet for only $65. Bridesmaids bouquets were similar but with only one dozen roses and they were only $35.
Instead of pew bows, I took small metal buckets I bought at Wal-Mart for $1 and spray painted them white. I added some silk hydrageas and pearls and suspended them from the pews with ribbon. It was a Martha Stewart idea. (This is a bad photo scan, but you get the idea.)
And finally the ceremony shot. I don't remember what all songs we had, but I have the CD still of the music. We did a unity candle and the blessing of the hands reading. I didn't want an aisle runner because I thought I might trip, but now I wish I had one. We were married at our church.
Here we are leaving the church with bubbles everywhere.
Finally a shot of the whole crew. This is my stepdad's truck. I believe it is a 1941 Plymouth. We had posing for photos by it.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I love the horiztonal stripes in this room and how they painted the ceiling. They even have "gasp" a ceiling fan. As much as I love fun and elegant light fixtures, some rooms just need a ceiling fan for comfort.
This room has some subtle blue accents with the pillows and the flowers. Those green curtains really pop out as well.
More fun pops of blue in this room. At first glance I would think that blue and white chair is way to bold of a design, but it really works with the neautral walls and sofa.
This Old House
While the darker blues in this room aren't really my thing, they do have a lot of neat ideas in this family room. I love the rustic doors on the cabinets on each side of the fireplace. I'm not sure if the chandelier is supposed to be missing the candles though?
I remember seeing this room in my copy of Midwest Living. I believe it is a home on Lake Michigan. I love the soft blues and other muted colors that combined with the white walls and large windows create such a bright and airy space.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
After teasing everyone Monday with the sneak peaks of the color I painted my kitchen, here is the promised reveal of the new paint job:
Again the color is Glidden's Whispering Wheat. I did the whole kitchen with one gallon of $20 paint. I had a giftcard so the project was almost free. I say almost because I happened to find this chandelier at Home Depot that was only $65. Hubby was nice enough to install it for me although there was some grumbling involved because nothing is ever as easy to install as it seems. It all worked out though and I love the color of the fixture and warm glow it casts on the room.
Even Emma enjoys the new color. Only one cat walked through the paint this time. Luckily, kitty paint prints come off of tile easily.
And here's one more before shot with the yellow paint and boring light:
And the more neutral and fresher after:
Now I just need to figure out what to do about curtains. I'm not sure whether to do just add valances or roman shade style curtains or to add long curtains like I had before. I'm not crazy about the blinds, but they are the wooden kind and are in every window of the house. I will be fixing the one slat on the left that is broken. I need to replace the curtain that covers the door to the laundry room on the right. We can't shut the door because the litter box is there so I need something to cover it. I may look for a pretty fabric shower curtain to hang there. I also need to decide what I want to hang on the walls.
My living room and dining room look really dark here, sorry for the bad photos.
Monday, July 27, 2009
So here's the before shot of the kitchen. It's not always this messy, I promise. The one slat on the blinds on the left window is always broken though. This is after I started Friday night so I was using the cordless drill to remove switchplates and outlet covers and had other miscellaneous painting supplies strewn around the kitchen. The room looks a little dark, but the paint was a soft yellow color.
Friday night I stopped by Home Depot and picked up a couple of Glidden samples to match with the paint chips that I liked the best. I picked up "Whispering Wheat" and "Water Chestnut." If you use these paint samples, don't use the brushes that come with them, they are pretty awful. Imagine using a nail polish brush to paint your walls. It ain't pretty and just makes a big, drippy mess.
I got a little crazy trying the paint samples on the walls. I wanted to see how it looked in different places. I've heard that it's a good idea to paint a piece of posterboard and then carry that around the room to see how the paint looks in different lights and locations. I didn't have posterboard and I knew the paint over white posterboard would look different than paint over yellow walls.
This photos shows the lighter paint on the left and the darker one on the right.
This one is reversed, "Whispering Wheat" on the left, "Water Chestnut" on the right.
I quickly decided the lighter color was too light and I was digging the darker color. So I stuck it in some more random places. I hope to paint the cabinets white at some point, but I wanted to see how the paint looked against the orangey oaky wood until then.
And one more spot for good measure.
So I figured the Whispering Wheat was the winner and Saturday morning headed to Home Depot to pick up the paint. I found another major goodie at Home Depot for the kitchen. I'll reveal that upgrade along with the final painted room tomorrow. My legs are still sore from going up and down the ladder for 6 hours Saturday. I did discover a great tool for painting that helped alot. More about that later too. So stay tuned for more reveals.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Our wedding day was June 4, 2004. It's crazy that it's already been over 5 years.
Mine was a Mary's Bridal dress. I found it at a store, but ending up ordering it online from one of those really big online bridal shops. I can't remember the name of it now. I think it cost around $450. I loved all the detailing on it. I tried on several different ones at different stores, but this one just felt right. The veil, tiara, and jewelry I bought all from e-bay.
First the shot with the hubby.
This is a bad scan, but one of the few pictures the clearly shows my whole dress with the train.
You can see the details on the front here.
Here's the yummy cover with the first hint of all the eye candy inside. Look at the beautiful stenciling they did on the wall. And I looove that rug.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Then I carefully lined up the postcards with the openings on the front. Since they were slightly smaller I was able to put them on top instead of behind the mat openings. I applied some sticky tape to the back of the postcards and stuck them to the backing paper.
Then all that was left was sticking them in the frame and ta da! Instant vintage art. Now I just have to figure out where to hang it.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Argggh, more Blogger frustration. Why is it so difficult to delete or resize a photo? One point for Blogger though for being able to upload multiple photos at once. One strike for not being able to add captions. I need a Blogger-Wordpress hybrid I think. Anyone know of such a thing? Anyway, I'll just gaze at these lovely kitchens and let all blogging stress melt away. Ahhhh, much better.