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Life with a teenager turned
'My Own Man'
is quite interesting.
My oldest son is about turn 18.
So hard to believe!!
How could I be old enough to have a child that is 18?
When did that happen?

So that tiny baby...
now looks like this.

Since he recently graduated high school and is choosing to pursue his music -which is his passion- instead of going off to college or trade school right away...
He is kind of twiddling his thumbs a bit around here.

I posted earlier about him moving 'out' across the lawn.
He has moved out of the 'house' and into the guest cottage bedroom.
His first place...

When I offer thoughts or advice or instructions on things, he proceeds to tell me...

"Ma...I am my own man now..."

He is very focused on his band and they play shows and actually do get paid... they have been playing while in High School.

But he does need something to do with himself during the day... while the rest of the heavy metal music world sleeps.
A lot of his friends have moved out of the area or are in school and his girlfriend Kim is a senior in H.S. this year- so no one is available to do stuff with.

He is doing yard stuff for work but nothing really regular yet and has started applying for local jobs.
He has been doing a great job, working for hours at trimming, shaping and cleaning up all the plants in our yard.
Cullan commented the other day that our yard is going to look like Disneyland soon~ with topiary animals, elaborate shapes & not a leaf out of place.

He seems to be pretty bored...

He and Cullan used to jam together ( Cullan is a drummer and Ryan a guitarist)
and work out together all summer
but Cullan went back to school last week (10th grade!)
and since then,

Ryan has been a bit discombobulated...

My husband and I were talking about heading to Costco the other day and he perked up immediately upon hearing the plans the night before.

"Costco? SICK! (lingo for 'awesome') So, What time are we leaving?"

My husband and I raised our eyebrows up right away... he wants to be around us?

'Probably about 8 after dropping Ansley off at school." I replied.

Now, know that usually, this musician sleeps until 10...
he was up and ready to go at 7:30!

After a day of shopping, and all those delicious samples,
we headed out on the 40 minute drive home.

On the way, he fell asleep in the backseat of the car.
His head all leaned over on his shoulder
and a little bit of a snore.
I told my husband to look at him...
It was just like when he was 2 years old and he would poop out
and sleep in his car seat.
His little curls and chubby cheeks~
Just precious!!

We laughed about it later that evening and about
how he asked what time we were going on our walk in the morning...
He actually wants to go with us!
Love it !

We know it's not because we are his favorite people to 'chill' with,
but it is different from the teenage years for sure when just sight of us was aggravating.
So about 10:30 that evening, he came into the house, made himself a sandwich and
stopped at our bedroom door and stood there for a minute...

"So, uh, guys...
What are we doing tomorrow?"

Life with a teenager turned into 'My Own Man'.


The swedish inspired armoire has moved...
into my oldest sons old bedroom.

He moved out into his first place on his own...

The guest cottage bedroom... across the lawn!
( I think he is breaking me in easy on his growing up because he knows I am not ready!)

So I will be redesigning the space...
Here are some of my inspiration rooms and colors I am thinking about~

(Inspiration rooms & colors courtesy of Country French Magazine, Great Country French Style book and Ethan Allen Style book)

The color, the design, desks, accents, details... oh my... I love it!
I have wood paneled walls, swedish inspired furniture and other elements to work with so...

this tiny little old bedroom will become the office/guest bedroom/ junque space.

For now, I have gotten the armoire set up and started putting some of my fabrics, store items, shipping stuff and tools in it. I haven't had much time to think about decoration, design or how it will all come together yet...

(I did find a spot for my vintage chippy basket filled with hydrangeas on the top though!)

I have to paint the room, swap out the moulding and the details like the light switch cover (currently a metal band light switch cover) and rearrange and organize.

My handyman extraordinaire son Cullan helped put some shelves in the center space of the armoire for me.

I will be painting them or covering them with fabric- haven't decided yet.

In the space that already had the shelves and two drawers, there is a perfect area for a
cork board on the inside of the door (where the fabric is now) for all the notes and bits that need a place to be.

The drawers are deep and roomy and will hold all my necessary tools, trims and what~nots... though the lining lacks in character- that's an easy fix.

I am getting so excited about having some of my stuff organized in this one piece and in one place!
I can't wait to get going on the re-do of the space~
I'll share more as the elements of the room start coming together.

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In joining in the fun with Centsational Girl...
a quick post about where I spend time blogging, surfing and exploring!
Just a little nook in my master bedroom.

a vintage chippy yellow desk
with pictures of my favorite people
a cherub lamp for a little lighting
an inspiration quote
a chippy doll dresser underneath for storing all sorts of stuff
a painted basket for my latest books and magazines for inspiration
& my b.f.f. in the computer world- my mac!

Not too exciting but that's where I blog most of the time!
I usually like to take my computer with me outside, or to the living room or with me into bed to use.
I don't really have a dedicated office area in my house.
Though I am working on turning my oldest son's old bedroom into one since he moved out to the guest cottage bedroom a couple weeks ago.
For now, this is it!


I found this table and two chair set years ago at a second hand store
and dragged 'em home~
They are heavy, old, rusty, crusty iron and I LOVE THEM!!
They had stiff and stained red vinyl on them originally
I found a darling bubblegum pink for them and
they looked oh so charming!

They warmed up our front patio for awhile,
sat out in the garden for a bit,
on the back patio in the corner near the fountain
and are now on my tiny little deck just outside my bedroom.

The pink vinyl was long stained and getting ruined and weathered.
So I searched again for yet another sweet little color.

I found a soft lavender- wasn't sure I loved it, but decided to try it.

I took the seats off and started re upholstering them.
It took me all of probably 15 minutes... so I ask myself, why did it take me so long to get this project off the list?

Anyway, here are the chairs wearing their new pale lavender seats!

Very cottage adorable!

I think the pale lavender fits in well with their rusty chippy frames.

After putting them up on the deck with the table, I put out a white tablecloth and started thinking cafe..

So, inspired by their charm...

I set the table for breakfast for two~

Flaky croissants with butter or jam

French pressed coffee & a bit of orange juice or cereal if you would like.

I used my beach cottage seashell dishes and mixed in my antique red transfer ware
and silver.

A bit of lavender scent in the air...

and french music in the background...

Coffee anyone?

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(country french magazine)

I have been thinking about re-doing my bedroom lately and wanted to change the color on the walls.
Must be all the inspiration I have been finding on some of these blogs I have been visiting!
Right now, my bedroom is painted a yellow- kind of custom because when we got the yellow, it was waaaaay tooo yellow- bright....not mellow and pretty and cheery.
So I kept adding other colors to soften it until something worked. So we have kept it the same since adding the bedroom on- I was just thinking maybe it was time for a change...
I was thinking of several different colors and ideas- I'll blog about the bedroom soon-

For now, I had to share these~

I went to the store the other day and picked up one of my very favorite magazines-

Country French!
I wait for this magazine!! I LOVE it!!

I also picked up Rooms of Bliss by Victoria Magazine.
These are compilation magazines so I think they only come out a few times a year.
But oh my!! SO worth the wait!

Just when I was putting paint chips on the wall-
look at all the
yellow toned bedrooms I found!!

(all pictures courtesy of Country French and Victoria magazines.)


Makes me re-think changing the color!!!
The magazines are gorgeous through-out and have such drool-worthy pictures and homes.
Oh my! LOVE it!

A thank you

to The Virginia House as well as Gloria at Happy to Be
Thank you for featuring me on your blogs!
You have to go check out their blogs~ lots of inspiration and fun!
I also wanted to say thank you to all my blog friends for your sweet comments and new friendships!
Such fun meeting so many new people!


In my previous post about the master bathroom,
I showed you all the incredibly embarrassing pictures of the before...

This is the after.

I wanted a vintage feel for the bathroom.
This is a vintage house- built in 1940
It was actually one of the Jacuzzi family's vacation houses.
They built it, but never lived in it full time and then it was sold and it sat....
and it sat
and sat
and sat...
and was neglected from upkeep for many, many years.
It had it's old original bones and details for the most part,
but had also been damaged over the years without upkeep and had fallen prey to vandals,
critters and A LOT of yellow jackets!!

We bought the house in it's extremely dilapidated state.
The realtor told us to tear it down and rebuild.
Why did we buy it?
Sometimes, I wonder...

We have done almost all the work on this house with the help of my dad overseeing.
I have learned more about every aspect of building, remodeling, codes, and using all kinds
of 'man' power tools
than I ever thought I would know.

My dad is a contractor and builds and remodels houses all the time.
On this project, he came up to help with the plumbing and put in all the necessary lines for the tub & the extra sink.
Though we did most all of the work ourselves-
his help with codes, do's and don'ts and lessons learned has been INVALUABLE!!!
We could not have done the plumbing without his help and certainly
appreciate every thought he had on the project!

I feel like working on the redesign and remodel of this house showed me what it is I love to do.
No, it's not the dust, crust, rip outs and tear apart projects...
(though I have to admit, I LOVE construction!)

It's decorating and design.

It's taking something that looks like nothing much at all...
and turning it into that vision you see in your mind.

Okay...Onto the pics!
I apologize in advance for such long post!!

The original one sink and crusty cupboard has become one of two pedestal sinks

with the second sink in the cupboards place.

There is a dainty little chippy stand in between them for storing makeup and lady stuff.

Where the ceiling used to look like this...

with unfinished, molding sheetrock and a lovely little box light/fan~
it now has beadboard and beams and is angled following the roofline.

We also replaced the small window with a large window that reaches the ceiling and near 3 times larger.
It allows light to come streaming in and frames the view of the patio area in the backyard.
We have no neighbor in our backyard so, privacy is not much of an issue.
The window was bumped out to create a deep sill, as with several windows in the house.
We used bead board panels to create wainscoting and trimmed it with a deep chair rail moulding.

The original toilet area-
filled with it's crazy mix of tiles and lack of trim work and basic yuck factor.

This is the view of the toilet and corner of the shower area.

The red flower picture on the wall was painted by one of my sons when they were in grade school.
It fit in perfectly!

The shower was originally tiled top to bottom in a cream with brown spots tile.
We ripped it out and uh, yeah.
That was a job.
We put in a grey marble and, mmhmm- you guessed...
that was another big job.

Where the water heater was in the laundry area,
we took out the wall in between the two rooms and made it a larger bathroom
as well as on the other side of the bathroom,
a new hallway to improve the flow of the house.

The wall in between was framed in thick beams and the original door leading to the outside
became the bathroom door-
which I used vintage wood shutters for.
The bathroom doubled in size with the removal of the wall and allowed for my delightful jetted tub.

The water heater area that was in the old 'laundry' room became the new bath tub area-
love it.

I LOVE to take baths...
it is just one of those things...
I knew that I needed to add a deep, fabulous, rejuvenating, relaxing bath in the redesign
and what better than a Jacuzzi tub to fit right in with the house!!

The water heater in the photo is where the tub faucet is now.

Of course, I had to have the dainty romantic crystal chandelier above it!
This was a thrift store find for $15.00 and was perfect for space.

The huge crusty chippy mirror was a find I dragged out of an abandoned & boarded up antique store.
The guy who bought the building opened the doors to the public-
at their own risk!
(again, what was I thinking?)
I dragged out several goodies covered in dust and grunge...
there were so many great finds in that place!

When I went to the hardware store to pick my flooring,
I found the most gorgeous italian tumbled marble look tiles.

Cream was stealing my heart... and then the beige.... and then the cream....

So in the middle of the store,
I laid them out in a checkerboard pattern and decided that was the icing on the cake!

We also really lucked out that the hardware store had the same tile when last summer we needed to replace a section of flooring due to a leak & the subfloor was damaged.
We had to rip out- again- about a 4 x 8 section of tile and re-tile the area.
These tiles including the grey marble for the shower- are stock tiles at the hardware store.
It's less expensive to use stock tiles and you can get a custom look depending on how you lay them.


I use the vintage inspired rack for towels and decor.
I love white fluffy towels!!!

The shower is a grey marble with veins of different colors.
I trimmed it in one of the new foam trims that are resistant to moisture and give you the look of
detailed trim for much less.

The darling little vanity lights were a little bit of a splurge.
I knew I needed something different to make the space and the beaded shades were perfect.

The secretary serves to hold ALL the stuff!
Perfume, toothbrushes and what-not, nail polish, etc. etc. etc.
LOTS of space in that gorgeous piece and it really makes the bathroom feel
like so much more than just a bathroom.

A galvanized bucket filled with pink towels and a pink bar of French soap
on a flea market find iron chair.

The bathroom came out beautifully and looks so much like the design I had in my mind.
It has a very vintage feel to go with the vintage age of our cottage.
I have tried to keep that feeling
while creating a more functional bathroom with modern touches.

It is a fabulous space to soak in the tub.
Music on the ipod,
the chandelier giving off a glow and the fountain trickling outside...

Love it.

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