Sunday, July 10, 2011

What's Cookin'

Although there haven't been a ton of visual changes to the house lately, we've been busy as ever getting the final pieces of our whole house facelift complete. Here are the things I've been able to check off the old to-do list as of late:

- Main level window treatments - ORDERED!
- Basement Carpet - ORDERED!
- Exterior Light Fixtures - INSTALLED!
- Basement Closet Shelves - INSTALLED!
- Small wood floor imperfection - FIXED!

Things left on our ever-dwindling to-complete list include:

- Install sod in backyard
- Install hooks and other miscellaneous hardware in mudroom lockers
- Pick out and order exterior light fixture for front stoop
- Pick out and order basement light fixtures
- Pick out and order master bedroom light fixture (our ceiling still looks like this):

I mean, these are the nitty gritty things and I struggled to even come up with that list. I have the furniture BUG lately and even went and visited the dining room table we have our eye on today just to be sure it would work. We are still on hold with the furniture though until we get the actual house project itself complete. Eek! I just get so excited at the thought of a real couch in this house;-) We aren't exactly able to entertain yet with the house being finished but unfurnished (our friends and family are so kind to pretend they don't mind sitting on our floor;-) but we are anxiously dreaming of a sit down meal in our dining room with our nearest and dearest. I also am SO excited to be hosting a dear friend's baby shower later this year...which gives me every reason to save my pennies up for furniture instead of coffee;-)

Back to the window treatments, here's what we went with for our main level. In the family room, we went with a very simple honeycomb shade (matched to the trim color) that will virtually disappear when in the 'open' position.

We wanted to keep this room bright and sunny and wanted zero obstruction to the view out to the yard. The even better part is the promotion Hunter Douglas was running for a FREE upgrade to the cordless shades. You simply push them up to their open position free of cords for little Go-go to wreak havoc on. The other good news is they are eligible for a tax rebate as they increase the energy efficiency of the windows.

For the dining room, we went with a woven wood roman shade.

These are definitely out of my white comfort zone, but I'm excited about them. They will be unlined, so will not provide 100% privacy, but will diffuse the light and site line from the street. I love that they will add an element of texture to the main level and feel a bit more formal than a faux wood blind like we have in the upper level of our house. The pattern really is perfect for our space as the honey tones pull out the gold in the stair runner, wallpaper and gold framed gallery wall - while the darker brown and gray tones tie in nicely with the floors and dining table we have our eye on.

In the next three weeks, the following elements will be installed:
- Basement carpet
- Master bedroom drapery
- Main level window treatments
One last trip to Southern Lights and we will be able to call this project COMPLETE! Day one of our main level and exterior project was March 7th. Just 4 months later we are finishing up the last of the details. WHAT a journey!

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