Friday, July 9

{our home} behind the scenes...

there's been a lot going on around here lately...
and i've been doing a pretty good job keeping you updated on the obvious.
but there's a lot going on behind the scenes as well.

i think it's time to get you caught up.

let's start with some of my recent favorite pictures...from a few weeks ago...

while my two older girls were away with their dad,
i decided to use my time wisely to get some baking done for their birthday party.
i enlisted ella's help and decided to start on the lemonade cookies...
since this was ella's first "official" baking session...it just HAD to be documented...


she's pretty excited...(and pretty cute too...*wink*)

she's played with dough before...
but THIS time she actually REALLY participated in the entire process...

kneading...rolling...& cutting
i just LOVE these pictures of her tiny little hands working some BIG magic...

the cookies turned out wonderful and ella and i had fun spending some quality "kitchen-time" together...


in other news...
i am STILL painting the new house.
i know, right?!
it just takes forever with a little one.
and aside from the tremendous help from my mom & my older girls for a few days...
i'm the only one painting.
phew!
so.
our plans are to finish things up this weekend...
once and for all.
just me & j.
and as promised some time ago...
here are before and after pictures of the painting that's already been finished!!!
oh!
WAIT!!
you need background information...
the entire main interior of this home was an orangey-mustard color.
(not one of those gorgeous mustard colors...this one had too much orange undertone to it).
it was REALLY dark so i had to lighten things up.
although i purchased several different colors to use,
i somehow kept sticking with the "antique white" every time I moved into a new room.
these "after pictures" are showcasing the difference in the colors of the walls...
there aren't any real decorations in any of the "afters"...
i just wanted you prepared so you weren't looking for some amazing interior design elements.
i'm not there yet.
remember...
i'm STILL painting...*wink*


the wall as you enter the kitchen/dining area
(see all of those swatches on the wall? every room in the house looked like that!)
& do you see what i mean about the orange? the antique white brightens things up SO much!
my mom suggested hanging a HUGE clock on this wall...i've been obsessing eversince...LOVE the idea)



the double-sided gas fireplace - family room view
the "before" picture was taken before we officially bought the home - the decor is from the previous owner).
(still trying to decide whether to mount the t.v. there or just have a gorgeous piece of furniture to house it on another wall.) anyone want to chime in?


the double-sided fireplace - dining room view
(again...the "before" picture shows decor & furniture from the previous owner)


dining area - view as you enter from family room/foyer
would you LOOK at the orange!? brightening it up made SUCH a huge difference!


working with a guy right now on designing a custom 11x3 foot harvest table for this area.
the table i'm using right now is from my grandparents and it's seen it's days...*frown*
the bench pictured is something i found about 5 years ago in an antique store.
thinking of having it refinished and then use it with the harvest table or transfer it to the backporch?
i've been told i should do only ONE bench with the harvest table and use chairs on the ends as well as on the other side. what do YOU think? will it appear unbalanced?

i need to also catch you up on some wonderful party details posted by some customers of mine!
but that deserves a post all on its own.
and this post was REALLY long-winded.

i hope you all had a productive week -
i look forward to even more productivity over the weekend.
it's going to be busy...i can tell you that.
all in a VERY good way!
friday date night with j, painting all day saturday, company picnic on sunday and dinner guests sunday evening! FUN!!

Keeping It Real:
I might have added a little more flour to Ella's face on that very last picture of her!
But I'm not telling...*wink*

13 comments:

Save the Date for Cupcakes July 9, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

HOW ADORABLE IS SHE?! Too cute! I love the before and afters~ the afters more than the befores (wink, wink).

Rebecca July 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

ok...first of all could your daughter be any more adorable?? second...I love your home! It was a great decision to neutralize your walls...it really brightened things up!! Can't wait to see what is next...I am sure it will be fabulous!

Lindsay July 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

Your daughter is precious!! Great photos! Your house is gorgeous!

Angela July 9, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

jess - i've been catching up on your blog and enjoying it so much. ADORE the pixs of Ella baking! Is that a little apron she's wearing?? Too cute!!

Your painting looks great - truly brightens things up in there. I'm having kitchen envy (and I barely cook). It's SO spacious and I love the idea of a big table. I think benches on both sides would look great. Looking forward to 'after' photos. Have a great weekend!

Glory/ Glorious Treats July 10, 2010 at 2:18 AM  

I always enjoy before and after shots! And I'm a huge fan of white (and off white) walls. So clean and classic! Of course now I have to hate you just a little for having such a beautiful home!

Lianne Barr July 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

I love those pictures of Ella! So sweet and I bet she had fun helping mom make cookies too!

The new paint looks great! I am excited to see it after you've got everything decorated the way you want!

The Glowackas' July 11, 2010 at 1:12 AM  

What is the color of the paint you used? I love it! Looking for something neutral to go in my master bedroom!

P.S. your daughter is so stinking CUTE!

Mermaid July 11, 2010 at 8:37 AM  

I have just discovered you fab blog via Mra A in the Cove. Your designs are fab and I will now follow with interest!

Hope you have had a great weekend.

Zoe

Lisa of In Pencil July 11, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

Wow, what a difference a coat of paint makes!....And the pictures of Ella are adorable.

{ L } July 12, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

She is so cute and I just adore her name! <3 Your home is gorgeous!! I would be on cloud 9 to have that home. :) Your painting is turning out lovely.

Jordan - Polkadot Prints July 12, 2010 at 6:45 AM  

Oh my word, your little daughter makes my heart melt Jess! She is totally gorgeous xo

jess @ pen n' paperflowers July 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

"The Glowackas'" - you asked about the paint color...
it's #1823 Antique White - Behr Paint

And thank you everyone for your comments about Ella, the house and the paint job thus far...hoping things will come together soon - I think we all know decorating our homes is a work-in-progress...and it continues to evolve as the years go on...doesn't it!? There are too many fun things to try and new things that catch our interest!!

marry July 15, 2010 at 3:13 AM  

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!
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