Hello friends and family! Again, it’s been two months since my last blog post. I’ll admit I’m having some trouble getting into a groove. I’m not sure if it’s due to the seemingly long winter months that lead to less and less inspiration or because I can’t find a quiet place to sit down with the laptop and bang out a blog post. There isn’t much to do during winter other than staying warm. It’s a season of rest which is definitely needed but resting doesn’t provide a lot of inspiration. Also, our house is an open-concept with no doors save the bathroom door. I like the open flow of the house but I’m unable to write if there’s any background noise and since the TV is usually on I haven’t even tried to write. At any rate, Spring is around the corner (despite what the calendar says!) so with the warmer temps and everything coming to life outside there’s no doubt I’ll be inspired to write a few more blog posts in the upcoming months.
Since my last blog post I took a trip early February to one of my favorite places, Snug Hollow Farm B&B. I went for a couple days to work on some projects for my former boss while Ronnie and LizzieBelle kept the home fires burning. Shortly after my arrival the snow start to fall and dusted the B&B with a beautiful layer of snow. It melted away about as fast as it started but what a treat it was to witness. (While I’m there I make sure the bird feeder is always full and pictured below right is the Cozy Cabin – the original structure on the property.)
Even though I haven’t been able to find my groove to write we have been busy and yet we’ve also been busy doing nothing. (I saw a man wearing a t-shirt the other day with the ‘busy doing nothing’ slogan and I liked it!) The biggest project that kept us busy for several days was painting the exterior of the house.
The dark stained wood exterior with the hunter green roof and shutters were OK but I feel like this house is more like a cottage due to its size and shape and the dark colors just didn’t suit the style of the house. I also this think the house just disappears amidst its surroundings. I’ve wanted a white house since living at the farm so guess what? We bought some Royal Ultra White paint and got to work. (Later on I bought some Valspar Pool Party blue and painted the front door for a bright pop of color.)
This was quite an undertaking. It took two coats of paint and five days of painting. We really like how it turned out so it was worth all the work. I feel like she’s standing tall and now complements its surroundings. I think the white paint now gives the house a cottage look and vibe (lighter, brighter, cheerier) that, in my opinion, correlates to the style of the house.
I mentioned earlier that the house is open-concept with no real bedroom. We had a contractor come out to give us an estimate on adding a master bedroom and bath at the back of the house as well as raising the entire ceiling at the back of the house. (The original back porch was enclosed but the roofline should have been raised before doing so.) The estimate came back at $90,000 – $100,000 for a 600 sq. ft. addition plus demo. Well, that’s just insane and definitely not going to happen at that price. Now that the back entry/pantry/mudroom/laundry room will remain as is I decided it was time to spruce it up a bit. This area would’ve have been part of the demo (raising the ceiling and relocating the laundry area) if we were doing the addition so I hadn’t bothered with it back when we were painting the inside of the house. But now that it is remaining as is this area was in need of a fresh coat of paint and some finishing touches. (As usual we were already prepping when I thought to grab the camera.)
This is a small, multi-purpose area so I wanted a bolder color in there. I decided to go with Valspar’s Peach Ice Cream. It’s a different color palette for me but I figured why not change things up a bit. Once it was painted we added some much needed trim around the doors, added baseboards and hung a cabinet that we found in the garage above the dryer. It fit perfect and is great for hiding all the laundry paraphernalia.
Here’s how it turned out…
Peach ice cream – mmmm! I like how this multi-purpose space is now warm and inviting and actually finished thanks to the addition of trim and baseboards.
While we are still inside the house I’ll show you how the upstairs turned out. (See previous post for the before.) First up, my sewing and craft storage area…
This area is to the right of the stairs. I still need to put a few things away but, quite frankly, I simply have far too many hobbies for the amount of space I have!
On the other side and to the left of the stairs is the guest bedroom…
Low ceilings so watch your head! We’ve already had our first guests and the set up worked out just fine.
Back outside Ronnie tackled a tree that had fallen in the back yard right before we moved in. Of course, since we left all of our farm equipment at the farm we’ve had to buy a few things. One of them being a chain saw.
Having quite a few trees in our yard it never hurts to have one on hand.
He tested it out on the fallen tree and it worked great. Then the axe that was left here broke while he was splitting the wood so he had to buy a new one.
He enjoyed the work but is thankful we get free fire wood with a simple phone call to the sheriff’s office. I’m thankful too since he doesn’t need to be doing such strenuous work. When one has health concerns finding that fine line between staying active and over-doing it is always a challenge.
We had a very mild winter causing many of the hidden beauties to bloom well before our last frost.
Daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, Japanese magnolia and forsythia, to name a few.). It’s been nice watching the earth come alive. I can’t wait to see what other hidden treasures there are.
Earlier I mentioned we were also busy doing nothing. Things I call nothing would be watching nature while sitting around the fire pit…
… reading, cross-stitching, crocheting, knitting and treasure hunting in antique and thrift stores.
Some of the goodies I found one day was a Straubmuller’s Elixir Tree of Life blue bottle, a vintage Hull Imperial ruffled planter, and a pitcher with an embossed bee. Score!
On the cold and/or rainy days there’s been a lot of movie watching which is Ronnie’s favorite way of doing nothing.
And here is LizzieBelle’s favorite way of doing nothing…
Sound asleep on my leg with her tongue hanging out. So cute! In spite of all her health issues she’s doing well.
Meanwhile, we’ve been privy to some beautiful sunrises during the winter months…
… and sunsets…
Watching the morning and night skies morph into such beauty is simply mesmerizing!
Overall, the house is coming together and feeling more like home. There are only a few totes stacked on the back porch that need to be unpacked. Currently each area is constantly evolving as I solve storage issues and try to get organized in a more functional way. Maybe one day I’ll get it right and the rest of the totes will get unpacked. Busy doing nothing!