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I’ve been staring (drooling) at the images of this house for days!! It’s for sale in Dallas Tx for just under $6 million ( I know…slightly over my price range) & not that I’m looking to move again…EVER! But….I absolutely LOVE every. single. detail. and. furnishing!

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Limestone mantels in every room, pale walls & upholstery, wood beams, French & Swedish antiques, gorgeous lighting, a limestone bathtub….and that kitchen!! I could keep goin…..
Thanks so much to Heather from Satisfying Spaces for posting! You can check out her wonderful blog & see more pics here

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Family room

My family room is a work in progress but it has come a long way in the 9 weeks since we’ve moved in. It started out with good bones but dark colors & terrible window treatments. Here’s a few pics of what it looked like on move in day….

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You would never even know it had pretty transom windows! The first thing I did was rip the ruffled valences off … But I had to wait a while before we could paint the “orange” walls

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Here it is with just a few of my pieces in the room, I was taking pics even while the movers were bringing stuff in (notice the curtains are already down!! LOL)

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Notice the pink marble surround inside the mantel…doesn’t quite go with the orange! Some people actually told me to keep the wall color……lol….not a chance!

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Here it is with my landscapes hung & the mantel decorated. You can really see how pink the marble is in this pic! Also, notice the ugly wallpaper border in the kitchen in the background ( that’s been long gone thank goodness….but not much else has changed in there yet unfortunately)

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I have never changed the furniture arrangement …this just worked out so well the first way I tried it

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Here is the beginning of testing out colors for the walls

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Hmmmm….. I think I’m liking this but check out how the pink marble stands out even more! ..& of course the mantel needs to be painted too

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Ok….here is the mantel primed & the shell design removed. Huge improvement!! But holy pinkness…..every change is making that pink even more obvious! Lol

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So I had to live with the pink mantel & half painted walls for a couple weeks til my painters could get back out to paint….. Ughhh

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Ahhhhhh……breath of fresh air! Nothing beats a fresh coat of (light) paint! :) We continued the color all the way up on the ceiling which is vaulted

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And my gorgeous new chandy came in just in time to hang in the freshly painted room

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Perfect!!! …oh and the chandelier isn’t bad either (wink wink)

So…….here are some pics of the finished room as it looks today

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The coffee table will be replaced with something nicer when I find one, the tv will eventually be mounted & I have 4 pressed herbariums that will hang on either side ( the same ones that are just resting on the console). Being that this is the first wall you see when you enter the room, I’m considering doing some sort of art on sliders to hide the television when not in use

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Something like this ( but with different art of course)

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The mantel is painted & the pink marble is gone….yay!! I’m thinking about continuing the curtains on this wall but they will be in the way when opening the French door to the left of the fireplace….hmmmm….not sure yet

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LOVE this console table & I was lucky to find one big enough to take up this huge wall space, the baskets are from Pottery Barn & are the perfect place for my magazines. The white pottery I have collected over the years & love seeing it all together

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Love this big window! I’m probably going to install woven wood blinds at some point. I don’t want to block the pretty view outside & I love all the natural light, but the sun get pretty hot late in the afternoon

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Close up of my tapestry pillow that I made with a remnant I had purchased on Ruby Lane

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My antique santos

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And a view from the hallway
That’s it folks!! Hope you enjoyed the before & after. This was a long one…good thing I had the day off :)
Have a great day

H~

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Swedish mora clock

Look what was delivered this morning!! I love it & it looks perfect in that spot!! It even has the prettiest little chime :)

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Sneak peak of my family room in the background…. I will do a post on that soon.
Have a great day!!

H~

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Lucketts Design House

I left early this morning with a friend to go to Lucketts Design house in Lucketts Va. This little area is just outside of Leesburg & has several old houses & barns full of antiques & reclaimed furniture. (mostly newer stuff actually, with that reclaimed look) The Design house in particular is only open one weekend a month & they usually repaint all the interior rooms & fill it with new inventory every month. They are even nice enough to dip paint sticks in their custom paints so if anyone wants to copy a color, you can take one to your local paint shop & have it color matched!
Here’s a link to their site here
Thought I’d share some of my pics from today…

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They had so much inventory they had to get an outdoor tent to house it all

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I’m working my way inside…

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I picked up a few of these baskets. I like the metal trays inside

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My friend was coveting this dark hyde

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More baskets

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Pretty plates

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I was trying to figure out where I could use this door!

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Melaine, I was thinking of you when I saw these curtain panels…hope you found some!!
Ok…that’s it for now guys! I managed to walk away with only the baskets. Truth is I don’t really need much, and I’m taking a break from buying things for the house…I need to save up for my big kitchen Reno, or master bath Reno…….or….repainting the exterior of the house! I do need curtains & bamboo blinds…..well, maybe not need but WANT…. Those will have to wait a while too :(
Anyhow, if you live nearby & haven’t been to Lucketts, check it out! It’s worth the drive.
Have a great weekend! I’m having a small pool party here tomorrow…enjoying what’s left of summer!

H~

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We had our first BIG (mostly outdoor) party this past Saturday & I thought I’d share a few pics with you all. We have been so busy getting the house together & decorated for the party, I haven’t had much time for anything else. I’m actually looking forward to having nothing to do for a while!! This party was like a date looming over our heads to have certain projects completed. I will say…it did force us to get some stuff done, but now I’m taking a break & enjoying the rest of the summer, it will be over before we know it!

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I threw these arrangements together from clippings off my moms magnolia tree & some flowers off my crape myrtle

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You’ll have to excuse some of these photos. I literally took like only three pics of the entire event, so I’m using pictures that friends took. The “party” border was a setting she had her camera set on

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The gazebo turned out so pretty with the white drapes! The black furniture & umbrellas were borrowed from a friend

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I had to beg the hubs to hang this mirror inside the gazebo…he really didn’t want to! But I think it added such a nice effect!

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Our bar cart

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Appetizer table under the umbrella

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View from sidewalk in front of house

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Buffet was set up inside the basement area which leads to the pool. I have a friend who owns a restaurant & also does some catering so she hooked me up with the tables, tablecloth, lights, & chafing dishes! My mom made all the food, homemade & Greek..yumm!

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This is blurry , but here I am making a toast, you can see the massive amounts if food here
A good time was had by all. It was over so fast I hardly got a chance to relax & mingle with all the guests but that’s how parties seem to go.

On a different note, look what was delivered on Monday….

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the demi lune tables! This one fit perfectly in my foyer ( I will be hanging the mirror)

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…and this one worked great in my bedroom!
Well that’s it for now! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer :)

H~

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