I never really appreciated what an amazingly gifted dancer Fred Astaire was until I started doing Morris Dancing myself. Now I remain in awe of his agility and grace. Grace is the hardest thing. (And isn’t that true in the broader sense as well?)
And speaking of grace under pressure, we’re trying to Keep Calm and Carry On, but we probably have another week to go before our home project is finished, and boy are we READY for it to be done!
There’s still a bit of work to be done in all of the rooms, but petit monsieur’s room is probably closest to completion. Just a few pictures and a bulletin board to hang, a new bookshelf to replace the rack of plastic buckets you see there in the lower right hand corner.
|Coco in the corner says Hi.|
Picture is a bit dark, but we’ve swapped out the annoying shade-and-valance window coverings in our bedroom for simple ring tab curtains from Pottery Barn. Don’t know why we didn’t do this in the first place, so much easier and less expensive, and we can replace the fabric drapes if they get worn or we get tired of the color (these are a light chambray blue.) Now, just need the rest of them installed on the remaining windows…
Consider this a “Before” picture…we’re also going to be replacing the big heavy lamps on the nightstands with wall-mounted reading lights on either side of our bed (different finish, shade and bulb than shown in the picture). This new lighting store, Rejuvenation, just opened near us, and I love how almost everything in the store is customize-able, down to even the bulbs, so you can really get exactly the look you want. The fixtures and shades seem very nicely made, not flimsy or cheap. We’re really looking forward to freeing up some space and getting rid of some of the nightstand clutter!
Our living/dining room is last room where serious work is going on: flooring and new paint. I just love this room and can hardly wait to see it all fresh and put back together! The old plaster walls had a lot of cracks that needed patching. They had to take apart my built-in bookshelves on either side of the fireplace to replace the flooring underneath, so now we have piles and boxes of books and glassware from the hutch piled up in this room and our den. And stuff from the den still piled in boxes in our bedroom. Everything in the house is covered with a fine dust from all of the sanding. Even once the work is done, we’ll have quite a task to clean everything up and put the rooms back together…and we’re leaving for France in another 11 days!
Keeping Calm (mostly) and Carrying On (do we have a choice?)…
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