Things are always busy in the springtime, but this year exceptionally so as both my boys are graduating -one from 8th grade and the oldest from high school. I can hardly believe it, but yesterday caps and gowns were handed out and it really hit home for me. I’m not sure I’m ready for this next stage!
Gail has an eye for this and it’s part of her service when selling a house. Honestly, I couldn’t be more shocked it turned out as well as it did. It was a huge burden off my dad and I as we got multiple offers and a lot more than asking which helps as it will fund my grandmother’s care. Our next step is to find grandma a place to call her own that has more services and meals. At age 98 she was still doing everything for herself and has finally agreed to more help so she can enjoy life and we don’t have to worry she’ll fall or leave the stove on.
Hard to believe these are my babies.
This is the wall that has to go..
At the same time the roomy kitchen may need a better spot for people to gather and the small peninsula we have is a bit small. I wonder if we should make an island? We have to replace our greenhouse windows which are falling apart, and at the same time may reconfigure the kitchen a bit. I absolutely want to change out the granite counters for marble and add some open shelving. I’d like to move the frig to the place the ovens are and add a big range where the current cook top is. I just want a classic look though that won’t seem dated in 5 years. I’m thinking some combination of wood/ marble…
So you know how remodeling becomes a slippery slope? We also need and want to replace the wood floors in the house and add wood where there is old carpet. The kitchen floor is beyond refinishing. It may even be more affordable to get all new pre-finished wide plank wood floors than refinish the very old wood here. At the same time there are two funky fireplaces that are on opposite sides of the same wall, but surprisingly not back to back.
They are on the wall I need partially removed so I am thinking of replacing all of it with one two-sided fireplace that might look something like this..
We were forced to remove this beautiful, hut huge Sequoia from the front yard last year and it left a terrible hole. After that we knew we had to relandscape as the porch was lifted up and almost crooked due to the tree roots. The steps to the house were the same. It all has to come out so we are finally getting a new patio and we designed a mid-century kind of walkway with offset steps. We also are adding an olive tree which I have always wanted. Next to that will be gravel and native plants and still a small bit of lawn. Sort of like this..
This color Colonial Verdigris by Ben Moore is wonderful with white or off-white.
Wonderful door, but I’d do without the mullions.
We have brick and the lavender will hang over the edge more. Is this beautiful or what? via Anthony Paul Landscape Design. I’d hire them, but they are in the U.K.
I like these ‘cozy chairs’ as they are called because I can move them in any configuration. I was thinking a sectional, but for the size of my yard this gives me more options. I couldn’t believe the prices of yard furniture. So many of the sectionals were in the many thousands. I found this set at Orchard Supply and it was on sale at a much lower cost and is quality. Honestly as nice as Restoration is I don’t believe some of the prices warrant that much better of a product. Some people need to have name brands, but have confidence and look around there are high quality options for much less -and you can use the money you save for a nice vacation!
A room in her last home is a great example of Lauren’s kind of look. This is cozy, yet chic and natural.
Thanks for reading…you made it to the end!
p.s I really truly am still working on the Hawaii post! It’s almost done.