Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hangin' Around: More House Projects

To continue where my last post about our house projects left off,  I have some new pictures to post.

I wanted the kids' rooms to be finished before the first day of school, so it was a mad rush to get it all done.   There are still books on C's floor since we have run out of bookshelves!   I know the kids' room colors are terribly traditional and awfully stereotypical, but they chose them.

E's Lavender Room

Update: I exchanged the white bed skirt for this ruffled lavender one.   It looks better and it was on clearance at Target for less than $5.

This was the girls' dress-up center, but now it's Emmeline's dresser.   The next project for her room is painting this, since the finish and wood quality are not great.   I don't like seeing wood pieces painted, but the damage on this one is too great for a refinish.

Mama bought the "Emme" boutique hat box after Emmeline was born.   There is an "Emme" label hat inside.   That's her 10 year old portrait, as well as the fleur de lis cross given to her by my friend, Gina.

The paper doll painting on the left was painted by Mama.   It hung in my room when I was a little girl.   The paper doll sets on the left were gifts from Regina when Emmeline was born.

C's Pink Bedroom

C's sweet new bed.   The butterfly canvas gave her a bit of glitter in her room!   I decorated her lampshade.

She needed a bedside table so I re-painted a glass and black metal plant stand.  That's why I love metal pieces.   A can of spray paint can refresh it or completely change it.

Bookshelves in progress...

She loves her cowgirl print--'with all your heart'--that fits her!

Mama painted this ribbon rack.   It hung in my room as a child.   Each of the children will have a piece painted by Grandma:)  

T's Blue Bedroom

Going for vintage on this wall...the cowboy hung in Joey's childhood room.   I'm going to frame some Norman Rockwell boy prints to hang on this wall, also.

The piece on the left is one that Joey etched in the crypt of St. Martin's in the Field in London.   It is St. George.   The one on the right is from our church's garage sale.   Our little Thomas Becket has to have an English wall, but I guess it's a little odd to have knights decorating a room for someone named after Becket!   When he was born, Joey wanted to decorate his nursery with a 'Chaucer theme.'   Right, pray tell where we might find Chaucer nursery decorations?   Maybe a mobile...with the Wife of Bath, Arcite, The Prioress...?

Finally...Things On the Living Room Wall!

This is the longest, tallest wall I've ever had to work with, so it's taken over a year to decide what/where to hang.



My friend Amber cross-stitched this for me.


Our Louisiana collection.   I still have to have glass cut for a print of Christmas Eve bonfires on the Mississippi River.   The picture to the left is a favorite, as it is from a favorite professor.  She and her husband traveled to our wedding in horrible weather.   It's a watercolor of downtown Natchitoches, LA during the Christmas Festival.

I found this image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at our local St. Vincent De Paul thrift store on the day I donated my parents' clothes.  We finished cleaning out their house and we donated clothing and other items.   It was a beautiful reminder of God's love and faithfulness at all times in my life.  

It's nice to have all the pictures off the floors where they were propped up against walls around the room.   The rooms all feel so much more homey and cozy.   It was worth the elbow grease and deliberation!

Note: For light items smaller than 8 x 10, you can hang them with a straight pin.   Growing up on a farm, I learned to use a hammer well and if you do it just right, you can drive a pin in straight and make only a tiny hole in the wall.  


  1. What a love-filled home! I love the thoughtfulness in each nook and cranny. This is great motivation for aspiring nest-builders for those of us who need a little help, like me!

    1. Thanks, Julia! Mama could always walk people through our home and tell stories behind many items. I like carrying on the tradition.

  2. Love it! I agree with Julia...very inspiring! Though...maybe I should wait a little bit if we are just going to do this all over again?

    1. This is the longest I've ever waited to hang everything. Pre-kids, I decorated our little apartments & rent house as if they were our permanent homes. This time, I calmed down and did the basics first and lived with the wait. It was a huge change for me!

  3. I happen to love "traditional and stereotypical" when it comes to children's bedrooms. Beautiful job! :)


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