Yesterday Adam finished his last day of high school. I went looking for this picture of his first day of kindergarten. Now why did I think this outfit was appropriate? I'm really surprised he didn't get beat up on the playground! Adam if your friends see this, I am REALLY sorry.
It is painfully obvious to me that I don't have any "first day of school" pictures after his sister left for college. She would thankfully guilt me into taking these pictures. Now I am so glad I have them.
As I heard Adam leave for his last day at high school, I couldn't convince myself to get up yet. I remembered he would be back home after second hour. I felt better that I could take the picture then and I rolled over for another thirty minutes of sleep. As it turned out, he didn't get home before I had to leave so his dad took these pics for me. Look at him... all grown up!
Where did the time go?
I did get this picture, though. He decided to make his own t-shirt for the day to commemorate the occasion.
This has all been wonderful but now I'm on my way. ~Phish
It was another stellar weekend with the fam in Galena. The temperatures were perfect so we opened up all the windows and kicked back on the screened- in porch ( I think nature is beautiful when I am looking at it from a bug free zone). After the kids headed for home I realized I hadn't taken a single picture. My neglected camera was taunting me, so I decided to take a few snapshots of some of the things that I love best in our home.
We have been coming to Galena since the kids were really little and in 2002 we decided to take the plunge and buy a vacation home there. I wish I had the before pictures. We bought the place furnished and some of the case pieces were really beautiful but the upholstered stuff was scary. Suffice to say the place looked like Waverly prints had thrown up all over. Pink, blue and yellow floral sofas, drapes, and blue bow wallpaper everywhere. It was not pretty. Slowly we have purged, bargain shopped, reinvented, recycled, repainted, and remodeled this little corner of the world into a space that I love coming to.
I have painted many of the pieces, including this clock. Most of the phrases on it have to do with things that are unique to Galena.
I am a huge fan of black and white and so there are elements of it in every room. Like in this little striped planter and even in this painted canvas that I did two days before our daughter's wedding. I had this big blank wall and between the wedding and an addition to the house I was tapped out. So it was a $30.00 canvas a little paint and painter's tape to the rescue. I don't know why I always wait until right before I am entertaining to take on a project like this and it wasn't like I didn't have anything to do that Thursday. I doubt anyone would have even noticed the blank wall but crazy is as crazy does. I'd like to say this was the only time I done something like this, but is wasn't.
Some things were quick change ups. This little side table had a stained finish and back in the day was at the end of the sofa. After kicking my toe into it multiple times I decided to move it to the office area and paint it up and add a different drawer pull. Our home in Cedar Rapids is an old home with a traditional flavor. Here in Galena we have gone with a more contemporary twist and I have enjoyed making more eclectic and riskier choices. I would have been hesitant to do purple at home, but here I think it works.
We found this Susan Sargent chair on sale. It was love at first sight but the fact that it was on sale cemented the relationship. Again, not something I would use back in Cedar Rapids, but here it just makes me happy!
Around the corner is the Sticks lamp that Mike bought me for our anniversary two years ago. Their stuff is so fun.
I used to be a real purist when it came to style. Then I realized that my rooms looked like period pieces ( not a good thing). Now I would define my style as traditional with a sassy side. I liked combining this very traditional hutch with unexpected dishes in olive green and, of course, black and white. Looking at the picture now, I think I could use a few more pieces in here. Hmmm, I'm thinking shopping trip with a mission.
We put an addition onto the house in 2007 that opened up decorating opportunities in bathroom and lighting fixtures. We welcomed the challenge.
It is fun watching this house evolve. I love that now so many of the pieces have a story behind them that connects to our family and that is ultimately what pulls everything together. For example,
This photograph of the Galena Trolley was taken by our daughter last Thanksgiving while the boys were skiing and she and her dad and I were checking out the Bloody Mary Bar downtown.
She gave it to us for Christmas and it is one of my favorite pieces of eye candy in the house. I'm requesting a Galena photo every Christmas and hopefully I will some day have a whole wall full.
As many of you know, earlier this month I participated in The Traveling Door event at Klik's. This is the TV cabinet that was sitting in my library in an earlier post about Surviving on Zone Bars. The final product wasn't anything like the version in my head. Sometimes it just works out that way. Either mistakes or trying something new can lead me in a totally new direction. I have always been inspired by Sticks. I think that explains some of the black and white and word elements in my work. Actually the black and white and the quotes may go as far back as the Mary Engelbreit influence on me in the late 80's and early 90's. I have always been a fan of Sister Parrish and more recently of the fabrics of Susan Sargent and the art of Thomas McKnight. I realize it really isn't all that random. All of these artists use exuberant colors, mixed prints, and a playful style.
Yesterday I made what was supposed to be a quick stop at Barnes and Nobel. That really is an oxymoron because there is really no such thing as a quick stop at B and N. I went in to pick up a couple of magazines and ended up back in the crafts and home decor section. That is where I ran across this great book.
They say you can't tell a book by it's cover, but I knew from this colorful photograph that I was going to fall in love with this one. Just look at that pillow! Kim Parker is not a trained artist - another reason I am drawn to her. In fact she is actually an accomplished flutist. Her colorful designs, though, have been incorporated into rugs, dishes and prints. This book is full of contemporary floral prints that will be a great resource for color combinations and design inspiration. If you are a fan of bright color you will want to check this out.
Everything has been a whirl lately and I know that in six months I will sit back briefly and think did all of that really already happen? Actually it has already been two weeks since our "Little Man" went to prom and I am just now getting the pictures posted. It was a great night. He and his date, Meg, went with a large group of kids but I am still waiting for the group pics.
A little help from Dad.
Adam didn't want to go the "Tux" route. Instead, he wanted to wear a suit - which he didn't own. So two weeks before prom we headed out to Holley's to buy a suit. Now our "Little Man" isn't so little anymore and a 6' 4" or maybe even 6' 5" 170 lb guy needed this suit special ordered and then altered. Pardon the pun but this really was nip and tuck. The suit didn't make it in until Wednesday but we had it fitted and they did a great job and he picked it up the morning of prom.
Definitely NOT his car but for prom the bright yellow Baja didn't seem quite right.
At Promenade. I love that Meg wore a short dress.
Hamming it up back at home. Very modelesque.
While they were twirling I decided to step off to the side and take a picture of these Blue Bells. I love this time of year.
Off to dinner and no, they are not drinking Champagne... at least not yet. These are the toasting glasses that were given to them at Promenade as a souvenir.
The night was a great success. Mike and I worked the post prom party from 11 to 4 am and it was actually a lot of fun. We had done it for our other two kids and we wanted to do it for Adam too.
Another milestone behind us. It's all been fun but we're looking ahead wlth anticipation. Hope the next chapter is as fun as this one has been.
Or Everything Takes Longer Than I Thought It Would
With only six days to go until our Traveling Door Sale I am feeling really jammed for time. I knew it was getting crazy when I realized that instead of just having an emergency Zone Bar in my purse I have resorted to just throwing in a whole box and in the past two days I see that I'm quickly going through them. The thing is life doesn't stop just because I have a deadline. Last night was book club and I needed a break and a little "girl time" so I went even though I hadn't finished the book. By the way, thanks Eileen for a fun evening and choosing a great book, Inheritance, which I hope to finish after the 7th. This is also the weekend of our son, Adam's, prom. Mike and I are on the post prom committee, so I have been contributing my time to that and tomorrow night we will be working from 11 PM to 4 AM ! I'm wondering if maybe I'm getting too old for this.
Today I ran a series of errands looking for hardware pulls and a few grocery staples (no time for real meals), started painting a small entertainment center for the sale - after moving it from Adam's third floor bedroom down to the library. That in itself was no small feat and that's as far as I could get it. So yes, if it looks like I am painting in the library - you're right. All the while I was doing this I was also making calls back and forth to the realtor regarding the sale of my mom's condo. Oh yes, she is moving Tuesday - another major event in our lives.
I started this blog about a year ago and it has been fun to see the interest increase and I read that it is important to keep up frequent posts so this is it - short and sweet and a bit of a rant but hopefully I will have some great prom pics to flaunt after tomorrow night plus an updated photo of the wardrobe/entertainment center.
Welcome to our BeColorful Home. Ours is an older home, built in 1916 and it has been added on to several times. We have lived here for almost fifteen years now and the house has evolved from a traditional flavor to something a bit more eclectic.I have always loved big splashes of color but I'm finding that I am also drawn to more neutral shades as well. Welcome and enjoy looking around.