Making it a Home

I guess it was about two weeks ago that I had a total meltdown about our new home.  Yep.  Not a good meltdown either.  It was the, "why did we buy this big home that now I have no time to make ours?  It doesn't feel like it's our home Billy.  I feel like we are living in a stranger's house."  All the while crying my eyes out.  Yep.  Perhaps I was at a breaking point with the new job, teaching out of state for first time, getting ready for a giant show all within 2 months of buying new house and starting new job, while getting ready for teaching in Portland and the Country Living Fair.  Just for a little more drama I'll throw in the fact that our two oldest cats died as well.  Oh, and one disappeared.  So yeah, this house was feeling a little less like a place I wanted to be. 

I bet this comes as a bit of a shock for many of you.  Especially those that had ever been inside our little house.  It was....little.  And if one more person told me, "I don't know how you live like that" I was going to punch them.  We were fine.  Loved the house and all the layers.  And now we live in a giant khaki colored box.  Seriously inside and out the house is khaki.  Now, don't get me wrong, neutral is nice.  And if one more person tells me to just "live with it for awhile"   "or it's just paint" I may not punch, but cry on them.  Because I can not live in the khaki box anymore.  Even Billy, whom never talks decorating asked this, "Do you think the house has a little too much khaki?  There's khaki everywhere....even the halls, etc.... and the exterior!!"  He about made me roll over in laughter.  And that was my cue.  Time to paint.

So my head is spinning with ideas.  But until I have this done I can't do this....etc.  So here's the plan:

1.  Curtain making Kathy came Friday to pick up all the fabrics for the den, kitchen and dining room.  All Amy Butler amazing large patterns.  I know....I am a tad bit addicted to her fabrics.
2.  Handy Man Daniel is coming tomorrow to measure and give me a quote for bead board below the chair rail.  Because that is the other thing grating my nerve.....chair rail is freakin' everywhere. 
3.  Paint samples have been purchased and painted around the room to be sure.  I love that you can spend $3 for a sample and make swatches all over.  I want a blue to make the room feel more spacious and open.  It's not a small room, but very little natural light makes its' way in due to the screened in porch on the back of the house.  Not complaining about that feature for sure!!
4.  Small bath and hallway to laundry were painted yesterday by me.  I got up early and started working.  Billy came in and exclaimed, "WHAT are you doing?"  Painting.  "Oh, ok.  You going to paint the laundry room too?  It's khaki too Jenni."  I know Billy, I know.
5.  New lighting everywhere.  Like everywhere.  My man Billy is so good at installing lights and yesterday already replaced the kitchen and half bath fixtures!!

Here's the den corner....top blue I think is the winner.  Over the white.  I almost forgot the fireplace....it's getting a make-over too.  I found fabulous tile to replace the marblish tile and Handy Man Daniel is building a new facade for it.
I'm not so sure about the blue next to my favorite piece of furniture.  But unfortunately the den and kitchen are one giant room so they have to be the same color.
The den fabric is fabulous, seriously.  All my favorite colors in one fabric.  And wait til you see the curtain design!
In the kitchen I played around with some other samples.  Definitely love the top blue again.  Pretty much liked it everywhere I put it.  And next to the maple cabinets it will be perfect.  Also plan to change out the cabinet hardware to dark.  Those will be an ebay find. 
This is the area that connects the kitchen to the den.  Again, dark because of the porch.  And not so sure why there are blinds on the window.  I've removed the door ones and today the this large set will come down as well.  I've chosen a Michael Miller fabric for this window that is so stinkin' pretty I can't wait to share it!  We've not decided on a treatment style though.  I am thinking roman shade, Kathy is thinking a valance type thing.  Need to go to Barnes and Noble and look at some magazines I think.  This is where the bead board is going to make a beautiful statement!!  I've chosen a color called cotton whisper for the beadboard.  Just so excited about all the colors.
The dining room is PINK.  Yep.  No one but me likes it.  And Lily.  But she likes the room for other reasons.....bad girl.  We are going with the fabric on the left.  And pom-poms!!  This room is going to be a show stopper.  Seriously I am going over the top here.  Never been a frilly decorator, but this room is going to have all the sweet feminine touches that a pretty, look and don't touch room should have.  I should call in Donna for a little bling help, right?
Here are my sweet little $3 samples.  In case you've never seen them.  This is the best idea ever.  And at Home Depot they even mixed up colors for me that weren't theirs!  We are going with Balmy Seas in the den/kitchen area for sure.  And cotton whisper on the beadboard. 

Well, super lengthy post.  I've taken lots of before and after pics.  It may be awhile before it's all really done.  But already painting the bathroom and hallway my pale honey has made my frown turn upside down!!  Are you guys working on any nesting projects in your houses?


Catherine Denton said...

I can tell it'll be amazing (especially that pink dining room)! So glad you get to paint your way out of the Khaki box. :)
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Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

I've always been anti-neutral and anti-taupe/khaki/etc. Until lately. I love color, don't get me wrong, but I recently painted a bright green room a pale gray and LOVE it. I also JUST posted yesterday a pale gray bathroom and kitchen I painted. Gray goes with alot and seems so CLEAN.
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Artwork by Jennifer Taylor said...

I can't wait to see the finished project Jenni. They all look gorgeous compared to the khaki box you currently live in. By the way, I love that description.

Felicia said...

I was wondering how you were doing everything - the new job, new home, fairs, teaching - I was worn out for you!!!
But its coming together, love the pink, it'll take some time but you will get it the way you want it.
Can't wait to see the "after" pics!

Jenni Horne said...

Actually I am usually a fan of white rooms. I love the starkness against all my crazy art!! But for some reason the blue was calling me. But since half the room will be white I think it'll be just the right amount!! I actually preposted this and have already painted the blue. It is like an ocean in the Carribean!!

Dianne said...

Lovely home!

Angie said...

I am LOVING the blue against those orange curtains. Looks scrumptious!

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