Friday, April 22, 2011

I think there actually IS a light at the end of this renovation tunnel! :)

I know it's been a while since the last renovation post, but unfortunately there
hasn't been a lot to tell...

Seems we made great strides and then
things came to a


Let's see... last update was about paint colors, I think...

Well, the painting is done, and boy does it LOOOK GOOOOD! 

The flooring is down and again... OH MY it's GORGEOUS!

That is the most beautiful flooring these eyes have ever seen.  
It's such a perfect fit for this old house with it's 
scrapes, dings, knots, and varied board widths/lengths.

We are STILL waiting for the final trim pieces for the floor to arrive --
via slow boat from California, I think... Ugh..   :)

But once that arrives and is installed, the furniture gets moved back in
and we have our home again!!!   

We landed on "Slate" from Restoration Hardware for about 95% of the space.
We added "Cappucino" from Restoration Hardware below the chair rail
in what will be the dining room.


Other than that, the walls AND the ceilings AND the crown mouldings
are all Slate... And it really looks so handsome and elegant.

The sconces in this pic look soooo great now against that slate color.
I have some old-fashioned "Edison" lightbulbs coming that I ordered for them.
Can't wait to see how they look!

This ceiling medallion used to be painted in tones of 
verdigris and golden mustard to match our dining room scheme of
French/Provence tones decor...

I repainted/glazed it to now match the new scheme of 
slate and stone colors... It looks fabulous now against the Slate ceiling.

We lived with plywood underfoot for a couple weeks while other work was being done...

I finally reached a point where I just HAD to put SOMETHING in the space
to remind me that there WILL be a time when we can actually live in here again.   ;)

I grabbed a chair from the entry way and plant, etc. and
it really lifted my spirits each time I walked through the otherwise
torn apart room.  I recommend this "therapy" to you if you find yourself
in the midst of a reno that seems never-ending!   :)

Then FLOOR DAY came!   :)
It took a couple/few days to put it all down, but boy 
does that wood look AWESOME!

There have been set backs a plenty, delays, delays, delays...
BUT  I can see a brilliant light at the end of the

See it?  Shining there through the window??  :)

I have carved out for myself a corner of one of the rooms where I've brought in
a few things from around the house to make homey.  

I know, I know... the minute I get the word that the carpenter is coming back out
to istall the trim moulding for us, I have to quick take it all back out...


Ahhhh.... feeling more like home again...


I had this rug stored in a closet under the stairs since last year...
back when I was hunting for the perfect cowhide rug for the family room
I ran across THIS BEAUTY online at Williams Sonoma Home
for A SONG!

I snapped it up -- just in case we couldn't find a good cow hide.  (WINK WINK)

But now I see it was meant to be all along...
just look how PERFECT it is in this new scheme!!!

And don't you just know it... 

Look who has claimed it now as "his"...
Dude's got good taste...

Back soon (I HOPE!) with good news that it's 


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

It is all looking so beautiful Ruth! Love the color...slate...and your floors are so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the progress! :)
Happy Easter!

lisa said...

Gorgeous, can't wait to see it finished!

Destiny said...

Looks amazing! I love your ceiling fan by the way...and the slate looks so pretty! I don't blame the dog for laying there to take it all in! Just wait until it's completely may never get him out of there! : )

Jackie said...

Hi Nicky!!!! Love your rug boy!
Ruthie, it is looking beautiful! Everything is flowing~it will happen girlfriend~~

cathy said...

rich colors...lovely details...amazing flooring! can't wait to see all the Ruth touches soon. xoxo ps HAPPY EASTER!

Rachel Noelle said...

It is all looking so beautiful Ruth!;) I cant wait to see your final reveal~ Hope you have a wonderful Easter~ Hugs,Rachel :)

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KarenSue said...

Stunning! I see the light!

Tamra said...

Come towards the light! The end of the tunnel looks amazing!!

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hang in there Ruth! It is really coming together beautifully...With your taste it will be gorgeous!!!!! It is a process! Like Hurry up and wait!!!!!Maryanne xo

Mary said...

Oh Ruth it's just a stunning space! Love the paint colors, the ceiling, the lighting...........but that floor is, as you say, is the most beautiful ever! A wonderful restoration - you are going to love it for a long, long time, like forever!!

Joyous Easter blessings to you and your family dear. Thanks for the tips on the flooring.

Hugs, Mary

Anji Johnston said...

Its looking GORGEOUS! I bet yo can't wait to get finished - and neither can I! Your color choices are just perfect and once you get all your furniture in place it will be fit for a front cover of a magazine! Keep us updated.

Windy Ridge said...

oh WOW, everything is turning out so beautiful! LOVE it all!

freckled laundry said...

Those colors look gorgeous together and the floors are beautiful! How happy you must be to enjoy this progress! I can't wait to see it when you have it all fancied up.


Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Ruth, so glad you came to comment on my chalk paint kitchen. Now I have found your awesome blog! I love this renovation. Boy do you have good taste!! Love the colors and the floors. That is exactly what I would do, set up a little homey area before it is all finished. It looks incredible!~xxoo

Alice said...

Oh my gosh it's all so beautiful and elegant! I've always wanted an older home, but hubby and I are not handy with stuff like that,so we settled on a new home with an old home feel. It's definately not the same.

I can't wait to see the 'done' part!!!!!

Urban Farmhouse said...

Looks so wonderful!! Ruth I need you in my house!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Ruth...I'm new to your's lovely! You must be so anxious to have the remodeling done with so you can settle in!
I was wondering about your hardwood it new? if so...would you mind sharing what wood tone, etc. I love how it looks!
Have a most wonderful day!
;-D Kathleen