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the to-do list


This week has been a bit of a “recovery week” from the prep work and traveling for the Chapel Market.  I have been working on cleaning my house as well for some photo shoots I needed to do for some upcoming magazine features.  I am loving my new camera and shooting tethered.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the week…

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Looking into the master bath that we renovated this summer makes me happy.

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As I’ve been cleaning, moving things around and taking & editing pictures, I’m seeing all kinds of projects that need to be finished or ones I want to start.  Missing baseboards, trim that needs to be finished, holes in the wall that need to be patched (from when we moved the sconces in the bathroom), paint that needs a touch-up…lots of things.  Then there are “fun projects” that I want to do…

I am finally going to reupholster the pair of French green velvet chairs.  I’ve liked them in green for a while, but now I’m ready for them to be blue and white.  I’m also considering painting this hutch.  Nobody gasp.  It is a beautiful old piece, but it did receive a very sloppy coat of poly at some point  that isn’t looking that great in person.  I think painting it will bring out the detail and make it look a little less like a black hole in the room.

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I’ve also had this sofa stripped down to her skivvies, ready for a paint job and some new clothes…

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…and it’s about time for me to work out what I want to do with my dining set.  The chairs are still raw wood and I think I am going to paint the table base make it stand out from the bamboo mat more.

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I also need to continue with the organizing I started in September.  My guest room has been the dumping ground and it’s a real mess, so I need to clean that up along with the attic eaves that are mostly full of stuff I don’t want, need or love, so that means it all needs to find a new home.

I don’t have any big events or deadlines coming up, so I am looking forward to getting some of those things crossed off the to-do list.  Is anyone else in a get-it-done mood?

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  1. Oh my! I just found your blog and your home is gorgeous! Clearly, not new news, but I just wanted to let you know I thought so and appreciate your work! – Heather

  2. Marisa says:

    Hi Marian! I’ve been anxiously waiting for your work on the sofa. What are you using for the seat? I have a sofa I want to redo. What are you going to do on the back? I am anxious to see the end result. Could you make it like a tutorial? You do such a good job of instructing.

  3. I love the picture with the red pear. It’s just so pretty…the beautiful red of the pear against all of those soft colors.

  4. Amy Jacob says:

    I need a “kick in the pants” to get me in that mood! I have been accumulating project “stuff” for awhile now but always seem to be waiting on this or that to get started. (I have several things that go along with my projects that are on my honey-do-list)but having trouble getting my Honey to DO. lol. My problem is that my priorities aren’t my husbands. Anyway, that’s my story. If you have any suggestions for lighting the “fire” under my butt, that would be great!

  5. Cindy K says:

    I’m in a “nesting” mood too. Fall is my favorite time of year and I can’t wait to get my home all warm and cozy for the holidays. Of course, you set some pretty high standards! ;). I love your eye for details and how prettily you pull things together.

  6. Your home is lovely. Thanks for sharing! One comment….please don’t paint your’s beautiful, and every home needs an unpainted antique. If it’s not an antique, go for it!

  7. Vicki says:

    Oh yes i`m in the `git-her-done` mood, just need to find time between work, kids, hubby, friends, etc but i`m proud to say i`ve finished my table, buffet and hutch (and have a splint on my left wrist to prove it lol) but as soon as i`m healed, i`m right back on, i`ve collected a few pretty pieces, antiques and such and i can`t wait to try the Annie Sloan paint and the Miss Mustard Seed milk paint i just got, woot!!

  8. I too would love for you to do an upholstery tutorial. Or even if you could share any tips you have. I tackled reupholstering an armchair without really knowing the proper way and it proved frustrating at times. I got it done but not without some blood, sweat and tears! Any help would be appreciated.

  9. Yes…me! Finally took a beautiful french prov china cab home to my kitchen!!! Yay me! It’s inspired me to de-clutter the entire room. Still a work in process but I am about 1/3 of the way there. My girls are helping me select a new paint color for the walls. The china cab is tiger oak and needs some TLC. I really would be beautiful painted but if I can restore a few spots…I will enjoy it first this way.

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