June 29, 2009

Some Jolly Sprucing Up

I wanted to show you pictures of some updates to the house that I've done recently. I bought a few things while I was in Dallas that I just love.

First, this is a piece of art with a cross, heart, and crown. You can't really tell in the picture, but the texture is really great on this piece. This skinny one (the top picture) is actually for my sister for her apartment next year at college. I had ordered another one to have, and the store sent me a bigger one by mistake, but I love it, and I' I'll use in our house:

This is the round end table next to the sofa. I used to have a taller, skinnier lamp here, but the scale just wasn't right. So I bought a new lamp at Hobby Lobby, which is the perfect height and scale. I have a new scripture piece; it's the white rock on an easel and the verse says "From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another." John 1:16. I also got the little cherub in Dallas. The book you see is an extremely old copy of the complete works of Shakespeare. My grandfather gave this to me and Kurt. It belonged to their neighbor years ago who lived in a turn-of-the-century house. My mom used to go over and visit her all the time, and this book belonged to her. She even wrote in the front of it. The house was later destroyed by a fire after she passed away (such a sad thing), but we are so happy to have a piece of the history.

I added 3 silver letters to our entry table for our initials. I also added the tall vase-like thing on the left that used to be in the guest (and Kurt's) bathroom. I moved it in here because.....

...I put the skinny lamp that used to be in the living room here in the bathroom! It's a perfect size and shape.

Remember the vintage artwork I bought awhile ago? Well, here's how they look! Under the two pieces side by side is my new Emily Dickinson sign. I think it completes the way this wall looks!

And finally, here is my Robert Spooner "Jesus" piece. I put it right next to the front door, to mark our home, kind of like how the Hebrews/Jewish people did (and some still do). By the way, the cross piece, Emily Dickinson sign, and Jesus artwork, I put it all up by myself. Yes, with a hammer, nails, and the like. Kurt was on call and I got in the mood to put my new things up, and so I went to town. Nothing has fallen down yet, so that's a good sign :o)

Those are the updates! By the way, today is a big day...Evy took a daytime nap in her crib for the first time! She had been napping in her swing, but I decided to give it a go and see how she did today. She woke up about 45 minutes early, but I went in and put her paci back in and that bought me 20 more minutes. That's another big piece of news: she's a paci baby now! Can you believe it?! She only started taking it about 2 weeks ago, right before the Texas trip. I love it. I thought we would have nothing to soothe her with, but now we do. She loves the thing. Who knew?

Have a great day!


Sarah Denley said...

Thanks so much for the advice for our trip (it's not until mid july...i'm just gearing up mentally)! I love the silver initial letters and your last post was great--I really appreciate honesty in the blog world.

I guess (right now) my biggest concern is feeding Ann Peyton on the way there (it's a 12 hr drive). We are riding with my parents and I'm not so much into BR in front of my dad however if I pump it might be a hassle to find a restroom, warm up the bottle, ect. What do you think?

Thanks again for the advice and pacis are wonderful! AP loves hers!

P.S. I'm sure you heard about AP and I meeting Carrie and Aubrey. Now that you're back in town for a bit, I'd love to meet ya'll some time. I feel like I know you I've been reading your blog for so long!

Brittany and Charlie said...

I love all the updates! Savi was the same way. Never cared about a paci until later on. Big praise for sure:)

Carrie said...

I love that you're always changing things up... I'm the same way. I get the itch and just start rearranging accessoires and such. It's fun to get a new look. I love all of your new additions :o)

Ashley said...

Oh, I can't wait to be done with school and for Trevor to be done with school. It is hard to spruce up and meet the desires of my interior design educated heart on a student budget. :) Your house looks lovely! I like that you are always sprucing it up, changing things around and just keeping it fresh.

Heidi said...

I really love your updates! Especially the lamp in the bathroom. ::whispers:: I have 17 lamps in my tiny little apartment... I'm obsessed with indirect lighting. :-) I REALLY like how most everything in your house has something to do with you personally. It's not all just cookie-cutter, most everything has a personal meaning behind it. It's very much like those pieces are feathers that you're building and lining your nest with. I think that's great! Also, I love the letters. They are my :fave:.

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