Wednesday, August 26, 2009

the house (before pics)

So here are before pictures. These photographs were taken before we moved in so things are changing slowly. The house is nearly all white outside and all the rooms are painted. I'll post the progress over the next few weeks.

the front

front door

front porch

above 2- dining room with fireplace

above 4- living room

above 2 - kitchen

above 2- room off kitchen

above 4- basement (playroom, office, TV area and laundry and half bath also)

master bedroom

boys room

girls room

guest room


Monday, August 17, 2009

We survived the move!

Hi all! So we survived the move!! Wednesday was the close, Thursday was the move. The color code system helped immensley. Every box was in the right place and I didn't have much directing to do. It was a very smooth process and so fun and exciting. Thursday night we ordered in steaks and got a bottle of wine and my only real important thing to do was make our beds for that night. Friday was busy busy. We unpacked box upon box and ran errands for essentials. We have been showered.. i mean drenched with neighbor love! It really has made the whole transition even more amazing. Cupcake delivery from the next door neighbors, sidewalk chalk, flowers from another neighbor and everyone has taken time to come over and introduce themselves. We were invited for cocktails down the road on Saturday and they invited other neighbors to come meet us. So so lovely.
The painters have started power-washing the house. We picked up our new wheels, a sweet black on black Acura MDX. We have a Home Depot about 8 minutes away and we've been there more often that Super Stop & Shop (our grocery store) We bought this couch to get things started in the living room and well to have somewhere to sit! We threw out our old couch in the move. I thought the denim was fun and we can move it to the kids playroom if we go more formal in the living room.
I know, I know, it's not white. If there is any item that you should resist from choosing in white when you have toddlers, it's your couch. Our last one was white and we said farewell to it in it's aged shade of grayish-cream and hand decorated in marker, ketchup and juice. I think with white pillows and against white walls it will look quite nice.
OK, I'm off to fight with more cardboard boxes in this 90 degree heat!!

Monday, August 10, 2009


Thanks to Nicole from Making it Lovely I have perfected my paint splash making skills and gone splash happy choosing a pink for Izo's bedroom.. Of course there are MANY soft pinks to choose from. She is a sophisticated and trendy 2 1/2 so I'm trying to steer away from nursery pink and I am under strict instruction of my husband that her room is not to be a princess palace type parlor!

Above is a "non-princess" soft pink for the walls and some bold bohemian accent colors for fabrics and other items I'd like to use in her room.
Below are some inspirational pictures I've saved for her room.

martha stewart pom poms via project nursery

jdesign salon via desire to inspire

debi treloar via desire to inspire

A day and a half until closing day and two and a half days until moving day! Brown boxes everywhere and no rest this week! Back to packing! The painters should be starting Friday so it's time to make final color decisions!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009


So we're painting the front door white and I'd like a silver knocker.
I like the ring the best I think.. simple, classy, pretty.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

just snooping... Denise Richards

Denise Richard's Hidden Hills home.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Moving planning and checklist

Here's my detailed checklist for all the moving details:
and here is my color code system to make the move go smoothly and quickly...
the master list..

and this is a sample of the sign that i'll tape outside each room on moving day..

and these are the labels for the boxes..