With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: rearranging rooms

Sunday, October 17, 2010

rearranging rooms

Moving furniture...
pushing, pulling, tugging, straining, lugging.
From one room to another, up-stairs, down-stairs, to the garage, to the curb.
That is what has been filling my days for the past few weeks.
I have also been purging.
Gone through almost every closet, nook and cranny and parted with everything we do not need/use frequently.
I am not a keeper of things (just sentimental things of which I always have a deep attachment)
I think my house lost hundreds of pounds :)

This is what I have accomplished


A few weeks ago, this bedroom looked like this:
Since John no longer works from his home office and we are in need of an additional bedroom, it underwent a transformation.  It is now the new room Jared uses and Jill and Brad will use during visits.
~*~
See that monstrosity of an Armoire...
I moved that Goliath from the office, out the door, down the hall, into our bedroom and then into our closet.
All * By * Myself!

The guest room that was used for Jill's visit is now prepared for a special young lady that will be staying with us for an extended time.  She is from Spain with a background in industrial engineering and is interning at the same company my husband works for.  I was immediately excited when we we were asked if we would consider having her in our home.
Through painted (faux) in 1999, the walls still looked great so repainting was not needed.
We found a full size box spring and mattress on Craigslist in near new condition.  I searched and searched but could not find a head board/foot board I liked so we just bought a frame.
The focus of this room is this display of sepia tone photos of our grandchildren.
My daughter, Jamie, gave me a pair of old window panes and I thought for a couple of years what I might like to do with them.  They sat in the garage, and yes, I was tempted to pitch them several times.  But, I am very happy I saved them for this project.
I had a small white shelf in another room but since it was just the right size, we attached it directly under the window.
The tall, narrow jelly cupboard that we bought unfinished in the 80's now holds clothes.  I thought the swallowtail lamp that John made as a child was a sweet addition to the room.
With six window panes and nine grandchildren, I initially planned doubling up some of the photos.  It didn't looks as good as I imagined.  So I scrounged up a few mats and frames for the additional pictures.
I saw on another blog a link to making word generated art and knew I would make one using the names of our grandchildren.  I saved it to a .jpg and had it printed to a 5x7.
We still have the crib in the nursery that is also a play room.  And when Jill and family visit from up-state New York, if Jared is visiting too, he gets ousted  to the sofa or a quilt on the floor along with Ryan, Brenna and Shaela.  No place for the inflatable air mattress now, except OUR bedroom.
Oh, I better not mention that, huh!

31 comments:

Snap said...

Goodness. You have been busy! What kind of vitamins do you take? I need them!!!!!!

Hugs--

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful room, beautiful pictures! looks lovely and warm! LOL, that your house lost weight :)

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

You have been busy...I think the cleaning and purging is going around...I've been doing that too.. I LOVE your new room! I can't believe you did so much all by yourself!

Pondside said...

What a transformation! I love what you've done. I am eternally trying to set up the guest room, so I need this inspiration.

Mildred said...

You must be eating spinach!!!
Boy, have you been busy. It all looks very pretty. I would say this young lady visiting is very blessed to be a part of your family. I hope it all goes very smoothly.

NanaDiana said...

What a lot of work you have accomplished in a very short time! Wow! We had a Spanish girl stay with us for schooling. The next year she came back and stayed for the summer just for fun. I hope your experience is just as wonderful.

Now...get some rest, will you? Hugs- Diana

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful transformation! I love what you did with the window pane and what's inside is even better ;)

Susan said...

Great job, LDH. WOW. Everything looks absolutely wonderful. Susan

Jennifurla said...

I would love to stay there, lovely job!

Life In a Little House said...

Looks wonderful you did a great job!! ~Love Heather

Maggie Ann said...

Your home office was lovely too! How satisfying to have done all this. Good for you! I like the window frame with pictures.

Kathleen said...

You did a great job, it looks wonderful! I love what you did with the window panes!

Lady Farmer said...

The rooms looked lovely before and now they are even better! I was going to ask if you were *in the family way* ~ you know ~ doing all that moving and rearranging! I see that you are to have a *new one* in the house ~ your Spanish intern! That should be exciting and fun! :~D
I simply love, love, love those little frames with the Scripture verses in them displayed beneath the window framed photos of your grand children! That shows your loving heart to those dear ones!
Nicely done!

g.suzie said...

Wow, super power, can't believe you moved that large piece of furniture by yourself!
The bedroom looks amazing, you have some very creative ideas. . .I especially like the window and the grandkids frame!

Lisa said...

Im not sure how I blogged in but sure glad I did . What a blessing you have in your life . Wonderful blog and place your have created.
Lisa

marie said...

The more I see peeks of your home the more it is that I'm drawn to white. It's so....appealing to me. I'm weary of the colors of my home. Now I just need to convince my husband that he's weary of it too! : )
It's a beautiful room and I love the windown frame and all the other frames. Your photos of the photos are amazing as well!!

Ann said...

That is such a lovely transformation you did there...

The room looks so inviting:)

Adrienne said...

Your 'new' room looks wonderful! I love the way you've featured your grandchildren - and the Scriptures you chose are perfect! Thank you for the inspiration you've given me to get my rooms finished. I love everything I see in your home.
~Adrienne~

jamie said...

love love love the window frame and the black and whites. up for a crazy davidson visit this week?

Lisa said...

WOW! What a lovely transformation! The study was beautiful but I love the bedroom...so soft and feminine.

Vee said...

Such a calming room and I love how you've featured the grands there. Great repurposing of a window! Very nicely done all the way around, though I hate to think of you moving that heavy furniture by yourself!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your grandchildren are all beautiful and their photos look lovely displayed in the window frame. I love the little frames holding bible quotes on the shelf. This guest room is very bright and comfortable looking. Enjoy your house guest!

Dayle said...

Lorraine, it looks magazine ready! A great room to land in.

Love that Proverbs verse.

SmilingSally said...

You're all ready for that special guest!

Please come see my outside shots.

Dimple said...

Bravo! It looks wonderful, and what a good idea for a picture frame!

Ann said...

where do you find all the energy to do all of that? It looks amazing, what a beautiful transformation. I love what you did with the window pane and the framed word cloud was a perfect addition to balance it all out.

Paula said...

Moving that armoire all by yourself sounds like something crazy I would try too. When I get it in my head to do something, I have to do it NOW!

Love all the Bible verses in frames. What a precious witness to your grandchildren.

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Great job! It turned out fantastic! The window project really looks great!

Janae @ Somewhat Couture said...

Hi! I just found an old window. How did you attach the pictures to the window? I am stumped. Your room is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

The DIY Show Off said...

Wow! Amazing, as usual! My house needs to lose a "ton". I love this room! I don't think I'd ever get out of that bed. I just ordered prints of my daughters to do the exact same window frame! Great minds DIY alike (I feel like I've said that to you before! lol) Thanks so much for linking your beautiful transformation in the DIY Project Parade. I love seeing your talent! :)

Roeshel

Valerie said...

You have such a beautiful mind and ability to dress a room with such finesse!

Love the way you used that window frame with the kids pictures and even the Wordle! A childhood lamp = quotes in the frames! What a wonderful collection in one place!

Wish I could think and imagine that way.

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