Saturday, March 27, 2010

East Bedroom Project Continues . . .

This afternoon Jon finished sanding the second skim coat on the walls of the upstairs East Bedroom.  Through the dirty double windows I photographed the old barn sitting on our 6 acre property. 

I'm just not ready to wash those windows yet.  I'll focus next week Wed. Thur. Fri. cleaning the floor, woodwork, and lightly sand the woodwork getting ready to paint.  The ceiling and walls require a coat of Zinzer primer.  I'll paint the ceiling two coats "off white" and same color in a semi-gloss for the woodwork. 

Haven't found "thee one" light fixture for the room.  Still looking.  

I ordered a queen size (dark stained) sleigh bed and new mattress for this room.   I have a c.1930 walnut dresser w/ mirror, and a large print, called "The Waldorf Astoria 1930" for the wall.  Black and creme toile drapes are finished. 

I saw a fabulous wool carpet just the right size for this room.  Ah, it is so gorgeous and so out of my budget.  Should I bite the bullet?  I mean, I think about it way too often.  It's driving me crazy.  Please leave me a note, and tell me to follow my heart and buy the dang rug.

The north wall is the long wall, and that's where I'll put the bed.  I found a lovely solid walnut Eastlake lamp table last weekend for $50 on Craigs list.  We made a Sunday drive (300 miles) to pick it up.  We're crazy dudes, eh?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Flowers from my Yard

Above: The silver strap-like leaves of "Lyme Grass", and just behind yellow coreopsis 'Moonbeam', and purple viola 'Johnny Jump Ups'.  All are perennials.
Here are photos from our previous yard.  I miss my flower gardens.
Above, the pot contains: left--the red dreadlocks of "Love Lies Bleeding"--its botanical name is amaranthus, caudatus.  Each dreadlock contains hundreds of seeds and as the summer continues the plant's seeds ripen.  At the end of the season snip the dreadlocks and put in a paper sack.  Shake, shake, shake, and the seeds will fly away from the dreadlock. 

The pot also contains a silvery leaf plant (lower left) heliochrism, petiolaire 'mouse ears'.  I'll have to look up the spelling of the botanical names and make corrections later. 
Soon, we'll start to re-create some of our gardens here at our old Queen Anne

Jon built such beautiful brick patios at our previous home.
These yellow and orange Frittalaria, first plants to bloom in the spring.
Pots of flowers along the brick path to the bird fountain in the backyard.

One of my favorites, heuchera, marmalade
yellow coreopsis, purple liatris "gay feather", pink oriental lilies add fragrance.
Jon built "Aunt Bee" for the yard.
Sheherezade lily planted among the Sedum
Two varieties of delphinium against the yellow green hosta 'Sum and Substance'
A corner of the brick patio sheltered by the gazebo.  Our yard (previous home) was 3 acres, and we kept it looking like a park.
Interesting what you can do with some muslin, old clothes to make a silly scarecrow.