An Unofficial Guest Room Reveal-ish

Hey, there, you know I have felt horrible about not sharing the semi-finished guest room with you after you kindly rode the waves of the One Room Challenge with me (as a link-up participant).  So I don’t have the finished pillows or chandelier yet, but I wanted to finally give a little peek around.  The photos aren’t great, but I had a little pocket of time today and I seized it.  I’ll take more time when the final details are in.www.tphblog.comOh my goodness, it is December 19, and I bought those mums a week before Thanksgiving.  The lamps are from Screen Door Antiques that I found when dear Fieldstone Hill Dar and family came to visit me and mine at the cottage.  She can tell you how long I waffled over those lamps…still waffling over keeping them here in the guest room.www.tphblog.comSuper bad photo below, but I want to show you how the cornice boards evened out the uneven height of the window.  I do love how a very homely craft like quilting looks quite modern when framed as a segment.  I’m thinking of you awesome ladies in Gee’s Bend.

www.tphblog.comI did finish the art in time for our Thanksgiving guests.  It was a new idea I had for my ribbon infatuation–so I kinda consider it a rough sketch or prototype.  I like how it turned out on the plywood and look forward to making more and improving the idea.

www.tphblog.comThe rug was in our kitchen (click to see more bad, yellow photos of our kitchen) in the last house, our rancher (click to see TPH’s most visited post and an amazing before and after).

www.tphblog.comThis photo gives you a closer look of the concrete floor finish–so much better than what we were dealing with before.

www.tphblog.comHopefully I’ll have lighting up in the new year.  Then we’ll have a big reveal with a marching band and sky writing.  It’ll be grand.

Until then, I’ll be Christmassing with the family, many who are really sick.  Oh, man, last night my husband and I cleaned up the most epic vomit explosion of our parenting careers.  Let’s just say that I am so happy that we tiled the walls around the boys’ toilet here in the new house.  Gross, why did I tell you that?  Hurry!  Look at this and forget what I just wrote:IMG_7832Marlowe never wastes an opportunity to be irresistible.  I think I know why he likes curling up under the Baby J b-day party tree…

Fun and color, I can’t quit you.

Have a lovely, healthy weekend, friends!

A Little Christmas

Remember that Christmas when we didn’t have enough furniture to fill our house so we compensated with an enormous tree?  And, remember that tree was so big that we didn’t have enough ornaments to fill it so we compensated with paper plates and party hats on a whim?
www.tphblog.comRemember that Christmas when we used leftover Ninja party lanterns to fill in the new-house void and distract from disparate pieces of furniture?

Remember when that Christmas is this Christmas?www.tphblog.comI hope this Christmas is a season of joy and peace for you no matter what stage of the game you are in with your house.

New Blog: West of Grey

Hey, guys, I’d love to introduce you to my friend Alysa who has started a new lifestyle blog, West of

Here is Alysa, in her son’s adorable adventurer nursery.

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www.westofgrey.comAlysa started West of Grey last spring.  Her posts are thoughtful and well-crafted.  The photos are gorgeous–her husband is a photographer and obviously the talent gets around the family.  (In fact, they shot photos of the cottage for us a while back and founded the Magic Hour Foundation for cancer patients.)  I love her Color Watch posts of liked-hued pretties for your home or body.  She selects items that don’t break the bank so the look feels accessible…because you know the disappointment of falling in love with something only to discover it costs one million dollars and your right lung.

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There are room designs:www.westofgrey.comScreen Shot 2014-10-20 at 4.19.53 PMAnd local Chattanooga, Tennessee, action, too:Screen shot 2014-06-09 at 8.47.16 AMwww.westofgrey.comAlysa also documents her family’s journey with lissencephaly.  Sweet baby Oliver was diagnosed at 5 weeks old with the rare brain formation disorder.    It is hard to imagine how parents take such a gut-wrenching diagnosis.  But I see their immense faith, honesty, courage, humor, and unfailing love as they adapt their lives to a new normal.

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And I do get to see Oliver’s pinchable, chubby cheeks on her blog and Facebook.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet Oliver the last time we saw his parents since he is under quarantine due to seizure treatment that has compromised his immune system.  When I hear that parents have to administer injections to their baby and worry about the real dangers of other human contact, I am at a loss for words to describe the unfairness and heartbreak.  Alysa wrote:

After three weeks and 500 conversations on the nature of God and this crappy, crappy world we live in, I’ve come to one conclusion: this is our boy. He is beautiful and he is a miracle. And the beautiful thing is, we’re given opportunity to see every tiny accomplishment he has as exactly that – a miracle. We let it slip by so simply with normal children. We check things off our milestone “to do” list. “Head up, check. Tracking, check.” With Ollie, I’m searching, waiting for the tiniest thing from which to draw more happiness than he’s already brought us. I’m not sure what his grand purpose will be (and there is one, people, I know it), but this one is pretty great. He will remind us of the beauty in the little things in life. He will remind us to take joy in simple gifts, real relationships, and defending the vulnerable.

She and Alan are pretty awesome.  I hope you will check out Alysa’s delightful blog, West of Grey.

Giveaway Winner & a Monkey

Congratulations to Maurie, who writes the blog Gracious Interiors, on winning the handmade Mexican pouches!  Thank you to all who shared their holiday memories…I’ll admit, that was a ploy for you to entertain me with stories.  There was the one with the pickle-juiced, week-old turkey and the holiday with one pumpkin pie to feed 22 people.  I loved the stories!

Maurie, it was a toss up on which souvenir from our Mexico trip to give away–I might send you this monkey instead.

www.tphblog.comwww.tphblog.comI can’t even.  I totally paid $10 on the streets of Playa del Carmen to take a few photos of my kids with this monkey.  I assumed the mites we contracted afterward would be thrown in for free.  Don’t worry, Maurie, I’m not sending you a monkey…or mites.

You do know we don’t have mites, right?

I’m ready for a guest room reveal, aren’t you?  I’m still waiting on the backordered chandelier, which they now say is backordered until the end of December and could change again.   I’m deciding what to do about that–maybe order a different one that is just as perfect?  I could take photos without it, but I think photos would be better with the chandy.  And as much as I love you guys, I don’t want to do photos twice.  So we’ll wait it out together, holding hands.  My in-laws had sweet things to say about the room over their Thanksgiving visit, which I hope made up for my unexpected early PMS (from the devil himself) that doesn’t render me hostess with the mostest.  They are the best and forgiving.

But in the meantime, I’m decking the halls here at TPH, figuring out how to have a cozy Christmas in an unfinished, partially-decorated house.  I’ll share soon. And, oh!  I just placed an order with Grey for a (long dreamed about) custom kitchen table.  It is going to be stunning!  And a navy antelope rug for the bedroom and a family room sectional are arriving soon.  So, good things are on the horizon for this partially-decorated  house!

A Giveaway & Happy Thanksgiving

Aren’t these the sweetest embroidered and beaded pouches?

I picked them up for you as a little souvenir on a recent beach trip to Mexico.  Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post briefly telling me your favorite holiday memory–funny is preferable but doesn’t increase your chances to win, ha.  I’ll leave comments open through December 3rd, giving you time to revive from the Thanksgiving coma.

While it would be nice to be back on this Caribbean beach…

…I am looking forward to this Thanksgiving weekend as a last burst of fall before heading into Christmastime.  A fire is flickering in the dining room, the guest room is ready (reveal soon–looks gorg!), and the pantry and refrigerator are stocked with all the fixings for cozy meals.  And, y’all, branches bedeck the house like a woodland wonderland.  I’m going out on a limb to say that this post leaves you inspired.  (I really shouldn’t have, sorry.)

You see, when I put a few fall branches in my kitchen this week and saw the breathtaking effect, I couldn’t stop there.  Because if there is one nice place for fall branches inside, there are hundreds.

The leaves fill in the gaps, furnish where furniture is missing, create that drama needed in an unfinished home.  You may have time, if your region provides, to cut your own before the turkey is served.

There are more leaves in the house, but I’m sparing you.

I am thankful for you all who stop by The Painted House.  Mostly I feel like I’m barely plugging along here, light years behind the blogging times, but it is still fun for me.  I hope you find inspiration here in the offbeat beauty of life.

I hope you enter the little giveaway–a nice little gift for you or you could regift this holiday season.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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