7/21/17

Once Upon a Time..... The Wedding

If you've heard the story about the girl, the shoes and the prince...
you will have the theme of this fairytale wedding...

If you've followed any of the weddings I have done, you will know that the delight for me is in the details.  All the little touches that take a wedding from ordinary to something a little bit fabulous.

So this wedding was a delight to plan and see come together,  with a lot of help from our friends.

A lot of friends helped us create so many of these details.  Thursday nights were project nights at my house with hours of gluing moss, covering books, creating table numbers, putting programs together and enjoying delicious food.  They made these tasks easy!  We so appreciate all who helped!

Shawna of Bleudog Photography not only photographed the wedding, but did florals with me - for 2 days...with her multi-talented hands...

Also, Brianna Sterling (see her wedding here)


 one of my darling brides, now a talented florist in her own right,
 who came to help just for the sheer fun of it.

Thank you, thank you!

We will let the pictures do the talking for this post...

 Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California
Rose Garden gazebo.


























































































 And they lived Happily Ever After....













7/5/17

BEACH HOUSE: PART 3 - PROGRESSING NICELY


Things have been moving along steadily at the beach house.  In our last update we installed flooring - except for the kitchen and dining area as that area had to stay put for a while.  It would eventually become a very different floor plan than the original.

Now, the kitchen is nearly complete, the master bath is nearly complete, the living room has more updates and we have a new dining room.  The 2nd bathroom is complete.  There have been major changes in the yard.  Not a lot that is totally complete - but, a lot of progress.

Want to see what's been happening?

KITCHEN....
In this cottage, what passed as a kitchen was barely big enough to turn around. Shawna could stir a pot on the stove with one hand and wash dishes with the other - seriously.  Just adjacent to the tiny kitchen; however,  was a larger space with outside access to the front patio.  This was probably an addition at some point in the life of this house and was possibly used as a dining room.  Originally I thought that we could push everything in the kitchen forward to create a larger space... but it really made more sense to just switch spaces with the adjacent dining area.   One of the charms of an old beach cottage is that there is a crawl space under the house - so rerouting plumbing is a piece of cake....

I sketched out two options for the kitchen.



The first one left the front wall and entry door intact.  Shawna wasn't sure she wanted to eliminate that door to the front deck.  It wasn't my favorite option.  There were 4 doors to enter this part of the house and I felt we could do away with one of them.  It would barely be missed.



The second version - replaced the outside door with a bank of windows and placed the kitchen sink under them.  So much better to have a window at the kitchen sink, don't you agree?  This version provided a lot more counter and storage space. Another reason it was my preferred choice was it just had a better look.  Instead of seeing a wall of major appliances and cabinets at your first glance into the room (i.e., fridge, range, microwave, cabinets...) there was a pretty spectacular wall of beautiful tile, a stainless range hood and open shelving on either side.   Sort of like this picture...



Shawna agreed she could do without that extra door to the patio and she liked the 2nd plan.  We were off and running.  Well, jogging...

Okay, we drove to the tile and cabinet stores.


On Demo Day, the first thing to go, was the outside kitchen wall...

In no time at all, the wall  was up again with a bank of windows and we were ready to map out the cabinets.


which we did with tape on the floor to make sure we could make everything fit.

Meanwhile, everything else Shawna owned, including the fridge, was crowded into the living room...
A remodel is hell - don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  But it is short lived and really, really worth it...


The rest was pretty much by the book as they added recessed lighting, rewired electrical outlets, updated plumbing and framed out doors and windows.
Ready for paint...and flooring.

Then the cabinets came and were installed....and suddenly it felt very much like a kitchen...

(minus one panel...on back order..)


A coat of fresh paint - Sherwin Williams ACCESSIBLE BEIGE.  (It is now Shawna's favorite color.)

New appliances...


A big, deep farmhouse kitchen sink and wall mounted faucet.


Things were starting to look a lot like a kitchen...one you could even turn around in.


 Next, big, fat, luscious marble tile...all the way to the ceiling..







and pulls and handles on the cabinets...

When the tile was in and grouted they installed the stainless steel hood.


NOW we have a beautiful kitchen...and nearly complete...
we await the open shelves and the final touches to finish the room - 
more to come.....  


DINING ROOM...
About the same time the kitchen demo and remodel was going on, the former kitchen space was also being transformed...into the dining room and pantry.



Another outer wall was removed and rebuilt (formerly the old tiny kitchen's outer wall)...
and french doors were installed which will eventually open onto a deck or patio (yet to be built).

This former kitchen had an odd angled wall, which was walled in to create a good sized pantry...

For the pantry door, Shawna found a vintage rustic door 
and had it installed on sliding barn door hardware

The same flooring that was installed in the rest of the house was carried into these areas and sealed with satin polyurethane.  We are hoping it weathers and looks 'lived in' very quickly.  
More to come on this area, too...


When the kitchen and dining rooms were as complete as we could make them for the time being, we started on the master bathroom.

MASTER BATHROOM ...

The tub was removed and replaced with a walk-in shower.
 More of the large format marble tile was installed and a quirky round porthole window was added (salvaged).
We chose a pebble mosaic for the floor - and this room went from basic to 'charming beach' in the blink of an eye.



 Soon the vanity will be installed - but more on this room later.

LIVING ROOM
The living room ceiling had a beauty upgrade - from flat to fabulous.




Shawna found salvaged windows and replaced the small front windows with larger windows and then painted the amazing ceiling and the front door.
living room window before...

bigger window after..

front door paint before...

front door paint...after

The front door - formerly black - blends in a little more and allows the fireplace to take center stage in the room - as it should.

Speaking of which, it has gone from red brick to fresh white paint...
with a new rustic wood mantel

and a marble hearth 

before hearth picture..


BATHROOM
[Bathroom before photo...]

The 2nd bathroom was completely gutted and transformed.  It may be small but it packs a true beauty punch.








Outside of the house my green thumbed friend has made big changes.  A flagstone path is in progress and the big bad tree that decided to visit the neighbors (with its roots) is no longer standing.  Its big sister, not as bad as her brother, still offers lots of shade.




Little by little Shawna is making her beach cottage - barely livable when she first moved in - a charming, enviable home.

Stay tuned!

If you have missed the previous posts on this endeavor, you can see them here:

BEACH HOUSE - PART I
BEACH HOUSE - PART II

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