Friday, May 25, 2018

Laundry Co.

Hi readers!  I know it's been a looooong time since you heard from me on the blog.   I've been busy working behind the scenes on lots of things I just haven't had time to share.  Toddler mom problems.  :) You understand.  

So, to kick off my long-awaited return, I am featuring a laundry room refresh today!  After Christmas I decided I had just had enough of the acoustic tile drop ceiling in our laundry room.  I couldn't take it anymore, so I asked my dad if we could replace it with something nicer.  He promptly arrived with tool belt and began taking down the old tiles and framing system.  

Before: (blech)



You're welcome for that visual.  Go now and rip out your acoustic tiles.  I'll wait.  :)

After the ceiling was out we were left with decisions.  Ultimately we decided we had to put another dropped ceiling in here since there is tons of plumbing and what not running under the ceiling joists as well as a huge air duct at the front.  So, Papa and I (mostly Papa) devised a plan to hang a support system of 2x4s from the ceiling joists to attach a pine beadboard ceiling to.  We used a thin beadboard that is intended to go on a wall or existing drywall ceiling, but we managed to make it work with nothing but supports behind it every couple of feet.  Here's what it looked like:



We left the exisiting "crown molding" at the edge of the wall to support the end of each piece and to cover up the seam where it meets the wall.  Papa did all the hard parts, but he made me stand in the corner on top of the washing machine and cram myself into a tiny little hole in the ceiling to fasten the pieces to the molding from above at the end of the room. 





 Obligatory Papa photo. :)


When we finally wrapped up with the ceiling installation, I was so happy with the look that I decided not to paint the beadboard white or stain it or anything.  Originally I figured I would want it to be white, but honestly I don't have time to paint it right now anyway!  We considered painting it in advance before installing it, but once again I didn't have the time (or babysitters?) so we just went ahead and put it up unfinished.  Maybe in a couple years if it starts looking weird from moisture issues or stains or something I will get around to painting it.  I kind of love the light wood look!  It's like nothing else in our house, but it complements the neutral decor. 

Speaking of decor, of course after I installed a new ceiling, I had to repaint the room.  And the cabinets.  Haha!  I ended up going with a pale cream/yellow color (ironic since it was yellow before) on the walls and a gray cabinet paint.


So fresh!  I really like the new paint color, it brightens up the room.  Michael was really sad to see the stripes go.  It was one of his favorite projects of mine.  But, after ten years the paint was worn out and needed updating anyway.



I had this little white shelf in the kitchen for some years.  I had kept it because it was too cute to get rid of and now I'm glad I did because I converted it into a towel rack to go on the wall!  I just added a dowel on the inside to hang the towels across.  Isn't it cute?  The old towel rack was just a thin metal rod.  So ugly.  This is much nicer!  The art I used to have in our master bath and the new towels are from Kohl's!


The formerly black cabinet looks really updated and nice painted gray.  I painted the mirror frame to match.  It complements the rug we already had, too!


Oh and we got a new light fixture on Amazon.  It's nice and bright and modern.




Gosh, we also got a new faucet but for some reason I never took pictures after that.  Papa installed it for me last month (and the corresponding new drain just last week!) Thanks Papa!

And of course, the finishing touch, a new sign to replace my laundry letters.  I was so proud of those letters spelling out LAUNDRY when I made them ten years ago.  Gosh, what a sophisticated decor choice! Hahaha!  Anyway, maybe this sign is just as sophisticatedless.  I don't know.  But I saw it on Pinterest, and thought it was cute and rustic so I had to copy it.  :)  Papa built it (seeing a theme here?) and I painted it.  You know you want one, too!



Naturally, since I took these photos way back in April, the laundry room has changed a bit.  We are in the process of moving the office to the den, so there's been some reshuffling of the furniture.  But this is the "after" picture that you're getting!  I hope to come back soon and update you on the new office/den situation as well as the new "playroom" where the office used to be! :)  Hooray blog!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you back here real soon!  


Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Mountain Wedding in the Fall

Hello and Happy New Year friends!  Today I wanted to drop in and share a project that's been in the making for a long time.  My sister-in-law, Laura was married in November and when she started planning, she put me in charge of all things wedding decor!  I was so honored to be a part of her special day.  It was a dream job, not only because I love decorating and I love weddings but because it was for such a sweet couple, Laura and Brian.  Now that the holidays are over and the photos are back, I have to share the details from this wonderful day!  The wedding photographer was Tina Smith of Four Sparrows Photography.  She was great to work with and was kind enough to allow me to feature her stunning photographs on my blog for all of you to enjoy!  Most of these photos are hers except for a few that were taken by me and my husband.

The wedding was held at Gambill Estate on November 4, 2017.  Gambill Estate is located in beautiful Roaring River, NC.  The country estate features a large barn with rustic touches and modern amenities.  From the crystal chandeliers to the wood paneled walls, and with the backdrop of the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the setting was perfect for Laura and Brian.

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography
Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

To complement the season, Laura chose autumn leaves and flowers with elegant white pumpkins for the arrangements and burgundy and gold as accent colors.  Her bridesmaids wore burgundy chiffon dresses with denim jackets and cowboy boots.  Their bouquets were sunflowers, red roses, wheat stalks and burgundy calla lilies.  The flower girls (all four of them!) wore burgundy lace dresses with matching headbands and carried sunflower balls.  The flower girl ensembles were all designed and made by me.  :)  Georgia was the littlest flower girl and she had a fluffy petticoat under her dress and the cutest pair of boots!  

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

The bride wore an elegant off-white gown of satin and English net.  The V-neck bodice was covered with trailing lace appliques that flowed into a full skirt with net godets.  I added custom lace sleeves to the gown, as Laura had always dreamed of having a wedding gown with long sleeves.  The bodice and sleeves were accented with sequins, beads and crystals for a hint of sparkle!  The full train was complemented by a cathedral length veil of fine net trimmed with scalloped lace.  The bride's bouquet was a striking contrast with dark red and cream roses, yellow sunflowers, and burgundy calla lilies.

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

The groom and his groomsmen wore gray pants and vests with matching ties.  Their boutonnieres, which we made, were a cotton stem, wheat stalks, and small burgundy flowers backed with a burlap leaf.

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

The ceremony was originally planned to be outside at the top of the hill with a view of the gorgeous mountains beyond, but alas, Mother Nature had other ideas.  The day was cool and rainy, so we opted to move indoors and hold the ceremony in the barn where the reception was planned.


Arriving guests were greeted on the porch with an autumnal display of pumpkins and potted mums.  I painted the sign for the McCarthys to display at the wedding and later in their new home.  My dad built the rustic easel chalkboard and I hand-lettered it as a reminder to guests to be fully present during the ceremony. :)  Beside on the welcome table, guests could leave cards and gifts and sign the guest book which was a cool family tree painting!

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography



As the ceremony began, the wedding party processed among the guests seated at their tables to the far end of the barn in front of two glass doors.  A large, wooden cross marked the aisle and was decorated with fall flowers and greenery.  Pumpkins and fall garlands were arranged beside the altar.  The rain stopped just in time for the four o'clock ceremony so we opened the glass doors for a clear view of the beautiful mountains and fall color.





Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Naturally, the littlest flower girl refused to process with the rest as instructed by me, the wedding director, and had to be carried down the aisle by her Daddy.  ;)  She was quite adorable but wouldn't be directed in the slightest!

The bride's brother officiated the humorous and heartfelt ceremony, which included a unity s'more in lieu of a more traditional unity candle.  It was a cute moment for the bride and groom to share a treat, as well as for the flower girls, who all got a bite, too! :)

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography


Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Luckily the rain held off for the rest of the evening which gave the perfect opportunity for some outdoor photos with the bridal party.  The foggy mountain views were a beautiful backdrop for the day.

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

While the couple took photos, guests were invited to mingle on the porch for appetizers.  The appetizers were my favorite part!  Among other delectable mini finger foods, there was a tiny mason jar of cheese grits topped with shrimp and pico de gallo.  Georgia loved them, and we devoured three servings between us! :)  Sadly I didn't get a photo of the actual food, what with running around orchestrating so many things at that time.  But the caterers (Reid's Catering from Banner Elk, NC) were top notch and used some of our extra decor items to display the delicious appetizers!  During the cocktail hour we all enjoyed catching up with relatives and friends.  Georgia especially enjoyed playing in the gravel with her cousins. :)












 After cocktail hour, dinner was served inside the barn.  The tables were set with burgundy linens and ivory napkins topped with a single fall leaf.  The centerpieces were arranged on a trio of white doilies, including some that belonged to the bride's grandmother. A round wood slice elevated a single metal lantern and was surrounded by a collection of votives.  And in the center of the table, a white pumpkin held an arrangement of white and yellow roses, golden sunflowers, red, orange and yellow mums, red hypericum berries, wheat stalks and greenery.  My mother came and helped me arrange all the flowers in the pumpkins two days before the wedding.  We had such fun designing these centerpieces and shopping for flowers.










After a Southern-style dinner of pork tenderloin, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, salad and cornbread, guests were treated to pound cake and mini cheesecakes in three flavors.  The bride and her mother made all of the desserts!  The dessert table was adorned with crocheted tablecloths and fall garlands.  We used wooden crates and cedar wood slices to elevate the miniature treats.  The cake was displayed on a wine barrel and topped with a custom topper featuring a bride and groom and their dog!  :)


Photo by Four Sparrows Photography







Dessert was followed with s'mores at the firepit and dancing inside the barn.  Guests took turns posing with the bride and groom for family photos and line dancing on the dance floor!  At the end of the evening, we all lit sparklers for the couple's grand exit.  It was a fantastic ending to a beautiful wedding!




Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography

Photo by Four Sparrows Photography



I can't tell you what a fantastic time I had planning and orchestrating this event for Laura and Brian.  It was the highlight of my year and something I will not soon forget.  Besides the joy of having my daughter pose as a precious flower girl, I was so happy to witness Laura and Brian's love for one another.  I wish them all the best in their marriage, and a lifetime of love and happiness!  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy!!





Sources:

Wedding Photography:  Tina Smith of Four Sparrows Photography
Venue:  Gambill Estate
Bridal Gown:  Bridal Traditions with custom sleeves by Sarah Horvath
Flower girl dresses:  Sarah Horvath
Bouquets and Altar Decor:  Ratledge Florist
Boutonnieres/Corsages:  Sarah Horvath
Centerpieces and Reception Decor:  Sarah Horvath
Catering: Reid's Catering
Party Rentals:  A&J Rental

Special thanks to everyone who helped us pick up, deliver, set up, tear down and create this beautiful event:  Elizabeth Guthrie, John Guthrie, TA Guthrie, Michael Horvath, Walter and Elisabeth Citta, Nelson, Debbie, Caroline and Lily Citta, as well as all the additional help from family, friends and vendors along the way.  It was truly a group effort and we couldn't have done it without you!