Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry and Bright

Just a few glimpses of the holiday spirit at the Dewing-Jones home....

 Stockings are hung

Tree is lit

Sophie is snooping under the tree

Poppy is displaying her reindeer ears

Every tree needs a Hamburger Helper topper (Thanks Liz!)

Hope your Home is Merry and Bright

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Final Destination

Over Thanksgiving, we borrowed Greg's parents' truck and brought home the dresser I bought in Lafayette a few weeks ago.  Remember - it was the one I couldn't fit in my car.  As you can see, it fits perfectly in our hallway.  Love it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Clouds Become Bamboo

Ava's cloud room is now just a memory.  It's now Bamboo Shoot green, like our kitchen.  I love  painting because it provides instant gratification.  Still need to paint the trim and sew some curtains but getting closer to completion.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ava's Cloud Room

A few posts ago I mentioned that Greg was fixing some plaster in the blue bedroom.  During our Open House, our little visitor Ava told us that the room was the Cloud Room because of the clouds on the blue walls. I was confused at first until I learned that she thought the plaster repairs looked like clouds.  This may be the most creative plaster job Greg has done.

I'm sure Ava would be disappointed to know that we plan to paint over her clouds soon.  Greg has been sanding his plaster repairs while I've begun priming the woodwork.  We are hoping to make some progress on this room this weekend.  Stay tuned for updates.

On a side note, last weekend while I was in Lafayette, we visited some antique shops and I found this great little dresser for our home.  The entertaining part of the purchase would have been anyone watching us (us being me, my mom and aunt) trying to fit this in our cars (which it didn't) and then trying to tie down a trunk lid so that it didn't flap in the wind with the dresser protruding from it.  We learned that our fairly new cars don't have holes into which to hook a bungee cord.  My trunk instead was tied down with a thin piece of string tied from the inside of trunk to the screws that hold on my license plate.  The dresser is living at my aunt's house until I get a bigger vehicle to haul it home.  At least we have a fun story to tell about this dresser.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Photos from the Past

Here are a few photos The Schlotters gave us when they visited during our Open House.

Based on hardware we've found on the exterior of the house, we guessed there were once awnings on the windows.  I definitely like the house better without the awnings.  There also appear to be diamond shapes within the arches above the windows.  I've since noticed a similar diamond in the stonework above our garage.

This is how the kitchen looked when they moved in.  The custom cabinets that the Schlotters installed were a huge improvement.

When we removed the carpet, we could tell there used to be a carpet runner up the stairs and this photo confirms it.  We learned that the stair tread and rise was based on the architect's mother's walk so it would be easy for her to get up and down.  I'm thankful that we don't have the typical steep staircase common in so many older homes.

I was surprised to learn that our current fireplace was not original.  No brick fireplace surround when the Schlotters moved in.

Thanks again to Leo and Betty for the photos!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Open House

We had sunny weather and great friends for our Open House this weekend.  Thanks to everyone who came.  I appreciated everyone who took time from their Saturday to visit, but it was particularly special that Betty and Leo Schlotter came by.  We purchased the house from them.  They brought photos of the house (for us to keep, I may add), showing us how the house looked when they moved in.  I loved seeing how the house has transformed from family to family.  Each homeowner has their own taste and style, but we each leave our mark on the house.

We discussed our removal of the radiators and how Betty disliked the one hanging on the wall by the garage door.  We learned there is a laundry shoot hidden in the upstairs hall bath that travels to the basement.  We talked about the one-armed architect/brick layer who built this house, as well as the house next door.  I'm a history nerd and loved every minute of it.

Greg and I with Betty and Leo Schlotter

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Dining Chairs

We've been searching for new dining chairs for a while but hadn't found anything that we've liked.  I'm not a fan of matchy matchy furniture.  Greg stopped by the new liquidation store in Washington and found a wooden chair for $15 and brought it home. I thought it was perfect. So we visited the store later that night and found four more we liked.  We'd like to have a few more chairs but we'll wait until we find more we like.


Monday, September 19, 2011

New Appliances!




We can only be so lucky if these last 30 years like the ones we replaced.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tennis, Football and Productivity

A rather productive weekend...despite a bit of couch time watching US Open Tennis and NFL.  My tennis season comes to an end while Greg's football season kicks off.

 Repairing plaster in the blue bedroom

 New Ceiling fan in the yellow bedroom

 The swing can officially swing

A large flower pot is repurposed into a garden hose holder

Painting the upstairs hallway trim

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Staining before Swinging

 Greg spent part of the long weekend working on our new swing. He was busy cutting out the pieces to build a stand.  Then he stained and polyurethaned the stand pieces and the swing.  He's hoping to get the swing stand put together yet this week.  Fall weather is perfect for swinging.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's Electric!

Greg has been busy the last two days rewiring outlets and adding lights in closets in two of our four bedrooms. I'm impressed once again!  Now, that means I have more painting to do....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Living Room is Complete

A little late, but the living room is officially complete.  Pictures and photos from our travels hung on the wall and shelves filled with books and frames of family and friends.  I want to make some new art to hang above the fireplace, but until then, the clock will have to do.

This is my favorite renovation that we've done so far.  The room has a completely new feel.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Finding time for the details

New rug for living room
 Coat closet is now double hung for extra storage

Coffee table repainted after being used as workbench during living room renovation

Half of the floating shelves hung...three more to go

Hopefully the next post will show a completed living room

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's in the Details

Been doing some odds and ends this past week to get the living room, foyer and dining room complete so we can move the furniture back in.  Greg installed some finishing trim.  I painted after he attached the trim.  Washed the windows in those rooms.  Installed the curtain hardware and hung up the curtains.  Cleaned the ceiling fans and wiped down the fireplace.  Close to move-in ready.

Added bonus:  Greg double hung the hall closet so we can have room for more stuff.  Now, I need to paint it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

After a 2nd coat of polyurethane, the floors are done!  And We think they turned out great.  Take a look for yourself.

See all of the floor remodel photos at

Next, we have to put the rooms back together.  But that will have to wait for another day.  We are taking the day off.

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Burning the Midnight Oil

For those of you who are wondering, did we finish the final coat of stain Friday night?  Why, yes we did.  With 30 minutes to spare before the clock clicked to midnight.  Are we a little sore today, yes.  But the fact that we fit 2 days worth of work into one is priceless.

A few of the boards are still a bit sticky/damp, likely because of our lovely humid Indiana weather, and the possibility that we put a little too much stain on those boards.  They should soon dry so we can begin to apply the top coats.  Until then, time for laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning the basement.  There is always something to do, isn't there?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Day 1 - Sanding Floors on First Floor and....

Friday started at 6:30 am for Greg as he got up to go rent the sander.  Lucky me got to sleep in a little longer.  Once Greg returned with the sander around 8 am, we got started.  He ran the big sander while I used our hand-held sanders and hand scraper to get in the corners and difficult areas.  By late afternoon we were cleaning up the floors and thinking we were a little ahead of schedule.  

So.....we decided to make this a long day/night and stain the floors.  Goal is to get 2 coats on tonight, sleep while it dries.  Then we can put the top coat on Saturday and still have Sunday and Monday of our 4-day weekend. Sounds like a good idea...hope we are still thinking that later tonight.