Sharps Farmhouse

I've been in love with this farmhouse since I was little.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dining Room Before

Over the past year we have been doing a lot of renovations to our 250+ year farmhouse. We replaced old, cracking plaster ceilings, updated some of the electrical stuff, added lots of crown moulding and wainscoting and had our hardwood floors refinished. We also built a nursery in a room that previously had no closets, but did have the charm of a fireplace. We added built-ins to that room, so all the little baby things could be tucked away. I'm going to be posting some of the befores and afters of the rooms starting with the dining room.

Dining Room

Here you can see some of the drywall going up to cover the popcorn ceiling that the previous homeowners had used to cover some of the cracking plaster.

I'm thrilled to be having the ceilings and hardwood  floors done in the dining room. This room gets great light during the day and with a fresh coat of paint its going to look warm, cozy and bright.

The fireplace is a stacked stone and was originally shades of red and gray. we painted it white years earlier to tie it into the rest of the room. We are still debating whether we'd like to cover it completely with a wood surround and a new mantle.
Notice the two tiny doors to the right of the fireplace, just one of the many little hidden nooks that this house has.

We decided to keep the wood paneling in this room for the character it adds to the walls of the room.

Previously a ceiling fan was in this room, but we are changing it out for a chandelier. I'm still looking for "the one", but I have my eye on this one from Restoration Hardware.

Ceiling and floor are done and everything has a fresh coat of ultra-bright white semi-gloss paint.

Excited to start moving the furniture back in but we have to wait 10 days before rugs can go down.

Friday, November 26, 2010

2010 Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such a special time for our family. Four generations come together, enjoy each others company, share a delicious meal and have a memorable time. All of the festivities take place at my Mom's house.

The table looked beautiful this year, glowing in shades of cream, tans and gold. Three large black lanterns were used as centerpieces with extra-large pine cones dipped in gold glitter interspersed.

The tables linens were layers of muted golds and the napkin rings were small grapevine wreaths.

Place setting were creamware with a raised pine cone motif.

Place cards were handmade by my Mom, a handsome turkey on one side and a "Happy Thanksgiving" message on the other.

The baby's chair had an adorable turkey chair backer. His belly is a small pouch that can hold trinkets, activities and gifts. Also in this picture is the little turkey headband that looked so cute!

This image is of the Giving Tree in my own home. As we counted down towards Thanksgiving, a message of thanks was placed in the pouch for each day. I'm saving all those messages as a reminder of what our family is truly to be thankful for.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A little bit of Christmas - 2009

This tree, in the living room, is decorated in icicles, white lights and silver beaded and jingle bell garlands. The tree looked like it was glowing at night. This room was recently renovated and I will have to find a new home in the room for our tree for this year.

Santa's spot for eating milk and cookies.

This tree is in the back of our dining room and is decorated in reds, golds and silvers. This year we will be hosting a New Year's Eve Party and have decided to change the entire theme of the tree to match. You'll have to wait to see what we come up with...!!!

Halloween 2010

Mom created paper cones filled with candy to hand-out to our special trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

Each cone is unique, using Halloween themed paper and the colors of the holiday.

Printed tags, ribbons and others embellishments adorn the paper cones.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Brother's Wedding

My baby shower

It was held in a beautiful white room with cathedral ceilings. All of the accents were done in baby blue. The fireplace was decorated with purple,white and green hydrangeas from the garden. The leather chair used for opening gifts was flanked by two gift tables.

This is a close-up of the fire place and the glittery congratulations sign.

Pashminas were used to decorate the backs of the chairs. They were the perfect shade of baby blue.
Hangtags were handmade by my Mom. The last circle read "A little gift in baby blue with special thanks from me to you"

The stork was a gorgeous addition, dressed in pastels he was perfect overlooking the place card table.
Mr. Stork's close-up.
More handmade favors by Mom, english crackers used as placecards and filled with chocolates, so pretty!
Centerpieces were graduated blocks with some of my favorite baby scenes and nursery rhymes, joint creations by my Mom and Dad. Two sets now have a special place in the baby's nursery.

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