Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wonderful Wainscoting

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope that you are all having a great week so far.  I can't believe that June is almost over and we are going to celebrate the fourth of July next week! Between being slammed at work and trying to get the house finished, this summer has absolutely flown by.  We are continuing to make progress at the house, and are still aiming for an end-of-July move-in. Woohoo!  But enough about move-in dates...let's dish about my latest crush at the house....our delish wainscoting!  Ever since we bought the house and I started dreaming of renovation ideas, I knew that wainscoting would be incorporated into the mix.  I absolutely LOVE the look of traditional wainscoting and how it can add some glam and class to an otherwise ho-hum room.  Like this beauty...can I say "Hello LOVER!!!!"

I also love how amazing full-wall wainscoting looks when paired with retro dental molding...100% drool-worthy in my book:

Although we did inherit wainscoting when we purchased the wasn't exactly what I had envisioned.  Here is our living room/dining room/entryway in all of its retro 1960's paneling and wallpaper glory:

And here she was after a couple of coats of neutral paint: 

Although she was brought a bit closer to the twenty-first century with some neutral paint...the look still wasn't living up to the wainscoting visions dancing in my head.  But hey, that is what this reno is all about...taking a house whose footprint we loved and making it our own! So without further ado, let's check-out the progress that we have made on my wainscoting dreams.  Here is the dining room after it was extended five feet and the walls were taped and floated:

And here is another view of the dining room after walls were fully primed:

Although I think the room looks much better than it did before, it still didn't have a wow factor.  So here is the dining room today with the wainscoting and trim installed:

And here is another view looking towards the front windows:

We continued the wainscoting up the stairs...which I talked about here and here with the staircase reveal.


But we didn't stop there.  Remember the long upstairs hallway that connects the stair landing with the bedrooms and guest bath:

Well, not to be left out, she also got a fashionable upgrade with some lovely wainscoting too:

And last but not least, we updated the wainscoting in the room above the garage....but that wainscoting has a special surprise, so I will show it to you in a second post this week! Seeing all the wainscoting makes me giddy like a school girl!  I can't wait to see what it looks like once it is painted and the walls have some color. What about you guys, does anyone else love them some wainscoting? Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

{Trip Report} Ireland & Scotland 2013

Hello everyone and happy Thursday!  Sorry that I have been AWOL for the past two weeks, but we were on vacation ringing in Mattey's BIG 4-0!  We ventured across the pond to Ireland and Scotland, where we drank our weight in Guinness and ate our weight in haggis.....mmmmmmmm, haggis.  We also visited some amazing castles and gardens:
Powerscourt Gardens, Ireland
Played some amazing golf Played golf at some amazing courses, including The Old Course at St. Andrews (SCORE!!!!):
The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland
But hands down the best part of the trip - making amazing memories with some of our dearest friends!

St. Andrews, Scotland
Oh, and believe it or not, it only rained for a grand total of 45 minutes the entire 12 days that we were in Ireland and Scotland!!!  How fantastic is that?!?!  It made me jump for joy several times throughout the trip (eeehhhheeemmm....cue obligatory vacation-jumping-photo)

Dunnoottar Castle, Stonehaven, Scotland
I am putting together a full trip report for each of the cities that we visited (Dublin, Aberdeen, St. Andrews and Edinburgh) along with some hotel, restaurant, site-seeing, and insider tips...but wanted to drop in an say hello in the mean time!  Oh, I will also give you some updates on the casa too...but long story short, it still isn't finished and we still are looking at the end of July for our target move-in date.  Fingers crossed! I hope that you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


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