Transforming the Bedroom

The master bedroom is still a work in progress but oh, has it come a long way already. Our house was built in 1957 and the room was originally used as a place for extra storage. The previous owners turned it into their master bedroom but didn’t update it at all! So the floor was old, vinyl tile and the walls left much to be desired.

I knew I wanted a wood floor in the bedroom, in keeping with the flow of the rest of the house, plus I just prefer the aesthetic of wood over carpet. So I called in The Flooring Girl, who came highly recommended and the company did a great job! Of course, the transformation wasn’t a quick one (see – camping out in the spare bedroom for a month!) A sub-floor, leveling mix had to go down over the tiles since the flooring was so uneven, which then had to dry over a period of time. We waited a bit after that for the wood flooring to come in and then it had to get acclimated to the natural humidity of the room.

But we now have a beautiful new floor (Armstrong Performance Plus Oak in Pine Cone) and a fresh coat of paint on the walls (Valspar Sea Salt Blue). Now we just need to move the furniture back in or I’m going to need a new bag of marshmallows for my extended camping trip!!  ;)

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Living Space Transformation In Progress

Well, I have to say, things are coming along nicely in our new house. Of course, there’s been some big expenses (some expected and some not so much) but I hear this is usually what tends to happen when purchasing a new (to you) home.

New paint is up and we have some new furniture too. As of right now, our living room consists of just one sofa (how sad), but I have plans in my head to complete the space.

West Elm Ainslie sofa

We also just got a new dining table that is unfortunately sitting in the middle of the living room (I guess sometimes not having furniture comes in handy!) We’re just waiting for the chairs to be delivered this week and then we’ll be all set.

Emmerson dining table

In the meantime, I am gathering ideas for our living space. Here is just some of my inspiration. What do you think?

 

 

We’re planning to host Christmas Eve so I am confident that our home will be ready for its debut by then!

Starting to Come Together

Well, things are finally getting done around the house. We’ve been here for about six weeks now and though there are still some boxes left to unpack (I know, I know), we have been making good progress with projects even though it may not feel that way in my mind.

The husband and I spent the better part of a 4-day weekend painting, painting and more painting! We tackled Lady M’s room first since she was staying with my parents during that time and we wanted it ready for her when she returned. We stuck with the same color from her old room b/c I liked it so much – Behr’s Smoked Oyster. I’d say it’s a huge improvement over the bright yet very dark blue! And the new rug really helps to transform the room already.

The horrible wall color (and equally horrible light fixture!)

The horrible wall color (and equally horrible light fixture!)

Moroccan shag rug

Moroccan shag rug

We then transformed (another) blue room into a dark maroon (Behr’s Cherry Cola) office space. I think the color is warm and rich and makes the space feel cozy. We decided on a light gray for the living and dining rooms (Benjamin Moore’s Alaskan Husky) and painted a dark purple accent wall in the dining room – which I think turned out great! (Photos of all to come)

Our new wood flooring has finally been installed in the master bedroom after the installation of a new sub-floor and subsequent drying and acclimation. Now all we need to do is paint and move our furniture back in so I can finally feel like a normal homeowner and not someone roughing it. I feel like I’ve been camping for weeks!

I can’t wait for all of the little decorative touches to start coming together to really help turn this house into our home. For now, here are a few pieces I’m thinking of adding to Lady M’s new room. What do you think?

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A Fresh Start

15ab85f6690a8430c551bbf670574d24Hello blog world – is there anybody out there? I know, its been many months since I’ve last written, but with (somewhat) good reason. We sold our co-op and bought a house and between the two sales, were living with my parents for a bit, in-between homes. There were vacations and lots of fun along the way, but now it’s time to get serious and get down to business.

I always think of September as a time of new beginnings – since it’s the start of a new school year and all. We moved into our new home about three weeks ago and I have so many changes in store for it. It can be a bit overwhelming, but one step at a time. That’s why I’d like to share some of my makeover/home renovations projects on the blog. We’ll be starting with the paint later this week and I can already tell that it will make a huge difference in making this house our HOME.

Tips-to-Restore-Your-Dream-HomeI hope to be back at this on a more regular basis (I know I’ve said that before, but this time I really mean it). I can feel myself getting settled again and it feels good. So please come along for the ride with me!

Five for Friday

Well hello again. Missed me? I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve last posted. Frankly, it’s been too long and I’ve been letting other things take precendent over my own personal writing. So I’m hoping that ends (or at least improves) today. I thought to celebrate the long weekend, I’d go back to doing my Five for Friday posts. This week I’m looking forward to the following.

Dinner with friends

We’re going out tonight to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Should be a fun time filled with lots of laughs.

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Visit with parents

Tomorrow, we’re going to visit my parents and have dinner with them. It’s always fun to spend the day at their house.

House-hunting

After a (somewhat) long delay, we are finally getting back out to do some house-hunting. Fingers crossed we find our new home soon!

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Long weekend

I like that we have the extra day on Monday of having The Husband home so that we can go out and do some fun family activities. Hopefully the weather corporates and we can spend some time outside.

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Healthy start

I need to do something about my eating habits – particularly at lunchtime (hello – bowls of cereal!) That stops now and I’m going to create a plan of healthier choices that I can stick to and enjoy.

Happy Friday!

 

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Why You Should Plan A Day Trip to Governors Island

Governors Island is a really amazing gem situated right in New York Harbor. But unfortunately, many New Yorkers never think to venture over there. However, the island is open to the public seven days a week from late May through late September each year. With so much to offer and many cultural events taking place throughout the warmer months, make it your mission to spend a day at Governors Island this summer.

Governors Island is fairly easy to get to – just hop on a ferry from the Battery Maritime Building. Kids under 12 travel for free and you can even bring your bikes with you. Once you step onto the island, it’s almost like you’ve been transported back in time. It’s peaceful, serene and full of historical significance.

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party

The two main edifices on the island: Fort Jay and Castle Williams were built between 1796 and 1811 and served as defensive structures during the Civil War. The past history of the island is in full view to visitors, as there are a multitude of kid-friendly, historical activities taking place all summer long. Here is just a sampling:

For Kids! From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island

Here you can witness first-hand how soldiers, civilians and even prisoners lived on the island during the 19th century through re-enactments by historical actors.

Artillery Thursday!

If you really want to get in on the action, you can learn how a 19th century artillerist lived – there’s even an exciting (and loud!) canon demonstration. From there, visitors can take a look at the huge Civil War-era canons at Fort Jay. Head’s up – you may want to bring along ear plugs for this one!

Junior Ranger Activity Booklet

Kids can receive their very own official Junior Ranger Badge by completing the Junior Ranger activity booklet. Simply download a copy here, complete the activities and bring it to a park ranger. Pretty cool!

In addition, there are daily tours of Castle Williams, Nolan Park and the Arsenal District as well as hikes throughout the island and much more, such as a Jazz Age Lawn Party, taking place two weekends in June and August. Be sure to pack a lunch before you go or on weekends, you can choose from a variety of food truck vendors at the Governors Island Food Court. Set up a picnic area either at a table or on blankets underneath a shady tree for a truly relaxing experience.

Make time to visit Governors Island this summer and you’ll be wondering what took you so long in the first place.

 

This article originally appeared on MommyNearest.com

Good as Gold – the New York World’s Fair

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. I must have driven past Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY hundreds of times, yet I’ve only visited this former site of the World’s Fair once – to visit the New York Hall of Science.

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A view of the 1964 New York World’s Fair

In 1964, the world was a different place and at the Fair a multitude of nations came together to showcase the best of what they had to offer in culture, technology, cuisine and more. My mom was lucky enough to go to the Fair a few times during its year-long run and it was here that she first tried Belgium waffles! It’s also where Michelangelo’s famous Pieta was displayed and where Walt Disney debuted the now iconic “It’s a Small World.”

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Visitors enjoy a taste of Belgium waffles

Unfortunately one of the main exhibit sites – the New York State Pavilion has since fallen into disrepair and there has even been whispers of demolishing the Philip Johnson-designed structure. But a few intrepid New Yorkers have taken its restoration into their own hands and hopefully the structure will be revived rather than demolished. And for today only, people can actually go up into the structure as so many before them did 50 years ago. The window of opportunity is small (11AM-2PM) but pretty incredible. And if the preservationists have their way, this will hopefully be a glimpse of things to come.

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The New York State Pavilion in 1964

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A view of the New York State Pavilion today

I actually found an original New York World’s Fair program for sale at the library for $1 a few years back. It’s a fascinating look back at the hopes and dreams the World’s Fair brought to the masses. I wish I could have seen it in person, but alas I don’t have a time machine (wouldn’t that be something)! So for now I can at least hope to visit a restored Pavilion in the near future.