Sunday, August 24, 2014

A room re-do. Oy.

Casa Coconut had somewhat of a mass exodus last weekend as
two of the kiddos packed up their goods
and headed out to college.
Another has graduated and is living across the state. We have one left with us. And a dog. A big dog.
The dog and I were kinda sad.
SO
Best  way to combat empty{ish} nest sadness…. A project!
This bedroom has been lived in by two of the boys at different times.
It was a big project when we painted the walls in ochre tones of limegreen to ocean blue
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so big that they never even were re-painted when Kid #2 took over.
…and I found all sorts of *interesting* things along the way as I cleaned
and prepared for *the project*. First car keys, Highschool freshman ID cards
::weep it all goes by so fast::
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A sweet self- portrait. The grin….oh my this DOES look like him.
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Ok….SO I put away the Kleenex and put my worker hat on
The plan was to lighten….keep it as a room….
and maybe use it as an office while kids are gone.
 
 
The abacus was a tribute to our math genius.
and also….because he left it behind.
::sob::
 
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The Library table was one I bought for my parents…and my Dad re-finished
and has since been used in the room as a very sturdy desk.
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The plantation blinds are up temporarily as I get a molding to fit them.
And Look….A bed. See. still a room
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and….I left it all rumply like that on purpose  :cough:  so my guys would feel at home  :cough:
I did.
And the YO became a big OY.
‘cause, well, that was just appropriate.
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Toy soldiers. Baseball cards. swim suits.   Kleenex please.
There ya have it….a shop the house….use what you have….cry while you paint
Project.
Oy.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dreaming of cool ceilings…

Talking to some friends recently…

I would love to put a cool literally ceiling in our foyer…

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This above would be *cool*. But rain coming in would not be cool.

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Bamboo is local….it would be kinda cool.

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wood…gnarly…washed up from the ocean

could be coolish

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Any other cool ideas out there??

Spill…

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer swelter….

When even the hardiest of flowers

begin turning up their toes…

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Well. Not the ALL of them….

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This is a beautiful and mesmerizing copper kinetic wind sculpture from the artist Lyman Whitaker

(find more of his super cool work here)

that now resides in the jungle…

Thanks to my generous brother….He the art…not my brother is called ‘Double Spinner’

….and it does not curl up it’s toes in our heat.

take that pansy flowers!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cottage Loved….a Vero home tour.

I love the champions of old homes and cottages and neighborhoods
believers. fixers. finders.
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They walk among us unnoticed. Passionately working. Whispering life back into souls of wood and stucco…
acknowledging history.
Sometimes making a dime. Often not.
I think of the Jane Coslick’s  of our world.
saving Tybee Islands cottages…and their dogs and cats.
Interior designer/preservationist Jane Coslick stands in front of an Isle of Hope home on Bluff Drive that she renovated in the early 1980's. (John Carrington/Savannah Morning News)
But every community has them.
Here, we are lucky to have  many.
Not a lot of old homes. And maybe not so old compared to other places in this beautiful country.
But In this little town, like many, we have some enclaves of old fogey and tenderly loved homes.
And thankfully… many keepers of their flames.
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Like many communities…homes like the cottage above would just assume be razed. And built new.
But take a peek into the old beautiful soul….that may have been lost…
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Yes it was pouring cats and dogs (so the pictures are darker…can we say cozier :) )….and the
 sound of the rain
on the metal roof was lulling…symphonic.
These old metal roofed gals SING in the rain.
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Peeking inside original wavy glass windows into this cozy home was compelling on this rainy day
and…YES…I was invited.
 
Join me.
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This beautiful aged relic was recently bought…like a week ago…and loved…by a local home lover, Cindy.
Original Dade county pine floors…scuffed from years of life. Newly shined with love.
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filled with beautiful art and furnishings.
I can just feel the old gal sighing a happy sigh.
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A vintage textile on a lampshade…gorgeous vintage tropical prints in faux bamboo frames
a nod to its history. Early Florida. In it’s hey Day.
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Cindy…the new caretaker, has decorated it beautifully… all of it’s three bedrooms
and one bath.
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a new barn-type sliding door has been added to the bathroom/laundry room.
Painted Robins egg blue, the old gal is
kicking up her heels a tad.
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The kitchen is lovely…wood counters…cork floors…built in’s and shelves
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Three beautiful and cozy bedrooms are housed in the back area of the cottage
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One…maybe my favorite…exposed to the rafters
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This cottage lives big…tall ceilings…wood detail.
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And even a small “guest house/studio” in the back.
Just waiting for life to be breathed into it.
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Cannot wait to see what it becomes!
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Tipping my hat to the saver and lover of the oldies
y’all know who you are.
<3

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bike…trike…art?

Found a funky little bike in a funky little shop

that somehow needed to be on a wall

above an orange chesterfield

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I need to paint the hardware that holds it up

the color of the wall

and lemme tell ya it was a $%%#@ bear to hang

darlin’ little trike.

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Then our ceiling leaked all over the Big Ass chair….

The white splashes

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Then everybody started complaining…

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…and smoking cigarettes.

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