Thursday, October 23, 2014


When we purchased 822 in October of 2010
we agreed that we would be patient for Miss Mike to leave her home of many years and move when she felt ready....that was part of the purchase agreement.

So we made plans to live with our daughter down the street
~and there we lived until January of 2011

Miss Mike actually moved out in late October so we began the renovation about then
the very first thing we did was create a place for us to be comfortable because we knew
we were in for a loooooooooong hard cold serious task

These are the original stairs that led up to the master from the den
 the stairs were moved to create the entrance at the front of the house

 believe it or not all we really did was paint and get new carpet
the fireplace was there
the beams were there
the huge walk in cedar closet was there

I was pretty crazy about those covered wagon lights but I did eventually part with them
and that precious man of armor now lives in the wine cellar
guarding all the wine we store whatever

dormer window facing the back yard
(I am missing that macrame for real! and I used the wonderful brass curtain rods)

this cute little bathroom was the main reason we decided against the master being upstairs
we still had no idea where the master would be, we just knew it wouldn't be here

The large mirror was painted white and relocated to the living room mantel
the wallpaper was removed easily (love 1974 vinyl wallpaper!)
and to replace the faux marble double sink we put in a pebble tile
only pretty and new
those deco lights?  I STILL love them!!!

  • moved the stairs
  • painted
  • carpeted
  • tiled the bathroom floor
  • painted the bathroom cabinets with new sinks and counter top
  • put a pebble floor in the shower
and this is where we would retreat to for many many months


  • the huge painting of the hunter and his dog is an original oil on board by Mr. P.V.'s Aunt Lucille who was 13 when she painted it in 1906.  A gift from Mr. Grandad PV
  • Son Charles loves animals and hunting so this became his room-like an old hunting lodge 
  • We knew a sweet precious lady would join us I added some soft feminine touches
the stairs are gone but we left the stairwell open so we can eavesdrop on our guests

a few coats of paint and new carpet
seeing this photo also makes me want to paint the spindles

I toyed with and am still toying with painting this brick

the dormer window could be someday.. double French doors that lead to a 
walk out balcony...wouldn't that be cool overlooking the backyard?

the 3/4 bath  looks so much better all in white
still loving those swag lights!

see the pebble counter top?  Ironic that I chose the same thing that was "in" in 1974 

can you see that I painted the cabinets white and then 
I painted a swirly design with the same color after letting my paint thicken.  
When I was considering living in Anthropologie in South Lake Mall, I  spied these awesome crystal handles that jumped right into my shopping bag and charged themselves to my Visa.

lots of fluffy down feathers and toile with a man and his dog and his lover

vintage bedding purchased from estate sales and the mink pillows were sewn from a stole from
Baboo..Mr. P.V.'s great grandmother

I'm not all that much for feature walls but this room did need some deep color

aww...look at my little Charles in New Mexico...he's my nature boy

 the stairwell was left open to the kitchen below
hmmm....maybe the guests eavesdrop on us? 
this budget makes me smile

every room was included in my notebook

  • Paint (almost every gallon purchased locally) Black Forest and Muslin
  • Crystal hardware splurge Anthropologie
  • Bowl sinks eBay
  • Pottery Barn dupioni panels (eBay) Blue Smoke
  • Pottery Barn smocked cotton sheers
  • Lowes blinds
  • Bedding custom sewn by the Quilt Lady in Fritch & estate finds
  • Poster bed Mathis Bros. Oklahoma City
  • Rattan chairs World Market
~Favorite Thing~
the old painting for sure

~Biggest Challenge~
This was the easy me!


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Is that hand waiting to play grab ass with you? haha
This is warm and cozy, Gina. I love the bedding!

Marcela para Colorin Colorado said...

Huge task you took my friend, I'm tired just reading it!!! LOL!! but it's so worth the work, looks amazing. Hope you get to enjoy every inch of it!

Leslie said...

Wow Gina! Everything looks so pretty and fresh! You've done a great job and your bedding is lovely;)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW. Gina, I knew your home had some interesting nooks and crannies and THANK YOU for sharing them! Isn't is fun to totally transform? Your beams look just like ours. I am intending to paint mine a white-wash. OH THE FUN!!!! You did a great job of lightening up that pretty in white! Anita

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

How fun to see this Gina! What a fabulous room. I vote for whitewashing the brick, not solid white but a wash to lighten it, and paint the spindles white.. It is a gorgeous room! Love all of the family touches and can't believe Lucille was 13 when she painted that great painting! xo Nancy

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Gina this is an absolutely stunning transformation. Comfort and beauty abounds,

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Oh did do a lot of work..I'm sure the transformation was worth looks great!

Ann said...

wHAT a wonderful transformation.
It now looks so cozy and homey.
So much warmth in there
and I love your design accents.

Heather - New House New Home said...

A great retreat without costing a fortune!! Great job! love the brown toile fabric you used to add some femininity to your theme.

Karena Albert said...

Gina how fabulous and such a creative improvement. Love the painting...13 years old! Amazed!

The Arts by Karena

Minha vida de campo said...

Sua casa é belíssimas, amei tudo. A lareira linda. Estamos construindo uma lareira, vou me inspirar na sua.
Bjos tenha uma ótima semana.