Just when I thought we had everything under control, the boys called and said they are coming west for a beach house tour and stay. Yikes!
The remodel of our beach house was all about our family. We made this house bigger (and taller) so that our family could be comfortable and enjoy it more. So when the boys finally see it, I want it to be perfect! I guess I always envisioned that the first beach house tour of the remodel for our boys would be when it was completely done. We aren’t quite there but we will be very close. And this weekend (as in today!) is now all about projects.
Season 3 Volume 8
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I love surprise visits from our children.
But this one came with a huge amount of excitement and work!
Last week our boys announced they are visiting Southern California for a beach house tour and a week-long visit. Next weekend!
Which of course means the beach house needs to be done. Or as close to DONE as possible.
At a minimum, it needs to be comfortable and look really good for Matt, Michael, and Ellie.
Can you guess what we have been doing for our holiday weekend?
I will give you a hint … my back aches, my legs ache, and I am exhausted.
But we have made so much progress!
I tackled all of the bedrooms. Set up the beds, added new linens, and hung the drapes and they are now ready for guests.
I also spent time getting the deck ready. It is truly unbelievable.
Dave has been spending his time in the garage getting the “fitness center” ready. The biggest task was cleaning it out. Ok, maybe not, as I think Installing all of the mats is a bigger task. And it’s not that easy!
Let’s just hope I ordered enough and that we can finish this project and get all of the workout equipment set up.
By tomorrow night. Hmmm.
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My Latest Project
This month there is no such thing as “my latest project”. It’s all about PROJECTS.
I have so many things going on at once as we wind up the remodel. And one thing I have noticed is that a lot of my time is spent solving problems.
I am also in the mode of one step forward and two steps backward. So I think I will share my fun projects and my not-so-fun projects.
My fun projects involve decorating and finalizing decor in all of the rooms. I have one bedroom completely done and the bare bedroom before decorating is pictured above.
Just so you know, I promise to share the final photos very soon.
I have also been working with our handyman and building out closets, hanging mirrors, and things like towel racks and hooks. That may seem minimal but it takes time and I want it to be done the right way. One funny thing we laugh about is that I am always having him hang things taller than most what might be considered normal.
But we are a very tall family.
I also need to get some very large canvases and start painting some abstract paintings.
Many of you may not know that prior to starting this blog I painted full-time and taught about twelve workshops a year. You can see my old art website here.
The not-so-fun things that I am dealing with are trying to return our broken dishwasher and not-the-right-size refrigerator. Which sadly are both not happening. Don’t get me started, but I did get a big fat no from the retailer this week
So I ordered new appliances and the new dishwasher is already installed. The fridge should arrive this week.
Also, our washing machine is not working properly as every time the spin cycle comes on the washing machine goes completely crazy and starts jumping around and making the loudest noise ever.
I can’t wait to call about the warranty as I am pretty sure I will be on hold for hours …
We will be spending a lot of time this weekend emptying out the garage and installing the mat flooring and setting up the workout equipment. Of course, it is just Dave and I doing this and the peloton and reformer weigh a gazillion pounds. I can hardly wait.
The good news is that by Wednesday almost everything will be done. I mean, it has to be, right?
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My Biggest Challenge This Week
I have already said enough about challenging things so I am not going to say anymore. Instead, I am going to share some fun photos.
KariAnne at Thistlewood is the most amazing decorator. Especially when she decorates with blue and white! You don’t want to miss this blog post.
My friend Janine at Happy Happy Nester made these Decoupage Oyster Shells. I love them.
Check this out! How to Make an Outdoor Fire Pit by Wendy Bellissimo.
Iron Orchid Design just launched some of their newest designs and they are amazing! These two ladies are so talented and you need to be sure to check out their blog!
Thank you Martha for sharing 16 Classic Italian Pasta Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Make. I have some work to do!
On top of finishing the beach house, I have a lot of work to get done in the next few days. This week you will see a five-minute wreath, a jute rope basket, a great recipe for a soup and salad combination, a pottery barn knock-off pillow, a sneak peek at beach house progress, and a great informative post about how I chose tile for our beach house.
- The Ventura Beach House – S3/V7
- A Busy Week at the Ventura Beach House – S3/V6
- Beach House Move-In Tomorrow – S3/V5
- Martha, “You are Wrong About My White Farmhouse Kitchen!” – S3/V4
- Valentines Day Decor – S3/V3
- Five Things to Organize Now – S3/V2
- Happy New Year 2023 – S3/V1
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