Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black Red Blue or dark plum door

So the next question is the front door color.
We pretty much thought we were going with a pop of color on the door and would choose red.
But now I'm thinking maybe black.
This is a VERY VERY lame attempt to see the house with each color.
Don't be jealous of my skills :-)
We've also talked about putting a window box under the office window and planting a larger tree on the right side.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The outside of the little bungalow gets some love

We've spent the last two years fixing up the inside of the house in Oregon.
This year we really wanted to focus on the outside.
But first, heres a little view of where we started.
Its nothing fancy, just a little plain Jane craftsman style bungalow. Its problem was that it lacked much in the way of charm. 
We wanted to give her some curb appeal and fancy her up a bit.

We drove around some of our favorite neighborhoods, finding things that we thought we could do to spruce her up a bit.  We love the look of a real craftsman bungalow and although our house had the bones of a craftsman, it didn't have any of the "bling" that makes a craftsman really cute.
This is a home that we actually looked at with our realtor when we were house hunting. It was for sale back then. I wish I would have taken more pictures of the inside of it.  Adorable house, beautiful kitchen, small bedrooms and living room, and no yard what so ever. We did love it though, loved the neighborhood, didn't love the price. 

So we went to work to add some serious craftsman charm to our little bungalow.
First we had to get rid of the fake shake siding on our roof peaks and add some cedar shake shingles.
Surprise when our contractor removed the fake shakes, there wasn't anything underneath it. Thats a problem.

You kinda need something to attach the cedar shake to. So, they took off all the fake shake and put up some new plywood sheeting. 
We also had him remove the window trim and replace it with something a bit more beefy. 
And I'd also like to just say how beautiful is that cloudy blue sky? So blue and pretty

Next up was to remove the boring siding they had trimmed out the porch columns and build bases. The top part will be covered with cedar, the bottoms will be covered in dry stack stone.
Here's a photo of another house that served as our inspiration

So Jon removed the siding from the columns and built a base for the stone.

Here we are after the cedar shake, new trimmed out windows, bases covered and ready for stone. It looks better already.

 Crowbar Construction goes into a holding pattern now until JAF Stonework has finished their part covering those pillar bases with stacked stone.

Jeff started with the corner pieces the first day.

On the second day he started filling in the small spaces between the corner stones, hand trimming the stone pieces to fit like a jigsaw puzzle.

Now that the bases are covered, Jeff will add stone caps to the tops of these bases.

Once thats done, Crowbar construction came back to trim out the pillars and put the spindles in the railing.

The back of the house got a facelift also with some cedar shake above the garage.

Next week the painter comes in to paint.
After that the lights will be replaced and then some new landscaping.
So, here's the before

and here's the After

The following week the painters came in to make some really big changes! Ta-da!!!

So there we go...lots of changes for the little bungalow

Friday, June 21, 2013

Favorite places

We just returned from the first full week in Bend this year.
And did it ever feel good. Not sure when we'll get the chance to go back for a full week, but it probably won't be until late summer, or early fall.
We've developed quite a list of "favorite places". So many, that we often can't get to them all, even when we're there for a full week.
Last week I found a new favorite place. Its right down the road from one of our other favorite places, McKays Cottage.

When the sun is shinning, its fabulous to sit outside. When its a little chilly, they bring you soft cozy blankets to put on your lap.  
And, they make the most amazing pumpkin pancakes I've ever eaten.

Another favorite spot is Jacksons corner. I think at one time this old building must have been the corner grocery or hardware store or something like that. I'll have to do some reserch on it. Its definitely been around awhile, thats for sure. Love places like this.   It has warn plank wood floors and a wood fired oven.  Its nestled right in the middle of an older neighborhood.   Wish it was within walking distance of our house.
and they have fresh squeezed orange juice...mmmm newest favorite place is called Pomegranates home and garden.  This cute shop is set up in an old house and outbuildings.

The Barn is full of the outdoor that light!

Inside the main house is set up to display items that would be found in that, the kitchen area holds all the kitchen gadgets, the upstairs bedrooms hold the bed linens and children's things. 
This is a peek into the living room area. That wooden bowl on the table there came home with me. :-)

This shopping cart was upstairs in the children's bedroom. Full of Dammit Dolls .... I probably need one of those some days. 

The nursery upstairs had this old crib full of pillows made from vintage tablecloths.  
Loved them. Very soft and squishy with feather pillow inserts. But, I know that somewhere I have a tablecloth that has a few stains on it...and now I know what to do with it. 

I bought a few things, that wooden bowl from the living room and a cute linen apron that I found in the kitchen. Out in the barn we also found a solar lantern for the patio thats really cool.  

I love shops like this. You can always find the cutest things in them.

I'll take more pictures next time, which I hope will be over the July 4th weekend. They're having a huge outdoor vintage market. Cant wait to go again.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

One year later, before and after

I've been wanting to put together a little before and after of what we've done at the house so far. We've had the house for one full year now and have made quite a bit of progress so far, although its mostly been elbow grease, paint and furniture. No major remodeling of anything.

Its kind of fun to look back and see how far we've come, considering we just go a few times per month for a day or two at a time...
Starting with the progress we've made in the living room area
Here's right inside the front door, looking toward the back of the house

and Now-

Looking to the right toward the master 

and Now-

Looking in the opposite direction from the dinning room, looking back toward the front door


and Now

From the master looking across the living room toward the other two bedrooms and bath

and Now

then back across at the master

not exactly the same angle, but a little of the kitchen before,

and after

Next time we go down I'll try to get some pictures of the bedrooms, bathrooms and yard to show the progress we've made there.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

simple gifts are the best

Usually I have a hard time finding something for Mom for Mom's day.
This year I got a really good hint of what she wanted when I made this for my sister for her birthday in February....

A broken pot, some moss, ferns, hens and chicks from the yard and a cute little gnome...done.
When I gave it to my sister, I heard Mom say, I want one!  I wasn't sure if she was just saying that to be polite or not, but when I walked in on Mom's day with one for her, she was thrilled.

Hers is a little different from this one, but I can't find the picture I took of it. She got a cute little bird bath with a frog in it and a brass birdhouse instead of a gnome and a brass bird feeder.  
Both she and my dad said that she had said that she sure hoped I was going to make her one.
When I walked in with the bag I was carrying it in she said " I sure hope that's what I think it is!"
haha...she's so happy to please, Im glad I took her up on her request and simple gifts are always best

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

dusting things off, and opening the windows

Its been awhile...a long while. Actually, its been just shy of a year since my last blog post.
I've often thought about the blog, but I've gone months and months without it even crossing my mind.
A few times I've thought of closing it down. Then I come back here and poke around a bit and find all the posts that I cared so much about...all the stories about our life.
Its kinda sad, them sitting here all alone.
And I don't want to loose them.
So, I keep it.

And Im kinda sad that Im no longer keeping those stories of our life.
So, its time to throw open the window, let in the spring air and dust off the cobwebs and get back to work.

Knowing I've written our stories down and can come back and read them anytime feels right.