Please join me next week in Florence, Alabama

Posted April 30th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Leah Richardson

 

If you are near Florence, Alabama on Tuesday, May 8th, please join me at this beautiful shop, The French Basket.  Jenny Hill has planned a wonderful day, which will include a book signing and luncheon, where I will share some Interior Wisdom.  Please stop by, and if you would like to attend the luncheon, please contact The French Basket.

Live a life of beauty and holiness!

xo

Leah

A Broad Place…

Posted April 16th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Word of Encouragement

On Saturday, an early morning in the garden quiets my heart, my mind. I find the continuous activity of bird’s singing, squirrels scampering, chickens scratching and wood peckers pecking rather soothing, like a soft and beautiful symphony.

The distant sound of motors on the lake, and road, remind me that life goes on around us. Sometimes that can cause me to feel alone, and sometimes that is rather soothing too. Regardless of how I feel, I find strength in knowing God the Creator designed this continuum. So I exercise my faith and dig my fingers deep within the soil.

Tom called…Janace died early this morning.

When life wears me out with trouble, like King David, I lament

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;

Be a rock of refuge for me,

I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,

you have known the distress of my soul,

YOU HAVE SET MY FEET IN A BROAD PLACE…

The Farm is that BROAD PLACE. A place where I can take deep breaths and say out loud

But I trust in you, O Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hand;

Make your face shine on your servant.

I look up as the sun faintly shines through on this cloudy day, a cloudy day in every way.

This continuum… from birth until death, but light bursts forth as the clouds part and thanksgiving fills my heart. Thanksgiving that, although brief, my path and Janace’s path intersected. I lay all down, especially my own understanding, and trust God. I offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving for that which I don’t understand.

I dig my fingers deeper in the soil, pulling up weeds by their root, noticing that it’s hard to tell the weed from the wholesome plant at times. Maybe I don’t need to remove the weeds? But as I finish one bed, there is more of a BROAD PLACE left for the plants to breath…grow…bloom.  When confusion is left alone, it becomes a tangled mess strangling the beauty God the Creator has designed. Confusion is not part of his continuum.

We walk on the BROAD PLACE by faith pulling up the weeds of confusion. As we do, it becomes clear that we can’t untangle by common sense what faith alone understands. When we do the hard work of weeding, deeply uprooting the weeds in our garden, our continuum we walk is no longer a tight rope, but that beautiful BROAD PLACE. A place where two walk hand-in-hand in the garden, in this life.

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,

which you have stored up for those who fear you…

Be strong, and let your {my} heart take courage,

all you who wait for the Lord!

Thank you for your prayers.

Are there any weeds that need uprooting in your garden so you too can say…

You have set my feet in a BROAD PLACE {room to breathe, hope and find beauty again}.

Blessed be the Lord,

xo

leah

verses from Psalm 31

BITTERSWEET

Posted April 13th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, LR Interior Design

Bittersweet:  causing pleasure tinged with sadness or pain…

Driving back to The Farm from the airport last night…home to my wonderful husband of exactly 23 years, I thought about the one word to describe my week in New Orleans.  Bittersweet.

My sweet friends Hattie and Bruce hosted me in their beautiful contemporary home in River Ridge. Hattie called me several years ago to help her make some design decisions after they had looked at our home to buy. She has a very edited, really minimalistic, style so we hit it off immediately.

My days were filled with very long hours consulting with new and old clients…primarily editing.  As Spring approaches, we are all ready to “lighten up” in every way. So I peeled away years of accumulation revealing this lightness and the beauty of simplicity. The beauty of a well-edited interior began to define each room in these homes.

With my new clients, as always, this question was asked more than several times.

“BUT WHAT ARE WE GOING TO PUT THERE?” And my response, as always…”NOTHING.”

Learning to live with less, with some empty space, takes time, but everyone comes to enjoy it. As I created piles of “expendables”, I could see my clients wondering why they had cluttered their home needlessly…

Often, clutter just happens. Years of accumulation and we find ourselves completely overwhelmed.  The bittersweet is that it takes someone who will honestly tell you the truth. Someone who will ask you the hard questions which force you to make the decision to

give away

throw away

and put away.

Although I left laundry rooms and garages full of those piles, my clients were thrilled! With furniture moved around, art rehung and accessories carefully placed, a beautifully well-edited design took shape. Hard work-fun work. A bit bittersweet.

If you have been a part of our on-line community for a while, you might remember my pictorial blog, TONE ON TONE, about the home in New Orleans I completed last fall.  click HERE

16 months of working with this generous, caring couple who lived in a modest home for 30 years. They met at age 12, later married and raised 4 children. Their new home was their dream home…a new and wonderful season of life they were looking forward to sharing.

MY HEART IS BROKEN. Janace has been diagnosed with a fatal and rare {1 in 1 million} degenerative brain disease. Mayo Clinic can’t even figure out how she would have contracted it. She is dying. Her husband called me only a month ago for prayer, and as I sat and held his hand on Monday, Hospice was setting up a hospital bed in their beautiful bedroom. My heart is broken. His words still stinging my ears…”Leah, I can’t remember life without her.”

Any day now she will behold Jesus’ face and I will always remember the long days we spent together carefully editing and making selections for this new season she was so excited about.

Although I know and believe God’s Word, I am grieving for my friend. My comfort comes in knowing when we are absent from our earthly bodies, we are present with our Lord. My comfort comes from knowing that sorrow lasts for a night, but joy eventually comes in the morning. My comfort comes from the ever-present comforter, the Holy Spirit, who grips my heart in love as I pray for this family I came to know and love.

BITTERSWEET…I take a giant step back, to widen my view and take in the overall picture, whether in a room or in a life. Editing out the clutter and expendables, making room for what is truly important. That is the interior wisdom that God alone gives to create beauty, simplicity and order in our homes and hearts.

Please pray for my friends.

Life is full of BITTERSWEET moments and God alone gets us through them, tenderly teaching us and He edits our lives.

xo

leah

 

 

FACE TO FACE

Posted October 28th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Word of Encouragement

Sitting face to face, celebrating one whom I love dearly… with strangers.  Not complete strangers, but basically strangers. I know little to nothing of their personal lives, although day in and day out they enter our home to work. We are new to DeLand, Florida, so celebrating Jim’s birthday with dear friends isn’t an option. I spread a low country boil of shrimp, potatoes and corn out of the long cypress table in the yard and tell everyone to wash up for lunch is served.

Sitting face to face with men, some of whom have no idea hot tears have rolled down my cheeks because of them. All is put aside, forgiven, to choose the better portion…grace.  I want my husband to feel loved and celebrated. All is put aside and I consider others more important than myself.  Not easy for me, so I remind myself considering others is considering Jesus.

Considering words of old…by entertaining strangers you may be entertaining angels unaware. Love you neighbor as yourself…all are neighbors. It’s all grace…nothing I can manufacture on my own…His grace.

The testosterone flows freely at the table as, quite expected, Monday night football is discussed. I smile, look around, yet hear nothing. My mind thinks about how Jesus, on the night before he was betrayed, dined with the betrayer. Judas was a part of Jesus’ team, even his inner circle. But God…but God is sovereign. Nothing surprises him or is allowed to filter into our lives without his express permission. In trusting the most basic of truths, God is good, I rise from the table to serve birthday cake…washing the feet of strangers.

The subject changes, I know not to what as my mind drifts back to the last supper. The 13th chapter of John tells us Jesus, knowing, rose from the table, removed his outer garments, and then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet wiping them clean.

What outer garment needs to be removed for you, for me, to freely pour out to strangers? Consider Jesus. Pride must go. Hurt feelings, disappointment and anger must go. Must be laid aside and grace put on. Consider Jesus. This seems so little, so petty, when I consider Jesus… for the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross.

Consider Jesus…

Count it all joy, my brothers {and sisters},

when you meet trials of various kinds,

for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

And let steadfastness have its full effect,

that you may be perfect and complete,

lacking in nothing.  

James 1:2-4

Consider Jesus…count IT ALL joy!

Whose feet can you wash this weekend? Water is flowing freely from his throne of grace for you. This font will wash you clean, for you, in turn, to wash the feet of…a stranger.

Whatever IT IS you are presently facing, grace abounds freely when you consider Jesus and count IT ALL joy.

I love you and I sincerely appreciate your emails for Jim. Unknowing, you washed the feet of another.

xo

leah

 

If you are in the area, please

Posted October 20th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, LR Ministries

join me in Bainbridge, Georgia for an evening of beauty and holiness as I share a message to PREPARE OUR HEARTS AND HOMES FOR CHIRSTMAS.

Last year, a precious group of women from Fellowship Baptist Church purchased INTERIOR WISDOM and used it as a Bible Study. Now I am honored to join them in bringing the love of Christ Jesus to their community.

As always, I appreciate your prayers…may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart bring glory and honor to our Savior.

Have a wonderful weekend

xo

leah

Pulling away to move forward

Posted October 14th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Leah Richardson, Word of Encouragement

 

Deluge

Downpour

Pounding

Blowing rain, which, at times, felt like tropical force winds.  This happened last week on THE FARM in the natural and the spiritual realm. Yes, last week was a really tough week! But determined, this week I press on toward the goal…

But one thing I do:

forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Phil 3:13

Strain:  stretch, takes unusually great effort, force

Straining to finish strong…straining to get workers “to do”, simply “to do” their work with timeliness, excellence and integrity.Straining not to beat myself up for “knowing this thing yet surprised still!” Straining to love…forgive…to MOVE FORWARD and let go of the past.

As I stare out the window, the newly built 12′ long farm table near The Coop beacons me to come sit. Just pull away and come sit. I grab my Bible and speak into the wind…Lord, what would Jesus do?

Throughout Scripture we see Jesus pulling away from the crowds to quiet places…mountain tops or the desolate wilderness. He just wanted, needed, to be alone with his Heavenly Father and pray. Jesus is fully God yet fully man so maybe at times, like me, he was just plain tired…physically, mentally, emotionally. I am so thankful he left us the example of what to do when the world has drained us dry. Get alone with God and pray.

Walking out, the Holy Spirit reminds me, refreshes me with the words from Psalm 46:4…There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God…

I pull away physically as the Holy Spirit pulls me in spiritually…into the river of God.

Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east. Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits and led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.   Ezekiel 47:1, 3-5

The Holy Spirit woos us to the inner sanctuary where He can miraculously make a mere trickle of water become a powerfully renewing river of life. Our part…pull away, step in and be led deeper still.

Lord, please take my hand and lead me into the river…covering ankles, knees, waist. So deep in living water that I must learn to swim…teach me to swim, to keep moving forward with your plans, your design for my life. Letting go of past failures, mistakes, and straining forward to take hold of the Spirit. For where the river flows, there is life, new life, beautiful life each and every day.

…so everything will live where the river goes. And on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”   verses 9,12

 

Is there something today you need to let go of so you can move forward with God’s design? Pull away. Step into the river…let the Holy Spirit teach you how to swim.

Have a wonderful weekend!  My mom is visiting!   {YEAH, YEAH}

xoxo

Leah

P.S.  Thank you soooooo much for all your wonderful email responses to your vote for the name of a devo book.  It was split about 50/50.  One sweet friend really nailed it for me.  Hattie wrote…I would love a book that can show me how every day can be beautiful and Holy.  Yes Lord…that is my desire…to share how, through your Word, we can bring beauty and holiness into our everyday lives.

 

 

the “Coop” at The Farm

Posted September 18th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Leah Richardson

Remember this precious little building?  The previous owners used it to milk their Nubian goats.  As any good 21st-Century designer would do, I “repurposed” it to fit our needs.  It currently houses “the girls.”

Jim and I have worked hard to “upcycle and repurpose” as many materials on the property as we can.  The posts and beams are the ones surrounding the tennis court in the picture above. Bud carefully removed the old and wonderfully wormy cypress boards, setting them aside until I could get back from NOLA so we could reinstall them on the partially new plywood structure {in just the right place no less}.  Redoing this little building took much longer than anticipated since Jim’s “security specs” were up to Ft. Knox standards!!  I will admit we have many creatures that roam around during the day…no telling what comes out at night! Anyway, “the girls” are safe.

Bud installed doors we removed from the house and I painted them Liquid Jade by Valspar in Semi-gloss.

The girls are growing up and they are very happy in their new home.  But something was missing…

meet “Angel”

Sweet Susanne

Cleo {short for Cleopatra}

The Coop needed some landscaping.  Saturday, I visited “A place in the Son” and purchased some plants, placed them and

and planted them in 90 degree heat!  Whew, now that turned out to be a project!!

But “the girls” seem to really like it.

As crazy and boring as it sounds, Jim and I quite enjoy watching “the girls” peck around and take dirt baths {Rudy patrolled}.

I realize I said I would probably never work with brick again…well, time does heal.  I have gathered more brick from the yard and will try my hand at making a little brick entrance/walk way to the doors.  Surely setting them in dirt is easier than mortar!

This week Bud will take down this structure that houses the water pump. My plan “repurposes” the rest of the doors that we removed in the house to form the walls for the new pump house, which will also serve to store “the girl’s hen-stuff.” A neighbor kindly offered us 2 old windows from his garage. Bud said he was up for the challenge to make “dutch doors”…so we shall see.

The garden is growing…cucumbers in 1st place so far.

The brick in the Dining Room got its first coat of paint. {By the way…I tried flat paint but it’s too chalky looking. Next coat will be a satin finish to give it a little shine.}

The walls are complete upstairs.  The doors get painted a light taupe color this week…Ice Formations #973 by Ben Moore.

One bath tiled and grouted.  Instead of removing the little metal window, a plantation shutter will serve two purposes…privacy and disguise.

Meanwhile…we have installed a heavy plastic on the front porch to house all our stuff.  I’ll be happy as a little chick when I can move into my freshly painted {and landscaped} house.

If you plan to start any Fall projects in preparation of the holidays, I encourage you to seriously consider using recycled and upcycled materials, repurposing them to meet your personal needs.

After all, God is in the business of continually repurposing and upcycling our lives too isn’t he…

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there

but water the earth making it bring forth and sprout,

giving seed for the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11

Count on this wonderful promise of God this week…believe he can take anything in your life and repurpose it for your good and His glory…believe him!

xo

leah

Tone-on-Tone in Metairie, Louisiana

Posted September 11th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, LR Interior Design

Last week I did a whirlwind {36 hours in 4 days} finish to a home I have been working on for 14 months. Here are some pictures from April, during construction…

This man is a true craftsman with a trowel.  The steps {treads, risers and nosing} are limestone. He finished the skirt board in stucco to match the limestone. The tool he handcrafted created a nice detail to the edge. Truly a craftsman!

Entrance foyer looking into the living room…

After considering the couples’ lifestyle {4 children and 9 grandchildren…at this point} we decided to turn the room slated for formal dining into a beautiful study for the husband, who frequently works at home. If paneled walls blow your budget, then apply molding to sheetrock walls and paint it all one yummy color. You will see the beautiful end result.

The wife and I worked for hours with various iron pieces on her living room floor until we created a design we loved.  I sketched it out and the iron fabricator did a beautiful job bringing our design to fruition.  We duplicated the process for the staircase design.

The coffered ceiling adds strength to this large living room and brings your eye down, which creates a more human scale. The key to designing a coffered ceiling is stacking various size moldings, creating nice depth.

The back loggia overlooks a teeny tiny New Orleans’ style courtyard with pool.

I designed the built-ins flanking the stone fireplace in the living room to showcase my clients pottery. She is very talented! The built-in on the left houses a television that, at the push of a button, rises out of the base cabinet.

The exterior sports casement windows in a beautiful mushroom color, with copper gutters.  The body color, coins and trim all in one color- white!

Large Bevelo lanterns and flagstone create an impressive entrance. Always opt for larger when it comes to exterior light fixtures.

NOW…these are the images from last week. All the trees have not been planted and I am not “complete-complete”…but enough to show you.

Foyer mirror reflects the prize staircase, a major focal point in the home.  Antique mirror and bench with new sconces from Circa Lighting by Susanne Kasler.

Custom designed light fixture- we worked with Julie Neil.

Chair and fabric by Hickory Chair-

Beautiful staircase detail- custom finish.

Walking in the front door…your eye is drawn through the house to the courtyard. Tone-on-Tone cocoons you in pale taupe walls {Ben Moore HC-81}, French limestone floors, neutral fabrics and strong architectural details.

Remember the study…the walls look paneled don’t they.

The plantation shutters are also painted the same color as the walls and trim.

The stone mosaic over the cooktop was one of our first selections and it set the tone not only for the kitchen, but the rest of the home too. Installing antique brass sconces add warmth, interest and beautiful accent lighting.

The small glass tiles shimmer in the sunlight.  I love the shallow end where the grandchildren can play.

Although the dining area is a part of the kitchen, installing the same drapery as the living room sets it apart evoking a relaxed elegance.  The 10 foot long antique farm table gives the room an acquired look and accommodates everyone.

I finished Friday at 5:30 and they hosted their first dinner party at 7:00!

The success of tone-on-tone style- mixing antique and new, traditional and modern, smooth and textured.

This piece of pottery she hand built is amazingly beautiful.  French blue is our main accent color.

Just love the reflection of a mirror, which doubles the space while reflecting the light.

When you paint the walls and trim one color, the trim is actually more noticeable…in a beautifully subtle way.

There are wonderful vistas everywhere. I plan to order a small drink table {thinking lucite} between the animal print fabric occasional chairs. It will be functional and a clear material will not stop the eye.

The large seagrass rug we have on order will add great texture and pull the living room together nicely. Have I mentioned just how much I love the reflective quality of the mirrors, which bounce light all around the room!

The banquet area was designed for the couple to eat casual meals together or play cards…I understand the granddaughters have taken it over for playing Polly Pockets!!  (:

Before I left, the wife and I prayed through every room of the home.  We opened the front and back door and asked the Holy Spirit to remove any spirit contrary to the Holy Spirit and fill this home with the ways, will and character of God…LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, GENTLENESS, FAITHFULNESS AND SELF CONTROL. {Galatians 5:22} It was such a wonderful way for me to leave and my clients to begin a new season in a new home with a new song of thanksgiving in their hearts.

Have you ever prayed through your home? I encourage you to anoint your entrances, open the doors and invite the Holy Spirit to dwell within in fullness and joy.

Now that’s setting the “Tone” of the home!

May the Lord bless your home and heart immeasurably this week!

xo  leah

Happy Labor Day!

Posted September 4th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Leah Richardson, Word of Encouragement

I hope today finds you enjoying the remnants of Summer!  Jim and I started our garden over the weekend and today I am on a plane headed for NOLA to finish a design job.  Jim planted the veggies, while I planted flowers!

Bud filled his truck with 3 loads of 50/50 garden mix, per Jim.  Now I am not exactly sure what the 50/50 stands for, but from the fragrance {haha} I think 50% of it came from someone’s horse stable!

I must keep reminding myself of the Scripture…don’t despise humble beginnings!  We have a ways to go before the garden looks like the Barefoot Contessa just left, but believe me when I tell you that I have lots of drawings and constantly wear Jim out with all my ideas! Sweet Husband reminds me that we are not full grown when we come out of the womb!

My request before I left was to NOT COME HOME TO THIS!  I sketched out some plans for Jim and Bud to use the leftover doors to construct the walls of our new pump house.  We will store the chicken feed and needs {I have no idea what that means!} in here too.  The chicken coop will get an update too!  I spray painted one of the chandeliers from the house {white} and look forward to hanging it in the coop when I return.  I will be out of town all week…but I KNOW JIM AND BUD WILL ACCOMPLISH MUCH WHILE I AM AWAY {right guys?}!!

“Daddy’s girls” as I affectionately call our new chicks {which I pray are all hens and we don’t wake up to cock-a-doodle-do one morning} have graduated to a little pen.  Rudy stands guard.

 

This feels like a scene from one of my favorite Dr. Suess books, which I read to Lauren {and Rudy}…“Are you my mother?”

This city girl is adapting quite well to farm life!  By the way, Jim and I have decided on a name, which I will reveal soon!

Walking to my desk, I noticed the back steps are complete. The carpenter pegged the last step so  it can be easily pulled off for the water cut off  is underneath it. It will be a good idea to leave a flashlight inside the step too.

Don’t you just love my work boots mom bought me the last time she was here!  I am a flip flops and pearls kind of girl, but I really like my boots!  {red shoe strings too}

Jim and I are just crazy about this place…it feels like home. As I gaze out over The Farm at our newly planted garden, the Holy Spirit reminds me that there is a season for every purpose under Heaven.  This season came as a wonderful surprise to Jim and to me…and we are so thankful we followed the promptings of God.  For the last 2 months we have uprooted and removed, edited as I like to say, much around here…but now is a time to plant.  What season are you in today? Uprooting…planting…or maybe harvesting?  Don’t grow weary in well doing the Bible tells us...for in DUE SEASON {a divinely appointed personal season scheduled in Heaven just for you} you will reap the harvest you have been praying for if you just WON’T GIVE UP my friend.

Enjoy all God’s blessings!

xo

leah

 

 

Renovation update

Posted August 28th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, LR Interior Design

Things are looking “white” around E. New York Ave. these days!  The plaster work will be complete on Tuesday and the painters started their sanding and prep work the end of last week. After studying the staircase, I decided to remove the grid of squares which closed in the staircase and gave it a bit too “Craftsman-style” architecture for my style.

Look how much more open the staircase looks.

DeLand Metal Craft Co. is fabricating this design in a French Steel finish for the opening.

We enjoyed some close friends from North Florida stopping by Sunday morning.  Jim and I were delighted to show them our progress and the guest room that we hope they will frequent.

The guest bath door is now installed and it is one of the few doors we needed to purchase.  It can be awkward for two doors to open against each other, but due to light switch placement and the floor plan of the bathroom, this could not be installed as an in-swing door. To help make it less awkward, I had it installed with an 180-degree hinge so it will swing flat against the wall.

I removed the over-mantle on the fireplace so I could install cut mirrors above which will create a wonderful reflective quality in the Living Room.  The pattern will be 12 x 12 squares {an ode to the gird I removed in the staircase} with 5 x 12 pieces surrounding. Can’t wait to show you!  A cut mirror pattern over the fireplace {or somewhere in the living area} is part of my signature style.

Tomorrow morning I will write one of my favorite Scriptures on the wall before they adhere the mirror squares…

Be still and know that I am God.  

Psalm 46:10

And, I will then be still and decide how to address the red brick surround!!

Saturday after a design consultation in College Park, I stopped in an “antique/vintage” shop and found some “good stuff”. Unsure where this light fixture will go, but for $185.00 it had to come home with me.

On the left side of the fireplace in the Dining Room, we created a small bench with simple framing and sheetrock. I plan to put loose raffia cushions on it and hang artwork above.  Since the bench is standard dining chair seat height, I can use it with a bistro table for overflow seating when needed.

The kitchen hood was installed

and the back staircase in the Kitchen is taking shape.

It was a challenge to hide the large plumbing waste line, but I am pleased with this column effect and the minor amount we dropped the ceiling.  I would like to find a column capital, maybe gilded Corinthian style, to place at the top of the column.  It would be an unexpected touch in the kitchen.

Once the kitchen walls were closed up, I really got excited!  I think I am going to love, love, love our kitchen!

My bathroom floor and tile baseboard received a major scrubbing {all afternoon} and it cleaned up very nicely.

This is a view of the upstairs hall toward the guest room.

After removing the interior door hardware and cleaning it up…I think I may sell it on Ebay. But not all of it. I combined some of the round decorative backplates with some of the new cabinet knobs I purchased and they look wonderful together.  A bit of old and a bit of new…

We moved into the apartment behind the house 8 weeks ago and I am in hopes that in another 8 weeks we will move into the house and start renovation on the apartment. I have high hopes and everyone is working hard toward that end!  Look at my desk!

Besides the small gilded chandelier, I found 6 “vintage” dining chairs to mix with our Mid-century modern Dining room table.  The lines are very sculptural.  An antique is considered over 100 years old, but these are considered vintage since they were crafted around 1960.  I plan to refinish them with a dark walnut stain.

If you have wood furnishings or handrails that have dark stains where the oil from your hands have caused discoloration, you can use denatured alcohol to easily remove it.

Thank you for all your encouraging emails!  They really keep me going…

Day by day…day by day…oh dear Lord, 3 things I pray.  To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly…day by day!

This week I will remind myself by reminding you…one day at a time.  All will get done…one day at a time.

xo

leah