Joining the Social Media Bandwagon

Well, I finally caved and broke my vow of Twitter resistance.  And while I was at it, I joined Instagram too!  Go big or go home, right?  Both are still very new, but feel free to follow.  I’ve added links in the menu to the left.

Twitter: @wolfiesarah702

Instagram: wolfiesarah

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Our house became green (primer green, not paint green) in many steps.  Each step below is a different day, and often there were several days in between each step.

Here’s the original yellow house:

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Then, step 1 (you can read all about my reaction here: http://702parkproject.com/2013/06/14/im-in-love-with-a-stripper/):

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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Step 6:

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Now all that’s left is this one sad little window.  I’m hoping that was finished today!  You know, I said I hated this color, but the more I look at it, the more I see the resemblance to my dream house…

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I still want the green to be a little more saturated, but we’re definitely getting closer!

Inspiration

Sorry, but nothing new to report today.  The weekend, a contractor on vacation, and a very rainy Monday slowed down the progress a little.  But we are pushing forward.  I keep returning to this quote…

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In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a little insight into what inspires me when planning for this house.  As addictive as it is, Pinterest is a spectacular tool for conveying ideas.  I am no longer required to flip through magazines in the hopes that I will find something I can use as inspiration.  That’s not to say that I don’t still love magazines…I still have subscriptions to Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Southern Living, and Our State, and my mother-in-law lets me have her Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Veranda, and Southern Lady too!  (I’m kind of a magazine-aholic.)  But there’s just something about the convenience of being able to pull up an idea on the iPad really quick and show it to the contractor or the painter or my husband.

When it became apparent that we would be owners of the Park Avenue house, I started a Pinterest page that is solely for that purpose.  I only put pictures and ideas that I know could someday work in the house.  So no massive backyard terrace and pool.  No rustic country decor.  No guest house.  While I like all of these, they don’t fit the house, and I want more than anything to stay true to its character.   Here are some that really capture my style and my vision.

For the master suite:

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For the kitchen:

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For the guest rooms:

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For the home office:

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For the foyer:

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For the formal living room:

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For the family den:

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For the dining room:

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For the mud room:

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And last but not least, add some black shutters and a black door to this bad boy and it’s a winner:

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A few of my favorite pinners…

1.  http://pinterest.com/EmilySchuman/

2.  http://pinterest.com/savvyhome/

3.  http://pinterest.com/ladolcevitablog/

4.  http://pinterest.com/mycraftyhmelife/

5.  http://pinterest.com/ireneturner8/

Since I started blogging, I have become obsessed with other blogs.  My favorite house blogs are Young House Love, La Dolce Vita, Making It Lovely, Emily Henderson, and Better After.  It’s interesting to me that my favorites represent such a wide variety of styles.  Some of those bloggers don’t share my tastes at all, but I still enjoy reading about what inspires them.  Without even knowing it, they have helped shape the ideas I have for my house…and I’m sure I’m only one of many!!

The Official One-Month Report

Happy anniversary to us!!  We started work on the house exactly one month ago today.  What a difference a month makes!!  I can’t believe how much has already happened.  Here are a few shots I snapped this week.

The house is still two different shades, which makes for an interesting sight:

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The brick on the front porch, the front porch ceiling, and the front porch trim have all gotten their first coat of primer and are already looking cleaner.

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Almost all of the plaster throughout the entire house has at least been touched.  Much of it has been filled in.

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The house is still very messy, but it is starting to look more like organized chaos than just a total train wreck.

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Lastly, we had to remove our mailbox from the house so the painters could get started, and getting our mail (still intact) has been a huge issue since then.  So this past weekend, we bought a standard little mailbox and stuck it in the yard.  No more mail problems!!

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I also started a “wish list” board for the house on Pinterest.  Some things are ridiculously priced and will never happen, but some are actually achievable.  I realized I had tons of pictures that showed my tastes and hopes for the new house, but not really any actual products I’d like to buy.  The new wish list covers that!  I’m pretty sure I will be creating my annual Christmas list from this board for years to come!!  Check it out at http://pinterest.com/sarahgshouse/wish-list/

Photo Link

No new photos today…just wanted to add this link to my menu.

Check out lots of before, during, and (eventually) after photos at http://702parkproject.shutterfly.com!

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