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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

372nd Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 372nd Inspire Me Tuesday.  Boy you guys have room makeovers going on, spring decorating all over and creating all kinds of amazing things.  I love seeing all your links each week.


Spring is the time we all want to spend every second outside.  The weather is fabulous and the flowers are all blooming, so time to spruce up our patios and porches. Housepitality Designs shared how she dressed her porch for spring.  Gorgeous.


From dirt to fabulous.  Growing Up Gabel had a small backyard that wasn't usable as it was, so she turned it into their favorite place to be now.  Great transformation.


We all know about the power of paint, but I've never seen this Dry Brush Painting Technique before and it is awesome.  Thirty Eighth Street shares a step by step tutorial.  I need to try this one.
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From studs to stunning.  This is how you create a beautiful Antique Farmhouse Bedroom.  Go check out While I Linger to see where she started and the rest of the room.  Soooooo pretty.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Small Changes - Big Difference

I am always amazed at how sometimes a really small change just makes so much difference.  Living in the desert, AC and a ceiling fan in every room to keep the air moving are major necessities.  Just the right ceiling fan can also make or break a room.

Case in point my family room area next to the kitchen.  This isn't a big room at all - 12 x 15, but it is the place we like to hang out and we definitely need a ceiling fan.  This room has 81/2 Ft. ceilings.  I know that is a weird size, rooms are usually 8-9-10 and sometimes even 12 or like our living/dining  - two story.  Anyway the first ceiling fan I bought is the kind we usually buy, but it just seemed to overpower this small room.  All you saw was ceiling fan.  I changed it out for what they call a "Low Profile White Ceiling Hugger".  This makes such a big difference.  You don't just see fan.


See how nice this looks, it doesn't dominate the room.


This was with the Oil Rubbed Bronze one that I originally bought.  You notice the ceiling fan before you notice anything else.  (This one is moving up to the loft, it will be perfect there.)


The other small change is the candle sconces around my horse painting.  I wasn't sure if they kind of took over the space or not, but I think the wall needs them.  They look so nice and I really love them.  If you need something that makes a statement, these are it.  I got them at Z-Galleries and they are really inexpensive.  They come in gold and silver. (I was not compensated, I just like them.)


Here is the room without them -


and with them - I think they need to stay.  Especially since you don't just see dark ceiling fan when you look at the room.


I am still planning on replacing the brown wood blinds and adding drapes and new end tables, but all in due time.  Oh and I still need to figure out a gallery wall around the TV.  Is a room ever really done?  Right now I am doing nothing but watching the pool being built.  I am going to really, really enjoy it.



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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Beginning Of The Pool

It seemed like it took forever for the permits to get through the city, but things are finally getting started. I guess everyone wants a pool before the summer hits, so the city was back logged on permits.  I wanted to document the pool construction and thought you might like to follow along.  We are starting with a totally blank slate, so there was no prep work to clear the space for the pool, but there will be a ton of landscaping to do after it goes in.  This is going to be a "Play Pool" that goes from 3ft to 5ft deep.  Perfect for our family since we are not lap swimmers, but love to play ball and just enjoy cooling off in the pool.  I think I will be found here most all of the time.


Friday 4/14 - They came out and marked off all the water and electrical lines and drew the pool out on the ground.  This was interesting to watch.  This gentlemen had the copy of the design that the city signed off on, so he started taking measurements in all kinds of directions so he could get everything to scale.

This is the architect's drawing of the pool.  I love the size, not to big or little and tons of cool deck on the side so there is plenty of room for chaise lounges.


 Then he used a string and some tape and spray painted the ground in the exact shape and measurements the pool would be in.  He was amazing to see how it all came together.








 Now we finally have the rough shape.


 The back bench  - - -


 The finished design showing the front steps and the total shape of the pool - -


When he was finished the supervisor came out and double checked all of his measurements.  Everything was perfect so now we are all set for the dig to take place.

 Wednesday 4/19 - The Dig!!!  Boy things started off bright and early.  The crew got here a little before 7AM .  The Superintendent came out and layed down a mat to cover the water meter box so it wouldn't get broken - -


 then the crew pulled up that was going to do the dig.


 Off came the bobcat and backhoe.


 One guy started hammering rebar in the outline of the pool  (That is the supervisor from the pool company with the cowboy hat)


 and the other guy started knocking down the fence.


 Now we were ready for the first shovel of dirt for the dig.  Yip - Skip - I am so excited.

As he dug the dirt the other one hauled it out to the dump truck.



 This guy must have made a gazillion trips back and forth.  He also had to go empty the dump truck 3 times too.  They dug a lot of dirt.


 As more of the pool is dug, they outline the shape with bender board.


 By 1:45 they were all done and even a backwash pit was dug up in the upper right hand corner.

This is our view from the end of the patio. 



That was a lot for one day.  You can really see the shape of the pool.  Plumbing and electrical is next.

 It is going to be so fun for this summer.  I can't wait.




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