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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Backyard Landscaping Begins

It has been so hot and really, really slow going on the backyard landscaping.  We finally cooled down a little bit and the guys came to install the underground pipes for the irrigation system (drip lines) and the electrical ( low voltage) for landscape lighting.

We had purchased a beautiful 24" box tree and a few plants for around the pool, so we were ready for them to be hooked up to the system when the guys got here.





Lots of pipe, tubing, fitings and wire.


Time to dig more trenches in the yard.    Between the pool and the backyard there are about a gazillion pipes and wires running everywhere.







Valve box for the different zones.



Another faucet on the back wall - -and the first plant to go in is my wonderful tree that I hope grows really, really fast.


 Then the planting around the pool began.









That still leaves me with all of this to go behind the shed. - - -


 yes the shed arrived, but the floor for the shed was backordered, so still waiting on that.


 All the plants in the ground, all the pipes buried and all the dripers working properly.  These look awfully small now, but give them a few months and they will look great.


Next up is to get the shed and fence up in the back corner of the yard, then gravel so we don't have a mud patch.  Then I want to make the shed look like a really cute bath house, and to work on redoing the patio.  I just have to save a few more pennies.  All this underground stuff is expensive and doesn't make for a big showing.  So now that it is finally all done,  maybe we can get to the pretty soon.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

My 2nd Most Pinned & Viewed DIY Makeover

It always surprises me that one makeover or DIY can have such longevity.  This bathroom makeover from 2015 has been my #2 most pinned and viewed DIY project that I have ever done.  The thing that continues to attract attention is the baseboard molding.  I receive about 3500 pageviews a month every month from this one post.  It has been on my sidebar for almost all of those 2 years and it still has an audience that wants to know more about it.

When I showed you guys my inspiration ideas for redoing the hall bathroom,


 I showed you this new molding idea.  It is a composite wide molding that is sculpted to fit right over your narrow molding without having to remove it.  You all asked for a review when I got it.  

Well, I have to say this is totally amazing stuff.

If you missed this post you can check out my review and how it looked in my bathroom makover here - - 

Some things are timeless and great moldings are definitely timeless and this stuff is wonderful.  No need to rip off your old moldings so what a time saver.  I love this stuff.

If you would like to see the final reveal of the makeover (it didn't end up looking anything like my mood board) you can check it out here

Are you curious about what is #1 - Feed A Crowd For Under $5


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

OK - What Do You Think - YES-NO-MAYBE

If you have seen my home, then I am sure you have seen my huge mirror in the living room.  I really like the mirror, but realize that in this house it totally overpowers the room and the furniture.  This is a really, really big mirror - 4' x 7' with a really big antique gold frame. Here is a view from the stairs.


Sort of a straight on view

and another view.  Ok, we all get that it is big.  It hung over the sofa in two houses ago that had vaulted ceilings and looked fine, however these ceilings are much higher.


Here it was in my last house with 9' ceilings and between two windows.  It didn't look so big.

NOW THE QUESTION IS THIS - - -Is it the elephant in the room or is it the one quirky thing that makes this room unique?  I have loved having this huge mirror because it makes the rooms I've had look so much bigger.  This current living room is 15' x 31' including the dining area.  The one thing that makes the living area seem small is the recessed section by the front window.  It is only 9' wide, so that is really small.  It confines the living space down to a really small footprint.  Several have asked me why I didn't try the sofa in front of the window and the small space is why.  There is no room for end tables on the sides it is such a confined area.  NOW THE BIG QUESTION -  Is it time for a change, rearrange, hang it lower or turn it vertical.  This past week I had several more suggest that I turn it vertical.  That has been suggested quite a few times.  I couldn't imagine that personally then I went on pinterest and found several living rooms that had a huge mirror turned vertical behind the sofa.









These were all interesting.  If mine stays the way it is, I do think it has to be hung a little lower above the sofa.  If we turn it vertical, then how tall do we hang it, or do we put it down by the floor and just have it show about 4' above the sofa, or somewhere in-between.

Now there is another option - - - Put it behind my console table on the entrance wall.  I have a really large painting hanging above this console table, so maybe the mirror could replace it.


It could hang just above the floor molding and the table be placed in front of it.  The table would fit right inside the frame space of the mirror since the mirror is wider than the console.  Hanging vertical that way it would be about 2inches taller than the current picture.


This is what else is on this wall.  The wall is 27' long from the door to the bottom of the stairs.  I could even scoot the china cabinet and chairs down a little.    (This picture might even go over the sofa for now - this shows a pretty accurate likeness to the colors in the painting.)


Here are some pictures I found on pinterest that show what that would look like.





Then the next question is do I get rid of it all together?  I love the idea of a mirror over the sofa since I already have tons of art, and yes I do agree, there are some fantastic mirrors out there that would look wonderful and some fabulous art too.

Help me out.  This thing is so heavy and takes 4 guys to just lift it up, plus it is hung on the wall with bolts in the studs, so moving this is not a walk in the park.

Give me your honest opinion - YES - NO - MAYBE - LEAVE IT or something else.



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