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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Office Love it.....Hate it

I haven't shown pictures of the office yet, because, well the title says it all.

I am loving the new floors, but the room just wasn't happy.

Flirty legs and some Spring color.

My view into the study from the living room.
Maybe it is the white or maybe the slipcover ruffles but I love the view now.

The new corner cabinet I bought over the summer.
Great bargains that day.
Both my sister and I drove away with a cabinet. 
 We would have bought more but we had no more room in the truck!
It did not have a back and was in need of a paint job.

My favorite pin board, love the chippy frame and vintage fabric.

We moved furniture until it was right.

And moved.
Yep, moved again!

My poor son has helped me move a table in the living room twice.
Move a table from the basement to the office. 
Back down into the basement to the exact spot it came from.
My sister will read this and laugh because I used to ask her to do that.
She knew to screen calls and was hesitant to answer if I said "what ya doing?"
That was before my son had muscles.

We moved the couch from the office to the kitchen.
The chair from the kitchen to the office.

I think I am almost done moving furniture.

I had to keep trying, I was hating the layout.
I just can not sit at the computer with my back to the door, I feel exposed.
Part Feng shui, part not being able to hear anyone behind me.

I think I have the room where I am comfortable.
Now if only I could get rid of all the cords.
I have a feeling Mr. M. the computer guy can help me with that.

Now it is time to hang the shelves and fluff the room.

I had been searching for a rug for under the office chair with no luck.
Until Mr. M. and I were out shopping over the weekend.
I really love all the color and it would look great against all the white.
Until I went on line to locate it and just as I was about to order, I looked around the office., more like black and white.
Change of plans.
More rug searching.
Then I found it.

Vintage Document Bamboo Mat

The rug above is on order from Lucketts.
And while I was at it I added some of Miss Mustard Seed's Ironstone milk paint.

Although I may still get the orginal carpet for the living room, Spring is on it's way you know.

So, what do you think so far?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love at Arbor House Lane

Valentine's Day.

Is more than just that.
If you didn't already know or guess.
It is Mr. M. and my wedding anniversary.



Still in love, yeah!

We are the couple in the corner at parties talking to each other.
Not because we didn't want to talk to anyone else.
But that we enjoy each other's company.
We work well together.

You see, it is also the anniversary of our home.
We moved in the year after we built it.

Yeah, that means the year we were planning our wedding, we were also planning our home.

We put everything into it.
Just like our marriage.
Each year we love our home even more.
We make slight improvements to make it more comfortable, more like us.

We were just in our twenties when we started this house.
We had mostly lived at home our whole lives.
What did we know about designing a house?


We took Arbor House Lane from this.

To this!

We did it.


We did most of the work ourselves.
Laid tile.
Electrical was my job.
Oh, and paint, lots and lots of painting.
We put in the tubing for the in floor heating together.
Wood floors installed in three different rooms.
All trim work, windows, doors, floor and ceiling.
Finished the basement.
New wood flooring in living room and study.

I can't just talk about our home.
We also are raising three great kids together.

We pretty much did it all.
We work well together!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Red in the House

Red pops in the house against all the white.

You can see the living room mantel in the mirror.

I rearanged the living room after the Christmas tree came down.
Now there is plenty of seating for everyone.
Oh, and I still love my wood floors.

More red in the living room.
The moose is paper mache that I covered in red rose tissue paper many years ago.

The kitchen mantel, silver and white with a little red.
The mercury hearts were actually bought during Christmas time but I knew I would use them differently.

The dinning room is all set for Valentine's Day Dinner.

Beautiful roses I bought on my lunch hour Monday.

I even snuck in some pink and green, Spring is on it's way I heard.
The snow is melting too.

Are you a RED person?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Showing Love

Valentine's Day.
It is an extra special day in our house.

I started decorating the mantels in the living room and dinning room.

I went with simple in the living room.
All of these books are some from my mother's collection I inherited. 
I have them separated by color and they come in handy.
The book on the bottom stack under the pitcher is Worlds Greatest Letters.
Some of the books have dates back to 1912.


Simple but it makes a statement.
Aren't the letters great. 
I found them at a craft show this past fall.

Lots of hugs and kisses here.

A sampling of the treats the kids will make for their teachers this Valentine's. 

Simple, that is my word for this year.

All of the snow we received this past weekend was put to great use.
Mr. M. and I took the kids and their friends sledding.
We all had lots of fun.

I hope all my East coast blogger friends were able to find a good way to enjoy the snow. 
Even if it meant staying inside relaxing.

You will have to stop back later in the week to find out why Valentine's Day is extra special for us if you don't already know.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Do you remember when I asked for some snow for Buffalo?
Yeah, it was around Christmas time.
Someone heard me too late.

Arbor House Lane covered in snow.

In a couple of months the birds will be fighting each other over this bird house.
It will be time to wander the garden shops looking for new flowers for the garden.

Now there is plenty of time to ponder on a new garden design.
Time to work on new flooring in the children's rooms.

I want to say thank you to all who have stopped by to visit.
I have been busy, busy and miss posting.
Hopefully I will have some new projects and whites to share soon.

Today we bake cake and celebrate Mr. M.'s birthday.