Friday, August 03, 2012

Changes ~ inside

As I mentioned in my previous post our home has been busy with activity inside and out.  Wednesday I shared the changes which we did outside and today I’m sharing the inside changes.  I know that most of the changes are minor, new curtains in the living, dining and front entrance, a few accessories, new paint in the master and new family room furniture but I think it updates the look of our home.  I’ve included both the before and after pictures for comparison and in the living and dining rooms, both day and night photos as some things can’t be seen well with the sunlight flooding in.

IMG_4963eCurrent living room at night.  No huge changes but I love my new look with ceiling to floor sliding panels over the windows and matching panels beside the front door.

IMG_4984eCurrent Living room during the day.  There are two newer items in the room, the metal thistle & vase table lamp and we replaced our coffee table with a leather, tone on tone giraffe print ottoman.

Livingroom3.0Living room from 2006.

IMG_4968eCurrent dining room.  The French doors leading to the patio previously had venetian blinds which we never lowered or closed so I decided to remove them and I added sliding panels which match the ones in the living room and entrance way.

IMG_5059eCurrent dining room during the day.  Light reflecting off the lake just floods in so the panels really help temper that light.

Dining room3.1Dining room from 2006 

IMG_4988eEntrance to master suite.  It’s amazing how much of a difference paint can make.  I have held off painting the master bedroom as the bathroom really needs a gut-rehab and I figured we’d do it all at one time but we have yet to start that project.  I finally got sick of plain, cheap, builder’s white walls so I had the walls and woodwork painted and then I added a decorative opalescent finish to the walls.  So no, it’s not wall paper, it’s really just paint.

Master entrance1Entrance to master suite 2006.

IMG_4993eView from the entrance hall today.  Here again we get a lot of reflective light off the water so the room is bright.

Master view2006


Master bed22006


Master vanity1.02006


Master dresser2006

IMG_5063e Our family room is the most used room in the house as it’s right at the kitchen, it’s where all of Maisie’s toys are, the television and our gorgeous view of the lake. 

IMG_5015eI had been waiting for Maisie to get a little older before replacing our old sectional and finally back in April we got beautiful new leather furniture.  It’s difficult to tell by the pictures but the walls are actually a soft sage color, very similar to the sofa & love seat. 

Familyroom3.0Family room in 2006

IMG_5013eAnother view of the family room today.

Familyroom.0Similar view of the family room in 2006.

IMG_5021eFamily room from above today.

Familyroom above.0Family room from above (2006), before the onslaught of Maisie’s toys.  Gosh, how nice, clean and open it used to be but Maisie’s well worth all the additional clutter and stuff. 

We also did a bit of work in Maisie’s room but that’s going to be another post so watch for that one.

Our next project once the weather cools down is to re-landscape the front of our home where we had most of the plantings removed and then down the line, all four bathrooms need to be remodeled…OY!  For now though I’m enjoying and loving our new look.

photo (8)eYesterday before Maisie’s gymnastics practice Maisie and I went and got pedicures.  Maisie enjoyed the leg massage and chose sparkly purple for her toes.  It’s funny, neither Maisie nor I enjoy getting manicures so it was just our toes which got all prettied up.

Some nights with all the workers inside and out I just wanted to end the day with a nice little drink and my Wallaby Darned was a perfect choice.  This is a delicious, fruity, slushy and strong copycat recipe of Outback Steakhouse’s drink of the same name.  This is perfect on a hot day or to end a long and stressful one.  Click the picture or the link to be taken to Cook Lisa Cook and the recipe.

wallaby darned

Other wonderful recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing, Apple Pancakes, Baked Egg & Avocado, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Crab Cake Stuffed Mushrooms, Broiled Sushi, Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter, Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Baked Meatballs, Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars, Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Hearty Sausage, Mushroom & Cheddar Mini Quiche, Strawberry Soup, Chicken Tenders, Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie, Lacy Cheese Crackers, Dried Cherry Almond Tart, Thai Cucumber Salad, Grilled Thai Chicken, Chili Maple Mustard Ribs, Curried Grilled Thai Chicken Salad, Copycat “KFC” Original Recipe Fried Chicken, Double Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cauli-Rice, Cauliflower Crust Pizza & Fritos Crusted Pollock.



  1. Your home looks beautiful,love the paint effect in the bedroom!

  2. Love the curtains and the paint! Beautiful!!! And I am so excited to see your bedroom - LOL!

  3. Fun. Looks so good

  4. Beautiful! Your home looks wonderful! So peaceful.

  5. All your changes are just beautiful. I absolutely love the panels you hung. And the newly painted bedroom walls. Well done!


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