Good Neighbors, Good News And A Decision.

At our GA home, we installed a Nest system (cameras-similar to Ring) just for shits and giggles, cause I love shits and giggles. We knew it wasn’t going to be for security because this is a gated community to keep out the riff raff, the neighbors are diligent on keeping up with you (think Gladys Kravitz) and there has only been one crime in 25 years. That happened to be a domestic dispute gone bad, you know how tough marriage can be, right?

But the upside of our nest system is we can see what’s happening when we are not here to witness it. (Our backyard last month)

A day after we departed last time, I had a small package delivered by Fed Ex. My sweet neighbor ran over, grabbed it and sent me a note saying she’ll hold onto it until our next trip. I thanked her, let her know that I had more packages arriving, but most would be large so ‘don’t hurt yourself’ trying to retrieve them, we will be back eventually.

For days on end, I would get a notification letting me know another package had arrived. Y’all it was piling up on the covered porch. Thankfully my neighbor held off on storing them for me. And I didn’t have to worry about one porch pirate; how pleasant is that?

There are still places on the planet where you don’t have to worry about being taken advantage of.

I appreciate those of you who chimed in with your ‘painting the ceiling’ advise, I really did appreciate your help. Those of you who didn’t chime in, you should be smacked with a wet noodle.

I thought about it for days. I googled stuff. I asked anyone who would make eye contact about it. We got to the GA house, my In-laws arrived, two good FL friends arrived, I conferred with all them. Everyone had a slightly different answer and it only confused me more.

But eventually, I came up with what I thought would appease me.

I had a planned ‘color’ meeting with my sweet painter. (a wife and husband team) I let her know what I had determined and she agreed with me wholeheartedly. *sigh* I instantly felt so much better.

I know, you’re probably thinking, it’s JUST PAINT Suzanne! And it is, but it is a LOT of PAINT and a LOT of MONEY.

The three arrows are the current colors of the house; walls and ceilings. Some ceilings are as dark as the darkest. Some walls are light as the lightest with the ceilings that color also. I honestly believe the Hopsack and Latte are too dark for a wall or ceiling. What I’ve decided to go with are Kilim Beige for the walls and Divine white for the ceilings so there will be some contrast between walls, ceiling and crown moulding.

Do you feel as good about this as I do? The reason I’m staying on this color wheel (page, swatch, deck?) is because I’m leaving some of the larger areas that are painted the Nomadic desert color, I’m feeling that the room that is in is nice and bright with high ceilings. I love a home with continuity throughout, the colors will flow from one room to the next without feeling like a ‘different’ color. You know what I mean? I can’t have a blue room and then walk into green; it’s too jarring for me.

See how freaking dark that wall color is for a master retreat. Am I going to sleep for tonight? OR forever?

The painting will begin next week and take about two weeks to complete…I’m so very excited!

So, are you sick of me talking about painting nonsense? Do you want to see our updated dining room?

We now have a rug! Thank goodness we don’t have a big old ugly table in the way, so we can really appreciate the beautiful rug we purchased.

I’ll see myself out…


The Empress’ New Table And I Need Your Opinion.

Ya’ll, this was a ‘grammar worry’ writing the title right up there; did I write it correctly? Let me know. *wipes blogging sweat from forehead*

I hinted a few weeks ago about sharing a photo of our fabulous dining room table at our mountain home. It was created to just the right length for our space, 92″ with a stained yellow Georgia pine top and a painted, hand distressed base of black; do you love it?

It was custom made and it turned out even more beautiful than we expected! This will be an heirloom piece that will outlive us and hopefully will be passed down from generation to generation.

Think of all the meals, laughter, wine, games, etc we will enjoy at this table for years to come.

Would you like to come and have a meal with us? Not hungry? How about just some wine and cheese because I’m always down for wine and cheese.

Think of how much WEIGHT WE WILL LOSE with this table in our dining room!

HA! Were you thinking: Suz, my eyesight IS going! The table IS in fact being created right now and I’m told it will be here before Turkey Day!

Speaking of delicious critters…when the Coach and I visited the furniture maker at his shop, behind his home on a large piece of farm property, this guy (a rescue pig or pig rescue?) was keeping watch.

He never even picked up his head, and I was wondering, is he DEAD? Or is he faking being dead because he sensed how much the Coach loves to cook bacon?

Anyhoo, back to the table, it was custom built by an Amish wood worker and then the local guy (David) does the ‘finishing’ of it; custom painted/distressed. The Tops of the table are made from local Georgia yellow pine. How cool will that be? Very cool.

My dear readers, please go back to the first photo up top. Do you see that the ceiling in the dining room is painted the same color as the walls. How do you feel about this? Are your ceilings white? How would you feel about an entire home that has painted ceilings. Every.ceiling. Really. I need to know because I’m meeting with my painter very soon.