Saturday, May 23, 2015


On the other side of this wall is the red bedroom. I just don't understand the 'make-up' mirrors in both rooms. I suppose that was the "in" thing at one time. I wear mascara occasionally and that's about it. :) Definitely no need for two make-up mirrors! 

We loved the amount of natural light in this room so wanted keep all three windows, but in the end we had to take out one window to make the walk-in closet large enough.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Closet Complete

Once the closet was finished, we called in the paint crew. :)

It was the perfect place for little boys to practice their painting skills.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunset 1

Before leaving Venice I was hoping to get some sunset pictures but I realized very quickly that I had a small window of opportunity to get that one shot with all the colors and silhouettes. I've never tried to take pictures at dusk so it was hit and miss for me.

The first evening I left the apartment thinking I had plenty of time to catch a water bus and get to the other side of the island before the sun set. If I had taken the correct water bus I may have! Instead I ended up taking a vaporetto that took me on the outside of the island which was beautiful as well. This is one time I'm glad I took the wrong bus. :) 


I have a good camera but I take pretty basic pictures so I'm not familiar with all the settings. The sun was going down fast so I just started snapping pictures. I have to say though, I really do love how these turned out. They have a mysterious feel to them. 


Friday, May 15, 2015

Demo Begins

Goodbye lovely green toilet.
Dwight is one of those guys you'd call a handy man, a fixer. We've been married 35 years and he has called a repair man exactly once. He has a knack for figuring things out and I don't know anything different so it's easy for me to come up with ideas and projects because I simply expect him to be able to make them come to life. :)

There were a total of three small closets in the 'red room'. We removed the two closets by the bathroom to open up the area of the bedroom and then decided to make a large walk in closet in another part of the room. (I'm making this sound easy but it was actually quite a project.)

The 'master bath' is very small and we mulled over the idea of expanding it to where these two small closets were but we decided we wanted the extra room in our bedroom rather than in the bathroom.

It took some convincing for Dwight to buy in to the idea of taking out the small closets but the result was amazing. Once we saw  how it opened up the room we knew it was definitely the right decision. 

I love the demolition part of the remodel. Yes, it's messy and dirty but you can see immediate changes. In my mind you just knock down this wall and move that wall but I'm learning there is a bit more to it than that. 

I was hoping to find something hidden in the walls from the decades old remodel but we haven't found a thing yet! Maybe when the kitchen project begins we'll find the buried treasure. :)  

* I will be leaving behind our own surprise for the future remodeler. *


I like to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, or maybe just listen to the birds in the morning. I've been known to sit outside on the patio with a neighbor and talk for hours. (Isn't that right K.H.?)  :0

Coffee is a big deal and Italy certainly has good coffee (very strong coffee in my opinion). However everyone drinks it like they're throwing back a shot of whiskey and then they light up their fifteenth cigarette of the morning and off they go.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"Before Pictures"

I mentioned in an earlier post that there are some changes happening in our lives this year. One of those is moving to a new house. We love the house we live in now and the location is ideal for us but the stairs are wreaking havoc on my knees. Over the last two years we've kept our eyes open for one level homes and just couldn't find one we felt comfortable with until recently. We found a great house that we both felt a connection to and after lots of thought and prayers decided it could be our new 'home'. 
The only thing is ~ it needed lots of updating. One bathroom had the 70's green sinks, stool, and shower combo.

This is how the mirror and vanity lights looked in the green bathroom. It was quite the set up. :)
Another bath had the 70's gold trio along with a miniature bathtub. It is the craziest thing. I've never seen such a small bathtub in such a large bathroom. It also has mirrors on every wall! Our four year old grandson thinks it's 'awesome' but the reflection of yourself going to the bathroom isn't quite as desirable to me as it is to him. :)

Almost immediately we were both throwing around ideas of how we could take out this closet and move this wall and take down these cupboards etc etc. And of course when I say 'we', I don't mean me so I questioned my husband's sanity for taking on this huge undertaking before we committed. He assured me he could do the work himself to save money, so here we are - in the middle of a major remodeling project and like most projects it seems to be growing and changing as we go along. 

And then there was the red bedroom. Yikes.(notice that beautiful green toilet in the background.)
We really needed to use our imagination when we saw this room.
I just wasn't impressed with the built in speakers and the 'Marilyn Monroe' vanity in the middle of the wall. 

After seeing a few of the "before" pictures, I'm sure you understand why I questioned our sanity for taking on this project. :)