Friday, March 18, 2011

The Reveal–Part 2

Things are slowing down a little at the Painted Quilt household now that the first stage of the renovations is over.  I still haven’t unpacked any more boxes but did hang a few pictures and managed to find new homes for some of the things that were piled on our dining room table. 

I’m somewhat hesitant to hang more ‘things’ until we’re certain that the furniture is going to remain where it is…for now.  Mr. PQ says that I’m always changing things around anyway so that really shouldn’t be a concern…and do you know what?  He’s right!    *wink*

crow divider

Although he has a few things left to unpack and to find places for, Mr. PQ’s office is finished.  He is an avid reader and has a huge collection of books. Jody, our contractor, custom built this unit and it houses everything perfectly.  The two cabinets on the right are still empty!


Travelling in a clockwise direction around the room is another bookcase and a cart to hold miscellaneous items..


Here’s his computer station…


And the other window which overlooks the back yard.


Next is our bedroom which is pretty sparse at the moment.  I haven’t hung any of the pictures or decorative items as you can see.  Unfortunately in this picture you can’t see the new Scottish lace curtains on the windows.  They are going to look even prettier once we can open the windows which will allow the breezes coming in off the ocean to blow them across the room.


Next to the bed is the dresser which also acts as a bedside table.


Because of the slope of the ceiling on the opposite wall as well as the addition of the new closet we had built, this is the best place in the bedroom to accommodate the dresser.  The ugly light fixture will eventually be replaced with a ceiling fan.


Our bedroom is in the ‘new’ addition which was added to the house in 1917.  This next photo shows the original roof line which was incorporated into the construction of both this room and Mr. PQ’s office.  It is actually quite charming and certainly adds to the character of the house but does hinder the placement of furniture in that part of the room.


This next photo shows my new walk-in closet.  It is my best guess that this room was once a tiny bedroom back in the 1830’s, considering there is a full sized window in it.


We also had lift-top cupboards/seats built in under the sloped roof line which have come in very handy for additional storage.


The size of the room is 8’ x 10’ so you can see that I have waaaay too many clothes.


Next are a couple of ‘updated’ photos of my studio showing the curtains that I hung on both the window…


And the door to the new closet.  I chose not to have a door installed because the curtain provides easier access to my fabric and wool stash which is neatly stacked in clear bins behind the curtains.


This next photo shows the location of the closet which is on the wall to the right as you enter the room.


And the final picture for today shows the stair treads that we had to install because Mac, our Westie, was having an awful time trying to manoeuver the stairs since we removed the carpeting.  He was okay coming down the stairs without the carpeting but because he had nothing to grip onto when ascending, he slid down a couple of times which frightened both him and us.  Everything is now back to ‘normal’ and there hasn’t been an incident since these were added.


We’ve had some glorious weather over the last little while.  All the snow has melted and yesterday I saw several robins in our back yard.  We also heard the sounds from and then saw a pair of pheasants sneaking under an evergreen tree to nest in our back yard as well.  Although it is overcast and gloomy at the moment with rain in the forecast, I think that spring has indeed arrived in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.



Leah said...

Every photo is lovely to look at. I have really enjoyed them and have gotten some ideas or myself. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Everything is so fresh and pretty. One day I hope to have an entire wall of built-in bookcases with a moving ladder. I'm sure Mac is very happy not to skittle all over the bare stairs now. Have a wonderful weekend.

WoolenSails said...

Everything looks so wonderful, the contractors did a beautiful job on the woodwork.


Annette said...

All so cozy and comfy...a beautiful home. I especially love the quilt on your bed. Awesome!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Everything looks so crisp and fresh Kaaren! it must be a joy living in an old home knowing you have put your own touches on it and every surface has a new finish! Enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kaaren,

Everything looks lovely. I envy you those big closets and the stair treads certainly are a great idea.
Spring is slowly coming to our area too. My husband saw robins on Wednesday and today we have lots of snow drops out and other spring bulbs sprouting. We still have lots of snow in our little woods and on our front lawn, but the rest of our property shows lots of grass, not green yet though.

Thanks for all the pictures. Always look forward to seeing what you are up to.Have a good weekend.


Karen said...

I think you are having lots of fun decorating. The sloped ceilings certainly add charm but can pose a problem with furniture placement. I see that often on HGTV. I am a big fan of the different shows on that channel.

Kimberly said...

Fabulous tour Kaaren! Keep those pics coming!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very nice Kaaren!

Siobhán said...

Everything is SO lovely, Kaaren! So nice and cozy and comfortable looking. I enjoyed every photo.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Beautiful. I love it. I am I love older houses and yours has soooooo much character. You have done a fantastic job.

We are going to start a remodel this summer to make things more handicap friendly for my hubby. I dread the mess.

Thanks for sharing!

Red Heads said...

How wonderful Kaaren for you both to have made a beautiful home here in Nova Scotia. A lot of work for you two. Doing it together was great I bet you. It is nice doing things with our hubbies eh? Yes it is nice to see the milder temps also. Enjoy your week end. Blessings: Dianne.

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures - you are coming along in getting your home the way you want it - the braided treads are so very pretty.
Avonport Discount Centre has long been a favourite of mine and the gals who run it are warm, friendly and go out of their way to help out. Glenice is a neighbour of mine - in the country that means she lives the next couple of roads over - about 10 miles more or less, but has often brought along to me a much needed item and dropped it off on her way home from work. And in case you didn't notice - there is a seperate shop across the parking lot where Gail's husband sells tires and other toys for boys. Gail also features candy and the Briggs yarn so valued for hooking rugs - can't lose on this shop!!!
The antique store is a treasure too isn't it?
BTW I would put your beautiful vintage quilt flat on the ground rather than risk breaking stitches by hanging it over the line. It only takes a minute for the wind to come up, often when the tide turns, and then damage could be done.
Thanks for sharing your renovation adventures.

Anonymous said...

Your home is simply beautiful. Your closet and ceiling slopes remind me of grandma's way back when I was a kid. There was a smallish sort of room that I always wondered what the intent was for.
Thanks for helping your little Mac on those stairs...that could have been awfully scary for the booger.

Needled Mom said...

You guys have really done a wonderful job on your home. I love the additional features of the sloped ceilings in the bedroom and I can picture those curtains blowing with the breeze.

I am glad that spring is in the air for you. What a thrill!!!

Deb said...

Your house is shaping up beautiful Kaaren! It really looks wonderful.

pinsandneedles said...

Everything is coming together so nicely, Kaaren. I do love the addition of the rugs on the stair treads. They really fit the character of the old house.

Allie said...

My gosh - what a gorgeous home. I love the curtains you made. The stair treads are just perfect! Wow girl you are doing wonderfully!

Karen said...

Just lovely, Kaaren. I am enjoying your home thru your pictures.
Glad to hear Mac isn't sliding down the stairs anymore. And I think the tread runners (which are fabulous!) will be a good thing for both you and Mr. PQ as well. Living in an older home myself, I know just how easy it is to make a misstep on steep stairs.
Enjoy the advancing spring time weather. It does our hearts good- don't you think!

Valspierssews said...

Thanks for the tour. I love that closet and the stair treads look great.

Jocelyn said...

Everything is coming together. I love your walk in closet!! And the stairs look so inviting, not only for Mac :-)

Darlene said...

Wonderfully lovely, Kaaren. I know you'll enjoy making new memories in your new home.

Lurline said...

Very Beautiful, Kaaren - itis easy to see the love and thought you have put into every little detail - enjoy!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Theresa said...

I love the look of your place~~ It felt so cozy and charming~~~ Thanks for sharing!!

Elyte said...

Congratulations on the wonderful progress that you both have made. Your personal touch is becoming more prominent. With the warmer weather coming you will move your activities outside soon.

Linda said...

Kaaren, I'm so happy that you are finally settling in. And poor Mac I know how hard it is for the little guys to maneouver the stairs. Our fergus had a hard time on our stairs as well. Love your choice of stair runners. Can't wait for spring. This has been one long winter.

Lori said...

It is all coming together so nicely!
We have contemplated the stair treads. How did you install them?

Shelley said...

Loving what you've done so far and the stair treads are perfect!

Chris said... certainly have earned a break from working. Everything is lovely and well thought out. Given it's place off the bedroom, is it possible that your closet may have been a birthing room/nursery once upon a time? We had an antique house once that had a similar room for that purpose.

Kim D. said...

I couldn't help notice the gorgeous GFG quilt on the bed and wondering if you made it? I'm working on a GFG quilt, it's my forever project. Your house is so charming with everything organized and in it's place. I bet it feels good to have the construction finished.

Anonymous said...

Love your happy for you. Thanks for sharing your adventure. ♥

Kathryn said...

Although it's a lot of work, starting from scratch in placing furniture and pictures is great for looking at things in a new way. I've been known to have pictures sitting along my baseboards for a year or more before I've hung them on the wall. I can appreciate your sloping ceilings after just having spent a week at a B&B in Key West in their attic suite. They asked us our height before letting us book the room because of the sloping ceilings. It was fun. Best wishes in your new home. Kathie L in Allentown

Sue said...

It's been lovely "visiting" your home. Thanks so much for inviting me in.

Leanne said...

Hello Karen
Your new rooms are just beautiful, I love the way you have decorated all of them.
You have done so weel to live amongst all the kaos while the builders were working.

Gloria J W said...

Kaaren thanks for sharing your photos of the three lovely rooms. I love the little nooks and crannies of your house. They give it so much character.

Janet said...

Thanks for the lovely tour, I can already see all the special touches around the place. You were incredibly lucky with your contractor, I wish he could come to my place.

Cattinka said...

Lovely pictures, when I saw you walk in closet, I was thinking maybe it had been a babies bedroom once.

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

Hi Kaaren,
just having a catch up with all your bloggy news, love your bedroom,I can just imagine the breeze soflty billowing your curtains into your fesh new room, charming and picture book stuff.
Poinsietta is looking fantastic!

teener1416 said...

everything looks great! love the country cool feel to everything!

Shari said...

It's all coming together so beautifully! A wonderful home in a wonderful part of the world...

Sandy said...

All of your rooms are so charming! I do like the runners on your stairs Mac does, I am sure!

Candace said...

Gosh, Kaaren -- it's remarkable what you've done in the short time you've been in your new home! Beautiful work - it looks so cozy and bright! We had the same problem with Sophie on our hardwoods - she would inadvertantly break dance all over! I'm sure Mac is ever so grateful for the help!

Mary Ann Tate said...

Everything looks wonderful. Really lovely:)

Can I ask where you got those stair treads in the last photo. I'm looking for something for my stairs.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! Everything is looking so nice! I love your studio! And your hexagon quilt on your bed ;o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(I am working on a hexagon quilt and a cathedral windows quilt...for future grandbabies! No signs of any yet, but I figured it would be a good idea for me to get started! :o)
...oh also, I am following at #1352 :o)

Robyn said...

Kaaren, I keep coming back to this picture of the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I am making one and this one has been a huge inspiration to me. Can I just come move in this room? I have visited this particular picture so often I feel like I already live here ;0)