Day Three (of Twenty-Eight)

What She Wore: blue jeans; tennis shoes; purple LSU sweat shirt; gray Hornets, long-sleeve tee. I am representin’ Louisiana today (apparently).

Well, people have expressed a little interest in my house work, so I thought I’d share. So far, we’ve painted the main areas and scraped the ceiling in the front room. The last time I had a picture of the house up I showed the view from the front door. Now, I’ll give you the same view with the new paint, furniture, etc.

I’ll tell you a little bit about what you’re seeing. The secretary (desk) belonged to my great-grandparents. It was a rickety piece of junk, but I couldn’t bear to part with it because it has a sticker on the back from the company that made it. It’s was a local New Orleans company that’s now out-of-business. Luckily, it got destroyed during one of our moves and the Air Force paid to have it completely re-done. It’s gorgeous now.

On top, there’s a painting that I bought at a local art gallery. It’s called Dance With Me I and was done by a painter named Jim Browning who’s based around Nashville Tennessee. My husband and I really like art. Other people have electronics–we have art.

Also on top of the secretary is a statue called The Tree of Life which is carved out of ebony. My husband’s family bought it when they traveled to Kenya when he was in grade school. There was a whole divorce/new wife doesn’t like reminders of the new wife thing and many of the treasures from my husband’s childhood were gathering dust in his father’s attic. He reclaimed many of them and you’ll see them scattered around our house.

On the bottom of the secretary you can see a gold bowl made and painted by a local artist. It was a gift to us when we got engaged from one of my dad’s associates. He had good taste.

Next up for this area, I need to buy a rug for inside the front door. I’d also like a new light fixture. Right now, I’ll have to make do with what I have, but I’d really like to replace this at some point.

Kind of blah, don’t you think? For now, I’ll have to satisfy my light fixture craving by going to a GREAT site.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    i am not big on nipple lights (as i call them) either…they are just a little too plain for me…

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  2. Nadine Hightower says:

    You are doing a great job with the house!! I’m so envious that you apparently got that gene…the Marthas Stewart one. Where you can decorate and it look cool. I didn’t get that one.

    Charlie looks so cute in his Jumpythingy….and looks soooooo miserable with his dad!!

    I would use the wipey things on the books from the Lieberry. Cheaper and you can put your moola into new lighting.
    Catholic mom has started a book club…you might join.

    Aloha and Big Okie Hugs!!

  3. Small Town Girl says:

    Looks great!

    I don’t blame you for wanting to change the light. You should have something more interesting right when you come into the house.

  4. I love what you have done with the entry… I think you are right the entry only needs a rug and some sort of hang down light fixture and you will be set! :)

    Big Hugs to you!

  5. I love the new look of the entryway! That secretary is really a beautiful piece! (LOL Aimee re: nipple lights!! I’ve got a couple in my house and that’s exactly what they look like!!)
    Hang in there with the “house arrest”. You will all make it! Charlie is looking so great! Love his hair in that pic with his daddy! So adorable.

  6. I like the dog peeking around the corner!!

    I hate those lights, that’s all I had in my house and I replaced all of them with either ceiling fans or cooler lights. I think I have two left though, in the laundry room and hallway.

  7. Those are some really great pieces.

  8. Lamps Plus is one of our favorite sites and stores. We got our stained glass lamps through them. How about a nice stained glass piece for the entryway?


  9. Looking good! Is that gold bowl called a blessing bowl? I really like it, its pretty!

  10. Hey girl… Yes, the steroids make Baylee in to a different child. This morning she got up at 4:00 asking for pancakes. I convinced her of an egg-o waffle that she could eat in bed! :) Luckily she went back to sleep because I was tired!

    Hugs – Tiffany

  11. We have quite a few of those lights…they are cheap, easily acquired, and easily replaced, haha.

    And BTW, Elise will be 9 months on the 29th. I swear she has been teething since August. Such a pain.

    I love you art. I’d love to see more of it. We are definitely of the “have electronics” variety. I would prefer art but since my DH is the money earner, he gets more of a pick, haha. He likes to decorate with family photos anyways.

  12. I loveeee what you did with that entryway. The colors and the pieces all fit together perfectly!!
    Charlie looks so cute in those pics too. God bless and let us know how you’re doing.

  13. Love the statue! My parents have started collecting a few African pieces here and there from some friends in Malawi and Uganda — I’m crazy about their art!