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Happenings: Bayhouse and Otherwise

I feel like the last week was one of those titled, "One step forward, two steps back." In all honesty, more progress has happened than I give credit for, and I've been quite the busy chica making it happen. So, you be the judge...
On Project Bayhouse:

This honey-oak cabinet got a nice little richening, courtesy of my elbows, and some very easy-to-use gel stain.  I followed this lady's tutorial on how to stain pre-varnished wood without having to strip it down (thank you, Pinterest gods).  Genius lady, genius products.  No need for me to reinvent the wheel, but if you have a similar project in mind, go HERE, and follow it.  You'll be amazed.

P.S. - Watching Fashion Police recaps makes staining go faster.

Remember I mentioned I kept one of the bedroom set pieces that came with the Bayhouse?  Well, faux shabby finish went to black glossy madness.
Working on the hardware situation.

So, all that felt like major progress.
Then, I hit a wall with the rest of the bedroom design. I felt so good with where it was going - which is to say, no cliche beachiness.  But, something about the Persian runner feels wrong, and the overall scheme just uninspired. 
Obviously, I'm nowhere finished - art is coming, as are different lamps, but I need help with the rug situation.  Should I instead go with a wanna-be moroccan shag?
 Or, add in a third color with an overdyed - in a fun purple or pink?

 I think we can all admit the elephant in the room is the beige walls, which I was hoping would just recede visually with the introduction of many other brilliant design elements :/  Is a different wall color the missing link?

...and, happenings NOT related to Bayhouse...I found a vintage Drexel Heritage sofa in perfect condition for 50 bucks.  You know that tingly feeling you get when you know you snagged something special?  Yep.  Got it.  This will work itself into our home.  Some day.
...And last, but not by any means least - We're expecting!  Another Baby Girl will join our ranks this summer.  If you've followed me for some time, you may know I lost a baby at 27 weeks last year.  After the heartache of the loss, we weren't sure our hearts could handle the fear and uncertainty of another pregnancy, but the World has its way, and here we are.  Happy, scared, excited, and - blessed.


Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Alison! What amazing news! I'm so happy for you and your family. Sending big hugs!

mrs. V { Chez V } said...

Beyond excited for you. I remember that post vividly - that was when I offered up a big virtual momma hug and the promise of food which is what we Greeks do in good times and in bad. If only I were closer, I could make good on that promise - this time in celebration. Now, moving on to the room. It isn't the walls that are bothering me - it is the tile floor. The runner is great but too small to be the only rug. Perhaps it needs to be layered over a larger rug. Initially I would say seagrass or jute but that might be like smearing boogers over boogers (beige over more beige). However, what about the new bleached jute rug from Ballard? They have a white-ish one that might work. I haven't seen it in person though. Then you could add color with patterned curtains or add a trim on the leading edge. If you go the moroccan route just send that runner my way :) Couch and glossy dresser are A+. But you knew that.

LindsB said...

YEAH!!! I cant believe its another girl, you are so blessed and you sure do make pretty babies! I cant WAIT to hear this ones name because I am obsessed with the first ones already :) xxoo

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Spring time in Georgia! said...

Love your blog. I am so sorry to hear about what happened at KISS nightclub. I know the entire country is in mourning and my prayers are with you.

On a lighter note- I am in love with your glossy black dresser. Will be looking for one to work on myself.

Stephanie FIG at The Enchanted Fig Tree on ETSY

My Interior Life said...

Oh, Alison, congratulations!! I'm so happy for you and your family. Best wishes to you. Also, that sofa is fab! Re: the bedroom rug issue, I think the wall color and floor color is too similar. Can you paint the room or would that be way too much trouble? Once you paint the walls, the rug might work. I know your headboard is dark so you may want to go light or with a different saturated hue? By the way, the headboard looks very similar to one I just got for my daughter for Christmas. Wayfair?

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

SO excited for you and the fam! Another little girl, you lucky duck. Take it slowly and inhale each moment...and each emotion.

I agree that it is the tile that is throwing me off too. I think if you get that covered, you are well on your way. So, are you in the US...or Brazil right now??

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Viviane Heleno said...

Hi Alison, I´m from Brazil and I´m totally in love w/ your blog! <3
You still live here? I would like to, someday, meet you, I´m a architecture student and always looking for great profissionals in design area, cuz I wanna work w/ this, one day!
Anyway, congrats to the blog, the posts and all about here.

My Crafty Home Life said...

This is going to be a beautiful year for your family....and this renal house. Love your DIY's.

Dewi Novita said...

It is your colourful blog that brings me a lot of knowledge about living. 
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