Our Home’s Grand Revival: Part Two

***This post was written a couple months ago, and was intended to come out soon after the release of Our Home’s Grand Revival: Part One.  However, my world was turned upside down on June 3rd, and things are just beginning to feel somewhat right-side up again. On that fateful day back in June, my younger brother was in a near-fatal head on collision.  He survived the crash, but has needed 10 surgeries, and had his right foot amputated as a result of the accident.  We are all so grateful that he is still with us, that he did not suffer any brain damage, and that he will eventually walk again.  This experience resonates deeply with our family, as we already lost a sibling/ daughter/ aunt just a few years ago in a weather-related car accident.  It has felt like being struck by lightning twice. Once again, I am amazed by the fragility of our existence.  Our lives here on this beautiful rock are so fleeting.  By the same token, I am in awe of human courage and resilience, and our ability to find light amid the darkness.  My brother has been an inspiration to all that know him; he remains positive, full of humour and grace, and is determined to walk again.  This post is dedicated to him…he helped a lot with many of the renovations done to our old house, including adding the runner to our stairs.  I am super excited for the day when he will walk through the front door of our new place.  Love you brother!***

Hello again.  I’d like to share these pics of the work we did and improvements we made to our upstairs.  Now that we are just days away from moving to our new house, I’m feeling awfully sentimental looking at the images of the kid’s former bedrooms.  We moved here when Lily was only 5 years old, and Liam was barely a year old.  In the 9 years living here, so much has transpired.  Our kiddies have grown into mature, responsible, kind of annoying, yet amazing people.  I can hardly believe it is time to say good-bye.  In the time we have lived here, I believe we have accomplished my original goal for our gothic revival cottage home: revival.  I feel as though we have managed to breathe a little more life into its old bones — take a look, and let me know if you agree!

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Progress in Pictures

You’ve been patient.  You’ve been understanding.  Basically, you’ve all been awesome.

As a reward for your patience, understanding, and awesomeness, here are the progress pictures of my kids’ bedroom revivals that I promised.

I am sorry for the poor quality of the photos; I am going to get my friend with a really good camera to come and take the final reveal photos.  Nevertheless, here are the progress pics as promised:

Ready…Set…Go…

Liam’s Room

— BEFORE —

A CLUTTERED ROOM WITH NO PERSONALITY.

— PROGRESS —

ALL CLEANED UP! WE USED WARM GREEN WALLS WITH BLUE AND ORANGEY-RED ACCENTS.

— TAKE A CLOSER LOOK —

FACE-FORWARD BOOKSHELVES ARE A GREAT WAY TO DISPLAY COLOURFUL KIDS’ BOOKS.

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The Home-Mood Connection

My last post, From Survival to Revival, or the One Where I Open Up, focuses on the struggles I have faced over the last couple of years as well as some of the ways I have managed to pull myself out of a mild-moderate depression.  After writing this post, I began thinking of how I truly believe that the features of your home (for example, cluttered?, organized?, well-lit?, full of plants?, etc.) can have an impact on mood.

So, I set out to find five fab online articles dealing with how adding certain decorating elements, such as colour, to your home can boost, or influence, mood.

Here’s what I found (click on pictures to gain access to the articles)…

ONE

THIS ARTICLE OFFERS INTERESTING TIDBITS OF ADVICE ON HOW CERTAIN DECORATING ELEMENTS, LIKE BIG WINDOWS AND SOFT CURVES IN FURNITURE, CAN PROMOTE A PERSON’S WELL-BEING.  IT ALSO MENTIONS WHY MINIMALIST DECOR MAY NOT BE THE BEST FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMER’S. 

TWO

THIS BRIEF GUIDE LINKS PARTICULAR COLOURS TO CERTAIN MOODS.  FOR EXAMPLE, THE ARTICLE CLAIMS THAT USING GREEN AND YELLOW IN YOUR HOME MAY HELP YOU FEEL MORE UPBEAT.  

THREE

A USEFUL, BUT BRIEF, LOOK AT SPECIFIC COLOUS TO USE IN YOUR HOME TO BOOST MOOD.  I AM PARTICULARLY TAKEN WITH BENJAMIN MOORE’S WOODLAWN BLUE

FOUR

THIS ARTICLE FOCUSES ON HOW TO USE FENG SHUI TECHNIQUES TO FOSTER A HAPPY HOME. 

FIVE

THE AUTHOR PROVIDES FIVE PRACTICAL HOME DECOR TIPS ON HOW TO BOOST YOUR MOOD, AND CREATE A MORE PEACEFUL HOME ENVIRONMENT. 

Enjoy the articles and your weekend!

Revive ya later,

Revival Girl

Puppy Love, or Using Spray Paint to Update Ceramic Decor

As it is a holiday here in my part of the world, and very shortly I will be helping to revamp and revive Lily and Liam’s tree fort, I will be keeping this post brief.

Remember Twiggy???

— BEFORE —

Lily picked up this handsome fella at a garage sale for only 25 cents (you can read more about some of the incredible deals and discoveries we have made in recent months in Deals + Discoveries + Decisions or Deals + Discoveries + Decisions: Liam’s Bedroom).

Well, take a look at Twiggy after a spray paint makeover…

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Taking Decorating Cues From the Past

Today, I would like to present some pictures that were taken at my husband’s place of work: a National Historical Site and Museum featuring a Georgian frame farmhouse built by a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite in the early 1800s.  When Lily, Liam, and I went for a visit a few weeks back, I seriously couldn’t stop taking pics of all the incredible furniture.  Here are five fabulous decorating and design elements that I have to share with the world.  Enjoy!

ONE

PRIMITIVE DEACON’S BENCH: PERFECT FOR STORING THINGS IN A FRONT HALLWAY OR MUD ROOM

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In the Navy, or 10 Tips For Painting Furniture a Dark Colour

To be fair, this post should really be called In the Navy, or 10 Tips on How-Not-To Paint Furniture a Dark Colour — that is, if you want your furniture to look factory perfect.  However, if you would like to paint a piece of wooden furniture with a dark colour and are okay with it looking slightly distressed, then stick around.

THIS WOODEN DRESSER FOR LIAM’S BEDROOM WAS ORIGINALLY PAINTED WHITE (I KNOW IT KIND OF LOOKS LIGHT BLUE IN THIS PICTURE, BUT TRUST ME IT WAS WHITE).

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Mirror Magic, or How-To Spray Paint an Ornate Mirror

A few weeks ago, a fairy god mother (in the form of my mother-in-law) made both my and my pre-teen daughter’s dreams come true.  You see, mom-in-law Joey, who was recently given an ornate mirror from a friend, was kind enough to bestow said mirror onto us to use for my 11-year-old daughter Lily’s bedroom revival.

Here is a picture of the mirror as it looked when we first brought it home.

ISN’T SHE LOVELY?

The original mirror, while beautiful, lacked the type of personality and whimsy that we felt would best suit Lily’s bedroom’s new style.  Basically, it came down to this…the mirror needed colour.

In my previous posts, Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall and Mirror Image, I presented a number of colour options worth considering: blue, red, yellow, white, and dark gray.  Thanks everyone for your suggestions and opinions on this matter, but in the end I let Lily decide what colour she liked best.

So,

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

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