Progress Confession

Hey Peeps!!!

I am sorry to report that I will not be keeping my regular 3x a week posting schedule for awhile.  The reasons for this are as follows:

  1. I SERIOUSLY need to keep moving on the kids’ bedroom revivals and need as much time as possible to get down to business…ahhhhh!!!
  2. There are only 3 weeks until school starts up again = I need to figure out lots of back-to-school stuff…ahhhh!!!
  3. We are going away for a much-needed vacation at the end of August…yay!!!

Never fear…I will (hopefully) be back next week to present both Lily’s and Liam’s updated bedrooms. Progress on their rooms is coming along nicely…though, with only 11 days left until their big reveals, I am starting to panic a wee bit.  Trying to tackle two rooms at once was perhaps a little foolish on my part, and I must confess that I have probably bitten off more than I can chew!  However, I am resolved to get as much done as possible before we go away on vacation.  I think it’s time to put on my “one tough cookie” t-shirt, put on some good tunes, and get her done!!!

ONE TOUGH COOKIE

While we don’t have the time (or the money) to complete tasks like redoing Lily’s closet and replacing Liam’s flooring, the changes we have made so far have totally transformed the look and feel of their bedrooms — so, yay!  I look forward to sharing lots of reveal pictures and details with you next week.  Until then, here are the ideas and original mood boards behind the kids’ bedroom revivals as well as their updated checklists. Have a great week!  Wish me luck 🙂

Liam’s Room

Liam (in a nutshell): 7 years old, curious, observant, serious (at times), quirky, loves lizards and LEGO, interested in different cultures, history, nature, science, and learning about everything in between

Favourite Style: according to an easy Style Finder Quiz on REAL SIMPLE, Liam’s style personality is Vintage Eclectic

Favourite Colour: green (he also likes navy blue & orange)

Room Theme Key Words: natural, adventure, clean lines, vintage, old world, rustic

Room Features: odd-angled ceiling, carpet (to be removed), wood furniture and bed frame, no closet

Liam’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces (correction: we actually sanded and brushed off surface particles with a small broom — this was a tip from Michael’s brother, a professional painter) CHECK
  • prime hole patches CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture CHECK
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers & 1 desk (white dresser, wood dresser & desk)
  • build headboard
  • purchase new bedding CHECK
  • make shelving & storage units for collections
  • purchase and/or find vintage maps & images to use CHECK
  • purchase and/or find jars and containers for collection display purposes
  • pull out carpet (to be done at a later date)
  • install new flooring (to be done at a later date)
  • purchase or re-use rug (to be done at a later date)
  • put it all together

Lily’s Room

Lily (in a nutshell): 11 years old, sweet, caring, sassy, funny, loves animals, interested in writing, reading, and drawing

Favourite Style: according to an easy Style Finder Quiz on REAL SIMPLE, Lily’s style personality is a tie between Cozy Casual and Sophisticated Classic

Favourite Colour: blue (she also likes green & red)

Room Theme Key Words: pretty, romantic, cozy, soft, old world, transitional (from kid bedroom to pre-teen paradise)

Room Features: odd-angled ceiling, lack of lighting, wainscoting, orange-hued laminate flooring, white furniture, black metal bed frame

Lily’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • sand & wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces CHECK
  • prime walls CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture CHECK
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers, bedside table, 1 desk, & 1 shelf CHECK
  • purchase new bedding CHECK
  • purchase and/or find colourful animal art and decorations to use CHECK
  • purchase new rug
  • redo closet (to be done at a later date)
  • put it all together
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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)…

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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

From Survival to Revival, or The One Where I Open Up

Yay…the kids’ bedrooms are coming along nicely…only 16 days until the big reveals.

Wait — ahhhhhhh…only 16 days until the big reveals!!!

Excuse me a minute while a take a couple of deep breaths………………………………………..

Okay, I’m better now 🙂

So, I realize you were probably hoping this post would include a whole whack of progress pictures and maybe some details of a recent project.  Well, I hate to disappoint, but I have decided instead to finally open up about why A GRAND REVIVAL is not just about documenting the revival of our 122 year old Gothic Revival Cottage.

A GRAND REVIVAL was also created to help revive my own personal spirit and help me get in touch with the creative part of myself that was lost in the chaos that was 2011.

Why did I need a personal revival, you ask???

Well, pour yourself some tea, sit back, and I shall divulge.

Here’s my story…

In my post Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, I mentioned that 2011 was a year of unprecedented change (and not the good kind).

Interestingly, 2011 actually started off with on a positive note.  Both my children were attending school on a full-time basis for the first time, and I was all set to join my local library board, begin looking for employment after staying home with the kids for a couple of years, and make more time for some of my interests and passions: writing, visiting museums and art galleries, spending time in nature, and fostering a healthy, simple lifestyle.

I also had an amazing birthday, complete with bowling, a couple of beers, and some best buds.

OUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BEER CUPS — I WAS BDG (BIRTHDAY GIRL)

THE “CAKE” BEFORE THE STORM

However, the day after my birthday, I began to feel a little icky…not quite right…at first I thought it might have been from staying up a little too late and having a couple of drinks (I am not much of a drinker).  But the icky feeling got worse, even after some rest.

SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s what happened next:

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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!

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

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Summertime, and the Living is “Lazy”

Happy Friday the 13th!

I apologize for my tardiness with this post.  Summer living has officially taken over = I am suffering from lackofroutineitus.

Plans are in the works, however, to help me stay focused on taking steps towards reviving this old place o’ mine (even though all I really want to be doing everyday is sleep in, spend the day soaking up the sunshine, and enjoy amazingly tasty BBQ delights in the cool of the evening).

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Collection Chaos

So, do you remember me mentioning my daughter Lily’s ever-expanding collection of stuffed animals last week?

Well, being a boy of many interests, my 7-year-old son, unlike his sister, has trouble collecting just one type of object.  Over the years, Liam has built up collections of rocks, sticks, shells, pine cones, you name it…he even collected chicken bones from our dinners (he’s really big into archaeology) for a short time.  As you can see from the picture below, Liam’s collections have become slightly problematic.

I suppose it’s not his collections that are the issue, it’s the lack of proper display areas for them (though, there’s a limit to how many pine cones and chicken bones one tiny room can handle, lol).  I love that Liam is so interested in nature, but figuring out how to display his collections — in a way that promises to keep neat and tidy — now there is a problem that needs to be solved!

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