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Serenity

With the building of this house, it is the first time in my life I’ve had a pretty bathroom. I have a sumptuous bathroom with a truly divine tub. I designed the tub and asked that the back wall be smooth finished so that I could add a large stencil to the wall. I had been looking at stencil on this Etsy site. I’ve had a large chrysanthemum rolled up in a tub for three years. Two weekends ago I painted the bathroom. I’ve had the paint chip [Carolina skies] taped to the wall for more than two years. I was very pleased with the paint – so pleased that I intend to paint the whole bedroom the same color.  It is serene and peaceful. Today, I added the stencil in a shimmery silver metallic paint by Benjamin Moore.

before painting after painting

taped stencil painted stencil

Finished stencil

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The Hub

Finding true comfort requires living in a space for a bit. Then you can make adjustments to improve the flow of  your home. The Hub is the game room, the residence of the PS4. It never felt quite right in it previous arrangement. My son was constantly dragging the slipper chair in front of the sofa to sit in while gaming. I prefer to see the screen of the TV so I can verify what he is playing or watching. Viola! I rearranged the room. I had to raise a few of the wall hangings. The last step is to make the heavy draperies to create a black out curtain for the east facing window. I found the perfect fabric at JoAnn’s. I am still in search of window hardware that mount flush with the wall and omits any light seeping around the edges.

The Hub The Hub corner The HUb doorwayThe Hub patio doors

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Succulents

There are certain tasks around Biddan Ridge I simply avoid. These tasks mock me, taunt me and ultimately annoy me to the point I Must. Do. Them. First. Addressing the long neglected succulent patio garden has been at the top of the list followed closely by defining and weeding the blackberry stand. Well, the succulents won the coin toss today. I may not have saved everyone; there may still be loss but  I am disinclined to go buy new succulents until I can prove that I can take care of the ones I have. They were doing so well at the Icky House – oddly. It may be that they were one of my few points of light while renting that horrid, icky place. It still churns my stomach that I was there four years. Bedragled succulentsIronic then that I’ve been here in my new dream home and I managed to smite most of my beautiful succulents by simply never watering them and setting their display area out of the rain. I intend to rectify this. I bought an additional hose, so I can now get a garden hose onto the patio. I also bought a cheap-o watering can. No excuses. Now let’s pray that the poor babies recover. They got extra love and repotting with good soil and plenty of watering.

Succulents repottedSucculent display

 

 

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The new quilt

Evan wanted a new quilt. It was time. His baby quilt needed to be retired (and protected). I came home from the Modern Quilt Guild convention in Austin, Texas with a pattern and satchel of fabric to make his quilt and I ended with enough fabric to make a black out curtain for his window. When the final window hardware arrives, the curtain will be the proper, inlaid length.

Fabric Pairings Quilt Curtain

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Coming to roost

Long before I moved into Biddan Ridge, my collected art work waited for framing. Within a week of taking occupancy, my artwork arrived. I have a special affinity for an artist I discovered on Etsy or out meandering in the blogosphere: Geninne Zlatkis. See her amazing eye here. I have her birds framed in my powder bath and in my great room. They were the inspiration for birds in the house. I asked Geninne if she’d draw me a bird for this blog’s header. She has gratefully agreed and I submit my new Biddan Birdie as seen here. It will arrive soon and take up residence. I am so happy.

A triptych of Geninne birds

A triptych of Geninne birds