Monday, May 24, 2010

"Life is like a roll of toilet paper."

"The closer you get to the end, the faster it unrolls."

Ya know, when I was a little 'un, a year was a decade. Now, living the middle aged life, a year goes by in a month.

So imagine my supreese, when I realized this weekend, one year ago, was a simply smashing weekend. . .

A year ago when we just knew we had to have this house. We put an offer in and got accepted. That same day, when Jeff got a major patt on the back at work that same morning, and that same day got a call from the boss with a raise.

Simply smashing, I tell you. We celebrated at dinner that night.

But back to present day. Since I've lived in this home for (nearly) a year, I thought to myself, "self, why not take the grand tour?" And when I say "grand" tour, I mean the rooms I'm willing to show you. 'Cause let's face it; I sat on my butt for 6 hours yesterday watching and sobbing over the touching finale of "Lost", (I love you, Jack!) so you could say the house isn't the cleanest it's ever been.

Many thanks to Dara who sent me the pre-move-in pics, since in typical Mandi form, I never took a one before I started craptasticizing the place.

If you'll just step through the door with me here:



(I don't know what to say-- I was falling over.)
Aaah. Here we are in the living room.
I want you to know that I find it disturbing that I can google my house and find pictures of it pre-painted from years ago.
Before Before:



And here we have ze dining room:

turned music room:

Ze kitchen before before:


(baby included in sale of home)

The family room (a.k.a. the room that gets totally jacked by 3 little boys)
step 1.

step 2.

step 3.

The carpeted vay-say:

and voila:

If you'll just head up the stairs with me. . .

Le bébé's room:


The homies' room:


And finally, the home boy's bath:

and a final after:

Thanks for joining me. And here's to another year of 782 more craptacular projects! When will I be done? Never!


Teri said...

Mandi, you never cease to amaze. What a gorgeous home you have! I really admire your "vision-ability" - I would have looked at that (already-lovely) place and thought, "Ok, let's add some furniture and turn on the TV". You made it a work of art. Stunning, my friend! I hope that, when I have a place of my own, I'm able to work on having your sense of vision! :) Oh, and by the way, wasn't that finale EPIC?!? I loved it, even if it's still left me thinking. For the record, I have never cried so hard at a TV show before as I did when Jin and Sun died. Best. Show. Ever.

gina3 said...

I don't know where to start. It's just beautiful. Those big mouldings/shelves/mantels/whatever they are in your music room and your daughter's room, did you find those? make those? what? They are awesome! Every touch is great. Who's Johnny? How do you keep your carpet so clean? Love the T monogram above the front door. I could go on and on.
I didn't watch Lost finale. Still cried. Watched that freak of nature Bret Michaels win The Apprentice.

The Mac's House said...

A comment from a different "Teri". LOL

I love the transformation that you have going there in your home. Thanks for the tour!

Carisa Knox said...

I LOVE your house! You have incredible taste!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

All of that in a year??? Whew! GREAT job, Mandi! It actually looks like a HOME now, haha. I love both of your kids' rooms especially, thanks for sharing your home with us.

I'm with Gina and watched Celebrity Apprentice, kinda sucky finale, but I guess I was asking for it by watching that show in the first place, lol.

Mo said...

It looks so good Mandi! You are awesome. BTW..........I LOVE the T over the front door. That is so classy!

Emily said...

I love it, it is decorated so cute. I love everything you have done to it. I love the T over your door. That is just awesome!

La Tempête said...

You have such great taste! Your house looks FAB. And yes, you should pronounce that "F-A-B Fab" like a Thunderbird.

Sue said...

Great job. Well done!
I speshly love the clock details

Meg said...

Well you know I love it! I love that you don't have a dining room and have a music room instead! Why do any of us have dining rooms? Beats the hell outta me!

I love all the kiddos' rooms, way cute! The color in the nursery is so pretty and the molding in there, love it!

I'm thinking you should have stuck with the blue toilet seat cover and mat, I bet you're kicking yourself aren't you?


Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

What a beautiful home!!! its very warm and homey - you could feel it even through the photos! I love the music room too :) my favorite part though is the entrance to your home. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Dara said...

Congrats!!! It looks AMAZING!!!! I am glad I could find the pictures for you and yes, that is a bit scary you can find them from WAY before on google.....
You did wonders with that house!!! I am thrilled you love it and are making it your own! And.....I HEART that T above the door...remember, my last name starts with an E...I'm just saying!

Again, everything looks great! You are very talented!!!! I wish I took before pictures of my house....Oh well....
Many years of happiness and projects to come!!!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

That was so fun to see. Thanks for sharing. You have been a busy lady. Great work. I love it.

Audra said...

Love the tour. Amazing what a little paint and hard work can do to transform a regular cookie cutter home into the show place! You inspire me in so many ways... I have to tell you that I am getting such inspiration that it boarders on copy-catting but more like a flattering way than "I stole this from you" way.

Thanks for the kind words. I am missing the blog so much. Feels strange not to be connected with you all. It will be a short break to get caught up and clear the cobwebs from my frazzled mind.

Merci Beaucoups!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

I cannot believe how much you have accomplished in 1 short year with 4 young kiddos! WOWZA! My favorite is the music room~fabulous! I turned my dining room into a music room, too, but after seeing yours, I better do a few more things.

The Schoonies said...

It is so true you have such a good way of visualizing everything! I LOVE that shelf in McKenna's room it is awesome!

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

I envy your house, I envy your painting skills, I envy your tiling ability...

One deadly sin well covered over here in Northern California. Maybe two, sloth is pretty big bugaboo here, too.

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Well, I am so glad I looked back at older posts because I would have missed that one. I love touring homes, it is one of my favs. I love the "T" over the front door. Love how the tannish paint warmed up the house. Love the "clock" over the mantle. Love the shelves, mantle's on the wall in your music room and little girls room. Where did they come from? Love the door in the hall. How long should I go on? You have done all that in one year. Ya, you amaze me. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

kim said...

your house looks great! love your taste in decorating, wish I had a little more of that...I haven't done anything to my house since the week we moved in.

dena4kids said...

I love the pics! I felt like I was there!=)I LOVE that music room!

Sarah and Brian said...

Wow! I am so jealous!! Your house is amazing!!! I love it! You are so creative! I'm just blown away!

Pressed Petals said...

first i want to thank you for commenting on my blog. i am glad you read it! heehee. second, your house is gorgeous. Funny how different it looks in little chunks. you are an inspiration!

Anny said...

Wow its only been a year!? I am even more impressed considering how many children you have afoot for the entire process!

Tammie said...

Don't let those losers get to you...I love your blog. It really is my favorite. I look forward to seeing what you have to say and what projects you've been up to. You make me laugh and you make my day. The video was great too. Hang in are awesome!


PS...I don't know what I'm doing so you might get this message more than once. Ü

One Life Many Journeys said...

One statement and one question! I love EVERYTHING about your home!!!! Did you hire a decorator?