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more pictures of the home improvement

Updated on August 29, 2009
My bathroom/tub area...I wanted to try to create a romantic atmosphere that was practical too
My bathroom/tub area...I wanted to try to create a romantic atmosphere that was practical too
another view of the tub area
another view of the tub area
The sink area...functional but so pretty to look at when getting ready in the morning
The sink area...functional but so pretty to look at when getting ready in the morning

The full bathroom

 My full bathroom is small and compact.  The shower is hidden behind the door!  Therefore, I wanted to make the space look inviting and romantic.

The tub is about 47 years old!  Putting tile up on the wall made the area waterproof but still left room above to put wallpaper and pictures.  I have angels and old fashioned ads adorning the walls. 

Getting ready in the morning is relaxing because there are so many pretty things to look at now! 

A sticker I purchased on Ebay; leading up the stairs
A sticker I purchased on Ebay; leading up the stairs
Another sticker purchase; I love trees and unique looking ones at that
Another sticker purchase; I love trees and unique looking ones at that
The vestibule or entrance when you enter the front door that leads upstairs, into the dining room and living room
The vestibule or entrance when you enter the front door that leads upstairs, into the dining room and living room
The front door; adorned with eucalyptus wreath and real dried roses.
The front door; adorned with eucalyptus wreath and real dried roses.

The main entrance

I love trees, dark green and reds for decorating. My vestibule used to be all pastel colors of purple, sea foam green and light blue, which I painted when I first moved into the house and my kids were little.

Six years later, I wanted a more mature looking area so I used darker colors and I love the results!

I love flowers and trees and chose to decorate with all of these. Over the years, I have dried roses that I had received and I glued them onto the wreath of eucalyptus that was made for me by my mother so many years ago; giving it a much needed boost!

Now, when people enter the home, they are greeted by contrasting colors and deep, inviting tones.

My old fashioned dining room
My old fashioned dining room
Another view
Another view
Dining room leading into the kitchen
Dining room leading into the kitchen
I love decorating with glass!
I love decorating with glass!

The Dining Room

 My kitchen isn't big enough for us to have a kitchen table.  Therefore, we eat daily in the dining room.  I wanted to create a Victorian type of look; making the eating environment pleasant with a vintage type feeling.

I chose a rose color which turned out to look like Pepto Bismal!  I needed to tone it down a bit so I took a brick red to put below it.  The border of roses has both colors within it and also the sage green and darker green that pulls my green brick floor into the decor.

I put up lace curtains and I have roses in the stained glass in the windows.  Above one window, I have hand blown, German crystal ornaments that hang all year round.

Pictures of my children, flowers and other plaques symbolizing family adorn the walls.

The china cabinet hosts my crystal and favorite red plate with floral symbols on it.

I love this room and all of the memories we build eating around the dinner table each night.

The living room
The living room
Another view of my large living room
Another view of my large living room
The end of the room
The end of the room

The living room

 This is one of my favorite rooms in the house.  No TV.  No game systems...just a bright, white and taupe room, enclosed with windows that are shaded by the flowering bushes and trees outside of each window.  During the summer, it is so peaceful and calming.

I have tapestry furniture and big chairs for comfort.  Built in shelving allows me to display pictures of my beloved family.  Some people say it's like a shrine!  I have pictures of my kids, my guy and my pets all over.  It's really "my" room for relaxing.

I love stained glass so my lamps and windows show this.  The big rug brings together the blues in the couch and love seat and my decor. 

Handpainted pictures by my children also are hung on the wall.  I also have angels hidden all over the room.

My kitchen with the Americana theme.  The border has an old fashioned Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty on it
My kitchen with the Americana theme. The border has an old fashioned Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty on it
I put the paintable wallpaper and painted it with a bright, deep blue.  I have Americana items on the walls; the bottom knotty pine gives it a country feel
I put the paintable wallpaper and painted it with a bright, deep blue. I have Americana items on the walls; the bottom knotty pine gives it a country feel
I stenciled star patterns on the golden cupboards to bring the Americana theme out
I stenciled star patterns on the golden cupboards to bring the Americana theme out
The lower cupboards with the stenciled stars
The lower cupboards with the stenciled stars

The kitchen

 The last room to feature is my country kitchen.  Complete with Americana decor.

I love the old fashioned border with Uncle Sam riding a bicycle and Lady Liberty on a platform he is pulling.  The blue and darker golden color in the border set it up to look historical.  I took the same blue and painted the walls that color.

I have items hung on the wall to show history from the Americana times; also angels on my wall and plaques with quotes about being strong and individual.  My fridge is a mess of magnets; boasting every place that we've visited together.

The thing I enjoy about my home is that every room is different so depending on your mood, you can visit a room that fits it!

As I continue to redecorate or fix up areas in the house, I will post it for your viewing.  Seems like this is all my entire summer has entailed...home decorating!

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    • ljrc1961 profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Cole 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Oh my Rick, I bought it about 9 years ago; it was either at Home Depot or Lowes...I loved it too; very original

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      Rick 

      7 years ago

      Love the Uncle Sam wallpaper border..... Can you tell me where u got it or who makes it? I want that in my kitchen! Thanks

    • ljrc1961 profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Cole 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      you are very welcome

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      Thanks for inviting me into your house.

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