Monday, September 14, 2015


Even though it's only been a couple weeks since I last posted, it feels like much has happened during that time. One of the most exciting is that we celebrated Labor Day by removing the hideous wallpaper in our library! Whoever installed it did an extremely poor job, leaving seams between the sheets and applying it over raw sheetrock instead of the usual plaster or drywall. Because of the raw sheetrock, no water could be applied to help soften the paper for removal. All of that made for a fairly ugly day of wallpaper stripping but how gratifying to see it quickly becoming a distant memory. Luckily, we had an eager and willing set of helping hands, thanks to my hubby's parents who came over and assisted us the whole day. By the end of the day, all of the wallpaper was gone.

We haven't even painted the room and it already looks considerably brighter. We properly treated the walls and are now ready to apply a fresh coat of paint. I'm thinking a warm mustard or gold color would look nice in this room and segue well with the blue/green color of the adjoining parlor, but we'll see. Because of the abundant windows and subsequent natural light, this house is very tricky to paint. What you would think would look good often does not. We had to try three different shades of green to the dining room before we got the right one. 

Once painting is complete in this room, it will be time to start thinking about replacing the carpet in this room and the adjoining rooms. When they came over on Labor Day, the hubby's parents surprised us with a gift of money that will allow us to get some really nice carpet—more than we thought we would be able to afford. So over the weekend, we headed out to some carpet stores to check out options. We really like the patterned carpets like this Nottingham style that add a little character. We're not sure what we'll go with—we might still pick a solid color like our current one. I've been debating between beige and a light gray. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts—feel free to email me by clicking on the Email Me button under my profile pic on this blog. Because we have so much furniture to move, we have decided to carpet room by room rather than all at once. Our goal is to get the carpet in on the main level by next spring. The upper level is another story!

We'd like to have the main level carpet installed before finding a little friend for Poe (pictured below—he can't resist an empty box!). It's been more than a year since his brother, Teddy, passed away, and we can tell he is very lonely. He stays close by me throughout the day, rarely leaving my side. Right now he is curled up to the base of my office chair as I type this post. 

Since I last posted, I also celebrated another birthday. Hubby surprised me some delightful gifts, including this vintage frog planter that I'd been eyeing at a local shop, and took me to one of my favorite restaurants—a French-style one called Django's here in Des Moines.

He also took me to the local New Orleans Jazz Band Party at the Des Moines Social Club. They were terrific! We got there a little late so had to settle for a seat to their side rather than in front. It was fun to watch them play.

In other news, we're continuing our organizing efforts upstairs, and that means more trips to Goodwill. Over the weekend, I found a nice vintage end table for our bedroom, so we can now donate the little book table (pictured below) that we were using for it for the past 10 years. 

I also found several patterns and a couple vintage quilts including this redwork one to donate to the local quilt guild's annual sale last month. 

I'll close with this photo of my streptocarpus, which is blooming up a storm in my kitchen window. 


  1. I love the patterned carpet and it seems like it would be lovely in a house the age of yours.

    1. Thanks for the input! If our budget can swing it, I would love to install this particular pattern!

  2. I bet you're glad that job of removing the wall paper is over. Happy birthday, Kimber. xx

    1. I sure am, Christine. Thanks you for the birthday wishes.

  3. It's exciting to get new paint and carpet. Gray is always a good, neutral color. I love your new planter as well as your beautiful flowers in bloom. hugs

  4. I love the patterned carpet also. It is daring to go for something other than solid, but your home is the right style to pull it off! Beautiful kitchen plant. :) Belated happy birthday wishes to you Kimber.


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