Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pawleys Island Beach Home Circa 1945

Hey Yall!  Yes, I am a terrible blogger and I do apologize for my sporadic appearances.  I guess I just feel like I really don't have lot's of new projects and such to share that are very inspiring or anything so it's probably not something you would want to read about anyway.  However, since I have kept this blog going mostly to share and keep track of the goings on in my world I thought I'd share a cute and very vintage beach house that we rented this past week at Pawleys Island SC.  Though I am sure it is not what most of you would like to see and experience in a vacation home, it was filled with so many neat and quirky things that I thought you might like to see anyway, or at the very least at least I have recorded it here on my blog should I care to ever look back to reminisces.   I am sorry to say I forgot to photograph the outside of the house which was also very quirky.  Maybe if we go back to Pawleys any time soon, I'll take a few shots.  Until then you'll just have to enjoy the inside of this very old, circa 1945, original Pawleys Island beach home.

As you walk into the back door of this home you are greeted with a small entry hall that leads toward the family and dining spaces.  The owners have kept this home in it's original state complete with heart of pine everywhere!  It was pretty but the decorator in me was constantly day dreaming about how lovely, cozy and light this home would be with sand colored painted siding.  

As you first come through the back door there is an entry to the right where a very large open and fun kitchen is located.  We ate dinner every night on the round table built into the post in here instead of the dining space.  We loved being inside this spacious kitchen!

There is a double bar on both sides of the kitchen and dining area.

The wood paneling in here was lighter but I still couldn't help but dream again of what color I would paint in here as well.  There was a gorgeous old style ceramic sink along with several open shelving areas for pots, pans, and dishware.

I thought the two large ceramic  flower pots holding utensils was so cute and clever!

The back side of the kitchen was loaded with plenty of light from the all the windows and lots of counter space with cute and clever designated spaces for guests supplies.

The cabinets were painted a shabby blue making their old age rather charming.

Along with messages about where to store your goods inside the cabinets were messages to help remind you where to return things too.  Cute idea!!!

A pair of french glass doors led out  to the long and interesting side porch that was another favorite of ours.

I would have enjoyed a bit more comfortable seating out here but I did find the tables to be very enjoyable for my morning cup of joe with breakfast.

This barn style sliding wall door that led to the front porch was so cool!  Both the hubby and I loved that!

Cute vintage looking gas lanterns that hung from the ceiling were very appealing but... I sure would have adored some ceiling fans out here just a bit more.  Too bad I don't own this house, with all the ideas I had for it!  Haha!

We enjoyed sitting on the joggling board everyday and I was quite surprised to learn my husband had no idea of what this was.  And here I thought I was married to a true southern boy!

We rented this house because it was pet friendly and we could bring our new pup Maizey.  My son also came down for a few days and brought his dog too.  What a treat to be able to take Maizey walking on the beach every morning.

This is the master bedroom located just off the front of the house.  It was a bit small but was able to sport a king size bed and a small bathroom as well.

Surprisingly enough we all slept very comfortably in this house. I wonder if all the hard wood paneling makes it much more sound proof.

This was the center bedroom with a queen sized bed and a bathroom to the right that I forgot to take pictures of.  My bad!

And in the very back of the house is the larger bedroom with another queen and a set of bunkbeds.

This bathroom was original to the house with a few minor upgrades.

I would have loved  to share a few more pics with you of the house, like the rooftop deck that overlooks both the ocean and the inlet rivers behind the house that we kayaked everyday.  Unfortunately, I had this post in draft before finishing it and in the mean time between my computer crashed.  I have just gotten my new laptop up and running and am still in the process of trying to figure out how to retrieve all of my lost stored photos.

That I am sure will take quite a bit of I have decided to go ahead and publish this post to get it out there and hopefully protect it as well.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your stop at one of SC oldest and most endearing beaches!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

We're on Maizey time!

Hi All!  I'd like to say I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted, but the truth is I can.  It's been a wonderful break and for many good reasons.  It's amazing how much ones life can change within a few short months.

If you saw my last post then you know what's been keeping me occupied.  On July 11, my sweet little Maizey will be five months old.

 The sleepy little girl that you see here is usually quite rambunctious and full of herself.  Our beautiful little pup who is long overdue for her first formal grooming has literally turned out home and lifestyle upside down.   

Just today I have finally removed the coffee table from the living room after deciding it is just no longer safe to leave in the room.  No longer safe for her, not the table because it has long already been determined a loss. I am scared of all the wood splinters she has been eating after she has made a feast of the table legs and totally destroyed them.  In this picture you can see the plastic tubing that we had put over the dowel but you can also see she then went after the legs and the drawer underneath.  She's quite the little chewer!

And now here is our den this morning minus the coffee table, but did you notice...

it's minus the rug too?  We have rolled up almost all of the rugs in the house to keep them from being destroyed while she is being potty trained.  The two club chairs shown here are also showing some wear and will most likely be replaced after we pass the puppy teething stage.

In the kitchen the drink station has been converted to her own den though the only time she sleeps here is when I am at work because when were home she prefers total run of the house.

We brought two of the rockers from the front porch to the back porch so we could sit here with her.  Now that she's older she enjoys spending more time out in the yard though still on a leash. I like keeping the porch this way because she can be off the leash here and still feel as if she's outside.  It's not as cute and decorated as I might prefer but it's less for her to get into. 

Just outside the screened porch on the lower deck between our deck that spans the house and our pool we have recently put up a tent gazebo for shade.  It's on a collapsible frame that can be folded and put away.  I have been wanting one of these for awhile now and was so happy to find this one for a great price at Sams Club.  It is 13 x 13 in size.  I have also been eyeing a few pieces of outdoor furniture and rugs at Walmart that I may use to complete this new outdoor seating place.  I can imagine all sorts of beautiful ways to spruce up this spot but am trying to keep it as inexpensive and as minimal as possible due to keeping it thrifty and of course due to the puppy factor as well.

Life sure has changed around here, but it is all good.  I anticipated a lot of these changes prior to getting her which was very important.  Can you imagine the shock that some must go through if they aren't prepared for all the destruction that one little puppy can do?  LOL!  I knew ahead of time I would be replacing lots of things that might get chewed up or destroyed during the puppy years.  Since I had wanted to update some decor anyway it's not been a big's just a timing issue now.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to be back again before too long to share my completed outdoor gazebo area with you.  But uh, truthfully don't hold your breath okay?  Even if I get it done soon, I'm not sure when I'll be back to share it because we're on Maizey time around here.  I'll try though!   

Hope you all are having a great summer so far!   

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Welcome "Maizey" my new Cavababy

Hi Blog friends!  I am so excited to share these photos with you all.  If you are an FB friend I am sure you've already seen these so I hope you'll understand.

I would like to introduce you all to my new baby girl.

This is Maizey.  She is a Cavachon.  She is not considered full breed but is considered a Designer breed.  She is a mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise.  

I have been wanting to add a new pup to our family for awhile now.  After doing a lot of research on what I felt would be the best fit for our family I found this breed, the Cavachons.

Cavachons come in assortment of colors.  My Maizey is considered apricot colored.  She will be between 10 to 15lbs fully grown. 

They are generally calm, friendly, social but loyal dogs loving the company of their owners.  Already she enjoys spending a great deal of time cozied up near me.

She is only 7 weeks old here and already on her way to learning potty and crate training, or maybe I am. LOL!  Oh well, she really does seem to be enjoying learning new things everyday.

She is still napping quite a bit in between her play times.  It really is much like having a newborn baby in the house.  We have rearranged the furniture again to allow for her crate and play yard.

But her favorite place to be is usually were ever I am.  She likes to lay by my feet even when she is not cuddled up on my lap as she is right now as I type this post.

I guess if you don't hear from me much, even less then you already are here's another good reason why.  I've still got a few projects I want to finish and share but they may be a bit delayed now.

Thanks so much for stopping by and meeting Maizey.
She sends her sweet puppy kisses and love to you all!

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hurry Up Spring!

Yeah, I said it.... Hurry Up Already!  Right????  This has got to have been one of THE slowest arrivals of Spring I have seen in awhile.  My poor trees and flowers are just so confused. 

Thank goodness for Michaels and faux flowers or I'd have no flowers at all this year!

Yesterday we finally had a nice normal spring like day (hope it lasts) and I set out to my favorite local greenhouses to collect a few ferns and early bedding plants for all my pots around the house.  Guess what?  Can you imagine my frustrations after getting out the car at the closed gate and reading their sign that they have closed shop and retired?  Oh man!!!

So I tootled around a nearby antique store, came on back home, took a few pics of my den and spring mantle to share with you and went sailing with the hubby.  Love when he has Mondays off too!

I finally got the entire den repainted so I thought you might like to see.

The table here is new.  I recently purchased this at the same place I have my booth.  It was in pretty good shape but I did sand down the top and give the entire table a new stain and several clear coats.  Love how it turned out!

Speaking of new, you probably don't remember the curtains because they are fairly new too.  I got them from Kirklands.  I did like the brown and black plaid and the gold and cream plaid before them but I love, love, love, the turquoise.  

The new paint color is Muslin by Sherwin Williams.  It's the same as I used in the kitchen.  I just love how neutral it is and will look great with all three different colors of curtains should I want to change back.  

Here is a picture of my den from when I had the lighter creamier custom yellow color that I'd had for years.  I loved it but was ready for something new.

And here's the den with the Lucent Yellow that I had repainted not too long ago.  It doesn't show it here in these edited pics but it had a tendancy to put off a glowing color from time to time especially more so in my kitchen.  

And finally, here it is now!  All were great colors and just a tad different from each other. This one should stay awhile since it is neutral enough for me to change out the rest of the rooms elements as I want to and it's so easy on the eyes.

Since you have been so patient now, I will finally show you my spring mantle.

I've had it decorated for awhile but have not been to keen on showing you yet because I kept thinking it needed a bit more something.  

More bunnies maybe?

More eggs maybe?

Finally, I just decided I was done with it already since like outside it will most likely be very short lived this season.  LOL!  Sometimes you just gotta roll with it and move on.  Right?

On the other hand, I do love this little look down here!

Oh how I wish these were all over my yard instead!

Come on Spring!!!!!!

We're ready!!!!!

Have a great week Y'all!