Thursday, September 27, 2012

Loads of Laundry

Oh my stars, do I wish sometimes that my laundry room looked like this all the time, but alas, that would mean no more little people live here, wet the bed, barf on things, poop on things, and spill food on their clothes, and that will be a sad day in the Rivers history, so I'll just remind myself of this when I'm feeling overwhelmed with my laundry piles that never seem to end. Favorite Tan by Sherwin Williams is the color sporting the walls in here just like the sunroom. I do love the flooring in here. It's great for dirt coverage and obviously very practical for us. I took this photo at night, so you can't see all the nice light that pours in during the day, but I'm enjoying it instead of being hunkered down in some dark room 5 loads a day... This door leads into the garage and then into the kitchen on the other side. Well, speaking of loads of laundry, I've got plenty to fold and put away right now!

The Oval Office

We've never had an office before, but I really am seeing the benefit in having a singular room for one now. It's great that it's off the main living area of the house so it's easily accessible and also easy to monitor little people without forgetting how many hours one has been playing on the lego website. :) There are no windows in here and it so it's s bit on the dark side so I went with a shade lighter in here than in the main living space. It's called Rice Grain by Sherwin Williams. It's does not look white in person as it does in the pictures here, but that's the joy of cameras and blogging. Nothing is true to life. Kinda like my house is not always picked up like it is in the pictures. I wish it was, but that would mean we don't live here. And we sorta do. I need to fill some picture frames with fresh new pics, but other than finding pops of color to add here and there, I'm done in here! 

Lonely Sunroom

It's pretty lonely in here for now. We'd like to eventually get some cozy seating so we can read and visit in here, but for now, it will have to remain lonely unless I come across a deal of a lifetime and even then.... Ha!  The light is very fun and cheery in this home as our last home was a bit dark I think. I'll have fun cheering this room up sometime in the future I'm sure. In the meantime, it's going to make a snazzy spot for the cage - no joke - I just bought my boys! Yep, I did. After way too much toothpaste consumption and an entire box of cinnamon rolls this morning, I had Jared put it together. Mind you, both toothpaste and cinnamon rolls were high and on the backs of counters. Sigh... two drawers used as steps later, and I guess I'm that mother resorting to caging my little man cubs. So for now, the only addition to this room will be it the shape of an octogon. And that, suits me just fine for now.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lovely Living

I need to add some mysteriously missing frames to a shelf in here, but after that and finding a spot for my beloved Willow Tree people, I'll be done in here.WE love the openness this home offers and are enjoying the "open concept" living. Pardon the HGTV lingo. HA! I got this cute chalkboard from my dear MIL for Christmas, and it's a prefect way to leave special messages for the family. Right now, it says Happy 11th Birthday Madeline! My way fun friend Trish, is trying to talk me into painting my piano teal, which one part of me thinks would be rad, and the other more traditional side of me is scared to death of the color commitment. What do ya'll think? Any other color ideas? I went with a more neutral color palette on the walls here for a more airy look but definetley loves pops of color so I know it needs livening up, but I'm just not sure about the piano. Let me know what your vote is and I may just get brave!

Rivers Diner

This is most obviously our kitchen and dining area. We painted or should I say we paid to have it painted. Best money spent EVA! HA! We have always done projects on our own but I must say this was a huge stress relief as neither Jared or I are fabulous painters and we are both perfectionists so this pretty much saved our marriage, at least for the month of July. HA! We changed out some appliances and had a different look in here. I'm not really sure what direction I'll go in here since my plan for a southern white kitchen didn't happen, so I've been contemplating what to do about decorating the nooks and crannies in here. Like I said earlier, I got rid of all my decor that would have gone so well with this darker woodwork. Oh well, I just see more bargain shopping in my future. :) We will probably add an island in time for some more counter space and storage. We just want to see how the space works for us in the meantime. The laundry room is right off the kitchen here and the sunroom is right off the dining area. It's a nice and bright area of the house and yes, I've already resorted to wearing sunglasses this time of year at the supper table. No Joke. I'm sure I'll be missing all that glaring sunlight in another two months or so though so no complaining from me! The paint color in most areas of the main floor is from Sherwin Williams and it's called Ramie. I pretty much stalked the Nester's blog and raided all her painting tips before I started. Such a copycat I know, but I'm alright with that. I have time for copycat. But 9 kids in a paint store this summer? I think not. Speaking of the River's Diner, I must get dinner going tonight! Stuffed pasta shells on the menu tonight! Yummo!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Future Mudroom/Storage Room

This will eventually be our family's mudroom and a 4th bathroom. It's pretty big for just a mudroom but we do come in like a herd! We just need to lay flooring and put up trim and then we'd like to get some type of locker cabinetry in here for each family member. In the meantime, this is where the winter chaos of hats and mittens will still reside! Yay for no more winter obstacle course in my main entryway! I think I will love this room when it's finished tho! Pinterest ideas, here I come! 

The next couple of pictures are in our storage room. It's so nice to not have to brave the cold to find my fall decorations or that pair of shoes one of the kids grew into. We had to store most of our things in our garage in our last home, so this is a real treat - especially for Jared who is the one I made climb up the ladder and haul things down for me. HA! I think December and January will go much better for him now! Maybe, he'll enjoy Christmas decorating now? Yes? Well, that might be a stretch. Sigh... 

Everything In Between

Here are some odd spots around the house most upstairs, some downstairs in the hallway. I have some ideas up my sleeves and will have to share when completed. I want to hang snapshots from my awesome yellow window frame my sister got me for my birthday. I just need to get some twine and clothespins! I think I'll change then out according to the seasons too! Fun huh? Right now, it's pretty boring, but that's what you get when you sell nearly everything you own! HA! I must say it will be fun to replace. HA! HA! 

Organization Heaven

These doors are in the family room downstairs but they go to a nifty storage room and a small closet we use  for all our videos and dvd's/games. It's worked out much better than being unloaded almost daily by Bash and Sully when we just stored them in our video cabinet under the TV. Go figure, now that it's just blankets under there, they never get in there. Typical. The last two doors are in our hallway leading to the older girls bedroom and the guest room. I am so thankful for all the extra storage this home provides for our family! God knows our needs and goes above and beyond to provide them! He is faithful!

Bathing Beauties

Well, this room isn't all cracked out, but it's a beginning. I feel like we hardly have anything on the walls here, but it will be fun to fill them again. We changed out the light fixture in here and added some towel bars, but other than that, and of course paint, it's pretty much the same.I love all the storage in here for them. The kids each have a drawer for their toiletries and it works out pretty nice. The garden tub will be nice for the bubble baths and I must say a dark brown countertop is a very practical choice for dirt coverage around here. HA! 

Tween Haven

I think this is my favorite paint color in the whole house hands down. It's so bright and cheery yet very light and subtle. It called tame teal by Sherwin Williams. I wish everything would look as snazzy as this color. This is the older girls room and their birthday gift this year was fun new tween bedding. I found an amazing deal online from Pottery Barn. 50 % off for a day online! Then it was like a Target price. Yay! They are reversible comforters and really set off the girls personalities well. Maddie's is the top bunk and Lexie's is the bottom bunk. With the exception of their American Girls dolls, there aren't many toys left in this room . Sniff. Sniff. The room says it all. They are growing up fast! Look for their personalized painting as well! I really need to do a close up. The glitter and glam on this one is to die for! http:/ Look her up on Facebook too!

The Man Cave

All 5 boys will eventually be in here and truly there is room for more, but we'll see on that one. HA! We have yet to get another set of bunks for Harrison and Sullivan. Sully just isn't ready for that freedom yet, and  either is his mama. We found a set we like and now we are just waiting to budget that purchase out. Sebastian actually sleeps in the guest room for now until he's ready for all the noise and early risers and later bedtime. We tried it for awhile, but the cry fest was just too much for us. It's much calmer now... We'll put the second set of bunks where the crib mattress is and then hang my second amazing custom painting from http:/  I just LURVE her work! You can see the names she did here for our older boys. I wish you could see all the detail, but scour her site, and you will surely be impressed! I found the little picture of the 5 boys wrestling at Hobby Lobby and had to snag it since we have 5 boys. It's so true to my life! I'll try and update when we get those bunks and have a close up of their painting for you! Later Gators!