Monday, April 17, 2017

Out of the Chaos into Calmer Waters

We almost have all the boxes open.  I had to order more storage shelves and closets for the garage and a lower level storage room to totally solve all of my storage problems. Hopefully they will be here in a few weeks and I can finally get all things organized.  In the meanwhile, placing furniture and accessories in the house has been like playing a major chess game- move it in and move it out. Move it forward and move it back and on and on.   Every day brings small victories in my mission to conquer my stuff!   Here's a few shots of some of the progress!

Starting to hang pictures now- that's a big commitment!

Decided on the art to hang over the fireplace

I keep re-doing this center table in the gathering room.  I just can't make up my mind- more stuff or less stuff???

I keep removing furniture from this space and I am liking it better.

Learning where all the crazy lights are in this house!

I can now locate most of my dishes and am able to use them everyday.

This room is still a little too glitzy, but I love everything in it!  What to do???
More tweaking -

 We are finally starting to landscape the outside. 
All of the flower and herb  festivals are starting now and its fun to see what grows here.

We now have all the evergreens and boxwoods. 
Now its time to add the color- peonies, hydrangeas, lilacs and ferns. 

Tomorrow the outdoor furniture arrives for the decks.  That is an exciting addition for us. 

There's still so much to do before my daughter's wedding in 5 weeks. Now I need to focus on the guest rooms downstairs, so people will have comfy places to stay. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A State of Chaos

When the moving truck from Chicago arrived, my simple way of living ended.  Sheer shock overcame my emotional state as I wondered why I moved so much stuff! And I really thought that I had edited and left a lot behind.  I am sorry the truck found the way up the mountain.

750 pieces of boxes and furniture were off loaded and dumped into a spot in the house. Here's the morning after, as we starting the unpacking process-

 The unpackers just started unpacking boxes and sitting it on any flat surface they could find.

 Every shelf filled with unrelated items.  Where to start?  Crying helps.
 My once uncluttered kitchen is now a confused mess of not very welcome stuff.  Have I lost my mind? 

But finally after a week, the chaos starts to subside and a few small wonders of the world start to happen.

Ronnie and Eric show up to uncrate and hang my huge bistro mirror over the massive stone fireplace.

 From Europe to Chicago to Lake Bluff to the mountains of Western North Carolina- this mirror has traveled the world.  I can't believe it made it intact- 6 feet tall and five feet wide- it is very heavy and hard to handle.  So these guys are my hero's!

Finally a moment of reckoning- the light at the end of the tunnel- I can start to putter and decorate.
Now what to go on that mantel- still need to figure it out!

My African antelope gets it's place on the wall and the buffet below is filled with crystal and horn.

The center table in the gathering room gets adorned with some newly discovered old friends that have been in storage for the past two years.

Black urns are paired with black and white etchings in the foyer alcove.

The master bedroom fireplace gets it's turn too!  I had to find a place for those special candelabra.
They really aren't the typical mountain home accessory, but a little crystal really livens up the place.

Pillows from Chicago are removed from boxes and placed on their new bed.

I finally find the silk comforter for the guest home bed and a few pillows make their way there too!

The guest room bath is brightened up with a splash of red.

 The sink is a brass vessel bowl with the faucet to the side. Four wall mount sconces are on the counter to ceiling mirror wall.

And so the beat goes on!  Day by day, a little bit gets done.  Local charities are reaping the benefit of my lack of discipline in editing my collections.  Two large trailers of home goods have already been picked up and distributed to local charities.  Meanwhile, I just ordered a new cabinet for the kitchen to hold more dishes.  A few additional shelves in the kitchen cabinets and things will be good to go!
Some diseases have no cure!  Dish addicts understand.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Finally Moving In!

We moved in to our new home 2 weeks ago using the things from our Asheville apartment and a few new purchases!  Our truck from Chicago is on the way and arrives this afternoon.  It will be great to be surrounded by our  old things again.  So before the place gets cluttered with moving boxes- here are a couple of pictures of the interior as it is this morning!

The new urn console table arrived yesterday.  It divides the living room into separate spaces.
It is a weathered gray and fits perfectly at only 20 inches wide and  7 feet long. 
Thank you Horchow!

One side in the living room is almost complete! The other sides waits for furniture from Chicago.

  Just rugs and a few pillows to complete the look- coming in the boxes from Chicago.

The foyer- looking a bit lonely with it's single settee. 

 The long farm table arrived from Restoration Hardware and
is anxiously awaiting its chairs from the windy city! 

Cooking on this range has been awesome!

 Flowers on the table await my daughter and her fiancĂ©, along with my friend from Atlanta!
Never too soon for guests to arrive.

A few of my treasures that have been gathered this past year now can be displayed.

My antique hardware has been installed on the crystal cupboards.

We are loving this light filled space in the mornings.

Very comfy Lee chairs arrived for the master bedroom.

 Looking up at the master bedroom ceiling-

Master bathtub awaits a sore back.

The elevator has been a godsend moving into the house! 
My fabric panels of books are perfect wall covering for the elevator inside.  

 A guest bath is readied for it's first use this weekend.


We wake up this morning to sun on the mountain in front of us and the clouds slowly going away.
In the next 10 minutes, those clouds are evaporated  and the mountain is fully visible.

Sunny warm days for the moving truck today- 70's!!!!  I love the mountain weather-

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Move in Day - One Week Away!

This week we finally got a tentative go-ahead to start moving things in!  We still have lots of things on the punch list and quite a big cleaning marathon to do this week, but it looks like we will spend our first night a week from Wednesday!

Finally got the landscaping started.  A parking pad for guests is made of Dublin pavers.   The landscapers have started to plant and add the rock features.  We are still waiting for the shutters and garage door hardware.  The Designs by Bree lanterns were finally hung by the front door, however the tall lanterns by the parking area, still need to be installed.

Harry is pretty excited about being able to run around a large space again! He's not too crazy about the yard though and just stands at the door until someone comes to pick him up!

The stair railing is installed and we left it a natural steel color.  The Montana snow fencing finally arrived from Montana and was completed on the stair walls this week!

This large open foyer separates the living space from the master bedroom.

Gas logs were installed in the fireplaces and the lights on the beams were added to
add interest to the ceiling at night.

Entering the dining hall, the large island is now ready to be filled with goodies. Still lots of cleaning to do in here and still need all the shelves to be installed.

The two Restoration Hardware chandeliers are hung high in the rafters and need to be lowered 6 feet to go over the dining table.

Drawers had to be shortened to accommodate pop-up plugs in the countertops and are still sitting on the countertops by the stove- that stuff really is frustrating.

The unlacquered brass faucet is a little piece of jewelry for the kitchen sink.  And the window over the sink that looks into the conservatory was finally cleaned this week! 

The French range was completely installed and ready for dinners!

 I can't wait to take this little baby on a test drive! Especially that center warming plate!

Looking from the dining hall into the larder- white marble subway tile really brightens the space.

Wolf oven and steam oven were installed in the larder this week.

Love this faucet- had to create a niche in the backsplash to accommodate its size!  Worth it!

Master bedroom chandelier hung this week and adds a great contrast to the rustic ceiling and fireplace.

And the Air System Jetted tub for my bath finally arrived this week and was installed! 
Just in time for moving day! I'll need it!

And one of the most fun design elements of the house- a faux library in the elevator! Hats off to my master carpenters Chad and Brian for making this vision come to life for us! 
Hope our guests come with their library card! The panels are made of a soft velvet and should be
very forgiving to luggage marks.

And this week- too many good surprises- the hotel guest refreshment area- got it's backsplash!
This area will have wine, coffee, water and snacks for our guests.

Black and white marble with inlaid brass- too die for!! 

And another room that is turning out to be a favorite- the craft room.  Lots of counter and storage space and an old fashioned sink- perfect for artistic endeavors.

So 5 loads in our cars to the new house this weekend- exciting and tiring!  Can't wait to finally get everything there-   Stay tuned!