Tuesday, January 18, 2011


It has been awhile since I checked in with you all. Last week I visited my newest little granddaughter and her parents. So much fun. There's nothing like holding a newborn in your arms. It's heaven on earth.

I'm home now, and I'm trying to get things in order. My husband and I have decided to move ahead with a rather intimidating project. We're basically dynamiting the whole upstairs of our house and starting over. At least that's what it feels like. Thank heavens we're not moving walls, but the master bedroom and bath are getting a complete overhaul. We're also going to renovate the guest bathroom and there will be new floors installed in all those rooms and the two guest bedrooms upstairs. Like I said ... kaaa-booommm!

We hope the redo will start toward the end of next month, but in the meantime we'll be making decisions and choosing the flooring, tile, cabinets, lighting, bathtubs, showers, etc., etc., etc. In the middle of all that I'm taking two more trips to visit children and their families. It seems a bit overwhelming, but it is exciting and fun all the same!

There is one decision, however, that we've already made. We know what "inspiration" we are going to work off of as far as colors and textures are concerned for the master bed/bath redo. This last year we've spent time visiting family and places in California. Both the hubs and I were raised in California, so we have a special affinity for sand and sea. We hope that by the time the renovations are complete our master bedroom and bath will remind us of some of the colors and textures found at some of our favorite beaches in California. Below are some pictures we took at a few of those choice locations that supply plenty of inspiration!

 A gray, stormy day at Half Moon Bay...

Cerulean skies, 
a turquoise sea, 
gnarled driftwood, 
and white sandy beaches
in Carmel...


San Clemente --
white frothy waves,
a few puffy clouds,
an old wooden wharf,
a bronzed surfer dude,
and ruffled sandy beaches...
so beautiful!

You won't see any conch shells or starfish in our rooms, but we hope to bring some of the colors and textures found at the beach to our landlocked abode in Colorado.


CB said...

That really sounds like a fun project! I am a Bay Area girl born and raised and I think your inspiration will make for some really beautiful rooms!
I cannot wait to see how it all comes out.

Julie said...

I loved ours years in the Bay Area while my husband was in graduate school. It is beautiful and I miss it often. Excited to see your transformation--sounds perfect.

orneryswife said...

We recently redecorated in our house, as well. I think using inspiration from places that make you happy and give you peace is an excellent idea! Good luck with all the work.

May every dream you have be doable
May every purchase you make be wise and durable
May every choice you have to make come from a sense of peace, not because you have-to-make-a-choice-right-now-because-the-contractor-is-on-his-way!

Can't wait to see the results--hopefully you take photos along the way and post them. :)

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

it sounds absolutely relaxing and peaceful. (the end result that is) The process.... not so much!
Huge undertaking, but I look forward to following along with ya!

April Leigh Rinner said...

I really love these pictures, gorgeous. I love your blog and can't wait to see the results, I know they will be beautiful. The baby burpies on your site look adorable, for some reason I can't seem to pull them up. This may be my computer, I will try from a different one tonight and see. :)

Brandi said...

love your inspiration photos. I recently redid one of the bathrooms in our home and my inspiration came from pictures of the Pacific Northwest!

Lisalulu said...

HALF MOON BAY- - - That's where I'm from.... I miss it so, the blue, the small town, the lovely ocean, the PUMPKINS!!! The elementary school is just across from the ocean and I would wait for the girls and just listen to the clam waves. yep I miss it!!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

The coast of California is a magnificent inspiration. My Baby Bee wants to redo her room with the beach as inspiration. She wants it to be a little more grown up so I can't wait to see what you do and show it to her too. Have fun!

Unknown said...

With such a beautiful inspiration your master bath/bedroom redo should be fabulous.

Good luck with your explosive remodeling project. We are having a hard time just picking out new wood flooring.


Mia said...

I had no idea you guys were planning a huge remodel! Sounds really exciting. Can't wait to see the changes.