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.