If you read previous posts on my downsizing efforts, you will know that I subscribe to the minimal clothing movement, Project 333. And I do TRY to maintain a total of 33 items of clothing (exception is workout clothing and intimates). What was odd, though, was having a large walk-in closet and our clothing volume only took up a fraction of the space. Because my wardrobe is geared toward a capsule approach (all pants and tops color and style interchange), I found it was often handy to have a hook to put an outfit together. And although the husband does not necessarily put together an "outfit", I would often hear a yell from the closet, "Do these pants work with this shirt!?".
You are probably wondering where the shoes are? Since we have downsized linen needs (extra towels, sheets), the traditional linen closet located in the master bath is now a shoe closet. There are more rods are either side of the closet that you can't see in the photos, but you get the general idea.
The husband installed track lighting with each light pointing to a particular rod. Looks very much like an upscale little shop.
There are still a few adjustments needed like cuter hooks for purses, repainting and more stylish baseboards; but I am so excited about the new function of our master closet I had to share.
Friday, June 10, 2016
He was right. The room has a little more flair now.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The first room in our new home to get a total remodel was the master bath (except the shower--will do another year--replacing the fiberglass stall with tile and frame less glass door). The berber carpet was replaced with rectangle dark gray tile, a white double sink vanity, marble counter, and oval mirrors.
The vanity has a feel of separate furniture rather than built-in.
A corner tall cabinet matching the white vanity is on the opposite wall. It holds all the extras we need and gives the small room a balanced feel.
The overall house style outside and in is cottage meets northwest and the white vanity with clean linear lines seems to fit right in with this theme. The look is clean and fresh. A pop of color with brick red and olive green on the floor completes the look.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
I wish I could say the prawns were fresh, but we have a strange situation here with seafood. Unless you catch it yourself (which we often do) the local commercial fishing/harvest is sold directly to the wholesaler, packaged and then shipped to and sold in the local store (usually frozen). I know, we are right in the heart of fish and seafood country. Frustrating. The prawns are good, but they could be better. The Spice and Tea Exchange of Port Townsend [http://www.spiceandtea.com/port-townsend.html/] has the best blended seasoning for prawns of chile lime sea salt.
Lemon Vinaigrette for our salad:
- 4 tablespoons olive oil (I use lemon flavored olive oil rather than an additional ingredient of lemon juice*)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
This is the adult room. No television only music. We sit every morning in the swivel chairs in front of the big windows with our coffee and plan the day. The swivels are a must for turning towards the view when it is just the two of us and swivel back to the front for conversation with guests later on. On the rare winter day when it snows, the windows give us a snow globe effect.
The only upgrade needed to this room was a fresh coat of paint and a few repairs to the fireplace to make sure it is working when it turns chilly.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Shortly, I will start posting the upgrades to our new home. The house is almost twenty years old and the young couple who originally built it were limited on time. The place needed some attention.
So far, we have updated the master bath (except for the shower), guest bath, laundry, master bedroom, painted the entire interior and garage, window treatment for the dining room, re-landscaped (it was a bit overgrown), added a soft water system, and made numerous repairs. Looking back at our last five months living here, it is kind of amazing what we have accomplished so far. And explains why my posting has been sparse.
There are still plans to update the kitchen cabinets and counters--next year. The exterior needs painting and that will happen this summer. Eventually a walk-in shower will be installed, another window in the master bedroom, washable floors in the art studio and build a woodworking room in the garage for driftwood sculpting.
Monday, March 14, 2016
[Sorry Mom, I am giving you a preview of your Mother's Day card. Only small painting I have right now as an example.]
Using cork from the Lisjak winery and from the winery run by the Serbian Orthodox monks, I made up my mini painting "easel" using hot glue, twine, and unused jewelry. Nothing elaborate, but I like it! Will be making more.