Friday, February 24, 2012



The whirlwind and flurry of excitement brought about with the laying of the new wood floors in our La Chaumière de Briarwood has been replaced with tired and achy bones and a desire for much needed sleep.  My Mr. AGPMan and I are pretty much down for count after days and days of non-stop work.  Even though we didn't personally do the installation just having to prepare our home for the new flooring made for some very full's been pretty intense around here!  It brought to mind the days of our early marriage when we moved fourteen times in two years...

Late yesterday afternoon the workers packed up their gear, cleaned up the mess and left.  My guy has class on Thursday nights and so for an hour or two I was alone.  I was so tired I honestly didn't know if I should laugh, cry or what.  I stood there in the middle of our home, in the very room where over the years I watched my children grow, where nearly twenty Christmas mornings were enjoyed, where bridal and baby showers were hosted, birthdays were celebrated and funeral gatherings were attended.  I couldn't help but marvel at the transformation!  I feel blessed and grateful something my guy and I have wanted for so long has finally come to pass.

This change was good.

It was years in the planning...and even longer in the dreaming~

Little by little I'm getting things back in order.  It's going to take some time.  We are still in the midst of a very intense kitchen remodel and that won't be finished for many, many moons~

One day at a time.
More planning.
More dreaming.

This is the view from our front door.. 

The view from inside our formal dining room.  See where the wide molding/baseboard was removed?  You can see a tiny sliver of green and pink striped wallpaper if you look closely!  Well...nineteen years ago I hung that colorful stuff myself directly onto the drywall!!!  A few years later when I wanted to remove it we my guy couldn't get it off.  We He ended up texturing over it.  The two of us literally laughed out loud when we saw it!

Didn't I just say change is good?

This one definitely was!

More pictures are coming as I work to get things back in order.  There are a few things I want to bring down from upstairs and even more things being donated to Goodwill...

You may not see me for a couple of days!  Aside from cleaning up the dust and getting things back to normal I'm also working on new product for my website.  Hope to reopen it in a few weeks.

Blessings and love to you today...


NanaNor's said...

Wow, what glorious wood floors you have. So much work, I know that when it is all completed you'll just sit back and relax, loving it all. Hope you get some good rest this weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

Mosaic Magpie said...

Rebecca, The room turned out beautiful the floor is the perfect accent to your wonderful whites!

NanaDiana said...

Oh My Gosh Rebecca! I had that same faux "moire" wallpaper in one of our houses! I had it in the pink and green and ALSO in the blue and cream color. Great minds think alike, huh?

I can't tell you how excited I am for you. I feel like I have been right there watching the things come together. Imagine Christmas in your home this year! I don't know WHERE we will be for Christmas. We are probably going to sell and downsize and I'm not sure where the Lord is calling us to move yet. (This will be move #16 for us) xo Diana

Patty C. said...

You are right. The contrast looks amazing ;)

Anne said...

GORGEOUS you must be so happy and proud of the work you all did.I know you had someone do the floors.But you all have done so much yourselves.What a relief it must be to see something finished.I really LOVE that wood and white look.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Looking good Miss Rebecca. Since I started blogging, I am loving all the white decor I see. It's nice when our dreams finally come true.

Mouse said...

ohhhh just love those floors and mmmm can I say I prefer your taste in decor now hahahahah love mouse xxxx

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hurray, it looks fabulous, Rebecca. the floors are amazing!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, your floors look wonderful, Rebecca. I LOVE all your white furniture; very serene! Thanks for giving us a peek. I'm happy your dreams are becoming a reality. Have a lovely weekend, my sweet friend.


Mari said...

Omg.....looks gorgeous my friend......
Loving those floors ;) enoy them sweetie , you sooooo deserve it after so much hard work......


Theresa said...

Beautiful floors and I love the contrast too! I know that you are tired but aren't you SO happy that you did all of that hard work! It sure paid off! Enjoy your weekend dear Rebecca, hope you get some rest! HUGS!

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Your new wood floors are gorgeous!! Love the color you chose ~ I like the darker toned woods compared to the lighter tones ~ would LOVE to have wood floors installed in our living day :) Have a great weekend....and get some much needed rest!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Anonymous said...

What what an amazing change with the gorgeous wood floors!! I had to laugh at the wallpaper- I think we all had that same color scheme!!

Looking lovely!!

bee blessed

Anonymous said...

Oh Rebecca! That is beautiful:)

Hope you have a lovely and relaxing weekend enjoying your new room!

Marilyn said...

Looks fabulous! Fourteen times in two years!?? Funny what my brain focuses on...I'd have gone bonkers! And I thought moving every five years or so was bad in the beginning. It was all in the same area, so same school, grandparents still in same home, but very traumatic for Sarah. I moved every rock and flower pot each time! I hope you take a nice long bath and relax this weekend!♥♫

Unknown said...

It all looks wonderful. When I started painting our home, I tried to remove the wallpaper in our bathroom and discovered the previous owners had done the same thing, stuck it right onto the drywall. I tore it off and chunks of the wall came with it. I had to texture the walls before I could paint them. When I got to the dining room, I left the wallpaper on and painted over it. the edges were dry and they lifted a bit at the seams, sigh. Also, if I set something against the walls, the paint comes off onto the whatever item is placed against them. If we can get past the hassles, remodeling IS worth it but it sure can test the limits of our patience.

ShabbyESP said...

I am so excited for you to see your dreams come true. The floor is beautiful and I love it with the white so pretty!!! Can't wait to see it all when you have it finished.
Hope your weekend is wonderful!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Things are looking GREAT!!!! So glad you are getting to do the things that you have waited so long for. I am wanting to do my floors to and put some paint on the walls. I am hoping this spring.
Also wanted to let you know I am okay, been working a lot with the estate sales and was sick for over a month. But I will try to get back to blogging soon. Thanks for missing me.
Hugs, Pat

Allie said...

The floors are so beautiful, I can hear them singing! What a fantastic room you have created for yourself. Have a restful weekend, you deserve it :)

Unknown said...

So beautiful my friend! will be standing in every room and staring at them for months to come..walk bys and stepping back to admire!

Your Craft Book said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous, you will love your new look when it is finished. I know when we did ours I got rid of a lot of stuff. I just really liked the cleaner and more simpler lines and downsized.

I cannot wait to see the final photo's, congratulations, Maureen

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca,
I know it's very unsettling to have people working in your home and have everything turned upside down. But in the long run it looks beautiful. Your home is going to be even more lovelier.


Patty Patterson said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful! I'd love to come over for a tour, but I'm sure you're a long long way from me, so I'll just wait for more pictures!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Congrats on this mega job!
Being tired and sleepy is a blissful feeling of happiness in disguise!
A tight hug to the both of you.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love it...And I am not talking about the pink and green striped wall paper LOL! Yep, that's a big job, but so pretty!!


Sonya Badgley said...

Dear Rebecca,
It turned out SO beautifully. Aren't you glad you did it? I can't wait to see more pics of your lovely home. What a dream.
Hugs and love,


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your new floors are stunning!! I am green with envy!! Someday I hope to put laminate wood floors in my Kitchen and my Dining Room....


Jen said...

I absolutely love the color of your new floor! A lot of work but certainly worth it in the end.
Enjoy your weekend...with some down time.


Passionate for White said...

A labor of love that turned out beautifully!!!

Annesphamily said...

What a beautiful transformation! Your home is delightful! You are a hard working beautiful lady! Your home is like a pretty fairy tale!

Miss Gracie's House said...

Aren't you just loving the warmth that the wood brings? It looks beautiful! I did have to laugh at the wallpaper...I swear we could be sisters...I betcha we shopped the same wallpaper's been awhile since we've seen those colors, huh?

Unknown said...

Here's the post! They look beautiful! I want wood floors so bad, but this house I just bought has brand new carpet throughout, and my frugal nature won't let me just rip up perfectly good carpet, so when it's time, I will do the wood floors. So happy for you and do enjoy them!

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