This is the back staircase off our kitchen…where does it lead?
I love a back staircase, it’s very mysterious, but the mystery is over, and so is the wait to stay in our master bedroom…the renovation is done!!
This is half of the bedroom before the renovation, as you can see the floors were the best part of it. We think this room was added above the kitchen to be a sunroom, off two of the other bedrooms, originally. This room has 8 windows…we thought it would make a lovely master bedroom!!
This is the finished portion of the bedroom…however, the biggest challenge of this renovation was the windows!! We had the 6 windows facing the back of the house replaced with eco windows to keep the cold outside. We could not get new windows for the two side ones because of historic preservation rules for our area of this city, they have to be original to the house. Another challenge with the windows was the treatments!! This is how I solved it, shades to roll all the way up during the day, lace panels on tension rods for added privacy and satiny triple lined drapries for insulation during cold weather.
Before, a closet in the middle of the room, Victor ripped it down and threw it out the window, into the dumpster!! The French door led into another bedroom…we took part of that room to make a master walk-in closet.
After…the closet is gone, revealing the banister for the staircase going down to the kitchen…
We bought this antique headboard at a local shop…
The bed painted white, just fits between the two doors!! When I bought the comforter, I ordered a wall hanging to match and made pillow shams from it. The comforter had a white back, not very interesting, so I lined it with fabric that matches the walls and also made the round pillow out of the same fabric. The gold and rust colored pillows bring out the colors in the comforter and shams!! The doorway on the left…
leads to a hallway with the master bathroom off to the left, this was made from another bedroom and the door at the end of the hall can be closed to separate the two guest bedrooms and bathroom, so we can have our own private suite when we have company and they can have their privacy!! The photo on the right is our new closet, we put a white dresser in it and Victor made the cubbies and racks for hanging clothes.
This is the guest bedroom before we took part of it for the master closet…
A pano vision photo of the bedroom, it is actually long and narrow, but this photo makes it look like it’s V shape, I just wanted you to see the whole bedroom in one shot!!
Now for a special recipe…This is one of the best horderves I have ever had and it’s covid safe, in that everyone gets their own little cup of veggies and dip and its eco friendly because you can eat the cup when you’re done!!!
These are the raw ingredients…
Cut the french bread baguettes in 3 1/2 inch lengths and dig out some of the bread from the middle leaving about a quarter inch around the edges and about an inch on the bottom. Let them stand for about an hour to harden a little.
While the bread is hardening, cut the vegetables…I used celery, carrots, red peppers and string beans.
Spoon the dip into the bread cups,
then garnish the cups, I used 2 of each vegetable…
And there you have a very impressive horderve for parties, brunches or just snacks!! The great thing is, you can use any kind of dip or veggies and it’s so easy!!
This is the veggie dip recipe I made, it makes more than you would need, but trust me, it will get eaten!!
Veggie Dip Recipe
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion flakes
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 8 ounces mozzarella shredded
- Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, parsley, garlic powder, onion flakes, parmesan cheese and sugar.
- Fold in the mozzarella cheese.
- Refrigerate 2+ hours, I made this a couple of days ahead, it gets better with time!! Enjoy!!
We brought the horderve to Gina and Tom’s celebration for their hot tub being installed and the club house that Victor made for the boys, being nearly complete!! Anything for a celebration now-a-days!!
Gina, Tom and the boys enjoying their hot tub…it was too hot for Victor and me… This is a wood fired cedar hot tub, no need for electricity!!!
This was the beginning of building the club house for our grandsons…we gave it to them for Christmas, but had to wait for the good weather to start it!!
Aaden and Parker enjoyed helping Papa with the construction…it was a great learning experience for them.
Yikes, Victor on the roof…he still has it in him!!
The finished clubhouse, complete with a climbing wall and rainbow colored walk!!
This Ninja is practicing his moves on the climbing wall!!
We had to make sure that Raffa could make it up those stairs and now we have one happy dog!!
This Memorial Day let us remember the brave souls that have passed, during the Covid Pandemic❤️ They didn’t even know they were brave soldiers!!
A great artical in AARP that sums up 15 lessons learned from the Pandemic, click here to read it!!
A safe, reflective and happy Memorial Day to all my readers❤️💙