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Friday, December 27, 2013

Let the Changes Begin!

OK...
(deep breath)

I am forcing myself to do something 
that I have been wanting to do now for the past couple of years ~

I am ging to begin re-styling my farmhouse one room at a time!

I feel my decor is outdated (for me) now,
the darker colors just don't reflect how I 'feel' anymore...

I want lighter, brighter, cleaner and more simple.
let's call it farmhouse fresh! LOL

so, here is the bathroom ~ "before"



when we moved in 10 years ago,
we gutted each room, added sheetrock (and insulation!)




we updated the plumbing (which was nonexistent) 
and I chose wall colors to match my still-at-the-time Colonial-inspired mindset.
(don't forget, we moved to VA from CT and I decorated in colonial style)



when we finished remodeling and painting,
 I was so happy to have this little farmhouse!
and still am ~
but now
after being here for 10 years
I need a fresher look...


So I will be picking out paint colors for the wainscoting in the bathroom, 
with this being the first room on my 'redux' list

in between stitching & designing,
I'll post pics of my progress so you can all follow along with the transformation :)

and speaking of stitching & designing,
I am working on new Valentines Day & Spring themed projects...
OH! don't forget to pick up your copy of the next Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine too ~
I have a little punch needle project in there for you all :)

Keep warm my Friends!

* Blessed be * 
Lori

26 comments:

kelley said...

between you and Peter this is huge makeover project is going to be fun to follow...

The Evening Stitcher said...

Oh how fun!! I love your bathroom the way it is...but I can totally understand the need for change! Good luck and don't work too hard!

TeresaM said...

It looks great Lori!!

Jacqueline said...

I will look forward to following along with your changes.

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

I moved some things out of my Dining room to make room for Christmas guests and my kids thought I had been robbed. LOL! I kinda like the "Less is More" look.

Linda said...

I can not wait to see how you transform your wonderful farmhouse....I am like you, in that I would like to change things, a lighter look, but I am so afraid I won't like it....then what ??? But, I think an old farmhouse like yours looks so pretty in soft whites, neutrals, a bit of old farmhouse color thrown in for good measure....you know, even hundreds of years ago, farm wives were re-decorating, freshening things up, so I say go for it, you might just inspire me too!!!! When I see old white farm house on pinterest, they look just perfect, meant to be........

backporchcarver said...

This is going to be great fun, I love a remodel. Especially when someone else is doing all the work. Looking forward to all the photos. My step daughter hooked the Bee chair pad you designed and gave it to me for Christmas. I am soooo lucky, I love it!!

Anonymous said...

I can see your bath has a faucet like what we had when I was a child. I´m 78 and love your blog and next trip to my girl in Va I hope to visit your shop.It was a joke when I asked you to meet at Dulles May 2012.
I´m found of primitive and have Primitive Quilting....
I don´t know anything about hooking or punch needle but enjoy stitching and quilting.
Wish you a happy new year.
Louise D in Sweden

Debra said...

Interesting to note, my current bathroom décor is on the chopping block as well...I feel that I have outgrown it, and I want a lighter look. I will be curious to see what you come up with.

evelyne staebler said...

Hi Lori , I love the magazine : Primitive Quilt and Projects . I find this magazine in my country : France. and I a m happy to see your contribution in this magazine.....
kisss evelyne.

Stacey said...

We started changing to a lighter feel last year and love it!! it seemed to follow through in my work as well~ great things happen with change! Enjoy the journey!
Stacey

dogwoodfarm said...

I know just want you mean about lighting things up.
We renovated our hall bathroom and I used a creamy color on our wainscoting and white walls. It looks really nice with the black hardware. I'll post a picture when finished.
xo

Margit said...

I can understand you that you want to change it after 10 years, but..... I LOVE IT! :)

Nancy Bauer said...

Oh you are gona have sooo much fun and we get to enjoy watching the progress!! :) I've been simplifying here two the past couple years but don't think I could tackle a job like you are going to do...I love the painting on the walls of the bath, you must be kind of sad to see that go, but I understand what you have in mind! Can't wait to hear your ideas, I will see you tomorrow :)

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

What an exciting time! That will be fun to follow!

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Lori, I understand completely.....Can't wait to follow along with the redo....You have such a great style, love the farmhouse, Francine.

marly said...

Anxious to see your room changes and paints. I'm sure they will make me question my new color choices! Have fun.

Lori Ann Corelis said...

Love the quote , "The only constant - is change" . . . tis so true that we are always evolving and changing. Each day even, is like no other! I get it . . . I feel especially when you live AND work from home things need changing up more often . . . it's like a fire in the britches to re-arrange, repaint, re-decorate . . . it unleashes a creative fire! Enjoy the journey . . . can't wait to see what you do! PS . . . love Behr paint from Home Depot . . . great colors and it had primer in it!!
xo
L

FRANNIE-STEVENS-MESHORER said...

lori ... a 'new chapter' ...

a couple years ago .. i started feeling the need for more 'light' in my life .. and 'simpler times' .. we removed EVERYTHING from the log cabins .. freshened up with paint and i am putting back 'comfy' things. still prim .. but less 'care'. to enjoy just 'being' while here. i look forward to peeking in on your journey. xo, frannie

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~Backroad Treasures~ said...

Oh Lori how exciting this will be to watch your transformation... I am leaning towards the farmhouse style more and more I love the calmness of it., I just told hubby that I am really leaning towards repainting our kitchen cabinets to a antique cream they are black now.... Anxious to see each rooms transformation....
Blessings
Rhonda

Trudy Perilli said...
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Trudy Perilli said...

Lori, I can't wait to see what you come up with! I too decorated in the darker prim style, and when I moved to a tiny 1 bedroom apartment last year I decided that I wanted to lighten things up. More of a Prim/Prairie/Farmhouse style. Slowly as funds allow, as I am now single and on a disability pension with MS, I have started to evolve! 
My bedroom is mainly whites and creams, frames that were black have been painted and primmed to a white or cream with either rusty or silvery touches.i painted my dresser a primmed white and left my desk a natural dark Oak. I rewired 2 lamps, both are glass prism lights, one hanging by my bed and one on my desk. It gives me such peace to go into this lighter, calmer space. 

I have also found that by just changing the frames or switching out other knick knacks the whole mood is different. All of my previous stitched treasures, and handmade pieces seem to match this lighter look perfectly. 

My living room is a slow work in progress and I am enjoying the journey as each piece of furniture is changed. 

One question for you, and anyone else who is considering this lighter look; how do we get these massive black televisions to fit with the lighter look? My living room is too small to hide it in a cabinet, and I think that I am finding it hard to paint my black furniture a lighter color because of this darned tv! 

Enjoy your journey Lori, I look forward to watching you work on each room.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Trudy ~
Thanks for your comment! ~ glad to see I'm not alone in my wanting to lighten up a bit...Our TV is a huge flat screen that hangs on the wall above our mantel in our living room ~ I am hoping that Peter will build a louvered door cabinet for it and of course I will paint & distress it....
would love to see pics of your bedroom!!!
~Lori

Janet said...

Love following your blog and will also enjoy your new "Look" for the farmhouse

Betsy's Basket Blog said...

Love the orbs .... who do you think they are????

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