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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Moving Right Along…

Tuesday was Day 2 of my “shake it up” house mission….but who’s counting?



LBE music room.


1. Cleaning:

After all the deep-cleaning basics, the biggest piece I cleaned was the fireplace mantel.


My favorite furniture cleaner/polish is Guardsman.  I love using it on antiques and it makes furniture look immediately better.


2. Organizing:

The only storage in this room is the French cabinet which I use for piano music.  I had let my sheet music and books get messy but it didn’t take long to re-organize them.


3. Décor:

I’m trying to pull out more blue in this room.  A teal blue at that.  My inspiration comes from the blue in the oriental rug and the trumeau mirror.   The leather bar chairs are many many years old and were custom ordered in High Point.  They are not going to be permanent in here.  They are only a temporary fix.  But in the meantime they add a bit of unexpected edgy flair.


The pair of chairs that I want for this room are the upholstered Ansley slipper chairs by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair Co.  I have seen these chairs in person and they are to-die-for, but expensive.


I layered a couple of my vintage pie-crust mirrors in front of the trumeau and can’t decide if I want to use the matching shield shade lamp for symmetry.


The fireplace is non-working so I keep a French fireback against the slate.  I dug the tole table out of storage and might keep it in here….or not.




When I was shopping the house I realized I had this tole tray that I thought was an unusual blue and would work in here.  It’s a different hue but I like the variety of blues.


It’s a sunken room and the French doors behind the columns in the gallery lead to the balcony.


I turned the piano around and like it much better.  It had always been facing the other way towards the foyer.


I’d like to the replace the drop bowl chandy with this one from Wisteria.

W8141 French Candelabra Chandelier



Let me show you something funny.  I love my hardwood floors. They are Brazilian cherry by Bella Wood and they are unstained.  They are naturally a deep rich color and they do have polyurethane.  Unlike some floors that get lighter or bleached out when exposed to sunlight  these floors actually get darker with exposure.

See the line?


That’s where a rug has been for the past 5 years.  Don’t worry though.  It will darken like the rest of the floor over time and you won’t be able to tell the difference.   There were 3 circles where the piano had originally been!  I told you I was going to show you everything!


I still highly recommend these floors though.  They are beautiful and very easy to care for.  I think we’ve gotten more compliments on the floor than any other feature in the house since we built 7 years ago.


I moved the chairs around a bit but think they are better flanking the mantel.




Two rooms down, ?? more to go!

I didn’t say my house would be “finished” during this project.  I now have two lists of things I want to do in each room. Things I’m adding to my style file.  Whats’ a style file?  A file for YOUR Style!!!  I’ll talk more about that later.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I worked all day yesterday on the dreaded basement.  I’ll share that with you next week.  I’m headed to Lexington today for the annual Bluegrass Trust Antique & Garden Show going on all weekend at the KY Horse Park.  It’s one of my favorite events.  I’m so excited and can’t wait to share it with you when I get back.

Also, please look forward to an awesome guest post by my friend, Cat, who will share some incredible details about our accommodations in Normandy.

See you next week,



Susan said...

Kim, you are getting lots done with your mission.
Its so good to hear you talk about events going on in Ky. My daughter lives in Lexington. I lived in Morehead of my life!!
Can't wait to see your photos!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Kim, you're definitely moving along. Love that trumeau. I agree that the chairs look better flanking the mantel. Enjoy your outing.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Kim, your energy is catching. Well energy for ordering things anyway, haha, but not to clean. I just don't waaaaannnnnaaaaaaa.

But I know I need to- especially from losing an entire month with that stupid surgery, this place needs to be scoured and I mean right now. So back to blog reading...........lol....hubs birthday, no cleaning today.

Your house is looking super nice.

That is amazing about your floor getting a tan. Who knew?

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You have an incredible home. Thanks for sharing. fondly ~Lynne~

Sarah said...

I'm envious of your energy and motivation to get this all done. I need to clean out closets and just can't get myself moving in that direction. Also envious of your trip to Lexington. Such a pretty town. Have fun at the show. Take lots of photos to share.........Sarah

NanaDiana said...

Kim-The room looks great and I bet you feel so good that it is clean and fresh. I have never heard of that polish but I will look for it now.
I do move my rugs around from time to time because of the way the wood ages. xo Diana

Unknown said...

Kim, your home is beautiful! I love the beautiful fireplace and the mirror is to die for. And now it's all clean too! Loving your inspiration chairs, they would look spectacular in that room. Enjoy your weekend!

Bliss said...

My daughter would be envious to play piano in that room on that piano. She has an antique out of tune upright.... in the cold garage!


miss flibbertigibbet said...

I have the EXACT same flooring throughout my home and I love it too. That tole table is gorgeous and so is the tray! I also love the mirror over the console!

cheri said...

Hi Kim, We have the same flooring in the house we just moved into. The previous owners had rugs and, of course, they left the area where the rugs were much lighter. We are watching as the floor slowly evens out. We thought of re-finishing them, but now we know we don't need to. Love your taste and home.

Sue said...

Hi Kim, I am enjoying your posts because I am doing the basically the same thing in my home. I am going through room by room and making 3 lists. Things to do, ie paint etc, things to buy, ie new chandy, and lastly I am making a list for my girls of special things in each room that mean something to me. We have been cleaning out my parents home and I sure wish I knew which were the "special dishes, etc " among so many sets and so I am keeping a little list. Good luck on your mission.

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