Bringing in the experts

I bit the bullet a month or so ago and called an interior designer.

Yep. Those of you who know me pretty well know this was pretty left field move for me. Indeed it was.

But, so far, I couldn't be more thrilled with this decision. In fact, I wish I'd done it ages ago.

You're probably wondering why considering I've devoted a good chunk of this blog to home renovation, decorating, repairs, etc. Well, I'll tell you why. Because after a good two months of being couped up in this house, staring at empty walls, wishing for matching furniture and realizing the project would NEVER, EVER, EVER come to fruition given the laundry list of things to do and the limited time/resources I have now, I just had to bring in some help.

So believe it or not, the finished product is being installed tomorrow. I actually feel like I'm in an HGTV show for once. Me, Little Junior, Clemmie and Dixie clear out of the house for an entire day while the crew come in and essentially transform my living room, dining room and kitchen. Is this real life?

It won't be a total surprise since I've been involved with every step along the way picking out fabrics, furniture, art, etc. And they will be reusing a lot of our existing stuff, but I still think it will feel like a dramatic change. (And in Mr. B's words, it better feel like a big change given the chunk that just came out of his wallet.)

I'll be sure to take some before pictures tonight so we can put them against the finished product. For now, here's a teaser to what I've chosen. And apologies for the quality of some of the photos. I was taking a picture of a print out or a catalogue. I never claim to be a professional!

A mix of fabric inspiration. Some of these made the cut and some didn't. (The top two are no-go's and the bottom three are a yes)

New ottoman / coffee table
Two accent chairs

New sideboard for the hallway
 New TV stand - and yes - it will be red
Fabric for the window panels
Plus, there's a large rug for the living room, lots of photos and art for the walls, some new slipcovers for the kitchen table chairs, throw pillows - I'm probably forgetting some stuff but you get the point. We are taking care of business around here.
Mr. B is going along with this because I am basically making him, but I think he feels a little bit like it's unnecessary given all the experience we have from the past. But I keep explaining that for once in almost 10 years, I want a FINISHED product. I want my project to be complete. (Now, we ALL know that a project is never complete and there's always a few stragglers on the to-do list, but you catch my drift here.) For him, there is no argument strong enough to match up against the will of a woman who spends all day, everyday in her home.
Stay tuned for the big reveal!  


  1. The last sentence should read:

    "For him, there is no argument strong enough to match up against the will of a woman who spends all day, everyday."

    No need for the words "in her home".

  2. Glad you are back! Excited to see the big reveal!

  3. I can't wait to see the finished product! We have a red hutch in our dining room and I love it!