Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Colored Wall and Animal Plates in Our Kitchen

Hi everyone, my brother and sister-in-law loved hearing all your sweet comments about their new "old" place (click HERE if you missed it).

Today I have another post for you about a change that I made to our house before I left for Germany.

I have been wanting to change the silver color of the back kitchen wall for a while now. Not because I couldn't stand it anymore but because the wall was damaged after years of use and the Ralph Lauren metallics (which I loved by the way) aren't being sold at Home Depot anymore.

Remember this wall with my plates?

So when I was approached by Valspar to see if I wanted to try out their new Valspar Reserve paint, I jumped on it.

(This is not a sponsored post. I was given the paint for review and I only share things with you that I love. I stand behind it 100%)

I decided to try Mint Whisper 5008-7A and squeezed in a painting project right after I got back from the beach and a day before I left for Haven.

My hubby told me I was nuts but I got it all done and I have to say that the paint made it very easy to cover the dark silver since it is one-coat paint and primer. I'm always glad when I don't need to prime something.

And the fact that it’s stain and scrub resistant makes it perfect for our kitchen.

You can see the paint's coverage in the next photos:

One coat already covered really well:

And after two I was done! 

(I bought my kitchen pendant HERE)

Do you guys spy all the new West Elm plates that I added to the wall and mentioned in the headline?

I have a ton of mint right now which I love BUT I might change my mind by Christmas ;) You guys know me, right? Let's see!

Friday I have another pet post coming up and Monday I have another Germany post with a ton of photos. So stop back!



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Crashing My Brother and Sister-in-Law's New House

Today I want to give you a little glimpse into my brother and sister-in-law's new "old" house. They just moved in this year and have a lot of plans with the place. I love this charming house as much as they do.

If you missed reading about their last "old" home, then you can catch up by clicking HERE.

The previous owner won an award from the city for the restoration 
and modern renovation of this old home:

They have a courtyard which is secured and surrounded by high walls 
and this is the front door to the courtyard entrance that my son is trying to open:

There is a nice wooden patio and fire pit in the front courtyard:

The front entrance door:

My grandfather's dueling fraternity chair which is standing in my brother's office.

The former nunnery dining hall which is now their dining room has beautiful arched windows and the door you can see in the photo below lead to the chapel which is now their living room:

The original and former chapel ceiling:

The dining room ceiling:

To the left of the above photo is a floor door to a cellar which was most likely used by the nuns to keep food cooled and stored and they are hoping to use it as a wine cellar one day:

And then they have a second  spooky descend to another basement area. 
My kids love it and call it very creepy:

Their kitchen is very modern and the dining room and kitchen are heated with radiant heat floors:

Do you recognize the horse fruit bowl that I have on our coffee table? I found another one and brought them one.

The staircase to the former sleeping quarters of the nuns:

The sleeping quarters are now their bathroom, sauna and bedrooms:

Their walk-in closet which still needs a ceiling light:

A gorgeous free standing bathtub: 

Staircase looking down:

The neighboring rooftops and vegetable gardens:

They don't know that much about the history of the building. They are actually still researching it. All they do know is that it was once owned by a Franciscan nunnery called St. Josefskongregation who dedicated their lives' work to taking care of people with disabilities. Seven of their nuns were able to live here.

The property had a devastating house fire and the previous owners restored the property lovingly which earned them the above mentioned award from the city.

Here are some of the old photos to show you how bad it was:

I didn't take the photo from far enough to show you the little bell tower on the left.

I'd love to find out who owned the property before the nuns. I think my brother will write to them to see if they have any more information. I'll keep you posted.

I hope you enjoyed this little house crash as much as I did.



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