Friday, September 12, 2008

* A HAPPY ENDING *

I think I broke a land speed record coming home tonight. I was so excited to see if they were able to finish our patio. It was raining pretty hard today so I was worried that they wouldn't have even shown up. And now .... I'm really sorry I called them "Girlie Men" I take it back guys...you are Big Glorious Beef Cakes of Brick Laying love!




I'm gonna have some extra landscaping to do...they were nice enough to level this out with some extra dirt, seeded it, and covered it with straw. But there are some holes now that will need some planting come spring. But over all we are really pleased. I just wish it hadn't been raining so I could sit out and enjoy it for awhile.





I finally finished the last of my preparations for one of the guest bedrooms. It is now officially ready to be occupied by my wonderful mom. I got the yellow cabinet painted and properly distressed and I added a new lamp. I'm pretty okay with how everything looks. I'd like to do some more tweaking but this is as good as it's gonna get for now. (click on the picture and check out that lamp) got it at Home Goods and it's really cute!


One of these days I'll tone down that "too yellow" paint...but dang I REALLY hate painting! I keep hoping that as I get older and my eye sight fails...I won't notice the BLARING yellow!


If you're wondering what the large blob under the quilt in the corner is.....It's the putrid crunchy chair from Hell. Yes I said "crunchy" the fabric is so old that it makes a crunchy sound when you sit on it. It belonged to my hubby from his bachelor days. It's actually the only thing left from that prehistoric period...well except for his 20 year old alarm clock. One day I'm gonna find the perfect chair for that spot...until then ...this monstrosity remains shrouded.





Finally I'd like to thank Jeanne from Backyard Neighbor for giving me this award. I've received it before...but I'll be happy to take it again! Thanks Jeanne. I really enjoy your blog and love having you come over to visit. Everyone go over to her place and say "hi" !



And many thanks to Carol from Charli and me for this awesome award! Carol has an adorable dog named...what else...Charli. Ya gotta go to her blog and take a look at that yummy little furball.



This award is for dog lovers. And I'd like to pass it on to some of my dog loving friends. Kyley at "Crazy Kyley" ........ Sheila at "Note Songs"......Tracey at "I am Me"....and Rhonda at "Scooter Blu's Whimsy" Go meet their adorable and loveable furry friends!

65 comments:

Llinda/ "Mom..." said...

*****How DELIGHTFUL your new "patio" turned out, Nikki ~~~ love the curves! AND, love the warm, welcoming & "special space" you created for your Mom ~~~ you are SO lucky to have her, and it has to make you feel terriffic knowing she will be THRILLED when she sees what you did for her!!! (My Mom died when she was only 58, & we were verrrry close ~ so, I sure wish that I could be preparing a special space just for HER visit!!!). Know you'll enjoy every minute together, my friend!!! Warmly, Linda

Tracey said...

Hi Nikki,
The patio looks great...Crumpet seems to be enjoying it already :)
LOVE the cute lamp.....my kitty cats would have a field day with the little hanging crystal piece :)
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE AWARD!!!
I LOVE IT !! :)
Have a great weekend!!
Tracey

imjacobsmom said...

First off, your painted cabinet turned out perfect, and I spotted that lamp right off the bat - because I had my eye on that one and the bunny lamp from Homegoods. Blue and yellow are so fresh! And for your patio -Sweet! I can see the plantings now! ~ Robyn

Kathy said...

Those guys did a great job Nikki, your pation looks so nice with your gazebo. Your mum will feel very speical in 'her' room, enjoy your visitors, you worked really hard to make their visit special. Kathy, congrats on your lovely awards.

Jeanne said...

Nikki, I can only say wow! And that is for everything. Your patio is gorgeous. A great idea for the space you have.

Your guest bedroom is just beautiful. Great job of decorating Nikki. Is that a photo on the table of your mom and dad? The lamp is very attractive as well. Good choice for that room. I have a pretty chandelier in my bedroom. I love the touch of elegance.

Hugs, Jeanne

Joy said...

Wow! Look at all of the beautiful things you've got goin' on at your house...a lovely patio, a gorgeous guest room. You need an old crunchy chair to balance out all that beauty. ;~)

Hey, have you thought about just ragging a white wash on top of the bright yellow paint to tone it down? It would be easier than painting.

Chris said...

I love your blog, it makes me want to tear my house apart and start over.Love the cheerful yellow too.

Chris

Darlene said...

WOW Nikki,

Your patio area turned out GREAT, it looks like you will be hanging out there a lot. And I think I could just LIVE in that bedroom. It is FABULOUS!! I enlarged each and every picture looking around at that wonderful bedroom. Your mom is going to LOVE it...well I see she commented she DOES love it!!!

Justine said...

Oh wow, the patio looks FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They got that done really quickly. Well, after you waited all those weeks for them to show up. But at least they did a great job!
Your mom's room looks wonderful. Is she coming for a visit, or to live with you? Yep, that lamp is too beautiful!
My hubby wants a Wheaton when we get a dog, but I'm afraid of the grooming upkeep. I'm leaning toward a Golden Doodle? What do you think?

Justine :o )

Justine said...

I've got an award for you on my blog, Nikki!

Justine :o )

Brown-Eyes said...

I'm thinking you may need to keep that monstrosity of a chair or where else could you display that beautiful quilt as well...That "sunshine" room is very, very pretty! Great job on the patio! ;-) Bo

Michael said...

Nikki,

It turned out beautifully!!!! Man oh man, am I gonna enjoy lounging around by the pool in your back yard when I come to visit :)

Have a great weekend!

:)

Smilingsal said...

Ooo, that patio is so nice. You're never going to regret doing that.

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Love the patio! Hope you get to enjoy it soon!

Your mum would feel so loved in this room!

onlymehere said...

Oh, I so want that patio for my back yard! I love the brick work and how you did it in curved lines instead of a square block. Is that a gazebo to the right of it or is it a gazebo with a hot tub? Just curious. I love your mom's room too and the quilt is lovely. Did you make the quilt? I just got my new flyer on quilting classes at my favorite sewing store and I am soooooo in trouble! They are teaching some pretty awesome things this time. I want to sign up for way too many classes! Thanks for stopping by and your nice comments about Savannah's tiger picture. I know, I know, I'm too prideful! Someday she'll have a little cousin and she won't get this much attention! At least I'm learning to shorten my blogs, hmmmmm, maybe I better work on shortening my comments!! LOL! Have a great weekend.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your patio is fabulous Nikki! One of these days, I hope to have a gazebo. I love yours. Have you seen Mary's at Across the Pond? She has an amazing blog. Her gardens are wonderful. She too has a gazebo, I've admired.

I came by here yesterday to see if I could find a picture of your cabinet tops. I never did find one and had to leave when my daughter and her husband came by. I'd love to see your cabinet top photos. I found one photo with just a glimpse of the cabinet. Gorgeous by the way.

Linda said...

Love the patio!! Howe nice of those beefy guys to work on such a wet cool day! Looks great!

AJ said...

Your patio turned out gorgeous! I'd love to sit out there with a nice cup of hot chocolate, a blankie and a book:) Looks so cozy! And your guest bedroom! I'd want to move in there:)

Deb said...

Hey Nikki,love, love, love, the patio, and as always the guest bedroom is lovely. Congrats on your awards too. Deb

bj said...

ummm, I love your new patio. It looks just fabulous. I know you and Steve will really enjoy it.

And, your yellow room looks just great. Your mom is going to love it.

Joy said...

Cute blog! I love your patio and gazebo. Looks like a great place to relax and have company over.

Nikki said...

First of all, the patio looks amazing!

The guest room looks very welcoming, I love the plates on the wall.

aunties said...

Holie Molie! Your patio turned out gorgeous!
And your mom is so lucky to have a wonderful daughter like you to provide such a warm and inviting room for her to stay in. The night stand turned out so nice. Hope the bathroom did as well. Girl, You are amazing!
Beth

Picket said...

Wow girl..that turned out fantastic!!!! Love the shape of it! The bedroom is just beautiful Nikki..it would make anyone feel special to be a guest in there..hope you are having a great weekend..thanks for coming by and taking a gander at my black mantel! lol

Joy said...

So I'm finally catching up on my past blog reading. I love your remade bench in toile and black. Don't you just love those spray paint attachments?!? It makes it so much easier. Can't wait to see what color you paint the end table. And I'm amazed that you have time to fit in some room painting and fall decorating too! Can I have some of your energy, please?!?!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Nikki, that's an awesome patio, I know you're gonna enjoy that. And that is a really cute bedroom. I've got a bedroom redo on the brain so I enjoyed seeing yours! Gorgeous. I really do enjoy your blog.

Thanks for coming to visit me,
Rhoda

Angie said...

Hi Nikki!

LOVE the patio...and look at Crumpet out there checking it out already..lol! Too cute! Let me know when you are ready for more guests in your guest room cause I will be on my way!!! That room is gorgeous!

~Angie

p.s. ohhh, and my hubby still has his alarm clock from high school..lol! that darn thing has outlasted 2 of my new alarms....

salmagundi said...

The curves of the patio are wonderful. Take time to enjoy it with your company. I'm like everyone else, where do you get your energy? You get so much done, and done so well!!!! Sally

Sandy said...

The patio is awesome! Your guest room is very pretty. I love yellow. Congrats on the awards!

Charli and me said...

Hi Nikki,
Everything turned out so beautiful! I love your new patio. Your room make over is so pretty! I especially love that chandelier.
Thank you for your wonderful comments about my blog.

Rae said...

I love your outdoor living space!!! Congratulations on your award!

Justine said...

Nikki, you GOOBER, that bathroom shot was not ME! LOL! I can always tell when someone has read my blog too fast if they miss major details like that. ROFL!

Justine :o )

dana said...

OK, I'm perched on the edge of my chair crossing my legs, because if I don't I just might have a wet mess to address beneath my chair. That post, just before this one, should be nominated for some kind of Award-- it was priceless. OMG--you just totally had me shouting "stop it, stop it"!! (I really needed to just step away from the computer, do my business, then return like any normal woman would do--but NOOOOO--I had to keep on reading!)
That one goes into my special category in My Favorites of Best Posts! Oh, that was grand! Thank you for your humor---it brings so much laughter to such a funky world! Dana

PS--wouldn't you like a couple of denture tea light holders to put in your guest room--I'll bet your mom would enjoy them!!! :-)

PPS-OMG, waiting for your vision to fade so the yellow doesn't look so bright! Gads--I gotta run NOW!!

dana said...

Just got your additional comment---NO, I say, NO--the girlie landscapers, now that's the best one EVER!!! dana

Kathy said...

Nikki, I would gladly give you my iron bench, god knows I owe you after all those thoughful gifts you sent me, but I just spent two months scrubbing it with a wire brush and then I went and saw a cheaper one "WITHOUT RUST"!!!!!.
that will teach me haha. Kathy

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Nikki, Love your patio! The bedroom and patio was finished in perfect timing...Mom's arrival! The pavers are really pretty! And the bedroom looks like a delightful B&B! ...even the shrouded chair...or whatever you called it! LOL!

On behalf on Coco, Bailey, and I, we thank you for the Dog Blogger Award! How cute! Bailey might even get cleaned up for his acceptance, that is just how much we love it! LOL! He is a hunter and a stinker! LOL! ~Rhonda :)

Carolynn said...

Great patio & backyard. Too bad about the rain.

Only one thing left from your husband's bachelor days?! Wow, that's a quite an accomplishment all on its own.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Oh my gosh, it looks great! Even in the rain!! :)

M ^..^

Savvy Mode SG said...

i adore yellow. pretty room, lucky mom.

Michael said...

He he, I saw your comment on my post from yesterday...I created a bit of a monster, didn't I???

Susie Q said...

Oh wow....this is all just too, too wonderful. I shall go into the closet now and cry! *grin*
Your home is gorgeous and each new addition just adds to that gorgeous wonderfulness...I don't think wonderfullness is a word but it shoud be to describe your home!

Love,
Sue

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Nikki! It came out gorgeous!! I think I would sit out there in the rain anway!lol looks so pretty even with the straw. Very nice job - I'm jealous! Your mom should be very happy sleeping here; so pretty; I was in Homegoods Friday. I behaved but they do have some beautiful lamps. Have a great night and Monday! Jeannette

Dawn Gahan said...

Nikki,

The patio and the bedroom are lovely! Your backyard should be featured in a magazine.

Dawn

Nancy said...

How nice Nikki! The patio turned out wonderful! I like the yellow room...looks very cozy! Congrats on your awards too! Blessings, Nancy

Bridget said...

Nikki, I hope you are having a good weekend. I have a new post you need to come see. Crumpet and Oz have a starring role in it! : ) B.

Blueberry Buttons said...

Hi Nikki,
This is a comment on several of your blogs. Love your new patio, enjoy it. Love what you said in your political blog. Thanks for stating your opinion. It looks like the majority of us feel the way you do. Love your decorating. And last but not least, love your pics of your dogs and their squirrel hunting.
Thanks,
Cheryl
PS. Can I use your politial view on my blog?

Cheryl said...

Hi Nikki,
It is me again. Another question for you, How do you do that with your dogs. Is it photo shop or what. Love it and want to do that with my dogs.
Thanks,
Cheryl

Suzann said...

Your patio is lovely. Someday...

Brenda said...

It all looks so beautiful. Can I be your mom? I need a good rest=)

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

HI Nikki! Thanks for stopping by to see me - you have no idea how much it means to me for you to leave a comment. It is nice for a new blogger like me!

Such a pretty room - and look at that patio! May I sit a spell?

Fifi Flowers said...

The patio looks GREAT! Fast and good work!
Guest room looks lovely... may I book a reservation please ;)

Tracey said...

Nikki,
Thank you SO MUCH for the kind words on my post...They mean so much to me :)
It makes me feel better already just knowing people care.
And You are right Kermit ain't got nothing on you girl!!!
Tracey

Twice as Nice said...

Love love love the stone you chose for your patio. It is so pretty.
The house looks ready for everyone. You will have such a nice visit. The sad part it it will be over before you know it! Enjoy.

Jenn said...

What a beautiful patio!
This is my first time on your blog and I LOVE IT! The captions are your picture are the cutest:)

Have a great week,
Jenn

Donna said...

Nikki! Your backyard looks terrific!

xoxoxoxo
Donna

gingela5 said...

Wow, the patio looks AMAZING! I have to say I'm a little jealous. And the guest room is adorable!

Marie said...

Your patio is fantastic!! Heck, your entire backyard is fantastic!! Enjoy your visit with your mom!

Mary said...

The patio looks GREAT, Nikki! Hopefully, you will get some nice fall weather soon so you can enjoy it. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Mrs. B said...

You have a beautiful backyard! Love the patio! And that bedroom is so cute, even if the paint is bright. That chandelier is gorgeous! Congratulations on your awards!

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Debi said...

Hello Nikki dear,

Wonderful patio!! I am trying to do my own! And buring rocks... well let me tell you that there has to be a better way... I like your back hoe!! (Want to send it this way?? They won't miss it will they?? lol) I am digging the holes with a shovel... and placing the rocks myself!!! Talk about back BREAKING!!

I think I also used the same color of yellow in our bedroom!! I love the sunshine... but that yellow DH said we didn't need the sunshine... all we needed was SUNGLASSES!! I am now in the process of painting it a chamoille color...(aka LIGHT YELLOW... almost beige... blak. but pleases DH.)

Love your blog!! See you soon.

Hope your having a wonderful day!!

http://whatscookninjunk.blogspot.com/

Big Hair Envy said...

Beautiful things are happening at your home! I'd like to come sit with you on the new patio :)

My bathroom is that same color yellow. It's a great way to wake yourself up in the morning....heehee!

Congrats on the awards....Monday is the best day to feel a little bloggy love :)

ko said...

U HAVE 2 BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! THANKS FOR CHECKING ON US...NO POWER..THEY SAY 2-4 WEEKS..SO WE ARE STAYING OUT AT MY PARENTS FARM WITH THEM...HAVING FUN.....LOVE YOUR ROOMS...THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! GREAT JOB

Coco said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog. Honestly the only reason I know how to do some of the drop down menus and all that stuff is from myspace. Sad huh? I am thinking about posting the sites I use for my blog. Maybe that could help you out. Oh and again I LOVE that bathroom. I keep coming back to look at it. I am thinking i might be using that color on the kid bathroom.
Thanks Again.

Dahlia said...

Good words.

 

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