Almost Back!!!

Hello again!!!! It's me, lauren, and I'm at my parents' house (with a computer!) and just wanted to leave a quick post. Things have been great at the new house- super-busy & exhausting in a good way.

The image above is from Calico Corners & represents a little more of what I'm looking for right now- color & pattern. (I'll explain in more detail below!)

We hit the kitchen the first weekend & tore out that funny stage/ petting zoon in the basement down to the studs. (Thanks goodness for my in-laws visiting!!!- my father-in-law is a workhorse and my mother-in-law really helped me get going.) Our (WONDERFUL) friends (a landscape designer & her husband) have been amazing & have helped us cut down dead trees & get started on the yard, which is a swamp (SERIOUS WATER ISSUES!! ) I put out our adirondack chairs under a dry spot in the yard and Christian & I and our dog Ashby have been enjoying them.

This is going to sound really crazy coming from me, but I have to be honest, having all white is DRIVING ME CRAZY.

No joke, it's killing me. Once I put up the drapes I started feeling better, but I'm really craving some bright color right now!! (I'm already way past the "base stage " and ready to get to the stage where I want to add my color!! hahaha) =The fabric below is 'Keira' which can be found at Calico Corners and we used on the guest bedroom drapes.

Ok, off to paint!! I'll have internet on Monday & will be back in full-swing. I've missed you all so much & feel very out of the loop!


ps- Thank you so much Camila for your posts while I way away!!!! (Hee hee I love all the ideas!!;)


Kara said...

Oh my gosh! I have missed you, Lauren!! :)
I love the guest drapes. They are very calming and will be perfect for the space!
Can't wait till your back in action!

LindsB said...

Yeah, you are back!! I cant wait to see what you have done to the place, I'm sure it is going to be just BEAUTIFUL!! Love the fabric for the guest room drapes, pink and green are so pretty.

Have a good weekend and have fun painting!! xoxox

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh yay you are almost back!!!! I've missed you and we keep playing phone tag! Hope everything is going well. Can't wait to come and help out!!!

Hope you have a good weekend!

janet said...

it all sounds so exciting, im sure you have moments that you are not feeling the excitement. I can hardly wait to see what you have done, i just know its going to beautiful and the fabric is gorgeous.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Sounds like you have been a busy little bee! Lot's of hard work done...Kudos to you.

Can't wait to see what'cha do with the place!

Catherine@Simply Natural said...

It's so wonderful to have you back! I love how you have jumped right in and got things started right away. I'm sure it is going to be beautiful!

Maria Killam said...

I can't wait to see some photos of your house! Loved that fabric for the guest room!

from the right bank said...

Hi, Lauren! I've been wondering how you're doing in the tree house so I'm so glad I checked in today. I go through the same thing with white vs. color all the time. Hey, is that your all white room in the fourth pic? It's gorgeous! It's great to have you back - I think I speak for all of us when I say we've missed you. xoxo, ALEK

simply seleta said...

Can't wait to see it all. You are one busy diva! How great you have family and friends helping out!!!

ness lockyer said...

Cant wait to see what you have been up to. Love the fabric for the drapes, and I hear you about all white...I just re painted the living room...again! We were over the all white. Weird I know!
Ness xx
PS - have fun!

Haven and Home said...

Yeah! I have missed you! Can't wait to see how it is coming along!

Blueprint Bliss said...

lauren- we are all so ready for you to come back. and ready to see the new house!

Jan Jessup said...

Dear Lauren,
I enjoyed reading about your decorating project--and laughed when you said you were tired of too much white in your decor! "Keira"--a linen/rayon print imported from England--is a lovely way to add a lift of color to the room. I thought you might be interested in seeing other fabrics that complement Keira in case you decide to keep adding color--here's a link to the Garden Party grouping of fabrics (including Keira) on the Calico website:

Each fabric is from a different source--it's not a packaged collection, but our own compilation of pretty patterns and colors. And if you want a preview of how Keira makes up in a drapery, here's a link to a vignette shot:

Happy decorating! Enjoy your new home.
Jan Jessup, Calico Corners
Director of Communications

Anonymous said...

Lauren! I am so excited for you that you are in your home! I was so surprised to hear you say you were sick of white! But I totally get it, as much as I want to love neutrals, I cant stop gravitation toward color. Keep in touch!!!

DesignTies said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see how you're incorporating colour into your new home!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Mary said...

I was at Calico Corners today & spotted the Keira fabric.'s beautiful!!! Did you get your guest room completed?
Would love to see pics and other fabrics you added to the room.

Lauren said...


It's almost finished!!! I have someone making bright pink dupioni silk pillows for the bed & I've used a white quilt that has a large green pasiley pattern on parts of it. I also found a perfect pink chinoisserie lamp for $30!!

Mary said...

It sounds like it's coming along wonderfully. When you get ready to share the room with us, please share the paint color you went with. I always struggle with going with a nuetral or pulling one of the colors from the fabric.