C’est Fini!

The other title for this post would be Crazytown, USA. Oh my goodness. I have never in my 59 years experienced anything like this. I thought back over my entire life, and I realized I have never lived in a house that was undergoing any type of renovation, remodeling, or construction. When I was a kid, my parents did the regular things–occasional painting, repairs, maybe a few bookcases being built. But nothing like this.

And let me just say that in one way it was WAAAAAYYY less stressful than I thought it would be. J. the contractor couldn’t have been nicer, or calmer. He worked steadily and methodically. No yelling or bad temper. Always a smile, and a special pat for Noah.

But after a while, all the disarray wears on you. Last weekend I took a few days and just went to a hotel. It was quite wonderful. I realized afterwards that one of the reasons I slept so well was because I did not go to sleep or wake up thinking about what was going to be done next.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I will just show you pictures of my new studio, while it is still pristine.

The new door, going from the living room to the studio (replaced that old sliding glass door!)


Those are LED light fixtures. There are three of them in this room and a fourth fixture with track lighting. All the quilt blogs I read said you just couldn’t get enough light. I think I proved them wrong. It looked like a scene from some martian movie the first time I saw them all lit up! That corner there is where my sewing table will go. I will be able to look out the window at my future new garden (MLG is coming over tomorrow and we will discuss this!)


My pink wall! “Coral Shimmer” to be exact. The other colors are Antiquity and Winter Snow.


Another view–that door leads out to the deck. This picture shows the mini-blinds inside the glass closed.


Looking the other way, toward the front door and the closet.


Same thing…


And the closet. I am most proud that I was able to build those two sets of shelves all by myself. They were super super heavy, and I do believe my arms got just as good a workout as my usual upper body weights workout at the gym.


And the exterior colors. I am so pleased with them, after spending all that time trying to decide on the EXACT. RIGHT. COLOR. The main color is Yukon Green, with Natural Wicker trim, and Savory door. I love the little landing that J. built. So much better than the step that I had imagined! Of course, you can see the old color of the house on there too. Eventually the whole house will be painted. But for now the studio is done. More furniture moving tomorrow.


Because next, J. is going to do hardwood floors and paint and trim, oh, and replace the huge windows in the living room.

And after that he will do the dining room.

And after that….let’s not talk about it. Let’s just say that I have an idea for a REALLY. BIG. JOB. But I don’t know about that one for sure yet.

Tomorrow I am leaving for a little quilt trip, and then I will turn around and take another longer trip. I’ll tell you about that one when I come home. These trips were planned way before I ever decided to do all this construction work. But they are coming at just about the right time. I am going to be happy to be out of the house for a while, and I am sure J. will enjoy working without me in his way.

21 thoughts on “C’est Fini!

  1. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Wow, oh WOW!!! I love that floor. And the bright open feeling of the room is so nice! You did a great job picking the colors, both inside and out. Love the slanted ceiling too…adds so much character to the room. How exciting to see it finished already! Haha, I know you are thinking “already??” but seriously, it’s amazing how quickly that area became a beautiful room. I bet you are itching to set up your workspace now!

    Glad you are going to do more with the hardwood – it’s really gorgeous. What a happy home!

  2. WOW! It’s so so beautiful, what a wonderful studio. You will have so much fun working there. And I absolutely love the colors inside and outside. Your contractor has done a great job!

    Enjoy your new workspace and have fun on your trip.

  3. It’s just gorgeous Debby! I’m sitting here a bit verklempt I’m just that happy for you. Love the colors, the floors, the fact that you built the shelves. Just love, love, love! Makes me want to come visit so I can sit in there and soak it up.

  4. Ohhhhh Debby! It’s so light and airy and fresh! As a fellow quilter I am envious. Can’t wait to see it all set up. Will you have a big design wall? That is the best thing I made for myself for quilting. Have a great quilting trip!

  5. I cannot even begin to imagine how excited you are. It is absolutely gorgeous. Please post more pics when you have it furnished. Can’t wait to see! Loved the AIM posts this month. Read them quickly and didn’t get comments made, but they were great. And one more thing we share (that I don’t think we ever discussed when we were together IRL) is that grocery store obsession. One of my favorite parts of our travels is finding new grocery stores, farmer’s markets etc.! Have a fun trip and don’t forget to tell us about it as well!

  6. Thank you all for the nice comments on the studio. I do love it. I think it hasn’t quite sunk in that I have such a nice room. After I get back from my travels, and have it set up, and get to work in it every day, it will really sink in.

  7. I love it!! It’s so nice and cheery and perfect!!! Are you excited? I love the exterior colors too. It turned out really really well I think. 🙂

  8. This is just lovely, Debby! I know how you feel about living with a reno, As you know I have been there more than once LOL!

    You know what I really love about this space? The angled ceiling – it gives the room a lot of dynamic energy.

  9. Debby’s, such a beautiful studio. Love the colors you picked. I have a storm door with the mini blind built inside the door, I love mine, you will too. Can’t wait to see how you plan to display your work.

    • We have built houses twice. I know exactly what you mean about construction break. Both times we were living somewhere else during construction, but still a lot of low sleep nights as my mind kept going.

  10. Wow, Debby!!! It’s gorgeous! Love how bright it is, and I’m having some serious floor envy here. 😉 Glad you have MLG and J to help you realize your home & garden visions!

  11. Love your new space, bright and you will surely enjoy a garden view. Have a great trip and I look forward to your return and sharing your wonderful creativity. You are my inspiration. Love doing “off the wall” stuff too.

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