Monday, September 4, 2023

Happy Painting for the New House

Life has been extra crazy for 
the past year and a half because 
we are building a new house.  
We have had this property 
for over 35 years and lived 
out here in the old house for 
3 years in the 90's.  Our oldest 
daughter lives next door with 
her darling 7 children and we 
can't wait to live next to them.

It seems to have taken forever, 
but when I looked at the date 
on this picture, it was just a 
year ago, so I guess we have 
made good progress. 

Cabinets are in, painting is in 
progress and railings are 
starting to be installed. 

We are hoping for a move in by 
the end of the year.  I told them I 
wanted to be in by Halloween, 
but no one ever gets in by their 
move in dates, do they?!!

Besides sorting and boxing, I 
have had a few painting projects.  
I ordered these balloon chairs, 
but the color was way off from 
my table and the other cane 
chairs I had purchased.  

I am always nervous to try to 
paint something like this, but 
I started with Country Gray 
acrylic paint on a sponge 
brush and had a microfiber 
towel in the other hand to 
wipe off where I needed.  

It went really quickly, 
and I even did the second 
one while a darling three 
year old granddaughter 
played down in the basement 
by my side. 

This Orangerie is the room 
that will house these chairs 
and a gray washed table. 
An Orangerie, if you aren't 
familiar with the term was 
a place where tropical plants, 
including citrus plants were 
brought in during the winter.  

We have had palms that we 
bring out during the summer 
and bring into the basement 
for 20 years, so we will use 
it for that, but it will also be 
a room for entertaining.  

It is one of my favorite 
rooms in the house, and 
you will find me here during 
the cold winter months 
soaking up the south sun!

I will be posting this with 


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Oh, you did a fabulous job on the chairs!! And you Orangerie room is lovely and I can't wait to see it filled with plants is so exciting to start anew!!

  2. Oh how wonderful Jackie! I know it's going to be beautiful, the Orangerie is fabulous!

  3. Just your Orangerie---that one room would occupy my attention for hours and days---that fabulous shining floor with the squares-to-anywhere, ready for a giant game of chess or checkers or hopscotch with your nearby GRANDS. And those windows, with their ever-evolving scenes---now a conductor, ready to cue his tuxedoed orchestra into a resounding concert in that shining, echoing room, and then a whole library of open books marching around the walls, awaiting the cold days and the indoor-cozy stories and adventures right there in the rays of the afternoon sun. What a sanctuary, and arboretum and haven through the snows. Simply perfect. It's lovely to see you back in full creative mode, and best wishes for a timely housewarming by a Halloween fireplace. I've finally stuck my toes back into the blog waters with a few scribbles at LAWN TEA, and it's wonderful to see you pop up on the sidebar.

  4. How beautiful. You did. Fabulous job on those two chairs. Your Orangerie is amazing. Love the floors and doors. I can’t wait to see more.


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