The Fogue Abode: January 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

50 Shades of Grey

the PG addition.

Walking into this house purchase, I knew that I loved the ever growing trend of using Grey as a neutral in your house. I've loved mixing grey's with various colors as you can see here from our Grey and Yellow wedding. I wanted this trend to carry over into our home as I am so past the color beige!

So far you have seen our idea boards and our furniture all of which contain my new favorite color...grey. But our next adventure in the department of Grey is a big one. Choosing the right Grey for our walls.

Who knew walking in to this, that I would soon face 50 different shades of Grey! Literally! I walked into our local Sherwin Williams for a few paint chips to hang on the wall and had to pick between the blue-grey's, the purple-grey's, the green-grey's, I mean the list could go on. I wanted a true grey (handy little trick, pick the paint chip that has a true black on the bottom, so that your not having to guess if the grey has a different hue to it.) Narrowing it down to about 20 different shades of Grey, home I went to cut and tape up my paint chips along the wall. This process narrowed it down to 5 shades of Grey.  Sorry for the lack of picture with this process.

Finally, after living with paper taped to the wall for a week, I had dwindled down to 3 shades of Grey. Back I went to SW (who the heck knew that this would be such a difficult process.) I still had not made a final decision, so paint samples were a must. I loaded up with my 3 Shades of Mindful Grey, Repose Grey, and Dorian Grey samples, and home I went to splash it up on the wall. 

Repose is the top color, Mindful is the middle color, and Dorian is the bottom color.

I stopped by this wall every chance I got, morning, noon, and night, to see how it looked in the various shades of lighting. After a couple of days, we finally agreed that Mindful Grey was my main squeeze. Repose Grey will accompany us down the hall.  You always want a lighter color down the halls.

So here I am this weekend getting ready to start the very large project of painting the living, dining, and kitchen area. See you on the flip side for the master reveal.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Got My Shine On! ~Project Update~

For my loyal readers of one month, you may have seen the projects I did recently creating 2 old picture frames into jewlrey holders.

Here I created a nifty little necklace holder using hook screws. I just drilled out some holes and inserted the screws. I used a little glue to make sure they would handle the weight of some of my heavier pieces.

And Here I used a similar frame plus a left over piece of back porch screen to create an earring holder. 

I figured I would provide a little update of where these pieces ended up.  I hung them in our bathroom right over the towel rack.  Hopefully by having them stare at me every day, I will remember that I have these awesome pieces.  Too many times I would go jewelry free because I forgot I owned anything.  When their tucked away in a drawer, its easy to forget them.

Ignore the holes in the walls, I haven't spackled them yet.

I'm curious to see if you have created any cool jewlery holders and how they are working out for you. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Inquiring Minds Would Like to Know:

The Faux Deer Head:

I've seen these ceramic animals popping up everywhere, from trendy blogs to high fashioned (if you call home decor high fashion) ads. They are begining to wear on me and I question if one would look very chic in my formal living room.

I would like to know, is the Ceramic Deer Head a Trendy Must-Have or a Southern Fashion-Faux Pas?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

American Picker

What a beautiful Sunday afternoon to hit up our local Flee Market.  This is my second trip and I am quickly becoming obsessed!  So many cool finds and so many projects to do.  I walked away with 7 pieces of furniture for a meere 240 buck-a-roo's!  

Now, I'm not ready to reveal exactly what it is I purchased, you will see those eventually.  But here's a little sneak peek at the truck all loaded down!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Decisions, Decisions...

The following two Idea Boards are the ideas I have for the Living Room. Problem is I'm not sure which I like more. The yellow rug with navy chairs or the navy rug with yellow chairs. Question is...which do you like?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy 1 Week Anniversary

We have been in our house for 1 week today! Yay! It feels like a lifetime ago, yet it has flown right by. To commemorate our first week, I wanted to share with you my Master Plan aka The List.

For the last several days, I've been keeping this notebook handy so that I can scribble down ideas for what I want done to each room. While it hasn't seen much action lately (who knew moving just 5 minutes down the road was so time consuming,) I'm sure it will be filled in no time. Now that I've really had a chance to somewhat organize this into a room by room plan...I figured I would share with you our plans for the house.

• New siding, possibly brick
• Find a new lantern style light for the front and garage side door
• Landscaping additions.
• Furniture for the patio and the little side porch
• New oil rubbed bronze door handles and dead bolts for all exterior doors
• Privacy fence for the pooches
• Trim back some of the trees in the back yard

• Finish this out by adding sheetrock.
• Put face plates on all of the electrical outlets (these were all missing when we purchased the house, but I can handle a couple of 50 cent face plates.)
• Finish up the workshop off of the garage.
• Clean and potentially paint the garage door
• Find some nice lighting for above the garage door
• Find a nice lantern style light for the side door

The Family Room
• Paint walls a light grey (probably the same grey that will go down the hallway)
• Upgrade the green curtains to something that fits our color pallet of grey and red (with a dash of blue)
• Buy new furniture
• Wall Décor
• Upgrade the sliding glass door to perhaps a French door
• Make the side closet into a mud room (requires rewiring of the electrical light to put a switch in the closet)


• Paint the Laundry a pale yellow we went with a little brighter yellow then intended but it looks crisp with the white trim
• Create built ins to include baskets for sorting clothes, a wall mounted ironing board, and a rod for hanging clothes
• Shelf over the washer and dryer

• Add picture frames above the cabinets
• Frame some handwritten recipes from my grandmothers cookbooks
• Perhaps, add some sliding shelves to the pantry to maximum usage
• Touch up the white cabinets
• Paint it a medium grey

Dining area
• Décor for the built in nook
• Add a chandelier over the table
• Paint medium grey
• Refinish a butcher block from my great-grandfather

Living Room
• Paint medium grey
• Find an area rug
• Yellow and White Armless or Winged back Chairs (something like this or this )
• Create an entry area on the wall by the stairs

Hall Closet/Lola and Molly’s Room I'm most excited about creating this room
• Pull up the carpet and replace with some kind of pet friendly flooring
• Paint medium/light grey with stamp or chevron design
• Find a doggie couch
• Install a permanent gate

• Paint light grey with a white chair railing
• Replace or DYI spray paint the door handles. They are currently a very scratched up gold
• Small side table for the end of the hall

Bedroom # 1 – Smallest Room
• Find a paint color
• Make headboard
• Find something for nightstands (perhaps an upside down trash can?)
• Redo carpet or perhaps hardwood

Bedroom # 2 – Main Guest Room

• Paint a dark blue perhaps
• Find some light colored bedding
• Redo carpet or perhaps hardwood

Hall Bath
• Scrap the popcorn ceiling and paint. (Something like this from Young House Love )
• Hang a tall shower curtain
• Frame the mirror
• Art for behind the toilet
• Cool tile for the floor

Master Bedroom
• King sized bedroom set
• Light wall color
• New Curtains
• Perhaps some French doors like the family room
• Create a little sitting area by the doors

Master Bath
• Hang tall shower curtain
• Tile for the floor
• Frame the Mirror
• Perhaps paint the cabinets a dark color

Upstairs Bedroom/Office
• Find desk for the little nook with the window
• Add some floating shelves
• Futon and TV for the Mr to game on (futon could double as an extra bed if we ever needed it)

• Find some cool patio furniture
• Create a little outdoor kitchen area with the grill
• Sand and refinish the deck.

Whew that is a large list, and it’s not going to be done overnight and it may not ever get done. This is my dream for this house.

My projects list will grow with us as we grow in our home. I’m certainly excited to see what we can accomplish with our new home.

As you can see we are already marking things off our list, how exciting!

Friday, January 17, 2014

An Introduction to The Fogue Abode

Welcome to our home! We are so excited to have finally gotten those keys.

Here is a brief tour of our new home (pre-furniture, clutter, and junk):

The family room: one of the main aspects that sold me on this house was this room! I love how huge and open it is and that stained concrete floor, ah to die for! This is the room we purchased new furniture for, if only it would get here.

The Kitchen: my next favorite room. I just think my red will pop in this beautiful kitchen with white cabinets and black granite. Yummy!

The Living Room: or as I call it the formal room.  It will probably never be used and will probably be the last room decorated, but I have big plans for this baby!


Bathrooms: The Mint Julep and the Master Disaster

Finally the Bonus Room, Molly and Lola's room (AKA the closet under the stairs), the hall, and the porch. The Laundry Room has already began renovations which we shared yesterday. Its now a pretty sunny yellow.

And there you have it. May not be much to many, but it's now everything to us. I have so many plans and ideas (which I plan to scribble down and share eventually) I hope you enjoy the ride with us!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Project One

I know I promised pictures, but the laptop is in some box in our new living room.  For now I will give you my first project.  The Laundry Room began as a dark green.  A color to dark for the small room.  We opted for a nice sunny Daffodil Yellow.

Here's a little comparison.  I painted today while the Mr was hard at work loading our things.  

Here is the final look.  I'm thinking a small shelf behind the washer and dryer and some built ins on the right to finish off this room.  For now, that's one more project to check off the list.  Hopefully tomorrow I will have time to find the laptop and download the pictures from the house pre-moved in!  Good night from The Fogue Abode!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Get Your Shine One (Part Two)

A couple of days ago, I posted a DYI project on turning a cute little vintage frame into a necklace holder. Today we took the second frame, a little left over screen and created an earring holder to go along with it.

It was fairly simple. The hardest part was cutting out the screen and thanks to my Grandfather who is such a gentlmen (see ladies, chivalry isn't dead) who did the cutting for me, all we had to do was attach the screen to the frame with a little glue.

Oh and I found this grey ribbon to go on it in my junk room as I was packing last night. I think I may have spent more time oogling over the forgotten treasures then actually packing.

Didn't they turn out great.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Edison Bulb

Clear Glass Dome Filament Pendant Aged Steel

I've been watching a lot of Rehab Addict on DIY Network, and she has been using these light bulbs like crazy!  I love the old vintage but trendy look of the lightbulbs, now to find the perfect place for something like this!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Man Down

Here's a brief update from the War Trenches.  I've spent the day packing.  This is the first time I'm actually packing up a whole house for a move.  Since college, all I had to worry about were just clothes.  Now there is So Much More.

Earlier today we had our first casualty.  Hopefully the only.  I lost my very first Scentsy warmer when the excessive pile of boxes came crashing down thanks to my furry feline baby.  

I think it may be safe to assess that one should pack up all breakables first.  Lessened learned....

As we leave behind the storage room and march towards the kitchen, here's hoping you and yours stay safe and warm during the next few frigid days!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.

If you don't already know, I can be pretty OCD about certain things, and packing is certainly no different.  With a little less then 2 weeks to go before the Big Move, I figured its time to start packing this little home up.  I figured what easier way to spend the next few days boxing all of our belongings up then with this handy-dandy packing kit I made up. 

I found this storage caddy at Walmart for only $2.70 and filled it with a few supplies I thought would be nice to have on hand and not scattered throughout the house.  My packing box consists of the following:
  • Clear packing tape to tape up the many boxes we have.
  • Sharpies to mark our boxes.  I have each box marked by room and then what is in it.  That way when we actually do the moving the boxes can go directly to the correct room and avoid any extra lifting and carrying.  'Cuz who wants to do extra work on an already tiring day.
  • Scissors/box cutters
  • Red Duct Tape!  To mark all those FRAGILE boxes.  Hopefully it will grab my movers (a.e. the Mr. and his friends) attention before they chunk a load in the truck.
  • Pledge and a rag.  Sorry guys but you definitely find areas that haven't been dusted in a while, and why carry that dirt to a new home?

Here we are all packed up.

Molly decided to be nosey and became my doggy model today.

So hopefully we can get this packing up mess going good this week....I would certainly take any helpers, free of charge!! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

All Things New!

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you guys had a brilliant first day of 2014.

Today, we took an adventure to the Furniture Store.  Boy, was it a tough day, so many decisions and I loved them all.  But what is a relationship about but compromise. We finally agreed to a beautiful grey sofa and love seat set with the rustic looking end and coffee tables that compliment both mine and the Mr's styles.  Oh and I even talked him into a splash of color with a vibrant red recliner just for him.  So now we will have a New living room set for our New House in this New year.

Since we can't show you the end results just yet, here's a little preview...the Mr was my model for the day!

P.S. Thank you to Ashley Furniture, great shopping experience and our poor sales lady was so patient and helpful as we went back and forth many times before landing this beauty.

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