Thursday, December 11, 2008

Life After Construction....

....Just in Time for Christmas!

The carpenters have been gone for almost a month. Upon leaving they remarked, they had never had a family live in a house during this type of remodel. I can attest to why! But I'll save you the whining! LOL! What started out as a very small project, mushroomed. I had moments doubting my sanity, induced by construction. Hindsight, I will have to admit, it was worth every speck of dust and aggravation! :)

Today, I have a "two for one" Post, the Remodel decorated for Christmas!


Below is the stairwell BEFORE... Now before you pass judgement, (and if it is bad, stand in line behind me! lol! I detested these blocks!), ...let me tell you the previous owners flew in a decorator from NY to design this. At this point, we had already added most of the molding.



Landing overlooking the foyer and "music area."


The faux-glass blocks removed...already a huge improvement!
I don't know if you can tell in the picture above, but the foyer was originally black marble and now is brown variegated tile. It had become very scratched and the grout was coming up. Cheaper to re-tile, than to save it.

Now for the picture below, ....down the road, we would like to have the hardwood floors refinished and darkened, (not in the budget this go-around!) So the carpet on the stairs remain for now.

The railings and banisters trial run, before stain.


Now for the AFTER....

O' Christmas Tree...

I couldn't bear to "Deck the Halls" by attaching garland to the railings this year....maybe next! :)



A few more pictures from this area....




Foyer view....





The leopard Santa from Tuesday's Post...
A few pictures of the tree ornaments...


A swap gift below, glittered Santa Post Card.

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To view more Christmas decor, head over to Brett's, at The Southern Hostess for her weekly event. Her home is fabulous! ....and she has many other great participants this week!


Hope you all are having a Merry Christmas so far. My MIL is coming to stay with us for a few days, so I will be dropping in to visit when I can! She enjoys browsing your blogs too, so we will be checking you all out! :) ~Rhonda

48 comments:

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Rhonda, everything looks so beautiful !! The new banisters look so-o-o-o-o-o much better ! And I love love your molding !It sure was worth the mess wasn't it .

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Rhonda,
That is such a dramatic difference. I think the railings and staircase look fantastic.

Your big tree fits perfectly! I don't think you need any garland on the stairs since the tree is such a focal point!

I know you are glad that's over!

Great job!
Diane

Happy To Be said...

OH WOW!! Rhonda this is just amazing and so beautiful girl!! that tree is so huge it must have taken you a week to decorate it..oh I don't know what to say but BEAUTIFUL !!! I drooled on my key board thanks now I need ti wipe it clean..hugs and smiles Gloria

Hey Rachie Kae said...

Everything is charming! I love that you changed out the block. It looks so much warmer now.
Blessings!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL HOUSE!!! Love the new bannister ~ what an improvement!!!! Your holiday decor is stunning. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Merry CHRISTmas!

Blessings,

Sher

Deb said...

Hi Rhonda! It's GRAND! Everything is beautiful! And your tree is HUGE! I love it! Deb

Empty Nest Full Life said...

My goodness everything is just gorgeous at your house!!!! The stair railing and banister is amazing! I wouldn't cover it up either. Thanks for asking about Stella. She is still on the mend. It has been a slow go. Hope we might see some normal by the weekend. Have a great day! Jackie

Penless Thoughts said...

Beautiful everything. The white stair railings are lovely.
Susan

Kristen said...

wow...wow...wow
You have been busy and how wonderful it looks. Enjoy your remodeled area it looks amazing.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Thanks so much for posting this amazing journey! Your home is gorgeous!!

Your tree is beautiful! I didn't have garland on our stairway the first year either. Just couldn't do it!

Smilingsal said...

How do you spell "purr-fic"? It is gorgeous! The new banisters add so much glamour, and the tree is decorator-done. It is certainly worth your sacrifices.

brettinsky said...

I went ahead and added you to tttt. Your tree is gorgeous and everyone should see it!

Mabry's gamma said...

Everything looks stunning! Glad you changed your rails, seeing the glass blocks "there" was a first for me. Now I do like them in a bathroom.

Merry Christmas!
Cheri

Natalie said...

Wonderful transformation!

It looks fantastic.

Your tree is amazing, you could charge admission!

ellen b said...

Oh my oh my what a spectacular home you have. Glad you got rid of the blocks (very cool in a modern way) but the wood just warms up the house so much and judging from your decor is more "You" Enjoy, enjoy this season of Joy!!

Darlene said...

OH.MY.GOSH...HOW STUNNING!!!! Very beautiful without those blocks and your tree...just WOW!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us!!!!

Monogram Queen said...

I was not a fan of those glass blocks either. Some people have no taste *sniff*

That was in part jest but I DO love your decor. Gorgeous!!! Puts me right in a christmas-y frame of mind Rhonda!

mishebe said...

The staircase looks amazing. Great Christmas decor.

ksarra said...

What a gorgeous home, and your "special touches" make it even more so. You've done a GREAT job on the remodel, and your Christmas decorations are beautiful.

onlymehere said...

When I scrolled to the picture of your stained and finished banister it seriously took my breath away! This is what I want in my next house! Such visual impact. I certainly can see why you wanted to remove the glass blocks, this change changes the entire feel of this entry way!! I can hardly wait to see more. Your tree is gorgeous too! Guess what, sheetrocking is supposed to FINALLY be done on Saturday. I hope so I really want to paint and get the room done! We don't have anywhere to hang our coats right now, LOL! Cindy Oh, you asked awhile back and I think I've decided on very light tan walls in there with the beadboard being antiqued. Hard to explain but I'm visualizing it as wonderful, well see. LOL! Enjoy your company, I may just sneak in with her and hide in a closet bz your house definitely brings Christmas cheer! Cindy

Terri and Bob said...

You have been busy! I love what you have done. I love your photos and your perspective. Awesome job!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Oh Rhonda....your entry is breathtaking! Love your leopard accents & I have that same red & green paisley-like ribbon. Your home is positively gorgeous!!!!

Tootsie said...

girl..this is divine! it looks so elegant and beautiful!

duchess said...

So much better. It's beautiful.
Love the tree & the feather wreath.

nikkicrumpet said...

Well your house is stunning...even with the blocks...but it looks so much MORE stunning now that you have that gorgeous railing....and all those amazing Christmas decorations!! WOWZER!! You're right...it was worth all the dust and irritation!
And in regards to your comment on my cooking post...after I stopped laughing hysterically...I thought to myself....THAT RHONDA IS A LITTLE MINX!!!!

KATHERINELLEN said...

rHONDA,
lOOKS GREAT! iT'S BEAUTIFUL! tHANKS YOU FOR STOPPING BY...AND i THINK THE SNOW STORM IS HEADING YOUR WAY...nOW WE ARE GETTING FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET...RIGHT NOW. tHE SNOW MELTED....awWWW! yOU HAVE A WONDERFUL VISIT WITH YOUR mil... kATHY

Dawn said...

I am in awe of your beautiful home. Stunning doesn't begin to describe it. I think I would just need to sit and admire it if I were you.

It is decorated beautifully!!!!

take care,
Dawn

Liz said...

LOVELY! I use Red Hydrangea on my tree to! I will post on it next week. Your home is beautiful! I don't know that I have ever been to your blog before... I'm pretty sure I'll be back! : )

~Liz

Tamara Jansen said...

Wowee! Your re-do and christmas decorations gave me the goosebumps! JUST GORGEOUS! Love that big, big tree.....how did you decorate the top? Not afraid of heights, I guess :)

Kellie said...

Oh, goodness, Rhonda!! THE STAIRWELL IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! I agree on the block thingies... not nice for that area. Love what you did!!! :)

Happy Anniversary to you and Kevin! Y'all were married a few months before Steve and me. :)

Patti said...

Stunning Rhonda! Your home is absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing the pictures with us~ Patti

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda! Wow! What a great job on your house! It is amazing, and that TREE! So beautiful. You should be very proud of yourself. It's wonderful!

I really enjoy reading your blog, and I added your blog to my bloglist. I hope I asked, but I'm not sure I did. I just didn't want to lose you! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful!
I know you are thrilled with the results.

char72 said...

Your home is absolutely gorgeous. Yes, it looks so much better without the glass blocks. Thanks for the lovely tour.
Charlotte

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

WOW...big,and beautiful changes...Your home looks so lovely and so does your Christmas tree:) The staircase is wonderful.
Merry Christmas.
Deb

Bo said...

I can hardly believe what a wonderful, wonderful transformation to your staircase! Your home is absolutely stunning & your tree looks professionally decorated...Love all the decor!
;-) Bo
P.S. I hope that NY designer happens onto your blog & they can learn a thing or two from you LOL!

Vintage Whimsy said...

Wow! What a huge difference! Your new railing looks great & your tree is so gorgeous!

My husband has a thing for those tacky glass blocks and so far I've been able to avoid having him use them on anything. He's always pointing them out in Home Depot and I'm like "dude, are you stuck in 1994 or what??" lol Good grief!

Hope you're having a fabulous visit with your MIL!

Charli and me said...

You have a beautiful home. Your decorations are so lovely. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Shannon said...

Oh WOW!!!! It looks fantastic!! MUCH better! Very pretty! I love all the Cmas decorations too! Beautiful!

beth at aunties said...

Rhonda,

Oh my heart! Your home is absolutely gorgeous and I love the remodel. It makes your whole home seem so open. Your tree is perfectly beautiful even without the garland you envision.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Beth

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What an absolutely wonderful home you have - and a super job decorating it! THe railings are so very pretty and make such a difference. Glad I stopped by!

blessings
mary

Megan said...

I didn't want this post to end. I was enjoying the music as I roamed about your house. Delightful. I want to come live with you and wake up to that tree. You so inspired me and I cant wait till next week! :)

Megan said...

I didn't want this post to end. I was enjoying the music as I roamed about your house. Delightful. I want to come live with you and wake up to that tree. You so inspired me and I cant wait till next week! :)

Pearl said...

Ahhh... so well worth the wait... Rhonda, your home is just Enchanting! Everything is so beautiful and inviting looking... I'm very happy for you and glad that you're pleased with the outcome... Beautiful... God bless...

~hugs, love ♥ 'n prayers~

Pearl

Kathleen Ellis said...

What an amazing transformation! Stunning even! I agree...it was worth the wait...and all the other stuff that came along with it!
Your tree is gorgeous, as is your mantel...and everything else! I especially love the feather wreath!
;-)
Merry Christmas!

Melissa Miller said...

~Wow~Wow~

~A-ma-zing! ;0

I'm at a loss for words actually. Your home and all decor' are just beyond stunning!

How did I miss this? Thanks for sharing your home photos with us all. It's really special.

You are a blessed family.
~Melissa :)

Fifi Flowers said...

You have a lovely home! GREAT tree!

Michelle said...

Beautiful...that's much more how we do it in the South...I wasn't crazy about the glass "blocks" either.

Your home looks very festive and pretty!

Enjoy the MIL!