Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Former Rooms of the Offspring ...

Well, the Gothic Mansion is finally ready ... the last of the staining and varnishing completed, and everything within cleaned and polished until it sparkles. It was only listed for sale last week, and already the insomniac  grows weary of trying to keep it tidy.

This week, she'd like to share some photos of the other two bedrooms, formerly the lair of the offspring, but ever so much cleaner and tidier than when they were inhabited by them. 

We'll start with the eldest's room, which the insomniac  has been in the process of redecorating since he moved out seven years ago. Originally, this room was covered with stipple paint - the walls, the floors, the wood trim - every surface was coated with the stuff. Which, somewhat surprisingly, stripped off quite nicely and protected the wood underneath from further damage. It was actually a blessing in disguise although, upon first viewing the room, one certainly didn't appreciate the fact at the time.

The insomniac  enjoys good graffiti art. Which clearly this isn't ...

Normally, terra cotta would not be the insomniac's  first choice for a paint colour. Since the carpeting chosen for this room was shades of cream, green and rust, and the room had already been painted cream when the eldest was a baby and forest green when he was older, the only remaining colour that hadn't already been tried was terra cotta. Unfortunately, during the redecorating process a number of items were purchased to coordinate with this colour scheme, which means at least one room in the new house will probably end up being painted terra cotta.

The colour does kind of grow on a person after a while ...

This isn't good either ...

... but it's now a perfect corner for reading on a sunny afternoon.

Especially without a giant eye peering over a person's shoulder.

The daybed's the best part of the room ...

The eldest's bookcase.
Also with a wee bit of knife damage.

A fun restoration project for after the move ...

The following are photos of the youngest's room, having only just recently been vacated by her and thus having been spared from the insomniac's  incessant redecorating. This room never suffered the indignity of lousy graffiti; merely a bit of water damage and some broken windows. It was one of the few rooms where picture rail still existed, which was used as a template to create matching rail for the rest of the house and also provided a clue for the proper installation height. For some reason, the woodwork wasn't stained as dark as it was in the rest of the house, but that was rectified during the restoration.

As the house was gutted to the studs in order to upgrade the wiring, plumbing and heating, the insomniac  had a choice of where to put the light switches and also add more outlets than were originally installed; generally only one or two per room. This was one of the rare times in her life she actually used a power tool - an extremely large drill roughly half her height - to bore holes in the studs to pull the electrical wire through. Miles  and miles  and miles  of electrical wire.

Every door in the house looked as though
it had been crow-barred open.

More than once ...

The wood looks nicer stained dark walnut, doesn't it?

This room has been many different colours; starting out cream, then pink and rose, a dark royal purple (during her LOTR phase), and now Victorian Mauve. The youngest always enjoyed completely redoing her room far more than her brother ever did. A chip off the old block.

Lovely view from the window ...

There used to be a makeup vanity on this wall.
It's been moved to the garage, much to the youngest's dismay.

There's another project for after the move ...

Hopefully the insomniac  can match the paint.

Or it won't just be the vanity that needs redoing ...

One of only three spots in the house
where we found original wallpaper ...

The youngest may have vacated,
but her belongings haven't ...

She's now 5'10".  She couldn't possibly be comfortable in that little bed ... 

A closeup of the above pictures; another late night eBay purchase of three hand-tinted lithographs to replace Frodo, Bilbo and Samwise, and more suited to the current decor. It seemed wrong to split up the group of three since they'd obviously been meant as a set, but the insomniac  is only going to share the two she likes and ignore the third.

Those eyes ...
That hat ...














Next week, once everything has been finalized and for a complete change of pace from Before and After photos (of which one is quite sure you're all getting very tired) a preview of the next big project for the insomniac. And her very Long-Suffering Spouse.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

53 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Like every other room in the Gothic Mansion. :) Your powers of transformation are astonishing. I have no doubt you could turn a broom closet into an elegant Victorian parlor.

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    1. Why thank you, Bane! Coming from a person whose powers of transformation are equally as astonishing, that's high praise indeed! :o)

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  2. I'd never get tired of the before and after photos. The transformations are always so extraordinary! You really did a magnificent job with the mansion. Best wishes for the selling portion of this journey now. :)

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    1. That's good to hear you aren't getting tired of the B&A photos, Little Gothic Horrors. Because the insomniac  feels as though she should continue on with them until everything has been documented. You know, in case one day the offspring are ever interested in what their parents spent half their lives doing, besides cleaning up after them. ;o)

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  3. Beautiful and...well Gothic! Victorian chic... I'd love to have such rooms,but first need to have my own house :) which is very expensive.
    I must have missed your posts, so why are you selling the mansion?! it is too good!

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    1. Thank you, Hindustanka - and thank you for commenting! Real estate in India is quite expensive, I gather? That's a shame ...

      As to why we're selling? Well, there's a number of reasons ... the insomniac  should probably mention a few of them in next week's post, since people keep asking why on earth we're doing this! LOL

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  4. Love the youngest offspring's furniture. Mine would salivate if she could see that room. Alas, she must share a room with her younger brother until our Alta Heights Charmer can be expanded. I love the before and after photos. A career as a decorator? The Insomniac and Bane could start an organize and decorate business!

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    1. Yes, well the furniture might look good but the insomniac  would like to recommend sticking to vintage pieces and painting them white. It'll probably last longer. But the youngest just HAD to have a vanity, so we caved. Sometimes it's just easier. :P

      A career as a decorator is probably not a good idea, as the only look the insomniac  has any desire to create is her own version of a Gothic/Victorian/Thrift look. Which doesn't appeal to many - feedback we've already heard from our realtor. LOL

      And she'd probably drive Bane crazy. Being as Bane's so organized and thinks her projects through thoroughly before starting, and the insomniac  is the complete opposite. Yeah, Bane would be flinging herself from the attic dormer within a matter of days to get out of that partnership! :D

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    2. Ha ha ha! There's always the opportunity for collusion. ;) You know how to find all sorts of fabulous treasures, and you make them look marvelous together... naturally, the client will want to buy everything. Stuff her house to the rafters! Then in a few months, when she begins to feel a little overwhelmed, I will arrive at the opportune moment and offer my organizing services. :D

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    3. Why that's an excellent idea, Bane! As long as the client didn't have hoarding tendencies like a certain person we know. Because she might never feel overwhelmed by all her stuff until it came time to move. We'd have to figure out a way to split the fees in those sorts of situations. ;o)

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    4. P.S. Bane, did you notice the little Waterhouse print got framed? She looks lovely. And now one doesn't haven't to worry about losing her again. :o)

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    5. Yay! You have such a good eye for wall art and decor. My walls remain blank because I can never decide where to hang things.

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  5. Seeing everyone else's beautiful abodes is making me hate the BS I have been dealing with in The Cave even more vehemently.

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    1. Make no mistake, there were days in the beginning when the insomniac  questioned her sanity in taking on this project. But sometimes a little break (perhaps a tiki drink or two?) and then get back at it with a vengeance, Tante. Do not allow the lino and tar to get the best of you. You will conquer it. The insomniac  has complete faith in your ability to get through this mess. :o)

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  6. Oh wow! That daybed in your son's old room is to DIE for!! Where did you find it? Your taste in decorating may not be everyone's cup of Earl Grey, but you do it so well, a person could easily think you'd had a professional in. Honestly, you have a serious talent going on there. My advice is to capitalize on it immediately and hire yourself out.

    Ali

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    1. The daybed is from Victorian Trading Company. The insomniac  spent many hours drooling over that bed, and when the eldest moved out she decided to purchase it. Funny thing, the first one that was shipped up from the U.S. went missing. How is that even possible? One suspects somebody went home with a lovely daybed the day it arrived on the loading dock. Anyway, VTC sent another at no cost (other than having to pay the shipping charges twice) and the second one made it. It gets a lot of use. Apparently, the spouse found it necessary to use it just last night, as the insomniac  was keeping him awake with her **cough** strange whistling noises.

      Talent, Ali? Nah, the insomniac  is what they commonly refer to as a one-trick pony. Only good at this one style. And besides, she's retiring now, remember? :D

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    2. Love the daybed too! It is really hard to find a nice one. I have been looking. They are so boring.

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    3. The insomniac  can totally recommend this one from VTC then, Rhonda! It's excellent quality! A person just needs to get a better comforter than this one left behind by the eldest. Something that you can just throw on and not have to worry about tucking in and everything. Because that's a bit of a pain. :o)

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    4. That's right I blogged about that place when I found a catalog at my mom's and you mentioned that you liked them. I think I am going to get into trouble now that I go look at their website,

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    5. Good luck to you, Rhonda! Maybe hide the credit card while you're looking ... ;o)

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  7. The wooden details of your home are so beautiful! And I live that love/ reading seat. Every little thing harmonizes with the rest. I can't imagine what it is like leaving it all behind. I hope your next project is as much fun!

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    1. Isn't it amazing that no matter how much abuse wood takes, you can almost always make it look good again?

      That loveseat is definitely coming with us, despite the fact there's a waiting list of people who would like to purchase it - in case we don't have room at the new place. ;o)

      The next project is going to be completely different than what we'd ever imagined - but so much fun, Ms. Misantropia!! So much fun ... :D

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  8. as always, amazed I am. I love your abilities with decorating and refurbishing!
    was very interesting with the before and after images.
    as others have said, you should consider offering your talent out for a service, either for pleasure and material costs once in awhile, or as a profession/career.

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    1. Thank you for those kind words! The B&A photos are fun to look at, aren't they? Definitely a trip down Memory Lane for the insomniac! LOL

      As for hiring her services out, she's looking forward to the retired life, Jessica. All those crafting projects and all that reading to catch up on. And just sitting around, drinking coffee. Besides, there will be enough to do at the new place to keep her busy for another 26 years. That's rather optimistic, isn't it? That she'll have another 26 years left? ;D

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    2. 26? is that it! push for more! no pain no gain =P
      Xx

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    3. Go big or go home, right Jess? :o)

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  9. Wow, what a transformation! I just *love* that daybed ;)

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    1. That daybed was one of the more useful things we've ever purchased, Michelle! (See reply to Ali's comment above ...) And every so often, the eldest does come back when he's between places and uses it himself. Although he says it isn't comfortable. Which is a good thing. Because you don't want them getting too comfortable in their old rooms. ;o)

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  10. That wooden daybed! Droooool!

    Does that wall have an evil face? Oh my...

    I love that lilac paint! and the desk! I am tempted to move there myself! If I had money...

    But such a small closet! How could she LIVE?!!!

    Love those pictures! Might have to get some copies of those one day!

    Goodnight!



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    1. Wait until you see the evil face that was on the ceiling in the family room, Laura - now that was scary! :D

      The youngest's is a pretty little room, isn't it? Victorian Mauve by Benjamin Moore, in case you'd like to paint your own bedroom that colour. As for how she lived with such a small closet? Well, there were clothes in the dresser, clothes on the floor, clothes under the bed - you get the idea. And now there are clothes in garbage bags and boxes in the basement. ;o)

      They are beautiful pictures. Especially those hats - aren't they amazing? :o)

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  11. Haha the graffiti </3 who would want to live with that?
    You really have magic hands with decorating. And what is that cute little doll with wings I'm seeing? :D

    The lithographs are very pretty! I wish I could have portraits on the wall but I actually get scared of them xD I always feel like they follow me with their eyes.

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    1. Really, one does wonder how the people who were living here before we bought the house could stand all the graffiti. Some of it was really horrifying, Lesthi!

      She is a cute little fairy, isn't she? One day a post will need to be written about her acquisition - preferably on a day when the spouse isn't proofreading, because he's never heard the full story. LOL

      The insomniac  understands your feelings about portraits. She has one of a great-aunt that scares the crap out of her. But she's family, so it seems wrong to turn her picture towards the wall. ;o)

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  12. Wow! You've done an incredible amount of work on the mansion--and one of the highest quality as well. With the price that the restored Gothic Mansion will bring, you should be able to buy the U.S. White House. Good job! Your decorating skills are magnificent.

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    1. Awww thanks, Nightwind! But the insomniac  really doesn't want to purchase the U.S. White House. It's too big and probably has a lot of bathrooms to clean. And we all know how the insomniac  feels about cleaning ... ;o)

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    2. However, the U.S. White House is reportedly haunted. Does that pique your interest just a trifle?

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    3. Hmmmm. Ghosts vs. Too Much Cleaning. Nope. :D

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  13. It looks so wonderful!!! Great Work!

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  14. I`d like to echo what most of the comments have said. I wish I had your patience for all that work. Maybe you should keep the Mansion and use it as a holiday let I sure a lot of people would pay top money to spend a week there.

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    1. You must have incredible patience, Alastair - you're a gardener. People with a green thumb have the insomniac's  utmost respect. Not a trait she possesses in the slightest. :P

      Unfortunately, we must sell the Mansion in order to proceed with our next project. We can't afford to keep two places! Unless we win the Lotto. Which a person can't really bank on ... :D

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  15. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, so... WOW!! You are a fantastic decorator!!! And I LOVE your style, so I'd be willing to hire you anytime... as soon as I could afford to, in fact! You should be proud of yourself for a job so very well done.

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    1. Awww thank you, Lucretia - that's so sweet! The insomniac  would totally work for you for free! :D

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  16. Wow. Your house is absolutely amazing!
    The daybed in your sons room is lovely! Exactly the kind of furniture I like. Terracotta isn't my fav colour either but after looking at the pictures I think it's very nice and warm. If you don't want to paint the wall in terracotta you could maybe try a warm beige tone.
    The mauve walls are so nice. You got me so inspired to renovate now :) Unfortunately I'm busy in the garden, vegetables and a hen house to build.

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    1. Awwww thanks, Linnea-Maria! And you're right, the terra cotta colour makes the room feel much warmer than it did when it was painted forest green.

      You must be psychic - the insomniac  was actually thinking of warm beige for all the walls in the new place, with very dark woodwork. A complete lack of colour and patterns, just for a change. It'll be interesting to see how long that lasts! LOL

      Yes, one can imagine you're very busy in the garden right now. A hen house? That sounds exciting! Fresh eggs - mmmmmmm. :o)

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  17. D: Oh dear lord!! I was once again left speechless by your magnificent taste! Your home is a paradise for us, and all the lovers of that kind of decoration and we thank you for showing it!! Perfection seems so little to describe what i see!! My congrats <3

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    1. Sheesh Magda, you'll give the insomniac  a swollen head from all that praise! But thank you - it's very sweet of you to say. :D

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  18. I love "before and after" pics. It's awesome to see the huge differences! So keep these posts coming! :D Love both rooms, and specially the daybed <3

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    1. Oh thank you, Sandra! It's nice to hear that you enjoy the Before and Afters ... The insomniac  will have to get all the rooms posted before it sells - it might seem rather disrespectful to share pictures of a house she's no longer living in, wouldn't it? LOL

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  19. ...♥...
    such a talent for decorating
    blessings

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  20. I love the way you've decorated those rooms :3 The way the youngest's room looks is a little similar to my current bedroom. Most of my furniture is also white and I have a similar kind of bed :3

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    1. Thank you, Bazinga! Out of all the incarnations the youngest's bedroom has taken over the years, this particular style has been the insomniac's  favourite. The lavender walls and white furniture are just so pretty. :o)

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