A GRAND REVIVAL Returns ………….. Well Sort of

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That’s how many days it has been since I last posted.

That’s almost one whole month!

Yikes!!!

Regardless, here I am — alive and well — ready to continue sharing some of my adventures in home reviving.

I must confess something though…

While I have really enjoyed creating this blog, and sharing how-to tips and inspiration photos, I have come to the realization that home decorating is not the only thing I want to blog about.  I still plan on reviving my home on a tight budget, but I will not be sharing as many details about the ins and outs of this process with the world anymore.  I will continue to post progress pictures, and maybe the occasional post about some of the decisions we have made regarding the transformation of our home, but I will not be posting as often as I originally intended (3x a week).

Creating A GRAND REVIVAL has helped me out of a rut in my life, and I am very thankful for that.  It has been amazing to connect with people from all over the world, and I have learned much about blogging and connecting with an audience over these last few months.  Starting A GRAND REVIVAL was just the beginning of my blogging career, but now it is time to move on to a different adventure.

I have begun work on developing a new blog/website geared towards the health and wellness of mothers and caregivers.  This is a subject near and dear to my heart, and I am very excited to try my hand at writing and providing informative, genuine articles that give voice to the concerns and lives of mothers and female caregivers.

Thanks again for tuning in…

Revival Girl

 

Progress in Pictures

You’ve been patient.  You’ve been understanding.  Basically, you’ve all been awesome.

As a reward for your patience, understanding, and awesomeness, here are the progress pictures of my kids’ bedroom revivals that I promised.

I am sorry for the poor quality of the photos; I am going to get my friend with a really good camera to come and take the final reveal photos.  Nevertheless, here are the progress pics as promised:

Ready…Set…Go…

Liam’s Room

— BEFORE —

A CLUTTERED ROOM WITH NO PERSONALITY.

— PROGRESS —

ALL CLEANED UP! WE USED WARM GREEN WALLS WITH BLUE AND ORANGEY-RED ACCENTS.

— TAKE A CLOSER LOOK —

FACE-FORWARD BOOKSHELVES ARE A GREAT WAY TO DISPLAY COLOURFUL KIDS’ BOOKS.

— BEFORE —

TOTAL CHAOS!

— PROGRESS —

AHHHH…THAT’S BETTER.

— BEFORE —

LIAM’S OLD CEILING LIGHT LOOKED LIKE THIS ONE FROM OUR HALLWAY.

— AFTER A GRAND REVIVAL

WE INSTALLED AN ALANG CEILING LIGHT FROM IKEA. IT HAS A NICE WOVEN LOOK TO IT.

Lily’s Room

— BEFORE —

— PROGRESS —

— BEFORE —

— PROGRESS —

THE BEGINNINGS OF A MORE GROWN UP GIRL’S BEDROOM.

— TAKE A CLOSER LOOK —

CLASSIC BLACK, WHITE, AND RED.

GREAT VINTAGE READER’S DIGEST BOOKS – THANKS NANA!

CUTE POST CARDS FROM IKEA

HENRIETTA THE HIPPO!

— BEFORE —

LILY’S OLD CEILING LIGHT LOOKED LIKE THIS ONE FROM OUR HALLWAY.

— AFTER A GRAND REVIVAL 

WE INSTALLED A LOVELY, SMALL-SIZED CHANDELIER.

— TAKE A CLOSER LOOK —

SHINY!

What do you think???  I am getting really excited by the transformations, and can’t wait to see the kids’ rooms when they are officially “finished” (finished is in quotes because no room is ever really finished, right?).  I was going to make a list of everything that is left to do, but I just realized that it is noon — ahhhh…I really should go and start packing for our big camping trip.  We leave tomorrow, and will be gone for a week.  I will get back to my regular posting schedule a.s.a.p.!   Have a great rest of the summer :)

Revive ya later!

Progress Confession, Part 2, or Why Multi-tasking is Dumb!

It has been strange not posting since early last week, but it has been very busy ’round here.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, I’ve been:

building watching Michael build stuff, sanding, staining, priming, painting, spray painting, framing and matting, deciding, deliberating, decorating, shopping, list making, more list making, freaking out over how much there is to do on my lists, calming myself down (eventually and only sort of) , realizing that reviving my home, just like reviving my life, will take time, patience, & positivity

 Feel free to take a look at some of the action and progress of the past couple of weeks…

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Unfortunately, my dear, (hopefully) patient readers, I must confess that I will not have both Lily’s and Liam’s bedrooms completed by Friday (big sigh).  That’s right folks, reality has bit me in the you know where once again!  I will, however, post progress pictures on Friday, and highlight some of the projects etc. that still need attending to…I promise, pinky-swear, cross my heart and hope to die…okay maybe that’s a bit extreme…I will try really, really hard to get some pictures up for you later this week :)

I suppose my expectations were too high — completely redecorating two rooms at once was not very realistic (given our budget and time restraints, anyway).  These last few weeks have been somewhat stressful, to be sure!

At least working on two rooms at once has taught me something:

NEVER WORK ON MORE THAN ONE ROOM AT A TIME!

HAHAHAHAHA!!!

 This experience has also reminded me how important it is to focus on one task at a time and be mindful of my actions in everything I do.  Remember the days when you could play with your favourite toy, or look for a four-leaf clover in a field, for hours at a time — when whatever you were doing was the only thing on your mind???  I miss that feeling, and would argue that most of us were very adept at single-tasking as children.  It is sad that by early adulthood this skill (yes, it is a skill) is beaten out of us; multi-tasking is viewed as not only important, but essential for a productive adult existence.

However…

I say BOO!!!…multi-tasking is dumb, and often makes us feel overwhelmed and disconnected from what we are doing.

I am not the only one who feels this way.  Check out these articles:

How NOT to Multitask – Work Simpler and Saner
http://zenhabits.net 
Multitasking Makes You Less Efficient: Study

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Is Multi-tasking Bad for your Brain? Experts Reveal the Hidden Perils of
Juggling too Many Jobs
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

So today I proclaim:

I will try harder to focus on one task or project at a time, and be more mindful of my actions with everything I do!!!

Wish me luck!

Progress Confession

Hey Peeps!!!

I am sorry to report that I will not be keeping my regular 3x a week posting schedule for awhile.  The reasons for this are as follows:

  1. I SERIOUSLY need to keep moving on the kids’ bedroom revivals and need as much time as possible to get down to business…ahhhhh!!!
  2. There are only 3 weeks until school starts up again = I need to figure out lots of back-to-school stuff…ahhhh!!!
  3. We are going away for a much-needed vacation at the end of August…yay!!!

Never fear…I will (hopefully) be back next week to present both Lily’s and Liam’s updated bedrooms. Progress on their rooms is coming along nicely…though, with only 11 days left until their big reveals, I am starting to panic a wee bit.  Trying to tackle two rooms at once was perhaps a little foolish on my part, and I must confess that I have probably bitten off more than I can chew!  However, I am resolved to get as much done as possible before we go away on vacation.  I think it’s time to put on my “one tough cookie” t-shirt, put on some good tunes, and get her done!!!

ONE TOUGH COOKIE

While we don’t have the time (or the money) to complete tasks like redoing Lily’s closet and replacing Liam’s flooring, the changes we have made so far have totally transformed the look and feel of their bedrooms — so, yay!  I look forward to sharing lots of reveal pictures and details with you next week.  Until then, here are the ideas and original mood boards behind the kids’ bedroom revivals as well as their updated checklists. Have a great week!  Wish me luck :)

Liam’s Room

Liam (in a nutshell): 7 years old, curious, observant, serious (at times), quirky, loves lizards and LEGO, interested in different cultures, history, nature, science, and learning about everything in between

Favourite Style: according to an easy Style Finder Quiz on REAL SIMPLE, Liam’s style personality is Vintage Eclectic

Favourite Colour: green (he also likes navy blue & orange)

Room Theme Key Words: natural, adventure, clean lines, vintage, old world, rustic

Room Features: odd-angled ceiling, carpet (to be removed), wood furniture and bed frame, no closet

Liam’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces (correction: we actually sanded and brushed off surface particles with a small broom — this was a tip from Michael’s brother, a professional painter) CHECK
  • prime hole patches CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture CHECK
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers & 1 desk (white dresser, wood dresser & desk)
  • build headboard
  • purchase new bedding CHECK
  • make shelving & storage units for collections
  • purchase and/or find vintage maps & images to use CHECK
  • purchase and/or find jars and containers for collection display purposes
  • pull out carpet (to be done at a later date)
  • install new flooring (to be done at a later date)
  • purchase or re-use rug (to be done at a later date)
  • put it all together

Lily’s Room

Lily (in a nutshell): 11 years old, sweet, caring, sassy, funny, loves animals, interested in writing, reading, and drawing

Favourite Style: according to an easy Style Finder Quiz on REAL SIMPLE, Lily’s style personality is a tie between Cozy Casual and Sophisticated Classic

Favourite Colour: blue (she also likes green & red)

Room Theme Key Words: pretty, romantic, cozy, soft, old world, transitional (from kid bedroom to pre-teen paradise)

Room Features: odd-angled ceiling, lack of lighting, wainscoting, orange-hued laminate flooring, white furniture, black metal bed frame

Lily’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • sand & wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces CHECK
  • prime walls CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture CHECK
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers, bedside table, 1 desk, & 1 shelf CHECK
  • purchase new bedding CHECK
  • purchase and/or find colourful animal art and decorations to use CHECK
  • purchase new rug
  • redo closet (to be done at a later date)
  • put it all together

The Home-Mood Connection

My last post, From Survival to Revival, or the One Where I Open Up, focuses on the struggles I have faced over the last couple of years as well as some of the ways I have managed to pull myself out of a mild-moderate depression.  After writing this post, I began thinking of how I truly believe that the features of your home (for example, cluttered?, organized?, well-lit?, full of plants?, etc.) can have an impact on mood.

So, I set out to find five fab online articles dealing with how adding certain decorating elements, such as colour, to your home can boost, or influence, mood.

Here’s what I found (click on pictures to gain access to the articles)…

ONE

THIS ARTICLE OFFERS INTERESTING TIDBITS OF ADVICE ON HOW CERTAIN DECORATING ELEMENTS, LIKE BIG WINDOWS AND SOFT CURVES IN FURNITURE, CAN PROMOTE A PERSON’S WELL-BEING.  IT ALSO MENTIONS WHY MINIMALIST DECOR MAY NOT BE THE BEST FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMER’S. 

TWO

THIS BRIEF GUIDE LINKS PARTICULAR COLOURS TO CERTAIN MOODS.  FOR EXAMPLE, THE ARTICLE CLAIMS THAT USING GREEN AND YELLOW IN YOUR HOME MAY HELP YOU FEEL MORE UPBEAT.  

THREE

A USEFUL, BUT BRIEF, LOOK AT SPECIFIC COLOUS TO USE IN YOUR HOME TO BOOST MOOD.  I AM PARTICULARLY TAKEN WITH BENJAMIN MOORE’S WOODLAWN BLUE

FOUR

THIS ARTICLE FOCUSES ON HOW TO USE FENG SHUI TECHNIQUES TO FOSTER A HAPPY HOME. 

FIVE

THE AUTHOR PROVIDES FIVE PRACTICAL HOME DECOR TIPS ON HOW TO BOOST YOUR MOOD, AND CREATE A MORE PEACEFUL HOME ENVIRONMENT. 

Enjoy the articles and your weekend!

Revive ya later,

Revival Girl

From Survival to Revival, or The One Where I Open Up

Yay…the kids’ bedrooms are coming along nicely…only 16 days until the big reveals.

Wait — ahhhhhhh…only 16 days until the big reveals!!!

Excuse me a minute while a take a couple of deep breaths………………………………………..

Okay, I’m better now :)

So, I realize you were probably hoping this post would include a whole whack of progress pictures and maybe some details of a recent project.  Well, I hate to disappoint, but I have decided instead to finally open up about why A GRAND REVIVAL is not just about documenting the revival of our 122 year old Gothic Revival Cottage.

A GRAND REVIVAL was also created to help revive my own personal spirit and help me get in touch with the creative part of myself that was lost in the chaos that was 2011.

Why did I need a personal revival, you ask???

Well, pour yourself some tea, sit back, and I shall divulge.

Here’s my story…

In my post Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, I mentioned that 2011 was a year of unprecedented change (and not the good kind).

Interestingly, 2011 actually started off with on a positive note.  Both my children were attending school on a full-time basis for the first time, and I was all set to join my local library board, begin looking for employment after staying home with the kids for a couple of years, and make more time for some of my interests and passions: writing, visiting museums and art galleries, spending time in nature, and fostering a healthy, simple lifestyle.

I also had an amazing birthday, complete with bowling, a couple of beers, and some best buds.

OUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BEER CUPS — I WAS BDG (BIRTHDAY GIRL)

THE “CAKE” BEFORE THE STORM

However, the day after my birthday, I began to feel a little icky…not quite right…at first I thought it might have been from staying up a little too late and having a couple of drinks (I am not much of a drinker).  But the icky feeling got worse, even after some rest.

SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s what happened next:

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Puppy Love, or Using Spray Paint to Update Ceramic Decor

As it is a holiday here in my part of the world, and very shortly I will be helping to revamp and revive Lily and Liam’s tree fort, I will be keeping this post brief.

Remember Twiggy???

— BEFORE —

Lily picked up this handsome fella at a garage sale for only 25 cents (you can read more about some of the incredible deals and discoveries we have made in recent months in Deals + Discoveries + Decisions or Deals + Discoveries + Decisions: Liam’s Bedroom).

Well, take a look at Twiggy after a spray paint makeover…

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