Wednesday, September 29, 2010

~Here's the Story~

I decided that I have kept you all in suspense long enough about what I have planned for our house. After we saw the saltbox this summer I kept saying to myself and to Jeff, "I want our house to look just like that." I loved everything about the saltbox. I remember when I first saw the saltbox in Country Living it was a dream of mine to live there. I spent most of the end of summer in disbelief that I might get the chance to live there. It is truly my dream house.

Unfortunately, we were not able to sell our house for the price we needed to. It was as simple as that. I hated that it did not work out for us and I spent many days and nights obsessing about it. I just hope that someone buys the saltbox that will love it as much as I do. If you are looking for a period looking home in Southern Illinois, it would be the perfect house for you. The attention to detail that the current owners placed in the house is wonderful. It is easy to see that the house has been loved and well taken care of.

When I was going through my funk, I woke up one morning and said to myself, "You are crazy! Most people would love to live in your house!" I was upset that no one would buy our house. Then I thought, "Maybe no one is buying it because you are not finished with it yet."

You all know how much I love to tweak, so my brain started twirling. I started thinking of houses that inspire me. The first one was the saltbox, then I thought of Janice's house (Stairway to Home), Karen's house (My Colonial Home), and Linda's house (Behind My Red Door). I thought about what these four houses had in common. They were all beautifully decorated and combined the primitive and Colonial look at the same time. In that moment I realized that I wanted to be Colonial!

So, here is the plan. I am painting the entire first level of our house. I am getting rid of the bright colors that I currently have. All the white trim will be a color and all the colored walls will be a neutral color. We are also going to replace all of our light fixtures with a more primitive or Colonial lighting. Plus, we are getting new windows. I told Jeff, "I want windows just like the saltbox has." That is what we are doing. The windows will be vinyl on the outside and wood on the inside. This will allow me to paint the windows the same color as the trim. I am really excited about all the changes and I cannot wait to show all of you. I really think it will make a huge difference!

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will continue to come back as often as you can. Always remember that decorating is a lot like life. Sometimes you have to shake things up to keep from getting in a rut.

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

~More Clues~











Any more guess???

All My Best,
~Dan~

Monday, September 27, 2010

~Two Clues~


Any guesses??

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Where's Dan?

When I started this blog, I wanted it to be a positive place to come. I wanted to try my best to alleviate the negative and to always focus on the positive. This desire for the positive helps to explain my absence. I have been in a funk lately.

I am much better now and have some news to share with you all. On September 16th, Jeff and I decided to no longer try to buy the saltbox house that we found back in July. It was a long hard decision that occupied my mind for quite some time. I loved the house, but it just didn't feel like the right thing to do right now. We have a beautiful house and I am very thankful to be blessed enough to live in it. It looks like we are going to stay here, and I have grown to accept that.

With that being said, I have some very big plans for our house. By the time I finish with it, it will not look like the same house. I want to try to keep all of the plans a secret for a little longer, but I will start revealing some of the changes in the weeks ahead. This also explains my absence. I have been very busy with the house.

I will not be posting as much as normal, but I will keep you updated on all the changes that are taking place.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will continue to come back as often as you can. Always remember that sometime God doesn't give you what you want, he gives you what you need.

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

~A Nanny Update~

I just wanted to stop in and give everyone a quick update on Jeff's grandma, Nanny.

First, I cannot express how grateful I am to all of you for all the kind words and prayers that were said for Nanny. She would be so thrilled to know that so many people from all over the country and even some from other countries are praying for her.

Miraculously, Nanny seems to be getting better. She has exceeded the time that the doctors have given her. In fact, they let her go back to the nursing home that she has been living in for the last five years. The doctors still say this is the end and it is just a matter of time, but the family feels like she may pull through this and be okay.

Please continue to pray for Nanny and all of Jeff's family. Your prayers are very much appreciated and I cannot thank you all enough. I promise I will be back soon with a regular post.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back as often as you can. Never forget, that doctors just "practice" medicine...they do not have all the answers.

All My Best,
~Dan~