Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day 1 - Picking A Style

If you could describe your style in one word what would it be?

Romantic?



Country?



Traditional?



Contemporary?



I realized lately that I had no style, unless they have added ugly hand me downs to the list. So I searched for style quizzes.

This quiz says my style is modernist. NOT!!

This one says my style is cottage chic. Okay, I can live with that.

The only thing I learned from this was that you can spend a week doing all the quizzes and still come away clueless. So now what?! The best place of all that I found to find my decorating style was my closet. Yup, you read that right. My closet.

My closet is by no means huge. Neither is my house. Everything has a place and it can all be easily accessed, unlike my house. So first of all is organize the house efficiently. Next is color. I found the expensive pieces of clothing are neutral colored. The less expensive items are colored and patterned. So, backgrounds neutral and accessories colored. The style of the higher dollar items is traditional, classic, timeless. The less expensive tend to be fads.

Now, if I haven't lost you yet, I applied this to my decorating style. The background of the house I chose to be neutral. The more expendable, smaller items would be color. That way if I fall madly in love with cobalt blue and yellow I can without having to change everything. More expensive and larger pieces are to be kept in the more traditional style. I can keep it updated with less expensive fad type accessories. Also, the house helped to dictate the style. It would be dumb to decorate a farmhouse in a contemporary style. Maybe someone more talented than me could pull it off.

Now where to start?....

While I ponder this question, I got a easy peasy recipe for meatloaf. Meatloaf always seems to be a nice fall entree.



Meatloaf

1 envelope of Onion soup mix
2lbs ground beef
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Spray an ovenproof baking dish with a baking spray to prevent sticking. Shape meat mixture into an oval loaf shape. Bake 1 hour uncovered. Check to see if additional baking time is needed.

Of course the traditional side dish is mashed potatoes and gravy. You can also try mashed sweet potatoes also. Yummy!



Introduction


Here it is in all it's glory. Our 120 year old farmhouse that I am planning on recreating in 365 days. That is the purpose of this blog. My project is to redo this house in 365 days. There is a budget too....

$50.00 a week!

So we will be doing things on the cheap! I hope that you will find helpful information here that you can use in your own house. There also will be Mr Linky parties from time to time. There will also be little helpful hints on taking care of a house and recipes. I mean, who doesn't deserve a yummy treat at the end of the day?!

A little history about the house. The house is one of the originals to this area. It was built in the 1890's. The house was a working farm. We found some old parts to wagons and such buried on the property. I am not sure what the original acreage was but a large subdivision sits on what we presume to be the house's property. The house now sits on just shy of 2 acres.
The 2 story section holds the living room, a lower bedroom, a staircase and 2 upper bedrooms. One of the upper bedrooms is considered the master since it is the larger of the 3.

The 1 story section holds a large foyer. kitchen, bathroom and a staircase that accesses the basement. The basement is a typical Michigan basement. For those of you not familiar with that it is only about 7 foot deep. The walls are stone walls with a cement floor. Sometimes Michigan basements do have dirt floors. We are guessing that the house was originally only the 2 story section, with the 1 story section being added later. You can see that the basement was accessed at one time from the outside of the house through a cellar. The stairs to the basement as some point were under the staircase that goes to the 2nd story.

The house at one time was donated to the fire department for them to burn to practice fighting housefires. The attic area over the 1st story still has some scorch marks from the exercise. The house was then purchased and given to MSU for a construction project. The house was gutted and updated. It was then sold again to the people we purchased it from.

We purchased the house in 2005. We came here from a bungalow in Redford, MI. When we first moved here there was a grocery store, a CVS, 2 gas stations, a Big Boy and various other Mom and Pop stores. It has now grown to also have a Target, WalMart and a soon to open Meijer's!

We have done some things to the house. Some have worked out and some have failed. My disclaimer is that I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL! My saving grace is that I am married to one. My husband is a Licensed General Contractor in the State of Michigan. He owns and operates his own construction company. I have been known to try out some crazy ideas on his various hunting trips! Sometimes much to his dismay...

So tomorrow, Oct 1st is the launch date for our projects. Coincidentally it is also opening day for deer hunting in Michigan. Hmmmm.... how did that happen? Oh well.... So sit back and enjoy the joys and pains of redoing this house. All comments are greatly appreciated also! I can use all the input y0u can give!