Last Year’s Snow Day

Just popping in to share this #tbt photo from one year ago today.

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Brrrr! Right now in eastern NC it’s about 38º, and the high today is about 50º. So I don’t think there’s any chance of a repeat this week.

This January I’m just glad that our soffits are no longer wide open, and our house is warm and cozy. I hope everyone, especially my friends in the northeast, are staying warm!

Historic Southern Homes: Swan House

The next stop on the Historic Southern Homes tour is Swan House in Atlanta, GA. Behind the iron gate, this 28-acre estate was built in 1928 by architect Philip Trammell Shutze. The house was originally built for a family that had made their money in cotton, among other investments, but was bought by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966.  As if this ginormous house left something to be desired, you can also find lavish gardens on the property, full of fountains, pools, terraces, and rose gardens.

The Atlanta Historical Society still owns the mansion and offers daily tours. Much of the original furniture remains in the house, which is maintained as a typical 1920s American estate.

Side note for all you Katniss fans: Swan House was used in the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. You can now take The Capitol tour, which includes a behind-the-scenes exhibit of the movie.

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Photos via Atlanta History Center.

Guest Bedroom Update

We finally got around to finishing our second guest bedroom last week. It only took us 9 months.

When we started our restoration, that guest bedroom (called the Bear Room) looked like this.

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Then, after a lot of work and A LOT of plaster repair, it looked like this.

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And then we moved all of our stuff, and this room became the dumping grounds of the house.

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Trust me, it got even worse than that.

Over Christmas break and MLK weekend, we worked really hard to get this room back in shape. We officially unpacked our last box on Monday, January 19, 2015!

And now, it looks like this.

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There’s still a few things that need to change. For one, the bed is a double and the Trina Turk comforter is a queen. We just threw it on there because we had it, but I think I want a white quilt/coverlet instead. It’s impossible to find non-custom drapes that are long enough for our 9′ tall windows, so I think I’ll end up adding a colorblock panel to the ends of these. And we desperately need a rug. But all in all, this room has come a very long way and I’m happy to finally be out from under the black cloud that was the room full of boxes!

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A few sources… the paint color is Fresh Cut by Glidden. The bed is a hand-me-down. The dresser is a ReStore find that I refurbished. The nightstand is actually 2 accent tables from Target, on clearance for $6.49 each. The curtains are from TJ Maxx. The lamp was a yard sale find. All of the photos are ones I took on our honeymoon. The monogram canvas was a gift from my cousin Mary. And just about everything else can be found in my shop, including the brass etagere