Greetings all & how I miss you ~

This is what this sad soul accomplished while I've been playing hooky from blogging. As you might remember my previous post was about patterned window treatments & it was from this office transformation that I got my inspirational juices flowing. Still not completely finished & far from ideal but wanted to show you the impact of these wild patterned drapes in this dark, lots of natural wood space. In a perfect world, I'd paint the wood a creamy white, but because of selling I opted to not go there.

It's amazing what I can accomplish if I'm not online. A bit of a wake-up call that this gal had better get a wee bit better at 'time-management'.

I have stepped up my "doing dial" to transform my 'to-do' list to a 'ta-done' list and my bags are packed for Washington State, with a stock of water-proof mascara.

to do list

  • sew drapes and finish office details
  • stain patio furniture
  • paint outdoor chandelier yellow gloss
  • paint laundry room + cabinets
  • paint Em's bathroom/install new shower rod & rings
  • paint guest bedroom's bathroom/install cork wall over sink/mirror/towel bars
  • reupholster 2 Louis XVI pieces
  • organize garage sale
  • edge lawns/deadhead roses/plant bedding plants
  • pack for trip to WA
  • graduation announcements for Marc & Emily
  • help plan grad pool party for 105 with 5 other moms of Taylor grads
  • invitations/plan grad party for Em with family friends
  • plan Marcus' grad dinner @ WSU
  • pick hymns for mother's memorial service for dad
Does it not feel triumphant when you can check them off?!

I thank you from the bottom of my paint bucket for still reading DWT. I've missed reading all your creative posts and just know that I'll be back reading & commenting with a vengeance. There is light at the end of this tunnel, I know it.

Cheers my dears and don't forget to ~

{live responsibly, shop responsibly}
go green
reuse - re-purpose - breath life/improve

View out my window & a shame to cover up with shutters
wouldn't you agree?

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Janet said...

Love Love Love the patterned window treatments! The room looks magazine worthy.

Oh and the BEST waterproof mascara is good ole Maybelline, the pink and green tube, just make sure you get the waterproof, not regular.

Good luck with your list. ;)

Have a safe trip.

Averill said...

It looks fantastic, Deb! I love the fabric you picked, especially with the navy walls and woodwork. Where'd you snag it?

RILEY said...

Hmmm... this is making me have thoughts of getting new curtains....

Anonymous said...

Oh, just look at that beautiful pattern! And I think you know how I'm feeling about blue right now. :) I am so with you about being productive when not online. I'm really trying to spend less time online but it's so damn hard! Have a safe trip, Deb! We'll all be thinking about you. xoxo, Ally

west by south said...

You're just the best!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wonderful job, well done! It looks perfectly lovely.

My soul, that list is long isn't it? And I thought I had a lot to do! Your list makes me feel like a lay-about!

Christina @ greige and My Sparrow said...

Okay can you come by and work on my list now?? Looks great!

James said...

Well it looks like you have enough to do to keep you out of the pool halls! Like the drapes, Good luck in all you do.

Anonymous said...

Whoah, someone has been a busy bee! Dont work too hard daaaaaaaahling, it's not good for the complexion, ya know?
*kisses* HH

BonjourRomance said...

You are one busy lady. SO much to do, so little time...The new curtains look great. The grad pool party sounds like fun! And no apologies necessary, your life and family come first, we'll wait patiently!
Wishing you a great weekend,

Emily+Anthony said...

Lots of fun stuff on your to-do list!! Love you Deb- always makes my day when you post :)

SpryOnTheWall said...

Wow! Looks totally fab! You have been one busy lady. As always love your posts! xo Jenny

Karen said...

Fabulous! The window treatments are like the icing on the cake.

La Petite Gallery said...

That is absolutly stunning. Bet you are happy the jub is done. So now enjoy it.


Privet and Holly said...

Yes, I think most rooms are incomplete without something at the window....kind of like leaving the house with NO jewelry on, at all. These drapes really punched up what would normally be a pretty conservative room. I really like the twist on that. The desk is also super cool. Good luck with that list ~ 'tis the season for all of this stuff!!! xx P&H

Brabourne Farm said...

Wow - the curtains look fabulous! I just wish I was brave enough to do this. Good luck with the list - I'm tired just reading it. Leigh

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Deb,
You are doing a grand job with all of the things that you need to do. Don't panic. It will all get done and, if some of them don't, then the world won't fall apart !! I love your curtains. They have really given the room some
'oomph' and the finishing touch. I think that your list is much more important than blogging. I've had trouble with my computer and, because I haven't been able to use it,I have acheived so much more than usual.
This blogging has a lot to answer for !!!! haha.
Lots of love, Deb and don't work too hard. XXXX

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the office space!!!

A Perfect Gray said...

looks wonderful and just think what we all could 'actually' do if not 'virtually' doing other things...love the lines and legs of that desk.....

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Wow!!! What a cheerful punch...it's all looking so good. And the table legs...so sexy!!!

Anonymous said...

you did all of that???! please tell me someone sent you a stash of ritalin , and you just consumed the whole bottle at once.
my bed's lucky to get made.
i love love LOVE this office. it's brilliant! fresh and so smart. totally Elle Decor worthy.
take care in washington (this is mom's memorial correct?). you will be in my heart. sending you tons of katie love. maybe keep some of that ritalin on hand?
love to you sweetest deb.

Renée Finberg said...

OH SO COOL you are.
it came out great.....
i wonder how it will affect your blog persona.


A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I love how that fabric pattern works to lift up the brown wood. A great choice! Your list will get done.....it always does, so go easy.
But enjoy to the max. Have a wonderful Mothers Day. XO and you need a special hug too.

Alicia said...

Killer cool Deb!!! Have a Washington State Mothers Day extravganza!!!!

La Maison Fou said...

Good job!
I am so glad that you posted for us too see. I too have been a little mia.... May is a very busy month!


Barbara said...

Well, haven't you been the busy one? And what a great job you did too! Very nice.
Love your to-do list. We all have them (albeit not as long as yours, hopefully) and every once in a while I give up an entire weekend and try to get it all done. Again, hopefully. And like you, I just don't turn on the computer to do it!

A Refocused Life said...

Love the new office. What a wonderful place to do your creative work.

Visual Vamp said...

A great brave choice of fabric! The room looks sophisticated and elegant and filled with life and energy.
Love the Ta-Done list too!
xox o

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

I love those navy walls. They-when used by the fearless-are always a success. Great WORK, the perfect place to get lists going and be inspired. pgt

Renae Moore said...

What happy fabric, love the table and chairs and know the books shelves will be filled soon! Love your 'to do' list and yes it is great to check them off 'ta-done'!
Happy Mother's Day!

Unknown said...

Looks fantastic mom! All that hard work definitely paid off. The paint and drapes just scream fabulous. Can't wait to have you at my place to give me pointers!!


Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

I'm totally with you on the time-management thing! Oh goodness, the things I could (and should) accomplish! Maybe I need to get on that. :) (And BTW, love the curtains!)