Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What you don’t see

Hey hey! I finally finished up taking down and putting away all of the Christmas decor yesterday and it feels soooo good to get it out! I love it, you know I do, but come the new year it needs to be gone.

There is still the outdoor decor, but it’s dang cold out and we have a thick layer of snow, so who knows when that will happen.

As I was gathering up the Christmas over the past few days I noticed a few glaring things in our house that I thought I would share. It’s a new year and throughout this next year I hope to continue to show you the fun, pretty stuff in our home. But if you’ve been around for awhile you know I don’t shy away from showing the not so pretty sometimes too.

We are a real family and live in a real house and that means real messes and real things that go wrong… and in the land of blogs sometimes it’s hard to remember that the perfectly styled pics are just that – perfectly styled. ;)

Here’s the low down on just a few of the things that need to be fixed around here…

I think it was three years ago that we thought we had a leak in an upstairs bathroom – we thought so because this happened to the family room ceiling:

Turns out it wasn’t a leak, the protective little jobby I had on the tub faucet (when the Bub was little) had been turned upside down, so when the water came out of the faucet it was flowing right back up into the wall.

It was just one time but it did some decent damage to the ceiling. We have to have the tape removed, retape the drywall and then have the ceiling retextured. It gives me a headache just thinking about it, so it’s sat there. Hung there?

Speaking of that ceiling, it’s getting a paint job asap – the color is driving me NUTTY. And so are all the tiny holes and non-caulked joints on all of the crown in that space:

crown molding corners

I put up the crown a year or two ago and if you’ve done crown molding, you know it can be a royal pain in the patoot. Getting back up on the ladder to fill those holes, caulk the joints and paint it all has been at the bottom of a verrrry long list.

And yes, you can totally tell it when you look at it. This still does not light a fire under me. :)

The drapes in our family room have been unlined with a rough edge since I hung them up years ago. It’s just fabric clipped up:

I’ve now convinced myself that I like it that way. It adds texture…so I say. ;)

Remember that Pottery Barn rug that I saved for and waited patiently for it to go on sale before I brought it home and LOVED it?:

pottery barn jute rug

Well the dog loved it too:

You can’t tell how big it is there but that is a HUGE hole in my pretty rug. I just keep stuffing the loose ends back into the hole to try to hide it. Of course an open, glass coffee table does nothing to help disguise it, but whatever, I am keeping this rug. :)

Our master bath is a room that’s gotten very little updating – I painted soon after we moved in and threw a frame up around the mirror:

maple bathroom cabinets

But it’s almost nine years are starting to show – both of our sinks leak unless we put the handle in just the perfect position, and both of our stoppers are broken:

The leak and stopper happened in one sink, and within two weeks it happened to the other. My plan has always been to replace the faucets entirely, so it will wait till then.

Our tub looked decent a few months ago:

beadboard tub surround

Well, we thought we had a leak (again) but it wasn’t a leak (again) – but we didn’t find that out till the plumber took the side of the tub off just to find nothing was wrong:

beadboard tub surround

I installed the beadboard so that the panels could still be taken off, and it worked great, but I now I need to reinstall the trim and paint over all the new caulk.

And remember when I did all that tile around the tub years ago?

Well, someone (me) never caulked around the bottom of said tile and water got splashed up under it one day and leaked down into the laundry room walls and made a new mess:

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I was thrilled that day when I saw the drywall bubbling up, let me tell you. Good things: the leak we thought was a leak wasn’t a leak, I just need to caulk the tile (!!!), and there’s no damage to the electrical stuff because of the water. Bad news: I have drywall repairs and lots of painting to do.

Did I mention this all happened months ago? Yeahhhh.

Speaking of the laundry room, I still don’t have the beadboard painted or the baseboards down:

black beadboard

It’s been like this since I installed those peel and stick tiles a year ago. I wanted to wait till the washer and dryer were moved out to start this redo and I need to figure out a plan for the new mud room built ins before I can finish up the beadboard. So…it sits. Without baseboards.

And finally, the doozy. This one may make you shed a tear, it almost did me. Remember our beautiful pergola on the deck?:

sears gazebo night

Sigh.

After some nasty, fierce winds and a couple snow storms it now looks like this:

Yeah, I took that through the window, remember it’s cold out there!

And yeah, it’s AWFUL. Sucks, royally. It didn’t do any damage to the deck, thankfully. This just happened recently and every time we get ready to go take it apart, it snows six more inches or the temps drop down under 30 degrees, so we haven’t been able to clean it up yet. It made it through plenty of winds and snow last winter and spring, it was just too intense this time I guess.

It makes me just sick to look at it. I don’t know what we’ll do to replace it this year…time will tell.

So anyway, there’s a look at the not-so-good around our house. It’s not stuff I actively hide by the way, I don’t edit my photos or anything like that – if you look hard enough you’ll see a lot of it. ;)

And no, I’m not complaining. This is part of owning a home and I’m thankful for it. Every once and awhile I just like to show that our house is far from pretty all of the time.

Be kind to me…I did accomplish all of this and more last year! ;)

82 comments:

  1. Its SO nice to hear that you have the same problems that I do (and I'm sure all homeowners do). I get so overwhelmed at the little things around the house! Just nice to hear that I'm not the only one. :)

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  2. It's nice to know I'm not on this boat alone! I had a mini meltdown the other day over the amount of things in our house that need to be fixed. I told my husband I was going to hire someone to be our land lord so that someone else could fix it all! haha. I think the thing that sent me over the edge was the sound of a squirrel in our attic. Lord, help me!

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  3. And this is why I love stopping by! :) love a pop of real life moments...tons of those live at my house too!! Happy New Year, Sarah!

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  4. oh you KNOW I love these posts - just so I know I'm not alone!! SO so sad about your beautiful pergola though - that's so discouraging :(

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  5. Do you know why you are my favorite blogger? Because you are so real! Love your blog. Thanks for sharing your real life with us.

    Fabrizia @ www.fabtwigs.com

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  6. Yay! I'm so happy to know that my house isn't the only house that has it little flaws. Sometimes while browsing blogs I think to myself, "how do they keep it looking so perfect"? Thanks for keeping it real Sarah!

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  7. As a long time lover of your blog and someone with a sympathetic heart to updates, I have to admit something: I secretly get excited when you post things like this. It is a nice preview of what is coming ahead, and everytime you tackle projects you would rather avoid it inspires the rest of us to do the same in our own homes! Keep up the good work Sarah-you're awesome!

    Jacqueline @ hallipyeverafter.com

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  8. Thank you for sharing the real life stuff. Seeing perfect all the time then looking around at my own home at all the very far from perfect ;) can certainly cause some anxiety.
    So thank you!!!

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  9. So sorry about the pergola.. the other stuff is annoying but can be fixed.. Thanks for sharing the non-perfect parts of your life :o)

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  10. Oh that beautiful pergola! :( Darn weather! Although your layout has inspired me for rearranging my patio furniture.

    At least with all these hiccups you have motivation for this year to get things done. Good luck with all the fix-ups. :)

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  11. Have to echo what everyone else is saying - LOVE this kind of post because it reminds me that we aren't the only ones that deal with problems like this! More and more I'm coming to realize that a part of being inviting and approachable is being imperfect - THANK YOU!!

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  12. Thank you for that. It doesn't make me look down on successful bloggers when they show the real stuff, it just helps me feel a little bit better about myself. :)

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  13. thanks for keeping it real. We are remodeling a home and I am beginning to wonder if it will every all be finished :)

    www.wreckd.etsy.com

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  14. Oh girl, I feel your pain. We live in Texas. It's hot here. Like 102 is the norm for months on end. We get violent thunderstorms and even tornados. (Tornado warnings are so common, we barely notice them down here.) What we rarely get is snow. And when we do, it's flurries. Any more than that and you'd think it was the apocalypse. But, a couple of years ago, we got what equates to a blizzard in these parts. About 8" of snow. We had a pergola and it faired about as well as yours. Never thought, as long as I lived in Texas, I'd ever have snow damage!

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  15. Thanks for keeping it real. It's so refreshing to be reminded that those beautiful blogged about homes look more like mine if take a step back from the camera angle.

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  16. I've been there :) I should send you pics of our damage in the master bedroom and the wall that was crumbling in our playroom. Sadly, it wasn't our DIY, it was our builder's fault. He's gone under, so no recourse for us! My parents had the same thing happen with their gazebo, but for the next one, my dad added some sort of reinforcements or something, I'll ask him, I remember it was a clever idea at the time! Have a good 2013, looking forward to seeing your new projects!

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  17. I'm taking a break from putting away Christmas and am simply getting overwhelmed by all the little things I'm noticing as I do.

    I'm going to let my husband assess the big things, as he's working on a huge project right now.

    Sigh. But, it is a blessing to have a home!

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  18. I feel SO much better about my never-ending to-do list for the house now- I'm not alone! Thank you for sharing, here's hoping for a small lotto win for a new pergola, and Happy New Year!

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  19. There is always a never ending list!! Best of luck on yours.

    But really... You can paint textured ceilings??????? !!!!!! I have that spiky flower texture ceiling and I guess I always assumed you couldn't paint it. But maybe with a super fluffy roller? (No spray gun yet.)

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  20. Ouch on the pergola! We do not have a pergola, but we have watched for the last two years as a bad wind storm has taken out our neighbor's pergola across the street. Unfortunately they end up in the trash. I guess, at least around here, they can't stay up all year. Those things are not cheap, so i hope the neighbors have figured that out!
    If it makes you feel better, they just had theirs in the yard and it wasn't weighted down very well. Yours looked a little more substantial :)

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  21. I can sooooo relate (puffed wall from shower leak? Check) and I just love this post, because there are very few who get as much done as you do, but there's alway just gonna be "stuff" that needs doing. That's how home owning is.

    p.s., Love the look of crown, and HATE actually cutting and installing. Nightmare. glad I'm not the only one!

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  22. Thanks for your brutal honesty. It makes me feel much better.

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  23. Oh man!! That would make my heart hurt too!

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  24. Yes, I'm glad I'm not the only one with the every growing list! Yes, that pergula hurts to see! Happy New Year!!

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  25. Thank you for not making me feel like the only one with a long list of projects that are incomplete around my house!!! I am sorry to see what happened to your deck. I can completely relate. For us, it is garage doors. The winds where I am are non stop. In the 8 yrs we have lived here, I have replaced our garage door 3 times. This last time, we spent some serious coin and put a hurricane rated door. Who would think living in WI you would need that?! While I love those pergola's, I know it is not feasible here. It certainly make spending time on my deck so much better (oh to be out of the grueling sun!). This last year, I didn't even put out the deck furniture. I was afraid my glass table would be destroyed.

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  26. Oh, your house could be mine. . .well, except for that pergola. . .I would be *sick* too.
    My Christmas gift from my WONDERFUL in-laws this year. . .buy, paint, and install baseboard *and* crown molding in my dining room!!! Yes, I have the best in-laws ever :) And yes, I got to pick it all out too -- yea!
    Can't wait to follow your adventures in 2013 :)

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  27. thats why i love your blog. What you see is what you get sort of thing.. No cover ups. Same with me and mine over here.. I love connecting with friends who KEEP it REAL .. HUGS and blessings and I hope that outdoor area gets up and running soon ...........

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  28. Thanks for your honesty!

    We also have a similar ceiling over our dining room table from the tub thingy too - ugh! We cut a hole through the wall to the faucet looking for the leak, that wasn't there - that left us with drywall repairs too. The wall is fixed, the ceiling? Not so much.

    Good luck!

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  29. I can sooo identify with the need to get busy with some "postponed" projects. Also, with the need to finish up a bunch that I have started. Wishing you a very happy and successful New Year in 2013!

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  30. I {Heart} you, Sarah! Thanks for giving us a real look. :) I've been staring at spackled kitchen walls for two months now, waiting for "the right time" to repaint and fix it all up. Not to mention the new Christmas toys that are EVERYWHERE!

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  31. Oh shit! Woops, I mean, shoot. Your poor, poor pergola!
    The rest of the house looks like mine. Six kagillion half-finished or never started projects - cluttering up my to-do list on the fridge. Ah well, if we had everything done, what would be have to complain about. :o)

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  32. When I saw what crashed on your deck, I thought, "ouch"! And, I'm glad my house is not the only one with issues! We purchased a 50 year old home, and the previous owners were not "home owners", if ya' know what I'm sayin"! So, we have done bits and pieces around here, including painting our entire house and shed summer past. One reason for painting, was because I couldn't decide what color of siding I wanted. This year, we have given ourselves until the last day in September to get everything on our "short list" finished, and if we still feel unsettled with the house we are putting it on the market, and getting new/next to new, and moving on with life, lol! If we stay, the basics are finished, and we can move on to the more elaborate, so everyone "wins". Thanks for showing the "real", to make us feel better about our "real", lol! Have a great 2013!

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  33. I hear ya! Home ownership, great and not so great. We have a few of "those" projects to deal with this year. You know, the not so fun but necessary ones!!

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  34. Here I thought our family was the only one that had so many unfinished projects. We love to tear apart but are really gun ho and then it just gets boring. When you mentioned the leaks I almost died - that was us too! We thought we'd be fixer uppers before calling a plumber and cut a huge hole in our kitchen ceiling. We also just needed to caulk. Thanks for the low down that you are just like the rest of us!

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  35. This was such a refreshing post! I get tired of all the perfect posts with perfect pictures. It's nice to see I'm not alone in the real world. Thank you for bringing us into your home. So sorry about your pergola! That really was an awful sight to see. I bet you will (eventually) replace it with something even more stunning. :-)

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  36. What's amazing is how you forget those things that need to be fixed (or decide it doesn't look THAT bad) when you live with it for a while. There's nothing like getting ready for company to come over to remind you of what still needs to be done. I had a party the other night and realized I left the "feet" to my kitchen cabinets just sitting there instead of gluing under the cabinet. Nothing better than having a guest accidentally kick one across the room. Oops!

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  37. THANK YOU for this post. It's makes the rest of us feel normal again :)

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  38. So glad to see this post. You do some awesome things, kinda glad to see you have normal house issues too. Makes me feel better, thanks.

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  39. It was so refreshing to see this post. We just finished our family room in our basement this year (after 6 years) and then the fridge hose grew a pin hole and leaked through our new basement walls..we now have a few holes in our ceiling and have to repaint..it made me sick. Even though I am not glad to hear of ALL the work you have to do..It is nice to hear, I am not the only one who is never finished. I follow your blog and LOVE it! Keep up the good work..you are so talented.

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  40. Really Great blog. Looking forword more update.
    Cottage Furniture

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  41. I love to hear bloggers keeping it real! I have a list like that too, the not so pretty or fun projects that need to be done! Now you held yourself accountable, so you will have to post updates on these projects. So sorry to hear of the pretty pergola is destroyed. Happy New Year!


    DeDe@DesignedDecor


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  42. It seems like once you live in a new house just a few years, then the maintenance side kicks in and then the upkeep never stops. My husband feels tired just trying to keep up with it all.

    How did you learn to do the things you do around your house? Did you just read online, get a book, or learn from your dad?

    Elisabeth
    Treasuring the Moments.net

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  43. Happy New Year! Don't be so fast to throw that pergola in the trash. I have one that blew over into my neighbors yard in the winds of the Superstorm Sandy and I was able to go on line and find a replacement roof cover for $200 and with very little effort was able to straighten and fix pergola. I have had mine now for 6 years and I will never be without again! this is the first time this has happened and the second time I have replaced the roof. I do remove the roof at the end of every season. Try this before you decide to dump it!

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  44. Happy New Year Girl! Oh the unglamorous but inevitable side of home-ownership! The little things just keep adding up. So sad about your pergola, can it be salvaged? Just maybe some new canvas? One idea for your living room rug would be to go grab one of the beautiful 5' x 7' cow hide rugs from Sam's Club, (yes SAM'S CLUB!) to secretly hide the doggie damage and add a layer of beauty under your glass table. I just picked one up a week ago that is about the color of your sofa. So beautiful! Can't wait to see what genius ideas are sparked from these little detours in your journey this year! Jules:)

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  45. Thanks for keeping it real! I love your blog and anxiously look for the next project to tackle...some days my head spins from my home "to-do" list, but on the other side, having a bunch of little projects leads to a lot of small - realistic goals! Hang in there and keep us posted! Happy New Year!

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  46. I love this post. We've been doing a full-house renovation for almost 5 years now, and my house has a MILLION of those little things!!!

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  47. I agree with Maria's comment, Sarah, that the pergola probably can be salvaged. You may have to replace the canvas, but you might even be able to make a new one yourself using the old one as a pattern. It may look worse than it really is right now.
    I also commend you for giving us a behind-the-scenes peek at the unfinished projects in your home. You really do make the rest of us feel much better about our own homes not being so perfect. But we all know you'll get to these projects - eventually!

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  48. Thanks for reminding me that I'm normal! :) You accomplished tons throughout 2012 and inspire me to keep moving forward perfect or not. I've no doubt you'll get to the unfinished projects on your terms. As others have said, the pergola is very likely salvageable and looks worse that it actually is. And doesn't that glass top coffee table need it's own colorful scatter rug underneath that would cover the canine's dangerous foray into DIY?! Keep laughing, Sarah! It helps keep us sane!

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  49. That's why I love your blog....you are so real! Other bloggers and readers know it and it makes us want to try more major things because you tell it all not just the good pretty parts! Thank you!

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  50. That happened to our *first* pergola, too! Now we take the fabic down before the snowy weather comes and put it back up in the spring. It's a pain but worth it to not have to keep replacing a very expensive pergola every year. Ours is from Target and I think you can buy the replacement fabric only, but we didn't know this at the time and bought a whole new one. Thank you for keeping it real! Our bathroom fan/overhead light hasn't worked in over a year! Ha ha! That's just the beginning of our "To Do" list! :)

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  51. Just another reason why I LOVE your blog! You keep it real - it's so refreshing really - 'cause like you said perfectly styled photos only tell half truths ;) And my faucet stopper has been broken for over a year now too - ha!

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  52. Loved this post...made me feel so much better..lol....Thanks for sharing it all, the good and the bad....

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  53. i know the feeling!!!!! my hubby and i both work outside the home and after work and dinner- were exhausted!!!! but more things need attention, and its all we can do to keep up laundry, go to the grocery store, and keep all the light bulbs changed. sigh-- owning a home is a lot of work!!! lol

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  54. I had to smile while reading your post because I have the EXACT fabric (Joanne's, right?), the EXACT floor tile, and the EXACT Pergola. I never used the fabric, so if you're in the market for a few yards make me an offer ;). The tile was installed not so well, and white stuff keeps peeking its way up through the seams, and last but not least, our Pergola went kapoot courtesy of Hurricane Irene last year.

    Owning a home is an adventure, wouldn't you say?!

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  55. Your poor, poor pergola (new word for me)!

    I'm sorry that happened to something so beautiful that you created!

    Water damage is the worst! We have a mess under our sink right now and a bit of a mess down in our laundry because of a stinkin' leaky dishwasher. Dishwasher was replaced today, and hopefully water damage can be dealt with before baby gets here!

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  56. As much as I enjoy the "pretty" posts, I think ones like this are my favorite...even though I KNOW in my head that things aren't perfect in anybody's house, it can be easy to forget when looking at the perfectly styled pictures :) So thanks for your honesty -- it's refreshing!

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  57. You're busy making your home every day. So of course no one will judge you for the things you still have left to do. If I posted my undones, my post would be thrice as long!
    Blessings and energy to tackle your list this year!
    ~Leslie

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  58. ONE OF THE BEST POSTS YET! With the appearance of Pinterest and DIY/Decorating Blogs a girl can feel pretty overwhelmed and start to really not like her decor. It's nice to know that it's not all HGTV all the time! I'm sure you'll have everything looking great in no time...until then, thanks for sharing "real life"!!

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  59. Thank goodness....I thought I was the only one that had these issues! lol Thanks for sharing "real life." I had exactly the same pergola experience...it was hail for us, so very frustrating. Happy New Year :)

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  60. Thank you, I have never posted my house...maybe a peak every now and then but....not a hear is my ....home...you make me feel better..and my 2013 list is so long it feels like a Al bo tra z...thing.

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  61. I adore that you shared this. The whole time I was viewing the pictures I kept thinking back to an old Psychology professor I had that would say, "Only the secure can reveal every inch of themselves (or in our world, house) for they know they are secure in every aspect of their being and fear not the judgement of others" or something close to that. So see, not only are you a great decorator and blogger, you have it all together psychologically according to my dear old professor. You go girl! Melinda

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  62. Just a quick question. My sister has an extremely similar if not exact pergola. She takes it down every winter. The stakes stay in the patio. Ever think of taking it down?

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  63. Thanks for sharing the pics of the real deal - makes me feel better about all my unfinished projects and knowing that I'm not the only one. ha
    I actually gasped when I saw the picture of the downed pergola! Such a bummer!

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  64. As I looked at my own looong to-do list this morning, I decided to further procrastinate all my to-dos and visit your site. :) So glad I did-nice to know I'm not the only one that needs to fix my curtains that I sewed that don't quite hang the way I want them to, take down Christmas, finish the paint on the console table, etc etc.

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  65. Love this! I've been gathering pics for months for a post just like this. I'm hoping it will make me accountable! :)

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  66. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. If you want to feel better about your list, swing by here and see all the projects to be done in an 85-year-old house. So good to be reminded it's universal!

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  67. Thank you so much for sharing that you are NORMAL!! I often shy away from taking pictures of our house because it isn't "perfect", so I loved this! :)

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  68. This post literally made my day. Thinking of doing something similar myself now! It's amazing what some clever lighting and focus can do to a space to hide the imperfections. Don't forget, imperfection IS perfection!

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  69. It's the same single console - the second picture was obviously taken with a crazy lens. Count windowpanes, you'll see it's the same one. :)

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  70. Thanks for sharing that you're a real person with a real home just like me. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion

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  71. Oh Sarah, I'm so sorry about your gazebo! :((
    As others have said, here's hoping it can be
    repaired. I know how I felt when my much
    cheaper quality canopy/gazebo was ruined. So sad!
    Like you, I just loved my ' outdoor room'.

    I would think a post like this could be pretty
    discouraging for you. Maybe you need to do
    a special project (w/Dad, perhaps?) or spring
    craft to lift your spirits?

    Please be sure not to beat yourself up on the
    to-do list you showed us. I think it's pretty normal
    to have things that need attention like your
    baseboard, etc. Remember--you accomplish
    SO much!!

    Hugs to you!! Chrissy

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  72. Sarah, I'm sensing a common theme here - water doesn't like you (even in it's frozen state!) On the up side you now have a visual To Do List to work from. I bet a year from now you'll update all of us on the completion of these (and many more) projects. Happy New Year! ~ Dee @deeconstructed.com

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  73. I have to thank you for this post and the pictures too. Today, I was over-whelmed w/my project to-do list and feeling pretty defeated.

    I read this post and now I am back in the game.

    Thank you!!

    Kaye

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  74. Oh no! My dad lost a pergola thingy in a 10" snowfall recently ... which made me think "what moron doesn't take the canvas cover off the frame in the winter??" Now I know it's not just him. ;)

    Thanks for keeping it real!!

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  75. I think that just means you are a normal human being / home owner.

    Hoping that I can tackle a few of my never started and / or unfinished projects this year. I've two major ones that were created by the four-legged one both of which I've been stalling on due to finances. And I had forgotten about one of them until I read your post (yeah it's one of those that's only been like that for about 7 years.



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  76. I've found that the older I get, the easier it is to live with the flaws in my home. I figure I'll get around to repairing, painting whatever it is eventually and really, no one notices but me. And as for your beautiful rug, I realized long ago that I have dogs and will always have dogs. I've gone from oriental rugs to indoor/outdoor rugs, upholstered furniture to slipcovered furniture, dry clean throws to washable ones, etc, etc, etc. I am so much happier and my home looks just as good if not better, if I do say so myself!

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  77. Thanks for your humility and vulnerability! Helps us all feel better about ourselves !!!

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  78. I recently discovered your blog and just love everything about it! I guess I can relate because from afar my house looks great to everyone else but *I* know where all the shortcuts and skips are! LOL! Looking forward to enjoying more of your blog! I have added you to the blog list on my own (newly started) blog!

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  79. Thanks for this post. Your home is so beautiful and I love all the projects you've done, but its nice to see that it isn't just me with to-do list a mile long from the projects I've started and mostly finished or just from trying to keep up with the normal wear and tear of living in a house. Keep up the good work! And I, too, lost my pergola to a freak foot-fall of snow here in the south a few years ago. So sad :( But I bet your replacement will be even better!

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