Last Friday, my nieces Celia and Camille drove the Belletete's delivery truck on over and delivered the flooring (minus the Screamin' Pumpkin tile). I spent a lot of time angsting over my choice for the upstairs porch. Everyone told me to pick something that would not be damaged if water got on it. I listened because sometimes I go for aesthetics and make not the best choices (even if they are very pretty at first). My sister Nancy and I spent a stressful (for me) afternoon in the Belletete's showroom looking at all the choices. I was just overwhelmed with all that is out there to purchase.
What I really wanted was Vermont slate but just couldn't afford it right now. I chose an Armstrong cushion step vinyl that you lay down and don't glue. It sounded easy and practical (I can mop it easily not that I will). The pattern is called Amalfi and I chose the black color. It was quite reasonable for the look it gives and feels good on your barefeet when you walk on it. Kevin was here bright and early Monday morning to put it in. It went down so quickly I couldn't believe it.
After he left, I put one more coat of Spar Varnish on my fir beams but I had to use a drop cloth. I am a rather messy painter so I didn't want to ruin the brand new floor. I'm glad that is done because Spar Varnish stinks something awful.
My porch furniture has been under a blue tarp outside on the patio since the beginning of May. I untarped it all and gave it all a good bath. Here it is waiting to be moved in through the window which we didn't install. The furniture is way too big for any door in my house so this was our only choice. The cats are going to be very bummed because they love jumping out the open window opening.
It's getting closer to being done and I can envision every piece of furniture in its place and hosting lots of great dinners along with eating breakfast out there every morning. Fact of the matter is, we have been sitting on chairs at one of of portable farmer's markets tables for over a month now. It is an absolutely lovely space.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.