How To Decorate a Victorian Home?

I’ve decided that I will stop worrying about the outside of the house for now.  I can’t do anything about Mother Nature.  The roof will be done when it gets done:)

So, instead of obsessing about things I can’t do anything about, at the moment, I think that I should start thinking about the inside of the house.  We have all of the original woodwork and most of the fixtures, but pulling it all together, is a real challenge for me.  I am very challenged, in the area of decorating.  I want things what look like they might have been around when the house was built, but I also need things that are sturdy and practical.  The boys are really hard on furniture, lol, not to mention the dog and cats.

So, let’s start with the master bedroom.  Right now, I have a very generic head-board & footboard, mis-matched dressers, 2 bookshelves and a nightstand.  Nothing matches.  The curtains are a bit on the tacky side as well.

I did find this site,  that has a lot of  the sort of nice furniture I have in mind, but some of it was just way to nice to even think about getting while the boys are still so young.

Have you ever been just looking around, with no intent to actually buy anything, and then, you see something, that you must have? 

That happened to me.  I think I must have seen about 200 things I must have, right now. I will of course, show Bill, but the odds are that right now with the roof being done, is not going to want to go on a shopping spree.  That’s why wish lists were created.:)  I can’t wait to show Bill and see what he thinks.  I have a feeling he would lean more towards the wood furniture, we will see.

I really like more simple things, when decorating.  Actually, I should probably say I would like more simple, tasteful things, if I did actually decorate.

There are just so many things I want!  Really beautiful, antique looking dressers and night stands, that if the boys ever move out, I want!

So, If I am getting a new bed, I am going to need new bedding.  Found some!

Did you know she had bedding?  I had no idea, but I like it.  I love the prices!  Really, I love them.  I think I paid more for the set I am using now, and it is not half as nice.  I am a beige, browns and red sort of person, but I really don’t like having to pay outrageous amounts for a bedding set that is going to see a lot of use.  Looking that those reminded me that,  I have a wedding present to buy.  I really don’t know what I should get the happy couple.  Comforter set?  I don’t think I really know their tastes well enough to pick out sheets.  But, maybe something useful?  How about  I know a lot of people who need laptop desks.   If I owned a laptop, I would want one. 

Picking out gifts for other people is difficult.  I have a hard time picking things out for myself.  At least I was able to get several good ideas, that I can sit down and discuss with Bill.  Plus, I am not thinking about rain.

>Easter Sunday, The Roof gets started, Victorian Colors & Garden started

>Alrighty then, got a bit of gardening done yesterday.  Got the Irises, Sweet William & some Marigolds planted around the maple tree in the front.  I figure they should be safe from the roofers there.  We also 2 rows of wax beans planted.  So we are well on our way to getting the garden planted.  The boys and I will see what else we can get in today.  I need to figure out where I can safely put my herb garden so it doesn’t get trampled. 
Everything is all set to start the roof.  They should be able to start Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the weather.  It should only rain thru Wednesday, so hopefully the forecast will hold and they can start.  I think the dumpster is scheduled to be delivered Thursday regardless.  We have settled on some colors, I think, but who knows.  We are a ways off from painting. 
Bill has figured out what he is going to do about the porch.  In order to get the North column back in plum,  he has to replace a joist, and re-deck the porch, which he was going to do anyway.  That however, can wait until after the roof is done. 
Passover was awesome!!!!  It was so good to see everyone, well almost everyone.  Barry had to work, so that was depressing, but the food was good and the boys were fairly well behaved 🙂  We didn’t get home till after 11pm which I knew was going to be a problem and it was.  Sam and Mama alone, in the house for long periods of time, usually means trouble of one kind or another.
Apparently, Sam had problems holding it till we got home.  It was a mess.  I ended up staying up till almost 2 am cleaning up pee, crap & blood.  Not sure what Sam did this time to annoy Mama, but she was a bloody mess.  The couch is micro-suede, and it took forever to get the blood off of it. Glass Cleaner is what I finally had to use.  I know sounds strange, but it worked.  I just had no idea a dogs ears could bleed that much.  I think Mama isn’t just scratching her, I think she is biting her.  I think we might want to consider a life insurance policy on Sam, just in case.  They seemed to have worked it out by the time we got home, because they were both hanging out on the couch, watching me clean. 
We discovered yesterday, that the kitten Gravy, is in fact a girl, not a boy as we had originally thought.  Which gives Gravy a much better chance of getting into the house.  Bill is a sucker for girls 🙂
It looks like half of the mud from outside, is now inside.  The boys kept running in and out yesterday, so I am going to have some massive cleaning to do today.  If I was smart I would wait until we are done outside today to clean it up.  But, I can see the chunks of mud all over the floor and it is starting to get on my nerves lol.  But, this is one reason we only have wood floors, its easy to clean 🙂
I might well go ahead and do it now.  The boys are actually occupying themselves in their room and besides it is sprinkling now.  We may have to wait a few days to plant anyway. 
Well, its already 9am and I haven’t gotten anything done today, I want to get alot of crap done today, just in case tomorrow doesn’t go well.
I still have hopes that the doctor can do whatever repair work he needs to do without keeping me in the hospital more than a few hours.  I guess we’ll find out tomorrow afternoon 🙂 
Anyway, I better get busy.  Happy Easter 🙂

>Allergies, Gravy, Vacation and Contractors Galore

>There is alot of sniffling going on.  Snot galore.  Aden has perfected the Sinus Salute.  That’s where he pushes his nose up with his hand. Not sure if he thinks that will push the snot back in or what.
But, its not just Aden, we all seem to be suffering.  I just love pollen. 
Nana & Papa are heading down to the lake for vacation and have decided that they want to take Aden with them.  I wish they would take Evan too, but the both of them together are way to much for Nana to handle for a week.  Evan is still in full maniac mode.  But, if I can figure out how to control Aden’s allergies by tomorrow afternoon, I guess I will let him go.  Its good for the boys to have time apart.  There is alot less fighting when they are separated lol.
Gracie has been bringing the kitten, Gravy to the door several times a day and during the night as well.  She cries, then he cries.  I think she may be biting him to make him cry.  She wants us to let Gravy in.  I don’t think so.  Mama did that to us, twice.  First when she dropped off Gracie & Monkey, and then again when she brought Dart.  I am not taking care of the baby for her.  She stole it, she can take care of it.  I have my own babies to take care of.

The roofer did in fact show up yesterday.  So the final contact was signed, the colors picked out, the shingles selected.  We are just not clever enough to come up with the typical seven colors used on Victorian houses.  We did pick out four.  That’s about as gaudy as I can get. 
But, and there always is a but, we can’t start the roof until the porch columns are leveled back out.  I wanted to know why that wasn’t brought up last year when we were getting the estimates for the roof and was told that they have settled alot more since then and will have to be fixed first, before we rebuild the roof.  If we don’t, then it will be a waste of time doing the roof, because if we try and jack up the porch roof later, it will damage the roof.  Lovely, just flippin’ lovely. So I spent yesterday trying to track down companies that do mud jacking.  My first estimate is at 11 this morning.  I have a total of 6 companies coming out.  Bill was impressed.  Why I don’t know, maybe  its because I have no problem just calling people.  He doesn’t like the phone very much, and I am pretty sure if I left it up to him, we’d be waiting till next May before we saw any contractors :).  He’s really not that bad, but he does really hate calling people :).
The good thing about mud jacking is that it can be done in any weather, so we won’t be stuck waiting until it’s nice to get it done.  The only issue we may run into is the fact that the columns are set on top of bricks.  But, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.  I only hope that this doesn’t run through the  budget have set for the rest of the outside work.  Like the fence.  I really, really need that fence.  Sam has slipped her collar 2 days in a row. I am very tired of chasing her.  The collar is as tight as I can get it. 

As far as Aden making the 3-4 hour trip, I can’t decide what to do about his car sickness.  The pediatrician said Dramamine was fine to give him. But, I looked up the dosage and that is about what a dose of Benedryl is for him.  Maybe I’ll save the money on the Dramamine and just give him a dose of benedryl.  Its the same active ingredient.  I’ll have to call his doctor to see for sure, since he is taking claritin as well.  I know that when my allergies get really bad I can take both.  But then I’m alot bigger 🙂

Whatever, I am sure it will work out fine.