Friday, August 1, 2014

Ryane's Home


Yesterday we spent the afternoon at our daughter Ryane's home.  She asked her dad to help her install a chandelier she designed herself in her dining room.
She and her husband bought their first home in March.  Then they had their first child in May. 
Now just this morning I heard on the Today show that today's home buyers are the millennial generation and they want to move into their new home and start living.  The last thing they want to buy is a "project" home.
Well, in no way did our kids buy a "project" home.  But our daughter cannot live in a home without turning it into her own piece of art.  
As I sat there watching them work I started looking around at all the changes they've made to their new home.  I asked her if I could take some photos and asked if I could share some of the creative changes she has made, with the help of her trusting husband and handyman father.
Keep in mind, nothing is staged in these photos and they are completely spur of the moment.
At six months pregnant and teaching full time high school art, the first week they moved in they painted all the rooms, and then remodeled the kitchen.....
They replaced the cupboards on one wall with open shelving, bulldozed the old tile and replaced it with marble subway tile, and her dad cut her a butcher block counter top to replace the old counter.

Next was the stairway up to the attic master bedroom......
She stripped and varnished the steps, added mirror tiles, and stenciled the wall. 

Here is some of her art she found time to make and add to her home......

some porcelain ceramic pieces she made.....

and a baby gym for the coming baby boy......

The master closet was turned into a nursery....
side note, I made the crib quilt and knitted the man in the moon in the window.

Her most recent project; these awesome shelves.....
she completed with a lot of help from her dad, the awesome handyman and spectacular grandpa,
my husband Paul.

So now, you might be asking how that chandelier turned out.  Well......

gorgeous of course!


  1. Sorry I missed you. I had the pleasure of spending time with Ryane and Jools during lunch yesterday and she told me she would be hanging the chandelier later that day. After seeing the finished chandelier, I told Ryane it looks like the porcelain pieces are translucent making it even more beautiful than I thought it would be. It is gorgeous!

    1. I'm sorry we missed you too! She told me you came by. The chandelier did turn out awesome! She's thinks she needs more porcelain pieces but I think it's perfect. Of course, I could be biased.