Lifting and paint colors

Another fall weekend in the books.  It turned out to be really good weather, although a little brisk and windy for riding… boo.  I will not admit the season is over until December gets here, though, so the bikes are not brought in onto the trainers yet. 😀

There was just a lot of things done over the weekend. We got some Christmas shopping done at a craft show, did a bunch of other browsing and lots of home stuff.  Plus my weekend lifting workout:


Not that I was lifting those dumbbells…

This workout was chest, back and abs.

Exercise Set/rep/
Dumbbell incline chest press 3 sets of 10
Side bends 3 sets of 10
Dumbbell flat chest press 3 sets of 10
Single-arm dumbbell row 3 sets of 10
Incline dumbbell chest fly 3 sets of 10
Seated lat row 3 sets of 10
Dumbbell flat chest fly 3 sets of 10
 Reverse crunches  3 sets of 10

Company for bagels on Sunday!



One thing I love about our new home is being able to walk downtown.  It’s a mile walk to get there, so we can walk through most of the winter, as well.   As long is it is about about 25 degrees that is 😀  

When we walk back home, it still seems so weird that we own this house.



It doesn’t quite feel like home all the way yet.  That is one reason why we are working hard at getting the inside going. Once we put our stamp on stuff, it will seem more like all of it is ours.

I got a bunch of paint sample pots to try out for the living room.  Thank goodness for the sample pots!


We kind of narrowed it down to the 2 colors on the right.  While I like the boldness of the dark colors, I think it is too much, especially when you view the dining through the living room.  Plus, here is some of our art work and decor that will be going in this room:


We kind of have a purple theme going. That photo on the floor is one I took in New Orleans earlier this year and I got an enlargement of it.

And honestly, I cannot move anything around without Pixie running over to see what I am doing.  

Here is the picture that will be going over the couch:


I think the gray will  help the colors come out, but we are going to paint bigger  swatches after I get the wall prepped and see.  I could also get some beige/tan samples, but I don’t think we want to go that route.  Paint colors can be really hard!

I also scored a table for the nook!  I love to thrift shop, but so many times you leave empty handed. You just never know when you might find something.  Well, I  found this table!



It’s nice because we can open it for eating and drop the leaves after breakfast.  The best part?  This table was only $15!!!  I loves me a bargain!  Now I really need to find a couple of smaller chairs for this room.  That’s the next project -sourcing 2 smaller chairs for this r oom. I just need to be patient and keep my eyes open.

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25 thoughts on “Lifting and paint colors

  1. Kim

    I love your new table!!! And, $15 is awesome!
    The outside of your home is gorgeous – very inviting!!!
    So cool that you can walk downtown!

  2. Sandy

    Hi Lori I’m back after nearly 6 weeks with no computer so have been catching up on all your news. The kitchen looks amazing and you have a great garden to work with. Sample pots are great aren’t they? If you are wanting the colours in your artwork, couch to ‘sing’ or ‘pop’ I suggest you go with the purple. It’s a complimentary colour to the oranges in your painting (and in the browns of your couch) so it will intensify their colour. (I’m an artist so playing with colour is kind of my thing). They grey looks good too – you could always get a purple based grey for a similar effect. Hope that helps and doesn’t confuse you. Paint a bigger swatch that goes down to the level of your furniture so you can see it right against the wall colour and put the art work right up against the colour too to give you a good feel for what it will look like. Have fun!

  3. debby

    Sample pots! I have so many. I still hope to do something with all of them. I love that red vine going up the side of the house–is that something you will keep?

    Great buy on that table. Sometimes I like a thing even more when I got a bargain on it.

    Love that you can walk downtown for coffee.

    1. Lori Post author

      I love the look of the vine – that one is either grape leaf or virginia creeper. I don’t think we will keep it though, because the suckers are so hard on the wood trim. We have pulled a bunch down and it seems to be a mix of 3 or 4 different vines in there. It’s quite a mess LOL!

      I love bargains. They excite me more than winning at the casino 😀

  4. Helen

    Being able to walk for your coffee is the definition of functional exercise!

    Paint is hard and it’s so nerve-wracking (at least for me) as I know once it’s on the wall, it’s going to be there for a while. I think you’re smart to do bigger swatches.

    How do you feel about reverse crunches? I have a fairly strong core and I hate them.

    1. Lori Post author

      I love that we can walk when it is too cold to bike, so at least some exercise that we wouldn’t have gotten 😀

      I actually like reverse crunches. They are challenging, but I think it is cool that I can get my legs up so high just using my core muscles. I have to do them on a padded weight bench, though. Even with a mat on the floor, I don’t get enough padding on my bones.

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    The paint samples on the wall remind me of trying to find paint colors for our house. It’s a lot of fun but it feels like pressure (even though you can always paint over it). But when you find the right color, it’s just perfect.

    The purple goes with the paintings nicely but I think I like the gray for the contrast. Will be fun to see which you pick once you’ve seen larger samples on the wall! 🙂

    1. Lori Post author

      I know! I jut moved these items closer together to take a picture and she got all excited like she hadn’t seen them where they were before. She is so nosey!

  6. Linda E.

    The house is looking so amazing. I can’t even imagine beginning to redo a whole home a this point in my life. So we improvise with just one major project a year. Already trying to decide what will be in the spring. Your taste is so differnet than mine, yet I am drawn to all the style you have choosen in the new house. Thought I saw you in FE the other day, maybe picking up mail. Hoping for you that you do sell your house soon. However, miss ya all the same.

    1. Lori Post author

      Normally 1 big project is what we like to do too, but I guess the whole house is the big project LOL!

      I think people’s style is really a mixture of styles, so there can be elements that appeal in any decor even if it isn’t your main style.

      I doubt we will sell the house this year. FE real estate market is so, so dead right now. Hardly anything has sold in the last 2 months. Not what we were hoping for, but you only need 1 person to come in, right?

  7. Roz@weightingfor50

    $15????? What a smokin’ deal! I just LOVE Radiance Manor Lori. The Ivy growing on the outside is gorgeous! So cute that Pixie is in the thick of things! AWW! Have a wonderful week!!!!

  8. Fran

    I love the new table, what a great deal. It’s such a lovely spot for you to have breakfast in the morning. And cool that you can walk downtown, if you do that once you are almost on your 30 minutes of moving a day.

    I really love your new house and it’s great to see all the improvements you are making and turning it more and more into your own house.

    1. Lori Post author

      The nook is so nice and sunny. It’s really a great little room.

      It’s funny how so much of the house doesn’t feel like ours yet because the design choices they made are so far from what we like that it feels still like someone else’s house.

  9. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Fantastic score on the table!

    I agree on choosing paint colors. I get a little angry when the decorating shows and articles say, “Paint can always be changed, so don’t worry about it.” Most people don’t have $40/gallon to play with, not to mention the time required to repaint. Grrr.

    1. Lori Post author

      Paint is cheaper than knocking down walls or doing tile, so there is that. I know I can change the color, but with so many other rooms to do, it would be nice to like the one that goes up LOL!

  10. Yum Yucky

    I know you’re still working on the inside, but the outside look of you home is so charming! I love it. I never thought of actually painting splotches on the wall to decide on color. I’ve always pressed the colored cards against the wall. Doh! Your way is much better.

    1. Lori Post author

      I do love the outside of the house.

      Those sample pots really are great. For around $10, you can try 4 different colors on the wall and get a good idea. Sometimes I love a color on the card and then when I get the sample it doesn’t look so good 😀

  11. Biz

    That is an awesome thrift store find! I would love to walk to town – that’s the one thing I miss most about living in the “sticks” is that it takes about a 15 minute car ride to get anywhere.

    I vote for the grey – it would make the purple pop!

    1. Lori Post author

      Sometimes I want to live far away from people, but then I realize I do like to go places and not spend all day getting there.

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