Thursday, February 2, 2012

Back in Florida!

What could possibly be so interesting to these grown men?  I mean, they are staring intently at the asphalt!  Why, they're deciding on the exact spot for the new gas hook up to the building which will fuel the on-demand hot water unit. 

Fred Dion, general contractor (in white), Jim Lewis, hubby (in red) and Teco Gas employee (in green)

It's funny, these units are wildly popular in Florida and in Europe, but not in Maryland.  You do away with the big hot water heater so that this little hot water gadget that is about the size of a large cereal box will supply the hot water. 

We arrived on Sunday evening at about 7:30 p.m.  So far we've ...
:: celebrated Laura's joy over getting engaged!  Matt and Laura were giggling like school kids!
:: met with the general contractor about a dozen times
:: met with the metal roofing guy for an estimate on ribbed metal roofing for the awning
:: went to the retail fixtures place and got a steal on glass shelving units for the enamels
:: made several trips with the car to pick up shelving
:: ordered plastic jars so David can start weighing and labeling enamels to build up inventory in Florida
:: met with the owner of the Foodies store to purchase his reception desk/check out area
:: took several walks in our special areas of St. Pete ... the weather is gorgeous!

It's hard to show you anything substantial about the shop/studio yet, but here's a photo of the bathroom!

Here's the trim on the walls for the retail space. 

Here are doors that I've carried hither and yon and will be used in the space.  Who knows how ... but I'll figure out a way!  My family secretly wishes I'd "lose" those doors!

 A great shabby chic display case for jewelry.  Love this!  

A great folk art kinda thing for beads.  Since it's a stepped cabinet, when you pull out each drawer, it doesn't cover up the contents of the beads in the drawer below.  Notice the classy water bottle in the background ... gotta stay hydrated!

That's all folks!  Talk to you later. 


Courtney said...

Looks great! The stepped cabinet is wonderful!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Oh no dearie - as you know those doors are fantastic! I'm sure you'll come up with something and they'll eat their words. :) Enjoy your time AND the weather.

Kay said...

Sweet! Congratulations!

Sharon Driscoll said...

Wow, that is really coming along! I love the Shabby Chic doors...LOL on the kids. I've added your blog to my blog it.

Molly Alexander said...

I am so excited for youand your family Barbara - everything looks amazing!

The doors are FABULOUS - don't you DARE get rid of them! I have one in my guest bathroom that I changed into a towel rack. My hubby thought I was crazy (and he may be right), but I love how it turned out.

:) Molly

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love, love, love those doors! I agree don't get rid of them, they are fantastic! Love the little photo tour and so excited for you!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

You got all that accomplished since Sunday?! Holy cow! Love the doors and the cabinets. See you Sunday for the workshop!


KayzKreationz said...

Everything looks like it's going well. Love the doors and cabinet. I would never get rid of those door either.

Barbara Lewis said...

Thanks for your encouragement ... it is greatly appreciated!

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Barbara, LOVE your space and the excitement going on, how fun for your whole family. Change is hard, but its coming together. Love the doors too, you are right to keep them! They will be fab for some wonderful purpose. Sending a big hug your way south, Riki

mairedodd said...

first of all, congratulations to laura! how wonderful...
and those doors are so incredibly beautiful... glad their secret wish was denied! :0)
your shop will be beautiful... sounds like things are coming along wonderfully...

Stories They Tell said...

It's so fun to see the progress you've made-- if you ever decide to "lose those doors" I'll take 'em! They are fabulous and I've never seen panel doors quite like them. You have a great eye for everything, Barbara! I can't wait to see the finished project.