My husband and I just returned from a trip to Paris, France. It was a wonderful trip. We were one of 59 associates in our company that earned this all expenses paid trip. What a luxurious trip it was, we were thoroughly spoiled. I have never experienced such generosity in any other company as I have in this one. You are truly family and treated with such love and respect. You will see how well we were treated in my photos, but to give you a hint: chauffeurs to transport us to and from the airport, business class & first class flights, Four Seasons George V Hotel accomodations, gifts: watch for men and Louis Vuitton for the women, guided tours, dinner cruise, private dinner at the Laurant Restaurant, private tour and cocktail party at Musee d’Orsay.
There is so much to see in Paris, and I know we did not see everything, but what we did experience during our visit was great. Besides going to some amazing sites, we walked all over and just experienced the culture. Of course the food was so good, I am sure I ate french bread everyday! I would recommend a trip to Paris or everyone. Here are some of the places we went:
Who loves do it yourself projects? Over the last 16 years I have painted parts of three different homes that we have lived in. I enjoy painting, the best part is when you are done and you can sit back with a satisfied feeling of a job well done. But I do have to admit that I said I would NEVER paint the house we are living in now. Why? Well one of the main reasons is that its larger than our previous homes with very high ceilings. I just thought it was too huge of a task to tackle on my own. But the color of the walls is a boring beige and I just couldn’t take it anymore. So I have been taking it one room at a time. I started with our long, long hallway. Then moved onto the media room. Just this last weekend I knocked out another room, our kitchen nook. I thought I would share my process and a few before & after pictures with you.
Paint! You have to pick the color, which was easy; it’s the same color I used for other parts of the house. Benjamin Moore Bennington Gray, Check! Brushes & roller: I picked up a new cutting in brush; I really like the 2 1/2 inch Wooster brush. Gloves, rags & ladder: I like to wear gloves to paint. It makes clean up a little easier. I have to have a rag too for those little mistakes I make. 😉 Drop clothes/plastic sheeting & tape: I used plastic sheeting this time rather than a drop clothe, I like both & I really like to use Frog Tape for taping down and if I need a fine edge. Okay so those are the main items I use to paint. After removing the furniture and taping down the plastic, I am ready to work!
FYI, I am not a professional painter, one of my closest friends showed me the ropes on my first house and I may do things a little differently than someone who is. But I enjoy the process and I love the after! Oh and the final picture below has my new chandelier from Restoration Hardware (on sale now). I have had this on my wish list for so long and finally I have it! We now have light to eat by too! 🙂