Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Kitchen Reveal

Hello! 
Is is really September?
This Summer really flew by.

Two years ago,
we did a little kitchen refresh.
Because I tend to disappear
from the blog from time to time,
I never shared it here for you to see,
so today is the day it'll make its debut.

I painted my cabinets white
some 9 years ago.
They are old cabinets, original
to this house built in 1933.  
I never want to part with them because
they are huge and can house so many dishes.

There were a few things I knew for sure:

 I hated my blue tile backsplash,
       I hated my brown linoleum flooring,
I hated my wood look countertops,
I'm not a stainless steel appliance girl. 

I wanted fresh & clean & white.
But....
here's where I differ from the rest of the white kitchen groupies...
I really, really love color too.

Come take a peek:


Now let me give you a few less than flattering
before pictures so you can get some perspective here.

Here's that brown linoleum:
(please forgive the mess)


Here's that blue tile backsplash and those awful countertops:
(please forgive the pile of dishes drying in the sink)


And the same view now:


Much better, huh?

How I love my white subway tile and quartz countertops!


No more brown linoleum either!


I apologize for the reflection in the glass cabinet doors below.
They are so hard to photograph.



So that is my kitchen reveal.
Not a major reno, 
but enough to make a huge improvement
and most importantly,  
 enough to make me happy.

 Thanks for coming by today.
I'll be back soon  because hey, 
it's time for Fall décor!




Sunday, July 1, 2018

Red, White & Blue

We are in the midst of a heat wave
to rival all heat waves!
I'm not sure how to handle it,
we aren't used to it around here. 
Below freezing, we can handle, 
98 degrees, not so much. 

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I've come to the conclusion that I enjoy 
decorating for the 4th of July.   

I've also come to the conclusion that I enjoy it 
because I really like the colors of red, white & blue.  
There's something about them...




So do you like to decorate for the 4th?

Wishing you a fun & safe holiday!



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer Mantel & Living Room

Summer is finally here! 

I wish I could say I was enjoying it,
sitting by the pool, sipping lemonade and reading a good book, 
but it seems between work & my son's baseball games,
there is time for little else.

I wanted to share my mantel & living room.
I went with blue & white and
I must admit, I love this color combination.


In April, I had my heart set on going
with a peach & aqua color scheme for Summer.
I was ahead of the curve, for once.
I started gathering items & sewed new pillow covers.

And then....
in May, I started clearing out my Spring décor
& began adding the peach & aqua décor.

Oh what a fail!! 
 I hated it even before I finished it!

I quickly took everything down & decided 
blue & white was the way to go.

I have to laugh because I've been seeing
a lot of blue & white around lately.
I guess I chose well. 


I'm toying with the idea of changing the curtains to 
coordinate with the blue & white theme, 
but I'm not sure if I'll be looking to change 
everything up again once Fall arrives.
Decisions, decisions.

 I rarely show this side of the room,
so here goes...
even if it is an off center picture!

I really hope you are enjoying your Summer so far!
Thanks for visiting me today. 


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Master Bedroom Refresh

Hello sweet friends!

Since I've taken many blog breaks over the past year or so,
I realized I have not shared a bunch of updates done around here.
(I may eventually need to do an updated home tour.)

So, today I'm going to start with the master bedroom.

Here is what the bedroom looked like before:



We had very dark mahogany furniture.

I somehow managed to convince my husband
that the furniture needed to go.
However, when we began shopping I realized
that the dressers nowadays seemed very small.
The drawers seemed very small as well.

You have to understand, we live in an old house.
Closet space is practically non existent in old houses,
so dressers need to store a lot.

After much thought, I decided to paint our furniture.
My husband was not crazy about this idea, but
I went ahead with it.

We painted the walls Cottonwood by Ralph Lauren.
Then the furniture got covered by
Annie Sloan's chalk paint in Pure White.
We bought an upholstered head board and
a chandelier and just like that,
a completely different look.


We were going to change out all the original brass handles 
on the drawers for new hardware, 
but decided to keep them instead.


And because I'm nothing if not real,
I'm showing you this picture...
I like a TV in the bedroom.



I'm am so happy with how it all turned out.
It feels so much lighter & brighter now.

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Spring, At Last

I'm pretty sure that my title today may have
been uttered by more people this year than ever before.
It sure did take its sweet time coming.

My living room made an easy transition from Easter
to Spring this year. I just subtracted all the Easter
décor, and added in Spring décor. 
So easy!  
The color palette stayed the same which also made it easy.






Thanks for visiting me today.
I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Springtime!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Easter Home Tour 2018

Welcome!

With Easter being so early this year,
I decided not to waste any time decorating.
In fact, I started the minute I took down
my Valentine's Day decor.

Here's the tour
and I promise to keep the chatter to a minimum.


The living room & mantel:


I went with a yellow & green theme in the living room.
It's so nice to see some color in the house after all the white
of Winter, not to mention all the white
the Nor'easter left us on Friday!
Ugh.




The dining room & sitting room:








That's all I have for today.

Thanks for stopping by
and I do hope you're having
beautiful Spring weather where you live.

See you soon!



Monday, January 29, 2018

Valentine's Day Dining Hutch

Hello friends!

I did a little Valentine's Day decorating...
just a little, nothing over the top or anything.

I went so white & neutral with my decor after Christmas
 that seeing the reds & pinks of Valentine's Day
has been a welcome change!


I don't think there's anything new here.
It's the same Valentine's Day elements 
I've used for several years, just switched up.


I made the flowered heart wreath & the stuffed hearts
(all out of felt & fleece) quite a few years ago.
I never really tired of them,
so here they are again. 


Have you decorated for Valentine's Day yet?
Do you go all out or do you prefer "just a little", like me?

Have a wonderful day & thanks for visiting!

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