Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cabinet Makeover

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share a cabinet makeover in my kitchen.  I am replacing some of the black painted pieces in my kitchen with grey.  It flows better with the rest of the house and makes the space lighter, which I like.  I'm still keeping some black in my kitchen though.  The first thing I changed were the cabinets that store my dishes. 

This area of my kitchen doesn't get as much light, so I'm very happy with the lighter color.

I like that this area looks like a hutch above the counters.

On the opposite side of the room, above the stove, I repainted the inside of the cabinets grey as well.

Then I repainted this little table that holds baking items.

I still have one more item in here to repaint.  I'm leaving the computer cabinet black though.
In case you are wanting to know the paint color I used it is Sherwin Williams, Fawn Brindle.   

Also, today is a special day for me and my husband.  It is our 26th wedding anniversary!  He gave me these pretty flowers yesterday since he has to work today (24 hrs @ the fire dept.) and we will go out tomorrow night to celebrate.  

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!  We are celebrating early (at my inlaws) because hubby has to work on Easter.  Boo Hoo!  That's the price you pay for being married to a fire fighter.  So, it will be a busy weekend for us.  I've got some baking I must do in preparation for it too.  

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blue Transferware

Hello everyone!

On a shopping trip to one of my favorite stores recently, I stumbled upon these gorgeous plates.

I was smitten with them for two reasons.  I love transfer ware and I love this particular shade of blue.  It's a light powder blue instead of the darker cobalt blue that I usually see.

I don't have much blue in my house, but I like it in small doses.  So, I decided to purchase two of these (which is all they had).  Want to see how they look in my kitchen?

At first, I had one in here and the other on my mantel, but decided I like the symmetric look of them flanking the stove.

What's even better is what's on the back of the plates.

You see, the store I was shopping at is not an antique store.  These are new plates!  I thought it would say they were made in China or something.  But they're made in England.  Who knew?  Want to know where I found them and how much I paid?  

Ta-da!  Not bad huh?  Home Goods came through again!  

I'm liking the "English" accent they bring to my kitchen.

Guess I should whip up some shepherd pie or something now.  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly~

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Props for Plants

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  I've been busy making changes to my bedroom once again because I'm getting ready to re-paint it.  I keep fighting the green color and busy floral design of the comforter and I'm not winning!  So..........I'm going to repaint my room (probably white) and I've already made several changes to my room.  White bedding to go with the new shams, burlap drapes, de-cluttered table tops etc. I brought in pops of color through flowers.  I want a feminine farmhouse style bedroom.  Here is a sneak peek (minus the new wall color).  The wall color is going to completely change the room.

I also wanted to share some ideas for enhancing your plants around your home.  I like to use different containers for height, or texture.  I think the container is just as important as the plant/flower that you put in it.  It should fit the style of the room as well as the size of the space it's going in.

Here is the newest one on my coffee table.

These flowers fit in this basket perfectly without obstructing our view of the TV.  The basket adds much needed texture to a mostly white room.  

Another look I love is a concrete style container.  This one is small and holds a fern in the foyer.

In my sitting room, I added this concrete looking capital.  It gives interest to the plants and well as height.

In my dining room, I used my olive bucket to hold lavender bushes.  It's a nice alternative to the pillows that were on the bench before.

Also, I found if you have a plant that you like but it's just a wee bit too small on it's own, you can place it in a larger container and it will give it more substance.  Such as this little plant in a larger white bowl.

I don't like a lot of tchotchkes so I guess that's why I like to decorate with flowers and plants so much.

I know a lot of you have been still putting up with snow in your area.  It has been cold and windy here too.  Is ANYONE feeling Spring weather yet???!!!  We're supposed to get pine straw delivered and spread out today despite the windy conditions.  This should be interesting!  I'm just happy that I don't have to do it this year though.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Why Do I Even Bother?

Hello everyone!

Why do I even bother to waste my time looking through other magazines when the best one out there (FOR ME) is this one!

Time and time again, I search for inspiration at the newsstand.  I usually find more of what I'm looking for right here in good ole blog land!  But then, this magazine comes to my door and all bets are off.

Pages and pages of nothing but beautiful images.

I think it is unmatched for the inspiration that it brings me. It comes from the very country where this style originated from in the first place.  So, it's no wonder that I love it!  All translated in English so I can sit down and get lost in the pages.  

Do you covet this magazine too?

If you like this style, and have never ordered this magazine (not available in most stores), you are truly missing out.  

Did I mention there are no pesky ads or little cards that fall out of it too?  Don't you hate those?  

Here is my own stash.  I NEVER throw them away!

Now, you know what I will be doing this weekend!  

Sources for this magazine:

(I am not getting paid to promote this magazine.  These are just my own thoughts towards this publication.)

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Two is Better than One

Hello everyone!

Recently, a blog reader contacted me to see if I wanted to purchase a pillow sham from her.  It matches the one that I already purchased from Ballard Designs a few months ago.  I was excited about the offer because they no longer sell it anymore and I was interested in getting another one at an affordable price.  She found one on sale, but decided it was too large for her space.  So, after she contacted me, I gave it some thought and then gladly said "YES"!  

So, now that I have two of these shams, I brought mine back (from the foyer) and onto my bed to sit beside the new one.  That's right.............two is better than one!

And with that, came other changes to the bedroom.  With the busy design of the shams, the floral paintings above the headboard made it look too cluttered.  So, down they came and my cow canvas (from over my fireplace) got hung up instead.  

There is just something about burlap and cows that go together to me!  I also changed out my lampshade to a burlap one too.

Some old books in a wicker tray and greenery complete the other side of the bed.

So, I'm very happy with the end result.  And most of all...........I'm very happy that my blog reader called me before sending it back to the store.  (Thank you Pat!)

Hope you're having a great week so far!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

I've Got Your Number

Hello everyone!

Hope you're having a nice St. Patrick's Day.  It is pretty here today but is supposed to rain tomorrow.  Guess I should really be outside enjoying what's left of the nice weekend rather in here on the computer!  LOL!  

Remember when I ordered some numbers from Decor Steals a while back?  I wanted to use them on my  wire wall organizer.  Well, they FINALLY arrived!  I have been busy placing numbers on everything.  Nothing is safe around here.  So, let's see where they all ended up.

This is a close-up of one of the number tags.  I received a set of 0-9. They are made of metal and the edges are distressed.  They're supposed to mimic the old bakery numbers you would get for your order.

I tied a number on each pocket.

I found several other places I could use them. 

It has been fun deciding where to hang them.  So, if you need a number, I've got plenty!  

Hope the rest of your weekend is great!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Newest Love

Hello everyone!

I got quite a deal on this gorgeous Santos Cage Doll.  I recently started thinking about getting one after seeing them in some homes that I liked.  I like them best in a grey and white serene setting.  So, since that is my color scheme, I thought it would be fitting to have one of my own!

I love how distressed and old she looks.  She is really just a reproduction of the authentic ones. 

She looks great in so many places, but I think I like her here best.  I'm sure she will visit other areas of the house in the future though.  LOL!

In this location, you can see her on all sides.  

Of course, this means that I changed the top of this dresser up to accommodate her.  

But, I don't mind a bit.  I'm happy to have her.  I'm not a doll person, but I like this style.  She seems more sculptural and more like a piece of art than a "doll" to me.  

I enjoyed reading up on the history of the Santos doll too.  If you are interested, here is the link.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Picture Change

Hello everyone!

By now, you know how much I like to change things up around my house.  I often change things according to the season too.  With Spring around the corner, I decided to lighten up the mantel just a tad with a smaller and lighter picture.  I had a cow canvas hanging above it, but was ready for something lighter for now.  Don't worry, the cow canvas is safe and sound until I decide to use it again.  LOL!  

The good thing is that I have my grey painted cabinet doors propped up on the mantel which allows me to use smaller scale items without them looking too small. It creates a frame for other objects.  

So I placed my small botanical print that was hanging in the powder room in place of the cow canvas.  It allows more of the grey cabinet doors to show which really lightens up the space for Spring and Summer.

It would look completely lost without the cabinet doors behind it.  I love a layered look above the mantel anyway.

So, with moving that picture out of the powder room, I was left with an empty spot on the wall to fill.  I found this darling little deer picture to hang there.

I love the distressed frame and the subtle colors in the picture.

I thought about using this one over the mantel, but the actual picture size is smaller even though the frame is larger.  Does that make sense?  It didn't have the impact that I was looking for.  So, I think it's perfect in here instead.

No, this is not the picture I've been waiting on either!  I believe it is on a slow boat from China right now.  LOL!

I hope you enjoyed your visit here.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

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