Monday, January 21, 2013

French Script Fabric and Coffee

I went to Hobby Lobby last week looking for some fabric to use in my guest room.  At this point I'm going with a black/white/grey theme.  I have a twin bed in there and I just ordered a white quilt and sham.  However, when I saw this off white/black French script fabric, I knew I had to have some. I wasn't sure in which room or how I was going to use this fabric at the time.  My new dining room rug came in on Saturday (which you can see a peek of in this picture) and since this stool usually stays in the Butler's Pantry, I wanted to keep my colors between the kitchen and dining room complimentary. 
So this was my chance to use my new fabric.  I also made a dish towel to match.  I bought 2 yards of the fabric, which was around $9/yard, but I used a 40% coupon, which is available online most weeks.  I may be going  back for some more.  This is a medium weight cotton and would be good for placemats and napkins also.
This is my Butler's Pantry area, which I use for a coffee/hot beverage bar.  I was excited to find this rooster creamer at Target on clearance a couple of weeks ago.

After checking Linda's picks at Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesday last week, and seeing how Ann at White Lace Cottage used a French Drying Rack, I just had to have one.  Of course, I also had to stick within my budget.  I remembered that World Market carried a smaller reproduction drying rack.  It isn't nearly as beautiful as Ann's, but at under $20 delivered to my door, I am very happy with it.  In case you want to order one online, the website said they were backordered 1 to 2 weeks, but I still received mine in a few days.  I ordered it Monday or Tuesday, and had it by Friday.

I also hung a framed burlap coffee sack.  And, since I hung it too high, I added a plate I found recently at Marshall's to balance things out.  :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have a lot of projects planned that I want to share, but I'm still working around contractors and the remodeling/repairs going on.  I am off work today for the holiday, but I have 2 plumbers in my master bath, and someone else laying flooring in the upstairs attic (so I can store more goodies :).  I'm pretty much restricted to my kitchen today, so I'm playing at the computer!   I hope to share my dining room updates next.  I have some chair painting to do first :)
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Kitchen Makeover


The kitchen makeover has been long overdue in my book.  When we were in the planning stages of building over 5 years ago, what seemed like a good idea at the time soon seemed quite the opposite.  I guess a lot of that can be attributed to my changing taste.  Anyway, I've had a new vision in my mind for quite some time and it is finally coming to fruition.  There is still some tweaking to do, but I guess that is what future posts are for, right?
I apologize if there are any duplicate pictures.  In the middle of my photo taking and editing, we were hit with a surprise tornado warning today here in  Middle Tennessee.  I shouldn't have been surprised since it was warm and balmy outside.  However, my daughter was on her way back to school from the airport, and my son and his girlfriend were out shopping and lunching!  Mother mode kicked in and I had to locate everyone and tell them at least 101 times to take cover and stay off the road :) 

The big changes here are color, light fixtures and window treatments. 
I changed out a more rustic chandelier for one with a little more glam factor.
I also got rid of the ceiling fan/light fixture over the kitchen island.  I felt like it was just too much clutter for the ceiling.

I painted the island and the table the same Perfect Greige as the walls.


The island was custom made out of antique doors and flooring.

The bead board back splash was added.

The curtains were swapped for blinds.  I was aiming for a more simple but elegant look overall

One of the more significant look changers was the new chairs from Ballard Designs.  They replaced the 2 arm chairs, and I added a yard sale bench I already had to replace 2 of the side chairs.

This is an old ceiling tile we used behind the pot filler.


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Sunday, January 6, 2013

A New Ottoman Coffee Table

I had a little Christmas money to spend, so I headed to Marshall's.  Normally I find the biggest furniture selection at TJ Maxx, but on this particular day there must have been a recent shipment, because Marshall's was packed with great pieces.  Lots of benches, chairs, etc.  I saw several pieces I could have used, but a new coffee table to go with my new sofa was high on my list.  This oval tufted ottoman was just what I was looking for.  The color, size and shape are perfect for my new furniture and arrangement in our living room. 

This piece is perfect for what I want to use it for.  However, it isn't super sturdy and I wouldn't recommend anyone sit on it.


I've been craving a little pop of color in this room.  I was thinking about painting the small dresser a soft blue or green, pulling from the colors in a couple of the paintings in this room.  You all have painted some wonderful pieces that I've been drooling over on your blogs.  I'm feeling inspired!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

A Vintage Milk Crate

I was so excited to get this vintage milk crate full of bottles from Pam at Christmas!  I had planned to show pictures of it sooner, but I've been off-my-feet sick for the last week, as so many seem to be.  My projects and plans I was excited to get to had to be put on hold.  I did manage to pick up some flowers at the grocery and take some pictures just before it hit me, so I had a little something to work with for a post.
This is from an old dairy in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Pam said she found it at an antique store in Bardstown.
It still had 11 of its 12 bottles.

Pam actually spilled the beans to me about a week before Christmas that this was my gift.  But, I had not set eyes on it until Christmas morning, so it was still a great surprise. When we were children, Pam was the one that would unwrap the ends of her gifts under the tree, just to see what she was getting.  Of course she would tape the ends back, so our mother wouldn't notice. :)

  Hopefully I will be up to completing some things on my project list soon!  With all the work going on around the house up until the day before Thanksgiving, then going into Christmas decorating, I have a very long list.  And, my bathroom is scheduled to be gutted on Tuesday!
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