Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chrystal Chandelier for Sale!

***SOLD***


As I mentioned yesterday, I have a few changes up my sleeve for our little cottage.  Fall is not far away and I want to warm this place up over time with more textures, accessories, and rugs.  One of the changes is the chandelier in the dining room.  I placed an ad in our local paper and it is listed on craigslist.


We ordered the chandelier from Elite Bohemia and it normally retails for around $1000.  It has 12 lights and all crystals are in excellent condition.  No chips or scratches.  We are letting it go for $325.  This is a GREAT DEAL.


If you are interested, email me.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Southern Living Idea House

The latest issue of Southern Living arrived just in time for our trip to the mountains last Friday.  When I laid my eyes on the most recent idea house, my heart skipped a beat.  I have long been an admirer of Tracery, the design firm behind the beautiful before and after farmhouse project - and they did not disappoint.  I won't show you all of the pictures - just a few of my favorites.












I have officially lost count on how many different times I have poured through these images, studying every detail.  And just like that, I want to return to a neutral color pallet in our home.  Somebody slap me.

If you would like to see the full slide show of the tour, go here.  There is also a video that goes into more detail with additional views.  The house is located in Senoia, GA. and will be open for tours now through December. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wild Caught Salmon With Avocado Salsa


All I can say is YUM!  Pinterest has been the best place to find new recipes.  I may as well cancel my Cooking Light subscription because honestly, when I want to try a new recipe, I look on Pinterest.  Rick and I really enjoy cooking together and find ourselves alone many evenings in the summer now that the boys are older and more social.  Last night we tried the grilled salmon with avocado salsa recipe that I pinned a while back.  We were in luck because our local Harris Teeter had wild caught salmon on special.  If you have never tried the wild caught salmon - the difference is amazeballs (Julia, I stole your saying).


We prepared the salmon according to this recipe and made a few modifications of our own.  One change was that we added fresh, raw corn cut off the cob.   The other difference is that I completely forgot to add cilantro which would have sent this dish over the edge.  I was bummed too because we have it growing in the garden.  Next time.  We had polenta as a side which we both agreed went perfectly with the salmon.




And, just in case you are into food and wine pairings, we highly recommend Ménage á Trois, Rose to go with this dish. 

That's all for now party people.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Drop Cloth - Still Lovin' It

We all know how wonderfully economical and versatile drop cloth can be when it comes to sprucing up a room, right?  Well, in case you have been under a rock and have not heard of The Little Green Notebook blog, you might have missed Jenny's BHG feature on using drop cloth to make curtains.  Did you see it?  Jenny is one of my all-time favorite bloggers, so needless to say I was elated when I saw that she mentioned my striped curtains in her article.  My inner DIY goddess just did a cartwheel.  Thank you Jenny!  Now I wish I hadn't sold them in the yard sale, darn-it.


In case you are new to my blog or just want to walk down memory lane, here are a few links to projects I have featured using drop cloth:






What have you made using drop cloth?  Email me with your projects and I will pick a few to feature.


Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see what I can make out of drop cloth....

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My Paint Colors - the Exterior


Every week or so, I receive an email or a question on Houzz about the colors on the exterior of our little cottage.  I'm pretty sure that I've covered the door color a couple hundred times - I apologize in advance to my regular readers :).

The exterior wall color isn't that easy which might explain why I have never mentioned it.  Our house was this color when we moved in 16 years ago.  When we need paint, we take a chip of paint  from the house to the paint store and have it color matched.  Unfortunately I do not currently have a can of paint with the color formula or I would share that.  However, I did find the closest Benjamin Moore match(es).  Please keep in mind the actual paint chips may look completely different depending on your computer settings.

China White only my house is a tiny bit darker.

OR somewhere between Going to the Chapel...

and Early Morning Mist


The door color is Stratton Blue.

  The trim color is regular white exterior trim paint.  The shutters are black.  The shingles are black architectural.

I hope this helps for anyone wondering.

We have plans to update the shutters one of these days.  The ones on the house now are not the correct scale.  Did you know that shutters, when closed should meet in the middle of the window?  Well, ours don't.  We also want to add back the original hardware to hold the shutters open like this...


Have you ever priced out "real" shutters?  Yowzers.  One day.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Accessorizing Upper Cabinets - What to do?

While working with clients on kitchen updates, I often hear the question, "What should I put on top of my kitchen cabinets?"  My first thought is - nothing.  And whatever you do, don't stick a fake fern up there.  This is a time when the old "less is more" rule applies.

If I had my preference, I would choose a cabinet that reaches the ceiling like the one below.


This image came from the tumblr hole.  If anyone knows the original source, please let me know.


My second option would be to leave the space free and clear of tchotchkes as seen in the image above.

Or like this image...


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Here is a great example of  upper cabinets that are positioned a foot or more below the ceiling.  The placement of the Roman shade draws the eye upward leaving no reason for additional items to distract you.


The large majority of us are working with what we have until we can do what we really want.  In this case, for those who have cabinets that do not reach the ceiling and feel the need to accessorize the upper cabinets, I recommend going with groups of like things.  Collections.


Micheal Penney scored bigtime upper cabinet points with this collection of baskets.  They work well in contrast with the white cabinets and help move the organic textures around the kitchen.


Here is another example using baskets.  This time all the same size.  Kinda fun seeing them marching in a row.  I like the numbered chalk labels too.  Could be a great way to store extra items that aren't used every day.


Collections of ironstone, milkglass, pottery, and cake stands are all examples of things that would work above the upper cabinets.

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Colored glass works especially well on white or maple cabinets where contrast is needed and it's also a great way to bounce an accent color around the room.

If you happen to be a do-it-yourselfer with mad carpenter skills - you might consider adding height to your cabinets.  This kitchen went from this...


to this with a little elbow grease and a trip to Lowes.  


Read more about this project here.

So now it is your turn.  How do you feel about accessorizing the upper cabinets?  Yes, no, maybe so or somewhere in the middle?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Design Archives & Lamp Shade Inspiration

I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you before running out the door this morning.  We have another busy weekend ahead so I'll try to keep it short.

The other day I popped into Design Archives to see what was new.  This sunny little vignette made me smile.  How fun are those lamp shades?  If you are in the area, be sure to check in often as things change quickly. 


The shades remind me of many of the great diy projects around the blogs involving pretty papers like this one from Isabella & Max...

find out how Janell did it here.


I also saw this this pendant light at Design Archives and thought it would be great in a child's room.  It could easily be a diy project using an inexpensive Ikea light, an old map, and some spray adhesive.  You would probably need to give it a final coat of sealer - maybe modge podge or clear spray enamel.

I'm also loving the idea of using paper from Paper Mojo for a more sophisticated custom shade on the Ikea pendant - especially reptile!  Do you think the paper would stand up to the heat of the shade?  I suppose if you use a cool light bulb it would be ok.


 This ombre pendant from Martha Stewart is brilliant!  Get the deets here.


Another oldie, but goodie is this trellis ribbon shade from Caitlin Wilson.

OK...I said I was going to keep this short.  I lied.  Have a great weekend everybody!  I'm off to the races...

Laters Babe ;)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A New Sunburst Mirror

Sometimes it pays to wait for what you want...


For so long, I have wanted a sunburst mirror to go over the sofa in our living room, but I didn't want to pay the heavy price for one.  Our sofa is tucked in under the staircase and I felt like the space needed something round to break up all the angles going on here.  Until I found what I wanted, I slapped rub & buff on an existing mirror, printed out some birds from Vintage Printable and called it a day.  Not the greatest look, but it worked for a while.

Back to my sunburst mirror....Thank you for the inspiration a la Albert Hadley.



I did find this one last winter at Garden Ridge for around $50, but couldn't quite pull the trigger and buy it.  It was super heavy and seemed like a nightmare to hang on plaster walls.


 Cottage and Vine

I am so glad that I waited because the perfect mirror presented itself the other week on Joss & Main.  Just to make this all even more meant to be - I had enough credit to put this thing in my cart without shelling out a dime.  I'm one happy girl!  Now to patch those holes, ugh!

Do you shop Joss & Main?  A curator's collection by my friend Courtney from the blog A Thoughtful Place is going live tomorrow so be sure to check it out.
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