Source: 2 Islands, No Waiting
I’m assuming that we all watched last night’s Fixer Upper episode on HGTV.
G.O. tried to watch but couldn’t stand all the Chip hi-jinks,
so he excused himself + took refuge in another room.
But that’s not what I wish to type about.
2 islands, no waiting.
It think it’s genius!
Here’s kind a blueprint-style sketch of the before + after:
Seems to me that I’ve seen this done before.
I tried to find Pinterest images of 2 islands in 1 kitchen, but came up empty.
Anyway, here’s a closer look-see:
The twin islands will work wonders
for the traffic flow between the kitchen + living + dining spaces,
more so if there was one very long island
Like Joanna did in the French country kitchen, here:
Is it just me, or does anybody else think “too many footsteps!”
from the stove or the sink, all the way around the island, to the refrigerator?
Seriously, I noticed it right away, + I felt sad!
Perhaps the homeowners + Joanna were sad, too.
Perhaps Joanna then opted to break up the kitchen space in last night’s house
with 2 islands instead of 1 airport runway.
She said that the idea for twin islands was the single man homeowner’s!
Well, kudos to him, then!
Meanwhile — here’s a look at his living space:
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
I have always wanted a room with 2 couches facing each other
+ a pair of baseball glove leather chairs.
Also — did you notice the gray woodwork with the white walls?
Next house, for sure.
So. During last night’s football game,
I happily surfed Pinterest for hours,
stopping only to watch TV during the commercials.
Did you do the same?
I was on the hunt to find photos of black staircases.
As crazy as that might sound, there were 12’s of them!
This all black plus natural wood rules my little world!
I had a light bulb moment about black stairs yesterday,
not long after I blogged about the new staircase in the latest Fixer Upper episode.
Here ’tis, in all its before + after glory:
Wouldn’t the X’s be more attractive
if they were smaller instead of all squooshed out?
Plus, that style, while cool, is ultra trendy
+ is going to look dated sooner than one might think, I fear.
Let’s be real — those railings probably cost a small fortune,
not to mention their perfectly good staircase ending up in a landfill!
Wasn’t there some way to ramp up the style of the existing granny chic stairs?
More of the natural wood tones, this time with white baseboards.
Plus that herringbone wood floor is so beautiful!
Here we have everything painted dark gray,
which works, in my opinion, because of the natural wood steps.
Oh, + look at that light fixture.
Black + antique brass = stunning!
Again, with the gray — and lots of it,
looking fantastic with the natural wood steps.
Hey, how crazy is the door’s being painted out like the wainscoting?
Frankly, I’m on the fence.
Check out the brass, though! Winning!
More amazing black wainscoting,
+ what are our thoughts about the stair runners?
I vote yes!
More wonderful wainscoting, but look — they’ve painted the risers white.
Here the spindles + baseboards are left white.
Aren’t you crushing on that gallery wall + their picture light fixtures?
But I “keed”. I think it’s amazing!
Yes, that’s Roger Hazard of A+E’s Flip This House fame.
He + his husband, Chris, live in Sharon Springs, NY —
the same town as the Beekman Boys!
It’s really no surprise that they painted their staircase dark gray;
look at the exterior of their dark gray house!
Now, where were we, alphabet-wise, for our photos?
I dunno, but look. These are the last 2, I promise!
And they are of the staircase of our own Dutch colonial!
Stay tuned for what we will do with it!
After spending countless hours on Pinterest,
swooning at, among other things, 12’s of epic shelf stylings . . .
. . . I decided it was the perfect moment to re-do my old postal sorter.
Okay, so maybe the moment wasn’t perfect,
as you can see, the sun was definitely not shining.
Let’s continue anyway, shall we?
Here’s my pair of vintage corbels that I bought last summer:
I considered adding my pair of black urns, but I stopped myself.
Is less really more?
While we ponder that cosmic query, here are more groovies:
I tried to keep the the theme “old” + “white”.
HA! Like me! Old + white!
Let’s see how I did.
Look at this silhouette that I made.
That’s our grandson + a photo frame from Pottery Barn!
Next we have a framed photo of my family,
snapped on the porch of our grandparents’ house,
way back in the summer of ’60.
I am on the bottom step, at left, with my sister Kathy holding Lisa.
I’ve chosen to display a couple of snowmen in a salt cellar,
with epsom salt filling in for snow.
You can’t tell, but the white snowman is actually a window scraper.
Our dad owned a Standard Oil gas station in the 50’s,
+ I s’poze this was a give-a-way to his best customers.
I’ll have to take another photo to share with the class.
Meanwhile, here’s my favorite of all my glass containers:
It’s a wonderfully heavy canister from Pottery Barn.
Since I love baseball so much, I’ve filled it with old baseballs.
I love that slender beaker because it’s glass + red — 2 things I love!
This vintage wooden tray (below) formerly displayed smalls in my old booth:
These days it displays my Kay redware plate (Workshop of David T. Smith),
my most precious photo of my sons,
+ a GOOD plate from Diane Keaton’s old collection at Bed, Bath + Beyond.
Does that penny rug runner scream “Granny Chic” or just plain granny?
While we ponder that question, let’s view this bowl,
one of my favorites:
Isn’t it wonderful?
It’s Fioriware, from Zanesville, Ohio,
from their “Gingham” collection.
In addition to displaying a whole lot o’ my stuff . . .
. . . my postal sorter also serves as our home office.
That explains the printer (at lower left),
+ this wonderful Dachshund tape dispenser!
It was given to me by my niece + her awesome 4 children!
Here’s my sister, Kathy (a.k.a. Nana) with one of her grands:
No fair! She looks like she’s 20!
Thanks for viewing; as always, it means a lot.
Yesterday I heaped lavish praise on this past week’s Fixer Upper project.
Its exterior makeover was epic.
The interiors were just as beautifully done, of course.
Let’s enjoy the new kitchen, paying close attention to the X as a design element:
Both the island + pendants above it are sporting their own X motif.
I love it!
But wait — there’s more. Look at the staircase re-do.
Once again, there’s the X motif.
Here’s another before + after look-see:
I think we can all agree that the new stairs really nailed the X motif.
Do we love it, or what?
Of course I do, as I have always been a fan of the X design.
Here are some of my favorite photos of X’s:
Hooked On Houses
Excellent, am I right?
Now please view a most adorable cottage right here in my hometown!
Need I say that I love it + want it?
The only negative, for me, is at the railings of the porch steps.
See how the distance between the posts is wider that those at the top of the steps?
The X is getting too stretched out!
And yes, that’s my only criticism of those new stairs in the Fixer Upper house —
stretched out X’s going up the stairs.
See for yourself:
See the X at the bottom of the steps? It’s cute, right?
But the X on the railings go upstairs gets stretched too wide.
My thoughts are that if the vertical posts were closer together,
the X’s would be more pleasing.
How about 3 X’s going up the stairs, instead of 2?
What are your thoughts?
I’m going to assume that if you read my blog,
you also watch HGTV’s Fixer Upper show.
You also love just about everything that they do,
especially the transformation of the exterior of this house:
Wouldn’t you know it,
there are so many before houses in our town’s new-house neighborhood.
No offense, homeowners, but it’s kind of a buzz kill
when we’re riding around, looking at houses, as one does.
But let’s turn our frowns upside-down!
Let’s go inside this beautiful home , for another major LIKE by me.
Look at that darling white children’s table.
Can you guess?
Here’s a hint:
S C A L L O P S !
Bunny Williams baskets for Ballard Design — 3 / $199
I mean, who cares how granny they are?
Ditto for this charming ottoman:
Sew A Fine Seam
We have an ottoman that’s just like this, so stay tuned!
Meanwhile, check out this charmer (ha — a pun — “check out”!)
The Budget Decorator
And now, for those who are sewing-challenged, this fun project:
But people. Look at this:
Midwest Living magazine
Our own kitchen awaits its range hood:
I know that G.O. could make us one of these!
Here ’tis again:
And now, for some full-blown granny:
I rest my case.
Long time — no blog!
G.O. , not pictured, has been busy
painting everything at our old house.
I’ve been sewing like a bee on some new merch
for my biz, RedBird Vintage Home.
All this working + sewing means not much progress on the Dutch colonial.
Fear not, though . . . we have completed a few projects.
Let’s start with the new closet doors in our bedroom.
Those 6″ long window sash pulls came from Menards.
They’re big, beefy + slightly industrial, don’t you think?
The doors, while new, have the same 5 panels as our originals.
See for yourself:
G.O. painted them the same dark color, Black Magic by Pittsburgh Paints.
Let’s have a look-see at our powder room door:
Don’t you love the way the black doors pop
against the pale colors of our house?
How swell is my very beloved, vintage LADIES SIGN!?
It used to hang over the powder room in our old house,
+ not long ago, G.O. finally brought it over.
There’s more to share,
so stay tuned!
Yesterday our living room underwent a modest Christmas makeover.
There’s a pair of vintage black skis that I bought in Wisconsin,
plus my old Christmas tree from the late, great Eddie Bauer Home.
No, it doesn’t look real, nor do I like it very much.
Yes, it’s time to get a faux tree from THIS century!
This is Vickerman’s Bed Rock Pine tree,
which I couldn’t love more, + which why don’t I just get one?
The 5′ costs around $150 on Amazon.
Meanwhile, back at the living room,
let’s view my Santa collection on our sofa table,
which has been nicely tucked into our window bay.
The table consists of an old, white enamel top with a red border.
(Please disregard that the curtains I’ve sewn have not yet been hemmed.)
Anyway, as I was saying,
that enamel table top rests on a pair of vintage wooden sawhorses.
I elevated our new Target lamps on vintage books.
Now on to those Santas.
It’s my Rowe Pottery salt-glaze pottery bell Santa!
His cloche is actually an odd dome-shaped jar from a flea market.
I created my own cake stand pedestal
by repurposing 1 of my blue + white bowls + a plate.
This cast iron Santa bank was from the Sundance catalog.
How sweet is that vintage striped bowl?
Another Rowe Pottery Santa,
whose cloche was once a French cherry preserves jar!
I bought this Santa when we visited The Country Store
in Salisbury, MC.
They have (or had) a terrific catalog,
+ at one time, my stenciled signs were in it!
Santa’s heavy, greenish glass cloche is a jar from Pottery Barn.
Most of the year, I have it right side up + filled with old baseballs.
TY for viewing!
Stay tuned for more Christmas fun!
I love Christmas!
It makes me so happy to give my homes their Christmas makeovers!
Since this year, we’re in our new house,
it’s like FUN, times 100!
So far I’ve tackled our front porch.
What’s going on inside the house, you ask?
Sadly, not too much, really — until just a few days ago.
This year, I started with our powder room.
HA! Doesn’t everyone start with the bathrooms + branch out from there?
Anyway, back to said powder room —
its everyday “look” features both this darling vintage shelf, from etsy . . .
. . . + this sweet vintage photo (circa mid 50’s)
of a 3 or 4-year-old ME,
with our pet Beagle, Scamp.
So. Check this out:
It’s an ornament that I made,
using an old photo (circa early 60’s) of my sister, Lisa.
OMiGosh, look at the way she was gazing adoringly at Santa!
I liked it so much that I made another one to send to her.
I think I also gave one to my other sister, Kathy.
I CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff), so I’ll ask her later today.
While I was already traveling down Christmas Memory Lane . . .
. . . I included this pretty glass bell ornament in my vignette.
It reminds me of one that our mom had.
Finally, those plaid circles have a bit of a back story, too.
They’re displayed in a trio of vintage metal embroidery hoops
that I’ve saved for a few years.
I bought the plaid flannel a few weeks ago.
Here’s one, sewn as a rustic Christmas pillows for my biz,
RedBird Vintage Home.
Stay tuned for more Christmas photos,
just as soon as I complete a few more vignettes!
This is our first Christmas in the Dutch colonial,
+ it has me wildly enthusiastic about decking our halls!
Isn’t there something about a new house + holidays
that makes us want to just go nuts!?
Anyway, I started on our incomplete front porch,
which, sadly, is still awaiting its rails + steps:
Does my display look goofy on the unfinished porch?
I hope not.
Let’s look at everything up close, shall we?
I bought that old, gray bench in an antiques store in Galena, Illinois.
I bought the old red mailbox this past summer
from Hammar’s This + That, here in town.
My plan was to store my gardening supplies inside it.
The large number cards are from
the Scout Flea Market in Yorkville, Illinois.
416 is our street address.
The 2 small urns were less than $20 each at Lowe’s.
Don’t you love pairs of things in the garden? I do!
I bought those faux evergreen trees at IKEA last year.
I couldn’t resist buying that new-but-looks-old watering can
at my favorite garden center, Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, Illinois.
Ouch! That thing is heavy when full of water,
but at least it looks good!
My sled was a gift from my friend, Alan.
Don’t you love those primitive red mittens?
I bought those a long time ago
at a wholesale market in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Anyway, I think that’s going to be it for the outside.
Slowly but surely, I’m adding a bit of Christmas inside the house.
It’s hard, though, because I’m super busy
with my RedBird biz this month.
I am participating in my friend, Amy’s, Plaid Umbrella Pop-Up Store
in the next 3 weekends in December.
If you’re from the Chicago area, I highly recommend this show.
Fantastic displays, awesome + affordable merch, nice people!