Category Archives: Color

Our Porch Ceiling Change Of Plans

Here is our front porch, in progress:

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As you can see, G.O. is in the middle of stripping all the old paint

from our porch’s original bead board ceiling.

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Our plans were to paint the ceiling a pretty pale blue.

Exhibits A – B + C:

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exterior pale blue ceiling with black rockers

exteriior pale blue ceiling

Pale blue porch ceilings are a thing in the south.

I grew up in southern Illinois (which is very southern, BTW),

so I’ve been on board the blue ceiling train since I was a wee lass.

Anyway, just as we were discussing what pale blue paint to use,

this happened:

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We were both surprised at how pretty the natural wood ceiling is!

And, speaking of something being a design thing,

natural wood exterior accents are wildly popular now.

Have you noticed?

I first saw this trend on HGTV’s FIXER UPPER.

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Okay, that mirror she’s touching is painted white,

but here are just a few natural wood accents from the show.

Exhibits D – E – F + G:

wood exterior columns

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wood exterior shutters

wood exterior window boxes

So.

While we had our hearts set on a pale blue porch ceiling,

I think we’ve changed our minds.

That wood ceiling of ours is way too pretty in its natural state,

+ it wouldn’t be right to cover it with paint.

Exhibits H – I – J – K + L:

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You can easily see the portion that’s not been fully stripped:

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So.  This just illustrates why one must be flexible when working on anything,

or as I like to call it: heading to Plan B.

The natural wood is so warm + lovely, isn’t it?

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G.O. is such a perfectionist;

this change in plans will no doubt have him going back

over the entire porch ceiling again, maybe multiple times.

That’s his thing, + really.

How many times can I say, “It doesn’t have to be perfect!”?

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I Still Love Moody Gray

 Let’s take a break from gushing about touring 4 barn homes

in Country Living Magazine’s October issue.

Here are 2 of them, about which I recently blogged:

Kit Barn (read my post)

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Modern Barn (read my post about it)

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Instead, let’s discuss something about which I am obsessing lately.

WHITE WALLS

My current design crush, Emily Henderson (that’s her), loves white walls.

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Remember?  She won HGTV’s Design Star when that was still on

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I’ve been following her online for years.

To see why I’m such a fan,

look at this genius before + after in her own kitchen.

Before:

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After:

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I KNOW!!  RIGHT??

Here’s yet more white awesomeness from Emily:

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I could go on posting yummy white rooms for days,

but you get my point.

It’s cool . . .

. . . + of course, now I’m yearning to repaint all our walls WHITE!

IN-cluding our beloved power room (??)

(which is now Flagstone by Pittsburgh Paints.)

I’ve been wanting white walls all summer,

+ then I spy this, in one of my favorite blogs, just the other day:

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O  M  i  G  o  s  h  !

There’s gray everything, even the ceiling!

And look how great all their design choices look with all that gray!

That lantern:

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The sisal carpeted staircase:

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Here’s some more gray fabulousness from the same house:

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Yet more:

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Hold on now.  Let’s study the genius styling in this little area,

because I have been studying it + now wish to copy it.**

**More on that soon.

Let’s break it down.

Natural wood tone table pops nicely against the dark wall

Antique mirror does the same thing:

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Stack of books on the floor (note to self: one is askew!):

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Wire basket with mags on the floor

Please.

I have enough magazines to have about 80 baskets full of them,

scattered all over the house.

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Back to the vignette!

Art piece on the floor:

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Bucket o’ logs on the floor (more wood popping with dark):

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Wood item  (what is that?) leaning against the corner

Leaning stuff = love

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Including multiples of natural wood is a great example

of the repeat an element (at least) 3 times rule,

which of course, we all do.  Right?

Anyway, in conclusion, I’m asking:

Is one beautifully moody gray house enough

to distract me from Emily Henderson’s white awesomeness?

What do you think?

 

 


Embracing Our Black Appliances

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In my most recent past post,

I mused about our canned ham camper’s appliances:

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After Plan A (replacing them with vintage-style red ones)

+ Plan B (spray painting them red) were quickly nixed by G.O,

 Plan C arrived — my embracing the black appliances.

Here’s what’s involved with Plan C:

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Let’s break it down, starting with the cabinets.

I want to paint them Pittsburgh Paint’s Black Magic:

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Black cabs are not only a ‘thing’ now,

but they will also make that black microwave disappear.

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Let’s also say goodbye to that bad beige kitchen wall,

+ hello to this peel + stick tile backsplash:

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YUM!  That dark faux grout is pretty dreamy, isn’t it?

Next, we’ll change out the beige counter + table top

with this faux marble laminate:

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The subtle veining adds just enough gray

to complement my mostly gray scheme — again, here:

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Our plans for edging the counters

are to go completely old school, with this product:

metal edging

One can find it online, from either Home Depot or Lowe’s;

sorry, I don’t have the link.

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Now, then.

Since I haven’t taken a photo of the ham’s existing vinyl flooring,

(it’s also beige — imagine that!),

you’ll have to trust me that I dislike it, too (imagine that!)

Here’s its replacement:

yet more peel + stick product — gray-ish oak vinyl planks!

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Now for the worst ‘offender’ in the canned ham’s interior:

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How quickly can we say ‘bye bye’

to the dinette’s very, very bad Motel 6-ish upholstery fabric?

Just say NO, am I right?

Well, it should be ‘leaving’ very soon,

as I’ve already selected my replacement upholstery fabrics.

The seats will be covered (by ME!)

in this crazy good indoor-outdoor gray from Calico Corners:

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I use the words ‘crazy good’

because it looks just like linen + is as soft as velvet!

(Did I mention that it’s indoor-outdoor fabric?!)

It’s going to wear like iron + clean like a breeze!

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Amazing!

But wait.  Here’s where things get even more exciting.

The seat backs will be covered with this blanket fabric,

San Miguel, from Pendleton:

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(Please notice the small red crosses;

more on adding red accents later!  Yay!)

Meanwhile, I’ve sketched out my design hopes + dreams, here:

I ordered the fabric last week,

but it’s not yet landed in our mailbox.

When it arrives, who knows?

The scale of the crosses might be wrong,

the gray might not play nicely with my Calico Corner gray,

or who knows what?

Fingers crossed, however,

or I may find myself scrambling** to come up with Plan D!

(**Not really — I’ve got it cued up + ready, just in case,

’cause, people.  That’s what I do.)

Anyway, stay tuned while I wait for the mail to arrive;

I’ll keep you posted!

 


A+ For Color Coordination!

What’s more fun than a day spent rearranging?

Nothing.

Here’s my inspiration, in Diane Keaton’s house:

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And for my rearrange, see this BEFORE, with my books displayed backward:

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AFTER, in color, with bowls on top:

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Yes, that’s right.  My books are now color-coordinated, + I love it!

AFTER, in color, w/o yellow ware bowls on top:

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The yellow ware bowls, while lovely, were kind of visually too much.

Meanwhile, back to my books + stuff.

During the re-do, I thought it would be fun to fill the cubbies

with all sorts of color coordinating bibelots:

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Oh, dear.  I might need to edit a bit.  We’ll see.

Now it’s time for a closer look at some of my books,

+ while doing so, please notice the wonderful, old paint on my cupboard:

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Had I mentioned where I got this wonderful piece?

Back in the 90’s, when I had my own retail store, Heart-in-Hand,

my friend, Bob told me that his grandpa had a huge sorter in his boat garage.

I think I paid $50 or something scandalous.  Yay.

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Even after closing my store, I could never bear to part with the cupboard.

For about a decade or so, I held out hope that I might open yet another store.

Dreams!

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My shop keeping dreams finally ended (more like a nightmare at this point),

but I still couldn’t sell my beloved cupboard.

It was a nice place for storing all my gardening supplies in our old garage,

but when we moved here to the Dutch colonial,

I told G.O. that I wanted to have it in our new living room.

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HA!  I slay myself sometimes, with those dueling cats.

I honestly can’t recall whether or not an argument ensued, but please.

After a while, he did say — without prompting, even —

that it looked better than he thought that it would.

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Well, thanks so much for viewing my latest project.

Next time, I hope to blog about something new I’ve been planning for months:

A TARTAN PLAID BED SKIRT!

Stay tuned!

 


My Love For A Classic Rug

Yesterday I blogged about our new curtains that I sewed:

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Love them!  Don’t love hemming them!

Anyway, as I mentioned, I am officially in NESTING mode,

which means I long to make a huge pot of chili + re-do the living room.

Time for a new rug!

My beloved kilim rug has been retired,

after 10+ years of total grooviness . . .

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. . . + here ’tis its replacement — a denim rag rug from Land of Nod!

http://www.landofnod.com/true-blue-rag-rug/f1794

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People — less than $300 for an 8 x 10 rug!

Say no more!

But wait.  Needle scratch, even.

Isn’t a rag rug something that I would have had in the 90’s?

Um, excuse me?  Granny!

Further more, doesn’t G.O. hate rag rugs?

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surprised boy

Please. I don’t think that it’s hopelessly outdated.

No way! — it’s more of a timeless classic!

Like jeans — they never go out of style + they go with everything!

Check it out!

The Land of Nod rug is chunkier (+ softer) than those of years gone by,

which adds a lot of texture to our room.

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At this point, I am fretting over how monochromatic my room is.

Gray, blue, gray, blue.

Time to add some of my other favorite color, red!

RED!?  HA!  I think I’ve got it covered!

How about you?

What classics do you still have in your decor?


Who Knew? Black Staircases!

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?

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I was on the hunt to find photos of black staircases.

As crazy as that might sound, there were 12’s of them!

Exhibit A:

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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:

fixer upper stairs from upstairs

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.

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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?

Exhibit B:

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More of the natural wood tones, this time with white baseboards.

Plus that herringbone wood floor is so beautiful!

Exhibit C:

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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!

Exhibit D:

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Again, with the gray — and lots of it,

looking fantastic with the natural wood steps.

Exhibit E:

gray steps remodelista

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!

Exhibit F:

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More amazing black wainscoting,

+ what are our thoughts about the stair runners?

I vote yes!

Exhibit G:

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More wonderful wainscoting, but look — they’ve painted the risers white.

Exhibit H:

Donna Dotan Photography Inc.

Donna Dotan Photography Inc.

Here the spindles + baseboards are left white.

Aren’t you crushing on that gallery wall + their picture light fixtures?

Exhibit I:

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Exhibit H:

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How Goth!

But I “keed”.  I think it’s amazing!

Exhibit I:

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 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!

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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!

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Stay tuned for what we will do with it!

 

 


That Old Black Magic Has Me In Its Spell

We Greg are is painting all our interior doors black,

at my request, of course.

Here he is, intently looking for every perceived “flaw”

on our bedroom closet doors:

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Oh, dear.

My mad painting skills aren’t up to his high standards,

so I just let him do it.

But first, imagine the 2 of us at the paint store,

with me insisting that yes, I want black,

+ yes, I want semi-gloss.

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Please.  Are we not all on board here?

Just go to Pinterest + search “black interior doors”

if you need to be persuaded.

Or just look at this before + after of our front door:

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We’re using yet more Pittsburgh Paint.

It’s Black Magic, which is actually the darkest of dark grays,

here, at the bottom of this strip o’ grays:

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Not so coincidentally,

those living room walls are Flagstone,

which is the lightest, top shade on the same strip.

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Hint: that’s how I make sure my colors complement each other,

repeating shades of paint from the same strip.

We all do that, right?

But back to Black Magic.

When I say gray, even though it looks black, here’s proof:

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There is our Black Magic on the left,

with an generic, inky black on the right.

See the (viva la!) difference?

And please!  Notice how nicely it “plays along”

with our “black” (but really dark gray) kitchen floor tile:

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WINNING!

Meanwhile, let’s see some more black doors.

Here is the pocket door

 between our bedroom + the main bath:

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Disclaimer: that bathroom’s been tricked out since this photo,

+ it now looks like this (below) + my blog post about it.

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Our vintage-style medicine cabinet is from Home Depot,

the Zenith Early American @ only $119!

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Now for just 1 more quickie look-see

at our beautiful bathroom’s really naughty BEFORE!

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I KNOW!!??

 

 

 


A NEW FAUX CEILING BEAM — UP + RUNNING!

Even though I’ve not blogged about it,

progress at the Dutch colonial has been fast + almost furious!

  Remember this day when we retrieved some old lumber

from our neighbor’s garage tear down?

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My plans for said-same:

A faux beam spanning the ceiling between our kitchen + dining room.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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YUMM-O (at the beam, not so much for my photo!)

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YUMM-O (at that vintage sign of mine — once again, not my photo!)

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Sorry about that — we had a torrential rain storm this afternoon,

which made the lighting less than favorable for photos.

There’s more progress to share,

but I’ll save all that for another time with new + improved photos.

Here’s just a sneak peek:

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Stay tuned!

 


FOR THE LOVE OF AN ACCENT WALL

Oh, how I love a good accent wall!

Here’s ours:

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That’s our downstairs bedroom, sporting Pittsburgh Paint’s Volcanic Ash.

We both LOVE it!

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As is usually always the case,

I went through a lot of choices before finally choosing the dark gray.

I valiantly tried to persuade myself to go with Benjamin Moore’s Hale navy . . .

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navy wall -- pottery barn

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. . . but for some reason, I just couldn’t pull the trigger!

 I was very tempted

by Southern Living magazine’s painted gingham wall tutorial:

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Southern Living

OMiGosh — how charming is that?

VERY!

Saner heads finally prevailed when I realized the following:

1. This happiness would involve way too much MATH.

2. It would require G.O.’s assistance.

3.  It would probably last a day or 2 or 3 or 4.

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What to do?

  Well, they make some pretty groovy buffalo check wallpaper:

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dailyimprint.com The pale blue paint on that cabinet rules my world!

I even lugged the insanely heavy wallpaper book home for a look-see!

However, in the end, I feared it might be too ‘granny’ (God forbid!)

Besides, wallpaper is crazy expensive,

+ I’ve only got a bazillion other things I need to buy!

Dark gray paint, it is!

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My plans for this room include some blue to go with all the gray,

so we painted the ceiling the palest of pale blues:

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Everything else will be simple + white

so that the gray wall will be ‘the star’ of the room.

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Next up, my fun gets even funner,

as it’s time — at long last — to be choosing the pretty stuff!

Say hello to these affordable cuties from Target:

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comforter -- gray dots and stripes!

I don’t know about you, but polka dots make me happy!

I like a few favorite rugs from Wayfair.com, but I’ll share those later.

Stay tuned!


COLOR FOR OUR UPPER CAB’S INTERIOR

I amused myself the other day,

as it occurred to me that I should re-name my blog:

things-that-I-want-for-the-Dutch-colonial-that-GO-ix-nays.blogspot.com.

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Oops.

I doubt that he finds all this as amusing as I do.

But wait.

Here’s yet another idea I must have —

painting our upper cabinet’s interior a contrasting color.

Oh, + the bead board?  That, too.

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I would love to accomplish all this in our own glass door cabinet, here:

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When I first sprung this idea shared this idea with poor G.O.,

he was definitely not on board.

Pinterest images to the rescue, once again!

Feast your eyes on this yummy-ness, below —

I’m so loving the yellow ware + ironstone with the pretty gray!

Oh, + more bead board!

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When was the last time I saw old school cup hooks, like this (below)?

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How retro!  How cute!

Looks like I’d better get showered + dressed + be over at the Dutch colonial!

STAT!

 


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