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GUY WOLFF POTS

People.

Surely we’ve all noticed that houseplants are a ‘thing’ again.

I’m on board, of course,

but, sadly, one of our naughty kitties thinks they’re SALAD.

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Thankfully, there’s an excellent Plan B,

+ that would be the deliciously realistic-but-faux plants that are available now.

Get thee to IKEA, where I bought these faux lavender plants,

which are now nestled in my beloved Guy Wolff pots on our kitchen window sill.

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Let’s talk a little bit about these awesome pots.

Here’s the fabulous potter, Guy Wolff . . .

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. . . whose Bantam, CT studio is on my ‘must-visit’ list**

(more on that later!)

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His pots are stamped with his name, the date,

+ the number refers to the wet weight pounds of clay used to make the pot.

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I bought this pair in the year 2007 (obviously)

at the late, great Smith + Hawken store in Geneva, Illinois.

I bought my very first Guy Wolff pot in a wonderful store called Hammertown,

in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts.

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No doubt we’ll be stopping there again on our way to see Guy Wolff in Connecticut.

This inaugural pot of mine is currently buried somewhere in our potting shed,

so I can’t share right now, but it looks something like this one:

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Are our heads spinning yet?

If not, here are dozens more on Guy Wolff’s Pinterest board!

Perhaps, like me, you’ll be wanting to purchase his book.

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You can buy Guy Wolff pots at his studio**, on his website

+ at various shops around the U.S.

**My planned visit to see said studio will no doubt be very soon,

+ here’s why:

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We bought this ‘canned ham’ cutie on eBay this week!!!

We’ll drive to southern Illinois on Sunday to retrieve it,

after which we’ll perform a little re-do

+ then set sail for somewhere — anywhere — sunnier + warmer than here!

Stay tuned!


RANGE HOOD, PLAN B

Many, if not all, of our Dutch colonial projects

start at Plan A but end up at Plan B, or Plan C, or beyond . . .

Take our range hood.  Please.

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The tape marks the size + location of our Plan A,

which we carefully planned + about which I recently blogged.

G.O. was going to build ours with wood, painted white.

Here is our inspiration:

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We soon realized that this was a way more complicated

+ time-consuming project than we had anticipated.

Our Plan A quickly switched to Plan B!

Here it is — the Datid range hood from IKEA:

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I love those decorative rails very much

+ have long wanted this hood for my own kitchen.

Its cost, $679, was more than we wanted to spend,

but sometimes, these things can’t be helped.

Yes, even though it’s quite perfect,

I still wished to tweak the design just a bit.

Since our kitchen appliances are white with stainless accents,

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I asked G.O. to spray paint the body of our new hood white,

leaving the decorative apron + rails stainless.

(Please notice our white + stainless dishwasher in the background.)

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  Here is the painting, in progress:

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G.O. is using Rust-oleum Appliance Spray Epoxy

from the home center:

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I am very anxious to see this final bit of kitchen FINISHED,

at long last.

I’ll keep you all posted, so stay tuned!


Vintage-Style Trailer Happiness

So.  This past Sunday, we went to the Greater Chicago RV Show,

where I found the awesome vintage-style trailer of my dreams.

More on that in a minute, but may I ask, first:

Does the same designer work for 99% of the RV companies??

Exhibit A:

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Does this mean that 99% of RV enthusiasts love this look??

Exhibit B:

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And another query, When would we ever see something that I like??

(I mean no disrespect for these trailers; they’re just not up my alley.)

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Say no more.

The Vintage Cruiser by Gulf Steam

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I KNOW!!!  Isn’t it great???

Natch, I want the red + white, but it’s available in aqua, too:

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Before we go inside, I must share another query, re: trailer interiors:

Are 99% of them are designed by the same person??

Do 99% of RV enthusiasts love all that beige??

Exhibit C:

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So much beige, + always with the generic hotel print fabric.

I would have to do some reupholstering before we ever leave town!

Sad!

Exhibit D:

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(Again, no disrespect intended; I love things that are different from the norm.

If you read my blog, perhaps you feel the same way!)

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Viva la difference, though — inside my vintage dream:

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We could move right in without me sewing a single stitch!

Not sad!

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The Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser is also available in this fun “woody” version,

which looks very cool + campy, which is a thing now:

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 Inside, though, is what really rules — it’s KNOTTY PINEpeople!

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Just like inside your grandparents’ vintage lake cottage!

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The dinette + counter tops are really sweet + not the standard-issue faux granite.

I’m pretty sure they are solid surface material (a.k.a. Corian):

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Now feast your eyes on the (yelling like Oprah) RED REFRIGERATOR!!

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Please.  I’ve only  wanted a red Smeg refrigerator forever.

($2 grand, BTW)

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So.  I suppose it’s high time to reveal the floor plan that we’ll get.

It’s their smallest — #17RWD — which weighs 2,825 pounds:

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I would rather have a sitting area than a relatively huge bedroom,

so my plans are to do away with that bed

+ replace it with this navy blue Novogratz futon from Wal-Mart.

People.  It’s $339, + in person, it’s cool!

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Since that tiny kitchen desperately needs more counter space,

the bed’s going away will also allow us to have a rolling cart/island

between the TV mount + shirt closet.

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Perhaps something like this one,

one that G.O. made for our biz, RedBird Vintage Home:

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My dream trailer’s bathroom has a separate sink, toilet + shower.

Exhibit E:

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Most small trailers sport something called a Wet Bath.

Exhibit F:

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That looks as if a simple shower

would require some serious gymnastics or yoga skills!

Scary!

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Stay tuned for more of my trailer musings,

as I’m suffering from quite the case of wanderlust.

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If you’d like your own small trailer, may I suggest looking here?

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If you, too, would love to buy your own Vintage Cruiser,

check out Gulf Stream’s website!


Galvanized Metal Baskets

This just in:

I finally hemmed the curtains I started last November!

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(Please forgive me for these bad + dark photos.)

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You may very well be asking,

“YAWN, Kay!  Curtain hems!?  Who cares?” . . .

 . . . but we procrastinators know that completing one’s projects is a big deal!

I want to sew a tartan plaid bed skirt (stay tuned!), you see . . .

. . . but I forced myself to finish the curtains first.

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Anyway, speaking of completing tasks, our kitchen re-do is back ON!

This has happened:

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Galvanized baskets!

The cabinet that G.O. had installed beside the range was too narrow + deep,

+ thus, a tad too dysfunctional.

This had me thinking of baskets in cubbies, instead!

Initially, I wanted woven baskets, like these:

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However, when my online search for baskets took me to these

from World Market, I was totally smitten!

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Only $14.99 for the small?  I’m in!

 The website sez that these are NEW,

but that they are sold out online + available in stores only.

We had to drive to 2 different World Markets to find our 3,

but it was worth it, in my opinion!

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I feared that, in person, they might look cheapie + bad,

but they don’t, + I love them!

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Disclaimer: we still need a toe kick here.

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Suddenly, the blank wall next to our stove is calling out for open shelving.

Funny how that happens.

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I am thinking galvanized metal, + here’s why:

Notice how our new galvanized baskets play so nicely

with the handles of our stove + the Kitchen Aide mixing bowl:

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I’m loving the continuity,

so off, I go, on yet another online search, for metal shelving!

Turns out, my 3 finalists are all from Pottery Barn.

These:

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These:

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 Or these, with painted metal:

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I think I will wait to decide,

once our range hood is (finally) installed.

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Stay tuned!


2 Houses, No Waiting

It’s time, once again, for us to head to my happy place– realtor.com.

Today I want to buy this house — or I should say housES?

This is the very rare listing for not 1 but 2 houses, both only $199,900!

Do the math!   What’s that, per house?

Whatever it is — let’s start here — The Brick Possible Story + A Half:

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I’m smitten with that inset porch + the brick piers flanking the steps.

Those evergreens, however, have long outlived their usefulness,

+ let’s get real — awnings like that were never a good idea.

Check out the small-ish upstairs window, though:

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One has to ask, Is there an upstairs?

I’m saying a little prayer that there is!  Here’s why:

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Did you recognize those light fixtures from our living room?

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Next up, house #2 — The Small, 2-Porch, White Farmhouse:

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How adorable is that front porch?

Very.

But wait.  There’s more!

Porch #2:

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I have to admit, I’ve always had a thing for the side porch.

Meanwhile, our G.O. has a thing for a spacious garage, like this one:

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Please.  Look at that eagle.

In the dark ages, when I bought my very first house, eagles were a major thing.

Yes, I had one on the exterior + only about a 1,00 of them inside.

HA!  Embarrassing!

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 But I digress.

What’s that charming outbuilding that I’m spying, out back?

How quickly can I turn it into the potting shed of my dreams?

Or chicken coop, if we were so inclined.  I don’t think we are.

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Now it’s time to have a look-see inside,

but disclaimer:  it’s not clear in which house these photos belong:

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No, I think it’s the brick house, because the windows are the same.

Well, brick or no, they had me at all that natural woodwork,

+ the columns + built-in cabs., too?

Yes, please!

Looks like those cabs have leaded glass doors on both sides,

which I don’t think I’ve seen before.

Speaking of awesome built-ins, let’s head to the kitchen:

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People.  What’s this I’m seeing that looks like an original butler’s pantry?

WOW — I would totally buy a house for just that one feature!

Sadly, it’s time for those replacement cabinets to be replaced, themselves:

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It wouldn’t be any fun if I wasn’t able to design my own kitchen, would it?

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I’m practically salivating!  HA!

Time for one last room, the bath:

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One’s first impulse might be to yank out that original sink,

but just say NO!

I would totally design the rest of the room around it!

Something along these lines:

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Yum!

While my creative juices are flowing,

methinks we’ll do a little drive-by of these 2 houses, later today.

Somebody grab the camera — stay tuned!


OMiGosh! Range Hood!

Since I’ve been doing so much nesting this winter,

things are looking better + better inside the Dutch colonial.

Yay!

However, the more we do in all those other rooms,

the more I dislike our unfinished kitchen!

I can’t stand it!

Calm down.  We’re finally on our way.

We’re finally getting a range hood!

First thing I do is head to Pinterest to find something that I really love.

Found it!

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HA!  So funny!

Maybe I should have said “something that both G.O. + I like!”

Perhaps this one?

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Oops!

It may be a tad more mainstream, but those pesky scallops!

I fear G.O. would snap, + we can’t have that.

Now, this is more like it!

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I love the chunky design, but not in stainless.  I want white.

This next one is similar:

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We both agree that the wood is too rustic for our kitchen.

Could this be the one?

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YES IT COULD!  (With a little tweaking, that is!)

Anyway, once the design was finally chosen,

it was time for us to break out our trusty blue masking tape

+ start marking out the hood’s location on the wall:

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OMiGosh, you guys!

Just having the tape up there makes our kitchen look better!

I immediately barked out instructions for G.O. to find + order

the actual range hood machine thing, or whatever it’s called.

Just a sec.  Let me check on that.

He sez he hasn’t yet.

Maybe tomorrow, if I bark more instructions?

Stay tuned!


Post-Christmas Paring Down

Funny thing.

This November found me a little down in the dumps.

To try + boost my morale a bit, I opted to decorate for Christmas earlier than usual.

Exhibit A:

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:

I totally know that Dachshund Santa is tacky, but how could I resist?

He’s almost as cute as Chloe the Dachshund!

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Everything else is vintage + simple + natural, so I tell myself that things get balanced.

Exhibit B:

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I’m keeping those darling vintage pitchers + tiny bottle brush trees out for a while.

Look!  There’s Chloe’s predecessor, Susie the Dachshund,

with our very young, very adorable grandlad (who’s now 11.5!)

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But I digress.  Back to my holiday decor.

Away it all went, almost the minute Christmas was over.

How unlike me, Queen of Procrastinators!

 But isn’t it always great to see how spare the house looks after the holidays?

Take our sorter + art ledges.  Please.

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You might recall that I was inspired by this photo to turn my books around:

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I really like the way it keeps things looking a little less busy,

so my books are staying turned around, at least for now.

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I also purged about half the stuff that had been on my art ledges:

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They look great!

I hung our vintage map of Illinois on the front of the sorter:

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We bought it at a pop-up antiques market in Grand Central Station

during our first visit to NYC.

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Among all this paring down, perhaps you noticed one new item in our living room.

It’s an ottoman!

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I’ve had it about 20 years or so.

It came with a matching chair + 1/2 (a.k.a. “Grandmother’s chair”),

which I sold about 10 years ago.

Its new upholstery will be a heavy horse blanket I’ve had forever, too.

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I think it adds yet more texture + a little pattern to our room.

My plans are to attach it with some off-white twill tape + dozens of upholstery tacks.

(Sooner than later, I hope.)  I told you I was the Queen of Procrastinators!

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Stay tuned!


Living Room Must-Haves, Part 1

We’ve lived in our Dutch colonial for just over a year.

Only now do I feel like it’s almost a home + no longer just a house.

Take our living room.  Please.

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I’ve got a lot of my must-haves handled,

like having a large area rug to define the seating area,

such as this classic denim one, from Land of Nod.

Another must-have is some stylish way to display my  books +stuff.

(I’ve got a lot of books + stuff.)

 Exhibit A:

Those shelf things are IKEA art ledges,

+ they’re my go-to for displaying my stuff.

Speaking of which, here are some in our old house’s dining room:

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At the Dutch colonial, we now have them flanking my huge, old sorter:

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I bought this awesome sorter a bazillion years ago,

for my late, great retail shop, Heart-In-Hand.

We’ve lugged that insanely heavy thing all over the state of Illinois,

where it’s been used in my various + sundry booths in antiques shops.

Believe it or not, this is the first time that its been inside our house!

It’s perfect (even G.O. agrees!)

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But wait.

Why on earth would someone turn their books around like that, you’re wondering!

Well this someone did it because I saw this photo on Facebook!

Posted by designer Joe Ruggier, Sr.

(host of my favorite show — HGTV’s Homes Across America)

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Now, then.  Moving on.

 Probably the #1 must-have for one’s living room is a sofa,

don’t you agree?

We recently replaced our old camel back sofa with this one:

Those loose back cushions were must-haves,

as one can fling them off for some spooning time with one’s Dachshund!

Exhibit B:

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Exhibit C:

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In my dream world, we’d upgrade to a sectional with a chaise,

so G.O. could have a seat next to us!

Exhibit D:

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Emery Slipcovered Sectional. https//www.arhaus.com

Epic, don’tcha think?

 See this and other cool sectionals here

Now imagine having 2 chaises (no waiting!)

Exhibit E:

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Remington with double chaises.  https//:www.arhaus.com

Speaking having 2 chaises,

how awesome is this pair of ginormous chaises

inside Tim McGraw + Faith Hill’s Franklin, TN home?

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Speaking of must-haves —  look at their fireplace!

I love theirs with that fabulous checkered tile.

(Stay tuned for more fireplace musings!)

Meanwhile, look at the exterior of their house!

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OMiGosh!  I love, love, love it! — but wait.

What say ye about that grand porch on their otherwise rustic home?

Is it too formal for the rustic log home?

I’m on the fence.

Back to my living room for more must-have happiness that I have yet to fulfill:

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How shall I incorporate that TV into our living room?

Well, since you asked, here are a few options:

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Baumann Media Wall Unit. https//:www.arhaus.com

This cabinet’s awesome industrial style would be a perfect fit for us!

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While my heart is set on the cabinet, I could do this, instead —

incorporating the TV into a gallery wall:

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Pottery Barn

Go to Pinterest, where there are hundreds of TV-gallery walls.

As for my own TV dilema, defnitely stay tuned, as I shan’t rest until I make it happen!

Remember, this is the before:

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Our New Star, The Main Bath

Update:  we finally finished the main bathroom.

Before:

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After:

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Of course, I am very pleased,

but let’s get this out of the way before I share more:

I know it skews granny, but I don’t care!

I love it!

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That gingham wallpaper is tres awesome, don’tcha think?

I found it at a garage sale last summer.  $5.  2 rolls.  Yay!

The hook rack for our towels was an old window or door top:

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Notice the buttery accents (yum!) that tie the room together:

My sister, Kathy, made that (called a “pineapple”) ornament:

We bought the vanity/marble top + sink set from Menards.

 I purchased the cross-handle (my fave) faucet online,

probably from Signature Hardware:

And now, check out my crazy splurge:

Yeah, that’s right.

I actually paid $50 to have this way-cool flush handle on our toilet!

Speaking of price tags, I can’t remember what I paid for this enamel tissue bin:

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Our more modestly priced, vintage-style medicine cabinet is from Home Depot:

It’s been such a long time ago, I can’t remember where I got our pendant lights.

Aren’t they cute?

Meanwhile, this style of awesome wall-mounted mirror is usually $100+:

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Ours came from IKEA + cost less than $10!

It’s nice + heavy + does not look or feel cheapie in any way.  So get one.

We use this vintage black cabinet for storage:

G.O. found it at an antiques mall — score!

I was going to strip its runny black paint job + re-paint it white,

after which I would stencil a large red cross on the door.

(Betcha I never do, but stay tuned!  Youneverknow!)

Enough about that — now let’s view my beloved plates:

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I have been trying but failing to find the perfect spot to hang them,

but I just couldn’t commit.

After the wallpaper went up in the bathroom, that was it, for me:

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They’re perfect!

And finally, looking down, we spy my beloved tile floor!

I’ve always loved this style of floor tile — it’s so vintage!

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We searched + searched for it without success,

but I finally found it on Amazon.

Who knew?

Our tub + shower surround subway tile was from Home Depot.

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That tile surrounding the window was quite an accomplishment,

if I do say so.

Thanks (again), Pinterest!

You’ve always come through for me when I needed help!

The good news is that even G.O. loves our new bathroom!

Earlier this morning, he said, without being prompted at all,

“That bathroom is really the star, isn’t it?”

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Thanks for reading!


Our Postal Sorter Gets A Fun “Re-Do”

So.

Last spring, I thought I’d combine a home office with our dining room.

 I was inspired by this room in designer Allison Kandler’s California home:

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Isn’t it great?  Those built-ins are so awesome!

Instead of $$ built-ins at our house,

my plans involved my beloved 1920’s postal sorter.

Here it is, serving as our entertainment center in our old house:

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Sadly, the office thing never really clicked,

which I guess explains why there are no photos.

Every time I looked at it was a drag, so finally, I opted to re-do.

(Don’t you LOVE the re-do?)

Yes, I spent all day + was semi-deliriously happy to do so!

I just shopped the house + added a lot of kitchen stuff.

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A few of my favorite cookbooks with Hoosier glass canisters:

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Just for fun, I added pretty pumpkins from our porch.

I think this space needs an autumnal branch in a vase, too.  Later today?

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I’ve opted to display my vintage platters in stacks.

They’ve been patiently waiting to be hung on a wall,

’cause I love that sort of thing but can’t commit yet.

Next, I opted to display a collection of glass items up on top.

Who knew? — I had so much of it?

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How beautiful it will all be, after I’ve shoved holiday greenery among the sparkly glass!

Meanwhile, here are a few close ups:

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One of the perks of having tall ceilings is that I can go up with my displays!

Next on my re-do agenda:  the top of our sorter in the living room!

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Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, please “like” my Facebook page, where I share fun design inspiration,

including this fab, new hotel in NYC.

https://www.facebook.com/Red-Bird-Vintage-Home-290942574609/

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