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2 Pairs Of Lamps, Lots O’ Waiting

10 years or so ago, I bought a pair swing arm pharmacy light fixtures.

They were discontinued from Pottery Barn, for sale on eBay.

I can’t recall what I paid, but they were fairly “spendy”.


Natch, I wanted to bring them to the Dutch colonial,

but it took a while to persuade G.O.

Finally, just yesterday afternoon, they made it!

He attached them to the woodwork of the middle window of our bay,

right behind our couch.


They are taking the place of the pair of Target lamps

that were on our sofa table.



Those little Target cuties were moved to another window bay,

which is in our dining room/office/what-have-you room.



I think they look fantastic!

We have a chippy gray bench that will go on that empty side of the table.

I promise to take a snappy of it + share with the class.









I hurriedly staged this table late yesterday afternoon,

so it’s a sure bet that I am going to move things around or add stuff.

I promise to take snappies + share with the class when I do.

I shall take additional photos of our pharmacy lights in the living room, too!


Stay tuned!

Drywall Happiness


is my un-official motto for our Dutch colonial re-do.

Speaking of good things, check this out:


That’s right.  There’s your G.O. + your drywall (!!) in our kitchen.

On that wall we’ll have a refrigerator flanked by 2 pantries;

behind it is the bedroom closet,

+ just to the right of G.O. is the door** to our powder room.

**I’m still planning to use something like this:



Back to the exciting drywall photo ops.


Here’s another view into our kitchen,

taken from the adjacent dining room.

The sink + stove counter will fit underneath the windows to the left,

+ our island will be at the approximate same locale as that trash can.

* * *

In an effort to assist you in visualizing our finished room,

here’s a photo of my inspiration kitchen:

black + white dream kitchen


I’m loving just about everything here,

+ I’m basing a lot of my design choices on it.

* * * *

But back to the in-progress squalor that we presently have:


At this point, I suspect G.O. was weary of his snapshot being included,

+ of course, his devoted companion, Dory, was going wherever he went.


All that insulation will soon be stuffed

 between the joists of our kitchen + bedroom ceilings.

The large windows at left

are in the large, west-facing bay in our dining room.

Here’s a photo of said-same taken from the yard.

You can see just a glimpse of the kitchen windows to the their left:


These window bays (there’s also 1 in the living room)

are pretty much the reasons why I wanted to buy our house!

* * *

But I digress.

Back to the kitchen windows:


As you can see, the wiring is in place for light fixtures above our sink.

Because of this sort of awesomeness . . .

lighting -- over sink!!!! 2

Sorry — source unknown

. . . I decided we’ll have some sort of wall sconces above our sink windows, too.

What are your thoughts?

kitchen lighting over the zink #2

Sorry — source unknown

kitchen lighting over the zink


At this moment (always subject to change, of course),

here’s my choice:

lighting -- kitchen over sink gilded iron

Home Depot

I’m pretty sure this is an exterior light, but it’s all good.

It comes in 2 sizes, so I was going to order 1 of each

for a side-by-side size comparison.


* * * *

Meanwhile, here’s another look-see at my inspiration kitchen:

black + white dream kitchen


Thanks, as always, for viewing,

+ stay tuned!

Happy Sunday

Yesterday a.m. was spent in our current** yard,

where I happily pulled 1,000+ weeds + fertilized a few things.

**Sure, we’re moving — but it’s still a morale boost to beautify what we have now!

* * * * *

We transplanted some coneflowers from our front garden

to some pesky bare spaces out back.


These are known as “purple” coneflowers,
although they’re actually pink.

Just a few years ago, we planted 5 of these beauties in our front landscaping,

+ they’ve reseeded + multiplied liked crazy!

Coneflowers might be my #1 favorite perennial flower . . .

. . . they come in so many varieties.

Look at this one!  I just found it online!

coneflower -- giant

Giant Coneflower

6′ tall — very strong stems + wind-resistant

I’m loving the wacky blue foliage!

I don’t “do” any yellow flowers here, but maybe at the next house?

* * * * * *

But back to yesterday.

It was a great day, with gardening in the a.m.,

a St. Louis Cardinal victory in the afternoon,

Go Cardinals!

Go Cardinals!

+, in the evening, we headed over to our new garage.


Look!  My pair of containers + new boxwoods made the trip . . .

. . .  + G.O. hung our cottage-y light fixtures!


All that white trim I kept bragging about is making its debut, too.

What do you think?

I couldn’t love it more!

Dining Room Dilema

Today we will sign the papers for our Dutch colonial foreclosure.  Let’s have another look-see, shall we?

Dutch Colonial "before".

Dutch Colonial “before”.

Of course, it’s homely now . . . that horrid white siding, the ill-conceived enclosed porch, those naughty overgrown shrubs in front.

 What I envision, instead, will be something like this:

Must haves: 2nd story switch of siding color + charming porch like this.

Must haves: 2nd story switch of siding color + charming porch like this. Wish we could spring for the contrasting window sashes, but $$$.

My choice of siding colors will be a medium gray with a darker gray 2nd story, with lots of white trim.  YUM!

In fact, I’ve sketched out said-same for your perusal:

Medium gray + darker gray + white trim + red window sashes.

Seriously. Gray houses ‘call’ for red window sashes, am I right?

I don’t know about you, but to me, contrasting window sashes ‘make’ a home’s curb appeal.

They pop + they look very vintage, methinks.  We’ve comparison shopped already, + here are the sad facts:

white replacement windows @ $200 each

red replacement windows @ $400 each.

No can do, unless I start sewing pillows 24 hours a day!


^^ Here’s my source of income, if you don’t count G.O. ^^

More of the 2nd story change of siding + color.

More of the 2nd story change of siding + color.

What's prettier than a Dutch colonial done right?

What’s prettier than a Dutch colonial done right?

Of course, I’d love it if our first chore would be sprucing up that exterior — so that all the passersby can see.

Sadly, however,  G.O. has already told me the exterior is not a priority + might not be tackled this summer!

What the WHAT?!  People will think we LIKE it this way?!?

Okay, then.  No problem.  I’ve already redone the interior in my head.

Let’s have a look-see at one of my favorites for our dining room.  Since I love catalog shopping, today’s happiness comes from West Elm:

Seriously.  Gray felt drum shade light fixture.

Seriously. Gray felt drum shade light fixture! Beautiful! Unique! No longer available!

Major hubba hubba on the gray felt drumshade for over our dining room table — no?  Well, actually, it IS no.

 West Elm doesn’t carry their products for very long — + this one’s sold out!

Listen + learn from my tragedy:  if you see something that you like, get it NOW.

Anyway, after my gray felt heartbreak, my 2nd choice might be this linen one . . .

Love it but not getting it.  Too bland.

Love it but not getting it. Too bland. $149.

. . . or not.

SO.  Here’s the West Elm dining room light fixture that I really wanted, all along:

Mercury glass.  $395.

Mercury glass. $395.

big light 2

big light

No one loves the mercury glass more than I do.  No one.

That means it’s a must-buy in my little world.  Today.  Immediately after we sign the papers + get those keys!

And one more thing — please view my large, gray sorter, for which I paid a mere $50, circa 1990:

Purchased for $50, circa 1990.

It’s that groovy gray sorter that’s against the wall. I originally bought it for my then-store, Heart-in-Hand in Oregon, Illinois.

It currently is residing inside a cool store here:  www.livinglolastyle.com.

This is the sorter that I could not decide to sell or to put in our new dining room.  Is it too weird?  I asked myself!

Well, NO, it’s NOT — I concluded, just after  I gazed upon Ellen DeGeneres’ sorter in the current issue of Elle Decor magazine.  Check it out:

I love the way this has been staged + hope to do something equally wonderful with my sorter.

I love the way this has been staged + hope to do something equally wonderful with my sorter.

I blogged about this just yesterday: https://redbirdv.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/my-new-bff-ellen-degeneres/


Thanks for viewing + stay tuned!



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