July 27, 2015

From "Farmhouse" to "French Country" Part One

Hi all!  Hope you're all enjoying your summer!

We have been so busy around here with house guests, babies being born and lots of summer fun.  I promised myself I would not spend my summer working on home projects and I've done pretty well! lol

And our kitchen changes are not done yet but we've done a few things that I love.
Last year I posted our long over-due kitchen make over.  Before starting I went back and forth between making our cabinets pure white or going more French Country.  In the end, I made the wrong decision.

It wasn't long after I spend 3-4 months painting everything Sherwin Williams Alabaster that I looked around and realized I had gone too 'Farmhouse' and not enough 'French Country.  For more photos click here.

So we've been making some changes.

I started out by painting our island in the dining room a chocolate brown and then antiquing the cabinets in the kitchen.  (I still have not painted the lower cabinets in the kitchen island and the family room.  I will finish them when the summer is over.)

Then we started adding some architectural details.  We added some corbels and a shelf to our vent cover.

This spot used to house an ice maker...that has never worked since we've lived here.  We searched for about a year for a wine fridge that would fit this space but could never find one that had the right dimensions, price and quality that we wanted.  So we finally finished this space with a raised floor and an arch.  I found this vase at a Pier One store closing for half price.
We also added some corbels on both sides of these pillars that hold the built-in china cabinet.

I had originally bought these corbels for another project that didn't work out and they fit perfectly for what I wanted in the kitchen! I found them on Amazon and was going to attach a link but it looks they're no longer available.

We are still planning on getting a new stainless gas range (our white stove really stands out now)  and doing a travertine back splash.  I'm also hoping for a farmhouse sink with an oiled bronze faucet.
When we're finished I think the kitchen will have a much more romantic, rustic feel like the rest of this space.  I don't know how soon we'll get this done and when I'll post 'Part Two' but hopefully it won't be too long.

Here's one of my sweetest guests hanging out in the guest room while his brother and sister swim.
He can hang out whenever he wants.  :)
love and blessings~

 "Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel." Psalms 22:3

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July 10, 2015

Summer Entry

I've read that your entry way should set the tone for your whole house.  I hope ours does that.
This table that my husband made a couple of years ago has been a fun place to display seasonal changes.  Making a Hall Table

Right now, I have a collection of Blue and White, bird cages and florals displayed as you come in the front door.
I've been on a spray painting kick the last couple of days.  I grabbed the bird cages, topiary frames and even my French shopping cart and gave everything a coat of antique white.

My husband finds it amusing when I 'do my thing' and stands around and teases me.  He managed to get into several pictures even though I kept warning him!  lol

This room has gone through several changes over the years and we recently got a new front door. This was not a luxury.  This past winter, I had to close the front door a couple of times with a screw driver! lol

After we had the new door and living room windows put in, we decided to replace the original moulding with 6" wide moulding.

Things went smoothly in the living room and dining room new windows but not so much at the front door.  Right now the front door is not closing the same as when it was installed because of some insulation that we needed to add so my poor husband keeps working with it.  Every morning I ask him, "Can I paint the moulding today?"  And every day the answer is, "No."  :)

This chair also recently got a paint job.  It's a little 'bright' and will probably get some antiquing soon.

Hope you're having a wonderful summer!  It's my favorite time of year and is always too short for me!

love and blessings~

"Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the LORD would speak with Moses." Exodus 33:9 

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July 6, 2015

Our Master Bathroom

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends!  We'd had several wonderful events happen here since I last posted.

Our son showed up for a surprise visit!  We knew he was coming eventually but apparently he was intentionally vague and he rang the doorbell with no warning.  So, I'm a happy mom!

The next day, our daughter gave birth to our new grandson, Lucas James!  So I'm a happy Grandma!

So, we kept the Fourth simple for new mom and baby by grilling on the deck and swimming.

I've shared our master bedroom with you before but today, I thought I'd share our master bathroom.

Our master bedroom and bath are on the second floor of our house, overlooking the back yard and pool.  We've done a few cosmetic updates over the years in our bathroom but I'm actually hoping this is a 'before' photo.
We have plans to tear out the bathtub and surrounding platform and the vanity.  Then put in a new marble looking floor.

Then I've found a claw foot tub and double vanity that looks like French dresser that we'll put in here. It will really open up the space to get rid of this large platform.
We recently had new windows put in both of these rooms and we haven't bothered to put the blinds back up in the bathroom.  There's nothing behind our house but rolling hills so I don't worry too much about privacy.  Here's the link to our master bedroom that I shared last year.

We have a cathedral ceiling in our bathroom that is finished with what looks like a hardwood floor. I'm thinking I will white-wash it when we tear everything out. (Please excuse my arm sticking out into this photo - I could't get the shot any other way!) lol

From our bathroom, you walk between two sets of built in closets to get to a room that has the toilet and a double shower.
I have a collection of wicker chests and baskets (HomeGoods) on top of the closets where we store our off-season clothes.  We also have a large walk-in cedar closet off the hallway.  The toilet and shower room also have a high ceiling and a skylight that opens.  The shower is to the right.
The chandelier used to be above our dining room table.  I replaced it with this.

The stained glass was a gift from my mother in law.  We found it in a little shop in Virginia.

Hopefully we'll get some estimates soon on our tile job.  We've done tile work before but feel like our shower is over our skill level.

Have a great week!  My house is a little more chaotic (and messy) than usual with our son here but we're enjoying his visit so much!

.nancherrowAnd we are so blessed with our new grand son, Luke!  God is so good and we are celebrating this wonderful gift of family!

love and blessings~
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he'll not depart from it."  Psalm 226

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