January 26, 2015


I had totally forgotten about these pictures that we took
when we looked at our house for the first time.
Those were the days before blogging so I didn't take a lot of pictures
but I'm glad I have these.

I thought it would be fun to show the changes we have made in 7 years.
I tried to take current photos from the same angle as the old ones.
So the before photos show the furniture and decor of the
previous owners. 

The old dining area was pretty large so fortunately it gave us enough space to
expand the kitchen and still have plenty of room for an eating area.
I remember how whenever we opened the dishwasher door it hit against the
hardware on the cabinets.

The old cabinets had been painted white but it wasn't the greatest paint job.
I did think the little shelves on the sides of the cabinets were cute, though.

With water damage and poor function, we decided to gut
the kitchen and start over.

The sink was relocated as well.

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This area is to the right of our dining area.
It was previously used as a small living room and as you can see,
we use it for our computer desk and as a sort of mudroom area.
The door to the garage is just to the left of the coat hooks.
in reality, it's the area where everyone dumps there stuff when they come home  : (
There wasn't access to the backyard other than going through the garage so
 we replaced the large window with sliding glass doors.

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I think our living/family room looks so different with just cosmetic changes.

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This full bath was off of the hallway leading to the master bedroom.
It is now our powder room, entered from the foyer area.

It's so rewarding to look at these pictures and see all that we've done.
It can get discouraging when we think about all of the things we would still like to do

I'll have more to show you of the master bedroom, bathroom and the
 second floor in another post.
i know you can't wait - ha ha!

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January 24, 2015


Lately, I've been itching for something different for a table centerpiece.

So when I was in Walmart recently, I saw some bushes of artificial carnations
for $8.00 each.  Each bush had 8 carnations on it, so I bought two.

I cut the bushes into individual stems to make my arrangement.
I simply placed the stems in my Ikea white enamel pitcher and played
around with them until I was happy with the look.

Then I added a cream colored burlap ribbon around the pitcher,
just tying it in a knot.

I really like the texture that the burlap ribbon adds and
also how the shades of white and cream look together.
So easy and inexpensive too!
It's also nice that it's lightweight and simple to remove from
the table when it's time for dinner.

Have you done any quick and easy projects lately?

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January 20, 2015


A couple days ago, I got an idea to re-accessorize our mantel.
After taking down the Christmas decorations,
I hadn't done anything with it and it was looking pretty blah.

I wanted to see how this black wire basket would look and I 
liked it so that was my starting point.

Then I just pulled things from around the house or from my little
 stash that were black and white as well as a little greenery.

After playing around for awhile, I came up with an arrangement
that I'm pretty happy with.
I used a cloth napkin with black stripes to soften the hard
lines of the mantel.

I like how the colors tie in with the black and white of the fireplace.
I think I'll be happy with this for a little while . . . wink, wink!

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January 17, 2015


Happy Saturday Everyone!
This is a quote that I really love so I thought
I would share it today.

I think this is so true and meaningful.
It applies to life today just as much as it did when
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote it.
It helps to remind me of the important things in life.