February 27, 2015


I have always loved the look of floors with a checkered pattern.
Here are some pictures showing some that I think look really great.

I'm not sure if this is a front or back entry (due to the dog food bowls) but
 either way it's very inviting.

Here's a large scale version that showcases the hardwood floors as
 well as the checkered pattern.

You know I love this blue and white floor.

I like how the flooring in this entry/hallway area separates it
 from the rest of the room.

Classis black and white.

So pretty.

A checkered pattern can be achieved with paint or stain - beautiful
 tone on tone pattern on this hardwood floor.

This kitchen has an unexpected color combination on the floor ~
so cheerful ~ wouldn't it just make you smile?  

Gray and white ~ what's not to love in this Scandinavian style space? 

Here is another gray and white floor but this one is very subtle.
Doesn't it look beautiful with the marble countertops?

Whether big scale or small, formal or casual, a floor with a checkered pattern
can be really beautiful and add that something special to a room.

Have you ever had a checkered floor or would you like to?

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February 20, 2015


I love to layer comfy blankets and throws in the family room
when the weather is so cold.
As I'm writing this, it's negative 7 degrees outside - yikes!
There was no school yesterday or today so we are 
staying in as much as possible.

It feels so good to just curl up in the family room
with pillows and cozy throws to keep us warm.

we even have a fluffy ball of fur on the back of the sofa : )

The other day I randomly set my little white chair in 
the family room when I was mopping the kitchen floor.
I liked how it looked in this room so I found a place for it
 in this corner ~ I think it looks cute.

 I actually have a mantel for the fireplace but it needs to be painted.
  We're going to remove the two little shelves that are so dated.
I really should get busy doing that because I know it will look so much better.
Plus I will have another spot to accessorize!!

A fire would be wonderful right now but that might mean
going outside to get more wood from the pile.

hmmm ~ i'll have to think about that one

If you live where it's cold, I hope you're staying warm
and staying inside as much as possible.
Have a good (and hopefully warmer) weekend!

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February 17, 2015


Way, way back in October, I posted about choosing new counter stools.
I finally chose an unfinished wood stool and as you can see,
I started painting before I remembered to take a picture.

They were just plain, unfinished wood.
When I received them, I was surprised and happy at how heavy,
 sturdy and well made they are.  
They came already assembled as well which was great.

So I painted them with my Annie Sloan chalk paint in Coco
and added a simple design to the seats.

Then I finished them with just some regular
furniture wax.

The chalk paint is so great to work with ~ 
you can achieve such a wonderful aged look with it.

 Below are the old stools that had seen better days.

 I like how the new ones look with our table and chairs
 much better.

It took me forever to get these finished.
They were more time consuming than I expected
 so I'm very happy to be done!

Now we are just going to enjoy them!

February 14, 2015


I found a very special place for us to spend Valentine's Day.
It's an adorable cottage of course.
Come on in and hang up your hat and your cute red bag.
Let's have a seat in the pretty living room where we can enjoy the
 beautiful red flowers and a red mystery drink while we chat.
Are you getting hungry?
Join me in the kitchen while I make lunch.

I'll be making some cupcakes for our dessert.

You wouldn't mind setting the table would you?

We can eat lunch on the enclosed porch and then enjoy some
cherries and delicious cupcakes!
If you're sleepy after lunch, you may have a nap
in the lovely guest room with it's pretty red linens.

Oh dear, is it time to go already?
Please select a pretty heart sachet as your parting gift.

Maybe next time it will be warm enough to sit on the wonderful
front porch and admire the charming red door.

I really hope you enjoyed your visit and I hope you enjoy
the rest of your Valentine's Day!


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