October 15, 2014

a little halloween in the house

I normally don't do much decorating inside for Halloween but this year I was inspired by all the fun displays I have been seeing online.

And my newly painted white hutch provided the perfect backdrop for a little spooktacular decor.  Not too much as I got a late start and most of the Halloween stuff is gone by labor day...but just enough to get us all in the fun spirit of the holiday.

My grandson helped me spookify the front porch with spider webs, bugs and all manor of creepy, crawly things and I'll be back to share all that fun with you later in the week.

What about you do you decorate for Halloween or is yours more of a fall display?  Have you posted your pics somewhere?  Invite me over for a virtual tour, I'd love to come see.

xo, Patty

October 7, 2014

and breakfast bar...

I love the idea of simplifying every room in our home by removing those things that aren't used often in favor of a little more open space.  I have really tried to de-clutter as I'm working through the house room by room.

When I redid the kitchen a couple of months ago I removed all the appliances off the main counter area placing them in cabinets with the exception of the coffee maker.  However, I've noticed over time that there is one item we pull out almost daily...the toaster.

I managed to find a permanent spot for it next to the coffee bar and have renamed the little area, "Breakfast and coffee bar" (original, I know).  Now the area functions much better for our families day to day living.

What about you?  Besides the coffee maker, what is the one appliance you use the most?

xo, Patty

October 2, 2014

that little space...

I thought I'd take a minute to address that little space between my stove and refrigerator today.  I guess I never did let you in on how that happy accident happened. (Thank you Apartment Therapy for the reminder.)

When I made my list of things I needed to address in the kitchen before the revamp, the space between the fridge and stove was right up there.  If I pushed the appliances as far apart as possible it gave me seven inches to work with.

My original thought was to make a pull out shelf on wheels that I could store baking sheets in but I am not a power saw girl and my husband was not working on my time frame (he wasn't ready to drop his list of projects to cut all the pieces for me, go figure...lol) so I went to plan B.

I placed a 6" x 30" shelf on top of a baluster leg and attached the unit to the wall with a 1 x 2 piece of scrap lumber secured to a stud.  Once it was done "we" decided it didn't quite look right with the leg exposed so I pulled a piece of scrap bead board (which happened to be exactly the right size) to see how it would look if I covered it up.

Here's were the lucky accident happened.  As I was contemplating adding a piece of wood to the front, it dawned on me how much the bead board looked like little drawers set horizontally.

One trip to Home Depot later, I added the hammered black nobs using a template I made out of paper to center the hole and a little scrap lumber kick plate at the bottom and wa-la instant "drawers"!

One day hubby man has promised to make me my plan A unit and I can just pop the front mock drawers off of plan B and attach it.  In the meantime, my ingenuity is working out just beautifully.

xo, Patty

September 29, 2014

my heart vs. my head

Well, I made it through the weekend...they're gone.  All packed up and moved out.  I have to admit my life feels a little like this today...

I did really well as we helped them pack up and then unload.  I only allowed myself tears after they left.  Their new apartment is nice, the neighborhood is safe, they are excited and happy, so my head knows it's time but my heart...my heart is a different matter.

I know it will catch up.  I have given myself a day of dramatic sighing and sadness but tomorrow when I start dreaming of this new life with time to myself and uninterrupted time with my hubby I know the color and joy will return.

My six year old grandson's parting words to me were, "It's kind of hard to move."  Yes, Andrew it is kind of hard to move but change is a necessary and exciting part of life.  And we will both be just fine.

xo, Patty

September 26, 2014

bathroom revamp reveal - and then it all came together

Grab a cup of something hot, it's another long one.

Every once in a while you get lucky and while one plan falls away and even better one takes it's place.  And so it was with my tiny main bath revamp.

Our house was built in 1954 and not much real estate was given to our main floor bathroom nor do we have a master bath in our bedroom, so this little bathroom is it for downstairs.

The walls were painted a couple of years ago when a pipe issue caused us to replace the floor and since painting is way down on my list of love to do's, I chose to just clean up, patch up, touch up and go.

I apologize for the lack of before pictures, the demo was a spur of the moment thing and really only consisted of taking down some dated towel bars and a little shelf above the toilet.

I have been collecting things for the revamp for the last couple of months, so that the cost would be minimal, since I've already spent the majority of my decorating budget on the kitchen and the dining room.  Other than a new towel bar, bath mat, towels and a new clock, I shopped my house or made it myself.

I re-purposed the white shelf from the kitchen and hung it over the new towel bar.  I made the "life is beauty full" wooden sign a couple of months ago to use in the bathroom so I placed it on top of the shelf.  I had originally wanted to go a bit more rustic in here but once I placed everything I'd originally gathered for the room on the shelf I was totally uninspired...not that you need much inspiration in the bathroom.

So I removed all the accessories and pouted a while...

Then while I was on the phone moaning to my mom, I happened to glance up and see this large canvas print in the living room.  I threw it up on the shelf, grabbed my vintage ball jars and added the wooden sign and then it all started to come together.

I headed over to Home Goods for a coral towel for a splash of color and spotted this one.  The colors couldn't be more perfect and I love it.  I found the round black clock there as well.  I think it balances out the display beautifully.

I was planning on hanging a collection of mirrors over the toilet but decided that a little color balance was needed on this side of the room so I hung the feather art I finished over the weekend.  (Sorry for the poor quality picture but the lighting is tricky in there.)

I styled and restyled the white shelf and while I love how it looked with the mercury candle holder, it didn't feel like it belonged in the bathroom.  (Thanks for all your IG opinions on the matter.)

So I removed the candle holder and added cotton balls and cotton swabs to the blue jars and I knew I'd finally reached the beauty vs. function I was after.

It feels good to have this room off my to do list.  I still need to repaint the little cabinet above the toilet but all in all this one went pretty quickly.  Let's hope the same goes for the living room.

In other news, my daughter and my grandsons are moving into there own place this weekend so my house will be quiet once again.  Keep reminding me that this is a good thing, won't you?  I'll still be watching them three or four times a week so they will be around plenty.  It's just not quite the same thing as having them sleeping upstairs and coming down noisily every morning...but wait, quiet mornings with my coffee are a good thing, right?  Please keep us in prayer through the transition.

Have a wonderful first weekend of fall!

xo, Patty

September 24, 2014

stumped and frustrated

Happy Wednesday.  My hope was to be able to share finished pictures of my little main bath with you today but it's not coming together like I imagined.  I have done the work, patched the holes, touched up the paint and hung the towel bar and shelf but it just doesn't look right.

I am stumped and frustrated.  I think I'm going to take down the accessories and just start over.  Editing and rearranging seems to be my mantra right now so I don't know why I'm surprised to be doing it once again.  I'm getting good at patching holes.

I hate when I have a vision in my head for a project and it doesn't work out.  Does that ever happen to you?

I'm on grandson babysitting duty today, so my work will happen during naps and quiet times.  Did I tell you he is already pulling himself up to a standing position on everything in sight and he is only seven months old?  Watching him (while he is awake) is now a full time job!

Silly little problems in our complicated world, for sure...

Hope to be back soon with some actual bathroom pictures.

xo, Patty

September 22, 2014

colorful feathers

We had a nice cool, fallish weekend here.  So cool that I even had to get up and close the bedroom window in the wee hours of the night.

After an early morning soccer game, I spent a little time Saturday (okay, most of the day) in my craft studio painting feathers.  Once I got started it was hard to stop and it ended up being a series of four colorful feathers with different inspirational quotes and verses.  It felt so good to be in there, lost to the rest of the world.  I was trying to calculate how long it had been since I created something just for the sake of creating and I think it was nearly three months.  No wonder I've been wound so tightly.

Today is back to reality...a little laundry to finish and then putting the main bath back together.  It should be a quick project (she said optimistically) so I'm hoping to have a few pictures to share with you soon.

How was your weekend?

Happy Monday and enjoy the last official day of summer!

xo, Patty