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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Tablescape with Hyacinths

I'm celebrating the season with a Spring Tablescape,
Although, the season doesn't really want to celebrate here, just yet. We still had some snow coming down!
No Hyacinths blooming around here, so I had to buy my own spring at Trader Joe's!
and fake it some more with my little grape hyacinth tins!
I used some polka dot placemats - for some reason polka dots remind me of spring.
Mixing patterns is always fun, so I used some checked napkins.

Now, if we could just get Mother Nature to do her thing and warm things up around here,
then it would really feel like spring!

I hope the start of your spring is going well.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann


I am linking up at:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St. Patrick's Day -B'gosh and Begorrah! it's Shamrocks!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
B'gosh and Begorrah! We are among the shamrocks at our table.
St. Patrick's Day has always been a fun day at our house,
not because we are Irish, because we aren't!
But, we celebrate anyway because it is my birthday!!

I've added some shamrock's  - which means young clover - I figured if I called them shamrock's I might feel just as young!
And who is that hiding among the shamrocks?
 That bunny is making an early appearance.
I hope you have some fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

Sources:
White Plates and goblets- World Market several years ago but I believe the still carry them
Flatware and polka dot napkins - Homegoods several years ago
Striped/floral napkin - Butternchurn Kitchenwares in Walnut Creek, Ohio several years ago
Burlap placemats - Pier 1 Imports
Silk Shamrock plants - Homespun Treasures in Walnut Creek, Ohio


I made the moss napkin rings several years ago for this post
Spring Garden
  You may also enjoy some of my previous St. Patrick's Day posts
       Ewe & McGregor    or   Cabbage, Parsley and Potatoes

I am linking up to the following parties:
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today is Barbie's Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Barbie!
 She looks pretty good for 58, doesn't she?
Barbie and I are the same age, born only about a week apart.
Call me jealous, but I think she has had some "plastic" surgery over the years!?! 
Everyone has varying opinions about this iconic doll.  I am a Barbie girl at heart.  All the girls in our neighborhood would get together and play Barbie's all day long.  We often made her clothes,  or furniture and cars out of boxes, we got very creative.   I'm not even sure if there was such a thing as a Barbie DreamHouse back then.  To us Barbie was just fun!! 

When I grew up I had the pleasure of working for Mattel Toys for many years as a retail service representative and was fortunate enough to be able to work with their trade services department at many of their trade shows.   When I retired two years ago, my boss made those fun champagne flutes for my retirement dinner!  

I hope you enjoyed this fun little birthday tribute to a real doll!

Thanks for stopping by
Ann

I am linking up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Friday, February 24, 2017

Home Remodel Tablescape- putting the tools on the table!

Why not!  We have tools everywhere during our home remodel, so why not put them on top of the table!
I have had these floor plan plates for a couple of years and had not featured them yet.
So I thought this was the perfect time,
Since we have been in the middle of a whole house remodel.

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 I purchased these plates at Fishs Eddy in NYC.  This is the cutest store if your a dish junkie like me.  I picked up my NY Times Crossword Puzzle plates at this same store - Click Here to see those plates and more info on the store.

 If you have been following along, you know we have tackled the kitchen and the outside of the house.  But we still have many, many more projects to complete.
Well, enough talk, it's time to
take those bandana napkins off the cups and get back to work!!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am linking up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ugly House gets a Makeover!

Our ugly fixer upper got a much needed makeover!
Scary!  Isn't it!!! 
We bought this beauty because of its location!!  See my previous post Here!
But it wasn't just that it was ugly, there were animals living between the old cedar siding and our walls!! Mostly birds and a family of bats!!  Now, I realize that bats are good at the lake, they eat mosquitos - but I don't want them living in our walls - just saying!!  We would wake up in the morning to animal noises in the walls, our dogs would go around pointing at the outlets because they could hear the birds chirping in the walls!
  It wasn't very safe either.  None of the balconies were up to code.
The inspector said they would hold people, but when we had anyone over to see the house, for some reason, they were very hesitant to go out on the balconies!!

So we decided to bite the bullet and do it all- new deck, balconies, siding and several windows! It was a huge project and it had to start with the decks and balconies.

There was no access to the upper balconies from the outside.  The lower level is a walkout basement that had a narrow, badly cracked cement pad. Not anymore!!!  We ripped that out!
We extended the lower level out and made a nice size wood deck.   The middle level is where the kitchen and living area are- we wanted to be able to put a table outside the kitchen but that would mean extending out what was there by several feet.  We also wanted to have access to it from the outside so we put in the stairs.  

I should clarify here, that we hired a professional to build our deck and balconies.  There was no way my husband and I could do all this work!!!  My dogs grew quite fond of the two gentlemen who worked so hard for several months to build all of this, they almost became part of the family!
               
We went back and forth with whether or not we wanted to have the second level covered or not. If we put a full roof over the second level, it would have blocked out a lot of light in our kitchen and dining area and we did not want to do that - we liked the light and brightness of the kitchen area. When my husband suggested we just put up a pergola - it was the perfect compromise - it lets in light, yet gives us a bit of shade from the sun.
                            
So once the new siding went up we no longer had the ugliest house on the lake!!

 Here is a picture of the side of the house -
  same view as the second photo in this post - with the new siding. 
This house had a newer brown metal roof and brown stack stone on parts of the home, therefore we stuck with the brown family for the siding.

Since the garage is pretty much all you see from the street when you pull up to our house- I wanted to make sure we did something nicer than a plain garage door.
 This was one of the first things we had done- and I was immediately in love with
my new garage door!
Then when they finished the siding and we put up the new light fixtures
it all came together.
Now we look at it and say we need a new driveway!!  and we definitely need some landscaping in the back.  It never ends!
But it sure looks a lot better than it did - and I am no longer embarrassed to say I live here!!

I am linking up to the following parties:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ StoneGable
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kitchen Before and After Reveal

Our fixer upper kitchen has been transformed into a totally updated and open place to cook and gather!
Just to remind you what we started with:
I love my new kitchen now!!
I am happy with the choices we made.  
If you would like to see more of the before and during photos - check out my previous post- Our Kitchen Remodel
In that post I mentioned that I was a bit scared on how my choice of the two dark cabinets on either side of the range would look - now it is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen.

One of my other favorite choices was not doing a lazy susan (which loosing half of its contents off the back every time you spin it -was a pet peeve of mine) and doing the three deep drawers in the corner.  They are much bigger than they look and store a plethora of items.
Moving the sink over to the big window that overlooks the lake was the absolute right thing to do.
We chose not to do a farmhouse sink because I like a double bowl sink and this stainless steel sink came free with the counter tops!!  It was just one of the choices we made to save a little somewhere along the road- after all we have the whole house to redo.  (see the rest of the fixer upper here)

  The island we decided upon is a free standing piece of furniture.  We did not want to put pendant lights over it because we can turn it going the opposite direction if we so choose to do.
It actually cost us less to purchase this piece than put in two small cupboards and granite on top plus I think this piece has much more charm!  This island has a stainless steel top, which I love the look of - but I have to say it does scratch very easily.  We hid our microwave inside the island, luckily we thought far enough ahead to include an electrical outlet in the floor.

The other side of this island pulls out for additional seating
The only thing I don't like about it - is that we have a dog that loves tennis balls.  She is forever trying
to fish her tennis balls out from underneath the island!

We have plenty of storage with the three pantry cabinets on the far left.

So here is the final comparison 

Sources:
NOTE: THESE ARE NOT ENDORSEMENTS FOR THESE PRODUCTS
I AM NOT GETTING PAID NOR AM I RECOMMENDING THESE PRODUCTS
THESE ARE WHAT WE USED- YOU MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE THE DURABILITY OR QUALITY THAT WE CHOSE:
Flooring -Hartville Hardware -  Hardwood - Vallaria Pacific Pecan- Greystone
Cabinets -Home Depot - Thomasville - in Toasted Almond on Cotton
and the dark cabinets are Graphite
Counter tops - Home Depot -Silestone - Iron Bark
Backsplash - Hartville Hardware - Mediterranean's Chicago Brick Tile - South Side
Island - Andreas Furniture - Paula Deen Furniture line - River House - now being discontinued
Multiple Pendant light fixture over table - PotteryBarn- Paxton 8 light Pendant
The table and chairs -had from our old house- had them made at Swiss Valley Furniture


So far so good!  I hope the rest of the house transforms this nicely!
We are currently having some work done on the outside of the house, so stop back to see more updates to our little fixer upper.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am linking up to the following parties:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style @Essence of Home
Feathered Nest Friday @French Country Cottage

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Winter Tablescape

I put together an "Almost Forgot it was Winter" Tablescape!
Seeing how it has been snowing and acting like the season it truly is!
We are having such unusual weather this winter, it has been hard to remember what season it is.
So before I packed away all of my evergreens for the winter, I thought I would use them again for a centerpiece.  I bought those little wood picks at 90% off at a local greenhouse that had all their Christmas items on clearance.  I just knew they didn't need to be used for Christmas!  
I paired them with the spheres that usually go with some summer fish I have - and now they are doing double duty with a winter centerpiece.
A little evergreen sprig tied with jute make a perfect napkin ring.
Enjoy your week, what ever the weather may bring!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Ann

Sources:
Burlap placemats and light brown plates - Amish Country Peddler in Walnut Creek, Ohio
Cream color plates and bowls - Butterchurn Kitchenwares in Walnut Creek, Ohio
Napkins - Marshalls - years ago
Flatware - Ikea

I am linking up at the following Parties:
Tablescape Thursday @Between Naps on the Porch
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Dishing It and Digging It @ Life and Linda