Softpots

Tony and I attended a ‘softpots’ workshop with ‘Annie Softpot’… (google it) and learned how to make beautiful plantpots from nylon stockings.  I have just put them outside in my garden as they were starting to take over the house.  I have three more in my kichen. I think these outdoor ones make a lovely colourful addition to my garden.

My lovely new kitchen

In July I had a major flood in my kitchen which ruined the old one completely.  This past fortnight I have had a team of Kitchen fitters in ripping the old one back to bare plaster and floorboards.  This is how the new looks right now. Hopefully it will get finished off today and then the decorators can come in and paint it all. I love how neatly the central heating boiler has been boxed in. The top part is simply a loose open topped box to allow for air flow

Coastal-Rustic Sun Porch

Hi! Welcome to my sun porch! I did a post of my back porch a couple of years ago. Basically, the changes are all furniture right now. This chair was my latest addition to my porch and seems to be everyones favorite!

My Favorite Little Pillow!

The oak sofa table and end tables shown in the photos below were from my living room. I have been gradually transforming my that room over the past year and a half. I didn’t want to get rid of these pieces because they are in such great condition. They may not be the latest trend but I think they can pass the test of time! lol

You will notice through these photos that I laid down an area rug. I really need to get new flooring. It is not in our budget right now. So I found this area rug and thought I would try it out to see which way to go when we were ready to redo the floor. I love the colors and texture, but after laying it down, I realized that if I was to buy carpeting out here, this choice would be too light. Especially because most of my furniture is dark and my stone wall is made up of darker earth tones. Unfortunately, I did return the rug.

This brown recliner and the sofa are fairly new. We had purchased these last year after my son moved out and took our 3 yr old sectional, that was in our family room, with him. lol. We decided on these pieces for the family room, but after about 4 months, my husband was tired of sitting in on the recliner every night. This set was very inexpensive and I feel that we kind of rushed into it. Our other porch furniture was old and I was constantly try to keep the slipcovers clean. So we decide to get rid of that furniture and bring up the sofa and recliner. We like this set so much better on the porch. We then bought a new sofa and love seat for our family room. So much more comfy after a long day! 🙂

I hope to hear from you soon. It’s been a while 🙂

Have a Great Summer everyone!

Lining the back of bookshelves

I have owned these six bookshelves since 2004.  I finally decided to line the back of these shelves with four nice wrapping paper rolls from TJ Maxx.  The lining was not hard, but the removing the books and putting them back were laborious for me because I neither have strong arms nor hands.  I like my lining muted, hence these paper patterns/prints.  I have 16 more bookshelves, but I am not lining those.  This activity was spring lining for me instead of spring cleaning.  The paper rolls were around $15.

The Courtyard

Life was happening when the weather was warm,and I never took the time to post some pics of my fav place….just outside our door is our Courtyard..we live in a one story townhouse….connected to others..but our entrance is thru this wonderful,space,this was our second spring and summer here,so I’m going to find even more ways to make it inviting.But sitting here with coffee in the morning or wine at night,is,a little heaven on earth…..hope you enjoy,as I try to bring a little England to my surroundings!

Welcome to the New Year

Happy New Year!

It’s been awhile since I posted.A lot,of life has happened,but a new year is a perfect time to renew my love of hearth and home.

I love color and need it in our home to keep hubbys depression at bay,he is also disabled,and over all of the many years,I find it to be cheerful and helpful,as life can be very challenging. I love the English Country look..not sure if I’m achieving it..lol but I like to try.

Blessings to all,of you..God Bless.

A

Budget Friendly Farmhouse Kitchen

Welcome to my Farmhouse Kitchen Above!


BEFORE:

BELOW is my Inspiration Photo! Our kitchen makeover started when we went to the Stone Shop to pick out a remnant for our new Laundry Room cabinet. We had renovated our Laundry room earlier this past summer and chose all new white cabinets. We found this gray leather textured granite remnant. We liked it so much that we decided to replace the laminate counter top in our kitchen. We decided not to replace our oak cabinets for now, but wanted to take down the blue tile backsplash. We had looked at several tile samples to replace the blue tile that would have coordinated beautifully with the oak cabinets. Then, we decided that is was too expensive and not in our budget right now, being that we had not planned on doing a kitchen makeover so soon. We went with shiplap for the backsplash instead. I always loved the idea of shiplap. It took some convincing, but my husband liked the inspiration photos I found online of beautiful kitchens with shiplap. 

So thats what us Do-It Yourselfers did! Shiplap! I even googled how to build a farmhouse window frame and I think my husband got it right! Yay! We had taken out our 3 tier shelf that was attached to the corner cabinet you see in the photo below on the left. This would make room for the new window frame.

BELOW: New farmhouse faucet! We didn’t plan to replace our faucet when we purchased the granite. When the stone company came out to measure our countertop, we told them our faucet was only a couple of years old, so they measured 4 holes to accommodate what we already had. (You can see the old faucet in the 1st BEFORE photo above.) After the new countertop and new under mount sink were installed, we had put the original faucets back in, only to find that there was a leak coming from the hot & cold fixture that could not be repaired. I really wasn’t planning to buy new fixtures. Fortunately, we were able to special order these beautiful farmhouse fixtures that would accommodate 4 precut holes! A little pricy for our budget, so much so that after my husband and I left the shop from ordering them, I started to cry. But my husband reassured me that it was okay and these would probably last forever! 🙂

I love our rustic Kitchen Island! I actually had purchased this last winter, a few months after our floors were installed. I think this was my first inspirational piece that would eventually lead us to this!

I have some thoughts for more changes:

1. Keep the oak cabinets and eventually Sand & Refinish them. Then replace the chrome hardware with black rustic hardware.

2. Paint lower cabinets medium gray, with lighter gray cabinets above.

3. Paint top & bottom cabinets white.

What do you think?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by during this busy Holiday Season.:)

Wishing you all very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Fall’in for Farmhouse Part 2

Hi Ladies! I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall Season! I had mentioned in my last post that I have incorporated some new furniture pieces & wall decor in my Living Room. You might notice some of the changes if you have followed my postings of this room in the past. I seem to have leaned towards a little bit of a Farmhouse look to go with what I already have in this room. What do you think of it? Does it work??

I wouldn’t usually think of buying a floral pillow for Fall, but I was drawn in by the orange embroidered flowers & burnt orange trim. I think it kind of works. What do you think?

I am really happy with my living room space now, all except for this area rug that I bought after the Holidays last Winter. When I had the new flooring put in my bedroom, I had moved the 2 area rugs that were previously in this room, up into that room They were lighter in color and seemed fit in better with the color scheme. With this rug, I feel that the large pattern & color is too bold for the look I want to achieve in this room now. And it has been very difficult to find throw pillows to coordinate with, So I am on the hunt for a more neutral color rug for in front of my dark love seat. 

I do want to mention that I don’t mind this pattern for the runner as you enter my home, as you can see in the 2 photos below. So, that will be staying. 🙂

I actually made this “Thankful” banner below, last Fall & didn’t even get the chance to post it! So My message from this banner is that I am “Thankful” for my Family & “Thankful” for my humble little Home . . . 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂