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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February 12, 2015


Do you ever get it stuck in your head that you want something
new and then you search and search for the perfect thing
but just can't find it.

I have been looking for a new lamp for our family room and I haven't
been able to find one that is the right style, the right height, the right price, etc.

This is the lamp that I wanted to replace.

So then I decided to try out a couple different lamps that were in my stash.
I brought out this candlestick lamp that I've had for a million years and used the
lamp shade from the lamp that had been there.  Not bad.

There was a brass ring around the top of the base which I wasn't crazy about
so I thought I would hide it with a ribbon.  
I think the ribbon added a little more cottage style to the lamp as well.

Sometimes just using what you have is the best solution of all.

I also changed the other accessories on the table for a fresh look.

The picture is of my husband as a little boy ~ isn't he adorable?

Here are a few of the lamps that I found in my search.
Do you like any of these?

A new lamp may be in my future yet but for now, 
I'm happy and so is my bank account!!

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