February 25, 2017

Window Treatments In The Dining Nook

Finally, after 9 years, we have window treatments in our dining nook.
I almost can't believe it.
It's been a challenge finding something I liked that would work
on this very wide (110 inches) window without spending a fortune.
Sorry these pictures aren't so great - it's difficult to get good ones with all the light that comes in. 
I guess it's a good problem to have since I love having big windows and lots of natural light.

I found these pinch pleated valances at Ballard Designs.
The fabric is actually the same as some throw pillows I have so
 I knew I would like the color.
I did have to cut a couple of them to make them fit the width of the windows exactly.

I chose these faux wood curtain rods that I found at Target.
I really like the contrast of the darker wood.
It was pretty much an all day job, getting the rods up and the valances
 hung so everything was even and looked good.
just don't look too closely : )
And don't tell anyone, but I may have used masking tape in a few places
 to get everything just right - that's a designer secret ha ha!

Here are a few more shots around the dining area.

Here is my old cupboard door that used to be hung near the refrigerator.
The other side of it is a blue/green color which is the side that was showing before.
I flipped it over and now the more subdued, chippy side is showing.
I'm not sure which side I like better!
We like having our options, right?

I had been putting off and dreading this job so it's nice to be able to cross it off my list.
The same valances are hanging over the two windows in the kitchen so I will show you those soon.

Now on to the next item on my list.
Thanks so much for dropping by.
Have a wonderful day!


February 16, 2017

New Sofa Table and Old Screen Door

I have been looking for a new sofa table for the long wall in our family
room and I'm happy to say that I finally found one that I love.
  This table is 60" wide and is a much better fit than the 48" table I had.
 I found it on the Wayfair site and I got it for a great price so
that made me even happier.

Of course the best part was accessorizing it after it arrived.
I decided to try some baskets on the wall above the table and I really
 like how they look and all of the texture that they add.

Some old books are always a great accessory.

The original knobs were nickel and I decided to change them 
out with some wooden ones that I found at Target.

The bottom shelf was fun to decorate as well.

This is such a long wall that I decided to fill it
in even more with this old screen door that I've had forever but 
had never found a good place for it.

I had to dress it up a little too so I added this
old banker's bag that I found at an antique store.

A little stool and bucket of flowers added the finishing touches.

This has always been a difficult area to decorate and I love how
it looks now.  It finally looks complete.

Happy Friday

I hope you all have a great weekend!



February 14, 2017

Romantic Rooms for Valentine's Day

To celebrate Valentine's Day, 
I found some inspiring spaces that I think are dreamy and romantic.
We all need a little romance in our lives, right?
I hope you like them as much as I do.

I hope we can all spend some time today with someone special whether it's a sweetheart,
a sweet child, a good friend or a furry friend.
Happy Valentine's Day!

❤︎ JoAnne


January 21, 2017

Stowe, Vermont

Just before Christmas, we went on a short trip to Stowe, Vermont.
Hubby and the kids love to ski so that is what they did but you
may be able to guess what I did while there.

Yes, a little shopping and exploring of course.
I really love New England and the small town of Stowe lived
up to the picture in my mind of an adorable New England town.
I took these photos with my phone so they're not the best and it was
very, very cold that day so I didn't take as many as I would have liked.

I was surprised how small the town was but I also loved that about it.
It was so picturesque especially with the snow and Christmas decorations.

Shaw's General Store sold clothing - lots of chunky sweaters and warm woolen mittens.

I borrowed a couple images from the internet of things I didn't get a picture of.
This red building is The Old Depot which houses a small restaurant, 
a bookstore and The Stowe Mercantile which has lots of goodies to look at.

Of course every proper town should have a Public House . . .

. . . and a Cheese Monger.

It's never too cold for ice cream, right?

All of these pictures are from the main street running through the town.

I also loved that there were no fast food or chain restaurants, not even a Starbucks!
One of the places we ate was the Depot Street Malt Shop and it was very yummy.

Look how cute it is inside.
At first we weren't aware that most shops and restaurants close very early.
We were there in the late afternoon and we made it just in time before the kitchen closed.

I happened upon this cute B&B on the edge of town.
We may have to check this out if we ever go back.

Here are a few pictures from Stowe Mountain where the rest
of the family spent their time.

I know there are much higher mountains for skiing,
but these looked plenty high enough to me.

The scenery was beautiful!

Do you love little New England towns too?
I dream of living in one of them someday.

Thanks so much for visiting today.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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