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Patio Reveal

Today I would like to show you the transformation of our patio.  With a lot of work, it has come a long way since we moved here ten years ago. 

In the picture below you can see how it looked after we had replaced the ugly brown shingle siding on the house and added the patio doors. There was actually no direct access to the patio before this. The concrete blocks that made up the patio always looked dirty and they were uneven in many places.  They also went right up to the house so there was no space to plant anything between the patio and house.  

Do you see our kitty waiting to get back in the house?  I don't blame him for not wanting to spend too much time our there.  We didn't want to either! 
A few years ago, my son and hubby tore out the old concrete blocks and laid new pavers.  Such a huge improvement!

With some landscaping and pretty flowers, it has become a space we can really enjoy.  

It's been especially nice this summer. We have had a lot of really nice days fo…


I have the most adorable kitchen to share with you today.
If you like vintage, pastel colors, and pink refrigerators, 
you're going to love this.
I ran across this kitchen on the Barn Light Electric Blog.
This renovation won the grand prize in a photo contest 
and I can see why.

The pendant lights which are perfect for the space are just one of so
many wonderful details:
- simple white cabinetry with marble countertops
- open shelving with cute scalloped borders are loaded with vintage
enamel cannisters, jadeite cake plates, and pretty dishes
- industrial range with aqua tile backsplash and large corbels on each side
-  and of course the pink retro fridge is like the cherry on top

The rest of the open space blends seamlessly with the kitchen.
Isn't it pretty?

Soft blue paint on the walls and crisp white sofas.
Two gorgeous chandeliers.
Love the big old cabinet with the large basket on top too.

You can see a little more of the kitchen from this angle.
It looks like there's a big farmhouse sink and 
some storage with glass doors at the far end.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at this kitchen and living space.
FYI ~ I'm not being compensated for this post ~ I just loved this
when I saw it and wanted to share.


**photos courtesy of Barn Light Electric Blog and Emily Coleman**


  1. OH! MY! It's so beautiful! I hate to cook anything in there in fear that it would get messy! LOL

  2. I am in LOVE! What a beautiful home.

  3. So fun to see! Thanks for sharing it!

  4. WOW that is a beautiful kitchen.Love the pink frig.

  5. ONGOSH- Is that just adorable/beautiful, or what? I can see why it took the prize-it is absolutely gorgeous and I love it. I am so glad I found your blog. I love coming here! xo Diana

  6. I love your pictures but I can't read the words in the font they are in. I'd love to be able to read your words.

  7. What a delightful kitchen! So refreshing and uplifting. One could never have a bad day in that happy kitchen. Makes me smile just to look at it. Thanks JoAnne for sharing it with us.

  8. Isn't that the kitchen of our cottage dreams? Wow! That pink fridge is the cutest thing ever and I love those scalloped shelves.

  9. i like the open airyness and light here. Although I am not a fan of open concept (I know I stand alone here)...

  10. Oh my goodness!

    What a wonderful space - so much eye candy.

  11. Thanks for sharing this darling home! I love it! It's so shabby chic without being over the top with flowers and ruffles. Love the lights they used in the kitchen.

  12. Oh my gosh! Simply gorgeous! A dream kitchen for sure!!! Love the pink fridge!

  13. It's rare to see homes that entirely embrace the vintage look. I guess that's because supplies for antique homes are difficult to find nowadays. In any case, I love the soft pastels of that kitchen. The owners definitely aced that design. Thanks for sharing that, JoAnne! All the best to you! :)

    John Lambert @ Cape Coral Lots


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