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Spring On My Little Bench

I haven't had time to do much spring decorating due to lots of activities going on with the kids. We spent the weekend in Cleveland at a Robotics Competition which turned out to be really fun. However, today I did have a chance to play around with some spring decorating on my little bench in our entryway.

It ended up being sort of a garden theme.

I added a piece of light colored burlap to the top of the bench and then just piled on some faux flowers and greenery.

I also added this print of tulips in a pitcher ~ just right for spring.

 Of course, the little shelves needed some spring touches as well.


I have used this topiary in so many different places ~ it's great for adding height where needed.


It feels good to bring out the flowers and reminders of spring. And we're finally having some warmer weather around here  ~  I hope you are too!


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A BLACK AND WHITE COTTAGE KITCHEN

I found a really wonderful cottage kitchen to show you today. It's all done in black and white.  It has a really unique decorative feature too ~ the ceiling is wallpapered in a black and white floral pattern! Doesn't it look great?
Kitchen by San Diego Interior Designers & DecoratorsKathy Ann Abell Interiors

The rest of the kitchen isn't too shabby either. Beautiful white cabinetry, black countertops, and checkered floors with just enough wood to warm up the space.
Kitchen by San Diego Interior Designers & DecoratorsKathy Ann Abell Interiors
I know we all love the retro stove as well!
Kitchen by San Diego Interior Designers & DecoratorsKathy Ann Abell Interiors
Here you get a better look at the pretty ceiling. I have done some wallpapering in my day but I have to say my neck and shoulders couldn't handle wallpapering a ceiling but I do really like the look. What do you think? Would you ever wallpaper a ceiling?
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SPRING

Happy First Day of Spring!
Today is the Spring Equinox; also called the Vernal Equinox.
def:  the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth.
I love this quote for today . . .

. . . and I'm so glad it's true.
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!

AROUND THE KITCHEN

I enjoy doing these little posts of things around my kitchen. I love kitchen gadgets and accessories and I do make changes to them fairly often.

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 Next to the stove, I usually have a grouping of utensils so I can quickly grab what I need - you know, like when the grilled cheese is burning and I need a spatula pronto!  : ) Below you can see I added a yellow apple for a little spring color.

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The top of this little cabinet is always a good place for a couple fun accessories. I loved this little blue "Traditional Biscuits" tin when I saw it at Homegoods.

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I like using glass jars too.  This "Yorkshire" jar is also a Homegoods find.

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Baskets are always fun to fill up with kitchen towels, bread boards and other supplies.

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And of course there must be something on the table like some flowers for spring with a pretty bowl, tea towel, and round bread board to make it more interesting.

Only three more days until the official first day of…

MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD STORYBOOK

There's a storybook from my childhood that has never left my memory. It had long ago been given away or discarded. All I could really remember was the name of the book and the fact that I loved it.
I was so happy to finally find it on the internet.
Me Too! A Whitman Tell-A-Tale Book copyright 1962 ~ the year after I was born  ~ yes, I'm old  : )

I didn't remember that the little girl's name was Anne which of course is part of my name. Maybe it's not too surprising that we named our daughter Anna.

I had older sisters so that may be part of the reason I connected to this book. Or maybe it was because I loved to play with dolls like these girls. (It appears that Anne is spanking her baby ~ not sure I like that part.)

I am sure I loved their pretty blue dresses.

And their pretty house with their pretty Mamma.
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Whatever the reasons, I'm so happy I found it again!
Did you have a favorite storybook as a child?
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KATE FORMAN STYLE AND FREE BROCHURE

Are you familiar with UK designer, Kate Forman? I stumbled upon her website recently and completely fell in love.

Kate designs French inspired textiles and she now has her own line of fabrics, cushions, wallpaper and many other beautiful items for the home. ∞  ∞  ∞  ∞  ∞ Here are just a few of her fabrics ~


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Also, there are many gorgeous inspiration photos  like these on the Kate Forman website ~




(source for all of the above photos:  kate forman)

Aren't these rooms beautiful? So pretty, soft and romantic.
You can see so much more here ~ KATE FORMAN
And while you're there, click on 'Request Brochure' at the top of the page. Fill in your info and you will receive this beautiful book ~
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OUR HOUSE 7 YEARS AGO AND NOW ~ PART 2

Hi Everyone, Here is Part 2 of the pictures we took of our house when we looked at it for the first time and what those rooms look like now. You can see Part 1 here.
The master bedroom is on the first floor and this is what it looked like  back then - very dark and dated.

We decided to remove the window behind the bed. It looked directly into the side of our neighbor's house and it also limited furniture arrangement. The window on the left was replaced with a larger window. A lighter paint color and decor has made the room so much lighter and brighter. We also found original hardwood floors under the carpet so that was great news!

The wall in the picture below was moved back a little bit and one large walk-in  closet was created with only one door instead of the two separate closets.

Now our large armoire is on the wall where the two closet openings were. It's not a huge master bedroom, but we're happy with it  and certainly a big improvement from before.

The bedroom belo…