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Pretty Centerpieces for Spring

To celebrate the first official day of Spring, I found some pretty and easy table centerpieces to inspire us. This first one is what I currently have on my table. I'm sure I will be changing it out many times especially when the flowers in my yard start blooming.

Here are a couple more from previous years.

As you can see, I usually stick with something pretty easy - a pitcher or flower pot with flowers and a few other accessories to make it a little more interesting.

There are so many possibilities. Using jars or bottles for flowers can be so pretty and I love how the Spring sunshine reflects through them.
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I also love nature inspired centerpieces. You can get really creative with some spring blooms,  moss and terra cotta pots.
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I have never made a centerpiece using veggies but I have seen  some like these below that look amazing. The colors are so fresh and vibrant.
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Trapp Family Lodge

I had planned to post something for spring today  but it is so cold and snowy here, like it is in a lot of the country,   that I decided on something a little more fitting. Back in December when we were on a short trip to Stowe, VT,   I realized that we were only a few minutes away from the  Trapp Family Lodge, so I told hubby we had to at least drive by it.

And if you're wondering, yes this is THE Trapp Family, you know,  the von Trapp Family of The Sound of Music fame,  Julie Andrews, A Few of My Favorite Things, etc., etc.
Go ahead, you can start singing, I don't mind  . . .  raindrops on roses  and whiskers on kittens . . .
After about a ten minute drive, mostly uphill, from where we were  staying, the lodge was within view.

Did you know the von Trapps eventually emigrated to the United States first settling in Pennsylvania and then to a farm in the mountains of Vermont? Well, by golly, that's exactly what they did : ) The family began renting out rooms which evolved i…

Window Treatments in the Kitchen

Recently I posted about my new window treatments in our dining nook. Our kitchen windows got treated to the same valances so I'm back to show you how they look.


These were so much easier to hang since I was able to use tension rods - one of the greatest inventions ever!

It's nice to have a cohesive look from the kitchen through to the dining nook.

While we're in the kitchen, I thought I would show you that we finally got  a Keurig Coffee Maker.  It was a family Christmas gift and we are all enjoying it.  I chose the pretty white model.

Then of course a rearrangement of the entire counterspace ensued and there was also the issue of where to store all the little Keurig pods.

It occurred to me that my wooden box with the drawer might work. And guess what?  They fit perfectly! I think it was just meant to be - some sort of coffee  pod and wooden box fate : )


Now that we have the valances hung and the coffeemaker and  coffee pod issues settled, all is right with the kitchen. I …

Blue Kitchen Cabinets 2017

I have done a couple posts on kitchens with
blue cabinetry in the past, after all it is my favorite color.
It has been awhile though, so today I have rounded up some more
 amazing kitchens with cottage style that also incorporate blue in
 the design.
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The kitchen above and the one below have white upper cabinets and soft shades of blue on the lower ones. This is a nice way to use blue without going overboard or ending up with something that you would get tired of quickly.
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Finding the right shade of blue would be key and using a lot of white and wood tones along with it creates a beautiful and timeless look.
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Isn't the kitchen above just so very unique? It has sort of a french country feeling but in an updated way. Wish there was a better picture of the script that's on the wall  on the right.
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This kitchen is from Remodelondo la Casa and I've always thought the watery blue/green color on the island is just so pretty.
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These two kitche…