Christmas Fireplace 2013

The fireplace is all dressed up for Christmas. I try to come up with a different look every year but sometimes I think it all looks alike!  I’m calling this mantel, rustic glitz, a little rustic and a little sparkle. But anyway, this year the centerpiece is a big twig star.  I had the twig frame left over from a long ago project and added many more twigs to it, painted it white and added Epsom salt snow and glitter.mantel christmas2 2013

At night, with the twinkle lights lite and a fire going it looks so on mante 2l

I’ve had the garland for many years and it’s seen better days for sure. I tuck in some fresh greens to fill it out a bit

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The burlap ribbon is new this year.

Antlers are layered on a short tree stump.tree stumps on hearth

The urns hold more Epsom salt snowy branches and are wrapped in burlap scarves.frosted branches

More fresh greens are in a galvanized bucket on the hearth.

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The other side of the hearth with another star, more stumps and natural elements.

Fireplace hearth star

I still have some Christmas decorating pictures of the kitchen to post soon. We’ve been busy around here getting ready to host a Christmas party on Saturday so the kitchen has been in a perpetual state of messiness! But it’s a good thing. Fireplace hearth banner

I hope you are enjoying this season and are remembering why we celebrate! Merry Christmas!

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx))


Decorating the porch for Fall

This year the front porch is decorated with a mum, pumpkins and the wreath I made last year. I added some corn shocks that look kind of skimpy so I may add more stalks. I put mums in the plastic caldron that I usually use to hold Halloween candy and one pumpkin sits in an urn. I don’t decorate too much for Halloween, just fall, as a sort of celebration for the season because I love everything about fall; the colors of leaves, pumpkins and gourds, the smell of wood fires, apples and a chill in the air, it’s a beautiful season!
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I have one fern on the porch and think it will be okay until frost hits. Several ferns are still on the patio. I can’t keep ferns alive inside all winter. I tried in the past but they always lose leaves and get too messy, so I give up. But I’ll probably bring them in again this year.
fall wreath front porch
We added a storm door on the front porch that I have a love/hate relationship with. I love opening the door and letting more light in but hate the way it looks from the outside. Here’s the post with the stenciled pumpkin wreath tutorial.
Since the weather has been so pretty I decided to add some Fall decorations to the patio. bakers rack, fall decorating
I added fall accents from my stash to the baker’s rack beside the back door.  falll decorating
I pulled up a hot pepper plant and used it on the top shelf along with a sunflower seed pod.
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I brought all the ferns up close to the back door to keep them from getting hit with frost. So far they’re doing fine.  porch,fall decorating
It would be wonderful if the beautiful weather would last all year. Imagine perfect temperatures, not too hot or cold all year round.  Love that!
More fall decorating HERE.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Fall decorating, the kitchen baker’s rack

The baker’s rack in the kitchen is something I enjoy decorating for the seasons. I love the cozy, homey feeling of seasonal decorating, it’s something I look forward to. This year the baker’s rack is decorated with my favorite blue pumpkins and old crocks and vintage bakeware. I added some old cookbooks and blue jars for more seasonal color and concentrated on pulling out colors from the oil painting, which is a yardsale find. Gotta love that!

Since our kitchen is small I like to keep most of the surfaces clear for food prep, so it’s fun to have this piece to decorate. autumn, bakers rack, blue pumpkin

The colors of the old bowls and crocks are perfect for fall decorating.

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The baker’s rack was originally dark wood. You can se the  previous looks herefall decor, crock
The handled crock was given to me by a friend for helping her move. The blue pumpkins are Jarrahdale, pumpkins (I think), and this is the first year I tried them. I like the color for decorating but don’t know how they taste yet. When I’m done with fall décor I’ll try them and see what they taste like in a pie.

blue pimpkin, antique pottery
I nestled a pumpkin in this piece of bakeware that I found in my Mom’s things and I love it! It even has a lid.  squash in vintage bowl

We grew the butternut squash and the vine practically overtook the tomatoes in the garden. I thought I was buying a zucchini plant but surprise, it was a squash! Someone must have been playing with the tags in the garden center where we bought the plants. The squash are in another old bowl.  tomatoes
Fall gives us so many beautiful things. We haven’t had a frost yet so we are still harvesting vegetables from our garden.  chalkboard wall
Here’s a peek at the hallway off our kitchen that leads to the garage. It’s got 3 doors, powder room, closet and basement door and I never knew what to do with it so I decided to paint it with chalkboard paint. Now we have a place to write lists and notes or decorate for the seasons. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before! It’s an ideal spot for a chalkboard. Now, if only I could do some fancy hand lettering it would be beautiful too.

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Our fall mantel 2013

Decorating a mantel can be fun but sometimes frustrating too. Trying to come up with a new look every season isn’t always easy and I find myself racking my brain to get a fresh idea for a different look. I shopped the house and the basement  where I keep my hoard stash of things I just might need some day! Along with pheasant feathers, some faux autumn stems in tans and browns, I found a cute little owl that belonged to my Mom. Blue pumpkins were in the plan because they’re such a pretty color and I knew they would look great in our family room. A plan for decorating the fall mantel was created. These colors may not be the classic shades of gold, orange and vibrant reds but they are giving me a fresh fall look.
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The centerpiece is and old window that was in the laundry room. I created a burlap cone to hold the faux stems and feathers.
Along with the stems and feathers I tucked in berries and moss. I like the look of moss spilling over the edges.  burlap cone, mantle, mantel
The faux foliage adds just a touch of gold and I love using antlers in autumn decorating.
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I brought in a fern from the patio but I know it won’t last the winter. blue pumpkin
The blue pumpkins are Jarrahdale and are good for eating too. Have you tried them?   owl, mantel, mantle, autumn
Here’s the cute little owl that belonged to my Mom. The candlesticks were hers too. I sure do miss her!
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I found a pair of these finial at a yardsale several years ago. That’s why I love yardsales, you can find good stuff cheap.     fall mantel 2013
So there it is, the fall mantel 2013.

Blogland is in full swing with fall decorating posts to get you in the mood. If you need inspiration you will be sure to find it. Are you finished with your fall decorating?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Updating a mirror backed hutch with foam board and stencils

Our dining room hutch had a mirrored back and I was itching to give it a new look. Its look changed dramatically with just foam board and a stencil. I cut the foam board to fit over the mirrors and stenciled it with the Casablanca stencil from Cutting Edge stencils. Adding a stenciled back and removing the doors was an inexpensive way to get a whole new look. Updating the mirrored backed hutch with a new stenciled back changed the feel of the dining room from formal to more casual.
In the years 16 years we’ve lived in this house the dining room has undergone several changes. The builder’s white became a most horrible yellow in the early days here. I struggled over picking a color and ended up picking a bad one. Next it was a dark red which was a big trend in dining rooms in the 90s.
hutch with blue and white transferware dishes
This dining room suit was a cheap buy when we needed furniture for the room because we moved our old dining room furniture to the basement. It’s definitely not something I’d pick today.
hutch in believable buff dining room
When I wanted to lighten up the red walls, I painted it Believable Buff by Sherwin Williams. It was a good neutral and I didn’t tire of it so quickly.     hutch with stenciled back
Now, jumping on the gray bandwagon, the walls are Agreeable Gray, a taupey gray, by Sherwin Williams. Here’s how the hutch looks today with the doors removed and the stenciled back. Are you embracing all the pretty gray shades?   hutch
It was too busy looking with the fretwork on the doors and the the stenciled back. There was too much going on so I removed the doors. I never really liked them anyhow! Be gone doors!
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The dining room is slowly getting a new look. It’s a work in progress right now. I’m working on painting the hall and living room before I can call it done.   mirrored back hutch, stenciled back, white ironstone
My white ironstone collection looks pretty good with the hutch’s new look.     stencil on foam board
Working with foam board is not my favorite thing, it was difficult to cut and I would suggest practicing first if you want to cut it. I did get better as I went along. You’ll need a sharp exacto knife and a straight edge.   foam board stencil


After it was cut I stenciled it. I taped it back together to make it easier to stencil. Can you see how it curled after it dried? To try to remedy that I turned it over and piled some weight on the ends. It worked in a kinda/sorta way. Super strength double faced tape works well to hold it in place in the hutch but I need to add a few more pieces in spots that don’t stick well.
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I had to stain the areas where the door hinges were. I left them like that and didn’t try to hide the fact that there were doors on this piece. So with just a few more pieces of double faced tape this little project will be finished and I’m calling it imperfectly fine.

When the painting is finished I’ll be pulling out some autumn decorations. We’ve had a few cool nights and it feels like autumn is in the air. What have you been up to, decorating for fall?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

hanging plates on walls Frugally

Thrift store plates can be inexpensive art for your walls. We’ve been seeing them in decor for several years now.
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You probably use those wire plate hangers that can be found at craft and home improvement stores to hang plates. They work just fine and I have a pile of all sizes from tiny to extra large. I even linked 2 springs together with wire to make them work when I didn’t have the right size.
Then I discovered Disc hangers! If you’ve never tried them, they’re great.
disc hangers
I don’t like seeing the wire hanger, so the Disc hangers were the solution to that problem but I think they can be a little pricey. Just a little…….when you have lots of plates to hang.
hanging plates on wall 3Somewhere on line I stumbled across this neat trick. Use what you have to make your own faux disc hangers. I’m talking about soda can tops, or beer can, and super glue. I used a generic brand of glue and it works good, maybe even a little too good. Don’t let the glue run off the plate and onto paper or cardboard under the plate…..just saying, you might not be able to get it off without a lot of elbow grease and choice words!
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Finding the perfect pattern for hanging a collage of plates has never been easy for me. I tried the “lay out the pattern on the floor” method and couldn’t seem to get it right. The old,”hang paper templates on the wall” method seemed to work better. I was able to visualize how the pattern would look.
paper templates
The newspaper templates were easy to reposition. I had an old tureen lid and some unusually shaped plates so this is what I came up with.
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When I was at the shore I found some little square plates and wanted to add them to the arrangement.
hanging plates
Ignore the mess, I’m in the process of painting the living room and stuff gets moved out of the way. The paint color on this wall is Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams. The living room is being painted in Agreeable gray.
plate collage

Here’s the finished arrangement.

If I were hanging old heirloom plates I don’t think I’d use pop tops and super glue but they have not fallen yet. I don’t think they will. When hanging plates you can choose a symmetrical pattern or free form, the trick is finding something that looks good to you. And that isn’t always easy! Are you using plates to decorate your walls?

Fall is in the air, are you ready to let go of summer?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Improvising a Burlap tablecloth from Landscapers burlap

Our patio table is so old, about 20 years I think. Originally it was white but we painted it black a few summers ago. While there’s nothing wrong with it, I’d love to have a new set. Every time I find one I really like, it costs over a thousand dollars and that’s just too costly for us.
I can’t remember how many sets of cushions we’ve been through, but the current ones are teal, black and brown. Changing out the cushions every few years isn’t the problem, it’s the glass top table that I don’t like.  It has a design on it and I think after 20 some years I’m just tired of it!
glass topped table on patio
This is a big square table and no tablecloths are made to fit it properly. To get rid of that glaring glass look I improvised a tablecloth from landscapers burlap.
burlap roll
You can find this type of burlap on rolls at garden centers and home improvement stores. I got this roll at Lowe’s for about ten dollars for a 24‘ by 3’ roll. It’s used mostly for protecting shrubs in winter and when seeding new lawns.
burlap tablecloth
I cut 2 lengths of burlap for the table, not worrying about where they overlap when laid on the table. It’s almost impossible to cut burlap straight but you can take care of that later. Any wrinkles in the burlap will disappear in a few days.
You can even out the ends by pulling out some of the threads to fray the edges a little on the cut ends. I didn’t cut the other edges, the selvedge edges of the burlap but you could if you want.
burlap table cover patio
If you don’t like seeing where the burlap overlaps, you can put down a table runner. This twig runner came from Target.
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Rolls of burlap from the garden center can be used in so many ways. I can see it as table runners for any outdoor party and just imagine all the ways it could be used in spring or Christmas décor…..big full bows, wrapped in and around tree branches, wreathes, ornaments and more.
Next time you’re in a garden center check out those rolls of burlap!
We had a week of gorgeous weather but now the 3 H’s are back again…hazy, hot and humid! I got so much work done outside and the garden is giving us so many tomatoes but not the tomatoes we thought!! Seems the plants were mislabeled and we ended up with a bunch of yellow tomatoes and grape tomatoes! What I thought was yellow squash ended up being butternut squash. Somebody must have been playing with the plant markers at the garden store.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


repurposing old shutters with home made chalk paint

Having a tendency to hang on to things offers me big possibilities of projects. I was keeping an old pair of shutters that reminded me of saloon doors and repurposed them into accents for the half bath.

I mixed up my home made version of chalk paint with Plaster of Paris and a 8 ounce sample pot of paint from Lowe’s that I got free with a coupon. You can find coupons for a free sample from the summer palette in magazines. For the chalk paint, I mixed together about 1/2 cup of Plaster of Paris with about a cup of paint and kept stirring until it was smooth. If it’s too thick, add water or if too thin add more Plaster of Paris. I don’t think you can mess it up!

chalk paint plaster of paris

The home made chalk paint will dry very flat, just like the real thing. I waxed it with light and dark wax and then roughed it up a bit.

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It turned out pretty good and I really love the coral color, Sonora Rose.

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Our powder room was made over last year but I never really finished it, or was completely happy with the way it looked. The addition of these shutters in a pop of bright color completes the look now and complements Wythe blue, the wall color from Benjamin Williams

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The bird prints from Lowe’s hang from nails on the shutter.

orange shutter

The glass vase is from a thrift store.

orange shutter towel rack 2

The vanity and mirror surround are painted in Annie Sloan Old white.

orange shutter towel rack


I added simple hooks on near the bottom of a shutter for towels or whatever.

orange shutter towel rack 3

That’s how the powder room looks now. I’m sure I’ll play with it a little more but for now I like it.

I painted the dining room and am moving onto the living room and hallway. So far the hutch got a makeover and there’s a new rug in the living room.

Our garden is growing nicely but I’m afraid we’re about to get a lot of mildew because of all the rain and humidity…we’ll see. So far we’ve harvested  lettuce, sugar peas and onions. Cucumbers will be next and we are anxiously awaiting tomatoes.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Valentine’s day décor in the kitchen, Belated

The baker’s rack is decorated in pink and white for Valentine’s day. Painting it white has given it a new life. I painted it Annie Sloan’s old white before Christmas and it’s fun decorating it for the seasons. It holds a collection of white pottery, which you know I love. I added a few Valentine’s and ribbon for a pop of color.

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The pink hearts are actually paper doily hearts that I colored with a marker.

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I added a few Valentine cards here and there.

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On the top shelf, the doily hearts were glued on skewers and I added a little ribbon.


I twisted the ribbon swag.


Pretty pink carnations and more doily hearts are on the 3rd shelf.

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The only thing I bought was the Valentine cards, I had the other stuff in my stash!

I’m about to put these decorations away and move on to the next thing but I wanted to share its prettiness!  I hope you had a great Valentine’s day!



Thanks for visiting!

     Debra (((xx)))


Tolix chairs and Industrial style

When my kitchen got a make over I decided I need new stools. The look of  industrial style Tolix chairs was what I wanted but I knew the real thing would be pricy. And it is.

I did a search about the Tolix company and here’s what I learned: 

A French family of zinc roofers discovered that they could protect their metal from rusting by galvanizing it. Years later they set up a factory and started making household items. It was in 1927 that they registered the trademark TOLIX, and started production of chairs, armchairs, stools and metal furniture. They are still manufacturing today.


source The Sundance catalog sells these Tolix chairs. 

source This style is sometimes called Tabouret, from Overstock.


source Apartment Therapy has lots of inspiration pictures and sources.

Tolix™ Cafe Chair  source Pottery Barn sells these gorgeous red beauties!

source Antiquaire, the real deal!

Interior Secrets is another source.

I inquired at Antiquaire about the price of the stools I needed, but at almost $500 each it was too much for me. I needed to find some knock offs, in counter height that were much less moolah!

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I found mine at Industry West  for $145.

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Yes, I was a little worried that they would be cheap and fall apart quickly but they are perfect! Just what I wanted.

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This is the galvanized finish.

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Are you using any of the popular Industrial styles in your home?

Industrial style coffee table from World market..

Mix + Match Table - Industrial Steel Base / Solid Wood Top

Table from West Elm

Room View

Pendant, stools and island  from West Elm.  I know this is just a trend but I do love my new stools! Yep, I’m kinda diggin this look! Confused smile


After being sick since mid November I’m finally starting to feel a lot better. I still have a cough but I’m hoping this 2nd round of antibiotics will kick this to the curb at last. Been to the Dr. 3 times so let’s hope the 3rd time is the charm.  Open-mouthed smile You know I’m feeling better when I’m thinking about things, like painting!


Thanks for visiting!

                 Debra (((xx)))


Chandeliers Aren’t Just for Dining Rooms anymore

Today we have a guest poster! Welcome Jane.

Chandeliers are not just for the dining room anymore. Today’s homeowners use chandeliers throughout the house including in kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Homes in general are bigger than a few decades ago with larger rooms and higher ceilings. More and more homeowners need something to fill the space, particularly vertical space. Chandelier décor isn’t just reserved for high-end homes, either. You can get home chandeliers in every price range and in various sizes to accommodate small rooms as well as large ones. The traditional crystal chandelier has evolved, so that you can find fixtures made with a wide variety of materials – even a mixture of materials – and in widely varying styles. If you are considering a chandelier for one of the rooms in your house, be sure to choose one that’s the right size for the room and whose décor is congruent with the rest of the room’s design. Today you can get mini-chandeliers which are only 12 inches in diameter. You always want to put a chandelier on a dimmer switch so that you can control the level of light; sometimes you want bright task lighting and sometimes a more romantic ambiance. Chandeliers for Formal and Informal Living Rooms: The look of the chandelier in the living room below really compliments the space. The room itself isn’t extremely formal in its décor, so a chandelier wouldn’t be the obvious choice. But this chandelier is uncluttered and unobtrusive; it finishes off the look of the room without being too flashy and calling attention to itself. A crystal chandelier here might be too much, but this simple design is just right.


Image Courtesy of HGTV

Kitchens Chandeliers Growing Popular: Lots of people wouldn’t think that a chandelier belongs in a kitchen. However, the kitchen interior remodel below features a light fixture that’s almost an anti-chandelier. There’s no gold, glitter, or crystal. The chrome finish and simple design mean help it complement the modern design and simplicity of the rest of the kitchen. Nevertheless, it provides a touch of elegance that ordinary recessed lighting wouldn’t provide. In addition, the chandelier hangs over a multi-purpose island where it can provide task lighting for food preparation, but its presence also helps the island feel like a real kitchen table.

Image Courtesy of HGTV

Bathroom Chandeliers Add Class: Today many homeowners consider their bathrooms to be retreats where they can unwind and relax. Accordingly, many bathrooms have acquired a spa-like aura of luxury and pampering. What better way to create a feeling of luxury than with a chandelier? The crystal chandelier in the bathroom below is perfectly suited to the old-fashioned ambiance of the bathroom. It hangs over the freestanding bathtub, drawing attention to the tub as a focal point of the room and as the center of pampering for the room’s occupants. Although the chandelier is beautiful and elegant, it isn’t overly large or ornate – making it perfectly suited to the room’s style and size.zz bathroom-chandelier

Image courtesy of Houzz

Bedroom Chandeliers Create Ambiance: Chandelier lighting is a great way to add presence and elegance to the bedroom. If you want a romantic atmosphere, a chandelier dripping with crystal can provide it. The bedroom below features a smaller chandelier that nevertheless has the traditional elements of draped strings of crystal. The room’s design is simple and understated, so a smaller chandelier is particularly appropriate. However, because the rest of the furnishings don’t call attention to themselves, the chandelier becomes the room’s visual focus.

Image courtesy HGTV

Going with Tradition in the Dining Room: The dining room is the traditional location for the chandelier, but that doesn’t mean the lighting fixture has to be traditional. The chandelier below has an unusual linear shape that is well suited to the long dining room table it hangs over. I particularly like the way the crystal cascades downward like a waterfall or series of icicles. The rest of the room’s décor is simple, so this chandelier is definitely the thing the dinner guests will be talking about!

Image courtesy of Elle Décor

Thanks Jane! I love that bathroom chandelier! What’s your favorite?


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Upper cabinet project in kitchen is finally complete


This kitchen cabinet project has gone on forever it seems but I’m happy to say it is finished! From the café curtains to the finishing and painting of all cabinets, it’s done and I am so happy about that!

Here’s a recap and the official reveal of the finished projects.

breakfast area

Here’s a look at the board and batten project that we did last winter, refinishing my Mom’s table and new fabric panels on the windows.

bakers rack kitchen

Looking through the kitchen and the baker’s rack freshly painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.

pantry wall

Here’s my post about painting the cabinets with Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint. I love how this side of the kitchen turned out. Getting rid of the bifold doors really takes the kitchen up a notch! Notice we added doors below the microwave too.

kitchen stripped runner

A new runner from Rugs USA has the perfect colors for the kitchen’s new look.

stove kitchen

The next project might be replacing the tile backsplash with subway tile. Getting rid of the shelves on this end of the island added a lot of extra space to move around. This was the 2nd transformation of the island, remember this one,  from white to dark red?

upper cabinets

Adding tolix stools to the island is on my to-do list.Something like this,


shelf kitchen

A cute shelf was added above the kitchen window.


In the 16 years we’ve lived in this house there have been a few kitchen makeovers. Back splash sink, granite…’s ever evolving!

What’s next, I’m thinking of removing some wallpaperSad smile

I have been on a hiatus because I’ve been sick for the last 3 weeks. What started out as a sinus/allergy problem became a virus with a cough and aches and pains that seem to last forever! I’m sick and tired of coughing my guts out and the throbbing headache that comes with it! I’m sick and tired of feeling lousy and I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired! I’ve been to the Dr twice now and am very slowly starting to feel better. I’m itching to start a new project!


Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

Town and Country Living, Friday Feature

As a single mother of two, Jennifer from Town and Country Living,  bought a Victorian cottage, circa 1875. Later she remarried and decided to stay in her beloved, well worn home. With wide baseboards framing painted floors, ample sunlight washes in through two-over-two windows, some with wavy glass. No floor is perfectly level and the need for small props under furniture feet is a necessity. It sounds perfectly delightful!

living room

In the living room, she used landscape burlap to create window treatments, using sticks as curtain rods. This room features Aunt Marion’s blanket chest made over with Annie Sloan chalk paint and the clock has been made over too!

crafting closet

With not much closet space, an Ikea cabinet was made over and serves nicely as a crafting space.


Adding to the charm of the old house, the stair case is narrow and twisted.


In the dining room, this beautiful buffet is dressed for Christmas. It’s gorgeous!

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Another peek into the dining room, I love the bamboo floor mat!

Christmas kitchen

A spacious built-in, beadboard cupboard graces the kitchen. Boxwood wreaths dress it up for the holidays.


The other side of the kitchen is decorated simply with greens and red ribbon and looks so pretty!

claw foot tub

Two claw foot tubs are in this home and this one is all set and full of bubbles for you to slip into and relax! Click on the picture to be taken to post to see how this tub was transformed.

Go on over to Town and Country Living and visit Jennifer. You’ll find lots of furniture makeovers and beautiful tablescapes to inspire you in her lovely Victorian cottage.

Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow I hope to be baking Christmas cookies and have decided to make an old recipe I haven’t made for years! Wish me luck!


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Merry Christmas 10 ways from Pinterest

Today I’m sharing pins from my Christmas pinterest board, creating a virtual Christmas party! Have a look at all the prettiness and see if something catches your eye. Subdued or over the top, what’s your style?


Let’s start at the front door by welcoming guests with sweet little skates displayed in a square frame surrounded by greenery.


The silver trays create quite a statement when displayed this way. I love this look and am on the lookout for old trays wherever I go. Silver, green and white go together beautifully.



This year I’ve decorated our home with lots of greenery and Christmas ornaments so this centerpiece caught my eye. A recycled can with greenery and pretty Christmas balls is so simple and so pretty!


This idea is just too darn cute. Imagine your guests delight when you serve hot chocolate with little gingerbread houses!


Holiday sweets are a weakness of mine and I know I couldn’t resist this colorful treat.


A red tree is something you don’t see often! White ornaments are the perfect touch. This is really unique and I would definitely ohh and ahh over this tree.

Source: via Bungalow on Pinterest


Blue and green ornaments in a large silver bowl, another look I love.


Here’s the a kitchen sink with more of the green that I’m partial to.


Maybe your Christmas style is more fun and funky like this decorated window.


Share some yummy looking eggnog fudge with your friends as they leave the party. My mouth waters just looking at this!

Merry Christmas!


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Christmas mantle 2012

This year the mantle is decorated in aqua and teal blues, paired with shades of lime green. The center focal point is a new, large ornament from TJMAXX but everything else came from my huge collection of Christmas decorations. My mantra for Christmas decorating this year should be greenery and Christmas balls everywhere!

Christmas mantle

For the past several years I haven’t put up a tree, but the house can still look festive and pretty without one! The kitchen, dining room and family room are all decorated with plenty of greenery and pretty ornaments.

Christmas wreath trio

I’ve always liked the look of a trio of wreaths, so I added them above the mantle.

Christmas urn

A faux wreath is surrounding the twigs in my thrift shop urn and freshly clipped greens are tucked in.

large aqua ball on mantle

Every year after Christmas, I think about replacing the old faux swag and replacing it with a fuller one. For now I just tuck in lots of fresh greens.

green blue Christmas ornaments

Most of these plastic ornaments are from Walmart. They do have a nice selection of ornaments.

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On the center wreath, I pictured a loosely draped, satin ribbon but I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I settled for a metallic mesh ribbon.

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That’s the Christmas mantle this year! It’s hard coming up with a new look every year.


This was the mantle last year, done in silver and white. The ‘O holy night’ got recycled this year in the dining room. I’ll be posting that soon. Lots more past Christmas décor and recipes HERE.

Added to Inspire me Monday at Create with Joy

The Lettered Cottage


Are you finished decorating? Got all those cookies baked? Shopping done? Isn’t Christmas exhausting!   HO HO HO……..!


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Baker’s rack made over for Christmas with Annie Sloan chalk paint

In the process of decorating for Christmas, I decided to redo the baker’s rack with a little help from Annie Sloan, in old white.  The kitchen and family room were done in gold and red back when this before picture was taken. Since then, these rooms were given a new look with board and batten and Palladian blue, from Benjamin Moore on the walls.


The after is bright and beautiful! at least I think so and gives the space a completely different feel.

baker's rack christmas

I added lots of greenery clipped from the yard and red and green Christmas decorations. The old wooden box was holding newspapers in the garage and it’s now looking great in its new home serving as a sort of shelf.

Annie Sloan old white distressing

A little distressing makes the baker’s rack look aged.

white ironstone christmas

I ‘m guilty of having way too many Christmas decorations in all colors, but I really like the red and lime green combination.

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This little elf boot is one of my favorites.

red green Christmas

I love this sign, let’s not forget the real reason for the season!

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So there’s a little Christmas in the kitchen 2012.

Christmas 2012

No Friday feature this week….I’m so behind on my blog posts, I hope to catch up soon!





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Feature Friday, Pink Post Card

This week meet Denise from Pink Post Card. She blogs from the beautiful state of Oregon, where she lives in a craftsman-traditional style home with an open floor plan and beautiful views.


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Step into the entry and you’re greeted by this pretty old dresser. Read its history and see the tutorial of how she created the lettering. Her home is furnished with many of her thrifted treasures and pretty furniture makeovers.

living room 1

The living room is fresh and inviting, furnished with her makeovers and I am truly smitten with the nail head detail on the coffee table. The sofa which she calls “the Beast” was completely made over. Denise sells some of her furniture makeovers locally and at shows.

plate wall

A clock made by her late grandfather has a special place in this room. The bookcase is a garage sale find and she reupholstered the chair.


In the dining room, Denise made the linen slipcovers and flirty skirts for the chairs. I love the bit of bling added by the chandelier and the pretty blue on the back of the hutch.

kitchen island

The kitchen had dark cabinets which were painted white, giving the room a new feel, more farmhouse than frump! New pendants and lots of new trim were added.


Painting the cabinets took this kitchen from plain Jane to a pretty space to cook in. Check out that yummy looking cake!


Open shelving, a pretty chandelier and an old piece of office furniture serving as a buffet, create a cozy breakfast nook.


In the dreamy master bedroom, a beautiful French, vintage chest at the bottom of the bed was a rare $25 find.


Denise cut out a curved cornice to complete the fabric wall. It looks fantastic!


I love this pretty vignette of a Manzanita branch and vintage map above a distressed vintage cabinet.

So there you have a glimpse into Denise’s lovely home, but there’s lots more to see on her blog, the family room, her daughter’s room, home office and studio. Check out her etsy shop and portfolio of all the lovely vintage pieces she has painted and sold. She is a busy lady!

Thank You Denise for allowing this feature!


Next week, a furniture makeover just in time for the holidays Smile


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New fabric for the kitchen

This is the new fabric I chose for the kitchen. Remember my husband could not stand the other fabric I chose? He absolutely hated it and I called it my happy fabric! Oh well, time to start over. I found this new fabric with much softer colors that we both like.

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I found this fabric at Jo-Anns’s on sale for 50% off and then got 25% off at checkout! Now that’s a deal I like!


There are still pumpkins on the table but I am determined to finish making the window panels before I start decorating for Christmas.

new fabric

I’m thinking that I may actually like the new softer fabric better!

cafe curtain

Here’s the link to the post about café curtains in the kitchen. I can’t believer that I have to start making curtains all over again, these colorful ones just needed to be hemmed.


We woke up to this scene this morning, making it seem so cozy and warm in the house with the fireplace warming us as we had morning coffee. It felt like the perfect day to decorate for Christmas, but not til I get these curtains done!

Are you finished decorating? What have you done so far?


Thank you to all who commented with kind words and wishes on the passing of my father. It’s hard to think he won’t be calling me to take him to the store or on errands but I am so thankful his suffering is over.


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