10 Easy Valentine’s day ideas

Valentine’s day is the day to celebrate love, not just romantic love but the love you have for your family and friends.  I found some very simple and inexpensive ways to show your family and friends how much you love and appreciate them. I’ve linked to the original source under each picture but you can also find them on my Valentine’s day Pinterest board.

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From Their Little World, add a little food coloring to rice krispy treats, or you could try pink marshmallows. How can something so simple be so good?

Plain popcorn gets dressed up with colorful M&Ms. Sweet and salty popcorn from eat at Allie’s.

Add colorful wafer cookies and candies to Chex mix from Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons.

 

This looks so pretty and it’s just marshmallows dipped in pink and white chocolate and rolled in sprinkles or coconut. The kids could help! It’s from mommyGAGA

Pretzels dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles from 5 Minutes for Mom.com would be another good project to share with the kids.

From Tutto Bella blog, if you love cuties as much as I do, you’d love getting this!

Tutto Bella blog  How about some red hot candy for a hot mama! The labels are made with a printer but would be just as nice in your own handwriting.

Your guy might get a kick out of this stud muffin. Winking smile Tutto Bella blog

Pack some fruit with cute tags in your kids’ lunch or your sweetie’s lunch.

This has got to be the easiest idea, donut holes for Valentine’s day! Kims Kandy Kreations You could take it to work for a treat for your co-workers.

 

Hope you liked these easy and very doable ideas! How do you celebrate 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.

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source The Sundance catalog sells these Tolix chairs. 

source This style is sometimes called Tabouret, from Overstock.

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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.

 tolix counter stools

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)))

 

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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,

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shelf kitchen

A cute shelf was added above the kitchen window.

sink

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