Do I Really Need a Dining Room?

September 15, 2018

Are dining rooms really necessary today? If you have a large family and love to have big dinner parties, I would say yes. But for us, Holidays are the only time we use the dining room.  We are always in the kitchen. The reason I am questioning this now is because of our new home. Here is how the previous owners had the room set up:

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But, I am thinking what a waste the room will be if it is only used once or twice a year.  Here is the room now, (remember we only moved a week ago haha):

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The fireplace is in the middle of room, so if we kept as a dining room, the table would have to go in the middle of room to make the space look cohesive. Here are a few dining rooms that have a fireplace:Read More

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

September 8, 2018

My husband Mike and I moved this week from NH back to RI. After moving last December, (from RI to NH), we said that we would NEVER go through moving again. Never say never. OMG, it is so much work! I am living out of boxes right now and I don’t know if we will ever finish. That’s how I feel right now. I thought I would share some of the good, bad and ugly with you for a fun read.

The Good:

Our new house is very pretty:

 

The landscaping is beautiful:

And my favorite feature of the new home:

 

 

We have always wanted a built-in pool. Having a cabana is even better!

The previous owners just remodeled the master bath. Not exactly my taste, but I do like our new fancy tub:

Can you believe it costs over $8,000.00?! I have not used it yet, but I am hoping the experience is out of this world for that price.

The Bad:

The new home is much older than our house in NH. Mike and I are calling the previous owner a hacker because everything is done half ass. Plumbing, electrical, painting, etc. etc. Good thing Mike can fix anything- because everything needs  fixed.

The new $8,000.00 tub I told you about, it’s leaking .  Drip, drip, drip. Mike had to order a special, (expensive) part to see if it can be fixed.

I understand we bought a home with previous owners, but I hate having to clean everything, (even after professional cleaners came in). So much work. Nasty and gross.

The Ugly:

Here is an example of ugly:

 

This example is a great painting lesson. Never start painting and change the color in the middle of wall. Never. Ever. Do you think they put the swoop in because they thought it would blend in better? haha

One of the ugly spare baths:

 

BUT, the ugly can be turned into the pretty! A lot of work ahead of us, but think of all the fun I will have painting and decorating all the rooms! Has anyone else had the pleasure of moving into a new home lately? I will keep you updated on our progress. For now, I better get back to opening boxes and moving furniture:

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly

 

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

September 1, 2018

Definitely one of my favorite blues. This grayish blue paint color is from the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection and has been a preferred blue for many homeowners over the years.

I love seeing it used in a semi-gloss finish on cabinets:

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This color is a very popular color choice for cabinets in both kitchen and baths: (Do you see the difference in the color with different lighting? That is why it is so important for you to sample paint colors in your home with your lighting.)

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Did You Know?

August 25, 2018

Thinking of decorating lately? Me neither. It is just that time of year when you can become overwhelmed with September right on our heels.  September means back to school, working becomes a priority again, summer starts to wind down, weeknights out are not so easy to plan, etc. etc. So, I am not giving you much to think about today. Since the great response on my last ‘Did You Know’ series, I thought I would again share with you  more hints and tips on a variety of subjects you may or may not know.

Did you know??

*  This is the time of year when sunflowers are in bloom and abundant.  Why don’t you make a beautiful table centerpiece with them?  I think they are especially gorgeous when mixed with blue flowers:

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Here are a couple arrangements I made from the flowers in my garden:Read More

Pretty Garden Accessory & A Few Favorite Gardening Tips

August 21, 2018

Want to bring in interest, color and something that will actually work for you? Put a mailbox in your garden:

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Looks so great and can also hold your gloves, clippers and all of your small gardening tools:

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Your tools will be protected AND you will be able to find when you need them!Read More

Amazing Alaskan Adventure

August 18, 2018

Are you wondering how I was fortunate enough to take a dream vacation to Alaska? It is all thanks to my Mom and Dad. It was supposed to be their 60th wedding anniversary present to each other last year but my Dad passed away a couple months before the trip was taken, so my Mom invited my sisters and I to go in memory of him. The trip was fourteen days- seven days relaxing on a cruise ship and then spending seven days in the wild,(kind of wild- not as luxurious as the cruise, haha). Here is a photo of me, my Mom and sisters in Juneau Bay:

I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from our trip for those thinking of taking the trip to Alaska.  Glacier Bay was breathtaking:

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The water was a beautiful turquoise color. Just like in the Caribbean.Read More