September 26, 2017

Keeping It Simple in the Kitchen

Welcome to my kitchen today.


I have had fall on my mind and what I could do to bring some fall color into the kitchen. After cleaning the countertops and arranging this and that I came up with a simple look. 


We did a mini remodel in the kitchen after we moved in and I chose black granite tops and splashes. I considered white subway tile, but I wanted a clean look. The black gives me easy cleanup and a bit of drama. 


The large Italian bowl stays in the plate holder because it is too large to fit into my cabinets...so I decided to bring my white decorative bowl/planter to play with it. 

Since I do not have an arrangement for the bowl yet I added a simple faux boxwood ball. 

Then one little orange pumpkin hopped into the scene. 

Voila! A simple little still life. 

I played with a couple of other looks but I did not want too much clutter since this is to the left of the range.


These are the original cabinets in the house. They are solid hickory...but with a factory white paint. While they are not my first choice we decided to keep them since they are actually very nice custom made solid wood. 

They are sort of country/farmhouse looking but I think that the black granite lends a more sophisticated style. 

I put the black pulls on the cabinets after the granite install. Now I am thinking I might prefer something different. It is always something. ha ha. Always tweaking this or that. But it is fun. :-)


I collect tea towels...and my mother gave these gorgeous linen ones to me for my birthday. They are from a new shop in Columbia, Ky...called Nanwood. If you are in the area try to visit them for something special for your home, or for a gift. 



Another angle with a previous decor idea that I nixed in favor of the one simple small pumpkin (above.)


The dining area gets spruced up a bit more...with new amber placemats  and a centerpiece of white pitchers. 

With my white kitchen I tend to pick up white cups, serveware, etc. I love country English style...and try to support that with details. 


In the corner under the retriever lamp is a small pine chest. I hope to make my kitchen table look like that finish. My old table needs to be sanded and refreshed after almost twenty years. 



I brought my drapes from previous house.  I could not remember the brand of the fabric...but some of the designers on Instagram told me that the fabric is Scalamandre.



Our kitchen is a modest one...but our dining table with view make it worth a million bucks. We have privacy, trees, and grass. This nook is a wonderful place to hang out. 

We have talked of ripping out the kitchen one day and starting from scratch...but I do not know if I have that strong a desire to change things. :-) 



Another image of our view. The leaves have begun falling so eventually it will be bare back here. boohoo!


I may tweak a few more things in the kitchen this fall, but for some reason I am into keeping my fall decorating simple this year. 

Of course...I could change my mind later. I do that sometimes. ha ha. 


Until the next time...










September 19, 2017

September 17, 2017

Pasta & Veggie Salad

I want to share an easy fix recipe that you can make and use for a few days.
Side salad. Lunch at work. Take to a neighbor who is under the weather. You decide! 😊
I plan to make a large bowl this week and thought I would share. You may regulate how much you want by the amount of ingredients.

 I like to make a large amount, since I am making a mess in the kitchen anyway. Ha ha.


I thought I would share a yummy pasta salad recipe with you today. I do not cook as much as I used to, since we have an empty nest. But when I do cook, I prefer simple recipes with easy ingredients. I venture to say that you may have most of these ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator. If you do need to go grocery shopping, the ingredients are easy to find! Nothing exotic in this dish. :-)
  

September 10, 2017

A Surprise Basket

Surprises are so much fun!


Cute surprises are even more fun.

And for a basket lover from way back
...this surprise was extra extra fun.


Let me back up...

A week or so ago I purchased some of the prettiest green yarn imho. I love greens you know! 


I thought of knitting something...but after more thought and given that this yarn is a scratchy wool I am thinking I will make some pompoms. I bought the yarn at Tuesday Morning on markdown. (I bought it for the color!)



I had my skeins of yarn in a green plastic bag...that is until this little surprise was handed to me. 

When I took the basket out of the gift bag I knew how I would use it, ...though there are now several ideas swirling in my head. 

I needed a basket to hold my yarn and supplies for my project.

Voila!


There are extra large versions of this basket that could hold a large knitting or crochet blanket project. But this smaller size is exactly what I like. 

And I guess you noticed the black polka dots! Cute.

I have considered making some black pompoms for around the top edge...but they might get in the way if I fold the top down to make a bowl. 


The sides of the basket are flexible which lets the handles flex for carrying. Yay! 

It could be a quilter's basket...for holding fabrics, scissors, thread, etc. 

I guess my basket could be a beach basket... for a towel and lotion and an afternoon at the beach. 

It could be a picnic basket...for snacks and beverages.

It could be a basket for small toys...children or pet's toys. 

I could go on and on. You get my point. It's a useful basket. :-)


But there is more magic! 

The sides fold in to make a sort of bowl.


It is too large for a hat. I tried. :-)


Line the basket with tea towels and put bread, chips, or crackers in it. 

Or, load the bowl area with found fall objects. Pine cones. Gourds. Small pumpkins. Nuts. Pine sprigs. 


I helped my mother and father with something last week and I think they wanted to thank me...though not necessary... and now I am the proud owner of a very useful basket. 

Then I heard my mother say..."they had an extra large one and it would be good to hold my large knitting/crocheting projects." (Mother likes to make afghans.) 

I will have to check to see if she went back to get a basket for herself. :-) 

Nanwood Market, Columbia, KY.  
The cutest little shop...owned by a mother and daughter.
They are on Instagram  @nanwoodmarket #nanwoodmarket 






A Pretty Little Pitcher


I guess you noticed that I was missing in action last week. I needed to rest. I needed a break. 

I had tons of things going on and I decided to take a mini break from the blog. Going here and there. Family stuff! Etc. Anyway...

I am trying to get into the swing of fall decorating! Time to dig into my fall decorating bins in the basement. :-)

I have a fun event coming up on Saturday, Sept 16th at Pottery Barn in Lexington, Ky. If you are in Lex on Sept 16th try to drop by Pottery Barn at The Summit on Nicholasville Road. I will be there "meeting and greeting" from 12-4. I would love to meet you! 



I will be demonstrating how to set a pretty table using new fall items from the store. Imagine designing a table and not having to look at the price tag.( Oh la la!)

September 2, 2017

One More Way to Style a Pumpkin



Another title might be, How to use a garland in making a centerpiece. I just could not decide. Let's see what you think.


I hope you are not tired of seeing my pumpkin projects, but you probably know me well enough to know that I love to change things up and try this and that.  Well, welcome to today's quick little post. 

(I took the photos with my cellphone, as I was not planning on a photo shoot. Then I decided you all might like to see this little ditty.) 



I came home with a set of "faux" tobacco baskets a week or so ago when Hobby Lobby had them on sale. 

I have a few ideas on how I planned to use them...and this is not one of my original ideas. ha!

This idea was spur of the minute...as are many of my "ideas." They just pop into my head! :-)


For this project I stacked the middle and small sized tobacco baskets. 

I needed a bit more height for my pumpkin so I added a couple of hubby's old books. 


The books put my pumpkin high enough to to be visible for the rest of the project. 


This next step is my big idea! (I was so proud of myself for thinking to do this. ha ha.)


Big idea: I wrapped a rustic/twiggy garland around the pumpkin. Ta da!

I tucked the branches here and there to hide the books. 

Then I shaped the tendrils to twist this way and that. 

It's all trial and error. 

Once I decide I like the way it looks...I stop. :-)


I could still see the books and needed to hide them. 


Pine cones to the rescue! I thought of adding some faux fruit for color...but then I thought it might get busy looking. 


I tucked pine cones around the base of the pumpkin. (So many in fact that It looks like I have a wreath around the base.) 


This arrangement was essentially a layering project.


Mr. Fox, a fixture on my great grandmother's old table,  has agreed to keep an eye on things.


And an overhead view for you. 


I hope my little project inspires you to create something similar. 

I love to use garlands in arrangements. They can be twisted to any shape you need and add just enough base greenery to a floral or twiggy arrangement. 

Until the next time...Sheila


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