Monday, January 28, 2019

Neutral Zone

Welcome friends!

Our house has been going through a transformation the last year or two.  We've done quite a bit of remodeling inside, along with several large outdoor projects.

All of this time making design decisions has lead me to contemplate the look and feel I want for our home.  I think I've really honed in on my style.  It really hasn't changed much over the years - I love vintage, farmhouse and color, but I think my "design eye" has improvrd.


You can see my love of color here at my old blog, Bluebird1959. Unfortunately, my living room furniture you see in that post was an impulse decision and while cozy, it was very hard to decorate around and it was just too bold for our recently empty nest.

I lived with it for many years, but I am happy to say I am fortunate enough to have recently purchased a new sofa and two leather chairs in a neutral (to me) color. I found a taupe-brown sofa that is cozy, yet simple. I think it could "go" with many color schemes.  For now, I'm going for browns, creams and lamb's eat green.


I've been longing for a place to hang this vintage picture for over a year now.  It hung in my mom's kitchen for as long as I can remember and I've always loved it.  The winter scene is especially apropos considering all of the winter weather we have been having in Wisconsin this season!














In this last picture, you get a glimpse of our new front door. It's hard to get a good pic of it because of all of the glass, but I will keep trying and eventually share. It's beautiful!


Anyway, I'm still working on the rest of our living room and hope to show the new neutral space in its' entirety soon. Have a wonderful week!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Let it Faux! Let it Faux!

Welcome friends!

Winter has finally turned our way here in Wisconsin and is coming at us like a runaway train.  Yesterday we got socked with about 8 inches of snow and the forecast for tomorrow is a windchill of 35 below zero.  Below zero...

Oh boy.

On the positive, frosty weather is a perfect time for some nesting - home decor projects, baking, cooking, etc.  Yesterday, my school was closed due to the snowstorm and I was able to get after a closet that has been the pit of disorganization for months and months. It felt good to straighten it all out - I even found a forgotten Christmas present for the Mr., lol!

I wanted to show you these super cute muffins I recently purchased from Amazon. They kind of “go” with our cold weather.






Aren’t they just the cutest?  They are so realistic!  They smell like muffins, they even FEEL like muffins, lol.  Another nifty feature is they are magnetized so they are super easy to style in an arrangement.  And...zero calories!  Especially good news this time of year! 


Hope you are all doing well this late January day.  

I am grateful and blessed for your visit today. 

Jane








Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Gather 'Round The Fire

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Today 's post is especially appropriate since Sunday we had a blizzard warning for our area.  What could be more appropriate and cozy during a blizzard but a fireplace?!

This is our living room fireplace at Easter in 2018. Wisconsin fieldstone is a very popular choice for fireplace surrounds where we live. Not my first choice, but my husband caught me in a weak moment when we built our home years ago and well, we made it work. Honestly, I never liked it in our home.


Here, you see we went neutral with our paint this spring and I'm loving it! My main purpose for sharing this picture is to showcase the lasting results of our housewarming party catastrophe: wax candles raining down onto our hearth stone! Oh no. I never got all the wax removed and we were left with a huge, ugly stain. That's why you will often see a little rug on our  hearth. A sorry (and not so great) attempt to hide it. I did this since 2001!


I am happy to report that I won't need to hide that stain ever again. Last week we had the entire fireplace removed and we started over from scratch!



Taking the old stone off was a messy (and dusty process), but our fireplace contractor tried their best to minimize the dust.



Here it is - almost done and our dog  Palmer gave it his approval.



 We just love our new fireplace and love how it changed the entire feel of our room. The brick is called Chilton Red and comes from the little town of Chilton, Wisconsin. I just love the color - warm, but neutral enough to embrace most any color scheme I may come up with in the future.


Our sweet dog absolutely loves toasting by the fire and you can find him lounging by it every chance he gets. I joke we put it in for him, not us. (Seems logical to me!)

I think my family is going to enjoy relaxing by our fireplace for years to come.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Holiday Corner

Welcome friends!

Amid the construction chaos in our living room, I did find time to add a little holiday charm to a corner of our master bedroom - seemingly the only spot in the house not covered in dust or boxes right now.

If nothing else, it looks like a peaceful place to lounge around.


Have you jumped on the Christmas decorating train yet?

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Going Up!

Welcome friends!

I gave  you a bit of a sneak peek in my last post of the area I am sharing today - our stairway!

I apologize for the pictures - this is a dark, windowless space and is tough to photograph! But anyway, bad pics aside, this is our staircase - the first thing you see as you enter our home.


My favorite, favorite, favorite thing about this area is my new wool carpeting! We had it installed at the end of August. I know it's not for everyone, but I have wanted this carpet from the day the first nail was driven when we built our house. It just covers the stair way. Once you get up to the hallway we have neutral carpeting. It is just what this simple area needed.


I found this little door at one of my favorite flea markets this past summer. It's my door to nowhere, lol - but I think it looks quite charming. I added a cute and inexpensive sconce above it just for fun.

I have a few vintage mirrors showcased here. I just love their patina.




The hardware on the door is just stunning. It has a Star of David on it. I wish I knew the history of this piece!



I bought this cute saying from an Etsy shop a few years back. It was one of my daughter's favorite songs when she was a little girl. Passing by it every day just warms  my heart!



My house is currently a wreck as we are having our old fireplace, brick and mantel removed and replaced - a very messy undertaking, resulting in me moving everything out of the room to help keep things clean. We aren't hosting Thanksgiving this year or else I would really be stressing!

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving with many blessings.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Fall Flirtation

Welcome Friends,

I hadn't planned on posting today, but as I passed by a little washstand in my front entry, I was taken by the sun light shining on the wreath hanging in the mirror.


This wreath is so pretty and I just loved the soft pinks and taupes of the florals. It is a bit of a departure from my deeper color scheme, but I think it co-mingled quite nicely. My fall flirtation with pastels!


I'm thinking about painting this piece white. It is a very orange golden oak, and is kind of a mish mash of parts and repairs. I have had it for about a year now and keep threatening to take the brush to it!



Something about this taupe flower...be still my heart!


If you look to the far right of this pic, you can see a glimpse from something I will be posting about soon.


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Let's Start At The Beginning


Welcome friends!

I'm so excited to finally get this blog up and running. After a few introductory type posts, it's time to get to decorating.  When I began thinking of what I should share first, I had a few ideas. The one that made the most sense was to start at the beginning.

So, here is a photo of our home from early May of this year.  We built our house in 2001, a simple and classic saltbox style. We would have loved a front porch, but it just wasn't in the financial cards at the time. I've always loved the saltbox style, so porch or not, I was delighted with our new home.


Fast forward 17 years later, we had the opportunity to completely redo our front entry and driveway this past summer. Here you see our front patio and sidewalk removed, with just the concrete stoop remaining. Beautiful things happened to this old stoop.


Our contractor was able to save our daughter's signature and  handprint from our original driveway. He worked it into a little side patio off of our garage. So happy we saved this treasure! I love it so much.

Here's the full view - isn't it cute?


And now back to the front yard! We installed a pretty front patio.Our contractor covered over our existing concrete stoop with pavers. My favorite part of the redo! I've dreamt of a brick stoop since  we first built the house. We added the window boxes - they will be so much fun decorating for the seasons.


Another teaser of our finished entry area. The stone wall has such a presence. It really makes our simply shaped house shine.


A night view of the entry. I'm not going to lie, it is very charming at night. This was after a rain showrr.


 We have a new front door scheduled for installation just before Thanksgiving. That will be the finishing touch of our front re-do. I will share that and additional views of the front once it is all decked out for Christmas.

I hope you all are enjoying this November weekend. Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away?

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