Monday, August 31, 2020

Dipping My Toes Into Fall

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Just a shorty of a post today.  I am starting to dip my toes into some fall home decor. I am trying to use some restraint (not easy for me) and plan to keep it simple. 

I do like to start my seasonal decorating early.  After putting a lot of time and effort into it, I enjoy having it around for awhile.  Plus, I love the cozy, family feel of fall.  And pumpkin spice latte.  I love pumpkin spice latte. 😁

Have you been thinking about cooler temps and fall decor lately?

Enjoy your Monday!

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Simple Country Pleasures

Hi friends!

Just a short and sweet post of a few simple country pleasures in my life today.  Remember the column "Simple Country Pleasures" that used to be in Country Living magazine? Written by Jo Northrup, it was a wonderful monthly read about the joy and beauty in the simplest of things. 

Here a few things bringing me not and peace today:

Puppy dog kisses. Need I say more?

A Starbucks stop on a hot summer's day.  Here, Palmer is enjoying his first ever Pupacino.  He is a new fan! He is so cute with his whipped cream moustache.

This is the country road that leads to my local Hobby Lobby...So relaxing.

These cute lil'  fellas also live on a farm that is on my route to the city.  They are so cute, but are growing fast. 

I hope you enjoyed some of simple country pleasures today.  I'd love to know some of yours.  Please share in the comments. Coming up this week, I will be sharing our home office reveal.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Our Daughter's New Home

Hello friends!

I am sorry I went missing last week, but I was still dealing with camera issues and it also was our vacation week.  We had been scheduled for a trip to Canada, but with the borders closed that was not meant to be this year.  Instead, we went to our daughter and son in law's new home in Kentucky to help them with some home projects.  They both are working from home these days so we feel it is safe to visit.

They purchased this lovely house in  April and it has been so wonderful to watch them make it their home.

Last week, replacing some trim on the second story was on the list. There's my daughter, cheering her dad on!

We also helped install a storm door...So nice to let more sun in as well as some fresh air!

When they bought the house, they knew right away their breakfast nook was crying out for a window seat.

We all pitched in and the four of us created the cutest window seat (with storage).  It really makes the space!  Their cat loves it as well!  

My husband and daughter installed a cat door leading to the basement. It was definitely a team effort!
It has been fun helping them with their first home.  They found a nicely updated house with new cabinets and flooring.  It was also freshly painted.  This has allowed them to add finishing and special touches right away.  It's a beautiful home for them to build their lives together.

We are back in Wisconsin now, working on our own house, lol.  Tonight we had a beautiful double rainbow.  My camera is finally working properly, so better pics and more posts will be coming! 

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Christmas in July: Looking Back Week 3

Hello friends!

I can't believe we are nearly done with the month of July! Where does the summer go?

This week I am sharing some lodge/rustic/cabin Christmas decor from Christmas past at our house.  Our basement level living area is decorated in a Northwood style year round. 

I will be back next week with the pics of our den/home office remodel.  Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Goodbye Golden Oak Doors

Hello sweet friends!

My camera is still giving me grief, so I am resorting to using my phone for pics.  I thought about waiting until this camera issue is resolved, but I want to keep up with my blogging. So...I apologize for some not so great photos.

Okay, with that detail out of the way, here is what has been going on this week at my house:  We had our original golden oak, flat panel doors replaced on our second floor.  Last year, we replaced the doors on our first floor and then gave our finances a recovery break, lol.  

Here is a before photo.  When we built our house in 2001, the finish was called cider.  It was very pretty, but over time the reddish brown morphed into a very orange, Bozo the Clown  color. 

Our upstairs hall is dark, small and hard to photograph.   However, you can see the beautiful paneled, English oak doors we had installed.  They are so beautiful and make our house feel brand new again.

I will need to gel stain the wall capper to match the new doors.

The most wonderful part of the new doors is the custom door we had made for our guest bath.  I have wanted a vintage door with a window for this bathroom for as long as we have lived here.  That never came to be, but that's okay!  This door with frosted privacy glass is the and everything I hoped for in a door for this room. The glass just glows in the hallway at night when the light is on. It's very charming.

This special door called for special hardware and after a lot of searching, I found this gorgeous reproduction handleset.  I think it is such a beautiful complement to the door.

The rest of the doors in our house have these handlesets.  I love the square's a simple, yet  special design detail.

It's been an exciting week at our house and I have to pinch myself to remind me we really made these changes, lol.

This weekend is supposed to be super hot and sticky, so I'll be sequestering myself to our basement.  I'm trying to do a super purge of all of our (my) junk and I'm about half through sorting through it all. Hoping to finally finish in the next few days.  What are our weekend plans?

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Christmas in July: Looking Back Week 2

Welcome sweet friends!

I am back for week two of my Christmas in July series.  Today I am sharing a few shots of our front entry.  

I love this old washstand.  I've had it for a few years now and keep threatening to give it a makdover.  I'm thinking of paint, but may try a darker gel stain.  This indecision is why it has remained golden oak! I guess I will know when it's "time," lol.

 I went with a dog theme for our Christmas entry last year.  The Rae Dunn ornaments are so cute.  I also went old school and made some applesauce and cinnamon dog bone ornaments.  They smelled so good and were a cute addition.

I found this old typewriter at a local antique store.  It was fun adding some whimsy with a letter typed by our dog!

I wish you all a wonderful Monday and start of a new week. I'm still trying to figure out my camera issues.. I hope to get that figured out soon.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Summer Days & Clearing Some Clutter

Good Saturday morning friends!

The sun is shining here in Wisconsin and we finally are catching a break from the steamy & sticky heat we've been having the last week or so. I'm going to be busy sorting through years of Christmas decor, trying to downsize my overflowing stock pile. We are contemplating a move in the next year or so and I really need to part with many of my treasures (that are no longer treasures to me😁). 

Wishing you some lazy summer days filled with simple summer pleasures.