07 March 2014
I follow several bloggers, all of whom have gorgeous, interesting, and impeccably decorated homes. It's a real talent to be able to turn a living space into a thing of real beauty. After seeing how some of my friends live, it makes my modest little ranch look a bit like the above abode. Okay, a bit dramatic, and not very accurate...
If you look at my friend, Janet's blog, you will see the kitchen I covet. I know I must have an oven like hers. I'm talking drooling, full-out green envy of her amazing space, her carefully selected collected pieces, as well as the incredible things she produces in her glorious space. Take a look at her blog: From Captain's Daughter to Army Mom.She is also the most savvy shopper I know, another talent she showcases there. I want to be Janet when I grow up!
Another blogger friend, Rhonda, has furnished her home with flea market finds, refurbished garage sale pieces, and has created a haven for her and her high school sweetheart to whom she's been married for 40 years. *Rhonda still looks like she's 18!* She is a hands-on decorator who refinishes, paints, sews, and collects to make a home that should be featured in a magazine. Her use of color and texture throughout her home is a studied work of diligence and knowing just what she likes. You can find her here: Restored Treasures Too. Take the tour of her home and you will see what I mean!
My friend, David, lives in a restored farm house, and is also one of my "baking buddies". His organizational skills and excellent sense of color have transformed their home into an environment where I could easily move...and stay! He has an uncanny ability to make the most functional areas just disappear when not in use. He, like Janet, cranks out tasty and visually appealing sweet things from his warm and lovely kitchen, as well as being an avid Martha fan. David is located here: Good Things by David
Lauren, The Endearing Home, has done makeovers in her home that would make most decorators envious. I love her style, her use of pattern, color, and texture.
These are only of few of the fabulous homes I'd love to emulate. Oh, it isn't that I'm unhappy with our small residence, but I do have to admit that compared to what these individuals have accomplished with their homes, mine does pale a bit!
So, thanks for tolerating my measly lamp and pillow purchases, painted cupboards, and kitchen stools. They make me happy, and while it may not be a showcase here, everyone that comes to my door is welcome! I know I'll continue to live vicariously through the above talented friends, and borrow whatever ideas I can incorporate here.
And, if any of the above friends, or of my faithful fan base, have any decorating advice for me, I'd welcome it! My door is always open...and I love change!
03 March 2014
I planned to watch the Oscars last night for one reason only; to hear Idina Menzel sing. What ended up happening was that I watched the show from start to finish, and completely enjoyed it. As usual, I have some opinions...
Ellen DeGeneres? Fabulous. She can really work the crowd. That selfie that crashed Twitter, plus her tuxedos, were the highlight for me. They should have her every year; consummate entertainer.
Lupita? Best dress of the night, most compelling statement (above).
Pharrell? Love, love the song, and I was among the few who were not offended by the shorts. It's his style; let's respect it. He can lose that 20 gallon hat, however.
Bette Midler? Perfect tribute song. Adored her comment about her "girls" being on display, stating they don't get much sun.
Bill Murray? Loved the impromptu tribute to his friend, Harold Ramus; his pain was visible.
Jared Leto? There is something about a gorgeous man who loves his mother...in public. He also had the best acceptance speech of the night.
Kathy Lee Gifford, on the red carpet? Who did that to her hair?!
Matthew Mc? Loved the image of his dad...in his underwear, dancing in Heaven. His transformation for Dallas Buyers Club was frightening.
Jennifer Lawrence? Fell again?! Another incredible dress, but that girl needs to change up her footwear...or something...so she can stay upright! She is adorable, however.
John Travolta? Always a favorite of mine, but his stock fell last night. Did he suffer a head injury before he introduced Idina Menzel...as someone else?!
And Idina. How I would love to be able to sing like that! And best song!
As I lounged, makeup free, in my scraggy ponytail, yoga pants and sweatshirt, I was utterly entertained throughout the entirety, staying up later than I have in a very long time. So much fun; seeing the fashion, the beautiful and talented, the ultimate in music, and heartfelt thanks from the comfort of my chair.
02 March 2014
Weekend recap: we did not get to St. Paul. We got approximately 40 minutes from home, driving through whiteouts and barely visible roads, when my usually intrepid husband pulled the plug. And, who could blame him? It was scary out there! Returning home, we found out that the whiteout conditions were being reported on I90 going east (our route), and reports of a 50 car pileup on I35 by Lakeville, also on our route. I guess at our age, fighting through the weather isn't as much fun as it used to be. So, I swallowed my disappointment, did what I promised all of you, and pulled up those big girl panties.
Before we left, UPS had delivered the rest of my retail therapy, so we had a pile of boxes to open, stools and lamps to assemble, pillows to throw. This was to be our Sunday project, but it got accomplished on Friday instead. Want a brief tour? Keeping in mind that our 70's ranch isn't the stunning showpiece that many of my friends display, but we keep it comfortable, warm, and inviting, I think.
Before I get to the tour, I'll show you how I spent my Saturday morning; my therapy. Double batch of chocolate chip cookies, two loaves of artisan sandwich bread, and two loaves of cinnamon swirl bread. Yes, I mix my dough in a bread machine, but have yet to bake in it. It's all from scratch, it frees up my mixer, and I get the smoothest, most wonderful dough from it. Ah, yes; that did the trick...
Since we are already in the kitchen, take a look at the counter stools we replaced the metal, swivel, fabric-seated, in the way, stools we had before. I swear, I couldn't clean that cloth one more time, or mop up any more tears from being thrown off when one swung around with a two-year-old on it. The thing I love the most is that they fit right under the counter, don't bang against the cupboards and I do not have to move it to open the oven door. Plus, they're red!
With these in place, I brought out the paint and touched up the cupboards, blue and white. My favorite rooms feels new again.
I love how pillows can change the look of a room, plus add that little bit of comfort; whether it's to cushion a head for a nap, give something to hug during a movie, or as the ultimate weapon when your brother sits just too close. You can see part of Randy's collection of John Deere toys in the cabinet, a very small part. I think the gold in the pillows picks up the colors on display. (And if you believe that's why I chose this particular pillow, I have a piece of property to sell...)
Bright and happy, yes?
Here it is; the bane of my existence. The only thing this dratted recliner is lacking is some duct tape. I promise, if it comes to that, it will be replaced, whether he likes it or not! Anyway, I replaced the glass torch floor lamp with this soft shade and heavier base. Hopefully, we won't have to worry about Karson scaling this one and risking it shattering the window behind it...
This little desk is also in our family room, and believe it or not, it's a charging station. I have all of the cords stored in the pull-out drawer front, so at any time you may find a Kindle, a phone, or laptop plugged into it's charger. I felt the corner was rather dark, so added the lamp, one of which we also have in our bedroom. I couldn't find another I loved as much, so we now have two! The cool frame was a gift from Ryan's sweet girl, Becky, and what could be better to put in it than the family picture she shot over Labor Day?!
And finally, more pillows. We pull the deacon's bench up to our dining table when we have a crowd, but it usually takes up residence in this corner. The creams, taupes, and blues added a touch of softness and comfort to this corner. The covers are removable and washable when sticky little hands come in contact.
What's next? Mmmmm....yes, I think so!