November 25, 2014

A Pretty Kitchen Shelf With Hooks or A Place To Hang My Aprons

I am having such a hard time getting used to this kitchen! We’ve been in this house for 3 weeks and I just can’t seem to figure out how where the best place would be for stuff or a work flow. I did realize that I couldn’t dedicate a whole drawer to pot holders/oven mitts like at my old house. So I had to find another way to store them and decided that hanging them would be the best storage solution.

A pretty way to provide some extra storage for potholder and aprons.

I also hung up my two favorite aprons! I  had a cute wire basket with hooks that I got either at TJMaxx or Target and I had a picture ledge from Ikea. So I combined the two and now have some vertical storage and a little place to display stuff in the kitchen.

Pretty place to hang your aprons and pot holders. Great way to increase storage if you don't have lots of drawers in you kitchen.
If you’ve ever seen a picture ledge you know it’s really narrow since you’re supposed to just prop pictures on it. So there’s not a lot of display space. Which was my intention in using it.

Cute kitchen shelf with vintage ceramic rooster and some free printables

I just wanted a little space to easily display a few fun things. Something easy to change without a lot of hoopla! The “Together We Have It All” is a free printable from Entirely Eventful Day. She has lots of really pretty ones so go check them out. I can’t remember where I got “Home Is Where Your Heart Is” – etsy I believe. “God Bless Our Home” I’ve had for many years so I have no idea where I got that.

Cute kitchen shelf with hooks for pot holders and aprons

I treated myself to some new  holders since they’re out where everyone can see them :)  from Target.  The cute polka dot pot holder and the patchwork one were gifts from a reader.

Cute kitchen shelf with hooks and cubbies provides needed storage and display space in a small kitchen

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with the cubbies  – I already have a place for incoming mail. Maybe a place for outgoing mail, coupons to retail stores (not grocery coupons). Maybe I’ll just use them to display cute printables.

What would you use those cubbies for?


The Dining Room – We Finally Have A Dining Table!

Hi everyone! I had to sell my dining room table from my other house ( it was too big for this small breakfast room). So we have been eating on TV trays since we moved! Not very comfortable – especially for my 6’2″ husband. But we finally got a round white pedestal dining room table at Ikea.

Pretty red and white dining room! Red buffalo check curtains, Ikea Liatorp dining table, red slipcovered chairs

So this is the confusing part – it’s either the Liatorp or the Ingatorp table. My Ikea is kinda of a mess (don’t get me started on the disgusting breakfasts they have). The display said it was Ingatorp (in black or white) $349. But when we went to pick it up, the aisle and bin number info said Liatorp and it was $249. Which you can’t find  on their website anymore. So I don’t know if they’re discontinuing the Liatorp and renaming it Ingatorp or what? Maybe your Ikea is better organized than mine (Atlanta). That’s Corey by the way.

Ikea Liatorp white dining table

Anyway, it’s round but it self stores leaves so you can make it into a bigger oval dining table. Which is what we’ll need for Thanksgiving (I’ll just place it on a diagonal).

Liatorp pedestal dining room table from Ikea

I’ve got to find some round tablecloths. All mine are oval!

Inexpensive curtain idea - red buffalo check curtains are really tablecloths

I also got a curtain rod put up with my “curtains”. They are actually tablecloths and used to hang in the living room of my other house. They are hung by clips that you can find at Target, Home Depot, etc. I’m not sure I’m going to keep them here but I thought they’d be cute for Christmas at least.

I’m also not sure if I’m going to keep the sidelights as is or put blinds on them or do some other bay window type curtain treatment. The back part of the yard is woodsy and it kind of freaks me out to look out at night :) !

Freshly picked camellias from the garden

I have lots of Camellias of all varieties on both sides of the house so I snipped a few to enjoy inside. The leaves are so dark green and glossy. I find them pretty even if they don’t have flowers.

So we decided to use the formal dining room (below) as our TV room/husband’s office and use the smaller breakfast room as the dining room.  It may change down the road but that’s what works for us right now.

black dining room chandelier

We’ll be moving this dining room chandelier into the breakfast room and the breakfast room light/ceiling fan into the TV Room.  Then we’ll just switch them back when we move (this is a rental).

Liatorp table in dining area

Those french doors lead into the kitchen and the tile goes from the foyer into this room into the kitchen. The tile is ice cold in the morning! I’m going to have to find some sort of round rug to put under the table! Otherwise, I love this room! It’s so bright and sunny and has a great view of the backyard.

As you can see, I don’t have anything on the walls (we’re slow unpackers) but I’m happy to be able to sit at a real table finally!

Some Different Things That I Collect

I  wanted to share some photos of different things that I collect that are part of my decor before I pack them up. I have 4 bookcases in the living room from Ikea that have extenders on the top where I house some of my collectibles.

Decorating with collections

Fortunately I’ll be able to take the bookcases with me. I’m just not sure I’m actually going to be putting some of these collections back though (not sure I’ll use the extenders). Quite a bit will be sold in the garage sale we’ll be having before we move.

vintage rooster collection

This is my collection of roosters. A few are vintage. The big ones were all found at thrift stores and I think I’m going to sell those.

teapot collection

This is my collection of tea pots.  I’m only keeping 3.

Vintage Mackenzie Childs Courtly  Checks teapot

I’m keeping this blue and white transferware teapot, the Mackenzie-Childs teapot (which is over 20 years old and I can’t remember the pattern – Courtly Check?) and the cherry pot-for-one in the first photo.

white pitcher collection

I’m only going to take  2 or 3 white pitchers. I do use a couple of them frequently. Although,  I rarely use the big wide one or the small one. So those and a few others are destined for the garage sale for sure.

mercury glass collection

Lastly some of my mercury glass collection (I have more in the garage).  I like to use mercury glass in the winter so I’ll keep my favorite pieces. But the ones that I’m not so attached to, like the mercury glass decanter in the back of the shelf, will be sold.  Not sure about the globes just yet. 3 are vintage – I may keep those.

I’m packing up the easy stuff first since we’re still waiting on underwriting to approve the buyers loan (don’t want to have to unpack a ton if their loan doesn’t go through). We should know by the end of the week if everything is ok on that front :)

Dining Room China Cabinet Makeover

I tweaked a lot of rooms in my home for an agent’s open house so I thought I’d share what I did with my dining room china cabinet.

Dining room hutch makeover - soup tureen collection on top of hutch

I have a collection of soup tureens which I keep on the top of my kitchen cabinets. I took a few and placed them on top of this china cabinet. The little soup tureens used to be in my little black china cabient in the dining room (which I sold). So they’ve found a new home for the time being.

Colorful gingham straws in a blue canning jar {china hutch makeover}

Aren’t these colorful gingham paper straws fun!

Mainstays home rooster cups {china cabinet makeover}

The dishes are an old Mainstays  Home pattern which I found at a thrift store many years ago.

aqua vintage look drinking glasses

These vintage looking  aqua glasses and pitcher came from Hobby Lobby (sort of looks like depression glass). I got them on clearance back in April I think. Each glass was originally $7.99 (which I think is a crazy price). I got them for 80% off, the pitcher too. They are food safe so we’ve used them a few times this summer. I really would have liked 6 glasses but they only had 4 blue ones left (the others were clear).

vintage cow print

This vintage cow print used to be in my kitchen.

Colorful cottage style china cabinet

This china cabinet was a present from my husband and it’s one of my favorite pieces!

Dining room hutch makeover - soup tureen collection on top of hutch

My Entryway Makeover

Our house will be on the market next week (I’m exhuasted!) so I can start to show you some of the changes we made and I’ll begin with my small foyer.

Enryway mirror with galvanized tin "Welcome" banner - Entryway makeover

Below is a before photo of my entryway. I tried to make the best of a small space to give it some personality.  Among the many things I sold is my red hall tree (which originally came from Goodwill).

Cute entry way with gallery wall and red hall tree

We packed away all the vintage dog prints and the dog plates except one. We took everything off the walls (opposite the halltree I had a set of three Katie Daisy prints). We had to paint the whole foyer because I had so many nail holes that needed patching!

Entryway makeover - white cabinet from Target

We bought a little cabinet from Target because it fits the space well but I gotta tell you….we’ve had this cabinet for several weeks now and it’s still off gassing. I’m very sensitive to those types of things so I’m glad it’s not in a room I spend a lot of time in!

Spode Woodland Hunting Dogs plate - Golden Retriever

This is one of the Spode Hunting Dog plates we had hanging on the wall around the door. I chose the Golden Retriever one in memory of our Golden Maxie.

mercury glass candlestick and topiary vignette

A topiary that I used to have in my bathroom , mercury glass candlestick (I have a bunch of those) and some candles.

large silver lantern in the entryway

I don’t have an outlet in the foyer so I couldn’t put a lamp on the cabinet, but I found this huge shiny lantern on clearance from TJMaxx! Love it!!

Entryway cabinet decor

I don’t really have anything to put inside the cabinet so I just used the two toile boxes that store my candles in it for the time being. The mirror we had in another room ( TJMaxx or Garden Ridge) and I don’t remember where I got the galvanized tin banner (it was in my stash of banners and worked perfectly here)! You can write on it with chalk!

Of course, the whole thing looks terribly empty and neutral to me but apparently that’s what it’s supposed to look like when you’re selling! I’m sure most people will like the after, I like the before!   :)

More to come….


Happy Yellow Living Room Decor

Most of you know that I love decorating with yellow ! So I wanted to share with you some yellow pillows that I’ve been using this summer in the living room (which is a light shade of yellow) and a cute wreath that I made.

Happy yellow living room decor

Below is a book page cone wreath I made a while a go and spray painted yellow. Love it!

yellow book page cone wreath

You can still see some of the print of the book pages. I tried to spray the center more yellow than the outside part (I thought it would be sort of flower like) but it didn’t really work :) It actually looks more like I tried to ombre it! Either way it works for me!

Yellow and white "Happy Home" typography pillow

Isn’t the “happy home” pillow cute! I love typography so I was really happy to find this pillow because I strive to have a happy home (as I’m sure you all do). I believe I got that at TJMaxx but it was back in April or May so I doubt they would still have it.  I know the two geometric  pillows are from Target since I saw them there last week.  They come in a set of two and they’re reversible. The back is solid yellow.  I think they have them in a couple of color ways.

Yellow and red cottage style living room decor

The square mirrored tray is also from Target and after eyeing it for months I finally was able to get it on clearance!

Cheerful cottage style living room

Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my cheery cottage style living room and thanks for stopping by!

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