Wednesday, April 27, 2011

~ A Bit of Day Dreaming ~

Do you keep a list of things "to-do", a notebook full of pictures or tons of pictures in your computer archive file you would love to put into action? I do, I've kept a notebook, diary and a few pictures of things I would to change around the house for years. They are on the "to-do" list. That list seems to be growing hourly instead of getting shorter.
As I was going through some of the pictures I ran across these wonderful kitchen pictures and wanted to share them with you.

I love the mantel shelf above the stove. What a statement it makes.
Although this one may seem a bit "dated" I love the cozy feel of the shelves. I'm in love with the vintage scale. Don't you love the deep double sinks? The counters and sink look like soap-stone to me. What do you think? With the feeling of being on the industrial side the china lends elegance.
Talk about entertaining space. Can you imagine this island loaded down with food for a party or family gathering ?
I love the exposed beams. This room almost makes me dizzy. I love red, however I'm not sure I would like looking at this big red stove all the time. I think the slate floor and the small area of tile behind the stove are competing with each other. Guess you've figured out about the only thing I really like about this picture are the beams.
Fun and whimsical.A different view of the great counter (from the previous picture) looking into the great room side. Cozy!!
I love the furniture look they gave the cabinets. Although this kitchen is small and quaint there is a touch of elegance. I would change the blue tiles to a white subway tile and a form of granite on the counter tops to give the feeling of a larger area. I remember seeing something very similar to this on HGTV many years ago.
This is pure perfection to me. I would love to sit here each morning and look out those beautiful french doors. Don't you love how they've displayed their children's art work on the cabinet doors?Sigh.....I would love to be able to take a few things from each photo and actually put them together to make a great kitchen/hearth room. A girl can always dream right? Dreams don't cost until you put them into action.
In the meantime, I'll finish painting the rooms upstairs and move a few things around. I'm just about finished with that project, hopefully Mother Nature will start co-operating in our area and give us some sunshine and warmth so I can get outside and do some much needed work to the yard.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

~ Highlight of Our Spring Open House Weekend ~

This weekend's weather is a repeat performance of last weekends. We've had a lot of rain, and very chilly temperatures. Who would have thought you'd be wearing winter clothing in the middle of April? That's how a lot of our guests arrived. Chilled to the bone and ready to come inside to feast their eyes on our Spring decor. As I put this post together, we're still having rain. Needless to say, we are all drenched around here, some more than others. I hope some of these shots put a smile on your face and a ray of sunshine in your hearts.
You had your choice of Pink Lemonade, Hot Coffee and a few goodies to snack on while shopping. However, as cool as the temps were I should have had Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider. :-))
I'll hush while you take a look around.I hope you enjoyed your tour of some of the highlights of our Spring Open House Event. We enjoyed having you. I've been out of the loop for a while here, I see many of are need of prayers for them or their family members. We keep each of those in our hearts, and thoughts.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

~Easter Greetings~

Wishing all of you a joyous Easter!

I pray the Lord Blesses

each and every one of you

an abundant life.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Signs of Spring and a Few Surprises

Saturday in our part of Missouri was gorgeous. A slight breeze in the air. Perfect for being outside doing a bit of clean up of what the hard winter had left behind. I got quite a bit of clean up done and enjoyed the beauty of the new buds coming out on all the trees. Little did I know what Sunday evening was going to bring. The weather forecast was for heavy rains, hail and winds gusting to over 70 mph. Well, guess what? Yes you got it. We got all of that and this is what it left in it's wake.
Torn siding off the north side of the house.
Flapping shingles in the wind.

Lattice work ripped off the pergola that hangs over the shop entrance.

More soffit trim missing off the east side of the house.

I'd much rather be looking at the buds coming to life then the mess I cleaned up. I've called the insurance adjuster, just waiting for them to get back to see how they're going to handle it. It could have been much worse. Today, the sun is shining and the temperatures are climbing. I believe Spring may have decided to stick around for awhile.
hugs ~lynne~