Monday, April 21, 2014

Kitchen Update and What To Do About Barstools?


Happy Monday morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend with your families and friends.

The start of a new week is getting me that much closer to having my kitchen back.

This Thursday the plumber will be coming back to take off my beautiful faucet in preparation for the re-honing to take place.

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On Friday the marble slabs will be re-honed in order to get rid of the streaking and hazing on the marble.

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Being without a kitchen this long has had its challenges, but we all have adjusted, and are just grateful to have this opportunity to be able to do this at all.

Throughout this process I have been making a few plans on some minor changes to the décor.

That brings up the subject of…..


I have certain needs and wants for my barstools. They need to be….

  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy
  • Have a low profile
  • Easy to Clean
  • Clean lines
  • Need to fit three at the bar

 One more very important criteria is the color and pattern need to work with the décor in my family room.

Since I change out my accessories and pillows in my family room for the seasons, the color and/or pattern have to mix well with all three looks………

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Summer pillows
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Ribbet collage Summer Fabrics

Black and/or white
Blue and white

I have room for three barstools at my breakfast bar, which is perfect because I have 3 sons and that is where they ate their breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Now I have 3 Grandchildren that sit there just like my boys did.

Here are some of the bar stools I have considered……..

Ribbet collage French Bistro


Ribbet collage barstools
They all met some of the criteria, but there was only one that met all my needs and wants.

Which one of the above bar stools do you think would look the best with all of my fabrics that are used in the family room?

To see more barstools be sure to check out my pinboard on Pinterest by clicking HERE!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Sunday



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Lights In My Backard!


Lights in the garden are just like lights inside our homes. They add ambiance to the space, and in my life that is a necessary element.

Yesterday I found some fun new lights for my garden at Bed Bath and Beyond.

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They are little tiny twinkle lights. I like to call them Fairy lights because they remind of the lights at Disneyland in Tinkerbelle's Pixie Hollow.

The cool thing about these lights is they are:

  • Batterie operated
  • LED (less power to run them)
  • They have a 6 hour timer (they turn themselves off and on)
  • You can submerge the lights in water ( great for centerpieces)
The little white lights on batteries have been around for years, but the LED are new to me.

Let me show you how I used mine….

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I put them in my window box. Tucked in and out of the ferns and hydrangeas. 

They are right above another favorite light of mine that hangs over my bubbler.

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It is a fun little water feature that makes such a nice trickling sound.

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Here is a close-up so you can see the water spouting up in the middle of the rocks.

Now back to my fairy lights!!
I want them every where!!

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They make me smile!

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You will notice a lantern on the left shutter. It also has a timer light inside of it. I just used one of the candles that is on a timer.

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This girl is all about ambient lighting!!

(If you would like to get some too, here is the link…….HERE!!)


Now I just need to figure out how to get

the sound that Tinkerbelle makes to play in my yard! Hmmmmm??? 
Any ideas?