Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Keep Your Eyes and Mind OPEN!!!


Amongst all the packing of the BIG and the Little items in our home, I have taken a few moments of diversion from the business, and work of selling, and packing up our home of 37 years.

Several months ago I actually started a pinboard, and titled it NEXT HOUSE. At that time I had no idea it would be coming to fruition so quickly. I actually just did it for fun, since I seem to live, eat and breathe design.

The images I pinned onto this board were ideas that I liked, that I thought I could live with, if and when we ever purchased a new home.

I thought it might be fun to revisit this board with you all today, and see what all I have in mind, and to really evaluate if I really do LIKE what I pinned since it has become a reality, and not just a someday.

I have repeatedly pinned this image for several years.

It is not very likely I will have this grand of a hallway, or this large of an area that I could store nothing but pretty white linens. 

However I am a true believer in studying great design and tweaking it to fit my space and budget. I try to always see the possibilities not the, “That will never happen in my life.” Remember, keep your eyes and mind open to new possibilities.

hallway linen storage - beautiful!
Most of us only have small areas that we can use for a linen closet in our homes, but just think!! You could put glass doors on any cabinet, and do part of your linen closet like this.

Let’s look at some smaller versions to give us all some good ideas….

Built-in Linen Closet in the Bathroom. This would work great in a hallway as well or a Bedroom for clothing. at Low Country Living blog.
This is not nearly as grand or displayed as nicely, but what I do like about this particular cabinet is the black latch instead of knobs, it adds a fun vintage vibe, and you all know I do love black and white!

If you have the option for double doors, check this out…….

Build in Shelves with glass doors and drawers rather than those stupid linen closets you can never keep organized.
In this image I am noticing they used glass knobs to add to the shine of the glass, and then they used bin pulls on the first set of drawers, not sure I like that, but it is just another option to think about. 

I also like the way the top of the cabinet is set back a bit. It gives the space more interest and dimension.

built in cabinet in between studs in bathroom - I need to find someone to do this for my linens.

Even the smallest of linen cabinets can be made more attractive with an addition of glass doors. In this image they even added a few pretty little blue bottles to break up the composition. I like the addition of a little color and a different texture.

love the cabinet in bathroom http://www.storageinqatar.com
This next image is way too busy for my own personal aesthetics, but it is an interestingoption on how to treat inexpensive bi-fold doors. 

Pop out the center panel and take to your glass man and have clear glass added. You will be surprised at how inexpensively this can be done. Very interesting!!!

I have been talking about built-in storage, but if you don’t have built-ins how about a free-standing piece to use as linen storage with glass doors?……

Display beautiful linen in an old medical cabinet

From TV Cabinet to Linen Cabinet  how many of these do you see now that flat screens are the thing

Now this is a very clever idea, if you have a TV cabinet or find one at a thrift store, add the glass doors and some paint and you have a beautiful and original linen cabinet!!

There you have it dear readers!! Never, ever let size, placement or budget stifle your creativity. Look for ideas to help you think outside of the box. There is always more than one way to do a job.

I hope this helps you see things through  a different set of eyes, and mindset. I hope to do more of these types of post. It helps me too!!!

“Enjoy the Process!” 
Imagining the Possibilities!!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015



It is time for a house update!! 

It has been a whirlwind of activity, and our heads are spinning. After getting 7 over asking bids on our home within the first week we chose one offer, and now our home is……………

It has been a flurry of activity, both mental and physical.

We are busy, purging, packing, and storing our belongings.

One can sure collect a lot of , “Stuff!” when living in the same home for 37 years.

I have found the purging to be much easier than I had anticipated, and have found it to be very freeing. It feels good to know what is in the boxes in the corners, in the dark.

There have been moments of exhaustion, excitement and bitter sweet moments of tears along the way.

Basically an emotional roller coaster, but we are surviving it all.

It is funny how you will run into something that was in a box that you have not seen for awhile, and the tears will come so unexpectedly. 

For instance when I opened a box, and found this little guy……

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This is "BINGO", he is a talking bear that giggles, and ask questions, and is always ready for a hug and ask for hugs frequently.

When I found him I immediately started crying. I told my hubby I had to take a moment. 

So I took Bingo inside, and held him and cried for a bit, and smiled about all the family memories with Bingo in our family.

Years ago my youngest son asked for Bingo for Christmas, and I debated on getting him because I knew he would soon out grow the stuffed toy phase, and Bingo was priced at a price that was a bit expensive for our Christmas budget back in the day.

I have a very dear friend that told me, “For God’s sake get him the bear, it is the only thing he has asked for, for Christmas!” She was right, as she usually is, so I bought the bear for our youngest son.

Little did I know that Bingo would give our entire family so much pleasure. We have all enjoyed hugging him, and making him ask questions, and we answer him too!!

He even entertained our Grandchildren, and to this day if any of our family members see Bingo, they will giggle, pick him up, and make him talk.

So for now Bingo will wait in his special box for the arrival of Great Grandchildren where he will emerge, and make them giggle, squeeze, and answer questions with their parents, Grandparents and Great Grandparents.

So when you think of me today just think of me up to my eye balls in boxes ….

bubble wrap and boxes

and getting very creative with bubble wrap….

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My casual look!

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For more formal affairs!



Friday, April 24, 2015

Not Totally Letting Go!!!


There are so many things I will miss about living in our home of 37 years. One of the things I actually posted on my Facebook page yesterday and everyone was telling me to TAKE it with me, was this wall planter that hangs by my front door.

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Trust me there was a great debate about several things we are leaving, and this was one of them.

 I purchased it years ago, and knew that someday it might rust out or fall apart, so I have kept my eyes open for years for another one. 

Before I finally decided to leave it, I had to make sure I could find another one.

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Well, three days ago I found one. I was like a little kid that just got their first bike for Christmas.

In fact it  is even better, it can be hooked up to a pump, and it will serve as a wall fountain once we move into a new house, or we can use it as a planter, whatever works out best for the new application.

So all my wonderful Facebook friends can rest assured, Kathysue will get to have another one of these in her life again!

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I actually found it online and have already ordered it in flat black. It is on a 3 week back order so hopefully it will arrive before we move……


Thank you all for your support and concerns about me leaving my pretty little wall planter, but you see Kathysue is a planner, so all is well with my world!!

to be cont