Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Our New House: The Dining Room


It almost seems comical to post a dining room tour since our living room, kitchen, and dining room are actually one large space, but those three rooms seemed too large to tackle all in one post!  So welcome to our dining room, which is also our eat-in kitchen - well loved and well used! 


The dining room sits between our kitchen and living room, so as you can imagine, it gets a ton of daily use.  I've kept the space pretty neutral in the hopes that everything flows nicely from one space to another.     


Here's a picture that shows the living room also, so you can get an idea of the layout.  We all absolutely love having an open floor plan, but it has presented challenges that I never considered.  For example, the lack of wall space, which makes furniture placement a challenge, as well as creating spaces that all flow together (especially including a kitchen that you can see from the living room!).  It's definitely still a work in progress, but I love that although I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I can still feel like I'm with everyone else!  

 

The drapes are linen, and were made by my very talented mom.  The gray-blue matches some of our cabinetry in the kitchen.  


We purchased the table and chairs a few years ago from Costco.  We absolutely love them.  There are two leaves that we can add to the table and seat about 10 people.  So this table has been a workhorse for sure! 


 

Last year I found this old gate leg table at a local antique store and it has been a wonderful addition to this space (and also one of my favorite antique purchases ever!).  It anchors the living room from the dining room, and creates additional seating when we have a large crowd.  We've used it several times now as a table!   I also love the idea of adding at least one antique furniture piece to each room.  It can add so much character and warmth, don't you agree?



 On the opposite side of the wall, we incorporated some wood shiplap to add some character.  All the walls and trim in this space are painted the same color, Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.  I have since painted a few rooms in our home, but I'm not sure I'll ever paint this main room as the creamy white seems to help balance everything and enables me to change our drapes, pillows, etc. as the mood strikes!     


This cabinet is one of my very favorite things in our new home.  We eliminated the pantry that was in the house plans and instead asked our cabinet maker to make a built-in dining cabinet.  One of the things I loved most about our old farmhouse was the built in cabinet in our dining room (see pictures here).  I showed him pictures and asked him to create something that might give that similar old home feel... and house all my dishes - ha!  I love, love, love what he created.  When I first saw it, I was almost speechless.  Although the cabinet color is the same as our kitchen, we purposely used different hardware and a different cabinet design (like inset doors) so that it felt more like a dining furniture piece versus kitchen cabinetry.  

This cabinet is huge (9' tall) with deep shelves, so it actually fits my entire collection of dishes (much to my husband's dismay).   I use the drawers for storage, like cloth napkins, tablecloths, extra silverware, etc. 


Do you recognize these shelves from our previous home?  Justus made these and I could not bear to leave them behind and was insistent that they make the move with us.  I still love them and couldn't imagine our home without something so special.  

I just last week purchased the rest of the set of Johnson Brothers Staffordshire Bouquet to finish my collection and placed a lot of it here on these shelves as I love it so much.  This was a totally unplanned purchase, I promise, and I truly tried talking myself out of it.  I actually recently broke one of my saucers in this pattern, so when my mom and I were strolling through a few antique stores, imagine my surprise when I found an entire set with an amazing price - ha!  I couldn't not leave without it though, and while my husband was totally shocked that I could possibly feel the need to purchase more dishes (said with love), I'm sure you understand.  ;-)  


The console table was purchased our first year of marriage (15 years ago!), and eventually I'll replace it, but only when I find something really special and unique for this space.  This wall felt like it needed something simple, like lanterns, versus artwork, so we hung these here and added some timed candles that add a warm glow each evening. 

Thanks for touring our dining room space!  We eat together as a family every night here, so it's a well loved space.  It's such a simple thing, and yet means so much.  It's not just sharing a meal, but sharing about our day, our thoughts, our feelings.  

Let me know if you have any questions - hopefully I covered it all! I hope to share some more room tours in the next month or two, including the kitchen and living room.  :-)

 Dining Room Details:
Paint Color: Alabaster Sherwin Williams
Table & Chairs: Costco (I don't see these as being available right now)
All lighting: Pottery Barn
Lanterns: Pottery Barn
Framed Landscape Art: Ballard Designs

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Summer Gardening


 This is my first large vegetable garden in three summers now, and I can't even describe how happy it makes me to have one again!  I have missed my vegetable garden so much. But, you know, when you move into a new home and are left with a big plot of dirt, priorities.  ;-) 

We started landscaping our home in the spring of last year, starting with some raised brick beds we had built around the house for shrubs.  I don't think I've shared them yet, so I'll try to do that.  Next we had concrete poured around the back of the house for a patio and did a little landscaping back there.  We still have a pile of dirt and a pile of gravel in our side yard... the outdoor projects have been a lot and I lose sight sometimes of all the work we've already done!  Anyway, back to gardening.  By July of last year, a vegetable garden just wasn't in the books, but Justus felt sorry for me and did put in a small 8x8 raised bed for a late summer garden (which I used every square inch of).  Funny story, my grandparents visited shortly after he built it (and before anything was planted).  When they saw it, they said, "Ooooh, a sandbox for the girls!"  Haha.   


This year we added on four more 8x8 raised beds.  The beds are all adjoining and are terraced down our side yard to accommodate for the grade change.  This is an unfinished project... we have plans to add in some raised flower beds, and some pavers, but for this summer, I am so thrilled to have vegetables planted and growing!


We ordered all cedar wood for the raised beds from a local sawmill.  This particular sawmill down the road was significantly more affordable, but I had to wait about three months to get it. My constant nagging got the order filled though.  ;-)


A cell phone shot of Justus working hard, making sure everything is level and square.  ;-) 


  And another cell phone shot of the finished beds before planting.


The garden is busily growing now and actually even better than this as I took these photos a couple weeks ago.  Justus recently built a couple climbing fences for the peas and cucumbers.  I love how they turned out.  :-)   

 

 I happily live on garden veggies all summer.  I don't ever get tired of eating veggies straight from the garden and in my opinion, all the hours weeding and picking bugs off is so worth it (a farmer's market is nice too though - haha).  We've been harvesting daily cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, squash, and some of our spring plantings (like carrots, beats and cabbage).  Our okra is almost ready and I just shelled some peas yesterday evening. 


Tomatoes...


 Cucumbers (these rarely last more than an hour with the girls and I around)...


 Yellow squash and zucchini (always abundant until the squash bugs get them)...

 

 Purple hulled peas (my first time growing)...


 Cabbages... the only reason we have cabbage to harvest is because the girls have helped me hand pick off caterpillars and eggs every time they come back.  Yes, we actually keep tweezers outside, thanks to the cabbage caterpillars and tomato worms (yuck).  But, we had our first cabbage last week, and it was so delicious (and rewarding?), we decided it was totally worth all the worm picking we've done. 


 We planted some blueberry bushes in our middle bed.  I've been babying these bushes as in the past it seems like it's difficult to get them to take off.  Here's hoping all the attention helps them!  And I'm always open to tips if you have them!


 Around the rest of the yard, our Annabelle hydrangeas in our front flower beds took off and gave us prolific blooms this year. 

 

 Even all the boxwood we planted are doing great (23 shrubs I think?).  Actually, as I was downloading these pictures, I went back and looked at some pictures I had taken last year when we started planting, and I can hardly believe the difference a year has made.  Always good to be reminded!


 And, in other gardening news, the flower garden that my mom and I grow is doing beautifully.  This is our sixth summer growing flowers that we sell and we still love it.  It's a huge amount of work, but getting to spend time with my mom and daughters each morning is such a gift.  

 

 I've slacked off so much in my blogging, and I haven't shared much about our flower business, which is so disappointing to me.  I really wish I had written down all the memories from each summer working out here.  It's hot, sweaty, and tiring, but it's also one of the most peaceful places to spend each morning.  Hopefully I can share more this summer, but here's a few pictures in the meantime for my memories.  :-)


 
 

 Happy summer gardening!  Do you have a garden this year and how is it growing?! 

(P.S. You can see pictures of our old garden here!)

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Girls Bathroom


I promised myself I would do a blog post this weekend, and I'm only a day late, which I'm pretty happy about.  ;-)  My entire blog needs updating (ugh), but maybe I'll get around it one of these days.  I've said it before, but I miss blogging and always have intentions to get back to it more consistently!

Meanwhile, I'm so happy to be on here again, sharing a tour of the girls bathroom, which is one of my favorite rooms in the house.  Something about this little room is so sweet. 

 

When our house was built, we had most of the walls painted white (although I've since painted a couple rooms), but the girls and I somehow convinced Justus to have their bathroom painted pink.  It had to very pale and subtle though (his words), which I was on complete agreement with.  :-)  I love, love, love this pale pink... so perfect for a girl's room.  The color is Sherwin Williams White Dogwood.  I couldn't find this color in the store in their paint swatches, so had to go off images online.  Normally I would never do this (I tend to leave the store with 50 paint swatches to agonize over- ha), but it felt like the right color and it definitely was.


The floors are tiled with white and black hexagon tiles, which I also love.  It's a timeless tile that also feels fun!  The vanity is custom, painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster, with the same knobs and pulls I used in the rest of the house.




 The faucets and all hardware are from the Pfister Tisbury line. This is from the same beautiful and durable line in the rest of our baths, and I still love its timeless design, especially the faucet cross handles. 


 

 I made the silhouettes of the girls one day on pink cardstock and framed them... a really quick, fun project.  Google a tutorial sometime!  




It's always fun incorporating decor that comes with memories.  These are all the shells we've collected from our yearly Florida vacations.  

 The house plans originally had a shower stall in this bathroom, but we changed the plans to include a bathtub.  We were then left with a small cubby to the right of the tub, which would have been perfect for the toilet, but was just a tad small to meet code measurements (bummer!).  Eventually I'd like to do some creative built in storage here, but for now it hides dirty laundry and wet towels.  ;-)  (By the way, I love using robe hooks for towels... they dry faster and look pretty, even when wet.  We hung them a little lower, so the girls could reach them and easily hang up their towels themselves.)


I think part of the reason I love this room so much is all the light flooding in from these three small windows (the view doesn't hurt either!).  

 When I first started decorating this room, I could not find one girl's shower curtain that I liked.  They all felt either too bright (think hot pink) or too plain (think white eyelet).  My mom came to the rescue once again and sewed this curtain with some fabric I picked out. 

 I absolutely love it... I love how she used three different fabrics that all coordinate to make the absolute sweetest shower curtain.  We've had this shower curtain two years now, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of it!  


 Thanks for touring this space with us.  The fact that the girls love their shared bathroom as much as I do is pretty great, too.  ;-)  Let me know if you have any questions, but I'll include sources below!

Sources (with links):

Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams White Dogwood
Trim and Cabinet Paint: Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Door Paint: Sherwin Williams Peppercorn
Faucets, towel rack, towel ring, paper holder, robe/towel hooks: Pfister Tisbury - Brushed Nickel
Shower curtain fabric: Amy Sinibaldi Playground Collection
Towels: Target
Vanity Lights: Pottery Barn

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