Monthly Archives: January 2014

our first home: turning inspiration into a reality in the dining room

Just because a room is currently a family room, doesn’t mean it can’t be something else! The room that is currently our dining room was the previous owner’s living room. But their layout, which had their dining room at the front of the house,  didn’t fit our needs or my Mt. Vernon vision.

George and Martha’s front door didn’t open into their dining room and I  just couldn’t escape my colonial inspiration.  Continue reading

our first home: finding inspiration for the dining room

Find something to inspire your room.

Find something to inspire your room. This lamp inspired my dining room.

A lamp inspired my dining room. Actually, it was a pair of lamps I found at a second-hand store in Jacksonville Beach. They are a beautiful pale, matte blue porcelain with  intricate gold flowers painted on them. They were delicate and strong at the same time, and in the midst of a menagerie of things they caught my eye.  Continue reading

Easy Appetizer: Chicken & Waffles

chicken and wafflesEasy Chicken and Waffles Appetizer

You can make anything in life into  an “occasion.” We did on Sunday night; Matt and I had my mom over for dinner to “celebrate” her foray back into the working world after retiring in June.  Having something to offer your guests as they arrive is a welcoming touch and since the weekend had been gray, rainy, and cold (and the thought of going back to work is not much different), chicken and waffles seemed like the perfect comfort food. This could be a great appetizer to serve on Super Bowl Sunday, too.  Continue reading

Cocktail of the Month: Bacon Old Fashioned

Bacon Old Fashioned

“It’s tastes like breakfast in your mouth.” That’s what my husband said, eyes alight, after his first sip of a Bacon Old Fashioned. We were in Nashville at The Patterson House; a high styled speakeasy evoking a blend of tones from Gatsby to Capone. The experience and the drinks were delicious. Continue reading

let’s plan a party

I continued using bales of hay throughout; here I draped it with an IKEA plaid throw to make a sitting area near a drink station.

Create areas for your guests to gather, complete with food and drinks. 

Tomorrow is not only Monday,  but my first day back to work after 17 glorious days of Christmas vacation. Thinking about Mondays, much less preparing for them, can be depressing. So, instead, let’s think about planning a party! Continue reading

our first home: finishing the kitchen

Ginger Jar

I don’t want to work in a busy brown kitchen.

Before, our kitchen was brown… a busy brown. The only thing I liked was that the cabinets, at one time, were white. They were now “patinaed” to a yellowed cream.  As mentioned, I “pinned” a lot of kitchen ideas and knew the components I wanted to incorporate into my style.. my “adjectives” were: farmhouse, clean, comfortable, and glam. I tried to keep the last adjective a secret from my husband Matt. I knew I couldn’t adequately explain how “glam” fit into the kitchen vision. Continue reading