Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Some of the roses have the slightest hint of pink in them.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
For an extra special treat, I like to have one warm with a cup of Earl Grey tea. I use the remaining nutmeg and sugar mix instead of plain sugar, which tastes so delicious in the tea!
As you can see, it's not a huge room. It's 8" x 11". There's a great view of the back yard, lots of windows, and on the left side, it's a double french door that goes out to our back deck.
So, 1 more week to finalize some sketches and create my design. Then, it's makeover time!
But right now, I'm off to make a fresh batch of blueberry muffins for coffee with my cousin (she's bringing be kids, which means a play date for Willen and a brand new baby for me to enjoy!)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This gorgeous daybed is similar to the one I intend on putting in the sun room.
My husband and I have been dreaming up ways to create a room to enjoy our back property more. We long for a living space, full of natural light, and gorgeous french doors that walk out to our back deck. It could be a place to sit and read, while taking in the view of our wooded lot. Or, a small space for entertaining, where, in good weather, the doors could be opened to the deck adding more space.
The only catch is, in order to make that happen, we'd have to give up our main floor master bedroom. It would be a huge renovation, and not entirely worth the time and money.
After much thought and planning, we think we've come up with a fairly easy solution. Our main entrance is currently the back door. We have a small front entrance with a little breezeway and closet that is never used. It's just always been that way I guess. Our back entrance is accessed from our back deck, through a set of french doors and into our back sun room. It's a smaller space that's off the kitchen, looking out back.
It's the perfect candidate for this lovely little room we've been dreaming of. It already has big, bright windows, allowing lots of natural light. One wall is almost entirely the french doors going out to our back deck. Since we have a front entrance, we can just make use of that. It would eliminate the constant traffic through the back room, making it feel more like a large, open mud room. It doesn't even need to be painted!
Needless to say, it should be a fairly simple transition! I've decided that this is going to be the major makeover for the month of February. Before pictures will be posted very soon, as well as some ideas for how I hope to transform the space.
Check back soon!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Above my buffet, I hung 3 simple ironstone plates that I had purchased about 3 years ago when White on White, one of my favourite local shops, had closed. It was fill a box for $25, if I remember, so they worked out to be a couple dollars a plate! It was a really simple way to fill out that wall, which has two small windows on either side.
And finally, my little pail of spring! I took and old white enamel bucket that I had, and used the fourth ironstone plate from the set above as a bottom (since I neither wanted water damage, nor rust damage on my vanity top). I filled it with paper whites that my dad brought me home from the greenhouse. They add such a vibrancy to the room and they will look so lovely when their pretty white blooms are open.
So, all in all, the entire mini-makeover cost me a total of about $35 and took me only an afternoon to arrange.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This is a really great way to divide off your bathroom, giving a bit more privacy, without closing anything in.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl, with your hands. Use an cookie scoop for equal sized cookies. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet with no parchment paper (this makes them crisp), and bake at 350' for about 12 minutes until nice and golden.
Of course, sampling the cookie dough is a must!