in the kitch

Hello, hello! As you know, I’m always tweaking my little ranchola. I finish a room and then decide to change up another. My goal is to have it photographed this Summer so you can see what’s been going on around here for the past three years!! I started with a home frozen in time (1972 to be exact), it has taken me a while to transform the spaces. I have, of course been on the single Mama budget but have NO shortage of ideas!! A few weeks before Christmas I had the opportunity to collaborate with Ace Hardware and OPI on my kitchen cabinet interior. I’m always amazed by the magic of a fresh coat of paint. I transformed the inside of my glass cabinet with a lovely shade of green, named Jade is the new black. It is an OPI nail lacquer shade available in Clark+Kensington paint. I’m loving how it looks with my white + gold dish-ware! Splashes of fresh color make this girl happy. Read all about it on OPI’s blog here.


My Thanksgiving table

Today I am thrilled to share my Thanksgiving table with you all! As most of you know I hosted in my little house. I don’t have a large family, so it wasn’t an issue. I had a fire lit (thanks to Matty) and served all of my favorite dishes.  Along with turkey we had candied sweet potatoes, whipped mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade stuffing and apple pie.
The table setting mixed both vintage and new elements, including dessert dishes that have been in my family for years. The small dogs on the bar table were also my Grandmothers.
My children and I gilded the pumpkins together to prep for the day and my assistant, Meg and my Mom helped me set the table. A great event isn’t complete without a stocked bar! I included the bar area photos too. You can also get a glimpse of my message center area. You have to make great use of every inch of space in a small home! 
Cheers, I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my home. I also wanted to thank the photographer AnnMarie Rollo for her wonderful eye and patience! This shoot took place on the darkest and rainiest of days but we pulled it off. Meg, Ann-Marie and I happily sipped wine by the fire afterwards! A big thanks to my Dad for lighting the fire that day!
The gilded paint is available at most Ace Hardware stores.. The wall color I used is from the Clark+Kensington and OPI nail lacquer collaboration. It is one of my favorite white shades called: Don’t Touch My Tutu. It is a beautiful white color with the perfect amount of warmth.   

Product info:
Vintage gold glasses from: High Street Market
Bees wax candles: Creative Candles ** these candles did not drip, they burned beautifully.

Thoughts on home…

With Fall approaching, I’m looking forward to focusing some of my energy and time on the inside of my home. Much like the cobbler anecdote, my projects tend to come last. I can’t really bare to spend the gorgeous weekends indoors on “home” projects during the summer months. When the weather turns raw and chilly I enjoy focusing on my house!!

This top image shows what I have done so far on my daughter Emerson’s room. I had custom pillows made along with Pottery Barn Kids bedding.(PB Kids is having a 60% off  Labor Day Sale) The walls are painted light pink in Clark+Kensington’s : Cherry Blossom 03D-1. It is a beautiful pale pink shade. The two images below are of my grandmother’s (we called her Memere) bed. She was a very special person and I’m looking forward to using her bed in my daughter’s room. Emmi and I chatted about her room this morning and we’ve decided to paint the bed a pretty yellow shade. I think the rug will be pink and white. Then all I have left to finish up is the artwork framing and selections. I am also adding two display shelves for her favorite books and accessories. I’ve also relocated an antique pine armoire to her room that didn’t work in mine. 

Inspiration photos
I’ve always had this image in my head. I’ll most likely use a yellow shade much like this! I think it will mix well with the bedding but also work with other shades should we (she) decide to change the color scheme later on. (Funny this picture is from Emerson Fry’s house. I love her clothing and this sweater for the Fall!)

This bed style is similar. I like the pineapple detail on my Memere’s bed though!

Knock, knock.

Classic Samuel Heath door knocker

Happy Friday!! It has been a busy week. (no surprise there) I had a little health scare this week that sort of stopped me in my tracks and made me assess my life a little. We would all love to slow down wouldn’t we? But who has time? I mean working out is something I do for myself and it also keeps me sane but half the time I’m flying to the gym just to squeeze in a 1/2 an hour run before I have to jet to grab my children at separate child care providers. Eek!! Blogging is actually somewhat an escape for me but there wasn’t five minutes for that this week. (hence no blog posts until this am). As it is my son’s school is closed today for teacher conferences so the poor guy is watching re-runs of the Flintstones. (Yes, I have the mother guilt thing going on too – I def. need to set aside some time to work on a little project or take him to lunch today). I love my job and clients etc…and don’t mind being a busy bee I do need to squeeze in a bit more zen time…

The good news is I was actually able to spend some time last Sunday purchasing and hanging a new front storm door for my house. Matty and I completed the task in three hours and were quite pleased with ourselves.

My plan is to paint my front door this weekend but I’m truly torn on the color. I’m actually leaning towards painting the door high gloss black and purchasing a fabulous door knocker instead. I would love to paint the door coral or some shade of aqua (above and below) but my fear is I won’t like it with the black storm door. I have no choice but to have a storm door year round in N.E. and I’m not painting that! It’s perfect right now and looks just like this one in the photo below. I’ll have to add color to the front of the house in some way. I’m also going to plant flowers and box woods along the front of the house..Now I need to decide what type of knocker to purchase. I do know it needs to make a statement, no small knockers on this house! (no pun intended) – Below are some inspiration shots and links to sites that sell pretty door knockers.

The bee is available here
How I hope the door turns out!

I live on the marsh and five minutes from the beach so something nautical is fitting. Foxes have long been my good luck symbol too. I think I’ve narrowed it down to one of those choices. I also love both nickel and brass! decisions…decisions…



Thoughts on home – walkway

Matty (my bf) has been working on a walkway in front of my house. I haven’t had a chance to do a thing with the landscaping yet as most of my efforts have been on revamping the interior of the house but the outside of my home needs some serious love! We re-purposed granite cobblestones and slate pieces from both of our yards for the walkway. Here I’ve included some inspirational photos along with some actual progress shots below.

We are going to fill in between the slate pieces with pea stone similar to this.
Here is a progress shot. We mapped out the shape and Matty dug out the grass. Next I laid out the pattern of the existing slate that was already on the property. (below) We also ripped out three tired and dated looking bushes that were out front. I LOVE boxwood and plan to mix white flowers and boxwood into the new design. I don’t like that large bush but it is staying for now. I think if I shape it, fertilize it and trim it back it will look MUCH better. I’m a girl on a budget so I need to be pick and choose where I spend my money. I’ll share the final photos once I update the plantings and paint the facade.
This is just stunning!!
I have also decided I want to paint the front of my house white and repaint the shutters black I’ll add a little color (not sure which one yet) to the front door. Here are some black and white beauties. I intentionally included some smaller homes in this mix.

** thanks for all your hard work Matty G.**
Also, thank you for all the continued support from my wonderful readers!