Saturday, January 17, 2015

Building A Custom Stove Hood

Thanks for all your sweet comments about our upcoming kitchen remodel.  Anticipating the changes I have been busy pinning kitchen ideas like crazy.  I think other than painting the cabinets I am most excited about moving the microwave from above stove and adding a pretty stove hood.  I am still trying to decide on the style hood that will work best with our small kitchen.

Below are some of my options....

#3 Golden Boys

#4 Confessions Of A DIYaholic

Whichever hood style we choose it must be something we can DIY and based on our skill level it must be super easy.
Which one is your favorite?  I would love your feedback.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Humdrum Kitchen On The way Out

Hi Everyone.

When we viewed our new home for the first time the courtyard was what sold us on this house.  We also loved the pool and the separate guest quarters.  The master bath is large and has a walk in shower without glass doors...hallelujah!  We also liked the family room's tall ceilings and wall of windows.  It seemed like the perfect home to downsize in.   Sounds good,  huh?

There was one catch!  The builder blah kitchen is about as far from my dream kitchen as you could get.  This will never be a large kitchen with lots of cabinets but I am hoping to make it my mini dream space.

These pictures were taken the day we closed on the house.  Not much has changed except adding canisters and my Kitchen Aid mixer.

Next week I'll be starting the transformation by adding bead board and wood trim to the peninsula.

Here is my inspiration picture.

Source Remodelaholic

Later the cabinets will be painted white and the soffit removed.  I am hoping to add smaller cabinets above the existing ones and the microwave removed to make room for a custom hood.  I've been looking at tile for the back splash and we'll be shopping for stainless appliances.  The counter top is Silestone and will need to stay for a while.

Lots to do so I have to get busy.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Must Read

If you are regular reader of my blog you already know my 89 year old father lives with us.  This so lovely and poignant poem really touched my heart.  I had to share it with you but get your box of  tissues ready as this is a tear jerker.
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.  Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in magazines for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.
Cranky Old Man
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!
Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!
You may also like This sweet Letter I posted to an elderly parent.
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Favorite Post

Happy New Year

There were lots of changes for me in 2014,  mostly good and exciting.  Selling our house in Virginia and buying a home in Florida was the highlight of my year.  Decorating has been fun and many of my post featured the changes we made to our new home.

Enjoy a look back at some of the favorite post from last year.  Click on the link below the picture to see each post.

New Family Room Before And After

Furniture For The Courtyard

Master Bedroom Tour

Recovering Roman Shades~No Sew Just Glue

Check out the new chandy in picture below.
Which chairs would you choose?

Between moving and decorating I did find time for a few projects.

I love how my deer project turned out.

I hosted a Christmas blog hop with eleven of my friends.
Christmas Open House Blog Hop

The chandy was transformed with paint and liming wax.  See my cheap version of wood drops.
Chandelier Before And After

Make Your Own Antiquing Wax

DIY Cheese Slab

The most viewed post of 2014 was my project using liming wax on this pine piece.

My New Favorite Furniture Wax~ Before And After

Thank you to everyone that visited in 2014!  Your friendship and support mean the world to me and I wish each of you peace, joy and good health in the new year.


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Now What?

Christmas is over, the guest are gone, the prime rib has all been eaten and I am taking down the last of the decorations.  It was a wonderful holiday but once it is over I am soooo ready to get the tree and all signs of Christmas out of the house.   There is something that feels really good about removing the clutter and giving the house a thorough cleaning.

As bloggers most of us start decorating our homes really early.  Christmas home tours started the end of November this year!  We spend so much time decking our halls, posting about our decorating progress,  joining blog parties and sharing recipes that I can't help but wonder with the holidays over Now What?  What do we write about now and how do we top our Christmas post?

I do have exciting news to share.  You may remember the Open House weekly blog party I once hosted and put on hold when we moved to take care of dad.  I will be joining a wonderful group of bloggers in hosting a brand new party each week. We are still working out the details but hope to have it up by the middle of January. I'll be back soon with more info.

Now What?  My hopes in 2015 are that this little blog can help spark some new ideas, promote creativity and give you an occasional giggle.

Thanks so much for dropping by.


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Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Savvy Southern Style
A Stroll Thru Life

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Need to Interrupt Decking The Halls

I bet everyone is super busy getting ready for the holidays.  I am enjoying see all the beautiful
Christmas decor but I want to interrupt decking the halls for just a few minutes to show you
my new (old) painting. 

After a little on-line investigating I found the artist was born in Paris and died there in 1921.   The antique frame is in beautiful condition.  It's always amazed me that the front of old frames can be so pretty and ornate and the back of the frame can be so rough.  This frame is quite thick and you can 
still see the saw marks. 

 I love the character of old pieces!

Thanks for dropping by and Happy Holidays.


If you missed the Open House blog hop below are the links of the blogs participating.

Wednesday 12/10

Thursday 12/11

Friday 12/12

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