Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! May 2014 be filled with love and happiness!!

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Empty Nest Makeover

Friday, December 27, 2013

So our little nest is empty. Sad, but true! It's surrounded by a mixture of emotions. Sad, happy, accomplished, freeing, empty but fulfilled at the same time. Our youngest son moved out about 3 months ago. And this room is filled with great memories, of bringing him home from the hospital and placing him in his little crib. Of all his years growing up, from childhood to manhood. It's weird because I think the one thing that is the strangest, is the quiet. He played guitar since his Middle school days and there was always music coming from his room. Sometimes I would just go in his room and lay on his bed while he played his guitar for hours on end and we would sing. We thought we sounded amazing, but in reality who knows what we sounded like! But, that doesn't matter. It's the memories! So now his room is empty. Empty of furniture but not empty of memories. I told myself I was not going to do anything with it until the first of the year. Close enough! I need to bring new life in to this room! Here is what the rooms looks like now-
Not quite empty. It has a twin bed, a crib for our Grandbaby, and a what are they called...oh yeah an excercise bike (out of the picture) The shelf above the bed I know looks weird. It's where he had his stereo and that is coming down.

I'm leaving the shelves and toying with the idea of painting them white. And I definitely want to do something different with these itty bitty closet doors. Maybe an actual door? We'll see.

The door leads to the hall. And the angled board on the wall was where he hung his guitars. (tear!)
It has nice crown mold, so that is already done. And we are jerking up the carpet as well, and installing wood floors. Which will give it a nice fresh look! And that is the look that I'm going for, bright, fresh & clean! A happy place to be in! I created this mood board so you can get an idea of where my ideas are heading!

Most of these items are from West Elm Westelm.com. I've just recently discovered this store which is affiliated with Pottery Barn. It has a younger fresher look than Pottery Barn, which I'm diggin! Perfect for the look I'm going for! The wall color I'm toying with is Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue  http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/palladianblue . It's a calm and relaxed color, with a soft airy feel!

It says that it combines the blue of the sky with a touch of mother of pearl!
So I will keep you up to date in the next few weeks with progress pictures!
Take care!

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Holiday Ham!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

With the Holidays you want something quick and easy for your Christmas feasting! Right? Of course, I'm right! Who wants to fuss in the kitchen while the rest of your family is enjoying their presents and relaxing! And believe me through the years, I've tried everything! I saw Ina Garten on a show recently making this ham and I thought, "That's it!" That's our Christmas dinner! We just made sandwiches out of it with potato salad and chips. But, you could make some great sides with it. I told you...easy!! So here it is:
It's an Orange Baked ham, but I used a Mango chutney instead. The orange zest, mango and brown sugar make a to die for glaze! It's a spiral sliced fully cooked ham. So all you have to do is whip up the glaze! Here's the recipe:
1 14 to 16 pound fully cooked spiral cut smoked ham on the bone
6 garlic cloves
8 1/2 oz. orange marmalade or mango chutney
1/2 C Dijon mustard
1 C. light brown sugar, packed
1 orange, zested
1/4 C freshly squeezed orange juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place ham in a heavy roasting pan
Mince the garlic in a food processor. Add the marmalade, mustard, brown sugar, orange zest, and orange juice. Process until smooth.
Pour glaze over the ham and bake for 1 hr. until ham is fully heated and the glaze is well browned.
Also, here is the link at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/orange-baked-ham-recipe/index.html
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Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas is here everyone!!! With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I hope everyone can take the time and actually enjoy this time of year! It's so hard with all the pressures that the holidays seem to create. Whether it be money (or lack there of), time (everyone is so busy) or family issues (the holidays seem to bring out the naughty in some!). Not to mention the emotional aspect of the season. I lost my Sister 4 1/2 yrs. ago to cancer and the holidays are without a doubt the hardest time of the year. I try though to think of the good memories I had with her, and remember that there are people going through terrible times everyday and try not to focus on myself. I'm looking forward to spending time with my family, because they are without a doubt the loves of my life! I hope you enjoy your time with your loved ones and savor every minute with them. Life is precious! I look forward to more home projects and hope you will visit often to see what we have going on! So from our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Take Care!
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Board and Batten

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Today's post is about a pretty subtle change, but what I think makes a big impact. 

When we bought our sectional from Pottery Barn we took pictures and measurements of our living room with us to the store.

We wanted to make sure that this mama jama of a sofa would fit. It's the Pearce sectional in Everyday Suede and the color is Oatmeal. You can't really see it in these pictures, but I'll be posting some new pictures of the other side of the living room soon.
Anyway, our salesperson suggested doing an accent wall, either with paint or to add some kind of architectural feature to the wall with the T.V.

So after months of scouring through Houzz pictures I decided on the board and batten look.

 After deciding the design that we wanted. We carefully laid out the design, keeping in mind the T.V.,light sconces, and outlets. Using a nail gun, he nailed the 1x4 top board across the top horizontally, then nailed a 1x3 board across the top with cove molding underneath it. 
He then nailed the 1x3 vertical strips. 
We liked the look of a 1x3 running horizontally about 3/4 of the way up.
But, you can choose whatever design you choose. Just start researching pictures to see what strikes your fancy!

 Then comes filling about 10 zillion nail holes. And whatever you do don't skip that step, or it will look horrible!

Then came paint...3 coats of white semi-gloss to finish the look!

And here is the finished look! We absolutely love it!! It makes me feel like I'm in a new 
house. Sort of! (I have a vivid imagination!)

This was not a hard project at all! It took 2 days, with paint dry time and all.
I think it really adds some interest and a kind of coziness to the room.
And the best part of all, for right around a $100!
Take Care,
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Simmering Pot!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sometimes it's the simple things in life that are the most uplifting of your spirits!  I don't mean to get all philosophical on you, but it's true! It's the simple pleasures in life that can be the most amazing! Like the smell of fresh rosemary, lemon, and vanilla. You can't get more simple than that! I have been known to have a sensitive nose (more than you need to know I'm sure!) So one thing that is important to me is for my house to always smell good. Even when I haven't cleaned lately! Which is never! Wink! Wink! Or when you're feeling a little blue for what ever reason. Smells can change your mood for sure!

This little concoction has been floating around Pinterest for a while now, and I love it! They say it is the smell of Williams-Sonoma. That they have this simmering on their stove all day, and that's why it smells so heavenly in there all the time! I'm not sure if that's true or not, I just know that I LOVE THIS SMELL!

This is very simple: You need a small stockpot filled 2/3 full with water, 1 lemon, sliced and a  few sprigs of rosemary. I always keep rosemary growing somewhere in my garden box or a pot. Because I use it for everything even in decor. Put a few sprigs in a small vase and put it in your bathroom for instant freshness!

Then add 2 tsp. vanilla
I let it simmer all day long, adding water as needed. You can use the same mix for about 2 days. Then you'll need to change it. Your home will smell citrus-ey with the warm vanilla and rosemary! Try it and see if it doesn't lift your spirits, even just a little bit!
Take Care!

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Ricotta Pancakes

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mike and I are always on the lookout for a great pancake recipe. So when I came across this from Debi Mazar's show Extra Virgin on cookingchanneltv.com I thought they sounded delicious and different with the ricotta! So on a lazy Sunday morning we whipped them up and they were great! Light, fluffy, and the hint of lemon zest really makes them taste so fresh!

Whipping the egg whites was the only thing that was a little extra effort. But with this baby, it does it in no time. I would highly recommend getting a KitchenAid mixer!

This is what the mixture looks like before you fold in the egg whites

Make sure you have soft peaks

Butter your grill pan first


Ricotta Pancakes
1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch kosher salt
Zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups  ricotta cheese
4 large eggs, separated
butter, for griddle

Heat a nonstick griddle to medium-high heat.
Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, lemon zest, ricotta, and yolks in a large bowl until thoroughly combined

Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the ricotta mixture.
Spread some butter on the hot pancake griddle.

Ladle 1/2 -cup size pancakes onto the hot griddle and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until golden. Keep pancakes warm in a 200 degree over before serving.
Serves 4

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Christmas Naturally!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I wanted to add some "spark" to my baskets underneath my shelf in the dining room.  It's a wide shelf and very dark stain so it's kind of a dark area under there. I actually bought these baskets from Pottery Barn with a gift certificate I won for winning Pottery Barn's coziest spot contest a couple of years ago. I won with a picture of our master bedroom! It was a very exciting day!

I already had the wood, so today when we went to Whole Foods I picked up these branches & a bag of pine cones.

A couple strings of white lights and it is glowing with natural beauty!

It's amazing how a few natural elements and a some white lights can give your house a festive feel!

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Dining Room Chairs Makeover

Friday, December 13, 2013

I decided one day that our dining room chairs were, well boring.  And that they needed a little makeover to jazz them up a bit. So I started scouring stores and online and came across a fabric that I thought would be just the ticket. The finish on the chairs are dark so I wanted something that would pop!

I came across this fabric from Ballarddesign.com and immediately fell in love with it! It's kind of a goldy/tan lattice print.

Mike was so happy to have another project to do! I'm the thinker, he's the do-er!

First, he unscrewed all the screws from the bottom of the chair. And popped the seat out, leaving the old fabric on. Then we had to take out a gazillion staples from the old fabric. We didn't want those popping through on someones bottom! Ouch!

Then laying the seat on the fabric and cutting it a few inches larger then the seat. Wrap it like  you would wrap a present, pulling it tight and with a simple staple gun, staple the heck out of it!

Tah-dah! New (almost) chairs!!

Recovering your chairs is a quick, inexpensive way to update and add new life to your furniture, and your room!
Give it a try!!

Who I'm partying with:
hFurniture Feature Fridays
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My Obsessions...right now!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Okay so I'm probably a lot like most of you. When you find something that you like or works for you, you obsess about it right? Oh you don't, well I do! I find myself looking it up continuously or trying to buy something that sort of resembles the original product! I know, I need a life! Anyway, these are the things that I have right now that I can't get enough of, or that I would love to have or give as a gift!
These mugs are from Anthropologie and I love them! I love anything with monograms. I think these would make a great gift!

These are also fromAnthropologie . The ones above seem a little more festive. Where these would be great for everyday!

Ok, I can not say enough about this stuff! mrs.meyers is my absolute favorite cleaning product! This is the Orange Clove scent, and it smells heavenly! So Christmas-ey! You can't go wrong with any of her products. I have them all, from the counter spray to laundry detergent and dryer sheets! Love!!

This is definitely a splurge! It's the Pheonix necklace from Stelladot. Stella and Dot has some amazing jewelry and accessories! I got this (from my hubby) a few weeks ago, and it goes with everything! And really sparks up a plain black shirt!

I've been using this trio for about 3 months now. It's the Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Lancomes Progres Eye Cream and Lancomes High Resolution Refill-3X . I feel like my skin is smoother, more even toned and some tiny lines that I had seem to have softened. lancome-usa.com 

I got this at thefreshmarket.com at our local store. I keep it on a pretty tray next to the bed, and every morning when I make the bed (ok I lied not every morning I make the bed) When I make the bed I spritz this on our sheets. When you pull your bed down at night you can still smell it. It is so light and fresh! Made by grabgreenhome.com And if your into green natural products this is for you!

Love this fragrance from Gucci. Everytime I wear it I get a compliment. Maybe someone you know would love to get this for Christmas!

And last but not least Dior Addict Lip Glow in Pink- which is a sheer natural pink. It's claim is that it enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting the skin. I picked mine up at Sephora.com it's a little pricey for a lipstick $31 but it is Christmas! Right?

So that's what I'm obsessing about right now! I hope you try some of these and tell me what you think of them! I would love to hear from you!
Take Care!
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