Monday, March 30, 2015

The Fireplace Compromise

So, if you have followed my blog for any amount of time, then you know that my sweet husband and I have very different views on the color of our fireplace and our kitchen cabinets.  Until recently, both were orangey oak.

 

This is the thing, I would have loved to have painted it all white.  I love white kitchen cabinets and I love white fireplaces.  However, my husband likes wood..dark wood.  And, my husband rarely says no to my household change up requests.  On this request, he was adamant that they not be painted white, and there was no way I was going to go against his wishes because I respect that our home belongs to all of us.

 

The thing I didn’t realize (because I hadn’t asked the right questions) was that he didn’t mind staining them a darker color.  He didn’t really like the orangey oak either.  Bam! 

 

We decided to start with the fireplace just to make sure we liked the stain and because of the obvious ease of a fireplace over a kitchen full of cabinets.  The stain color was an easy one because we both like walnut and the walnut looked very nice with our leather sofa and love seat.  Also, we have a ginormous walnut entertainment center (another favorite piece of my husband’s)  right next to the fireplace.  And last but not least, the walnut stain would look wonderful in contrast with my white ironstone.

 

This is what my fireplace looks like now…

 

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Let me remind you of the before.  (no words necessary) ugg…

 

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and the now…(a collective hallulujah)

 

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I am so excited and thankful to finally have the fireplace done.  No, it’s not white.  But, I truly love it.  I love the contrast of the white against the dark stain.  Everything pops so wonderfully.

 

  I also tried to lighten up my entertainment center with as light of colored old books that I could find.  I added the old white tool chest and the white bucket on top for some more lightness. 

 

This is the thing…there are just things that you have to make work.  Things in our home are not all that I want them to be.  My husband has preferences as do I.  The goal is to make everything we have “work together” as well as possible.  Hopefully, I am learning to stretch my “creative mind” further because I have to use a lot of what I have and can’t change everything out that I would like to.

 

Do I have a wish list in my head of what I would love to have different in my home?  Oh, yes I sure do.  Will most of those things ever get changed?  Some of them will and some of them won’t.  Those things that won’t get changed can at least be altered a little to fit the farmhouse style that I so truly love.

 

Funny thing about staining the fireplace was after we were done, my husband asked why we had waited so long to get rid of the orangey oak in the first place.  HA!

 

Next step…kitchen and utility room cabinets. 

 

I can’t wait.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Chippy White Mantel

Hey my friends.

 

I wanted to show you my new chippy white mantel that I am using as my headboard.  I was using a beautiful green one, but when I found this one, I knew it was time to make a change.  I love that it fits my king size bed just perfectly.

 

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Speaking of mantels…

 

My fireplace is no longer orange oak. 

 

It’s not white…

 

But it’s not orange. 

 

That’s for another post though.

 

Would love for you to head over to my Farmhouse Dreams facebook page and like it if you have a minute. 

 

Thanks so much.

 

Blessings to you all.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

What She Sees

Hey my friends.

 

I hope life is good and sweet for you right now.

 

It is for me.

 

I wanted to share with you today a collection of photographs that my youngest daughter, who is twelve, has taken over the course of the last few months.  What I love about them is that this is what her sweet eyes see.  This is what is beautiful to her and what she wants to capture with the lens.  I also love that she brings everything up close so the beauty is evident in her picture.  I truly love these photographs.  I don’t just love them because she took them, I love them because they are beautiful.

 

Pure beauty….

 

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Yes, pure beauty..her photographs and her.

 

My sweet daughter, I love you and I love seeing what you see.

 

Mom-

 

Blessings everyone.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Authentic Beauty

I heard someone say something recently about authentic vintage pieces.  That could probably mean several things, but to me it meant raw, untouched, as it was from the beginning, kind of pieces.

 

That’s how I see this piece of furniture I just got…authentic, untouched, and beautiful.

 

It’s also heavy heavy heavy. 

 

What is it?

 

Not 100% sure, but I’m thinking it held papers or files in an office or school. 

 

Of course, what is was used for then and what I use it for now are two different things.

 

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What a wonderful place to showcase some of my Ironstone pieces with the beautiful contrast of the dark wood and the white.  I also love the bottom compartments empty so the beauty of the piece still shows up and not just the dishes.

 

Did I mention that Fayetteville, Tennessee, is stamped on this piece?  I was born and raised in Fayetteville and most of my family still live there so that makes it even more valuable to me.

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? 

 

I hope you are all well and enjoying some sunshine in your life today.

 

God bless!

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