Friday, October 28, 2011

Snow in October

Tomorrow's forecast calls for snow. Really? I ask myself, what happened to the harvest-y weather that goes along with Halloween? I love snow, don't get me wrong, and I am in no way complaining about the impending flakes that will blanket the ground, however, it is technically fall and I just want to enjoy every last ounce... right down to the last leaf that will fall from our maple tree.

I am reminding myself to rejoice and be glad in the day the Lord has given, so I am enjoying the beautiful sunshine today and I will also relish tomorrow, if He blesses us with that as well. In the meantime, I'm lining up my hot cocoa, Somerset mags, crocheting projects and cozying up to the idea of a day of rest. I believe the Lord gives us those too... if only to recharge our batteries, slow down and turn to Him. 

I think this may be apropos, no?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Coffee-Filter Wreath

Coffee anyone?

There's the coral reef and then there's the coffee wreath. In the realm of our home, you will find the latter hanging from our walls. I fell in complete 'like' with this wreath when I first saw the tutorial and it's soooo easy to do! The only negative was my many burned fingers in attempting to glue the filters to the styrofoam piece. Is it just me or am I completely uncoordinated when using that thing? This wreath looks wonderful in white, so pristine and elegant, but the natural color looks great against a white door or a pair of shutters -- plus, I had an entire closet full of this shade. I was inspired by  The Nester and gave it a go on my end.

Since my favorite shop is Anthropologie, I can totally see this piece hanging from one of their many creative displays. I mean, seriously, I can live in that place!

Have fun with this, just watch your fingers!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My obsession with white

Since moving into our home, I had been wanting to change the kitchen to reflect my style. A mixture of airiness, functionality, light and country-coziness. You can say our kitchen lacked that certain joie de vivre, but my husband always was fine with our dull cabinets. I'm the obsessed one who lives here! SO, with that said, the 'easiest' and cost effective face lift I could muster up was to paint the drab wood cabinets a bright neutral white. In theory, it worked. In reality, let's just say it was a job that was TOTALLY underestimated in my mind. If it had not been for a dear family member helping us out, we would still be without cabinet doors and still slaving over paint (thank you Thawee!!) 

All the work was put into sanding, priming, painting and screwing everything back in! I left the lazy susan door off since it would have been a NIGHTMARE to put back on. However, I was also inspired to leave it off and cover with burlap (I went with plain ol' cloth in the end); it gives it more of a rustic and farmhouse appeal, which I was going for. 
For two years I had OBSESSED over white colors (and still do) because not all are created equal! Some have warm undertones, cool, neutral and to say I was overwhelmed definitely an understatement. In the end, I decided to go with BM Moonlight White since that was neutral and I was afraid that a yellow undertone might come off as 'dingy' given the lack of light. I'm happy with the outcome and happily scratched this off my list. 

My next endeavors include adding a chalkboard wall, changing the floors and painting the walls. This is definitely a room that will never quite be finished! 

The prep work had begun... and mess galore!
More mess..

Lazy susan all dressed up

As white as snow