Tuesday, March 20, 2012

And the WINNER of the Cutting Edge Stencil is.....

Natalie of

Natalie, I will be emailing you very soon.

*Natalie was chosen by Random Generator.*

to all of you who entered my giveaway.

All of your comments made me smile and smile and smile again.  This was so fun I may have to do another one...hmmmm.  Well, we'll see.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Kitchen Reveal: Before and After...A Second Showing

Wanted to share my kitchen renovation with:

This is how we found the kitchen  


AND…….after the renovations:

113114 115 116 117  120   123 124 125 127 126 128 129  133 135  oops…a few water spots on the ol’ faucet!  keeping it real…lol 
Thank you so much for stopping by! 
I would love to hear what you think. 
I will give you some details:
Paint is Sherwin Williams: Samovar Silver
Trim is Sherwin Williams:  Shoji White
Shelves on brick wall: Custom made by trim carpenter (I drew what I wanted and they whipped them out in not time...can you believe it?!  Really talented guys)
Refrigerator:  Samsung Counter Depth french door...LOVE IT!
Dishwasher:  New Kitchenaid model...LOVE IT!
And the microwave is an LG.  It was the largest they had.  I chose to put it down low so the kids could reach it easier to help with cooking... ;)  they eat a lot. lol
And it is off the counter that way.
Cabinets:  Rustic Oak
Floor:  4 inch red oak with knots - I think they said grade 1??
Countertops: Granite-giallo ornamental
Backsplash: Tumbled marble subway tiles
Knobs and drawer pulls- Cool Knobs and Pulls-ordered online

My kitchen definitely looks a little more "lived in" now with a few papers and lunch boxes scattered here and there.  I don't know if it will ever be as clean as it was in these pictures again LOL.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Has Sprung In My Girls' Room: A Reveal and a GIVEAWAY!

Well, I have been busy around here trying to finish another room so that I can give you something original to look at.  

I owe  a BIG thanks to

**This GIVEAWAY has ended and a winner has been chosen**

for asking me to help them with a Giveaway.  They have been very patient with me and it was just the push I needed to get the girls' room finally finished this past weekend.  So without further ado...my girls' room...

 My Step-Mom, Peggy, made the curtains, bed ruffles, throw pillows with each of the girl's names and the duvet covers.  She is so talented.  Love all the details that she put on the pillows and bedding, don't you?

 The quilts, round pillows and pillow shams are 
Cynthia Rowley from TJ Maxx.
 The antique kitten pictures are so special.  This one was given to my MIL when she turned 9 years old.  I found another one from the same artist in our local antique mall.  You can see it below...
This is the stencil I  chose for the room.  It is the Allium Grande.  I painted the stem myself with a sponge brush.  This was so easy to do...it took me about 20 minutes for each allium.   I think they add a lot to the room.  I used tape, acrylic paint and a sponge brush.

The paper lanterns in the corner of the room are from Hobby Lobby.

Love this little Penelope Peapod...do you have one of these? 
Every little girl needs one...

 Here is the other kitten print.
Yes, that is a little grasshopper on the glass.

 A few of our Russian treasures.

So what do you think?

I am linking up to these fun blog parties this week!

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