Cozy Christmas 2016

Come on in, grab a beverage and check out our Christmas Cottage.Our house has been decorated and enjoyed since the middle of November.  I've been snapping random pictures all this time, so it's
about time I share!  


An ornament from my childhood.



Our entrance is a nice size.  I have enough room to make a little Christmas corner. Not too busy or overwhelming.
It can get filled with shoes and bags and people quickly, even with a coat closet, so I
try to keep it fairly clear. TRY.



A cozy corner for a nap...




I don't normal feel the need to show our main bathroom but I thought this worked out well with the wall color and the copper string lights.




The pom-pom garland was a snap to make.  As an ultimate bonus, the yarn was on at a huge discount in Micheals.   As you'll see in up coming pictures, I went a little crazy with the pom-poms.


This is our oldest's bedroom when she comes home to visit.  Yep...more garland.  I just couldn't stop making them.  So easy! 


I had a real desire for 'Christmas past' this year.  I guess I just miss having all my girls around me. Having some of their childhood artwork through the hall way has really helped.  It's like having a big hug from them every time I walk through here.
-love-



Not too much going on in our room...except for a few more pom-poms.  And a new pom-pom wreath.  

What do you think of this paint chip?  I always have one or two of these hidden around our rooms.  I just cant decide if I want to go dark or light in here .  The dark paint chip seems to be the winner at the moment. 


The tall silver Santa is my newest addition to my collection.  He's accompanied by Santa 2011.  (I've marked the year they were purchased under their feet, so I don't forget.)




Our living space is open concept, so everything has to work together somehow.


As always, I want my end result to be COZY.  Cozy isn't easy in an open concept home, but here is what I've done.











Messy Kitchen...Open Concept issues!













Happy Holidays, may your days be filled with joy.

Time for change

Welcome!  I'm in the process of making some changes on my blog.  I felt it was time for a little update :)  Something a little fresher, a little more personal, and hopefully, easier to navigate.
Hope you like it!

Poppy Seed Blue

If you have been here before, then you are aware of my thrifty side.
I would much rather reuse then replace.
I look at all the lovely furniture out there,
readily available, but I just can't do it.  
I just can't replace until I have squeezed every
last bit of life out of it.


This little cabinet is a perfect example.
We bought two of these cabinets, one just a little deeper to
hold an old school style TV, way back in 1993.
 They were raw wood and needed assembly.
I was all about pink at the time,
so I white washed them a slight pinkish/white.
Sorry, no picture.

Then, a few years later I got into the country shaker  look
and thought that a terracotta wood tone would be nice...
so the wash was sanded out and terracotta stained and sealed.
Again, no picture.

THEN, about 10 years ago they were painted a linen cream,
and I changed out the knobs for rose
coloured crystal knobs. They worked very well up until recently
(see picture above).


I think I just needed some more colour.
And I picked out a navy blue.  I liked the navy
cabinet, but it changed the wall colour too much.
Pretty, but just a little too bright blue.



I went back to the paint chips,
and found what I needed,
POPPY SEED. 
I LOVE the results!


It has a greener base to it.  And its working nicely 
with the wall colour.


I'm sure you can see why my family thought I lost my mind...
the colours are so very close. 
But that's ok! I'm so happy I repainted it.
Some new knobs were added and it 
has a new lease on life.


So there you have it, 
It's only paint, and if it doesn't make you happy,
get out that roller and brush and have some fun!

Abby

....now what should I do
 with my baking cupboard.......



Witch's Cottage 2016

I love  setting up our home for Halloween.
Actually I love playing in our house!
Here's a tour of what going on....
oh and I've painted our shelving in the living room...twice.
More about that later!

Our Dining Room


Mirrored Pumpkin-Pier 1.
Love it!!



Living room






This is the painted cabinet...it's been painted since this
picture was taken. I didn't like this blue with the walls..
you'll understand when I show you
 the difference tomorrow.





The Front Room










Hope you have a Happy Halloween!
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