French Country Kitchen

Next stop, our kitchen.  I took a long time deciding what I really wanted in our kitchen. I didn’t want anything trendy and I knew I wanted something that was timeless.   We got caught in that trap with our old home and I was not going to make that mistake again.

I know many choose white cabinets with glaze for their French kitchen but I am not a fan for our home.  It took many hours to find what I really wanted.   Painted glazed cabinets were an option but I was afraid I would tire of that and they were a bit more costly for our kitchen.  So, I chose these and am thrilled with the choice.  They have a rubbed affect even though they aren’t.  I  also knew I wanted our knobs to be simple and not be the focal point of the kitchen.  I have seen some kitchens where the knobs are beautiful but at times you noticed that more than the beauty of the cabinets.

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The counters, quartz, why quartz, easy choice for me.  No maintenance and this can be cleaned with anything and will not scorch from a hot-pot.  Will not stain from olive oil, red wine or any other foods or drinks.  It is indestructible.  A bit more expense but worth every penny not to mention it is gorgeous and there are many choices.

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Next, I knew a farmhouse sink was a definite and it needed to be large.  I have many large platters, cutting boards and pots.  I didn’t want to struggle cleaning after a meal.

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The tile surprisingly enough didn’t take me more than a half hour to make a decision.  I knew I wanted rustic subway tile and basically this color and when I saw it I said that is the one.

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We didn’t go with too many bells and whistles in our cabinets.  For me, it was important to have pot drawers and a great spot for the garbage and recycling.  I happen to like the lazy Susan feature for my herbs and baking.  May be a bit old-fashioned but it always worked for me in our other home.

We were going to have to incur the expense of a hood since we were getting a commercial oven.  Since I have freedom of movement and I am able to enjoy cooking and baking John thought we should splurge.  We decided to add a single wall oven do to the fact that I use two ovens often and this would enable us to keep our pizza stone in the oven all the time.  We have homemade pizza every Friday, it is a tradition.

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The cow head was a purchase from Décor Steals and a gift from Audrey.  It has its prominent place on our hood.

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We kept our kitchen table we purchased from Ballard a few years ago.  We got a great sale, love that!  The chairs as I mentioned in my other post will get a coat of chalk paint.  They are a shade off for me and too shiny.  You’ll notice we set it on a diagonal, to have a little different look.

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I am thrilled with the lighting we chose.  They are casual but elegant and other ceiling medallion I painted and fauxed.

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I used my French flower pots I made using the Mod Podge Transfer method.  I plan to make more of these down the road.  As you can see, one is filled with bright lemons for summer and the other I use for my wooden utensils so they are easily accessible when cooking.

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Almost all the decor in this kitchen if from the old house.  It is amazing to us and some family and friends how differently and new everything looks in this home.

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My gates from the old mantle found a home in our kitchen along with some dishes I purchased  a long time ago on one of our travels in NJ.  I love the way this turned out and the boxwood wreath, another love of mine, finishes this off beautifully.

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I have been eyeing these matts from Ballard for quite a long time, which I really like and they are machine washable.  Great with two little doxies walking all over.  I have one in front of the Range and one in front of the sink.

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Our kitchen has turned out exactly as I hoped and I am so happy and feel truly blessed to have this gorgeous kitchen to cook and bake for family and friends.

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I can’t wait to add touches of fall to this room and have the smells and baking for fall and the holidays in our home.  My, I just said holidays, they will be here before we know it, LOL.

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Great Room Finale

Beware this is a long one, LOL!

Now that you have seen our bookcase, fireplace, etc. I wanted to show the rest of our great room.  There is still work to be finished in the room such as, an area rug and painting my green buffet on the back wall.  I don’t care for that green in this room at all.

Our furniture pieces are from the other house.  The tables have a toile on black finish, they may not be for everyone but we really like them.  The coffee table took a very long time to find since I was rather picky about what I wanted.

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On top of our coffee table, I placed a basket I purchased from PB.  On sale, free shipping and American Express points, not bad I think.  I filled this piece with some candle holders and decorating books that I enjoy.  The pedestal and dish on top, we made years ago.  It is just a spindle that John cut down for me and then I painted it a few different colors and he placed the plate on top that I had on hand.  I just threw a pomegranate and pear on top for now.  I have plans for this basket for the fall and Christmas.  Pumpkins and such, watch out, LOL.

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I didn’t want to place items on the end tables since the lamps are large and I felt it would add clutter.

The pillows on the arm chairs are from Country Curtains that I purchased a few years ago and the pillows on the couches are from HG, my favorite store.  I would like to incorporate these pillows when we do recover these items.  I just love the lines of this furniture.  Furniture has gotten a bit too bulky for me so I would like to save these pieces.

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The footstools I purchased from Décor Steals.  After living with them for a few weeks I think I may antique the legs a bit to blend in with the rest of the room.

The wood chest in between the chairs is an old theatre trunk we purchased at a store in our travels.  We usually store some firewood inside.

The large corbel behind the chairs I purchased unfinished from Van Dykes and painted it with chalk paint and used dark wax.  I may add a bit more color over this to give it an older look.  Projects just keep popping into my head, LOL.

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The large artwork on the wall over the buffet I made for our old foyer before I started blogging.  It is constructed from plywood that John had on hand, 3/4″ thickness to be exact, very heavy.  I don’t remember what base color I used since it is a bit ago.  I added plaster to stencils I had from other projects.  It was a process since each section of plaster had to dry.  This piece borders the family room, the dining room and the kitchen…so I don’t show it in the final room shot—since no peaking at these rooms just yet! 

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I do not remember the paint color I started with since it was so long ago.  I do remember taking stencils I had on hand and layering them with joint compound.  I did this in steps to allow the stencils to dry so it took a few days. I then lightly sanded the stencils to take the ridges off and followed that with layering on random colors and antiquing it to finish the process.  I love this piece and think it turned our pretty well.  I receive many compliments on this piece.

I have always been proud of these accomplishments since I learned how to faux from watching Debbie Travis on HGTV years ago.

The beautiful terrarium was another Christmas gift from Audrey last year.  I have plans to display items inside for fall and Christmas.  Since fall is around the corner I decided to just put it out now.

These Mercury glass pieces I purchased from Ballard when they were on sale a few years ago. 

You will notice many items above our doorways and over the large window in this room.  All of these pieces I made before blogging too.  Many are just made from large appliques I ordered from Van Dykes placed on pieces of scrap plywood John had around from other projects.  I painted and fauxed all of them using clear glaze mixed with raw umber. 

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The ivory piece over the doorway as you enter the foyer is from a leaf that we took off an old coffee table.  I coated it in plaster and added a small applique in the center which we had on hand as well as corner pieces.  I then primed the piece and used clear glaze with raw umber paint to give it an aged look.  Love it! 

I also hung our Mora clock in this room that I purchased from Amy at Maison Décor two years ago now.  I love it and adore the look.

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There you have it, the great room.  Still a work in progress but I will keep you updated on the rug and painting of that green buffet.

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Next stop the kitchen!!!

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Next Stop……

I thought after taking you through our foyer I would take you into our great room for our next stop on our tour of the new house.  I have so many plans for this space for the fall and Christmas already.  I will do this in pieces so you can enjoy what is in this room with a complete shot in the last post.

You may remember, that I mentioned what I should do with the spot next to the fireplace that wasn’t going to have a bookcase.  Well, I chose to put the coffee bar that I painted and fauxed in the other house.  I am so pleased with the way this looks and I added some touches above using great pieces purchased from HG and an old piece of fence we purchased many years ago at a festival.

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As you can see we did place our television above the fireplace.   Great decision, it is at the perfect level for our viewing enjoyment, so happy about that.  Jeff our carpenter, made our mantle from a picture I printed from Pinterest, he did an amazing job and captured every detail.  I placed this wooden piece that Audrey had purchased for me last Christmas from a shop she found on Etsy.  For now I filled it with lavender.  I can’t wait to fill this with goodies for fall and Christmas.  The pieces on either side are from the old house.  The small pineapple finial is a piece from an old fence that we purchased from a craft festival years ago.

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And now this beauty, our bookcase, this was handmade by our carpenter Jeff, what a talented guy.  He took his cue from a sketch that John made for him on a piece of paper.  John, as talented as he is, is not the best person at drawing a design.  Jeff just sort of ran with it and came up with this and it is just stunning.  Many of the items are from our old home.  A few are new items that I purchased from Décor Steals while at Audrey’s.  You know, when you see something on there, you have to jump on them while you have the chance.  I added some decorating books that I enjoy and a few faux books as well to throw some texture into the balance.

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The doors on the bottom have the appliques I purchased from Van Dykes.  I painted them to match the bookcase and then went over them with glaze mixed with raw umber paint.  I think they add a nice touch.

So there you have it, the first portion of our great room.  I hope you enjoyed the view and as I mentioned I can’t wait to take this in a different direction for fall, which is approaching soon and deck it out for Christmas.

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More on the way…….

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Welcome!

Welcome to our home, the foyer is the place to begin.  This will be a great place for our guest s to enter and enjoy our home and I hope you agree. 

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I added  our Bombay chest using the items I already had that were from other areas in our old home.  Many items are favorites, the large yellow vase I purchased at HG and added my favorite things, lavender!  Love the contrast in color.  I always have a candle in the foyer to greet everyone with a beautiful scent of home.  I chose to start with Autumn since it is quickly approaching.  Placing it on this aged terracotta pedestal adds some height and zing.  This lamp we have had for years and I can’t even remember where we got it from and I used one of my faux books from HG to elevate it, nice. 

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This filigree pear is another favorite, my stepmom brought this piece back from Caroline for me. 

The picture above I had from Art.com., one of my realtors was hoping for this if I didn’t use it, sorry Judy!

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I had another favorite touch to add which is, SURPRISE, a small mercury glass cloche, imagine that lavender and cloches, hmmmm.  I added a moss ball and a clay tag that I purchased from Rosemary at Villabarnes a couple years ago.  You may notice them in other small sections of the house, maybe even under another cloche.

I couldn’t wait to use my olive bucket I purchased from Décor Steals while the house was being built.  Love this piece and when I saw this I jumped on it and this will be a staple in our home décor.  I added some of my favorite pillows from HG and Etsy as well as a wonderful piece of toile fabric I had on hand from the old house.

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Across from that I placed a Hitchcock chair that was my moms.  I was with her when I was little for a sidewalk sale at a furniture store that we still purchased our furniture from today when we brought this item home.  I was little but remember that day.  I sometimes want to give it a wash of paint but then I can’t bring myself to touch a great piece, even thought slightly shipped, it was moms, so a bit tough, maybe some day.  I thought this pillow was a great addition for the chair from Country Curtains.  Have you noticed a pattern, Country Curtains fan here, LOL.

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The stained glass window above our coat closet, is a piece that we purchased years ago from auction on EBay.  This one made it safely, while the other one gets repaired that was damaged in the move.  I enjoy the light hitting it in this spot in the late afternoon. 

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This large finial in the corner we had on our hearth in the old house and I thought it was perfect for this corner and added a pedestal I aged to give it height.

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The piece you see over the doorway that takes you into our great room is from Ballard which I am sure is familiar to many of you Ballard fans.  Couldn’t pass this sign up when I bought this for John’s old office.  Shhh, I swiped this from him, LOL.

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We round out with a rug I re-purposed from our other house and the medallion the ceiling which I made several for the house with a faux treatment to offer some character.

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I hope you enjoyed the place to enter into our wonderful new home.  We are so in LOVE with this home I can’t even get it across with writing.  I wake every morning happy to be here with my small family.  Stay turned for more!!!

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Mirror, Mirror

It is amazing what happens when my head hits the pillow.  Many thoughts about decorating go through my brain.  I usually make decisions then for some reason.  At the end of the post, you’ll see what I mean.

John and I purchased this mirror many years ago at a craft festival in Northern New Jersey.  The tin is salvaged from Detroit and when we purchased it the piece was painted this color green.

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If I remember correctly, it was painted a color from when Martha Stewart had a large line of paints with Sherwin Williams.  I have to admit I was somewhat surprised that it was painted since they are old tin, just my opinion.

I had this mirror in my possession while at Audrey’s but was not motivated to tackle making a change while staying there.  It is hard to be creative when not in your own space, you know???  So, a week ago I decided to make that change.  I chose Graphite by ASCP for  my choice.  Once I painted that and let it dry, I thought it was to perfect and decided Old Ochre would be my next move.  I had a sample, watered it down and painted a coat on top.  I rubbed it into the Graphite and loved the appearance it gave, almost a wrought iron affect.  I then took it a step further and mixed our dining room wall color with clear glaze from Lowes and thought, why not add a light coat to the top, wipe the excess off and when it dries I will get the look of a bit of rust on the tin.  And I have to say, I am very happy with the way this turned out in the end.

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Please excuse the smudges, I forgot to clean the glass before snapping a picture, LOL. (and there’s a little secret in the reflection :-) )

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I am planning on putting it on our dining room table as soon as we can  see the table top, LOL.  For some reason we chose this place to hold the pieces I was not going to use while decorating the house for now.  These items will be stored away for me to make changes around the house as time goes by.

I’m planning to use a large gorgeous cloche placed on the glass.  Stay tuned for that post to take place sooner rather than later!!!

I also made the decision last night not to go bold with the chairs in the kitchen.  I will like that for a week and have to paint the chairs again.  No way, would I want to do that, chairs are a pain to paint!!  So a straw, gold color it will be with either glaze or wax.  Stay tuned down the road.

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Need a Vote!!!!

Hello everyone, the weather has been fantastic in NJ and I am having a VERY hard time keeping Peanut and Reeses indoors, LOL!!

I am going to be posting about the new house very soon, I PROMISE!!

I have many plans to paint pieces of furniture in the house.  As I have mentioned, some just don’t work with the color scheme on the walls.

Here is where I need your vote; I love my toile curtains in our kitchen it’s my favorite combination of all, so they will not be changing any time soon.  I am planning to paint the chairs minus the seat.  I was thinking of going with a chalk paint that brings out the red in the curtains and aging them with wax or a glaze combination. Here is a picture of the curtain, chair and chair pad. 

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Making this decision is hard for me, I won’t and don’t have the guts to make this one on my own, SAD, maybe, but that is the fact.  The table will stay the same and if I choose to paint the chairs bold I need to paint this cabinet.  I won’t like the contrast and that is no big deal.  That would be Coco or a taupe of some fashion, also in chalk paint.

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So ladies, give me your opinion, do I go bold or play it safe with a brown paint on the chairs or a black of some sort?

Thanks for the help and opinions.

 

Pups World

Hi everyone, things are really coming along in the house.  Hanging the curtains is next.  Since we had to leave all our rods at the old house I’m purchasing new rods now and then things will start getting hung.

I figure, when I am finished, it won’t be that long until I have to start decorating for fall, LOL.

I wanted to share with you the area we built especially for Peanut, Reeses and Momma.  This is the best money we have spent thus far.  Let me introduce you to the puppy run.  It is filled with 20 tons of stone and faux grass.  This way no more destroying the lawn and momma doesn’t have to take them on a leash anymore to do their business…just open the kitchen door and Viola!  All fenced in safe and sound.

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Reeses, I knew, was going to be my outdoor pup.  He loves it and wants to be out there every minute.  They have discovered they love following dragonflies, watching bumble bees and flies zooming around their heads.  Daddy has even purchased them balls to play with and chase after.

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They enjoy sunning and rolling on the grass.  BUT NOT BRINGING THE BALL BACK YET lol

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The grass is truly amazing, it looks and feels like the real thing.  Momma has the enjoyment of picking up their poop again too.  With the brace I am able to walk around and play with them and scoop the poop.

Their cousins Bend and Sprout came to visit and they love it too.  The four of them were anxiously waiting for the door to open so they would be able to play.

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This shot of Reeses was taken when he wanted to go outside and play and momma said it was time for her to finish decorating the bookcase.  He wasn’t very happy.

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Such a Beautiful Suprise

Hello everyone, we are really doing great with the unpacking and things are getting pretty around here.  Curtains are going to be my next step.  Many rods to purchase and Country Curtains is always my go to store.

Today, this beautiful gift arrived from Kathy at Creative Home Expressions
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I love all of the items she sells in her Etsy shop, I hope you take a moment to pay a visit, and I am going to plan a purchase soon.  She sent me this and I am so excited.  It was like Christmas and will be special to me.  She has been following my blog since the beginning and I love seeing her creativity and beautiful décor.  Kathy, thank you so much for thinking of me and these gorgeous gifts, which by the way, the packaging was so pretty as you can see.  You are a dear friend. 

I LOVE blogland and all of the women I have created wonderful friendships with over the passed two years.

 

The Big Move

Hello everyone, I hope I find everyone well!!  Things have been quite hectic.  We have sort of found new routines and have gotten the million boxes unpacked. My email that I use for the blog has been down for a bit.  John, my IT man, had to get things straightened out.  I couldn’t receive any emails, I am sure I missed some great posts.

Before I start getting into the details, I thought I would share a little information about Cynthia.  That is my given name and I thought I would use that for blogging but it is just not working for me.  I have been called Cindy all of my life and Cindy is what I will be using from now on.  I felt as though I should give it a try, I did and it doesn’t fit me at all.  I am very approachable, I must say perky so I have been told, and very chatty and friendly, so Cindy it is, LOL.

Be prepared this is a long one!

The move, where do I start, we moved in a week later than expected.  For many, you would say, you waited that long what is an extra week??  Well, that is the point, we waited SO LONG, the extra week was a killer.  You know, how it works, you get it in your brain that you are FINALLY getting into your home, getting settled and it made me a bit unhappy, John would say that the word unhappy really didn’t describe how I felt.  What made it even harder was, our furniture and boxes were in the house but we were not.  CO’s are a real pain to wait for, especially in our new town. We are living here with no CO still, but things have to be finished on the outside.  The rules have changed so much over the years.  So, while we were going to the house to check on things and couldn’t stay, there was all our furniture we haven’t seen in a year!!

The week before we moved in we went to the house and Peanut and Reeses got to see our furniture and smell like crazy.  I put them on the couch they always sit on and it was cute.  They were smelling and smelling, and just plopped next to me and fell asleep, HEAVEN for them.  They have adjusted well, I am thrilled with that for sure and they have realized, hey, we can really follow momma everywhere.  When I say all over, I mean all over, they even came in the bathroom with me when I took a shower the other day, PRICELESS!!  They were watching everything I was doing, you know, shaving your legs, using my Clarisonic on my face.  It was very cute and a bit odd at the same time, ya know???

The unhappy moment struck when we found some furniture broken and Cindy was VERY UNHAPPY to say the least.  I really went sort of, well, ballistic, not too pretty.  An antique chair that a girl I knew a while back, sold me the chairs.  The chairs are antiques from Turkey and the caning was damaged.  The chair itself is fine but John worked very hard putting new backs and seats on them.  The back, off the chair, off.  Again, very unhappy and then the rattan on our coffee table is separated from the top.  Another coffee table, the leg is broken, the back of one of the wing back chairs that was recovered a few years ago is separating from the chair.  One of the bedroom dressers that I painted and fauxed before blogging, paint scrapped off to the bare wood on the legs.  Yes, the painting process was done correctly with primer done first.  The one item we discovered that was damaged is an antique stained glass window that John bought me as a gift.  At least the moving company found an artisan to repair the damage.  Carelessness makes me very angry, when one has a job, do it with pride and correctly.

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I sent an email to the owner of the moving company.  A furniture repair man is coming this week to make repairs.  The paint on the furniture, I will have to fix and that annoys me because this was a huge undertaking and was perfect, well to us.  It will be a task to fix this spot because I want it to blend well, so I am a little nervous about getting it just right.

The boxes, as I said, millions, was quite overwhelming for me.  John has been a great help and assured me things would get finished. Things are finally unpacked and things are in their place.  I have been having a blast getting the rooms decorated.  I must admit once we started unpacking, it was like Christmas seeing all of our items again.  I am thinking of showing things in snippets so things will be noticed.

Things I have learned, DON’T be expecting too much if you are building a home in the winter.  The weather can really be a problem if you get hit with a bad winter as we did.  Don’t expect everything to be done right away, something I am still not good at, to take deep breaths and it will get done.  When they say a few weeks add a more weeks to that time frame and I mean weeks.  Things get delayed and go wrong, it is just how it is, I guess.

The one thing I can say without hesitation is, I LOVE OUR HOME!!!!  I am in love with everything we chose and I really wouldn’t change a thing.  It screams us and is our taste from top to bottom.  The workmanship is perfect, the woodworking, the painting, tiling and the hardwood floors. Hardwood floors, well that was one more problem, we hired cleaning people to come in and get rid of the big dirt.  John thought this would help me out getting started, NOT.  They moved our furniture around and guess what, they scratched the hardwood floors so badly, that pushed us back.  So, you think we both went a BIT CRAZY, well, that would be CORRECT!!! They had to be sanded and stained again.  When I say scratched, I mean scratched big time.  What a fantastic man did the floors, he worked on the 4th of July, yes the 4th of July.  He returned two days later to finish because things had to dry.  They look even more beautiful than the first time.

Hang in their girls There will be many posts to come.  I already have a project or two in my head, LOL.

TOURING THROUGH BLOGLAND

Hello everyone, I hope all is well! 

I am very excited to be  participating in this blog tour.  It was such an honor when Doreen from House Honeys thought of me.  Well, here goes:

A little bit about  me; Cindy from Cloches and Lavender, I have a wonderful husband of 26 years, two miniature short-haired dachshunds that are the loves of our lives.  We have recently completed (finally!) a new home on one level.  We designed it mainly for me to be able to live an easier life.  I have MS and getting around our old home was an issue.  I struggled with doing the things I loved to do when living in our old home.  Taking care of our home became a struggle,  as well as cooking and baking.  I’m now looking forward to getting back to projects, decorating the new house and of course, posting!

I have been following Doreen’s blog for a bit now.   I enjoy hearing about her wonderful cabin and enjoyed following her when she made a beautiful broach bouquet for her daughters wedding this year.  Make sure to hop on over and take a look it turned out, just gorgeous.  It is so creative and unique and I think this was a beautiful and touching thing to make for her daughter that she will have forever.

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 So let me get started telling you about Cloches and Lavender
 Here are the four questions I’m supposed to answer:
 
1) What are you working on right now?
Right now my attention is going to be focused on our new home.  We have been building our home over the past year.  Yes, a year, the winter was so harsh in NJ it has taken some time.  After unpacking tons of  boxes, the projects will begin slowly.  I would like to paint our dining room furniture,  I am not loving the color against the paint color we chose for the walls.
2)  How does my work differ from others in this genre?
The one thing that may differ my blogs from others, is that I have a HUGE passion for baking and cooking.  With our new home being easier for me to function in I will be able to really get back my freedom of baking and  cooking.  I will be writing some posts with this in mind for the future.  I have really enjoyed blogging and with the house taking me away from projects for a year, I must say I took time to really try and learn as much as I could, reading and following many of my favorite blogs. 
3)  Why do I write/create what I do?
I started to blog when I wanted to share my passion for decorating, painting, baking and cooking.  Our home is very important to me, so, I thought it would be fun to take my ideas and the love of these things and share them with people.  I thought this would be a great opportunity because I have MS, and it didn’t allow me to follow a dream that I found I had in my 30’s.  That was, taking design and decorating classes.  I decided this was a way I was able to fulfill that dream.  I have completely fallen in love with this venue. 
4)  How does your writing/creating process work?
 I don’t really have any particular way of writing to be  honest.  I would  have to say, when I have a project I choose to tackle, I get the project finished and just sit down at my computer and let  it come to me.  I would like to work on getting more organized with writing some posts in advance but, that may take a while, LOL.  I touched on this above, I have used this time to read, read and read.  I think my style of writing is improving as I go and that is what I felt needed to be done for my blog to flow better.
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Thank you so much again Doreen for thinking of me and giving me this opportunity.  I hope you will take the time to take a look at Cloches and Lavender and follow me on our journey in our new home with our small but great family.

I am now going to introduce you to two fabulous bloggers that I have been following from the beginning.  They each are very talented and have fantastic style.

They Are:

 

Hi Everyone! This is Jennifer at Town and Country Living!

Town and Country Living is a blog about living life where the suburban streets of Chicago meet the country roads of Illinois prairies.

I truly have the best of both worlds here. Heading east, we enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city. Heading west, we’re greeted by farm fields and meadows.

My blog focuses on cottage and farmhouse-style decor for affordable and easy living. Throw in a few DIY projects and recipes, and you have what my blog is all about. And on occasion, I’ll write about local points of interest.

Thanks again to Cynthia for featuring me and my blog!!

 

Hello…I’m Heather from New House New Home New Life

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“I’m just a Canadian girl who’s lived in and around the big city for most of my life. Until three years ago, when my big city husband took a job in a small town in farm country. So I retired from a stressful job, moved to a small town and started restoring an older home, bringing the gardens back to life and pursuing all things domestic including refabulating furniture. My blog, New House New Home New Life tells this story. At the top of the page, you’ll see my logo – “Domestically obsessed and blogging about it” Well, that just about sums up my life.”

Thank you Cindy, for thinking of me to join the tour.

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