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.


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.

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.



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


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.


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.


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



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.


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.


 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.

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.

The End is Nearing

Things are progressing quickly with the house and there are many things to take care of right now.  Everything is turning out beautifully and just how we have hoped.  The hardwoods are finished and the dark walnut is GORGEOUS!!!  The quartz got installed yesterday and the backsplash tile is getting finished.  Let me just say, SINGING A VERY HAPPY TUNE!!!!!

I am very backed up with blogs and am very busy now so I will be offline with answering blogs for a few weeks.  We have to get moved in and settled.  The boxes, millions of them.  We forgot how many, YIKES.

Thank you to my followers for hanging in there with me through this build and lack of projects.  It is safe to say I have many repainting of furniture in the future once the dust settles.  Many things will be happening in the future so my new followers, hang in there the fun will begin!!

More Happenings!!!

It was a beautiful weekend in NJ and the week has slowly turned hot and humid, ICK!!!

Well things are progressing more and more with the house.  The corbels are hung and I love what they add to these large doorways.

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I can’t wait to see them with the furnishings, Furnishings! Boy, we will have to get acquainted; we haven’t seen each other in a year LOL.  It is amazing how much you can miss your things over this much time.

The appliances are in, YAY, so happy with everything we purchased.  The quartz counters have been templated and will be installed on Monday.

The hardwood floors are getting stained this week in dark walnut and John and I can’t wait to see them.  We are going with a matte poly finish.

All the plumbing is in, the electricity is working, the toilets are in place and flushing!!  I had to christen one while we were there this weekend, LOL.  The vanities and faucets are beautiful and I thought I would give you a peek at our gorgeous lights in the master bathroom, one over each sink.  Are these GORGEOUS or what, LOVE!!!

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The air conditioning condenser is in place outside, which I am sure the workers will be grateful for while doing those floors.

The grading of the yard will be getting done which is great for Peanut and Reeses so we can begin getting their own personal area ready for them to do their business and be able to romp when home alone with momma.  They will be doing this with me watching of course, safety first, LOL.

June 24th is approaching quickly.  Many little things still need to be finished.

Hmmm Think About These??

Hello everyone things are really moving on the new house, it is so exciting to see everything getting pretty and the finishing touches happening!!!

Speaking of finishing touches, I thought I would show you a couple that we purchased from Van Dykes Restorers to add some touches to our finishing’s.  I purchased these corbels to add some embellishment to molding.  For where you might ask, now you know I can’t tell you that, LOL!!!  Trust me they will be a great touch for where they are slated to go.

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I also ordered these beautiful appliques which I painted and then glazed with raw umber paint added to plain glaze.  I wanted to give them an aged look and I love the way they turned out.  Okay, since you have been left hanging on so many other things I will toss you a bone, LOL.  These will be added to the doors on our bookcase in the great room.  When you see these in place they are going to be a perfect touch.

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More to come, it is getting really close.  I can just burst and am I getting the decorating bug big time!!!

Till next time, stay well.

Getting Really Close

Hello everyone, the weather was GORGEOUS here in NJ this weekend.  We took our babies to the new house and enjoyed sitting on the deck for a spell today. 

Such EXCITING news, we are going to be in by the end of June, we booked our movers for the 24th.  I can’t believe we get to see our stuff!!  It has been a year, LOL, who would have thought that, not us that’s for sure.

Here are some snippets of things around the new place.  The one thing I can say is I LOVE everything that is getting finished.  Our fireplace mantle is perfect.  Our builder’s son did the job and I got the picture from PINTEREST and it came out perfectly.  The bookcase that we have next to the fireplace, squeal with excitement.  That means, if you hear someone squealing loudly it is me and I am jumping up and down, even though I can’t jump anymore, LOL!!!!  I am so unbelievably happy I can’t stand it.

I purchased appliques for the doors of the bookcase and will be painting them to match the trim throughout the house.  I am also going to use glaze and age them and we will add them to the doors and I think they are going to add such a great touch.

We chose our stain color for the front door and our hardwood floors, and no, I can’t tell you because what fun would that be for you ladies???  You’ll have to wait and see and I think it is going to be a great finishing touch.

The medallions have been hung as well as the lights and they are gorgeous, have I used that word enough for you yet???  By the way, I will give you a few peeks but I can’t tell you what room they are in because that would ruin another surprise and I wouldn’t want to do that to my girlfriends, No, No.

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The builder also added my purchases for the pillars out front and ready, GORGEOUS!!!!  Just wait until I can show you what they have added, yes, you have to wait.  Now no one would want to see that before the sod is put down and the yard is fully grated, would they, No.

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The thoughts are going through my head now as to where things will go and I can smell the lavender in my new home that I will purchase once we are in and imagine my cloches and many other items spread around our place which we will call HOME!!!!


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