Monday, January 13, 2014

That time I took my pot rack down...

I'm laughing as I write this because I've been in a New Year's search out my heart phase lately, and this post has nothing to do with any of that.  Sometimes life is heavy... and sometimes it's light and today is one of the latter.  It's all about balance. I feel like we haven't chatted like old friends lately and I'm here to remedy that so grab a cup of something and let's talk.  I was going to ask you all about random silly things I do and see if anyone else does them too (such as sucking in your stomach momentarily, every time I see a photograph sharing how to get amazing abs) but then I couldn't remember any other random things I do when I sat down to list them.  If I wasn't sitting here trying to think about them, I'd come up with ten.  Can you relate?
I'm preparing two fantastic giveaways for you that will knock your socks off.  One is a sweet collection from a few of my Etsy peeps that should be a darling Valentine's treat for your home and heart... and the other one is a collection of some of my personal favorite things right now, which will (if all goes well) herald the February re-opening of my shop.  I've got some new watercolors going that I'm giddy with joy over, (do I really get to do this for a living?) and some vintage-looking prints and wrapped canvases from an old typewriter that I'm over the moon about. (I'm showing two of them as wrapped canvases, in this post.)
 I've got one canvas above our little homework desk but it needs something above it.  I'm thinking of a little vintage "office" sign or something....

  I got hit by a weird flu this past week and I didn't have it in me to blog much.  Or scrub toilets.  Or talk to anyone.  I had a fever on and off for a couple of days and one day I got kiddos off to school, climbed back into my bed and woke up at 12:30.  Let me tell you something about myself.  I don't sit still, I don't lay down, I don't nap and I never get back into bed.  That right there told me that I was not myself so I did what I always do when I get sick- I texted Nurse Nicki and she told me what to do. I probably owe her heaps of money in doctor's advice and psychiatric help from all the freaking out I do after going on WebMD and self-diagnosing myself with fatal illnesses.  I do think it probably keeps her on her toes listening to me and then talking me down from the ledge and assuring me that I'm going to live.  Think how I am helping her nursing career. Well that's how I choose to look at it anyway. Ha! (Feeling much better now but my energy is still a bit low so I'm taking things at a slow pace.  And I'm not going to look up "low energy" on WebMD.)

I bought an electric teapot from Target to replace a teapot that was accidentally ruined by a small person who shall remain nameless.  I didn't even know you could ruin a teapot.  Whatever.  I'd had my eye on this one for a year and I love it.  Now if you pop in for a spot of tea I'll be ready.  I also bought daffodils at Trader Joes because January is depressing and the rainy season is here (is it ever truly gone?) and they have cheered me immensely. 

Now, I want to chat about paint and such. We are gearing up to paint our ceiling soon. (Chewing on rocks sounds just about as fun, wouldn't you agree?) I recently made the decision to take down the pot rack that has hung over my island for the last decade and maybe you have have noticed it's absence by now.  It was big and heavy and dark and I wanted to open things up a bit.  Also my cooking pots, once new and shiny, weren't exactly things I wanted to display any longer, after ten years of use.  Savvy?  I gave it to my sis in law and she was thrilled. The options are limitless.  We could leave it as is.  Open, airy and light or we could do something with a light fixture in that space.  Time will tell but for now I am loving it open. 

We're still chewing on paint discussions, as this spring will herald an exterior paint job that we've been putting off the past couple of years, and the dreaded ceiling paint job that has been needing to be done for several years, after a couple of summers with minor construction, kitchen renovations, etc.  We ignored the ceiling but it's time to deal with it.  We're discussing whether or not to paint the walls with a fresh coat as well... as they kind of need it too, thanks to the general knocks and bangs of kids and life.  We're trying to decide if the ceiling and walls should match in color so we don't have to do any "cutting in" at the corners... and color of course, is taking most of my thoughts.  Adrain and I disagree but I trust him implicitly as he advises architects and designers and many other people on color choices for a living, and he has always chosen every color we have used in the past. The man knows his color.

For exterior we're living in a creamy yellow-colored house.  I'm of the opinion that if you're going to repaint you might as well get a new color out of it!  He's not opposed to that... but I really want either a pale gray house with white trim and a bright canary yellow door... or a pale aqua door... or a dark gray house.  We have a pale gray house to our right... and a dark blue/gray house to our left.  So apparently gray is out.  Bah!  That leaves me opinion-less for the moment. (Have no fear, I am seldom opionion-less for long.)

For the interior I want white (yet I still want to see my trim stand out just a bit.)  My man said white is impractical.  Okay what he really said was, "Really?! Why.....?" and then left it hanging there for a while. (I read between the lines on that one.)  Then he gave me the list of the most popular designer colors right now including a run down on Pottery Barn's line.  I looked up his recommendations and we're debating.  He will win.  He always does.  Because he's always right.  (About this, anyway.) I will keep showing him pins with the "looks I like" and he will eventually say, "Okay here is the color you want then, to get that look."  And then we'll finally paint and I will love it, as I always do. And I'll keep you posted on that.

As I close, I must share this moment with you because laughter is such good medicine.  I was sitting in the car waiting to pick up Joe from a weekend youth retreat.  I turned around and Ava was sitting in the backseat with a whiteboard for a face. I laughed out loud for a full two minutes.  Maybe more.  Then I instagrammed it.  Oh this child.  She's a funny one.

So... now that I've done all the talking today... what do you think about all of that?

Current Colors: 
My trim, cabinetry, bead board, and doors are painted "Creamy" by Sherwin Williams 
My current wall color is "Ivoire" by SW
My kitchen table base is painted, "Navajo white" by SW
My island color is "Night Owl" by SW
Master bath and bedroom color is "Stormy Sky" by Benjamin Moore 
Main bath is "Light French Gray" by SW
The kiddos rooms are "Fleur de Sel" by SW


  1. I almost texted you today to check on you when there wasn't a new post…..I should have…sorry you've been sick.

    Can't wait to see what colors you guys choose for the exterior and the interior….
    The kitchen does look way more open without the pot rack, but i did love that thing!

    excited about your upcoming give aways! And your shop reopening…can't wait to see the new watercolors!

  2. Ooooh - do share what your hubby is recommending! I was just coming on to check in after reading about a horrible incident in B'ham. Glad it wasn't you and that it was "only" the flu keeping you quiet. I LOVE your room w/o the pot rack - you are correct, it opens it up so much!!!

    1. Oh it's so sad too because we've had a lot of really bad ones lately. Young people... gone way before their time. Just heartbreaking. Thank you for thinking of us!

  3. Here's what I think. I would like to hire Adrain as a color consultant because just about everything in our house is needing paint. And of course, he would need a glamorous personal assistant.... so that might as well be YOU, right! What d'ya say? Want to come to Ohio? BTW, as fun as that would be, I'm totally kidding because, you know... painting isn't happening any time soon, I don't think. Oh well, a girl can dream! xo

    1. Um yeah we would come in a heartbeat girlfriend...too bad we never moved there. (Sure wasn't for lack of trying! :))

  4. Uggg...the flu. Hit our house hard after Christmas and we ALL got it. Maybe it was a CTK thing, but it!!!!
    I love it that Adrain can come up with the right colors for you....I go through 2 or 3 sample pots before I "settle" on a final color. Everything looks so different on each wall!
    I think you should go with the gray...maybe your neighbors need to repaint too and this will give them an excuse to change their color!!

  5. Chandie!!! Yes a chandie will look beautiful over the island. We've already mulled over paint colors. Love the art.

  6. Well, there is no doubt that whatever you choose it will look great. I love your interior just the way it is, just so airy and welcoming. My husband had the flu next week and it threw him for a loop. Always fun to stop by and wishing you a great new week.

  7. Sorry to hear you had the flu. I despise getting sick. I 'm like you when I'm sick. I have a hard time being still.
    I hope everything works out for the opening of your shop in Feb. I'm excited to see what you will be making. I'm a big fan of your prints and towels. I have the cow one hanging from my stove. It's kind of funny because I'm a vegetarian but I love it.
    Good luck with your paint choices. I want to paint our kitchen an off white but husband said no to that. Looking forward to seeing who wins the paint battle in your house.

  8. doesn't everyone diagnose themselves on webmd nowadays? one thing i learned though...we must be careful how we proceed to tell our dr's what is wrong with us. they don't take that very well..which cracked me up because we are usually right. however i do see what they are saying that so often it gives us a death sentence when it is something minor
    and i spied your little cute!!
    mother daughter times in the car are THE best. grace and i had one tonight. so much so that i almost had to pull over because i was laughing so hard i was afraid i would swerve off the road
    can't wait for your new stuff!! always fun to see what you are going to come up with..hope you are feeling better each day

  9. Really liking your kitchen. question, what does the wall sign say/read by your microwave/kitchen aid mixer? lol I love saying in the kitchen and trying to find the perfect one for mine. It's I will know it when I see it! thankies :)

  10. I love the Night Owl color that you used to paint your island. I am kind of tired of my island too and I need a change! It is dreary here too, and I think I am going to run out and get some pretty yellow flowers!! Susan

  11. Love the new look …….maybe this sign

  12. Love the openness without the pot rack! And the tea kettle is so happy. I agree, flowers brighten up these drab January days…I think it's rained as much in Georgia recently as in the PNW!
    Can't wait to see your new watercolors and the paint colors you choose.
    Glad you're feeling better, too! xo

  13. Love this vintage styled Office sign, but I don't know if it will fill as much of the visual space as you want it too. Still, fun sign!

  14. Looks great, love when you make a small change and it feels so right. ~hugs~ I hope you are feeling back to yourself really soon, I have been fighting as well and this one sure holds on! Have a blessed day.

  15. The typewriter print looks so fun!! Glad you are feeling better.

  16. Colors are not my thing, can't wait to see ehat happens gof you on Thursday good luck!

  17. I love all your decor. So simple and clean. Quite refreshing. I don't envy you all the decisions you have coming up but, I've got to tell you, in the meanwhile, that kid of yours is gonna brighten your days. The picture of the white board face had me laughing for a full minute!

  18. I love the pot holder removed! Isn't it amazing how changing one thing can change the whole look of the room. I recently painted my front door canary yellow and have a grey home and black shutters! I'm glad I have your approval of the yellow door, my hubby thought I was crazy, but I love it. I am the same way when I am sick. I always think the worst. I'm online researching like a mad women now, because of something new that popped up on my son! I'm the worst! I need to step away from the computer and realize, God's got this under control! Glad you are feeling better!

  19. Do the gray. Do the gray. Do the gray. Who cares what they (the neighbors) say? This coming from someone with a gray bedroom. :-)

  20. Hi! Just popping in to say that your house is so darn cute and cheery. :)

    I hope you are feeling better soon so that you'll post and share what you decide about paint colours. I've been having the same dilemma. I've always had white furniture and white accessories, but I've never actually had white walls. I've always been afraid that it would look too stark. BUT, every single picture that I have pinned on Pinterest has white stuff with white walls.

    What to do.... what to do...... :)

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