Monday, February 27, 2017

Early Spring Foyer

Hi everyone!

I switched out the green wicker entry table for this turquoise cabinet I had in the den.


I lined the glass doors with a vintage Purina feedback just for fun.





One of my favorite accessories was soaking up some sunshine in the foyer. He definitively makes our house looked lived in, lol.  Palmer loves the sun!


Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

At Your Service - Simplified

**IF YOU ARE VISITING FROM A LINK PARTY AND WERE LOOKING FOR MY POST ABOUT MY SERVER/SIDEBOARD - FOR REASONS UNKNOWN TO ME, THE POST DISAPPEARED AND WAS REPLACED BY AN EARLIER POST ABOUT TULIPS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!!!! BUT, THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING. I AM WORKING ON GETTING THIS CORRECTED.

JANE



Hi everyone!

I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods these past few weeks, but in Bluebird-land the weather has been cloudy, bleak, dreary, etc., etc.  However, a bright spot in these mid-winter doldrums is the arrival of tulips at the grocery store!


At $4.99 a bunch, they are a breath of spring and a sign of warm days to come (for a cheap price)!


When I brought them home, my bouquet stood like soldiers in my little, vintage enamel pitcher...


By morning, they were all droopy, as you see in these pictures.  Boo to that!  But have no fear...


A few seconds on Google, and my tulips are on their way to be restored to standing at attention (I think)! There are a gazillion tips to preventing and/or correcting tulip droop online, so I suggest if you need advice on this "just Google" and your problem will be solved (hopefully)!



Drooping or not, the jolt of color is definitely sunshine on a cloudy day.

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Jane

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Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

Hi everyone!

I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods these past few weeks, but in Bluebird-land the weather has been cloudy, bleak, dreary, etc., etc.  However, a bright spot in these mid-winter doldrums is the arrival of tulips at the grocery store!


At $4.99 a bunch, they are a breath of spring and a sign of warm days to come (for a cheap price)!


When I brought them home, my bouquet stood like soldiers in my little, vintage enamel pitcher...


By morning, they were all droopy, as you see in these pictures.  Boo to that!  But have no fear...


A few seconds on Google, and my tulips are on their way to be restored to standing at attention (I think)! There are a gazillion tips to preventing and/or correcting tulip droop online, so I suggest if you need advice on this "just Google" and your problem will be solved (hopefully)!



Drooping or not, the jolt of color is definitely sunshine on a cloudy day.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

At Your Service

Hi everyone!

For awhile now, I have been hankering for a service counter in my kitchen.  I had a buffet and china combo for awhile, but it was black and very, very heavy looking It also was of no use for serving during parties and such. I sold it to a friend a year or so ago and lived with a few "make-do" alternatives since then.

Mr. Bluebird and I love to entertain and often host buffet style parties.  There never seemed enough room for all of the plates, utensils, desserts, slow cookers, etc. - let alone making it all look pretty!  (With my cooking skills, it is important for it all to look pretty - no guarantee how it is going to taste, lol)

I did A LOT of searching for ideas - adding cabinets to match our existing to form a serving bar with storage and free-standing servers.  It was kind of a Goldilocks situation for a long, long time - too big, too small, wrong style, wrong finish and the list went on.    In the end, I decided on a freestanding server with wine display. 


 I surprised myself by picking out a natural wood finish, as I had always envisioned something in white for this space.  I am happy, though, because I think the wood is a nice contrast to all that white.




One feature I loved about this cabinet was the gorgeous hardware.  I am smitten with this knob for the storage door - super cool!



This beauty was delivered shortly before Christmas and I just made what I had on the walls work and added a few things to the top.  It is a little over accessorized and crowded in this picture, but things have changed with a new (to me) vintage find. The look has definitely been simplified. I hope to show you the change on Monday.

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Jane

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Glad Tidings From Me to You

Hi everyone!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

xoxo,
Jane


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas Comes to Our Lodge

Hi everyone!

As you all know, I have been starting my Christmas decor early this year, but mostly in areas of our home that don't get used on regular basis.  That would include our "lodge."

In truth, it is our finished lower level and I just recently finished up a bit of a re-do down there that I have not yet shown you. My husband is an avid outdoors man and although I would love to see our basement go a different direction, I have decided to embrace the lodge look so that the poor guy at least has a say in one room, other than the garage!  Since he is my go to guy for home projects, it's only fair!  I am still waiting on a few things before you get the actual "reveal," but in the meantime, I will show you some of the seasonal decor that is being used this year.

The finished area of our lower level is broken up into three areas - a living space, a bar room and a (yet to be completed) bathroom.  Below is part of a vignette in our bar.  The pallet piece is actually a wine rack that I picked up awhile back at World Market.  For a mass produced pallet project, this one is very authentic looking.  I painted the wall with green chalk board paint and it has been fun, listing our cold beverages and other messages. I had planned on painting the wall with black chalk board paint, but accidentally brought home the green.  Being a lazy bones, I decided to just go with it and,  in the end, I like it so much better! I am excited to show you the rest of this wall soon.





This old firkin bucket will hold a little Christmas tree in the coming days, but in the meantime, a stuffed Santa is waiting patiently.


Our pub table holds a grouping of lodge items - a burlap wrapped tree, an old red lantern and a tree round.  When our daughter was little, we used to vacation in Minocqua, WI and would often go to the lumberjack show in town.  The kids could take a tree round for free and have the lumberjacks autograph them.  Baby Bluebird loved that!


We have two of the autograph rounds and both were signed by "Sean Dog" the lumberjack.  Who knew he would go on to appear on MTV's The Real World: Boston and currently is a Wisconsin Congressman?  He married Rachel from The Real World: San Francisco and they have eight children. It is kind of fun that we know what became of this young man!







I am keeping this room low key and simple, like a true hunting lodge would be at the holidays.  I love the vintage feel of the greens with the reindeer, framing an antique game board. 





I hope to get a post up to reveal the re-do of this room soon and then follow up with the rest of the decor.  

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Early Tree

Hi everyone!

As I shared in my last post, I am off to a bit of an early start with my Christmas decor. Why, you ask, why? Well, here's the thing. Over the past few years,  I have tried to simplify the chaos of my Christmas and starting early has worked out well. I am concentrating on a few key things to kick start my plan for peace come December.

First up, our main tree. I am going for a somewhat traditional, simple look. I tucked in frosted berry picks all over the tree, hung an assortment of classic balls and spheres and added in some burlap and jute ornaments.





I wrapped a bit of grapevine around the tree, from top to bottom, for a hint of natural texture.


I also tucked in a barn wood "sale" I bought from my neighbor, Hippie Tom's (of American Pickers fame). Not sure if it will stay (Mr. Bluebird says it doesn't make sense, lol), but at the moment I rather like it.


I will be working on our fireplace mantel next and I hope to keep with the less is more theme. We will see how that goes. Decades of being a more is more Christmas Queen has left me with some hard habits to break!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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