Sunday, June 17, 2018

Farmhouse Kitchen Corner

Hi everyone!

I spent the hot and sultry weekend painting my kitchen. In all my years of having a kitchen, never have I had a white kitchen. Ever. I have had more color on my kitchen walls than Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, lol!

Something pushed me toward white this time and I think I am digging it! 

This is a little corner in our eat in area. Mr. Bluebird made me the wainscot plate rack last fall - and there is one on the opposite wall as well. Love it for displaying an ever changing array of plates. 


I'll show you the rest of the kitchen soon. Pinky swear!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Painting Again

Hi everyone!

Just a quick pop in to say "hey" and fill you in on what I'm doing between planting flowers and shower prep.

There's nothing like planning a party to give me a kick in the pants to freshen up my decor. Mr. Bluebird and I painted our living area and front entry in April, which has left the kitchen looking sad and neglected. I've come to the conclusion I burn way too many candles - there is an awful lot of soot on my walls. I think I may be giving them up. Boo hoo.

Anyway, painting is easy - but yikes! I just hate the preparation! I'm an instant gratification kind of girl.  Nonetheless, I've patched and primed and took down my over abundance of stuff.  I'm ready to put brush to the wall and get it done! 


Such a mess! But I know it will be worth it in the end. A freshly painted room is always a beautiful sight.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane


Monday, June 11, 2018

Lavender Everywhere!

Hi everyone!

I am finally off for the summer, so hopefully blogging will become a reality for me again. It's been hard to find the time lately.

 These first weeks are going to be busy ones. We are a hosting an outdoor engagement party and shower at our home for Baby Bluebird and her fiance in early July. I've been buying every lavender and purple annual I can get my hands on, since lavender is her wedding color. I've been  planting like crazy!


Can't miss an opportunity to share a picture of Palmer. He's so cute!




So much planting!


Had to add a bit of my favorite yellow. I think it looks good with all the purplr purples.








I'm also in craft mode for this party! These are just the tip of the supply iceberg!


As you can see, I'm over my head in party prep. We also have several big renos planned around here for the summer.  Hope to share a home decor post soon.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Happy New Week

 Hi everyone!

Just want to wish you all a great start to the new week!




Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

Monday, April 9, 2018

I'm Getting Married In the Morning

Hi everyone!

Well, I'm not getting married in the morning, lol. But there is wedding news in my family - Baby Bluebird is engaged!


Mr. Bluebird and I are so happy for her. We adore our son in law to be! Currently, she lives in Ohio, while he lives in Virginia. I am over the moon thrilled they have chosen to get married in Wisconsin. They found a beautiful ski chalet as their venue.

I am currently in full on planning mode for a combo engagement/wedding shower this coming summer. So many ideas running through my head!

I look forward to sharing some of the details for the upcoming party with you all - from invites to decor to menus. I just bought a planner to help stay organized. (We will see how that works out, lol).

Anyway, love is in the air here at the Bluebird house!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane



Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Cozy and The Crazy

Hi everyone!

I've been busy this weekend putting away all the bunnies, eggs and other Easter accoutrements. I didn't put much out this year as we went to Cincinnati to spend the holiday with Baby Bluebird, still, there was plenty to pack up!

While putting a few things away, I took my quilts out of my antique cupboard and set about refolding them. I thought they looked so cozy all piled on the settee.


Quilts have always been a favorite of mine. They just say comfort to me.

In other news, I had been making plans to paint our living room and kitchen this  coming summer. Now that I am working full time, I 've had to put projects like that on hold until school gets out.  Until now!  As I was packing the bunnies, cleaning and rearranging, Mr. Bluebird asked, "why not paint next weekend?" My first thought was no, and then I thought , "why not next weekend?" So, I decided to start with the living room. Today I've torn my living room apart, clearing everything out. During the week, I'll fill the nail holes, tape anything that needs taping - you know, the usual, but all important paint prep. I've already selected colors, so a quick run to the paint store one night after work and I 'll be ready.

Maybe I will finally patch the old surround sound system hole (instead of covering it up!). I still like the stair tread shelf I made years ago, but not so much the color. A little cream paint will be just what the doctor ordered. With my plaid sofa, the green is just too Christmassy.


Speaking of Christmassy, the green accent wall will be the first to go! I really liked it for awhile, but it is just too much. I had been toying with the idea of jumping onto the neutral furniture bandwagon. In fact, I even had buyers for my current furniture lined up. I had narrowed down my new sofa choice to two.


I even covered my furniture with white sheets for a few months to get a feel for it. In the end, and at the moment, neutral is just not me. I really like my furniture. I love my furniture. With that being said, I still want to tone things down a bit. Neutral paint, no accent wall, a few painted pieces in cream. More live greenery.

So, this week, our house looks like a disaster zone - typical of painting time. I'm looking forward to getting it done and having a fresher space. There are some big events happening at the Bluebird house this summer and I will share that news with you later this week.

 Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Operation: Sow's Ear to Silk Purse - It Begins


Hi everyone!

We are gearing up for some serious front yard changes this spring, so I thought I'd share where we are starting from today.

We built our very simple, yet classic, saltbox style house 17 years ago. We've painted our shutters several times, changed out light fixtures, we even added a little front yard patio. All have served us well, but we always thought the front of our house could be so much more.


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We started this weekend by replacing our badly faded shutters with fresh, new ones. The shutters on the right were the same color as those on the left at one time. Talk about an overdue project!


Mr. Bluebird owns many ladders, but for whatever reason, his favorite is this rickety, wooden deathtrap. Only the good die young...


Nice and fresh. Love a classic hunter green and white exterior combo.



I've chosen these oversized onion lights and can't wait until they are installed!




And now, the biggest change! This is the drawing from our landscaper. We are so excited for the new driveway and front entry redo. I am most excited about my red brick steps - I've pined for those for many years! It will be fun landscaping this straw and adding our personal touches.

So, phase one of Operation: Sow's ear to Silk Purse has begun! I will share our progress with you all along the way. Please feel free to give ideas of how to accessorize this "new" space!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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