Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Decorating our Kitchen Island

Before I talk about the kitchen renovations, I would like to say that I feel very blessed to be able to do so.

Our entire area, encompassing much of Southern Alberta, has been affected by severe flash flooding.

Over 600 people needed to be rescued from roofs by helicopter; over 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes; many lost absolutely everything.

Our home remained dry. I gathered the girls, and we have done a few donations to families who have babies and young children without a single toy to play with. Now that the clean up begins, we hope to help out more.

The gathering of help from the communities has been amazing. People are good.

Onto the kitchen......

I was crossing fingers that I could do a reveal post this week, but it was not meant to be. A few trim pieces came in the wrong size, and our Visual Comfort lighting that was ordered in February finally arrived, but was dented and missing a part-ugh!!!

So, I anticipate we are yet a few weeks from reveal time.

In the meantime, I have been busy styling the kitchen, and am having such fun with it! Today I am showing you what I did on the island:

I am keeping the accessories simple, natural and organic in feel.
A Myrtle topiary, and a potted fern sit on a large, round breadboard. I am searching for a Rosemary topiary as well.

Salt and Lavender Sugar are easily accessible in the small fluted bowls (from Pier One).

I love old looking, weathered terracotta.

If you want to see more details about our kitchen island, you can see that here.
Today we are working in our garden. 20 trees are being planted (trees are a hot commodity in the foothills!), and putting in a perennial bed. I will be sure to show you our progress!
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cottage Dining Room: A Before and After

First of all, thank you so much for the kind comments about our Living Room! We really do love our new space! I still owe you a post on sources, and I'll do that soon! I've tried to answer all your comments, but I've run a bit behind-I'll catch up just as soon as I can!

Today, our tour continues with the nearly completed Dining Room. I decided to show you now, however, as I think it could be a while before I find the perfect pieces to complete this room. After all, the best way to have that collected over time look, is to collect it over time =)

Here is our Cottage Dining Room, thanks to some new furniture pieces, re-working of some old pieces and the talents of Holly Mathis:

The French doors go through to the sunroom, which extends behind the dining room. Our 'formal' dining room is actually more of a nook in a bay window.  We also have an informal breakfast nook near by.
I know there is a trend to more casual eating spaces, doing away with a separate dining room.

I, for one, have always loved having a separate more formal eating space. Despite the fact that this is a very open concept space, I am grateful this house has this separate dining area.

There are three things that make this room: The table, the curtains and the lighting.

First, let's talk table. It is a trestle style Farmhouse table, bought online through Black Rooster Decor. I L.O.V.E. it!! Nina at Black Rooster has some amazing pieces, and she was wonderful to work with. Definitely worth checking out her site. By the way, while she's located in Toronto, Canada, she ships all over, and does much of her business in the US.

Secondly, the lighting. It's the Armonk from Pottery Barn. We did the smaller Armonk over the Breakfast nook.

Thirdly, those custom check drapes (Which Holly's seamstress sewed and Holly mailed to me) are the crowning glory in this room. Adding drapes in a space can make such a difference!

The bamboo blinds are from Select Blinds (which are both in the US and Canada).

The buffet was an antique which you can read more about here.

The slipcovered chairs are from Ballard Designs. They are very, very comfortable, and I love that the slipcover is easily washed (tres important when you have 3 little sticky fingered munchkins).

At Holly's suggestion, I had the F monogrammed on two of the chairs. They are actually the chairs that would normally go at the ends of the table, but I didn't want to cover up the beautiful trestle detail, so instead they are put on the side of the table.

I am still looking for some transferware plates for above the watercolour painting on that wall.

I am also looking for some lighter frames for my butterfly prints. With the new look, they are just looking too 'heavy' in their dark frames and mats.

Beautiful trestle detail

Are you ready to see just how far this small room has come?


What a change! I simply love it now!

Holly is my decorating angel. Love, love, love her.

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