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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our Fall Porch

Well, it's finally starting to feel like fall around here! YAY! With the cool, crisp weather arriving we had a little bit of fun finishing up some fall touches out on our porch. Although I have to admit all four of us are pretty picky eaters, we surprisingly all LOVE pretty much anything pumpkin flavored and devoured these pumpkin donuts we got at the grocery store. Can't wait to get some more! Besides adding a few autumn touches out here we also moved our "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow" sign out here. I like how it looks better out here than above our bed. And we just listed another batch of them in our shop.

I also tried putting this new sign out here (we will have them available in our shop next week!)  but I think I am going to use it in our dining room and move one of our chalkboards back out here. 

Source List:

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow Wood Sign - Dear Lillie (can be purchased here)
In Everything Give Thanks Sign - Dear Lillie (available next week)
Farmhouse Table - we built it, (you can read more about it here)
Dishes - Pottery Bar, The Emma Collection (wedding gifts 8 years ago and still love them just as much)
Glass Dome - Pottery Barn (wedding gift)
Runner - World Market
Plaid Fabric - Joann's
Pumpkins - Trader Joe's
Pumpkin Donuts - Harris Teeter
Pitcher with Leaves - Ikea
Leaves and branches - mostly from yard and a few faux berry branches from years ago
Lights - Target
Dining Chairs - Antique Mall in South Carolina 8 years ago
Rattan Chairs - IKEA
Knit Pillows - Had for years - maybe Hobby Lobby
Stag Pillows - Birch Lane
Wire Basket - Joss and Main
Wire Tiered Stand and Buckets - Collection at Laurel and Grove in Peterborogh, NH  a couple years ago
Sideboard/Cart - Makeover here

I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday!  

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Little Peek of Some Orange on Our Porch

Well, I was planning on posting about our autumn back porch today but I haven't finished going through all the photos yet so instead here are just a few of the images and tomorrow I will be back with the full post (including lots more photos and all of the info).

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Darker Gray Cabinets and Our Marble Review

The reasoning for re-painting all the trim in this room (our eat-in-kitchen and family room) white and the doors black probably made sense to most people seeing how it now matches the rest of the house as well as lightening up the room. However, my many reasons for painting the cabinets just a few shades darker than I first painted them a year ago make lots of sense in my own head but I think I can safely say will mostly seem crazy to everyone else, so I won't bore you with all of that. I will say though, that I even though it was a pain to do I am so happy I did it. I also changed out the hardware to go with our faucet and I like the sparkle it adds. So at this point all we really have left to do in here is have an electrician come and add some recessed lighting and once that happens we will get rid of the flush mount lights, and then I will probably swap out the rustic looking pendants for some nickel ones.

So, while I won't bore you with my somewhat irrational reasoning behind painting the cabinets again, I will fill you in on our marble now that it's been several months since it was installed. We get lots of e-mails asking how we like our marble, if we would do it again and if we would recommend it.

What kind of marble is it? Honed Carrara Marble
Did we use a stain blocker? YES, we had InvisaBLOCK applied professionally by the company that installed the marble and it's supposed to last at least ten years
Do I still love the marble? YES
Would I do it again? YES (In fact, I really can't imagine doing anything else - I love it that much!)
Would I recommend it? Definitely not for people who want a completely "perfect" looking counter, but anyone who is okay with some water stains and imperfection that comes with it yes!

Okay, so that probably sounds pretty confusing saying I would use again in a heartbeat but wouldn't recommend them for a lot of people, but let me explain. I can honestly say I love the marble and am so incredibly happy I ended up going with it (I was really torn between quartz and marble). I read a million different reviews and opinions and ultimately decided to just go with what I had been dreaming of for the last several years. I found this post by Joan from For the Love of a House to be far and away the most helpful. And re-reading it now I would say is EXTREMELY accurate and there is no way I could possibly write or explain it any better so I won't even try. If you are considering marble I would highly recommend going over to her blog and reading her very in depth review. Plus I have been lucky enough to have been able to visit her in her home and I have to say it is the probably the single most beautiful home I have ever been in so take some time to check out her entire blog. Every single room is stunning and so timeless. 

I have to say that even though I am pretty easy going about stains and all the wear and tear that goes with young children I was a little stressed about the marble the first couple of weeks. We had a major "marker leaking through a picture one of the girls was coloring" incident just a couple of hours after the marble was installed - haha! Fortunately it all came up and didn't leave any stains at all and after the first week or two I haven't even thought twice about being "protective" of the marble. In fact five months in we have had zero issues with staining. And we heavily use our counters. Although I am certainly not a very good cook, we do quite a lot of cooking in here as we regularly have groups of people over and therefore along with our daily cooking, baking, eating, coloring, crafting etc. on the counters we use the peninsula area as sort of a sideboard/serving area and it's taken quite a bit of abuse and I've been so happy with how it's held up. We do have plenty of water stains but you really only see those when you are crouched down at eye level and the light is hitting them a certain way. That being said, those water stains are probably what would drive a lot of people crazy. 

I do think going with honed marble and having the people that installed it use a stain blocker has been very helpful. We used a polished marble for Jason's island and even though I think it is stunning (I like how it looks even better than our marble) I think Jason would probably say he is not a fan of it at all because of how easily the polished marble scratches and the etching is more noticeable on the polished marble. So with that said, I think it's hard to really recommend it to people because I think there are plenty of people that would hate the etching. For me though it's just part of the beauty of it and I can't begin to describe how much I love it and I honestly can't imagine ever using anything but marble again if I was given the choice when doing over a kitchen. 

Now for some before and after shots of our kitchen: 


I think I have probably switched this table (which was on the porch) and the oval one we had in here about three or four times in the last two weeks. And probably about 10 times this last year.  Neither one is quite the right fit. I love that this one is so narrow, but it's about a foot too long. And the oval one is a foot shorter which is nice but is a little too wide. I've pondered building a shorter farmhouse table or hunting the local consignment shops for a circular one but haven't decided which route I want to go yet.


And couple of weeks ago we showed you the family room side of this space:

And you can see more pictures of this side of kitchen and pantry in this post from last year here.

Source List:

Cabinet Color- Winter's Gate in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Wall Color- Horizon in Eggshell by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
All appliances are Whirlpool and were purchased at Lowe's during their Memorial Day Sale
Hood - Custom Built
Farmhouse Sink - Signature Hardware
Faucet - Wayfair
Backsplash - purchased from McKenzie Restoration (but just basic white subway tile that can be purchased pretty much anywhere)
Counters - Honed Carrara Marble
Hardware - Home Depot (think they were by Martha Stewart)
Runner - Gift from my mom (from Home Decorator's Collection)
Counter Height Stools - Target
Mug Holder - World Market
Little Bird Tea Cups - Heritage Lace
Menu Chalkboard - Dear Lillie (for sale in our shop coming very soon!)
Flush Mount - Lowe's
Pendants - These were a hand-me-down from my mom and they worked perfectly in here (originally from Bellacor)
Circular Mirror - gift from my sister, Dana (from Antique Farmhouse)
Metal Baskets - Joss and Main
Bowl on Peninsula - Wedding Gift
Dishes - Emma Collection from Pottery Barn (wedding gifts)
Dishes - Mikasa
Canisters - wedding gift - Williams-Sonoma
Vase on Stove -HomeGoods
Three-Tiered Display Piece with buckets - gift from my mom (from Mothology)
Vase next to wire basket - gift from my mother-in-law from Spring Mill in Indiana
Marble Rolling Pin and Board - gift from my mother-in-law (from Sur La Table)
Table - Pier 1 years ago and has since been painted in French Linen from Lady Butterbug
X Back Dining Chairs - IKEA
Slipcovered Dining Chairs - IKEA
Oversized Chalkboard - made by me, you can read more about it here
X Sideboard - made by me, you can read more about it here
Cereal Containers - World Market
Glass Jars - Some from HomeGoods and some from World Market
Wooden Box - HomeGoods
Bottle Caddy - HomeGoods
Bottles - Mineral Water from Fresh Market 
Wreath - Birch Lane
Marble Board - gift
Oversized Mason Jar - World Market
Crackle Bucket/Planter - Birch Lane
Antlers - World Market 
Pumpkin - purchased at Michael's and then painted
Frame - IKEA
Organization Items in Pantry - Target, HomeGoods, World Market
Sectional - IKEA
Rug - HomeGoods
Lamp - Joss and Main
Pillows - Birch Lane, Joss and Main
Plaid Throw - HomeGoods
Slipcovered Wingback Chairs - Savvy Home and Garden
Script Chairs - TJMaxx
Painted French Cabinet - makeover here
TV Console - Antique shop in Camden, SC
Frames above chairs - tutorial here
Striped Roman Shade in Window above Sink - made by me, you can read more about it here.
Drapery Panels - IKEA Ritva Panels
Drapery Rods - Lowe's
Sconces - RH Baby and Child
Mirror - gift from my mom (Restoration Hardware)
Rocking Horse - gift from my mom (from RH Baby and Child)
Urns on Fireplace - Seasons in Williamsburg (years ago on clearance)

I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday!

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