Weekend Reading

September 26th, 2014

Hello ! Thanks for your patience with my lack of posts this week, I was able to catch up on some backburner things with those few days away from the computer. I’m excited that we harvested our Pinot Noir grapes and the crop looks good, every year with the help of a winemaker we make vino to drink and give away to friends. Have you read the story of how we grafted our vines? The process is still so fascinating to me.

We hired a contractor and selected cabinets and a backsplash for grandma’s upcoming kitchen remodel and will be submitting plans to the HOA board for approval next week, so that project is moving along. Also I’m working with our local Committee on the Shelterless (see the Alma Project posts for the backstory) to pull together a professional clothing work closet with some donated commercial space in my hometown. Skim coating the drywall starts next week then we will be installing partitions, display cases and garment racks, it’s a space with a lot of potential and the cause is a great one, I’ll have more to share on that soon.

For your reading enjoyment, some of my favorite links from the week!

gray and white kitchen

Where to hide electrical outlets in a kitchen remodel.

An elegant Paris apartment with a view.

10 common decorating mistakes.

Designer details to dress up a kitchen.

Living off the grid.

Paul Newman’s philanthropic legacy.

Facebook can predict your politics and love life.

Food for thought: different ways to prepare your breakfast.

My town is in the press lately as a #1 tourist destination and also #7 for antiques shopping, don’t everyone come at once :) 

Also don’t miss the 20 inspiring projects from the Summer Blog Hop. Over at My Colortopia, I wrote about Choosing the Right White Paint.


See you all back here on Monday!  .

Dining Room Updates + Fall Break

September 22nd, 2014

I like to switch things up around the house so recently I made some changes to our dining room. I replaced the plain cream silk curtains with patterned window panels and the light fixture with a white beaded chandelier I’ve been crushing on for a year.

Our dining room looks out to the rear courtyard and plays both a formal and casual role in our home. It’s also a space we walk by 100 times a day so I prefer it to be decorated with soothing neutrals. I’ve always loved a soft green and white combination paired with mixed seating and varied wood tones in here so that palette continues even with the new accessories.

green white mixed wood tones dining room

I had a store credit for winning the Lamps Plus Best DIY blog of 2013 and with it I ordered a new chandelier in our dining room (source below) and I think it’s just perfect in this space.

maarid white beaded chandelier

The window panels you see are the Scribble in Leek curtains by West Elm – they popped up on clearance two months ago so I snagged four 96” panels for $29 each and sewed two together on each side for fullness. The midnight blue and gray versions are still available, this green is not. :( 

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