The Dining Room Refresh

The Dining Room refresh. I love it. As in a lot.

This was supposed to include a little straightening and setting the table. But as usual, I ended up doing a lot more. It all started with the furniture layout and what I thought would be a good simple change.

Here is what our dining room use to look like. It’s pretty and nice looking but there were a few problems …

Our drapes were silk and eighteen years old. The sun had completely shredded them and I was constantly trying to hide all of the rips and shreds. I also have never liked the arrangement between the windows. So I moved an old cabinet in its place. But it was too dark.

So I got to work. First I took down the drapes. That involved removing the hardware, patching the holes and touching up the walls with paint. The windows looked so great that I decided not to replace the drapes. And that is a permanent decision. (FYI, even though the walls look darker, I did not paint repaint them. The sun was really bright when I took the photo so that’s why they look darker.)

Then I moved the cabinet back outside and painted it with Old Barn Milk Paint. I used the color Stoneware and used their scraper to give it a chippy look. I LOVE how it turned out. 

For some reason, I never even noticed the molding under the windows. I guess it was the drapes, but holy cow. What a difference.

I can’t even believe how much better I like our dining room! It’s less formal and brighter.

There were a lot of you who commented on my stories and said, “leave the drapes” and “don’t paint the cabinet”. What do you think of the refresh?

I have a new rug coming soon. And then it will definitely be done!

If You Speak, I Will Listen

 

I know what you are thinking. “What the heck is she talking about?” It’s simple. I love when you leave me comments. I love when you make suggestions. And I do listen to what you all have to say. It’s wonderful because I have received so many brilliant and creative ideas from you! I am very thankful. 

One of the comments I receive quite a lot is that the recipes I include in my posts are hard to print. I understand this because it happens to me all of the time when I am surfing the internet for recipes. It’s really frustrating when you find a great recipe online and you try to print it and it either prints out on ten pages or doesn’t print at all.

I did a little research and found a Word Press plugin that fixes this problem. And can I just tell you how excited I am? 

I am using YumPrint and it’s super easy and it looks great! Check out this photo of my blog post featuring my fabulous Crab Cakes. Now you can save the recipe and print the recipe.

 

 

When you go to print the recipe, it looks like this. I love that it gives you options to select font size and format. For those of us who need reading glasses, it’s a great feature.

 

Obviously, it is going to take time for me to change the format of all of my recipes. So give me some time. But I think it is a great enhancement. 

So don’t be shy about letting me know how I can improve things. I love your comments.

I really do.

Five Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Space for Entertaining

 

I think it is safe to say that Spring has finally arrived. For some of you, that is big news. The snow has melted and it’s actually possible to spend time outdoors. For those of us in Southern California, it pretty much means that we can add one more day to our lawn watering schedule. For all of us, it’s time to think about outdoor entertaining.

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Spring Cleaning Your Home the Right Way

Spring Cleaning. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. It started a few weeks ago with cleaning out our pantry and refrigerator. It continued last week with emptying out of basement. And this weekend I deep cleaned our kitchen. But here is the interesting part. Before I started the “deep cleaning”, I “spring cleaned my cleaning products” first.

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Vintage Lampshade Chandeliers

I spend a lot of time shopping at vintage flea markets. And sometimes I buy things that I know I can repurpose.

A few months ago I bought these three vintage lampshades from my friend Judy @vintagejunktionla. I knew immediately I wanted to make them in to a chandelier.

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