07 April 2015

An Unbirthday and Completed Projects

Here's a photo of my kitchen with the floors complete.

I love all kinds of kitchens, and I am a bit obsessed; I pin them all the time. But my favorites are the small ones in cottages: vintage, French, Swedish, Euro, retro, and American and so on. Ours is a little bit of everything I love and fairytale.  Open shelves, and baskets are not for everyone, but  for us, we can find what we need. The big basket on the refrigerator holds snack foods in bags, but it looks like it could of been at a picnic with Alice. I found the bucket at my favorite nursery, and it looks like it could hold a bunch of roses, but it holds a smaller garbage can! This photo shows the floor's distressing, and how it looks in the kitchen.





I  missed the kitchen's second birthday, because everything on this side, except the shelves was removed to install the floors.  I can't imagine tiring of its retro, cottage personality; I'm still loving its creativity. The teacups were my daughter's idea and she encouraged me to get a blue refrigerator after our first choice fell through. If you were not here from the beginning, my spouse and I did all the work on this side, even the walls, and ceilings. We have changed a few things over the two years. We added baskets to the island, hooks for tea cups, and now the floor. I left the wood natural and it is starting to gray. The cabinets on this side are and ikea island hack.










It's not quite a white kitchen. The kitchen's walls are a light french gray, and the walls in the adjacent rooms, the dining room and living room, are a greenish gray by SW, gateway gray, because I wanted the cabinets in this small space to look nice with the more creamy furniture. I once had a white kitchen, and I thought it was too white next to my furniture. This time, I was meticulous about choosing the cabinet finish.  For everyday use, there are seat covers for these chairs.










The china that was on some of the living room bookshelves in the armoire is stored in here, and  I gave some of the stuff that was in here to charity. It seems that we are still downsizing. It was not easy to move from a larger home to a small home, and sometimes, we still feel like Alice in the White Rabbit's home. Yet, there is something comforting about a small home: less worries, less cleaning, and more adventures.









This is our everyday look.










Here's the living room side. The windows look great now that they have been stripped, and glass replaced, both tempered and regular, but twice as thick, and reglazed. The process had me worried. It took two weeks, and windows were boarded up, because the original glass, which was already cracked, broke during the paint removal. But there was no lead or anything like termites that would cause the project not to proceed or succeed. I'm pleased that we took the repair risk with the windows; it might have been a costly fail, and I would have had to still replace them, but I would have regretted not trying to save these special seventy-one year old windows. They go right to the floor and make a corner of the house, which is unusual.







By the time I got around to photographing, the fruit was gone from the fruit bowl :)

It's a small living area, but it is deceiving, because the furniture pieces are large. Putting the house back together after having floors installed in the living areas has been quite an adventure, but it was an opportunity to clean some of the clutter that accumulates.  It would have been better to do the floor project before there was anything in here, but things go wrong and some projects take priority like plumbing and electricity, but it was worth the wait and mess.

76 comments:

  1. I am so glad I couldn't sleep tonight, it brought me to you with so much dreamieness I will sleep inspired. I absolutely love smaller kitchens, your so right they take on a look of there own. Your daughter moved you into the right direction as to teacups hanging to tie in to the choice you collaborated on with a faint Bleu Fridge it all looks so amazing, and I am not just saying it for some sort of return compliment. Love the serving tray, I bought mine at Target when William Sonoma first released them, I took and sanded mine completely down taking off that new waxed finish making it look old, yours looks to have a cast of grey to it? Did you wash it down with some grey?

    As for the dinette area, it looks like Ethan Allen pieces if so lovely choice to marriage an armorie into this space. I took an very pricey Ethan Allen chest of drawers found in an older post in my college daughters room and one Christmas she begged me to paint it due to the pattern was to recognizable to her and that I paint everything for clients and she wanted hers done for a Christmas present. Well that was getting off cheap, being she still is at home. I sanded it down and gave it still another white paint finish, but one of age and no flora Trompe L'oeil pattern mo more. It became a bit chippy, distressed, and a water marking to look water damaged down the sides and a bit on the face of it. We love it that much more that it fits in with a look she can add damage to in daily use.

    Your dinning area encourages me to keep looking for that great armoire piece I have been wanting to add back into my home when we down sized and Imsold one off thinking it just won't fit right, well I can tell you I now wish I had it, I could squeeze it in somewhere just like what you have done here.

    Also, love how you use unexpected pieces for other uses, like the smaller chest of drawers for your sofa side table I have done just that until it became my trunk like coffee table, it was a finished floating older piece that could easily float I'm a center of my room being finish all the way around the piece.

    Well my dear, DOWN SIZING has only added that much more beauty to your style.
    Cottage perfect.

    Xx
    Beautiful April with all it has to inspire from you.

    Doré

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    1. Thank you, Doré, I'm sorry that you had trouble sleeping. I did find the tray at Target. There were two, but each looked different, so I bought them both, and returned one. I didn't paint it, but it is only smooth on the inside, and sort of rough on the outside, so maybe it wasn't waxed well, because it does have some gray and picks up the color of the wood on the island, which is gradually getting darker, because I didn't treat it. I may do something to them in the future, but left them as is for now. I'm not as skilled as you at refinishing.

      I have painted quite a few pieces here, and a built in, but I've used AS chalk paint, because it seems fool proof. Every now and then it crosses my mind to lime the large bookcase in the living room, it has a little in the details, but not a lot. But then I think it blends nicely with the copper sink and dining table. It is an EA table, and I've had that for about 15 years, but some pieces are 20. I've thought about taking the shine down; I want the wood color, but I didn't want to ruin it, because I didn't want to paint it.

      I've painted some pieces, many pieces on the porch. I almost always can spot an EA piece compared to other pieces; I shop second hand vintage shops, not antique. Your daughter's armoire sounds lovely, and I agree about having the piece fit in with the look. I painted a giant armoire, because the finish was too strong on the porch, and now I'm happy with it.

      Thank you for your lovely visit. xoxo Su

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  2. Oh so beautiful. I love small cottage kitchen with characters too. Yours is just so dreamy and so is the rest of your house...can we talk about those gorgeous windows????

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. Yes, I love those windows, and I thought it was the little bit of character that was not destroyed by previous owners, just neglected, and thought I should try to save them. (The alternatives were quite ugly, and the other option was French doors, because that is the size of the openings. But doors don't let in this much light, and nor do they have the thick wooden ledges that these have. They call them Haveresque, but this place is a few years off before the mid-century evolution. So the exterior house has an island cottage look that was popular, except for the giant nine panel corner windows making a transition to the next era. Thank you for visiting. xoxo

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  3. It's all so very lovely, Su. I too love large scale pieces in small rooms ~ and I adore your fairytale touches throughout your home.
    xo,
    Lin

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  4. Your home is so beautiful and full of character. I love how it's light and refreshing, but still cozy. I've always admired your kitchen, especially that refrigerator! Thanks for giving us another tour!

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    1. Thank you, Nicki. It was a lot of fun making that kitchen.

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  5. Tudo tão encantador!!

    beijinhos,

    Lígia e =^.^=

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  6. Oh Su!! You already have the cutest kitchen on the planet, but your dining and living room are stunning!! I love your home. Great job! xox

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    1. Thank you, Anne, for the sweet visit and compliment. xoxo

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  7. Su,
    I know I say it all the time but your house enchants me with its fairytale Essence and well thought out and planned accessories. Love your sink! I absolutely adore your kitchen and your light blue SMEG is adorable, glad your daughter suggested it after the first idea fell through. Those windows are amazing, I admire their large square panes, Su truly your home is a relaxing soulful place. When we started gutting our home it seems we were dumping tons of money into things behind the walls like plumbing and wiring I so can relate. Floors are divine. Me too with the major cleanup... But mine will be soon even though I did my Spring cleaning already dirt and dust from our kitchen update is all over. Come visit my post from last night and see what we're doing.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera, for your sweet visit and inspirations. I appreciate them very much. We are so happy that we had them restored. It is fascinating and expensive what is discovered behind walls! xoxo Su

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  8. Love your style and the way you combined everything to make for a cozy and homey space to live. LOVE the frig!

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  9. Looooove Su!! Gorgeous love your dining area so pretty. Everything is just beautiful. I so love your style.
    Kris

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  10. It is absolutely, positively gorgeous, Su. I am so glad the "mess" is over and you can get back to living in your living area again! xo Diana

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  11. Wonderful project with a terrific result! The windows turned out beautifully! Small furniture in small rooms only makes a room look even more small. I like the way you have your room set up.

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  12. I love the unique beauty of your home. Words that come to mind are:

    relaxing...soothing...calm...regal...magical...inviting...individual

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I hope your hand is getting better each day. xoxo

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  13. Simply beautiful! Great job on making your home so warm and welcoming.

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  14. Your home is so beautifully decorated and ultra charming. I will never tire of peeking inside!

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  15. The floor is absolutely gorgeous. The kitchen looks even more charming than before, if possible. And those windows are lovely, they make your room bright, but with style!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. It's hard to pick a floor after the fact, but it turned out better than I anticipated.

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  16. Hi,
    I just love your home. I love each and every time you share it with us.
    Carla

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  17. I love your whole vintage, cottagey, modern, comfy feel of your home.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. I hope you feel better soon.

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  18. Your home is filled with glorious light and the paint choices are exquisite-each and every beautiful detail is charming.
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you, Jemma, for such a sweet visit. I really enjoy gentle colors. Have a wonderful week.

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  19. I just adore your kitchen. You were in the midst of your kitchen project when I found your Blog and began following. I fell in love with your decorating style. Fairytale is a lovely way to describe it. For a small area it sure has a lot to offer, your gentle personality really comes through in your home. The whole space is dreamy and inviting.

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    1. Thank you, so much for the sweet visit and observation. I aspire to do that. xoxo

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  20. Your home is just the sweetest, dear Su! I love every little detail you put into your decorating.

    Happy Thursday, dear one! Hugs!

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  21. You have done such a great job with your house Su! I love the kitchen with the open shelving and it looks easy to work in. The dining room and living room are so nice and I love the piano too! I love the colors you have picked and it all flows so nice together. Hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

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  22. Love your home and all your special touches. Your kitchen is beautiful and I love the open shelving. I'm crazy about your piano. As a player I love when I see a baby grand in a home. I have my original from childhood, a console that I painted white but I took lesson on a baby grand. Your living room and dining room are magazine worthy. Love it all.
    Hugs, CM

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  23. Your entire home is gorgeous! The kitchen and dining area turned out beautifully! The piano is magnificent!! Have a great evening!

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    1. Thank you, Benita, for your compliment. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox

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  24. This is beautiful! I love your kitchen. You've put so much work and love and creativity into making a lovely and cozy place to live.

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  25. Hi, Hope you are well! Lovely lovely home! It doesn't look small at all, it looks perfect.
    Must have been a big job getting everything put back, but well worth it, the windows and floor are beautiful.

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  26. Hi again, sorry, forgot to add that I pinned one of your photos on a pinterest board. I hope you don't mind. If you want me to remove it, just let me know. {apologies, I should have asked first, hope you don't mind}

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    1. Thank you, Judith. I can't believe how long it took to put it back together! That's okay; I watermark the photos. xoxo

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  27. Although it may have taken longer to put it all together, I am sure you are delighted with the beautiful results! What a calm and lovely place to spend time with family and friends! I do so love your kitchen! Blessings, Cindy

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  28. I love your home - everything about it <3 So lovely!

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  29. Such pristine prettiness, in every nook and cranny! The second picture of your kitchen is, indeed, fairytale material!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. I came up with that solution for the second side and island, because the price of the cabinets on that side were ridiculous, and so tiny. This gave us a little bit more counters, because they are deeper.

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  30. Oh my goodness Su, your house is absolutely beautiful. Love, love, love your kitchen, every single part of it. The floors are awesome too. Beautifully done. Happy weekend.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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  31. How very beautiful your home is! I love kitchens as well. It's been a dream of mine to have an eclectic kitchen rather than a built-in one, like one of those farm-house kitchens with free standing furniture and a big kitchen table. Well, maybe next time:-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. I love the kind of kitchen you mentioned. xoxo

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  32. I am of the same kitchen idea as Amalia! And yours looks fantastic! But not only the kitchen - your house is like taken from a magazine!

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    1. Thank you, Little Treasures, enjoy your vacation.

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  33. thank you for your visit and comment... I'm happy you stopped by so I could return the visit and see your beautiful kitchen and home!

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  34. As always, your kitchen photos are awesome..your whole house is just adorable...and I am wanting to repaint all my black furniture French gray....maybe I'll do it a little later...

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  35. I would never tire of your beautiful kitchen either...or the dinning room..or the living room. Your home is beautiful!

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  36. It is all gorgeous. I love soft grey walls too. Baskets are a favorite of mine also.
    Lovely!

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  37. So much charm my friend...thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday xo

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  38. Your home is so beautiful Su. It is bright, cozy and very welcoming. I love your cottage style kitchen too. I would feel right at home in your lovely home.

    Very very tasteful and charming mt friend.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. Likewise. Have a wonderful week.

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  39. I am IN LOVE with your kitchen! I seriously think it belongs in a magazine :)

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    1. Thank you, Olivia, for your sweet visit and complement. xoxo

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  40. What a beautiful kitchen and home in general! The colors are so warm and dreamy. I am visiting from Roses of Inspiration and look forward to following along.

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    1. Thank you, Jes, for your sweet visit and complement. I followed you via bloglovin.

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  41. I said it in the email I just sent you, but once again.... you have one of the most beautiful homes in Blogland. The floors look amazing :)

    xo

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  42. I am so glad you shared this lovely post with Roses of Inspiration - thanks, sweet friend!

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and sweet compliment. xoxo

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  44. Love this space. Can you tell me where the chandelier was purchased?

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    1. I've had it for years, and I've moved it around, but they may still have it: Ethan Allen.

      Su

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    2. I've had it for years, and I've moved it around, but they may still have it: Ethan Allen.

      Su

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  45. I love your taste, it looks so effortlessly chic, but i can imagine the hours of thought and work gone into it!

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su