Thursday, April 24, 2014

On the farm

For Easter this year we spent the weekend on the farm where my daughter lives ...

It felt great to get out in nature and shut out the rest of the world. My daughter shares a communal kitchen that is old and rustic and just perfect. It is one huge room with a farmhouse table and open shelving filled with old jars that they use for drinking glasses. One of the first things I did was go out and pick some flowers to fill up a few of those jars to use for our Easter centerpiece. 

I loved the old table in the middle of the kitchen - worn and inviting.

There is nothing that says Spring like baby animals. They had week old piglets, a few day old chicks and a cow that I wanted to bring home with me. 

And of course, what would Easter be with out the lambs. The poor guy (gal?) in the foreground was sheared the week before. He contributed to this gift I brought home (a future project!!!):

We rented a gorgeous home on the farm to use for the day - it had an another old farmhouse kitchen for us to cook our Easter meal and a large lawn out in front that we used to play soccer and have our egg hunt.

We ate outside under a covered patio with Wisteria blooms all around. So lovely!

It was a great weekend relaxing with family, good food, clean air and nature at its best. While I was there I dreamed about tearing out all the walls in my kitchen and living spaces and having one large room with an old farmhouse table and drinking only out of mason jars. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen... but it sure is fun to think about.

The weekend was also just what I needed to help inspire my next project - a rustic, industrial farmhouse kitchen in Wyoming.

Elle Decor | via

This is our inspiration for the project ... my client fell in love with these George Smith sofas.

First up is designing the kitchen and I started pinning a few ideas ... and fell in love with this kitchen designed by Jarrett Design, LLC:

I hope your week is off to a good start. Is there anything you are dreaming about doing to your house?

Monday, April 21, 2014

A two minute project

A couple of weeks ago, while I was home getting our taxes in order (his, mine, ours - UGH!) I had my electrician come over to take care of a few things that have needed to be fixed for a while. Just maintenance stuff ... nothing exciting. No pretty new chandelier photos ...

As he was putting back one of our switch plates he went into his bag and pulled out some new screws. He said it bugged him that the screws were not fresh and white. Hmmm.

And I started thinking about that. 

Do you know you can buy switch plates that don't show any screws at all?

They come with a back plate that easily screws onto the wall ...

And then you just snap on the front piece. It is really easy.... takes less than two minutes.

These are the little details that make me smile.

I did every single one in the house. My little tangent for the day :)

I picked mine up at Lowes except for the larger ones which I got here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is risen

Easter! Spring is here. Life bursts out in abundance ...

 Instead of dyeing eggs this year, I used the left over eggshells for little planters ...

A perfect symbol I think. For new life. For resurrection. For hope. And joy...

"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him; lo, I have told you." -Matthew 28:5-7

Happy Easter!

Images: He is not here: Etsy, Because He lives: Etsy