Seeing Red

I look around the house and I see pops of red
all - over  - the - place!
It wasn’t necessarily intentional – it kind of crept up on me!
I do savor the color red here & there but I’m also so drawn to the classics of a creamy white & black.  I certainly find myself being more selective the the color purchases I make – they have to FIT in – somehow.
Put it all together and this is what you get around here:
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Are ya with me ??  Check out these reds in the gorgeous photos below…sigh…though I live in the midwest I adore that lobster sign


adirondack - bhg
garden-front-door-boots unknown source  bread box - unknown Chat soon -
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source -- country living (1,2), bhg (3), remaining unknown from my old inspiration file

Fresh Starts

Hello Dearies –
Ahhhhh – the crispness of white(or the calm of off-white) mixed with green.  I’m feeling utterly inspired by the new-ness of spring descending on us here. 
Watching the snow melt & the land re-emerge feels like a we’ve been on a ship for a long voyage & am seeing a beautiful island on the horizon.  Land Ho!!
The muck & the mud will soon be replaced with fresh, ripe, green grass & daffodils.  I’m positively giddy!
It’s such an opportunity to start fresh, to assess how & why we do things the way we do.
Has anyone else’s spring cleaning & spring nesting kicked in?
For me -- Seeing the fresh start outside is just a chance to breathe easy & feel the peace & serenity.  Living in a northern cottage – we are generally surrounded by snow for – oh let’s say – 9 months out of the year (ok maybe that a bit of an exaggeration – but not too much!)  But when the snow starts to disappear – ahhh the beauty of it.  Seriously calms me down & help me appreciate the simple blessings. 
The kids are outside right now wearing rainboots (& shorts!!)  last week we were wearing snowpants & now shorts!  Amazing – simply amazing.
Here are some snipets of freshness from around here:
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bird cake plate - mine
DSC01530 - junk hutch display - mine 
though my home does not CURRENTLY look like these ones below….it is wonderful inspiration nonetheless.  isn’t this one below just dreamy?


country living
I am infatuated with this sink – uh oh hubby might be in trouble sooner than later – we’ll see….
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country living
white kitchen hutch - cl
country living

country living

house beautiful
I sooo want to make a pillow like this!  Does anyone know of a similar tutorial out on blogland  (this was in my inspiration folder so source unknown – drat!).
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Cleaning the Kitchen Sink

Not the most enjoyable thing TO DO but it is so nice to walk by a clean kitchen with a spotless sink…serious satisfaction.  Wow I must be old if that is a great part of my day. 

ah well – simple pleasures – we have to take what we can get!

Here is how I clean my kitchen sink & just love the results while it lasts:

1. Fill the kitchen sink with HOT water. 

I just do one side of the sink at a time so I have the other side free if needed.

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2. Add a cup or so of bleach

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3. Let sit for an hour (or three if you get sidetracked with other stuff!)

4. Empty & do any little bit of wiping you might see as needed

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5. Wipe dry

6. If possible, I keep it wiped as much as I can & it really limits the water droplet stains, buildup, etc.

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ooooohhh sparkly!

One spot of shinyness to enjoy through the day….ah now if only everything else could be picked up, put away, organized, cleared, scrubbed & taken care of with just a few steps like this!!!

Someday I’d adore having an apron farmhouse sink like this – someday!

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One thing @ a time!

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Metal Love

What is it about metal that I ADORE so much?

This time of year I get a hankering for storage containers & containing the remaining clutter that is part of everyday life with a home & family.

But who says it has to be boring?

Who hasn’t seen a million of these crates over the years…but hung on the wall for storage – that is seriously stunning!

And how great is the put-together metal hutch?  Do you think this was built to go together or just happened (delightfully) to fit together? 

What a perfect marriage between that metal table (check out the attached stool) & the bookcase hutch.  ahhhhh

This kitchen would give you a spring in your step each morning (hardy har har)

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this one makes me want to go grocery shopping (& then swimming in a junior high swimming pool – the lockers conjure that image for me I think!)  Love it.

 grocery locker basket - cl

This laundry room is from Sarah Richardson (a little more sleek & modern than I’d normally be drawn too but I think it is just lovely)

laundry-room-sarah richardson

Mix of those metal chair with the rustic table – yummy!

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Very springy & lovely

 metal stool

Glass of wine anyone?

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The images above have been in my inspiration file for some time & I’m not positive where each one is from but I’m sure some from bhg, diy ideas, country living, house beautiful, etc.

Watch out summer – here I come!! And I’m going to fill up on metal usage!!  Can’t wait!!  Doesn’t the image below just look dreamy – (this one is from my front porch last summer)?  Ahhh

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NORTHERN COTTAGE