When I was debating whether or not to use a toile valance on the guest bathroom window, it was suggested that a black and blue pinstripe valance would compliment the blue toile shower curtain and the black accents in the guest bathroom without creating toile overload. The more I thought about that, the more I liked the idea so after a lot of searching, a blue and cream ticking stripe was the closest thing I could find.
I decided to incorporate black by using black tassel fringe I bought from the local JoAnn Fabrics store. Since I haven’t used my sewing machine in oh… probably 20 years, I just attached the fringe along the hemline with fabric glue.
Even though I was trying not to go crazy with toile, I couldn’t resist purchasing a couple toile switch plate covers for this bathroom. I got them from the eBay seller, Comfort At Home and was very pleased with the quality and “Buy It Now” price (which included free shipping).
On a recent trip to HomeGoods, I found a big French-inspired wall clock for the breakfast room. These large clocks tend to be on the pricey side so I was happy to find this one for only $24.99!
The breakfast room still doesn’t feel warm and cozy to me yet but I have to keep reminding myself that it isn’t done. Obviously I still need more accessories to make it feel “homey.” When it comes to decorating, patience is not always one of my virtues. I often tend to want it done yesterday.
Ballard Designs finally put their “Abigail” rug on sale so I bought the 5 x 8 size to go under the breakfast room table. This rug was actually the inspiration for the blue and green color scheme in the breakfast room. Again, I’m trying to be patient and wait to put the rug down until we are “officially” moved in.
photo source: Ballard Designs
And then once the rug goes down, I am going to hang this chandelier I got from eBay over the table.
Friday I met with a cabinet guy regarding remodeling the house in Hooterville kitchen. I have a consultation scheduled with another remodeler this week. Oooooh this kitchen remodel is going to be painful…and expensive.
We are still waiting on the cabinets we had to special order for the laundry room so there has been no progress there.
We appreciate all the well-wishes for Bo after his recent emergency surgery. He’s improving daily and is scheduled to have the staples removed this week. Of course, a little “doggy ice cream” treat always tastes good and lifts the spirits when you have been sick. ;)
The little filly born to Daughter’s PMU mare, Jolie, is now 4 weeks old and growing like a weed! Daughter decided to name her Lira (pronounced Lear-a).
What an absolute riot it has been watching her check out the world around her.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 44 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 35.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.