The Importance of your 5th Wall – From Popcorn to Plank

Wood is not just for your floor. With a remodel in the near future I have been scouring photos of everything “home”. But for the last couple of years I have been taken with wood ceilings. There are some unbelievable ceilings out there. It is the plank ceilings that have my attention. Unfortunately we have those lovely popcorn ceilings. Seriously it is hard to fathom that those were popular. How could popcorn ceilings ever be seen as “cool”?  I like popcorn as a snack and especially at the movie theatre but not on my ceilings!! Oh well, what can I do now other than deal with them and move on?

The main rooms I am focusing on now are the kitchen and the family room. Here are some incredible and creative use of dealing with your 5th wall. But as you look at all of these photos imagine the ceiling without the plank design.  It kinda makes you think why we would only have plain and boring ceilings – doesn’t it?

This is exacting the ceiling I would love to have.

source: Houzz

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 source: houzz.com

This kitchen has tons of character – not only the plank ceilings, but the cabinets mimic the awesome window over the sink. Looks like they have wood counter tops………I am not a fan of those because I have them. But that is a whole “nother” post. Oh, yeah – that farm sink is pretty awesome also!!!

source: houzz.com

I am not sure what room this ceiling is in but it is incredible. Reclaimed wood in a herringbone pattern. What is not to love?

 I imagine this is in a dining room.

source: House Beautiful

This is in Phoebe Howards showroom in Atlanta. The wood is bleached and incredible.

Yes sir! I would be a happy girl having my breakfast in this room every morning. Every detail is so perfect. But again, I think the ceiling is what really makes the room.

I love this wood planked coffered ceiling. Perfect for a family room.

source: Decor Pad

Again , not sure what room in the house this ceiling is in. Perhaps the entry. It is a true work-of-art.

All the details of this room are incredible. The windows, the herringbone brick floors, the moulding, and the sconces. Not to mention the blue plank ceiling.

Ahh, look at the pup on the swing. The Good Life!! I love this porch but trying to figure out the fan & the lantern. Are they one fixture or two??  Love the aqua blue ceiling.

Even bedrooms are a perfect place for plank ceilings

Source: Phoebe Howard Showroom in Atlanta

Source: Meridian Road

Source: Pinterest

SO! What do you think of plank ceilings – or wood ceilings – or beadboard ceilings? Do yo think they make a difference in a room. I would love to hear your opinion.

Convenience in the Kitchen

I feel a bit like “Heloise” sharing this idea. I am one of those people that always read Helpful Hints from Heloise in the paper.    Something so simple has turned into a real convenience for me. Squeezing  lemons and limes! Once I get them home I get out my handy dandy Braun electric citrus juicer and away I go! Pour the juice in ice cube tray. Freeze. Transfer to ziplocs and ta-tah I have fresh lemon or lime juice ready at a moments notice. I actually had been doing my lemons since I started drinking those yummy detox smoothies (read post here) in the morning that call for juice of 1 lemon. It is much easier have it all ready and pop your lemon cube into your blender. Then I had some limes that were turning hard and brown so I juiced them. If you have read this far you must think I have a super boring life to be talking about squeezing your lemons and limes. Ahh – maybe I do. But I also like ingredients to be on hand when I need them. There!! I justified my need for squeezing out my lemons and limes.

Cut em in half

One ice cube is about 2 tablespoons. The frozen lime juice is great for a vodka or gin tonic.

I love to add a lemon cube to my water.

Those Week End Projects – Add Moulding to Plain Jane Doors

I made a New Year’s Resolution that all of the projects started around this house had to be finished before another one started. Unfortunately for my husband, my resolution became his also! Lucky guy!

 

These are our “plain jane” doors when we bought our house . Boring!!!

With moulding…………. I don’t think I realized how boring the doors were till the moulding was applied.

 

And just by adding moulding they already look better – and they’re not even painted!! And we need new door knobs also.

 

These pictures are not the best but you can tell they look better.

My plans are to paint them Navajo White with a mocha glaze.

DIY – Bead Board Doors

Our home is a fixer upper! And we are taking one project at a time. We have these double doors on the outside of our home off our deck and they were “de-laminating”. Not sure I have ever said the word “de-laminating” before……..much less typed it. De-laminating or not they were basically ugly! I knew the look I wanted for these doors but geez they were a bit  pricey. Especially when you buy two of them. I wanted it to look like there was a wine cellar behind these doors. My own fantasy wine cellar!!

Here is what a “de-laminating” door looks like. See those lines?? Yuckers!! And aren’t the door knobs lovely??? They were pitted and crusty. These doors have zero character! They were just so “blah”!

Actually our furnace and hot water tank are behind those doors. Very common in our neck of the woods.

So here’s the plan………..apply bead board on top of the existing doors.

Using our trusty level we applied lots of liquid nail plus small trim nails. We wanted to make sure that no water could get behind the beadboard we were applying.

With the addition of every board the level was used again and again and again!

 

We continued across with the bead board. We also took off those nasty door knobs. Then we applied several coats of our house paint. It already looks better and there isn’t even hardware yet!

Now the good part……..the hardware.

I searched high and low for “dummy hinges” as they’re called.  I needed 6 total – 3 for each side.  I finally found a great web site whose prices were fair and not crazy expensive. Plus they mailed them to me super fast.

source: Wild West Hardware. com

Mediterranean
Decorative Dummy Hinge
Decorative Strap Hinges
# DHMDTRN
Unique Aged Pitted look
Cast Iron (approx. 1/4″ thick)
14″ long x 3 3/4″ at widest point
Black Powder Coat Finish
Complete with mounting screws

$18.95 ea.

I was pretty pumped because the ones I was finding were any where from 70-80 buckeroos!! Too much for me!!

I did want to age these a bit………. took some of our house paint and watered it down and painted it on and then wiped it off.

These handles I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I did the same thing to them. They were rust colored and not the look I wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks better, huh!!!  Don’t you think it looks like there could be a wine cellar behind these doors??

One project we can cross off our list!!

Our Favorite Soup This Season – Silician Soup with Sausage

In Tulsa, Oklahoma we have had a very mild winter. Thank goodness – last winter was extreme with that insane 50 year blizzard we had. On Monday of this week we actually got some snow. Of course when it is cold outside you just gotta have soup.  The two just go together. I actually like cold weather in the forecast because I get to hunker down and cook. I get to also eat what I cook and therefore gain weigh. That part I do not like! My cousin shared this recipe with me and she has never failed me yet with one of her recipes.

Look at all the yummy ingredients.

 

Serve it up and make sure to add fresh shaved parmesan. There is a difference between the fresh and that crumbly grated yuck.

We don’t even eat any bread with this soup because it has orzo in it and it is just a hearty soup.

Sicilian Soup with Sausage

1 tsp olive oil

8 oz Italian sausage*

1 large onion, chopped

1/8 tsp fennel seeds

3 medium carrots, thinly sliced

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice

¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

2 T fresh basil leaves chopped (or 1 t dried)

5 cups chicken stock

1 t sugar

½ cup orzo pasta

Salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan

Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the sausage, onion and fennel. Sauté until the sausage is browned – about 10 minutes. Break up the sausage as it browns. S

I normally double this recipe and use the hot Italian sausage and then an 8 oz of turkey sausage.  Drain off any grease. Add the carrots and celery and sate – stirring often- until the veggies take on a little color – about 5 minutes

Add the tomatoes, parsley, basil, and the broth. Bring to a boil over medium heat the reduce heat to a very slow by steady simmer. Cover and cook another 20 minutes.

Add the orzo, salt and pepper and cook covered until the pasta is al dente.

Serve with fresh grated parm cheese.

* I double this recipe and add one hot sausage and the other turkey sausage.

 

Nailhead Trim Furniture – Love It!!

Oh! Nailhead trim. I can remember when it was only added to the “manly man” leather sofa?? Nail head embellishments have come a long way and they make a piece go from “so-so” to “oh-la-la”! They can be added to almost any  furniture to turn it into a show piece. Even if you are a DIYer you can it to the furniture you already have in practically any room in the house. I love nail head when added to upholstered bedframes. Good grief I so love this bed! And actually it would look just like another upholstered bed without the nail head trim.

source: jonesdesigncompany.com

Source: Serena and Lily

source: Serena and Lily

Yes, even JC Penny’s has upholstered beds with nailheads.

source: JC Penny

Source: Wayfair.com

Dining room chairs look fabulous with nailheads added. 

source : Home Decorators.com

I seriously love this sofa. It would just be a sofa without the nailhead trim.

source: Bunny Williams

Source: Honey & Fitz

Here is a small sofa from Tar-jay of all places. It sells for $249.99

source: Target

source: Chic Coles

Gorgeous Privacy Screen with damask fabric

source: House Beautiful

What a great combination of  what looks to be linen.

source: Chic Coles

This wing back has my name written all over it!!

 source: House Beautiful

source: The Simplified Bee

source: Design -4-Less

You can even take a plain ottoman and let your creativity go wild.

source: House Beautiful

source: Budget Wise Home

source: House Beautiful

Closet doors even look incredible with the nailhead trim. Whoever did these doors must have more patience than I do!

source: Nickey Kehoe

source: alessandra branca

I think these bulletin boards are awesome. Clean & Crisp

source: Bryn Alexandra

I am in search of a nailhead trim project for our home. Hmmm, what will it be?? How about you? I hope my post has inspired you to add nailhead trim to something in your home.

No Greater LOVE – Even on Valentine’s Day

 

It is hard for me to imagine that I could love my husband and our boys any more than I do. I hear that God loves me even more than that. A love that I can not even fathom. WOW! It is hard to wrap my brain around how much loves me – loves us. So I have decided today to step away from all the frills I place on Valentines Day and focus on what God says about love. Real. Unconditional. Genuine Love

This first verse we have all heard. But read it now just focusing on God like love

1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not boast, it does not become conceited, it does not behave dishonorably, it is not selfish, it does not become angry, it does not keep a record of wrongs, it does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will pass away. If there are tongues, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but whenever the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside the things of a child. For now we see through a mirror indirectly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known. And now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

1 John 4:16-18

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)

Romans 12:9-13

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. (HCSB)

John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Gift Giving on Valentines

I love holidays. I love giving gifts on holidays.  I like planning what I will make and most importantly how I will wrap it up. This Valentines Day it will be cake balls and raspberry bread!  This will be the last time I make cake balls……………..they are too time consuming for me and I do not feel I can master them. Cake Balls are not for someone who is a  perfectionist.  I just can not get them to look as pretty as I would like. And when you don’t like the way they look you have to eat them to destroy the evidence. Bummer!! Not to mention that every single mistake showed its ugly face on my scales. Seriously, cake balls are small – so please tell me how they could add so many pounds to my scales? I even pick up my scales and move them to different parts of our home to see if it changes……….but nope!  Just because you do not like the way the cake ball turns out does not mean it is calorie free!! That breaks my heart!  But my raspberry bread does not require what the cake balls do of me!  My raspberry bread is put in a clear cellophane bag and tied with a red ribbon! Simple!! 

Here’s my cake balls and how I spiffed them up for gifts. I got the heart shaped bowls at Target then wrapped them up with clear cellophane from Hob Lob and tied with red ribbon I already had. 

“Sweets for the Sweet!!”

I have had this recipe for Raspberry Bread forever. I do not even remember who gave me the recipe. Since it turns out red I make it not only for Valentines Day but also for July 4th. It is simple and quick to make. I think it took about 5 minutes to make. 

Now wrap it up – tie it with a ribbon – and that’s it!!

 

RASPBERRY BREAD

1 white cake mix

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup oil

3 T. sifted flour ( oops – I did not sift)

4 eggs

10 oz bag of frozen rapberries

2 – 3 oz boxes of raspberry jell-o

Combine the first 6 ingredients. beat at moderate speed for 2 minutes. Add the frozen raspberries and beat another 2 minutes. Pour into greased bread pans. I used 4 small loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. 

This is truly a very delicious bread!

Happy Valentines My Peeps!

It’s all about LOVE

These are my husbands and my thumb prints that  make a heart. Ahhhh – isn’t that sweet!!

His thumb is just much larger than mine!!  I have had that little metal frame forever!!

I have it sitting in a little ivy topiary.

 

Houseplants can even show LOVE – or I LOVE houseplants!! 

I love this little guy

The real love story…………….

““For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

John 3:16 NIV1984

Romantic Valentine Dinner for Two

We are having a special dinner at home tonight. I know! Valentines Day is not until Tuesday. There are lessons learned in the past only remind us that if you want to go out for a special and romantic dinner – don’t do it on the 14th of February. I think marketing has trained our society that we must make a mad dash to our favorite restaurant on Valentines Day.  Besides tonight we will be more relaxed to enjoy our dinner and in reality I never know when my husband is going to come home after work. He is in health care biz and that is not a 9 – 5 job!!!

We have a beautiful silver champagne/wine bucket that normally gets used only for flowers.  This red begonia looks like roses. 

I think we will have a Cosmo – I can only have one!!! ONE!! Those things beg me to have more than one but again…..”lessons learned”……..one is plenty for this girl. I love these Waterford Martini glasses. They get used one time a year – kinda sad, huh!

 

We have this small table in the corner of our living room. It is actually an antique card table. The tablecloth is from my precious Aunt Pearl who told me she made it – but my mother said she doubted it.  I loved my Aunt Pearl so much, I always look at this tablecloth and imagine that she did make it. But, my mother was probably right………there would of been no way my Aunt Pearl could of sat still long enough to crochet the tablecloth.

 

We have a small collection of monogrammed silver – I love these butter knifes. 

 

 The chargers are actually over sized dinner plates that I only have 4 of them – I think they came from Home Goods over 10 years ago.

The dinner plates are Johnson Bros. Chippendale pattern.

The bread plate/salad plate is Villeroy & Boch Fasan

Water and Wine glasses are Waterford Lismore 

Martini glasses are Waterford

Martini shaker from Pottery Barn 

 

Happy Valentines to all!

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 NIV1984