Our Screened In Porch and Online Fabric Stores

porchOnce I find a good source for something, I  am pretty much a repeat customer.  So, I was very happy to find some outdoor fabric when I wanted to spiff up our screened in porch.  I already had cushions I liked which is Sunbrella in cocoa but I needed new accent pillows to coordinate. Actually the pillows I had before were nasty I was not about  to embarrass myself with “before” pictures.  Trust me on that one!!

I  found some outdoor fabric I liked at Fabric Guru, ordered a sample and was thrilled when the sample came and they matched!  They matched so good it looked as if they were meant to be coordinating fabrics.


 I used cream colored burlap on the tables – and a shutter I had in the  garage


 I love to read…………and our porch is a perfect little hide away!!

porch6This iron chandelier is from our pergola we had in Texas.  It is meant to have candles for lighting purposes but honestly in the heat of the summer they just melt – and it is a big mess.  I learned that lesson the hard way.


I found these lamps at an estate sale a while back ……………. they were avocado, gold and dark brown. They were anything but pretty!  And the lamp shades were as tall as the lamp itself!!  I will let you know in my next blog how I finished them.


My resources I used on the porch:

  • Our furniture and cushions is what we had when we lived in Texas
  • The end tables are those kits with the screw-in legs meant for skirted tables
  • Fabric for the cream & taupe pillows is from fabricguru.com.  The name of it is John Wolf Basalto Solarium in Jute.  $8.95 a yard! ( I actually saw it in another fabric store for 28.95 a yard.  Score!
  • The Blue toile is also from fabricguru.com and the name of it is  Robert Allen Lake Paradise in Spa.  Also 8.95 an yard.

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Online Fabric Stores – Part II

My newly upholstered wing backs have been delivered!! Actually they have been here for a couple of weeks!! I have become such a slacker when it comes to blogging. I need to get back on board!!

If you remember from my last post I had a hard time deciding which side to use. The right side?? Or the wrong side??? Hard decision because I liked them both. I ended up with the lighter side of fabric and I am quite pleased.

So here they are!


I added nail head trim in a dark brass.




But what really has me jazzed is the nail head trim on the back of the chairs.


Besides loving this fabric  – I also loved the price!! $7.95 a yard!!! Yep, that what I said!  If you are looking for fabric go check out Fabric Guru. I also bought some outdoor fabric from them to do our screened in porch.  That will be another post!

OH!! Fabric Guru has not a clue who I am other than another customer!!

Hope you are having a great weekend. It is so cool here in Oklahoma that we have had the windows opened all day. And it’s August. Amazing!!

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Let There Be Light

I found the neatest little LED lights that are on a timer. I have placed them on our dining room table. The cool thing about them is that they’re on a timer. Not the type of timer that you have to spin multiple dials………..this one is easy-peasy!! Push one button and it stays on for 6 hours – turns off for 18 and back on when you originally pushed that little button. No brainer!

I am still using the silver, gold and bronze theme on our dining room table.





Even placed them in an urn


We got our lights at Nell Hill’s in Kansas City………love her store. I found these online which I am pretty darn sure are the same thing.


Oh! It’s so much fun to decorate for Christmas!!  Just kinda dread the “puttin up” part!!

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Things I “Need” Week – Lantern Lights

Lantern love!! I think that our breakfast room/butlers pantry deserves a lantern! A zinc lantern to be exact.

I love this entire kitchen – but the lantern really is incredible.

We all love the lantern that Brook choose in her breakfast area.

source: houzz

This is pretty much my fav

This one is similar to the one above – from Circa Lighting.  It sells for $1.050 which is more than I want can spend.

And this one is from Pottery Barn for $399.00 which is more in my budget.

Yes, think this one is pretty special also

Almost like the one above – from Circa Lighting

Oh gosh! Maybe this one is really my favorite. See why it is so hard to find the right one? I love most of the lanterns I see.

This one is quite special but not oh-la-la for me.

This red one makes quite a statement. They even have two more red lanterns on the wall. I always wonder what the rest of the home looks like when I see pictures like this.

I am pretty sure this house has 8 foot ceilings like ours. I like how they used over sized pieces to fill the space.

This lantern from Ballard Design is similar to the one above – other than the color.

I like this one because it has no glass – it would be maintenance free.  Or it could bug me that it is a bit too simple.

I like lantern bell jars also. I am afraid that dust would accumulate in the bottom of the jar tho.  Someone with OCD couldn’t handle that!

I think this is the one that I am getting. No – its not zinc. Bummer. But I couldn’t afford a zinc one anyway – they’re a little pricy and I have been hemorrhaging money with this remodel of ours. I may get brave and “zinc it up”.

I got to get things crossed off my list!!

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Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress

I feel I am living in slow motion with this remodel. Seriously! I feel that things were really clipping along and then BAM!! All the final details seem to be taking forever!

SO, here is the window that was delivered for over the sink. Hmmmm – notice anything not quite right??? I obsessed in this remodel on everything being balanced and in symmetry. I made it into a big deal! Literally! So, why would I order a casement window over the sink that was not centered with the sink? I didn’t!  So they went ahead and installed it and ordered the correct window – to be rushed of course.

Here is the correct window!

The panels have now been placed on the fridge and dishwasher – plus the hardware was installed!!

We have a faucet, which means running water. That is always a plus. We even have a disposal now!

Our backsplash was put in this week!! I love my beveled subway tile. Plus our electrician put in the LED under the cabinet lights. Now my trim guy needs to come back and finish out the window. Oh – that will take forever because I am sure he is on another job.


Front door has had one coat of tung oil on it. Waiting to see how much is absorbed.

Even more fun and games is putting everything back in it’s place! But first you have to wash and dust most of it! Takes for-freakin-ever!!! Never in my life have seen the dust that we have here!!

Then in the middle of all of this the dang AC unit upstairs pan overflowed!!!! Just lovely. Now our freshly painted ceiling in our family room has a monster patch on it. Just when I thought I was finished with drywall dust! We are just thankful that we were home when it happened! Now, the pan has a sensor in it that will turn the unit off when water gets in it. Pretty genius! Wonder why it did not have that already as it is only about 3 years old???

My to-do list is so, so very long!!! I just want to snap my fingers and it be done! I love instant gratification……………….don’t you?

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New Marble Countertops

Still making progress! What should of happened last week, happened today. Have to say that our Shaw Farm sink by Rohl has caused some problems. Since each sink is hand made, they vary in their measurements. They say +/- 2%. I have asked 2% of what?? Do not have that answer yet. The right side of the sink is 1/4″ higher that the left. Thank goodness for shims.


Crema Marfil Marble – white and cream kitchen = love it!!

Tomorrow our plumber Eddie comes (or so he says) and we will have running water and a dishwasher.  I promise I will never ever complain about emptying the dishwasher again!! Girl Scouts Honor. Pinky Promise and all that jazz. Also, our cabinet guy Roy will also install the panels on our fridge, dishwasher and install our hardware.

We’re getting there!!!

Things I Love Week – X Stools

I  have so many things on my want list. I get my “wants” confused with my “needs”.  I want it – therefore I need it. My husband has heard it a million times. He turns a death ear at this point in our marriage.

As I have been checking out all of these stools I have also discovered that they have not always been called “X Stools”  but it’s also a curule, a Dante chair, Savonarola chair, a Faldistorium or even a scissors chair. I discovered this bit of info from the Design Sponge.

My “want” now are a couple of X stools for our living room. So many choices.  These particular stools have too much of straight line for me. I want the more “curvy” look.

They provide extra seating

I really like these with the nail heads.  Wow – this is a pretty dramatic room!! I think they are fans of Gone With the Wind – what do you think? . Whats up with the evil look on her face tho???

I love the curvy detail especially with the added fringe. X stools can be used any where in your home. 


These bleached wood beauties were found on 1st Dibs

Looks like this X stool resides in a foyer – serene beauty.


They even adapt for a more contemporary flair

French antique giltwood Charles X Stool from Alhambra Antiques – beautimous!!!!!

They also make great coffee tables


Love this outdoor room.


They can be used at the end of the bed

I love the color combo here………turquoise velvet!! Yum!


I like this style but minus the black and animal print


Have you ever thought about using some X stools somewhere in your home? If you are using them, I would love to see them.

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Demo on Delaware – Appliance Installation in Progress

Merry Christmas to us!!! Finally! Finally! We got to a point where the appliances could be delivered. Now I could move beyond the visualization stage in my mind and see the real deal. I could not wait to get this baby off the truck. I have wanted a Wolf range for so long!

Getting closer to the front door! Come to me baby!

and of course our Bella has to supervise everyone!!

I have become accustomed to things not going smoothly for the last couple of weeks. So, of course, my electrician did not install a 220 for the Wolf but only a 110. And of course he is on vacation this week!! Dang it!! The burners work tho since they’re gas but  have to use a match. Not the end of the world!!

 Roy, our cabinet guy, has  totally has solved the problem with our farm sink I discussed in this post. He used Bondo!!! The cool thing about Bondo, which is used to repair cars, ends up being as hard as the wood but then sands like butter.

 Ahhhhhh…………….Bondo is da bomb!!

 But, I have a big issue with these farm sinks. I will need to do a post only on them as they are very challenging !

Another bit of progress is that the laundry and small bath is being tiled.  I picked a 4 X 8 tumbled travertine laid in a brick fashion. It’s going to be very cool!! The counter will be Ivory Gold granite although there is not that much gold in it.


 And the baseboards are about 75% finished! I choose a 5 1/2 inch base and painted it Ben Moore’s Edgecomb Gray in a pearl finish. Love that color.

All corners have been bull nosed in our remodel – and we found round pieces of base to fit on the bull nose.  I used a local company named H3 Custom Wood Mouldings.  It is like a candy store!

 Bullnose base corners from H3 Custom Wood Mouldings

 Hopefully our counter tops will be installed tomorrow or the next day!! So close !!  But still so much to do!

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Demo on Delaware – Farm Sinks and Ways to Install Them

We will have a Shaw farm sink in our new kitchen. But, there may be  a glitch. Or, I may be freaking out for no reason at all because my cabinet guy said, “Trust me, don’t worry, you will be happy!!” I really love being happy!! But it bugs me when anyone says “trust me”!! It just automatically makes me NOT trust em!

Here it our sink just hanging out until it is installed. My worry are the square corners of the cabinets and the rounded corners of the sink.  Once it is installed he will add the wood to the corners and make it  look perfect. Oh,  I love perfect but right now  all these little details are stressing me. I am fretting that you will be able to see where the wood is added. I have decided that my next remodel I won’t need to stress out as I will be a more experienced “remodeler extraordinarire”.

Here is the sink on the  Rohl brochure which shows exactly what my cabinet guy is trying to convince me about. If you look real close this is exactly what has been done on this sink.

This, in my opinion is the best way to install a farm sink that has a rounded bottom and of course this is exactly what I want!!

This sink installation if seamless – perfect!!!

source: bhg.com

This one is perfect installation also

source: houzz

Ditto on this one

Ditto again

Now here is another way to install the farm sink………….it sits on a dark stained ledge. I am not sure if I like it or not. I think I need to actually see one in person.

This farm sink sits on a ledge. Ahhh, I love this kitchen. Beautiful window to look out at what looks like a lovely backyard. The marble countertop are luscious!!

source: houzz

 When a sink sits on a ledge it seems to give it a tad bit of a contemporary flair. I like how the ledge ties in with the windows above the sink.

source: houzz

This sink has a gap entirely around it and that is exactly what I do not want. But, I would of probably never have noticed it had I not been installing a farm sink.

source: bhg 

Ok – now I am being super picky. No, not picky but very, very particular. Seriously do you see that grout line under that sink. I do not think I could go to sleep at night with that!!! But, again this ledge design seems to go with more of a contemporary or eclectic style.

source: pinterest

Well this is very cool!! Great idea for pull outs under the sink – I see their disposal but I wonder where the water pipes are???  It’s just kinda hard to put pull outs under the  kitchen sink but I sure do love pull outs!!

Well besides this being a very beautiful kitchen, this sink has about 1/8 inch all the way around it. Hmmmm – just was thinking my sink would fit tighter and without the use of grout!!!!

Although the corners are rounded the bottom of this sink is flat so I think it makes it easier to disguise the cut out for the sink.

source: bhg 

So many ways to install a farm sink. Which one do you think is best?? I would love to hear your comments.

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Demo on Delaware – Things are Looking Up!

It has not been what I would call a “fun” week  with this remodel. Kinda felt like I was hearing a lot of excuses!!  I was just getting over the framing of a new and larger window – then my wood floor guys had van troubles and my brick mason did not show up either. I also found out that our new front door needs to be “re-installed” – which I will get to that later. Maybe it was just a bad Monday but nevertheless frustrating. But, as of right this moment we are back on track and making progress.

I do think Jan, our brick mason, does incredible work. She filled in a window for us on the back of the house and you can not even tell. Our house is the old used brick and not one brick is the same size.

Here is the before. I know you all want to pin this photo!  If the plywood is not bad enough, the insulation randomly stuffed along the frame is just as tacky!! Actually we stuffed that insulation there to keep our air conditioning from escaping.

This is what we are looking at from the inside of our kitchen. Great window treatment don’t ya think?


She knows the right amount of color to add to the cement for it to match the existing mortar which has been there for 46 years. After a couple of weeks of curing,  it will all match up.

Meanwhile…………The floor guys are hard workers. They have sanded and filled for the last two days and now they start applying the stain. Love the color.

These are the nicest guys – very considerate and willing  to please. I guess we’ve been pretty lucky during this remodel with our workers other than the one who took 30 minute smoke breaks every hour, so I had to tell him I did not need him anymore, and then one guy who talked all the freaking time!!! Yeah, had to explain to him that I was paying him to work not to talk! Awkward! Ya know when they get the iphone out showing you work they’ve done in the past and they’re working for you in the present – I get a little cranky!!

The first coat of seal for the wood floors has been added and now we wait for two more to be applied then we can have our new appliances delivered plus our marble countertops! Oh boy – hurry up and wait!! We’re getting there.

I am wanting to use a pastry table as an island

Here is my list of what remains to be done -

  • two more coats of the sealer on the new wood floors
  • install new base boards and crown moulding
  • delivery and installation of new appliance
  • install marble countertops
  • install new windows
  • repair new front door
  • have electrician install fixture over sink, breakfast room table, butlers pantry,dining room foyer and front porch
  • have movers bring our furniture back (oh!!! happy dance for sure)
  • finish plans for banquette
  • figure out how to finish the fire place ( that will be a post asking for your opinions)
  • Paint exterior of home
  • Tile the laundry and beverage bar
  • Finish bath off of the laundry
  • oh dear………….there is so much more!

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