Monday, January 18, 2016

New Year, New Blog!

Please stop by and join me...


Spiced Up Home Office

Hello friends,
How are you today? How are you honoring Martin Luther King Jr's birthday? My kiddios and I have the day off and due to the super low temperatures are headed to the warmth of the cheap movies theater. Peanuts, here we come!

Thanks for checking out my spiced up eat in kitchen recently. Today I wanted to share my spiced up home office with you. I cleaned out the attic and brought down some of my professional books (the rest of my books I'm donating to the local library). This forced me to rework the shelves and purchase the new turquoise and white striped baskets (compliments of Target). The globe is fairly new too from an antique store.

This room serves me as a home office and craft room:

I love looking at the large window when I'm working from home. By the way, most of the furniture in this room was purchased from Goodwill and painted (two small blue pieces), Ikea, or from my parents' 70s basement (tall white shelving). Most of the artwork I made.

I hope you are having a fantastic start to your week.
Happy decorating and living-

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Spicing it up in the eat in kitchen!

Happy New Year Friends!!!!
How were your holidays? Have you seen any of the white stuff where you live? We have seen two small little occasions of flurries. The kids really want a real snow. Of course, if you can believe it, the kids aren't even back at school yet so a snow day isn't really a snow day unless you get out of school, right? Due to their year round schedule they have one week left of holiday before they head back to school. Lucky dogs!

Thanks for joining me today. I wanted to share some decorating updates with you. Due to the holiday season and hosting family at our home, I wanted us to have more space for family dinners. I talked Mr. Cottage Blue into moving our fairly new dining room table (Ballard Designs) into the eat in kitchen where we eat all meals from the dining room (this table can fit 6-8 comfortably). Then I moved the eat in kitchen old table to the dining room and promptly sold it to a neighbor. (The dining room is no longer a dining room hence there's no table in's purpose has now officially changed....I will share what it is now soon with you).

I also used the money from selling the old eat in kitchen table (it was four years old from World Market) to buy a small piece for the eat in kitchen to hold a lamp and storage for napkins/recipe books, etc.

You might notice that I replaced the brown graphic curtains we have in here a while ago with these Pottery Barn striped gray which now compliment the Pottery Barn striped tan in the adjacent family room.

See what you think....I also got a new camera for Christmas from Mr. Cottage Blue....thanks sweetheart....these changes are inspiring some upcoming changes in the kitchen....

I have lots of repurposing decorating I want to share with you soon. Maybe it's the winter weather that's inspiring me to spend weekends inside re-envisioning pieces and spicing it up. Stop by again soon.

Happy decorating and living! I hope you have a fantastic week where ever you are in the world,