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Happy Thanksgiving!!

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I’m just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving & also to let you all know that I plan to start re-blogging again soon! Thanks for the emails & comments. I’m so sorry for my absence but life gets busy & it takes time to put blog posts together so I just got away from it. I do have lots of changes to catch you up on.
Have a blessed day!

~H~

Woven wood blinds

I finally decided to get blinds for the living room windows. The sun in there gets pretty intense at times, even though I love all the natural sunlight! It become obvious that I needed to do something on Christmas Day when everyone was around the dining room table & the sun was blinding & baking them!

I have to say I really love how they add another layer of texture. This is so important in an all neutral room

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Hope everyone is staying warm. We just got more snow & freezing temperatures. Has me longing to be on a warm tropical beach somewhere……

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How would you like to have this room with a view?

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I’m counting down……only 8 more weeks til the first day of spring!!

H~

The hutch is here

She’s arrived!

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Here she is with my transferware on display

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Here’s how she ended up

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Don’t even laugh! LOL!
I don’t know what to think. It’s truly a beautiful piece, but I think it’s just too much wood for me? Or maybe I’m just more of a buffet
than a hutch person. I should have figured this out prior to purchasing…. But it’s too late now! I think if I had a huge kitchen that it would fit in, I would use it there. But I don’t know about it in my dining room.
I do love the look of a warmer wood buffet & the modern art brings a bit of excitement to the room, so I’m loving the feel of the room right now. It just wasn’t how I had planned on using her.
I’m thinking maybe the upper plate rack can be incorporated into our basement kitchen redesign one day. We have a small second kitchen downstairs which need a total overhaul…..maybe it could be used in leiu of upper cabinets?? Well….it certainly has me scratching my head
In the meantime I’ve put myself on a no spending diet. I’ve over indulged…..

H~

Update on the hutch

Boy, do I have a story for you all!

First let me start by saying THANK YOU for all the comments on my last post about the hutch! I took every single one of them into consideration :)

The biggest reason I was stressing over the decision, aside from the fact that it was a big purchase, was because it was a One Kings Lane sale. If anyone has purchased from them you know that the sales are usually only up for a few days. Also, if you see something you want & don’t jump on it immediately it could very well be gone by the time you decide! Sooo…..I kept putting the hutch in my “cart” which essentially gives you about 10 min to close the sale otherwise it’s back up for grabs.

I. kept. doing. this…..ALL MORNING!!

I was scared to buy but scared to let it go! I was on my way to work & knew I had to make a decision. Meanwhile, all of your comments were rolling in so I just decided to purchase it!!!!!!! I was sooooo excited!!!!

And then I started to worry as the day went on. OMG….what have I done? What if I don’t like it in person? It’s always risky buying something sight unseen. There were a few comments about it possibly being too dark or heavy looking (even tho most comments were extremely positive). I knew that the sale was final…so when I got home from work I thought…well maybe I can cancel it since it had only been a few hours since purchasing. They did make an exception & I cancelled the order! Shew! …..that was close!

But wait….it gets worse!

Then I started second guessing THAT decision! I was at the mall returning a few things when I decided I just had to have the freaking hutch already!!! But now the sale was OVER! ENDED! NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!!!! I’m beside myself….

Well, to make a long story short, my husband called the vendor directly & found out the piece was still available! And all we needed to do was call One Kings Lane & ask them reinstate the sale.
I called.
I needed to talk to their specialist who was off until Monday (this was Sat)…..
So after waiting all weekend & most of the day today, I’m happy to announce the hutch is mine!!!!!!!!!
WHAT A CRAZY PROCESS!!

Well at least it will always have a story behind it! I’m sure the people at One Kings Lane think I’m cray cray.

I still have mini waves of freaking out about how it will look but it’s done now. It’s mine & I’m gonna love it! I’ve already decided if worse comes to worse & it hits me as too dark, I will either have it stripped & lime washed or painted ( I know a great decorative painter) …..But let’s hope that won’t be necessary

On a different note, Christmas was amazing & my turkey turned out great! Thank you for the many suggestions & recipes. I had already found one I wanted to use from Americas Test Kitchen.
You can find the recipe here

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There was no shortage of food! My mom got here by 7:30 in the morning so I had plenty of help….Thank God! I had gotten up at 6:00 am to prep the turkey & get it in the oven. It was perfect :):)

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It was a wonderful day full of family, food & laughter. My heart was full of gratitude
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
And don’t worry, I will post pics as soon as the new hutch arrives :)

Blessings,
H~

To buy or not to buy

As you all know, i already have an antique enfilade (buffet) in my dining room

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But i have always wanted a hutch so i could display my tranferware/ironstone collection.
Something like this….

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Of course i’ve never seen one worthy of considering…….
Until now

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Help! Im seriously drooling! Couldn’t even sleep well thinking about it all night! Its gorgeous & massive.
Will it look good with what i already have? Will there be too much wood in the room? What will i do with my buffet?? Do i really want to change things at this point & risk a domino effect? What if i decide i want a lighter table? What if it looks amazing? What if i never find one like this again?? Ive secretly been looking forever!
This is the last thing i need to be focusing on right now….2 days until Christmas & i have 17 guests coming to my house for dinner……
And. Ive. Never. Cooked. A. Turkey. Before
Much less cooked for this many people!
I must be losing my mind.
Im turning to my faithful readers to give me advice. My hubs keeps saying “i cant answer that for you”
So im asking you all….to buy or not to buy???

More Christmas pics

I had my first holiday gathering last night so the house was tidy enough for me to snap a few pictures. Please excuse the pixilated ones but my ipad is my camera & I still haven’t figured out why sometimes the pics can be so clear & other times…horrible. Lighting has a lot to do with it. Nevertheless, here’s a few more Christmas shots…

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The chair & ottoman just came back from the upholsterer with their new slipcover :)
My husband sits in this chair every night to watch tv & the white fabric was looking gross! We thought about replacing it but it is very well made (restoration hardware) & comfy so we opted to have a slip made. This way it can be removed & washed or dry cleaned. I am very pleased with how it turned out & love that we went with contrasting welt.

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Today it’s snowing outside, so we are having a lazy day in our jammies :)

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Now if I can just get thru the next couple weeks at work!
And I’ve decided to host Christmas Day at my house…. :0
My mom is the “cook” in our family so hope I haven’t gotten in over my head!

Blessings to all,

H~

Christmas decor

Just a quick hello. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends & family.
I have started decorating for Christmas and wanted to share a few pics. I am using fresh cut trees & greenery this year. The house smells so wonderful.
I will take more detailed shots as it comes together more, but here’s just a few…..

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This is the upstairs hallway

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Will post more pics soon!
I’m having a gathering this Saturday so I’m running around trying to pull the house together

Talk soon!

H~

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