Happy St. Patrick's Day


Wishing Everyone Irish or Not a Lucky Day Today.

Speaking of Luck the Winners of the Give Away are

Deb Mountain Momma
Linda Itsy Bits and Pieces

Congratulations.  Have a Wonderful Start to the New Week.

Memories and Another Giveaway Wooo Hooo

Hi Everyone.
I have something fun to share with all of you today.

I got a call from Country Sampler Magazine about a month or so ago and they told me they wanted to run a home tour feature on my decor from the past.  Of course I said yes, It is always a honor.  So I agreed to an interview and them using the pictures that were taken about 4 years ago when we lived in the Lake Zurich home.  

My home is one of the 5 home tours in the May addition of Country Sampler Magazine.

I am honored to be feature even though that decor style was from a while back.  It still was showing my style decor from that time period so I was proud and honored.

Actually it was fun to see the decor pictures from a long time ago and remember how fun that decor was in my home.

Glad Country Sampler feels that my style from 4 years ago is timeless and deserved to be featured in their magazine.
They quoted me saying how I love to repurpose old things with history into new things in my decor.  No matter how much my style has changed over the years I stay true to this saying.

They gave my home quite the home tour spread.  Lisa Sloan interviewed me and wrote a lovely article that captured my style and love for re purposing things into my decor.
The photo's were taken by Gridley and Graves.

When we bought this Lake Zurich ranch style home it was in a  lake town in Northeast Illinois.
I remember I wanted to feature one of my guest rooms to reflect that we in fact lived in a cute Lake Town.   Look at the color in my past decor.  Who says girls that love neutrals and whites cannot have a little color too!

They captured my farmhouse style that was prevalent in my kitchen and other parts of this sweet home.

They also caught my love of summer flowers and repurposing old vintage pieces into my garden decor.

Seeing these pictures makes me wish for an early spring and quick summer to arrive

I have an extra copy of this great magazine with lots of farmhouse and country style decor featured.  So if you would like to have a chance at winning one of these magazines please just leave me a comment.

Please this is only open to all of you in the United States.  Postage is way too much to send magazines out of the US.

My angel Grace is holding onto the copy for the lucky winner.

Good Luck I will draw the winning name out on St. Patty's Day.  Seems like a lucky day to choose a lucky winner.

Have a great day and wonderful weekend.

Before and After Kitchen

Happy Monday.

The past couple of weekends Terry and I spent time with our youngest daughter Kim re loving the kitchen in her new home she just purchased.  

 My daughter Kimmie works as a pediatric oncology nurse at Rush University Hospital in the city of Chicago and is also busy in graduate school. 

Even with all of this going on she managed to buy her first home.  Terry and I are really proud of her and all she has accomplished so far in her young life.

We were excited when she asked Terry and I to come and help her re love her kitchen from the stock builders kitchen to something a little more her style.

 Terry with his trustee tools and me with my designer cap on joined her to re love this kitchen.

Her kitchen had builder grade cabinets that were in good shape and laminate counter tops and a basic stainless steel sink.  The cabinets, hardware and counter tops were pretty dated.   Her place was built about 20 years ago.  

A nice galley kitchen with good bones but not her style.

We used good cabinet paint and purchased new hardware for the cabinets.

Kim purchased a new farmhouse kitchen sink and faucet along with some glass backsplash tiles.
We then were able to transform this kitchen to a more modern feel for Kim's taste. 

Sorry for the night time cell phone pics.  It was late when we finished up. 

The counter tops were in stock at Menards so that was easy peasy and pretty inexpensive.  Terry cut them to fit. 

We extended the counter top on this side of the kitchen to accommodate her wine refrigerator added at the end. 

I am sorry I did not get a picture of the wine fridge up close with the extended counter top.  If you look at the picture above you can see the wine refrigerator way over the the right in the picture under the counter. 

The glass tiles were in stock at Menards and matched perfectly with her new counter tops and cabinets.  Some of the gray in the tiles pulled out the color of her cabinets.

We had some butcher block counter top left over from our house and Terry made this small counter space on the other side of this galley kitchen.

  We will seal it with salad bowl oil so she can use this counter space for food prep.

The cabinets were painted with the Lowe's Valspar cabinet paint that I love.  I love this paint because there is no sanding and the coverage is great.  It holds up well in a kitchen.
Kim had them tint the cabinet paint to a beautiful gray color.

During the day this kitchen gets lots of great light and is so bright and pretty.  So for the cost of some cabinet paint $49,  about $40 dollars in glass backsplash tiles, $189  Ikea farmhouse sink and a new modern faucet $169 and in stock counter tops we were able to bring this basic somewhat dated kitchen to a new and pretty modern kitchen.

It was fun to go outside my decor style and help my daughter by designing this new more modern kitchen. 

Terry and his wonderful set of tools were the hero's of making this all happen.

Now that we have the kitchen finished Kim can move in this next weekend and begin enjoying her new home.

Have a great new week. 

Stay tuned later in the week I will have something special  to share with you.