Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Deciding on a Paint Color for Powder Room


Today I am going to share with you some paint samples for my upcoming paint project in my powder room.  I love the color blue so therefore am thinking about using it in this room.  

The room is now a creamy white (in fact all the rooms in my new home) were just freshly painted so therefore there is no need to paint but I want to do this room in blue since it is one of my favorite colors.  My dining room and master bath are painted in a gray tone so therefore I will not change those rooms since I am in love with them!

Here are a couple of photos of the powder room as it is now.  (I know just plain, very little decor).  In fact, I did not hang anything on the walls since I knew this would be the first room to paint.

It was a difficult room to photograph.  I just might go outside and thru the powder room window to take the reveal once it is painted.  We will see how it works out!

Again, my home is fairly new (less than 10 years old) so therefore I will be keeping the pedestal sink. The mirror and sconce lighting will be changed.  I also have been shopping around my area for new decor items to add to this room!  (area rugs for the hardwood flooring, decorative accessories, art, etc)

Here is the sconce above that will be replaced with a farmhouse style light.  I found a couple that I think would look great over top the pedestal.

I love that the room has a window in it for some light too!

So here are the paint samples that I am looking at now and hopefully will be making a decision soon.  I really would like to start this painting project (and of course some decor to the room) when I return from my family visit.

Bali - Benjamin Moore

Blue Danube - Benjamin Moore

Poolside - Benjamin Moore

Sioux Falls - Benjamin Moore

Ocean Breeze - Benjamin Moore

Palladian - Benjamin Moore

I can't wait to grab the paintbrush and get painting once I get back from visiting my family.

Make sure to stop by to see the final reveal!!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

This and That

Hello There,

It is a rainy morning here in NC and great day just to be in some comfortable clothes to lounge in while having my coffee.  It is being brewed now as I write this post.....

It will be also a perfect day to clean my new home, something about the rain gets in my high gear to do such!

I can't believe that it is almost the end of September and I have been in my new home for almost one month.  More posts will be coming, just have so many things on "To Do" list at this time.  Looking forward to visiting my family in West Chester, PA soon....Hopefully we will have great weather for the Chester County Day - (Tour of beautiful homes, gardens and historic landmarks of Chester County).  

We have met some wonderful neighbors in our new neighborhood and we love it.  It is so quiet and peaceful here, too!  It is a very active community where I live and am looking forward to meeting more since there are so many clubs to join.

Over the weekend, we need to finish our last visit to our rental before we have cleaning services clean the whole home.  Hopefully we will be able to go to the UNC/Delaware football game depending on the weather on Saturday.

What are your weekend plans?

Here is a photo that I took in my neighborhood when sun was about to set.  I love the shadow effects.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Some Fall Touches to Front Porch at My New Home

Hello There,

I wanted to share some small touches of autumn added to my front porch.  My chippy green chair I had back at my home on the coast in South Carolina ( I just love it).

The green stool is topped with a wooden pumpkin and a Mercury glass owl.

A vintage galvanized handle bucket (just recently bought from one of my favorite vintage shops near me) is filled with a mum.

For the door, I hung a simple grapevine wreath and added some fall colored flowers to it.  My owl doormat was recently a new purchase from HomeGoods.

I will be adding some fresh pumpkins at a later time since the weather is still warm here in NC.

Have you added some fall touches to your home yet?

Happy Fall to You!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Healthy Carrot Oatbran Muffins

Today I am sharing with you a recipe for healthy carrot bran muffins.  These are very easy to make and so much better for you than those unhealthy ones loaded with tons of sugar.

The recipe is as follows:

3/4 cup oat bran
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup honey
1 cup fat-free milk
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola oil also)
2/3 cup packed, shredded carrots

Preheat the oven to 375°F, and line 9 tins of a standard muffin pan with muffin papers. In a mixing bowl, combine oat bran, flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and allspice. In a small mixing bowl, blend honey, milk, egg, and vegetable oil together. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in shredded carrots. Fill each muffin paper with 3 heaping tablespoons of batter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until muffins are golden and baked through.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Barn Wood Coat Rack for My New Entry

It feels like I haven't blogged for awhile, oh well, I have an excuse we have been cleaning out our rental (so glad to be out of our rental) and moving into our new home.

Today, I am sharing with you my entryway.  I love how my entryway is wide and so bright when entering my home.  I did not want to over crowd it with big chunky furniture so I used what I had from my other home in SC.

I did buy a new coat rack for hanging coats which I just found recently at one of my favorite vintage shops near me.  The rack is made from a salvaged piece of barn wood.....Just love it.

I also used a small chest in the entry way which just fit perfectly for the space.

I added my canvas art of my Italy vacation!  I love how this photo turned out!

Thanks for your visit!  Now I need to get out and get ready to add some fall decor around my new place!

Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Another Chester County Find - Drop Leaf Table

Hope you had a long relaxing weekend.  A lot has been happening here (if you are one of my readers, I have moved into my new home).  I am still unpacking boxes and getting situated in my new home, however it is nice that we have until the end of the month to have everything out of our rental.  We still need to get house cleaners in and the carpet cleaned.

Today I wanted to share with you one of my recent finds.  While visiting my family back in PA in early April, my husband found a beautiful, hand crafted drop leaf table made by a local cabinet maker of Chester County, PA.  His work is absolutely beautiful and I am so glad that I have one of his signed pieces now in my home.

You can also get a peek at my new dining room in my new home.  I will be back with more once the dining room is all together.  I am not sure if I will actually keep this in my dining room it depends how it looks once I have everything arranged in the room.  It would also look great as a sofa table behind my PB sofa.  So we will see!!

I love how it looks when opened up...

There are two drawers on each end of the table.  I love the fancy detailed drawer pulls, too!

Marshall Brinton made beautiful furniture and I am sure lots of people in Chester County, PA has some of his pieces.  I am sure I will find some on the home tour of Chester County Day homes in October, too!

Thanks for your visit!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's Been One Year Ago.....

I can't believe it has been one year ago that I left Beaufort, SC coastal home behind for a new adventure in North Carolina.

Even though we didn't stay long in my coastal home, I still miss my home at times.  However, I am glad that we made the move and now am settled in the Raleigh area.  Where I live now, it is conveniently located near top rated colleges (Duke and UNC) so there are many activities held on a weekly basis.  My friend that used to live in Beaufort also moved to NC and is close the beach area so I can also visit her.  I love the fact that the mountains are two hours away from my home (we love to visit Asheville too).  Since Beaufort is about 4 hours from us, we can still go back and visit our friends and contacts that we made while living there.

We have been renting for a year now in the Raleigh area (we also did the same thing in SC before we actually bought our home there)  This way, we were able to explore the area and find out exactly where we wanted to purchase our home.

I will be back on more details.  CAN'T WAIT TO LET THE DECORATING BEGIN!


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