My Mother's Farm Kitchen Renovation

This week, I wrote an article featuring my mother's newly renovated farm kitchen for Houzz.com. First let me say that my mother wins the prize for the best sport with the most positive outlook. I so admire all of the work she and my step-father have done on their 120 year old farm house in eastern Oregon that I can't help but crow. That's why I keep covering their innovative remodels! (Be sure to check out her BATH remodel if you haven't already.)

But today I want to share their KITCHEN, which is nothing short of amazing when you think that they did it themselves with the help of a few local professionals for the plumbing and electrical. Definitely read the full article, but in the meantime here is my mom and step-dad's beautiful handiwork.

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See it all on Houzz.com by clicking HERE.

Black & White | Two-Tone Wall

Hello, dear readers.
I'm contemplating a two-toned black and white wall for an art studio.
Thoughts?
Cool?
Silly?
Dynamic?
Overwrought?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here are some examples:

















And another idea - color block at the top instead of the bottom.



Bedroom with a Pitched Roof

I've had a little dream project on the back burner for well over a year that may be coming to fruition sometime in the near future. I'm not going to spill the beans until I know its a for sure, but it may involve revamping a pitched roof bedroom. Aren't these cozy little upstairs bedroom spaces lovely?


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My Mama's Spectacular Bathroom Remodel

Last year, my handy Mama and her handy husband, Obbie, built a bathroom from scratch on what was once their canning porch. Their old farm house, which I featured on Houzz.com last summer (HERE), is located in Eastern Oregon. It was in dire need of a new bathroom. They did such a fantastic job, that I want to share it with you here!






My favorite thing about this bathroom is the origin of the vintage turn-of-the-century cast iron sink they installed. My mother spotted it on the side of a river near their home. She could only see a piece of it sticking up out of the ground with her binoculars. She and her husband waded across the river, carried it back across to their truck and hauled it back to the house for cleaning. After having it resurfaced by a professional in Portland, OR, it was ready for their bathroom!







The 100 year-old claw foot soaking tub was found at an antique / consignment store in Central California and transported to their farm house. My mom refinished and painted it herself.




My Mama found the awesome green vintage bath fixtures below at a salvage place in Portland, OR. They were the color inspiration for the whole bathroom.









And just when it couldn't get any better - they built an open, door-less walk in shower. It's handicap accessible, built with my son, Charlie, in mind. I love love love love love it!






The door to the bathroom opens into the laundry and mud room. Because there wasn't much space for a swinging door, they did a barn door style installation. The door was picked up at a garage sale and Obbie added the privacy glass. Isn't it brilliant?




And here are my sons trying out the soaking tub while their grandma looks on.





White Dining Tables

I love the look of a white table. I've made good use of the little country style Ikea table in my kitchen, but lately I've been enjoying the more modern Parson and Tulip style tables. I especially love the table pictured directly below. I took this photo while covering a home tour for Houzz.com last summer. It is still one of my all-time favorite tables. I found some good look-a-likes below at Furniture Choice - a UK furniture company. Maybe someday I'll have a gleaming white table like this, but I think I should hold off until my sons stop marking their territory with crayons.




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Stockholm White High Gloss Dinning Table via Furniture Choice



Or if a rectangular Parson's table isn't your thing, what about ovals?


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Monaco White High Gloss Oval Table - via Furniture Choice



Here are a couple of shots of my little white kitchen table from Ikea (Liatorp). 
This all-purpose workhorse has served me well.







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Win this faucet fixture!

Eclectic and Bright

By the look of this first photo, I'm still on a floral chintz kick.  But today, I'm looking at bright boho-ish spaces that feature great natural light and cream colored walls. These rooms prove that you don't have to go dark on the walls for a cozy, intimate, eclectic look. Tis the season to keep things light and bright!


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Ranunculus

Today, my home was on a home tour - a fundraiser for our neighborhood's Early Childhood PTA.  It was great fun.  I picked up two bunches of Rununculus from Whole Foods last night to add a little color around the house. They were so pretty I took some photos as inspiration for a painting.
















The vase is a piece of Roseville pottery that belonged to my grandmother. Her grandfather (or father - I can't remember) once worked in the Roseville factory in Ohio.  Isn't this piece wonderful?





I also grabbed a bushel of red Ranunculus. 





Moon Garden

What is a moon garden? A moon garden contains white flowers and silvery foliage that seem to sparkle and reflect light. I wanted to keep things simple this spring so I've planted an all white garden this year, although everything is still pretty small and wimpy. Until I'm able to share photos of my own moon garden, here are some inspiration photos from my file:






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For all of you Texas gardeners, here are some white flowering things that will grow (evidently) in our blisteringly hot state given the right environment:


Elderberry
Daisy
White Impatiens
Alyssum
Dogwood
Fleabane
Queen Anne's Lace
Common Hedge Parsley
Palespike Lobelia
Mayapple
Milkweed
Wild Potato Vine
Rue Anemone
White Azalea
Viburnum



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enter our current giveaway from Hip Mountain Mama.
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White, Wood, and a Touch of Gray

What a refreshing color combo.  I need a little serenity on this cloudy day in Dallas, so I'm filling this post with gorgeous, quiet, spacious, calm rooms. My life has been nothing short of crazy this week.  My son has been having seizures, I've been recovering from an ear infection and I've just begun rehearsals for a show.  I need a zen moment.  How about you?


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I Love Bulk Trash

This weekend was bulk trash pick up in our neighborhood.  A friend of mine once told me that she rents a truck and prowls the fancy Dallas neighborhoods during bulk trash weekend.  I've heard of people scoring entire Restoration Hardware patio sets, beautiful Midcentry sofas in mint condition, pairs of Victorian wingback chairs, lucite console tables and more!

This weekend I scored two wooden rocking chairs from the bulk trash.  They needed a paint job, some new screws and a little wood glue.  I also found a door with little square windows.  It was damaged around the edges, but not so badly that it couldn't be repurposed.  I painted the name of our home on the glass panes and hung it from some rings and an "S" hook.  The weight of the door (this mother is heavy!) rests on the ground and the hooks keep it upright.  So, thank you bulk trash for the free spring update!












Thrifted Blanc de Chine Lamp

While browsing a thrift store yesterday with my kids, I happened upon an awesome Blanc de Chine lamp!  I was so excited I yelped aloud and ran over to it.  After a breathless explanation to my four-year-old about the history and importance of Chinoiserie style, to which I received a bored, blank stare, I hauled my score to the front counter and paid five dollars. Well, my actual total was $5.50 because the four-year-old found some vintage Hot Wheels. I'm still on cloud nine.  Here she is:



And here are some more vintage Blanc de Chine lattice style lamps for fun:

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The lamp below looks just like mine.  
And I love the slick black lamp shade!

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