Oct 23, 2017

Wood Floor Color Choice

My wood flooring appointment took maybe 10 minutes max. I had an idea what I was looking for....brown. Just brown.

Three samples were pulled out to consider:

1 - Walnut

2 - Provincial 

3 - Spice Brown
I liked the warm tones of Provincial.

I liked the lightness of Walnut.
I liked the brown-ness of Spice Brown.

Which one did I choose?

This picture was found on Houzz.com where I saved it for inspiration for our new floors.

Our floors are going to be site finished white oak and will cover the whole main floor except for the bathroom. We've had all wood on the main floor before and loved them (tour that home HERE). The only thing is that oak can yellow or turn more amber over time.

That is what lead me to choose...

 Spice Brown
The top color is what I chose - I want it to be a medium brown. It's not nearly as dark as Dark Walnut or Jacobean, which are a couple of my favorite stain colors for furniture. 

I am having the finish done in satin, not semi-gloss. I like it casual and informal.

Dark stained floors are hard to keep clean and I am not one to fuss much over sparkly floors. I hope this floor wears well and the upkeep is minimal. (see our house with dark kitchen floors HERE)

Next choices coming up are appliances, plumbing and lighting then on to the kitchen cabinets and tile. 

Thanks for dropping in!


Oct 22, 2017

Carytown Inspiration for Home & Life

Hello All!

I took my son to the city this morning, by his request. We live near Richmond, VA and one of our favorite streets to stroll here is Cary Street.

Oct 20, 2017

Tulip Hill Lot Walk

Hello blog friends!

The building process is moving right along. This week we picked our exterior colors (link) and did our lot walk with the builder.

Oct 12, 2017

Staging a Retail Space

Hello Friends!

You all know I have a shop space in Virginia. This is my happy place where I can fluff, stack and do things to stage furniture and accessories that normally wouldn't be displayed the same at home.

Oct 5, 2017

Lovely Vanilla Apartment Tour

Hello Lovely,
WELCOME to our apartment!

We are in the long process of building a home so while we are very patiently waiting we are living in a 1300 square foot apartment.

Sep 29, 2017

Colonial Architecture and Crowded Gardens

While I grew up in Utah and love the mountains and rustic aspect of the West, I have always been drawn to Southern or East Coast style when it comes to houses. I used to watch HGTV a lot when we built our first house in the the late 1990's and the cottage gardens were the most charming feature to these homes that I found myself falling in love with.

Sep 27, 2017

Finding Inspiration in Town & a Walk Down Memory Lane.

My family and I spent the weekend in Connecticut. We lived there for 10 years and we were craving a trip down memory lane. When our boys were a few months old we moved to Guilford, CT. Here are some pictures from around that town that influenced my decorating style in a big way.

Sep 22, 2017

Fall, Men and A Few Shop Pictures

Happy Friday!!!! I am sharing some pictures of items that are around the shop where I am a vendor.

Sep 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Hello Friends! Happy long weekend - the last weekend of Summer. It's rainy here and I have allergies so we are taking it super easy. That gives me a chance to update my blog page. I am sharing pictures of the shop where I sell my creations and I am also going to show you a sketch of our new house-to-be-built.

Aug 10, 2017

Fresh Linen Farmhouse Table

Heeeeey Friends! This is a quick post to show you my latest project. It's a seven foot farmhouse style table.

Jul 24, 2017

Two Story Family House Tour

Hello - Hope you are all enjoying this Summer weather. I can't stop sweating - my hair is a nightmare but all is well.

Jul 10, 2017

A Year Later and a Pretty House

Hey!  Long time no connection to my blog what-so-ever! I know, I know - that is a lame thing to do as a blogger - taking a year off and all but to be honest - I wasn't having fun on a vacation or anything.

Jun 7, 2016

Summer Picnic Time

One of the greatest things about being back in Northern Utah is the weather.  It's cool in the morning and evening so dining outside is beautiful.

Apr 16, 2016

Room with a View

After several weeks of shifting gears in my life I am finally getting around to posting an update. Although, there is not much in the way of decorating or refinishing furniture, I have ventured into working outside of the home and have had little energy or "craving" to take on any home improvement projects here at home.

Jan 30, 2016

A Refinished Dining Set

I haven't refinished or painted a furniture piece in a long time, it seems like. The weather was so nice last week so I decided to take advantage of the "good painting" weather and tackle this big project.

Happy Wintery Weekend

Hello Friends!

Jan 26, 2016

Jan 22, 2016

Cottage Contemporary - What is that to you?

Our house is a contemporary style but my decorating style isn't necessarily that way, except that I like clean and simple lines.
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