Mar 28, 2014

This and That and Some Farmhouse Art for the Kitchen

Happy Friday, everybody! 

It was spring here in Boise a few days ago, so my husband and I made big plans for spending the weekend gardening in the warm sunshine. 

Turns out spring was just having a joke on us, though, because this is what it's doing today outside our back window. Looks like the garden will have to wait a bit!

I was shocked to see it's been almost three weeks since my last blog post, so I'm checking in today to share what I've been up to lately.

First of all, you might remember I started a food sensitivity test awhile back and then kind of left you hanging about the results. I'm happy to report today that so far it's been a great success! So good, in fact, that I continued on with the other steps in the book and am still working on them. When I'm done in another month or so, I'll share the whole journey with you.

 I've also been working on designing our master bathroom remodel. We've picked out all the surfaces and finishes, and my husband is searching for a contractor now. We were hoping for our wonderful kitchen contractor, but he's too backed up doing other jobs. Contractors who are experts at working on one hundred year-old homes are not easy to find, so I'm not sure just when we'll be starting, but I'll share my inspiration photos and plans soon.   

I've been pulling my hair out trying to choose a paint color for the living room walls. I'll share a whole post soon just on the technique I came up with to make my final decision, but here's my pick: Benjamin Moore White Dove.

I had to squint and use my hands to block out the bright Stuart Gold that's on the walls now, but when I saw these neutral textures and colors framed by the white, I knew I had the look I wanted. I haven't had white walls since living in an apartment, but I'm excited by the new challenge! 

Painting swatches all over the living room walls isn't the only thing I've been doing with paint. 

We took a couple of the old cabinets from our kitchen remodel and made a new cabinet for the living room that I chalk painted and waxed. I'll share the tutorial for this penny pinching project in an upcoming post.

I've also been purchasing a few accessories to nudge my traditional decor towards a more vintage farmhouse vibe, especially in the kitchen. So, may I introduce you to my new barnyard friends? 

I love a touch of whimsy, and these barnyard fellas make me smile every time I walk into the kitchen.

Green mason jars are finally on sale to the public. Green is my favorite color, so I was super excited to see these on display as I was leaving Michael's Craft Store the other day. I don't even need to put anything in them, I just love the color on my kitchen window sill, the perfect touch of spring green. 

Hear that, Spring? Green, not white like snow! 

I'm so glad you stopped by today so we could catch up, and I hope you have a wonderful spring weekend! 

I'd love you to come party with me!

Rooted In Thyme 
The Shabby Nest
Jennifer Rizzo



  1. I have the hardest time chosing paint colors too. Can't wait to see how you decorate. I too love green and bought the jars.

  2. I was starting to really worry about you! I love the farmhouse look you've created in that space!

  3. Those jars are fabulous! Paint colours are so hard, and then they look completely different once all the walls are painted. I'm in love with those farmyard pictures. So cute!


  4. i like your choice of paint color, and the green jars are perfection! I SO hear you on the wacky weather ~ did you catch the downpour Wednesday night about 11:30 pm?? I thought we were going to drown!!

  5. I've been wondering where you've been! I love white dove - I use it on all my trim at home, but plan to use it as the wall color at Away. I love watching all the changes in your home!

  6. I've been looking all over for those green mason jars! Now I'll start looking again! Love your kitchen art, very cute!

  7. You've been busy! Your new paint color and the new art work are just right. The green jars are amazing! I think I need some of those in my glass front cabinets. Michaels is on my list now. :)

  8. Love the green, Laurel! You have been very busy. I love seeing what you have done. I have the hardest time picking paint colors although I love having rooms repainted! Have a great week!

  9. Laurel, I've been wondering how the food test has been going. Can't wait to hear how it all turns out. I just love your home!! All the farmhouse touches are too cute. That's what I've attempted with my kitchen. I love the white paint color. The chair, lantern, and suitcases/picnic hampers (?) are so cool. LOVE the green mason jars...Guess I just "love" a lot of stuff. ~ Jamie


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