The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Freshening up for Fall: Part II

Once a home project begins, there are always unexpected surprises along the way. "Mr. Ed" and I were in the process of preparing for our 4 X 4 Dinner Group to be hosted On Crooked Creek when a gallery photo shelf came crashing down on my toes. Of course, it was the top shelf and took the other two with them breaking picture frames and putting a large hole in the wall. Ed made a minor repair in the wall and did some "touch up" painting to suffice until we could entertain our dinner guest. We had such a lovely evening with our Church "Family"!

Our group had 5 couples which made
seating somewhat of a challenge in our
small Ranch Style home. . . adding a card
table in the living room was a workable plan.

In the background you can catch a glimpse of our Galley Kitchen.
We mixed up the Sage Green and White dinner and salad plates to
extend both sets to serve ten guests nicely. We also kept the floral
arrangements the same, changing only the scale, at each table.

As do many of you. . .we lead a busy life On Crooked Creek, but were able to pick out a new color for the upcoming painting of the two hallways, living/dining room combination. Ed began those the end of June and the plan was to finish up over the Fourth of July weekend. Having said that, "Mr. Ed" hit his head on a cabinet in the laundry room and ended up spending a night in the ER. Five staples and weeks of procrastination later the painting is now complete, cured and a lovely sight to behold!     

Freshly painted wall using Cupola Yellow SW 7692 Satin Finish.

Martha Stewart Signature Collection
Rutabaga 8189 from Sherwin Williams.

I brought in two floral pillows and added a Sage Green throw.
The addition of a pediment above the trilogy photos was
welcoming to the stateliness of the living room!
The new paint color has a softer glow and enriches
our heirlooms bringing our eclectic mix into a more perfect union.

Labor Day weekend , we'll be assisting Mother Nature with some updating and addition of Fall accessories "out~of~doors" On Crooked Creek.
Until next time. . .     

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Freshening up for Fall

As Mother Nature orchestrates the external change of each season, the internal seasonal changes On Crooked Creek are orchestrated by yours truly with the aid of "Mr. Ed". Leaving our Country Decor behind along with the "dream home" in South East Kansas, we are now fully grounded in a relaxed Traditional Style. We enjoy an eclectic mix of Old World Style, and dabble in French Country, to blend harmoniously with our heirloom treasures.

What began as a scheduled maintenance On Crooked Creek, interrupted by a night in the ER, has finally come to completion. Our latter 1970's ranch style home with its L ~ shaped living / dining room combination does present us with its challenges in deciding on paint colors. The dining room flows into the galley kitchen ~ much like a wraparound porch on a Grand Lady Victorian Home!

Previously, we chose Rutabaga 8189 flat finish from the Martha Stewart Signature Collection at Sherwin Williams. I loved the golden warmth it gave us during three seasons of the year. . . not so much in the heat of a Kansas summer! In keeping with our decor and color palette, we recently chose Cupola Yellow SW 7692 another Sherwin Williams shade in a satin finish to "freshen up for fall". Ed can't decide if it's Olive Drab Green or Khaki undertones (comes from his twenty~two year Army career vocabulary) in this shade are what he likes best. I definitely see green and have changed out many of the accessories to complement the new color. I'll save that for a future post.
Until next time. . .
"Mr. Ed" & Maurice. . .who's the boss? Guess? ? ?