Friday, April 4, 2014

Stepping into Spring!- Look what we did during the winter.

Hello dear friends.  Are you ready for Spring??  Everyone is at this point.  Guess's coming.....slowly it is coming.  I am so excited for the {newness} of life to begin.  Little sprouts around the yard...the robins here and there, and people actually outside...walking...and jogging....not shoveling.  LOL.  I love Spring....and the Easter season.  My heart is so grateful this Lent, /Easter time.  I am sure you are very grateful to the Lord as well, for all He has done for you.

So during this c-o-l-d ...l-o-n-g  winter we had here in New England....this is what the {hubs} and I did to the Nest.  First below is a gorgeous find on Craig's List.
A "hall-tree" made of antique wood pieces...owner said she purchased it up in Maine some years ago.  Did not fit in the new home she was buying.  My gain...I love it.
I am a bit bummed this pic is grainy.  The walls were painted a Ben Moore Nottingham Putty.  Love it.  Black shelf above the settee was made by hubby.  Black with gold rope.  Hanging iron fixture...found at a habitat store...four of them for $4.00 each.  Two are in our hall way, one in our foyer and this one over the settee.  Hubs is an electrician so there you go.

These beauties are over the bar/counter in our kitchen/dining area.  They were my Craig's List find.  Wrought iron, with bubbles in the glass.  Love them.  PB was my PB price!!

So here is the bar/counter my husband built.  This is from a real bar in Boston, (we know the owners).  They wanted new bar counters and so they asked do we have a purpose for some of their butcher block tops they were throwing out.  Ummm yes please- re-purpose it we shall do.  This was striped and re stained and a marine poly put on.  P.S.  Our new fireplace mantel is made out of this wood, along with a table.

So this was a regular kitchen cabinet, put here as a wet bar in the 1970's when our home was built.  We took off the doors....put some bead-board up....painted the bead-board same Nottingham Putty as the walls.  Hubby "beefed" up the outside with fluting...and rosettes.  I put a fresh coat of the black paint on everything.  These are my bone china cups I have collected since I was 10.  My grandmother got me hooked on them.

Far away shot. The pic to the left...a lithograph of the Shannondo- a (miss spelled sorry) Ship in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard.  The Black Dog Tavern is also in the picture.  This was my whole inspiration with the black and gold.  Again the black woodwork was already here unique, and I love it, and it works here in my Cape Cod....New England home.  I love bright, but I adore warm and cozy.

The added detail.  You can always beef up a look.
Our dining area all done.  The black woodwork was already there when we bought our home...I just spruced it up.  Love my round 100 year old oak table from Craig's list.  Right hand corner is a piece of our new mantel for the fireplace...with gold rope.
Over the windows....found 5 Waverly black/putty plaid valances...{new condition} at one of my fav consignment treasurer stores.  "Robin's Nest" on 6A in Sandwich, MA    {Shout out to Robin. }


So, here is the clock I re-painted, it was blue....and the shelf hubby made with a gold rope trim, and gold buttons to hide the screws.  He did a great job.

I am thankful and grateful and feel very blessed to have a wonderful cozy home.  I am thankful I have a soft pillow to rest my head at night and food on the table.  My {adult children} are well.  I am "nesting" once again....I feel in my heart...maybe just maybe grand babies may be coming.  Oh don't worry...I will let you know.  

Blessings....have a wonderful weekend....







Milinda said...

I need to come visit and see all these with my own eyes! The pictures look great and I love love ALL the things you have done so far. It looks beautiful, warm and cozy! Great Job!

Karen said...

Aww Thank you Milinda. Always love it when you come down to The Cape! The door is always opened. Karen