Friday, October 12, 2012


I have been decorating in my mind for some time now ~
There are of course several places in need of sprucing up. You might not think that as you walk into  the cottage, but having lived here for nearly 36 years, I know when I need to change things up!

For quite a while I have desired to attack the kitchen. I have dreamed and planned and searched. I have even made a palette of color and fabrics and floor samples.
I have decided to redecorate Country French. There are several things that need to be done to complete the look I am desiring. I am planning on refacing the cupboards and drawers. I will keep the existing hardware.
I want to replace the flooring with slate tile. I would like to have crown molding and bead board on the walls, using muted colors for the walls and off white cupboards.
The utility room will be a muted turquoise accented by the black refrigerator.

My counter tops are especially a challenge as they are 1950's yellow with Burgundy trim. Quite charming for retro, but not quite for French Country. I also have a garden window above the kitchen sink which will be a challenge.
I think that I wish to have a white subway tile back splash, or slate, but I do want a white with gray swirl marble counter top. We will see what I come up with.

I have also been looking for a sideboard for the opposing wall next to the stove to feature my tea dishes and to store other cooking items.

I have come close to settling for a buffet, but in my designer's dream it is just not right.
Of course I want to get the best price for what I want , so I continue the search~

I recently changed out my old oak dining room table for something that my mother in law had kept in her living room to display family photographs. I didn't have the heart to unload it with other items we were cleaning out for a minimum price. It had such charm~ so I have been searching for chairs that would complement the table to give the French Country look.
My daughter is currently re decorating her living room and has been looking for a hutch. In her search for her piece of furniture, she stumbled upon a table and chairs, six of them, along with a matching hutch. Bingo! Off we went to the Estate Sale and found just what both of us were looking for!
With some paint these chairs will give me just the feel I am wanting for my dining room and give me a kick start on the kitchen, as they are right next door to each other~

Give me your ideas and let me know what you think~m


Jennipher said...

I know that whatever you decide will be beautiful but your kitchen (ask my husband) is one of my all time favorites as it is. I love the countertops, I love the sink, the stove, all of it! I love the memory of making snickerdoodles with Erika and just eating the batter while we played American Girl Dolls. I love your house...and especially the kitchen:) But, I know it will have the same sprit of love no matter what beautiful change may come! xo ~jenny

Vista Gal said...

You are the second 'friend' of the family that has 'looked back' upon life at Beverly Cottage before it became the Cottage.
My heart warms with those charming memories and the love of sharing time with the girls who graced our home.
You indeed were such a blessing to us and we remember so many fun times and your humor~
If walls could talk~
We will try to keep the kitchen true in it's flavor. I am planning to keep the sink and stove, as I love them and they have assisted in so much this home has provided for this family~
This weekend we have been here 35 years. The sink has bathed our babies and that stove has prepared many 23 lb. turkeys for the holidays and Birthday Cakes celebrating all the years of our family~
Thanks for sharing in those years with us <3

Chip Fleury said...

Just found time to read some of your stories. :-)

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