Sunday, January 17, 2010


Thank you to Morning T for passing me the Sunshine Award!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Blue Monday and Curing My After-Holiday Blahs

It's Blue Monday and I am joining Sally @ Smiling Sally! I've often enjoyed reading the Blue Monday posts of other participants when I visit their blogs but this is the first time I've posted on Blue Monday.

After looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and dressing the house in it's festive attire, and enjoying time with family and friends, it's always a little deflating to un-decorate the house after the New Year, it seems so negative, and while I like getting things back to 'normal', I do feel blah with nothing but the long, cold winter months ahead.

So I went in search of ideas to rid my home and my heart of the 'blahs'. A few websites I came across advised decorating the winter months with robin's egg blue. At first I thought it was a silly idea. Well, I always thought of robin's egg blue as more of a very pale pastel or 'baby boy blue', and I never associated those blues with winter, but then I heard it described as 'Tiffany's Gift Box' blue and that description was right-on:

I do love this color, I think it goes well with almost any other color, I think it's fine as a 'winter' color because it feels so cool, and yet it holds the promise of spring. I think it's a great color to chase away my 'after holiday blahs'.

And while I love the look of these rooms...

...I don't think I'm willing to undertake a big paint project right now.

But I do like the idea of adding pillows...

...and throws...

...and lamp shades...

...and vases...

...and picture frames to my home.

I even like the idea of adding a bit of robin's egg blue to my kitchen...

...but I don't think I'd go as far as adding this to my kitchen!

And aside from my home, I love the idea of this color for clothing...

...and shoes!

And it looks like somebody else agrees with me!
(She looks adorable!)

And if you're into 'western wear'... can even get boots to match!

So I've found lots of ways to alleviate my after-holiday blahs with robin's egg blue.
I don't know if I'll go as far as polishing my nails robin's egg blue, but I might!

Happy Blue Monday!
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kitchens Now And Kitchens Then

I was browsing the web looking for the latest trends in kitchens and I came across these pictures:

While I do love all the modern conveniences these pictures of the 2010 kitchens might offer, and while I am trying to organize my house and simplify my life, I did find these kitchens all a little too organized, too cold, and too minimalist for my taste.

Now compare the latest trends for kitchens in those 2010 pictures to the latest trends in kitchens in 1910:

I have to admit, I do love today's technology, but there is something about these old 1910 kitchens that I am so attracted to.

Well, to tell you the truth, my dream kitchen would probably look more like this:

Or this:

Or even this:

What about you, which would be your preference?