Tuesday, August 20, 2019

School Bus Time

Hello Blogging Friends.

I am seeing the school bus coming down my street each day.  Ugh!  I know parents are ready for the kids to go back to school.  I am just not ready for summer to end.

Speaking of School Bus's!!!!!!

I know these are all the rage!



You have to see what they did with this school bus!

Love how they replaced a regular front door where the old bus door hung. 
The source for all these bus photo's was found on Facebook.

All I can say is Ahhhhhhh!  Love!!!!

I was kidding Terry with how much we moved in the last 8 years maybe we should get one of these and just drive to  our next place we will live lol!


Clever way to add needed storage.

Love the floors and the shiplap walls in the bathroom.  Super cool!

What a gorgeous shower.

Ok Glamper Fans there's a new Bus in Town!

Even with the bus being so awesome I still love the cute glampers.

If you want to see more glampers you can go to my archived post about glampers here.


Have a great week everyone.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone.  Happy Friday and Happy Weekend.

I thought I would show you a little peek into the new living room at JCC#4 by showing you the pretty drapes. 

Let me share with you the lovely and talented lady on Etsy that made my drapery panels.  

Her name is Shana Asmus and 
her Etsy is called Asmus Home Interiors.  

If you click Here  or on her site name above it will take you right to her Etsy Shop.  

I did not receive any compensation for this just like to share wonderful and talented women I meet that have done beautiful work for me.

My walls are in Behr Pixel White.  It is one of the million whites you can choose. 
It is white with a touch of gray. 
We painted all the trim in Ultra White.

I have to admit that this neutral girl is enjoying bringing in pattern and blue to my whites!

This is the pattern of the fabric.
I bought what Shana said she needed to make the panels and had the fabric sent right to her. 
Saved on shipping.
Shana then made these pretty curtain panels.  Shana does a beautiful job.
Seriously if you need drapes, pillows, shower curtain, etc. visit her Etsy site
You can send her your own fabric or pick from the many beautiful fabrics she has in stock.

There is my little peek into the new living room.

I like the cottage feel these drapes give to the living room. 
I am taking baby steps with adding color to my neutral world. 
So far so good!
 I am embracing touches of the blue.

I am still waiting on a few things to finish up this room. 
Then I will have the full reveal.

Don't you hate waiting for things to arrive that you have ordered? 
I tell ya I have no patience for waiting!


Happy Friday and have a wonderful Weekend.
xoxo
Kris

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fresh Cut Flowers

Happy Wednesday Everyone.  

Hope your week is going great.

I wanted to give a shout out to a wonderful and creative lady that makes these cute stamped books.
I found her through another blogger friend that lead me to her on instagram.

 You can find Jamie's books on instagram  

I will let you all scroll down to see some samples of her beautiful books and styling.
Jamie's books are so cute and she styles them beautifully.
















Here is the books I chose for my home and also a set to gift to a friend that also loves flowers.




Here is the set she sent to me.  I have them styled right now on my coffee table.  





My curtains for the new living room have arrived and I am waiting on a few more things and then I should have the living room reveal to show all of you.

I am embracing adding blue to my whites. 

Thank you Jamie for my beautiful books and thank you for letting me highlight your wonderful and creative soul here on my blog.

If you want to see some of Jamie's beautiful work you can click on the link below and it will take you to her instagram site.
Stamped Books By Jamie'Lee
FrenchCountryCuldesac
Have a great week.
xoxo
Kris






Sunday, August 11, 2019

Pantry and Farmhouse Window

Happy Sunday sweet friends.

We got the new pantry finished up and now I can start to unpack all the pantry stuff!  Happy Dance!
This is how this old German armoire looked when I bought it on Offer Up.


Terry re worked it into the space at the back of the kitchen to make a pantry/coat closet.

This is how it looked after he got everything to fit in place. 
Adding some crown molding to finish the top.



New pantry painted white.



Added shelves for storage.

There is now a coat hanger.  When you live in small spaces you have to use every inch of space available. 
I wish we did not have to have a coat closet but in Illinois we get this thing called winter and it is cold! 
So coats are a must!!!


Found a place to hang up keys.

I finally found a place to hang my old farmhouse window in the living room entry. 
I wanted to hang it over my loveseat on the living room wall. 
The window was too tall. 
 I am glad it would fit inside this window.


I am working on getting the living room together.  I just got my new drapes and they look so pretty.  The blue and white floral pattern is gorgeous. 
I cannot wait to show you.


 Finishing touches now on each room. 
Getting the kitchen finished, our bedroom and living room.

We just finished painting the office area.  Finally all the painting inside this house is done!!!!

Now it is just getting my decorating going and finishing up little things.

Have a great week ahead.
xoxo
Kris
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bathroom Reveal

Hello Sweet Blogging Friends.

I have the bathroom pretty much finished at the new JCC#4.  It was a complete re love.


Old bathroom. 
Everything and I mean everything in this old bathroom was taken out and all new put in!

New bathroom. 
It is hard as most of you know to get a good picture of bathrooms. 
No good natural lighting. 
That makes it hard to show how pretty it really is.
I like this blessed sign in the bathroom.  
I see it every morning to remind myself how blessed I am.


We had a company called Bathfitters come in and re do the tub and surround. 
They come and laser measure your bathtub and surround and custom make pieces to fit your space.
Then they come back and install this in one day.  No mess and torn up bathroom for weeks. 

They put in all new Moen fixtures

Keeping it real!
Did not straighten up the shampoos and soap etc. for the pics lol!

Brand new flooring. 
This is a laminate floating floor that fits right over the old floor. 
No tearing out of the old ugly tiles. 
It withstands water spillage too. 
It snaps together easily. 
We got this at Lowes. 
It is white wash with gray tones.

Added a little cottage blue to the gray and white.

This is the shower curtain for now. 
I have a new shower curtain I am making with the help of a friend that sews coming soon. 


For a little home this bathroom was pretty good size. 
I was able to fit in this storage piece I found at Home Goods.  

Along with the new vanity we got this pretty gray and white counter top.

Found this sweet vintage looking faucet on Amazon.



That is our new bathroom in JCC#4.

I will have the update on the new pantry in a few days. 
The kitchen is coming along and I am waiting on the curtains for the living room. 

Hope to have our bedroom to show you soon too.

Have a great rest of the week.
xoxo
Kris






Monday, August 5, 2019

Cornish Cottage

Hello Blogging Friends.  I have something a little different to share in a post today.  

I have met so many wonderful friends all over the world since I started my blog.  

Still to this day amazes me the connection you can make with someone even if you have never met.  

I have found so many friends that I have connected with and have shared a friendship with over the past 8 years.

One of the sweet friends I met lives across the pond and has her beautiful cottage up for sale.  

I asked her if I could spotlight her sweet cottage and let her tell the story of this special place.  

I hope you enjoy getting to know Gilly and her sweet cottage home for sale.

If any of you are looking for a beautiful English Countryside Cottage here it is!  

I used Gilly's words on most of the pictures to describe this sweet cottage.
I hope you will enjoy learning of the history of this special home.




Cornwall
English unitary authority

Description

Cornwall is a county on England’s rugged southwestern tip. It forms a peninsula encompassing wild moorland and hundreds of sandy beaches, culminating at the promontory Land’s End. The south coast, dubbed the Cornish Riviera, is home to picturesque harbour villages such as Fowey and Falmouth. The north coast is lined with towering cliffs and seaside resorts like Newquay, known for surfing.
Love the sweet blue front door.  So welcoming.


The history of our cottage:

"It was built in 1842, and was originally a farm worker's cottage.  
This belonged to the Earl of Edgcumbe, being part of his huge estate.  

We have been told that the Earl of Edgcumbe gave our cottage to his mistress, because she became pregnant - with the proviso that she never contact him again!

We bought it in 2000.  It was meant to be a holiday home for us, until we retired and then we planned to move there from the Midlands (where we lived at the time) which is about 280 miles away from Cornwall.

Fate took a hand, and in the middle of that year I became ill, and was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E.  
At that time Neill had his own business, which he could continue in Cornwall - so we took the plunge and moved down full time in December 2000.

The cottage was in a poor state when we bought it, and we had to have it rewired before we could move in.  
Initially we just decorated it and had carpets put down."  




Me:  I love the history of places like Gilly's.   Who lived there and what kind of life they had!


Swooning over that Shed.  More about that later.  The grounds of this cottage are spectacular.  Swooning!!!!

"Over the years we have had the garden restored to it's former glory, which revealed a small pond and we have got many shrubs and trees.  
We would class it as a traditional Cornish Woodland Garden."  

"Lastly, the cottage is situated up a narrow lane - originally leading to the farmhouse - which has now been divided into 2 cottages.  
It is in a truly tranquil setting, being unknown even local people.  
We are fortunate to have a paddock and an orchard next to us, on one side."

This is where I would be hanging out all the time.  Is this shed not the cutest!

Just swooning!!!
If I owned this sweet shed I would put in a little bed or hammock to sleep out on cool summer nights!  Ahhh love this sweet shed!

"However, we then began to restore it and we started in the lounge, where we discovered the traditional Inglenook Fireplace (complete with a cloam oven at the side).  
The original fireplace had been smashed and bricked up and then a wall built along the room, which covered the cloam oven.  This oven was used to bake bread."

"Our builder restored the Inglenook Fireplace and we sourced a beam from a reclamation yard, which had originally been in a church.



"In the early days, we decided to remove a cupboard which had been made under the stairs, because it was damp.  
When we had done that - Neill noticed that there were bricks under the first step.  
He removed them and a couple of days later when he went upstairs that step gave way. 
 It turned out that the stairs were rotten - hence the need for those bricks."

"We then had some new stairs made - exactly the same as the others.  
Later we had new doors hand made. 
The door going from the lounge into the porch, is a stable door.  
This is wider and lower than normal size doors. 
Also the outside door of the porch was handmade. Again wider than the normal sized doors".
"The kitchen and bathroom is an extension to the cottage, done by the previous owners. We have had them refitted in recent years, and decided that modern was best for the extension.  We did have a modern stable door fitted to the kitchen".




 Then our builder put in new handmade window frames and built a window seat (with storage below).

The previous owners had taken up the original slate floor in the lounge and used it in the garden - such a shame.

So we decided that we would put down the original cottage sized floor boards - which are considerably wider than those of today.

  We found just what we needed from another reclamation yard and they had originally been in the waiting room of Exeter railway station.  Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon."

"Last year we had the cottage painted, inside and out and had to have some internal plastering done upstairs". 


Hope you loved learning about Gilly's sweet English Cottage that is up for sale.  I love all the beautiful restoration they did to keep the cottage true to it's previous style.

If you would like more information on the sale of this sweet cottage you can go here.

Thank you Gilly for letting me spot light your wonderful English cottage for sale.

Enjoy the new week ahead.
Always thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Hugs,
Kris