The bad news?

We have a monster leak in the kitchen….and it’s U.G.L.Y.


The good news?

The plan for the new kitchen (since we have to gut) is ready to go!















Here’s a quick look at the current plan.

-Ramsjo Cabinets

-Open shelving for my cookbooks (yay!)

-Wood counters (a nod to our cottage)

– Marble Backsplash

-Farm Sink

-Mixed Hardware Styles

-Sconces to brighten the place up


Really, what makes me smile?

1. Getting rid of the water problem, rotten cabinets and all

2. Putting the dishwasher in a location where you can use it and the range (or it and a drawer) at the same time

3. Cabinets that don’t have attack drawers that fall out on your feet!!

4. Hiding the seldom-used microwave

5. FOOD STORAGE (we have none, presently)…oh, let’s just say storage in general while we’re at it ¬†ūüėČ


Let the work begin! ¬†Next week will be spent working on the kitchen, if things go as planned (around here, they never do…)


BeachBoy has the flu, so I have spent the last three days of vacation stuck in the house.¬† And, everytime I’m stuck in the house, I start sketching ideas for how I’d rather it look.

Today’s victim? The dining room.

For several years, I’ve longed for a dining room with big, cozy seating.¬† I love the look of a table with a settee or two big wing chairs.

Home and Harmony


Taken during KB-Martha Stewart Home tour


We’ve never had real dining room furniture.¬† Our current table was picked up at a flea market.¬† After months of scraping off layers and layers of sticky white paint, we were left with a decent–yet wobbly–table for four.

BeachBoy helped whenever my frustration set in.

 There is no reason for the chairs other than the fact that, at the time, they were the cheapest thing I could find to get us by.

Our dining room has two, and only two, things going for it.¬† First, it has two corner built in units.¬† They aren’t fancy, but they are something.¬†¬† Second, it has windows on two walls.¬† The other two walls are completely enclosed, except for two standard sized doors, making the windows very important.

Because of the location of the shelves, I’d like to put a settee under this window. It is also the window you see when entering the room, from the living room/front of the house.¬†

(Have I mentioned that you must walk through the dining room to get to the kitchen in our cottage?)

Today, I found this one online at a reasonable price.  I also learned that settees are hard to find!

It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but it looks very workable. Plus, the low arms will allow it to slide under the table if needed.

Here is one of my inspiration pictures, from the very talented Miss Mustard Seed.

Miss Mustard Seed's Settee


The one I found lacks the solid back I was hoping for.¬† But the ability to cover and wash the pillows should make up for it.¬† The colors of the settee I found will have to go.¬† I’m tempted to rub some paint over the wood frame, too. For now, I’ll padd and cover our existing chairs to match the settee’s slip. Oh for new chairs!

As much as I’d like to hang sconces on either side of the window, there is no electical outlet on that wall.¬† So, I’ll probably go with lanterns. Hopefully, I can find some to match the ones in the living room.

As you can see in the background, the dining room doubles as my sewing space and triples as BeachBoy’s office.¬† So, a little comfortable seating should go a long way.¬† Having the set moved to a wall will free up some work space in the room, too.