Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There’s Something About Blue…

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Sometimes I feel like a traitor when I keep gushing so much over blue. You see, orange is my favourite colour. But, there is just something about blue….
 
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Especially the deep, navy shade that never fails to make me weak in the knees.
 
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So what is it about blue? I had to do some research about its psychology and meaning. Here is what I found from empoweryourselfwithcolorpsychology.com

This color is one of trust, honesty and loyalty. It is sincere, reserved and quiet, and doesn't like to make a fuss or draw attention. It hates confrontation, and likes to do things in its own way.
From a color psychology perspective, blue is reliable and responsible. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence. You can rely on it to take control and do the right thing in difficult times. It has a need for order and direction in its life, including its living and work spaces.
 
Hmmm, we may be onto something here. I know visually(I am a very visual person), I enjoy looking at blue. I’ve rounded up some spaces with splashes of this color in the design. Let’s take a look, shall we?
 
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Are you besotted with blue too? Do tell! xx
 
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Friday, July 18, 2014

What You Get For the $ in Antwerp, Belgium: A Converted Chapel for Sale

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When my darling friend, Anita of Castles, Crowns and Cottages decided to host another European link party, I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. Today, we’re headed to Antwerp, Belgium to tour a four-bedroom home in a converted chapel that is now on the market for $1.51 million.

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According to Tim Van de Velde of the NYTimes(where I spotted this gem), children from the village took bible classes here.

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the library
 
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The living area boasts parquet floors with radiant heat and a fireplace designed to recirculate heat in the 49-by-33-foot loft-like space.
 
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Swooning over those windows!
 
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Simple master bedroom
 
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the master  suite features a walk in closet and bath
 
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This moated Wissekerke castle that was once occupied by local nobility is now an art museum and a local attraction for weddings. Guess what? It’s only 150 yards away from the converted chapel. Buyers should love that, right!? Please visit Anita to be whisked away all over Europe! xx
 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Painted Lower Cabinets in Kitchen Designs.

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Painting the lower cabinets in a  contrasting color from the rest of the kitchen or the upper cabinets, OR using a different material from  the upper cabinets is a design trend that many designers and homeowners seem to be embracing. It’s a great way to add interest and contrast in the kitchen. Of course, I found the best examples for you to peruse and decide if this look is for you…
 
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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and here’s to a beautiful week! xx
 
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Arches.

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I have always been enamored with this specific architectural detail. Arches always seem to beckon to me. Here is a delightful roundup of spaces that sport beautiful arches…
 
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Are you a fan of arches? I hope the Summer is going great for everyone. As you can imagine, life has been very busy here, but I am not complaining. Summer has been amazing so far! xx

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Upcycling in the Garden: A Crate becomes a Vegetable Garden for the Boys.

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Zion seen here at age one didn’t have a chance to escape the beauty of gardening. He observed his gardening fanatic Mom in action and wanted to do exactly what she was doing. Although, the watering can was bigger than he was, he would still attempt to water the vegetable/flower garden. He had inherited his Mother’s love of gardening…

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Lil Ian pictured here at about 1 year old also has a love of watering the flowers…
 
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Although we have a vegetable garden, I decided to make them their own vegetable garden; one they could readily water and would be easy for them to maintain, you know, since they are already such gardening fanatics! One day, I was in the shed and saw this crate and I thought voila! It had the perfect depth and it wasn’t too big.
 
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After removing the top
 
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I used left over paint from the guest bedroom makeover to paint the crate and sealed it with a mod podge sealant.
 
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And there is the after!
 
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I planted basil, chives, bell peppers, and tomatoes. There isn’t much but this is just enough for them to be able to maintain. I can’t wait to see their excitement when the tomatoes start to bloom! What’s going on in your garden? xx