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painted vintage hutch

I’m not rolling’ in acres of Grandma’s china but dang I love a good hutch.  I bought this vintage one off Craigslist last year for $130.  A pretty good deal given that it’s by Finch Fine Furniture who became Thomasville Furniture in the 60’s.

IMG_5685Ooooo….you like that seafoam carpet?  It’s so plush and ugly.


The previous owner finished it with greige chalk paint and wax (I think).


Obviously the styling is half ass at this point – though I love my $15 Staffordshire dog –  but the brass hardware is so gorgeous and I love the lines of the hutch.  However the color needs oomph.  What would Beyonce lacquer this baby in?




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The living room is rough right now.  We took the wallpaper down but haven’t cleaned the walls or painted anything.  Ultimately the room will be neutral with off-white walls and board and batten to the ceiling, medium brown hardwood floors, and slate fireplace surround.  After that, we can bust out the color, or keep things neutral.  I’m undecided.

Of course I should wait until the room is done before deciding on a color for the hutch but I keep thinking about it.  So throw your ideas at me.  Should I make the hutch pop, or fade into the background?  Should I paint the inside of the hutch something funky?  Or dark?  What would you guys do?



painting the dining room

When we first moved into the house, I was convinced I wanted navy grasscloth in the dining room.


I’m now leaning towards neutral grasscloth but either way, the clams to pay for any grasscloth are still in the making.  So my mind starts reeling with in-the-meantime decorating ideas because the pink….is making me mental.  And yes, it’s true that nothing good can happen in this room until the green carpet is gone.


But let’s talk about walls.  I recently stumbled on this dining room by Jessica Helgerson, who’s obviously a bleepin’ genius.  I love the rich green walls with the burlap chairs.  The stain on the hardwood is also very similar to what we’re planning.


The color is Dark Pewter by Benjamin Moore, a great mix of blue, green and gray.

dark pewter

Imagine if that color and this room had a baby


I picked up a sample of the Dark Pewter and am trying to convince my husband that we should rip up the green carpet and live with the sub-floor for a while.  What’s a few splinters, right?




boxwood + hydrangea

Our front yard has a lovely stone walkway leading to the front door but the landscaping along it needs help.  There are a couple blue hydrangeas and a white peony bush.  Other than that it’s a mess of pachysandra and stumps from hacked off yews and rhododendrons.  Our house faces north so I want shade-friendly oakleaf hydrangeas flanking the front stoop but along the walkway I’m thinking of doing a dwarf boxwood hedge with blue hydrangeas behind it.

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The boxwood hedge will be a nice contrast to the lush hydrangeas.  Right now though, we’re still waiting to see what our new yard turns up.  Everything is about a month behind because of the cold winter.  But….we can tell we have three mature lilac bushes.  Yessss.  I’ve wanted a big lilac bush for-evah!   One of them is right outside the windows over our kitchen sink.  Sigh.  Heaven.




propogating a hydrangea stem

We have a bed of hydrangeas in our backyard that gets perfect sun.  Dappled light all day.  So, despite our crappy city soil, the three mophead hydrangea that line that little side bed are doing very well.  One of the plants put out a stem that’s quite long.   After seeing this idea in This Old House….


I decided to give it a try….

There was space between the stem-producing plant and the one next to it but I had a random hosta there.


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