Remodels, redos, and renovations are the three R’s ruling the past two weeks at Casa de Places In The Home. I’ve had a few things on the creative part of my brain (this could be trouble), and there’s no time like the present so here we go. Let me share a in progress preview pictures with you.
and now we have…
Are we having fun yet? You bet we are! More details and pictures to come. I have added the Our Home page with pictures of the spaces recently completed.
My Company Peas recipe continues to be one of my absolute favorites. The first “company” meal I prepared as a new bride thirty one years ago marked the premier of this recipe. It is still bringing in rave reviews from family, friends and company.
2 cans very young small sweet peas, drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. Kraft cheez whiz
½ – ¾ tsp. garlic powder (according to personal taste)
¼ – ½ tsp. black or white powder (according to personal preference)
salt to taste
1 can tiny shrimp, drained
In a large saucepan, mix peas and mushroom soup together over medium heat. When heated through, add cheez whiz, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir well and reduce heat to medium low. Once the Cheez Whiz is melted, add the drained shrimp.
Allow shrimp to completely heat through over medium low to low heat, stirring to prevent cream ingredients from scorching, sticking or burning.
It would be difficult for me to want to be out of this office. Organized and ready for work, I have been considering home office ideas and what exactly a home office space should say about the person behind the desk.
Limitations and restrictions on office decor fit certain workplace spaces and environments, and it is safe to assume most of us got the memo on what is acceptable for the workplace. Thank goodness the home office space is fair game.
Taking all things into decorative consideration, I’m thinking an overall neutral color palette will suit my home office needs. It is a wonderful foundation to build a color palette upon through home decor, accessories, lighting and office essentials. Updating through color is an easy update, and a space touched by color is a space touched by personality. I call this the home office chairman of the board moodboard.
The moments of tranquility we’ve enjoyed staring out our kitchen window at the hummingbird feeder and waiting for the wonder of nature rank high on “the best things in life are free” meter. We are experiencing oppressive heat and drought conditions here in the Deep South. Birds of all kinds of feathers flock to the hummingbird feeder for water on a first come, first gets basis. I got uncharacteristically quiet the other morning, that glazed look of decor inspiration came over my face, and Dave the Builder knew a wrought iron chandelier bird feeder DIY project was on the horizon.
A couple of years ago I purchased two ornate six light wrought iron chandeliers at auction sans wiring. The price was fantastic- $20.00 each. I gave one to a friend for a housewarming gift, and the other one I have kept at the shop in “don’t put a price tag on that one, I might keep it” mode. I lovingly refer to the shop as my personal climate controlled storage unit but, I digress. I rang up Dave the Builder and asked him to drop by the shop and bring the fixture home. I let him in on my intentions for the fixture and he assured me it was doable.
I found a six pack of mini terracotta planters at Hobby Lobby. The small drainage hole in the bottom of each planter was the right idea but not large enough to fit the bolt. Dave the Builder carefully drilled larger holes to accommodate.
We both agreed it would be better to leave the terracotta pots in their original finish vs. painting to eliminate any potential harm to the birds. The modified pots fit perfectly into the candle cups, and we folded the leaves around the pots to further securing them.
You could have heard Dave the Builder all the way to Canada this morning when we had a hungry guest for breakfast.
DIY home remodeling projects are here to stay. Books, blogs, websites, and entire television networks are dedicated to the pursuit of teaching and sharing the inside scoop on how to face, tackle, complete, and master the DIY home remodeling project.
Reluctant contemplators may at first over think their qualifications and/or limitations. The bevy of information available helps to reinforce the I think I can into the I know I can project. One slip back into negative territory and here comes the over thinking it stage which leads to regression, which ultimately brings us to the solid ground of “suck it up (insert name here), let’s do this!”
Perfect doesn’t always make for realistic instruction or television. We are all fallible and make mistakes. The professionals on DIY programs allow for, show and emphasize missteps, mishaps and mistakes. How else would we, the captive audience, take the pressure of perfection off ourselves and put the do it yourself in DIY. Seasoned pros in the know are eager to share problem and time saving techniques. Dave the Builder is a sharing fountain of how to information. People have asked over the years how he came to be able do so much of everything? Vision, drive, desire, attitude, and financial creativity make you learn real fast how to jump in with both feet.
The more you do, the more proficient and comfortable you become with your level of expertise. Each remodel or new construction job can be described as controlled chaos. It is true of professionals and DIY amateurs alike. When it all comes together, and the light of the DIY day can be seen, you”ll know exactly why you do this. One completed and beautiful project, one renewed sense of confidence, two consonants and an apostrophe later you’ll ask yourself the final question, “DIWhy did I think I couldn’t do this?”
Tea or coffee time is usually an on the go event where the most stylish aspect is the blend or bean. When time affords the opportunity, I bring down from the cupboard the “company” collection of antique and vintage sugar bowls, creamers, flatware and demitasse sets.
Mixing china patterns is a great way to showcase vintage and eclectic items while keeping the accent on unique style.
It’s the perfect time to take decor liberties with “eclecticity.” No rhyme and strictly for the look of it reason sets the table for what coffee and tea time are meant to be, a relaxing break from the routine. Shabby chic boutiques, resale stores, grandmother’s china cabinet, online stores and antique shops are collection creating central.
The pairing of a formal sterling silver with a whimsical white porcelain cow creamer works. I refer to it as the decor Donny & Marie effect-I’m a little bit this and I’m a little bit that. The potential “this is so out of place” impression will be overruled by the pop of color principal. A little something to shake things up promotes the fun factor, and fun should be an integral part of design and decor choices.
At this very moment as I create and type, Dave the Builder announces it is coffee time. The “eclecticity” of this moment will be unforgettable. It is a work day for him, which means he looks the part (in need of coffee). It is also a work day for me, which means I’m decked out in frazzled chic (make mine strong!). I believe I’ll go with a crystal sugar bowl, flow blue creamer, and dollar store gold rimmed porcelain coffee cups. It’s the perfect service to set to help us celebrate the moments of our DIY life.
This timeless color combination choice is the most distinct of distinct color choices- an interior design and interior decorating classic that commands the room while beautifully owning up to the bragging rights of presence through powerful neutrality.
Decorating with the color pink is a decorista go-to in my portfolio preferences. Over the next few postings I will be showing a series of color charts, fabric samples and wallpapers for your viewing pleasure. I am appropriately titling the series Color Your World. I’ve selected a few fun, funky, classic, trendy, traditional, elegant and affordable options. Who couldn’t use a little color in their decor world? Let’s kick things off with interiors, ideas and a shades and styles design board featuring ideas for decorating with the color pink.
Men and women, Mars and Venus! Dave the Builder and I have two completely different views on which way to go with the title of this post featuring bottle drying racks, but compromise equals blogging bliss.
Antique and vintage items that are repurposed in practical, useful, and stunning ways catch on quick with the reproduction world. Reproduction bottle drying racks widen the field of affordability, offer broader size and color options, and add to the popularity of these home decor jewels.
A countertop counterpart sounds better than dish drain extension, doesn’t it? Super problem solver to one of my biggest dish drying dilemmas. Bottle drying racks provide a stylish option for storage, display, and freeing up a precious kitchen commodity-counter space.
A bottle drying rack will fit perfectly on the countertop and clear the bottom of the cabinet above it. I’m considering the look and function aspect as a dinner party focal point. Tea-towels put a fashionable spin on the dinner napkin. One tier for water or wine glasses, one tier for after dinner coffee or tea cups, and one tier for tea-towel dinner napkins.