It’s spring break and we are having a “staycation”. Ella is in NYC with her BFF and that leaves Matthew and Sophie home with me. I took the kids biking yesterday and we went to a favorite place, the Capital Crescent Trail. We stopped along the way to bike through a gorgeous older neighborhood named Kenwood that abuts the trail. It is well known for its spring cherry blossom trees. If you don’t want to fight the crowds at the Tidal Basin in DC, then this is the place to be. I love Kenwood because I also like to be nosey and look at the gorgeous old homes. I took a few pics to share and there are more if you click on the link above 🙂CONTINUE READING
I showed you all last weekend my Easter craft (Spring Easter Basket Bulb Garden) where I took an old basket from the thrift store, applied a whitewash and added soil and bulbs. The bulbs have bloomed and it looks fabulous! I hung my vintage Easter eggs onto my chandelier (Easter Egg Chandelier) and voila! My dining room is now decorated and ready for Easter lunch!
The weather this week has been glorious and it truly feels that spring is here! I was thinking of a fun spring themed project and inspiration hit when I found this vintage basket at the thrift store – a Spring Basket Bulb Garden. I actually found all three baskets below – score!
We had quite the weekend but first, I’ll share what you are likely here to see – this week’s favorite find. Wow, this china cabinet was a lot easier to get home than the Bassett Cabinet I shared a few weeks ago.
Did I fool you? It actually is a sweet jewelry box and I plan on painting it white. Look at the tiny door pulls!
A great Favorite Find Monday! I am not typically too in love with desks but this one really caught my eye. The lines are gorgeous – especially its legs. The feet are splitting so I need to apply some wood glue and fix those before I can really get to work with its transformation. I have a feeling this one will be quite the “before and after”!
Warning: this post really has nothing to do with painting or furniture 🙂
In the Washington, DC area, the arrival of spring brings blooming cherry blossom trees. They form a beautiful canopy over our streets. I always take the kids downtown on their break. We trek to the Tidal Basin to walk along the water under the cherry blossoms along with all of the other tourists from around the world.We have a picnic lunch under the Washington Monument… and visit the Smithsonian Museums. This year at the Natural History Museum, Sophie held a large cockroach (that is thankfully only found in Madagascar)…Ella saw an exhibit all about Australian wildlife and her beloved koalas…and we oohed and aahed over the Hope Diamond.How lucky are we?!
The Spring Buffet was originally very banged about and in pretty bad condition. Here is a quick recap on the “before” of this piece from Favorite Find Monday.
I started out by painting the buffet in General Finishes Antique White. After standing back and looking at it, I began to question the finished look. Was it too shabby chic for a french piece? Was I yearning for more color as the spring season takes hold? I have no idea but out came the paint brush once again. I find that either a piece sings to me or it doesn’t and if it doesn’t, I will never be happy with it until I make it work.
Can you feel it? I mean, really feel it? It’s slowly warming up and spring is finally in the air! After spending so many long, dark and cold days in our family room, I thought to brighten it up with a few small changes.
Going back to the beginnings of the room – here is a pic from a few years ago when my husband ripped out the old parquet floor and installed a new, warmer toned wood floor. You can also see how dark the brick hearth was. Above on the ceiling (unseen) were dark wooden beams.We had a large wool Pottery Barn rug in the room and I just switched it out with a smaller, sisal rug that I purchased from The World Market. We can see more of the new wood floors and it brightens the room. The whitewashed brick (what a difference from the “before” pic above!) also lightens the room. Since that picture above was taken, I painted the beams white and the ceiling between in Benjamin Moore Muslin. It gives the ceiling an illusion of more depth and height. All together, the floor, brick and ceiling changes have created a lighter and larger feel.