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Kitchen Nook



Frosty nook windows
Frosty nook windows


We are finally at the point where we can start remodeling the parts of the house that we want to change.   It’s important to us to keep the integrity of the house intact and to leave as much alone as possible.  The people who lived here before us have taken great care of this house, were so thoughtful about any changes that they made to it and we want to continue to do the same. Many of you have asked me to post more photos of the inside of the house, so let’s start in the kitchen nook.

Nook overall

This is a teeny tiny room off of the kitchen – about 6 1/2 feet by 9 feet.  I love the feel of this room and the views are spectacular.

Sunset from the nook
Sunset from the nook


Once we decided that we were going to keep this room intact when we remodel the kitchen, we thought it would be great as a little coffee bar/kitchen nook.  There is a perfect area for our coffeemaker, with cabinets that can store all of the cups and drawers that can store the coffee supplies.


nook cabinets

Here is a little sampling of all of the finishes and fabrics going in the room.  The wallpaper is my favorite, of course, with little gold pears sprinkled throughout.

nook finishes

The charcoal paint chip shown will be in a matte finish and will be painted where all of the white paint is currently, with the exception of the base and window casing, which will remain white.  Here are some other pictures of the space.

Window hardware

IMG_5445 IMG_5004 nook photos

For seating we ordered a banquette from Ballard Designs that has seats that lift up for storage, I’m using the plaid fabric there.


I love the design of the existing window treatments so I replicated them, but with the polka dot and black and white checked fabrics.  I’m picking those up tomorrow, can’t wait!

Existing window treatments

We will replace the light fixture, with this:

rib rejuvenation lights

Anthony is painting the cabinets himself, we selected this as the grout color for the white marble mosaic backsplash and will also use it as the cabinet color.  We’re going with a black honed granite for the countertop.

grout and cabinet color

I’m loving the look of this table, kind of a french bistro feel.  I really want a marble top so I can wipe it down and go, and not have to worry about ruining a wood finish or using placemats and tablecloths.  We’ve got chairs that I had upholstered before we left Vegas.

bistro table

Anthony has started the demo, there’s a cool selection of past wall coverings inside and underneath the countertop.

IMG_5434 IMG_5433 nook wallcovering


IMG_2217 demo

The cabinet hardware is the only thing left that we haven’t decided on, so we are in pretty good shape!  I can’t wait to get this project finished, I will finally feel like we have started the long process of making this beautiful house our own.



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This is not my snowshoe
This is not my snowshoe

Anthony has been constantly reminding me to quit asking for snow.  It snowed the first week we were here, but due to some unseasonably warm temperatures, everything melted and we haven’t had any more snow until 2 days ago.  I know that come springtime I won’t be wishing for snow, but if it’s 1 degree out, we might as well have snow, right?  I also had ulterior motives.  Everything looks so much prettier covered in a soft white blanket AND I really wanted to get my snowshoes on.


See?  Even our driveway getting plowed looks charming.  It’s the snow, people!

My oldest sister first introduced me to snowshoeing about 2 years ago – both of my sisters surprised me for my birthday, flew me up to Portland, OR and we had a birthday extravaganza!  Part of the celebration included snowshoeing at Enid Lake near Mt. Hood and as soon as we did it, I was hooked.

sisters snowshoeing


sissy snowshoeing

All it takes to snowshoe are the shoes themselves, a couple of poles and a lot of extremely warm winter clothing.  Disposable hand and feet warmers are also a must.  Even though it was -15 with the wind chill, I wasn’t even scared.  Because here’s what I wore:

Silky Heat Keeper long underwear pants and shirt

snowboarding knee socks

2 hooded sweatshirts

ski pants

these fabulous boots

ear muffs

knit cap over my hoodies

2 pairs of gloves

hand warmers in the gloves and feet warmers in the boots

down jacket

fleece neckwarmer


It was fantastic!  The scenery wasn’t quite as breathtaking as it was near Mt. Hood, but it’s my scenery and I love it.  Gigi went with me for a bit, but only for a short time because I was nervous about her little paws getting frostbitten.  Anthony took a few photos from far away.

gigi snowshoeing
First Gigi had to make sure I wasn’t anywhere near the electric fence
snowshoe farm
Action shot

For those of you who think that snowshoeing is not super cool and might only be for old ladies, you are SO wrong.  Look at how hot this girl from the Athleta catalog looks:

hot girl snowshoeing
This is not me

Snowshoeing burns a ton of calories and is a great way to get outside during the winter.  If I don’t want to gain 100 pounds in the next few months, I need to be creative with exercise and force myself to get outside every day.  There are a ton of beautiful places close to here that I’m going to start exploring.  It’s way too easy to hole myself up inside this house, making lists and dreaming of what we’re going to do in the future.  I can do all of that on my snowshoes.

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Barn Quilt

"Log Cabin" quilt block or "Courthouse Steps"
“Log Cabin” quilt block or “Courthouse Steps” image from Flickr

Anthony and I have made lists upon lists since we’ve moved to the farm.  To Do lists, Questions To Ask lists (What is this pipe for? Can we put our garden here?  How do you repair cracks in plaster?) and the never-ending page turner also known as our Projects List.  I won’t bore you with all of the details, but one of the more exciting projects we intend to work on is to create a barn quilt for the side of one of our barns.

While driving around when we first closed on the house in October, I noticed a few different giant quilts on the sides of barns in the area.  Adorable, what were they?  I did some research and here’s what I found out (according to the University of Wisconsin Extension office).  From their website, about our county:

“The idea of barn quilts began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. It was conceived as a way to draw traffic off a busy four-lane highway as it wound through the economically depressed area of southern Ohio. Local artists painted traditional quilt blocks on weathered tobacco barns, and the project began to attract travelers to the area, increasing business for local establishments. In 2003, Grundy County, Iowa started a similar barn quilt project to draw traffic back to rural areas bypassed when a major highway was rerouted. Their Barn Quilt Loop is designed to highlight the agricultural heritage of the county, as well as the folk art of quilting.

The project began in Walworth County in 2009 and has continued to grow.

The Barn Quilt Project  promotes the rural heritage of the county by highlighting the architecture and history of barns and by encouraging the preservation of these structures for future generations. In turn, the project encourages economic development by promoting ag-tourism and other local businesses.”

I began following a barn quilt Facebook page, because I’m all in. (see my Pinterest board here)  I think we might be able to make it ourselves, at around 8′ x 8′, though we really need to figure out the ladder situation prior to hanging it – see here.  I love the idea, however it might take a bit of time for Anthony and I to agree on one we both like.  Here are some of my favs, all images from Pinterest:


Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Grandmother's Garden




Circle of Fish

Fish barn quilt

Farm Friendship

farm friendship

It definitely needs to mean something to us – 3 of our grandmothers had lovely flower gardens, my Mom’s favorite flowers are tulips and one of the reasons we moved here was for Anthony’s fishing.  I love the Farm Friendship quilt block, it’s my favorite.  But we’re still not there.   Anthony also said he would like it to have something to do with Law Enforcement, even if it just has a thin blue line framing it.  What do you think? Suggestions?  Thoughts on this?