Friday, February 3, 2017

Ironstone & a Garden Hose Holder?...

So, I have collected quite a bit of ironstone. I have quite a few platters. Fancy scalloped edges, and plain ol' edges. Big platters, small delicate platters. I just don't have a lot of space to display them properly so I can enjoy them on a daily basis. I've thought of hanging them, but that hasn't happened yet. I was in Marshall's the other day and was just kind of looking around, not really looking for anything special and I came across something that I wouldn't normally have thought to use to display my platters...

A Garden Hose Holder...
I don't know why it came to mind to use it for that and I wasn't sure it would look right. 

But, when I got it Home and set it on the buffet in our dining room
 I liked it. And my husband liked it too, which is always good. 

It holds quite a few platters and if you know anything about ironstone platters, they are heavy.
 I was pleased that so many fit in this garden hose holder turned 
Ironstone Platter Holder...

~and it cleared up space in my china cabinet~

~I Love how it looks~

I have them sitting next to my ~Pottery Barn beverage dispenser~ that holds 
one of my ironstone pitchers.

They're sitting on the buffet we picked up a few years ago. 
It is the first piece of furniture we painted and distressed. 
We still love it and it looks great in this space.
 You can see what our buffet looked like before here.

The ironstone looks perfect placed in front of the antique oak mirror turned chalkboard.

Have you every picked up something (like this garden hose holder) and used it for something completely different? I'm not usually a think outside the box kinda girl.
 But, I think this time it worked for me!
Thank you for stopping by!
I'd love to hear what you think about my ironstone platter holder?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Before the Pretty, there's Ugly...

If you've stopped by to see what we're doing in our laundry room these pictures will tell a story of their own. Alot of work is going on and I'm not the best at this stage of the redo!
The pictures below are on the dark side, because we here in West Michigan have gone 22 days, until yesterday, without Sunshine! So forgive the dark and gloomy pictures, although they are probably appropriate for the state of this room right now.  As you may know, we decided to remove the drop ceiling in our laundry room and discovered upper cabinets that were hidden to this original built in!

Along with that a whole bunch of Ugly was uncovered!
My husband and I differed on how to approach most of this. All I'll say is he won and the room was drywalled, by my husband....not my favorite job. But the walls, original plaster, were in terrible shape. As is the ceiling!

Lots of holes, large holes....random holes!
Not to mention all the peeling paint and plaster. 

But, he loves to drywall... 
He may argue that point!

There was a hanging light between the 2 windows over the counter that used to be there. But we thought a light over each window would be better for what we have in mind. I'm excited to get to that point in the decorating!

I am also excited to get to the walls behind where the washer and dryer go and under the windows.
When we get to that point I will feel like progress is being made!

We also had different ideas of what should happen in this area. His idea won and will look great when he is finished...again, can't wait for that! This is where we believe the old cooking area was when this room was the kitchen, or so we think it was. There is an old huge odd shaped vent up there that is very cool, but useless for a laundry room. So it will get covered up again. 

Thank you for stopping by. These redo posts are not the prettiest of posts, but I'm also using my blog as a journal of sorts and keeping it real is part of this journey. I wanted to incorporate this old locker, but it doesn't look like there will be room for it....sad I know. Any ideas what I should do with that?

As always I am grateful for your visit and if you have time to let me know what you're up to I would love to hear. Hope your day is delightful!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

And then there was Sun...

If you live in West Michigan you are loving this right now! As the meteorologist claimed today it has been 22 days with NO sunshine....22 days! I had to snap a few photos of this glorious day. 

This photo is out my back entry window.
 The old lead glass windows make for a perfect frame when the scenery is as lovely as this...

The beautiful snow laden trees...
Love the Sparkle!

I'm getting the Sun at the back of my Home...
not as photo pretty!
But, my kitchen is glowing!

I hope the Sun is shining where you are!
My day just got a whole lot Brighter!
Thanks for stopping!
Are you seeing the Sun today?
Do you have this much Snow?
I'd love to hear!
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