Since my post last week I’ve been concentrating on three things…changing up some summer decor, working on a rock garden, and trying to pick the correct ‘white’ for our kitchen wall.
I am not a huge seasonal decorator. I just don’t have the storage space, or truth be told, the desire, to change up a lot of my decor with the seasons. I’m more of an ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ kinda gal.
I typically just add some throws (as much for practicality as anything), change my dining table tabletop, change up my living room drapes from sheers to linen, and some warmer toned flowers replace the brightly colored ones that are scattered throughout the house.
This year I find myself craving neutrals and borrowing from nature even more than usual.
After making my turnovers, I had lots of apples left over. Since I’m a pretty big canner, I have no shortage of mason jars either, so I just picked some Queen Anne’s Lace that is so abundant right now, and I had myself a sweet transitional centerpiece for the porch bistro table.
I picked up some antique jars a couple of years ago at a barn sale (my favorite kind!) and placed them on the porch railing.
Now I want to show you the white color I’m leaning toward for the kitchen wall, but first here’s a shot of a shelf that is tucked away in our master bath above the toilet. I have always felt the brackets should be white, but it was never a priority.
I went to an ASCP stockist nearby and found what I believe to be the perfect color, or actually colors. Their ‘pure white” and ‘old ochre’, when combined, become the perfect creamy white I’m looking for, devoid of any grey or yellow.
I decided to kill two birds with one stone and paint some jars and the brackets so I could get a good idea of the color, and me likey :).
The end result, if everything goes according to plan, will be distressed with some of the wood tones showing. It’s going to be a big project, and one that once started will need to be finished as quickly as possible, so I’ll probably wait until the weather isn’t as nice as it has been. Right now, doing some work outside is more important because soon enough it will be too cold.
Speaking of outside, these plants were all from seeds that were sowed at the beginning of the summer. They took a while, but they seem to be thriving. The overall effect is a little too random for my taste, but I am happy that some of them did well nonetheless.
And here’s the limited progress we’ve made so far with the rock wall. Some of the rocks were left over from the stone step installation, but most of them were dug up by us. My arms are bad ass, I just wish they looked that way :/.
In other news…
The days are quickly getting shorter and cooler, with most nights in the 50’s and days in the 70’s. I love this weather, I just don’t like what follows. We are in Vermont and will be heading to Bar Harbor soon, and I’m looking forward to sharing what I hope will be pretty photos of Acadia with you.
My veggie garden is thriving, and luckily friends are tending to them while we’re away, but our window boxes on the deck are starting to look leggy, and the cucumbers are done, as are the tomatoes. Overall, it was a good growing season!