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Decorating With Boxwood

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012


This past Fall Season was so busy for me, I really did not decorate too much for Autumn or Thanksgiving. The day after a quiet Thanksgiving this year, I was ready to go decorate something! Let the Christmas decorating begin!


Have you ever worked with boxwood when making floral arrangements? I think it is the prettiest green branch out there! I would buy the boxwood decorated Christmas trees more often at the florist’s, but they are very expensive- on average $100.00 per tree. But they are so beautiful!:

I gave instructions here on making your own boxwood,evergreen and pine wreath. It came out beautifully and lasted into January.


This picture below is what inspired me to try filling small containers with boxwood branches:



Isn’t it soooo pretty?

This year I found boxwood branches sold in bunches at Shaw’s Supermarket for only six dollars. So I collected my stuff together and choose my container:



Next fill the bottom of the container with floral oasis soaked for at least an hour in water for fresh flower arranging. Cut the stems to desired height and fill in with branches until you achieve a look you like:


I could decorate it with little balls and ribbon if I choose, but for now I like how it looks:


I found them very easy to make. A tip I found useful was a that good place to start putting the branches in is the middle of the container first:


Then fill around until you achieve the fullness you are happy with:


Simple and beautiful. They will last for a long time into the season if taken care of and watered. Have you worked with boxwood branches this year? Can you make a boxwood decorated tree like you find at the florists? I tried one years ago in a class and I remember it being the ugliest in the class. haha I will have to give it a try again someday.



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Working With Existing Kitchen Tile

Friday, November 23rd, 2012


Like many of us working on a room redesign, my friend Rosie from Texas has been updating her kitchen in steps as money and time allows. Here is the original kitchen where we started:



Since Rosie has always dreamed of a white kitchen, her first project was to paint her dark cabinets with Benjamin Moore White Dove Int. Room in a semi-gloss finish:



Rosie has never been too crazy about the color of her range hood:


Until I showed her this beautiful picture :



Rosie wants to maybe replace her existing tile to an all white subway tile (but not in the near future), so for now we need to pick a wall color that will work with the existing tile:


Although Rosie would like to paint the walls white, the clean, bright whiteness of the existing tile made all of the white paint colors we tried next to it, look dirty. Below is a sample of Ben Moore Intense White:


Another color we tried was gray. I suggested a couple grays with different undertones such as Grey Wisp 1570 (green undertones) and below is the tile with samples of Tranquility AF-490 (blue undertones), on the right, with Revere Pewter HC-172 (green undertones- but sometimes looks pink depending on the light) on the left:



I was afraid the Tranquility color would look too baby blue once up on the entire wall. The Revere Pewter worked well with the tile, the hood,  the black granite countertops (black and Revere Pewter look great together!) and the white cabinets. She decided to go with Revere Pewter:



But wait! :) She said that she liked it, but thought it looked a bit too beige and a little boring. She wanted something a little bolder with more personality. If you look at the tile, you will see that not many colors are going to work with it. Not yellow, red or green. The original kitchen had turquoise walls, which worked but Rosie wanted a change. What color is left? Neutral blue.


I know that Rosie loves navy and white together so I suggested that since her kitchen is so open and bright, to try a sample of Hale Navy HC-154 (above). A beautiful color with personality!

Well, she loved it and went for it!:


I think it is beautiful. I like how it toned down the blue in the tile and that it works well with the range hood. And navy with white- gorgeous!:


Rosie is not sure if she loves it. She makes me laugh so hard with her stories about her husband getting mad at her for changing her mind! For now, I told her to try and live with it and see how she feels about it in a couple weeks.

What would you do?? I will keep you updated! Thank you Rosie for letting me share!

If you need help selecting the perfect paint color for your home, contact me today.

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Beautifully Simple Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thursday, November 15th, 2012



It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week already! I am not entertaining any large crowds this year so I am not feeling too stressed about the Holiday this year.





Although dinner is not going to be a big deal, I still like a pretty centerpiece on the table. I am looking for real simple ideas and here are a few I found that I really like:







Remember the key word is simple!:







This might be my favorite (along with the first picture also):



Now how easy is that to put together and doesn’t it look lovely?





So pretty!!

I am going to get some berry branches and leaves and little pumpkins. I feel like doing some type of craft this weekend. Relaxing. I need relaxing things to do. Do you have plans yet?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.



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A Perfect Wedding Day

Monday, November 12th, 2012


I just could not wait to share a few pictures from my daughter Meghan’s wedding this past weekend! These photos were all taken by Meg and Ian’s friends and family.

After two major storms in a two weeks period, their day ended up a perfect, blue-sky, New England warm day. The weather was just perfect! Friday night rehearsal night was so fun:


Bridesmaids shots at the rehearsal! Then we woke up Saturday morning to a beautiful morning on the ocean in Bristol, RI:

29573_10100106586930973_1014147160_n[1]Six AM! wakeup for makeup and hair and then before we knew it, it was time for Meg to get ready for the aisle:


561720_10100106589216393_1630043682_n[1]Awwww…. She looked so gorgeous.

Then off to be married in the church:

63185_787286649267_961223359_n[1]The ceremony was beautiful. I said that I was not going to let myself cry, but when I saw my daughter and her Dad coming down the aisle, I just lost it. And here is the whole family now:

image (5)From the left; our son Kyle, the groom Ian, my baby girl Meghan, me with what looks like a stiff neck :) and my very handsome husband Mike. The reception was held at Linden Place in Bristol, RI. The town has a lot of old history I just love. Dinner and dancing was held in the carriage room. It was soooo beautiful!


A lot of pictures were taken. I can not wait to see them all!! Here was Meg and I just before the reception:


We were lined up outside for the grand entrance then all of a sudden this huge barn door slid open- and there we were!hahaha  Of course I played it up- I felt like a celebrity walking in. It was so much fun.


And then introduced for the first time- Mr. and Mrs. Ian Walch!:


Aren’t they a beautiful couple?


Then a magical night of dancing:


A perfect wedding day! I am still on a high today. I miss everyone though, it went by way too fast. Thanks for letting me share everyone! 


                                                                                 Kelly  xo

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