Great Little Gardening Tip

Written by Kelly on April 5th, 2014

flower pot


I thought this was such a clever idea!: You know how you have a drainage hole in the bottom of your plant container?:


Well, to keep the soil from seeping from the container’s drainage hole and creating a mess on your walls and steps, place a piece of fine screen over the hole before filling with soil:



That will help keep in the soil instead of running out the bottom every time you water.


Pretty smart idea, don’t you agree? I read this idea in a Proven Winner catalog. I am so ready to start working outdoors! How about you?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Stained Or Painted Kitchen Island?

Written by Kelly on April 1st, 2014

stained island


I am working with a client in her new home which is being built. The homeowner, Sara, asked if I could help her with some of the major purchases so that she would get it right the first time, without all the stress. We are starting in the kitchen, which is the central room to all of the first floor.

stained island2

She has already chosen white for her cabinets and a medium wood stained floor. She wanted to pick a wall color next, but I told her she needed to pick the granite out first, then the wall color.

blue island


I am so glad I could help her with that decision. It is much easier to pick a wall color around the granite, rather than have to choose a granite color around your wall color. Agreed, right?

While she is looking at granite, I am gathering information and photos to help her decide what look she loves best for her kitchen island. Painted or stained wood?:

white island


blue island2


stained island3


red island


white island2


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So many beautiful choices. Which would you prefer, a stained or painted island with your white cabinets? Hard decision!

If you need help making major purchasing decisions in your home, contact me today.

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Idea To Stop Those Rugs From Slipping

Written by Kelly on March 29th, 2014

new rug2

I really love this rug I picked up at Pier One. But I could never use it because it is so slippery!:


I slip and slide all over the place every time I use it. First, I tried cutting a rug mat for underneath. But is it just me, that I can never lay it back down flat or with nothing peeking out within eight tries? So aggravating!

Then I was going to try out this tape:

rug tape

But do you know how sticky that tape is? So sticky, I thought my wood floor was pulling off when I tried to lift it up.

I had read about the idea of using silicone (or acrylic, depending which blog you are reading) caulk. You are supposed to turn the rug over and make a few rows of the caulk on the back, let dry and hopefully that will keep your rug in place. But if you read the comments on these blogs, people had a few problems with it. Such as changing the color of the wood stain and also feeling the bumps of caulk underneath. Hmmmmm..


Since I had already bought the tape, I figured what if I put the sticky tape around the edge of the back of the rug, pulled off the tape and attached the rug mat right to it?:

rug slip

rug slip2

rug back

Pretty smart idea! Being all one piece makes it so much easier.

new rug1

How to you keep those rugs from sliding all around? Do you think this is an idea worth trying?

I shared this idea over at Serenity Blog here! A lot of great ideas at her weekly party you need to check out!

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

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More Granite Decisions

Written by Kelly on March 26th, 2014



I thought picking the actual granite stone would be the only difficult decision to make:


But as my husband and I found out, there are other important decisions to be made. Such as the surface. Today, you can have your countertops polished, honed or leathered:


We choose the leathered, which is still smooth but has a little texture to it. I think it will be much easier to take care of and not show every little fingerprint or water spot (you can read more here if you are interested in learning about the different surfaces).



The next step was having the installer come to the house and measure. I had my heart set on not having the granite brought up the wall as a backsplash. I wanted it clean like this:





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But no, we have another issue. The installer, who owns the business and has been doing this a long time, tells me that all of those beautiful pictures of the backsplash going to the bottom edge are from homes in the South where it is always warm. In the Northeast, where my home is, the house is always moving and adjusting for the different temperature changes. If I were to put backsplash tile all the way down to the granite counter, the separation of the seam would constantly be changing. The seam would be separated and open at times and I thought it might collect dirt as well as not looking attractive.

 granite meet


What do I know about granite?? So, I followed his advice and am going with a 4” high granite backsplash. I think it will still be beautiful (and easier to clean!).

granite with granite backsplash


One other big decision was the countertop edge. Of course there has to be about eight different edges to choose from. We chose a half-radius edge at first. Then the installer told us we should get a simpler edge because when the granite is cut for the edges, it turns smooth and shiny. Since our granite is leathered, we have to be careful of too much of an edge showing. The shiny would draw too much attention to it and it would stand out. So we choose a simpler beveled edge:

beveled edge


So many decisions! And yes, if you were wondering, we picked the Viscont White granite over the blue after our adventure to the granite yard here. The blue was gorgeous, but I felt it would be too ‘bossy’ in our kitchen. I love the simplicity of the black and white and it will work best in our home!

Love to hear any thoughts or comments. Thanks everyone!

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