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Details, Details...

Thank you for all of your kind comments on my last post!  We are really enjoying the kitchen/dining space!  Today I'll share a few of the details...

When I found these lovely old Johnson Brothers dishes at the thrift store, I was inspired by the color and decided to use it in the redecorated space.  With the hutch top painted black, everything shows up so much more.  I also added cup hooks...

I took an old wooden box and turned it into a holder for bottles. 

I made a label "Flaskers"...Norwegian, which translates into English...bottles.  
 I'll share a tutorial soon...

We added board and is painted with Behr's Swiss Coffee, as are the cabinets.  The wall color is Benjamin Moore's Edgecombe Grey...
a light greige color with a nice warm gray look...

The rug is from Lowes...allen + roth.  I love the color, 
as well as the Scandinavian feeling...

The "wood" floor which so many of you have loved, is actually a laminate with a 40-year wear warranty.  It has the look and feel of a hand scraped wood floor.  We love the look better than hardwoods we looked at, and with 2 dogs and lots of was the perfect choice!  It is a floating, glueless floor with easy installation.

The "Fresh Eggs" sign was one I created for the space over the doorway...
you can check out the tutorial...

Angie from Knick of Time has this great graphic available as an instant download in her etsy shop for just $1.50.  I had it enlarged at Staples as an architectural print and attached it to a yardstick backed with magnetic tape.  It covers the big black hole on the side of the refrigerator in such a decorative way...

This early 1900s chalk roses drawing was done by a 12-year old girl...

I love using vintage hangers to hold artwork...

I found this modern clock in the thrift store recently, and distressed it for a great look.  The gooseneck lamp, terrarium, and beautiful bottle are all 
garage sale or thrift store finds...

Don't you love this old typing table?  Such great legs and an old wood top...

Bread boards, including a fun Scottie Dog, are gathered in a wood tote I decorated...
you can check out the tutorial here.

The little pig is new, but so cute...

The back of an old chair and a metal clip, hold a lovely old cow print...

 In the kitchen, the subway sign is a great looking reproduction...
I love the old ones but they are pretty spendy...

This corner of the kitchen has a little coffee and tea station...

Aren't these the cutest tea cups?  They're a recent thrift store find...

A vintage cookie jar holds utensils...

One of my favorite recent thrifting finds, is this lovely English banded pitcher...
looks so pretty with dried hydrangea...

The cabinet with chalkboards was created using contact chalkboard vinyl.  You just cut it to size and apply it, then season it by rubbing the surface with chalk and erasing it...

A Scrabble game wood tray was glued and screwed in from the back, to hold the chalk...

That's it for now...I'll be sharing a few tutorials soon!

I am joining~

Until next time...


  1. OMGosh it is all Fabulous !!!!!!! What a great kitchen. I have a laminate floor in my kitchen also and it has held up very well, I have had it about 8 years and still shines and looks new, when it's mopped LOL
    There wasn't anything you showed us that I don't like , love the big alphabet sign and of course the chalk boards
    Thanks for stopping by my blog I am much better and recovering , almost ready to go thrift store shopping

  2. It all looks great, Linda! I love the accessories you've used and you have so many great ideas here.

  3. Wow Linda, I love it all. Love your floors and all of your sweet treasures. It's the little details that make such a huge impact.

  4. Love the Scrabble chalk shelf idea! Love all your ideas. Sweet coffee bar, and doesn't take up too much space. I have old electrical, so space my small appliances out. (Can't even use the electric can opener: it shuts the electricity down and I don't have a modern fuse box.) You have such wonderful ideas. I would love to implement some of them.

  5. There are so many darling touches here! I'm amazed at the flloor. And I will have to check out that chalkboard vinyl. I will definitely steal that hanger for displaying art idea!

  6. Fun and whimsy at every turn! I love your ideas Linda!

  7. Stunning Linda, LOVE seeing the details in your kitchen. Pinning a few right away too.

  8. Eeeeeeep! Adore it all. Especially the chalkboard (contact paper) door. And those dishes! Gorgeous color. We put that floor in a bathroom where the grandkids take splashy baths and it's held up really well. So far. :) Mimi

  9. I keep looking over every single detail in your kitchen. I adore everything! You have such a eye and talent for decorating.

  10. Linda, I can't tell you enough how much I love your make-over! You did an amazing job!!

  11. I must have a tutorial on your board and batten. I know it's probably along the lines of "cut boards and nail to wall", but I need it spelled out for me. Or you can send your husband down here to do it for me :) Seriously, love the whole kitchen!

  12. Wow, everything is looking wonderful! I love the hutch with the blue and white dishes. Very striking!

  13. Linda, I think your kitchen is adorable. I like the little vignettes. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  14. Your dream kitchen is just that, Linda - Dreamy - in every sense of the word! I just love all of your attention to detail - the way you have carried over the beautiful, soft blue in your dishes and artwork, the lovely vignettes, your little coffee and tea is all so wonderful. Enjoy - I know how hard you worked. Hugs xo Karen

  15. So, so pretty!! I was just typing "love all your attention to detail" when I looked up and saw the previous commenter said the exact same thing! I love the floor and wall colors but it's all the little details that makes it feel so wonderful and homey! I also took note that a lot of what you accessorized with was found at thrift stores….goes to show it doesn't take a lot of money to make a beautiful home.

  16. GORGE-OUS!!!
    Did you get the flooring from lowes as well?
    We are doing the upstairs and need an easy durable floor, I would love this!

  17. Linda,
    I am so glad that you shared all the details with us. Some of my favorites are the floors...the pig...vintage hanger and the board and batten.


  18. Such a pretty, pretty post. Love ironstone, of course, my favorite! The blue dishes are beautiful. I'm thinking about painting a few pieces of my whites, gray so that my ironstone will show off more! Love these!

  19. Linda, there are SO MANY great ideas in this post I am thrilled! From the scrabble chalk holders to the architectural print to cover the dark fridge side, to the hanger for art are so clever! And I'm coming back tomorrow to pin stuff. Hey - thanks for sharing at RL Thrifty Life Thursday again. You're awesome!

  20. Oh my land- this is all so great! Love the scrabble tray idea- will have to do that for my chalkboard wall. What is the name of that lovely blue and white Johnson Brothers pattern? Linda, it is just beautiful!

  21. I know I am going to look at this post again and again.... and I will be telling my bf about your scrabble tile holder/chalk holder!!!! Such a great idea!

    I just love you and your blog :)

    Karen x

  22. You've styled this room perfectly! Love all the little details!!

  23. I love the details. It makes it all look so cozy and homey while still sophisticated. I love everything and it has inspired me to shake up my kitchen some. My husband has been in the egg business his whole life so I am going to make me one of those Fresh Eggs sign. You did a wonderful job and I am loving the Johnson Bros. china. The floor is amazing and I would not have guessed it was laminate. Great great job!!

  24. It's all just lovely, Linda! From those adorable teacups, to your pretty rug, to all the vintage treasures you've used in unconventional ways, you've created a beautiful and cozy space for your family. Very impressive!!

  25. Linda, I love it all, every single part of it. I'm going to pin the wall colors to a board I have for colors I would use.

  26. Such cool and inspiring ideas! I can't wait to get started, you are amazing!

  27. I so enjoy looking at all your displays. The dishes are gorgeous, all the details are so pretty. Can't wait to see the tutorials!!!

  28. Linda,
    I came by your blog on a whim...and it has made all the difference in my world!
    Bits 'n Pieces is the name of our booth at Unique Antique Market here on the Prairie.
    I use many of the same serene, tranquil hues that you have in your home
    for our booth space and for my creative space, Studio One.
    I have enjoyed my visit immensely, today!
    Thank you for such a lovely post and blog. . .
    now, I must go and explore some more!
    Visiting from Common Ground!

  29. This post is an absolute treasure trove! I love the simplicity of the designs and the pops of color on the black and white palette background! When can I move in, LOL?

  30. And contact vinyl chalkboard? Who knew? Not me!

  31. I love the transferware dishes you scored! Your whole kitchen is lovely. Every time I look at your kitchen posts it makes me more motivated to get this one finished but I'm afraid it won't be totally done until next winter. But you have given me some ideas! I scored on a large bread box like yours that I plan to use, somewhere. So many things we have are so similar yet will end up looking so different! You have done a remarkable job! It's beautiful! (I finally decided on the wall color, I'm going with the Behr Cottage White, whew...glad that's decided!) :)

  32. I think I could get lost for hours looking at the details of your lovely home and collections :)

  33. Oh Linda the black hutch is just killer with the green transfer ware in it. I caught up on the last post too. The kitchen and dining room has your own unique touch. Love them, olive

  34. All of your changes are really beautiful, Linda. I love the black granite counter tops and of course the white cabinets and the use of turquoise. Everything is just super!

  35. You're going to be featured at RL Thrifty Life Thursday this week, Linda! :)

  36. Wow!!! You know how to give a gal some inspiration!!!
    So many wonderful treasures and eye candy!!!
    Prim Blessings

  37. LOVE it all Linda, what a great job!!! it all looks like perfection together! glad to hear about those laminate floors!

  38. I so want that cow picture!!! Love it! Everything looks gorgeous! Visiting from Common Ground.

  39. You are so creative and I love all your ideas! I'm a new follower.

  40. I can't believe you found the Johnson Brothers plates at the thrift store! My other favorite parts are the old hanger holding art and the pig on the scale. Fantastic! Will you come do my kitchen? It's in desperate need of some style!

  41. I just found your blog. Love it!
    Where did you purchase your flooring? It looks like exactly what I am looking for.


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