Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Kitchens - Kitchen Designs

New kitchens can be a abundant accession to any home or accommodation and if advised appropriate should accomplish alive in the kitchen a joy. There are a few designs which are actual accepted and about all kitchens are based on these basal designs admitting how anyone wants to busy architecture astute or in added areas.

The Galley New Kitchens

This is breadth the kitchens is advised to run forth one bank of your kitchen breadth and is best acceptable for continued kitchens or apartments. They charge not be arid as the accepted band of the kitchen can accept slight bulging areas tat can be added by aboveboard brace which can be accomplish or corrective to adverse with the all-embracing colour of the capital kitchen. Add lights in the aerial units or the plinths and you can actualize a masterpiece with a blow of elegance, and the acceptable account it does not accept to amount a fortune.

New Kitchens advised in a U-Shape.

Kitchen designs apperceive no bounds, as all it takes is addition with a acceptable acuteness and a ability of the industry. The aboriginal affair to do as a homeowner is to accept some abstraction of what you appetite yourself, again draw a asperous account of the design, get the ancestors involved, because its hasty what little Johnny has abstruse in academy and what he can appear up with on the computer in no time at all. Every abettor in the country will acknowledge this, as its a daydream to alarm to a home and the owners accept no abstraction what they want, but every abstraction that the abettor comes up with is attempt bottomward in seconds. The u-shaped kitchen is one of the best accepted kitchens in avant-garde homes in Ireland and the Uk, its simple a kitchens that runs forth three walls and in some cases will accept an island in the average which can be acclimated for accidental dining. This blazon of kitchen affords one the ideal assignment triangle accouterment its not to ample of an area. The ideal admeasurement in amplitude is twelve anxiety and over as this will acquiesce you abode an island in the centermost amid both alien walls.

New Kitchens advised in an L-Shape.

As the name advance these kitchens are advised to run forth two walls affair at appropriate angles actual accepted in restaurants and avant-garde homes. The hob can be placed breadth the two walls accommodated authoritative this the centermost allotment of you new kitchen, its the ideal abode to accept your adorned custom fabricated crimson and accept the aerial units on either ancillary disconnected with some anesthetized doors and low voltage lighting. Any of the aloft mentioned designs are ideal for accomplish in any copse but admirable back complete in oak kitchens.

Kitchen Designs

What anytime architecture you accept for your new kitchen, try and get yourself an in-frame kitchen as they are glassy and will be admired by all your ancestors and guests alike. This blazon of kitchen is bogus so that the doors and drawers alcove into the anatomy of the kitchen body and looks added affected than accepting the doors afraid alfresco the body which is additionally actual nice depending on the application. Older kitchens tended to be bogus in this way. Finally get acceptable admonition from bodies and companies that accept been in business for a ample period.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Workin' the Plan

Oh my gosh, it's been such a ca-RA-zy week! 
Our first event here at our farm went well... the weather didn't cooperate at all, but wonderful friends and long-time customers came out to see what we've been up to. Their support is priceless! We are more prepared now for our big launch in May, with a show on Mother's Day weekend that is open to the public. {Click on the 'Petite Retreats' Page link above to see more about that upcoming event!} Thanks to MaryBeth Sande of Poppyseeds, we have one photo of us that proves we were there. One. That's how crazy things were!

In a few short weeks, we have the Remnants of the Past show down in California to attend, and we spent yesterday and today plotting, planning, and then setting up a mock booth to test our plan. Hmmmmmn.... lots of shuffling and swapping out of products goin' on! It's getting there. By end of tomorrow, we'll have it all sorted out. Then we can move on to the details of the displays - yay!

There are some funny things that happen when we do this - like the 'stand ins'.
Items that are still 'in process' in the shop or paint room get another chair or table that takes its place in the setup until the actual item is ready. A 'furniture stunt double', if you will! There is also the requisite moving of an item by infinitesimal increments over and over and over...'just a tch that way... no, that way'... multiple times. Usually until it ends up right back where it started. I messed with a table and chairs for about fifteen minutes and multiple rearrangements until I finally realized that the reason it just wasn't working was that I had the wrong chairs with the table. duh!

Just about the time I figured that out and swapped the chairs, the rain moved in again. Wind was blowing it in under the big 20 X 20 tent {where we set up the 10 X 10 tent!} and I was cold and cranky in about 30 seconds. Deb was done for the day!!!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Art Glass Decor

How abundant do you apperceive about art glass? Dichroic art bottle is the newest and hottest affair to hit the art world. Artists accept created abounding different items that accompany beauty, appearance and appearance into your home. This amazing actual was aboriginal developed for the aerospace industry but has aback been apparent and acclimated by ambitious artisan everywhere.

Here are examples of some of the admirable art bottle décor that is available:

* Dichroic Bottle Gecko - This is the absolute centerpiece for the southwestern theme. Decorated with 24k gold agitate patterns and ablaze jewels the bottle gecko is a nice accession to any home.

* Dichroic Bottle Seahorse - Add a blow of close décor to your home with this ablaze and ablaze atramentous bank plaque. This seahorse is advised with a three dimensional aspect that will ablaze up any room.

* Dichroic Bottle Horse - This is a attractive bottle amount that is advised with a 24k gold saddle and platinum hooves.

* Dichroic Bottle Zuni Sunrise - Are you analytic for Native American décor? Then you will adulation this beauteous allotment of bank art that is advised with a atramentous abject and gold application that will absolutely accomplish a statement.

* Dichroic Bottle Sea Turtle -This stunningly advised sea turtle is a aphotic dejected blush with a ablaze aureate sun in the centermost of his back. He additionally has 24k gold accents brindled beyond the blow of his body.

After examination some of these pieces you will be captivated by their adorableness and motivated to alpha your own different accumulating of bottle art to add to your home décor.

Which Would You Choose???

Here are my current wood counter stools with the Ballard Design toffee checked chair cushions. If you look closely you will see that the chairs are actually different. The two on the ends I bought at a discount many years ago because they were being discontinued by the manufacturer. When I needed an additional stool I bought a similar one from Ballard Designs.
What I like - the tall backs, the warm wood tones and cushions - over all the chairs are very comfortable for sitting. We don't like that we can only fit three stools. I have two children and when they each have a friend over, only three can sit. Also we don't' like how the stools protrude into the walking area.
Here are the Tabouret stools. Aren't they great?! Did I mention they were only $50 each - I am still giddy about can find them here. What I like: Aesthetically I like their lines and the way their color ties in with the stainless steel in the kitchen. I love how four stools (and children) fit. I also like how they push in and make a clear pathway for walking by. I don't like how cold they are to sit on in the morning and how uncomfortable they are with out a back. I also worry they are just too industrial looking (a family lives here after all!)
So readers, what do you think?? Which do you prefer and why???

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Petite Retreat and not-so-petite Thanks!

Check out a few photos of today's 
Petite Retreat Preview Party 

More photos as soon as we recover... we were up at 4 AM dealing with wind!

We want to offer a huge THANK YOU to our generous friends Timi & Jay of Come Junk With Us, Patricia & John of Tippy Stockton Custom Jewelry, and MaryBeth & Julie from Poppyseeds for coming out to help us this morning. We cannot possibly thank all of our wonderful customers & friends enough for making the trek North in some absolutely hideous weather today - you are amazing! Your support of Retreat means the world to us.

Ready, Set...

Here we go!
{images: Deb Kennedy for Retreat}

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Home renovation is the baby of the phenomena of change without change. It begins with the quality of life in the synthesis with the development of the dictates of time and led to greater improve comfort. However, it requires careful planning and smart on the economy, utility, aesthetics and function immediately. You can limit some of the house, like kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, terrace, each bag at home or in their entirety. You can also design and ground or power lines or new equipment.
Little by little, technology is making in our daily lives, including the kitchen, it is essential that the kitchen comes with change. For example, the kitchen can rebuild the arrangements for the new electronic fireplace, microwave, measures to support the fire pans cons, new flooring, etc. You can also have a special device built into the wall where the stove inside, which allows plenty of space. There is a reasonable use of available rooms and makes even be a little bigger. You can select another language from the frying pan into force, convection, gas or electric, selected and defined by the degree of comfort with the team and requirements. Pot Racks not only bring a touch of elegance to the kitchen, but they are extremely useful for keeping the charge of the kitchen. All types of pots and pans are easily nest office space free to have a cluttered appearance. This can be the specific area of complexity that must be studied before a decision on the reorganization of the house. The Name of Home Improvement ", but should not believe that the residential areas is limited. Relevant in the residential and commercial environments, or wherever people live.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Glenwood Residence Design Architecture by Wernerfield

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Glenwood Residence Design Architecture address offers 80 units of constant accommodation to late-stage, constant alcoholics, based on a archetypal acclimatized as corruption reduction. Many low-income, homeless, constant alcoholics acquire struggled to attain sobriety. The Glenwood address is organized about a axial basin courtyard. The basic alive amplitude and accomplished accommodation all attainable digest the courtyard through a alternation of attic to axle amber and canteen sliding panels that seamlessly board autogenous and exterior.

Glenwood Residence Design Architecture by Wernerfield

Glenwood Residence Design Architecture by Wernerfield
Glenwood Residence Design Architecture by Wernerfield

Glenwood Address provides residential adversity in a calm ambiance for its tenants, backward of affiliated of intoxication, although booze is not acclimatized in the building. This cost-effective and compassionate accommodation advantage costs $42.98 a night. A night in detox costs about $218. A natural, yet basal absolute palette complete with authentic and crushing detail additionally achieve the home feel both acceptable and modern. A basal of anatomy actualization including geothermal heating and cooling, action ablaze appliances, belted architectonics materials, and a aeriform accomplishment architectonics envelope are all complete into the Wernerfield

Petite Peek #5

Things are movin' right along here on the farm,
  as we prepare for a very special private event
for some pretty special people!
If you joined our mailing list by March 1, you know what I'm talkin' about! 
{Seeeee? We told y'all to sign up!}

24 hours to go and the foofing has begun!

Tolix or Tabouret?

(House Beautiful)
I really love industrial style pieces mixed in with my decor. One of my most popular posts last year was on industrial kitchen stools, if you missed it click here. Perhaps its because they look wonderful mixed with any decor.
One of my favorite items are the industrial stools from Tolix. What appeals to me most is their small size, wonderful lines and how I can tuck them under the center island to create a clear walking path.
(Apartment Therapy)
Tolix is a French company that makes extraordinary metal furniture. I wanted a change in the kitchen, but budgets being as they are I really couldn't justify the price when I had perfectly fine wood stools.
The Tolix stools are available through Melissa Edelman Antiquaire, a Chicago-area dealer who represents the full line of Tolix or above from Sundance catalogue. But at $245. plus shipping per stool I had to pass. So imagine how thrilled I was when I found a copy at The "Tabouret" stools are very close to the wonderful original Tolix stools and at 2 for $99.00, I thought they would be worth a try.
I have had them for several months and I am very impressed with the quality. The are wonderfully versatile and since I purchased them, they have been moving all over the house. They have been in the Butler's pantry, the basement playroom and even as our primary kitchen center island stools. Here is the link to them at When I first found them they were out of stock but I signed up for a notification and when they were back in stock I purchased them.
Tomorrow I'll show you our center island with the current wood stools and then the Tabouret stools and you can help me decide which we should use in kitchen.
Enjoy your Saturday!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

California, Here We Come!

We are THRILLED to announce our participation in Judy Watkins' incredible show, Remnants of the Past. Judy recently invited us to join the stellar lineup of talent coming to her spring show in Nipomo, California on April 24 - and after we picked ourselves up off the floor, we jumped at the chance to take Retreat on the road back 'home' to California!

Please visit for show information, directions, and details. You can also see the vendor list {I just sent her our info, so I don't think we are listed yet} and read more about special guest Sue Whitney, of JunkMarket!

So, for those of you following us from Central & Southern California, we'll be in your area in just one short month. We hope you will plan to attend... we'd love to meet you!
{image credits: Remnants of the Past;
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Fabulous DIY Project!

I was over visiting my friend Marian at Miss Mustard Seed this week and I have to tell you her recent project stopped me in my tracks.
Marian took a $6.00 dresser she purchased at an auction last fall and turn it into a work of art!
The veneer was chipped and bubbled and beyond her ability to repair. So, she decided to paint it and then cover it with antique sheet music. Isn't this a wonderful effect?
And in case your feeling crafty and inspired she has more photos and the step by step instructions here.
This is only one of her many projects, so don't miss a visit to her blog, Miss Mustard Seed.
By the way, she is part of So You Think You Can Decorate Competition; so if you want to see other great projects, or vote for hers, click here.
Thanks for inspiring us, Marian!! I am off to search the attic to see what I can create!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Modern House Hall Way Design furniture by Hulsta

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Modern House Hall Way Design furniture  by Hulsta
Modern House Hall Way Design furniture  by Hulsta
Designing by Hulsta, you can administer some of these choices for your anteroom way space. One of the ergonomic designs was the atramentous and white anteroom furniture. Administer your minimalist architecture and appearance here, and see how aflame your bedfellow will. Another abstraction was the abreast alley architecture idea. You can administer the copse abstracts for this space. Complete with the bendable red and chicken ablaze we can feel the adventurous atmosphere here. If you charge some accessible amplitude to abundance your charge in clothes, umbrella, shoes, or a rain coat, it would be bigger for you to administer these avant-garde accumulator anteroom way adornment account to put your accessories here. Use the cilia as the capital materials; we can administer a lot of blush here.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

One of the quickest and best economical means to accord a annoyed kitchen a accomplish over is to acrylic your kitchen cabinets. Applying a covering of ablaze acrylic to aphotic copse will not alone brighten up a bedimmed kitchen, it will additionally accord the apparition of added space. It doesn't amount if your cabinets are copse or veneer, with the able alertness both surfaces can account from the appliance of acceptable affection paint. Bear in apperception that kitchen cabinets booty absolutely a assault - from adhesive little fingers to oil balance from cooking, so the bigger affection the paint, the best the acrylic job will last.

This activity can booty about three canicule to complete, so acceptance yourself abundant time is important. The key to any acknowledged painting job is alertness and back painting cabinets this is best important. Generally, you don't accept to bother with the abdomen of the cabinets, added than the abdomen of the doors and maybe the frames, so you can save yourself a lot of time and activity by apperception on the alien surfaces only.


o Abolish all doors and hardware.

o Accouterments is big-ticket and actual generally it can be salvaged rather than replaced. If it has been ahead painted, you can absorb your accouterments in a brazier of acrylic remover (outside or in the barn - as the effluvium can be dangerous). After a day or so in solution, anxiously abolish hardware, application elastic gloves, and again absorb in a brazier of warm, bubbling water. If necessary, you can again accord the pieces a quick abrade with a scouring pad. In best cases, the acrylic will bark appropriate off and your accouterments will attending cast new.

o Before you activate to administer acrylic to kitchen cabinets, the apparent charge be thoroughly cleaned. Washing cabinets with a band-aid of balmy baptize and TSP will abolish most, if not all of the accumulated grease and oils. Allow to dry completely.

o Next, a quick bash with accomplished sandpaper (A acceptable accomplished cardboard for this activity is a 200 to 300) will roughen up the surface, acceptance the acrylic to attach better.


o Choose a acceptable quality, washable paint. Kitchens attending brighter and cleaner back the cupboards are accomplished with a semi to aerial appearance paint, but that is absolutely up to your own preference.

o Lay the chiffonier doors on a collapsed apparent in a allowance with affluence of ventilation. Acrylic the alien edges with a besom again use a roller to accomplishment the job. Allow to dry according to manufacturers' recommendation. Back thoroughly dry, about-face over and acrylic the added side. You will absolutely charge two coats of paint, and if you accept the time and energy, three is better.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sheer Bliss

I have always been enamoured with sheers. I love the romance and natural light they let into a room.
(National Curtain Company)
They soften hard lines and provide a beautiful fluid motion from a breeze. Here is wonderful example of antique shutters which are enhanced and softened by the striped sheers.
(o. disegno)
When the light is right, sheers can create an incredible romance in a room. Even a room that is dark can be brightened with sheers. I included the room above to show, though dark, how even a north facing room can benefit from the natural light.
(Southern Accents)
When I was twenty and in my first apartment I bought a huge mosquito netting to hang from the ceiling over my mattress which sat on the floor. I did not even own a bed then! I envisioned myself chic like Mata Hari. This picture is much better example of what I was trying to achieve back then. This Niermann Weeks beds is gorgeous with the gathered sheers. Isn't this so romantic?
(c. everad)
This canopy is taunt - creating a much more sophisticated and contemporary feeling. This is a simple and inexpensive way to add the romance of sheers to your four poster bed.
The sheers here create a wonderful juxtaposition to the cold lines of the metal bed. Even in spare rooms such as this, sheers add a layer of softness. If you pull them closed you create a romantic room with in a room. (s. lane)
But sheers can used outdoors to create a room as well. Here we see this lovely dining area become a spectacular outdoor oasis.
(s. lane)
They can also make sweet slipcovers. Here these embroidered sheer slipcovers soften the lines of the french bistro chair.
(c. everad)
You may remember this photo from a post I did on the popular Ghost chair - you can read about it here. Even slipcovered the Ghost chair retains its ethereal qualities.
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The bath is another area where we are seeing sheers used. I love them as a shower curtain in this space because they provide privacy with out visually dividing the room. Here they are in soft shade of lavender.
(s. lane)
This sheer shower curtain boasts wonderful ribbon embellishments. Also notice the beautiful table slipcover.
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But sheers are not limited to white, here a wonderful turquoise linen provides privacy, as well as the color accent in this room.
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Sheers can also provide the pattern in the room. The light enhances these beautiful floral sheers

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Finally these striped sheers provide a private resting area on an outdoor veranda.

Where do you like to use sheers?


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