Thursday, February 23, 2017

Changes Around The House

There has been some moving, and shaking going on around our house this week.

My hubby decided to move out our entry table to my surprise to play with the design for our entry hall project. 

Just moving that little mirrored table out made the entry look much larger to my minds eye.

It also looks a bit bare now, but once the molding details go up it will look more complete. You can read about our design plans here........

He moved the mirrored table into the dining room and at first I thought I liked it, but as I stared at it more I realized it was not right for the space. 

I even moved out my black floor lamps because they did not work then I realized it did not go with my dining chairs, and it just felt like we plunked it there because we did not have a spot for it, not the look I was going for.

It is amazing to me how one misplaced piece of furniture can throw the whole house off. All of the sudden this one piece that did not look right colored how I felt about my whole living area. It no longer had a flow or looked like it had a purpose. This is not good at all.

So the musical tables began and then we had to play with various mirrors and pictures as well. I have to give Kudos to my patient husband for doing this for me.

I like the pieces in their new spots much better now. I do have plans for both areas down the line, but for now at least they look much better than they did.

The mirrored entry table is now the first piece of furniture you see as you enter our home. It now resides across from the kitchen. You can see the wall where our ship blue print use to hang. Notice I said use to hang because it is moving into my hubby's den/office today.

 It's reflective qualities are a definite plus...

I am going to enjoy putting flowers on this table, I can envision some tall blooming branches in the blue and white vase.

Because there is so much shine I also need to add a bit of texture so I am going to try out a natural wood lamp on the table, so there will be more trial and errors in the future.

Here is a picture of the wood lamps in our previous home. I think the texture will be a nice addition to all the shine of the table and the mirror.

The dining room wall now has the black floor lamps back with the Queen Anne lowboy, and one new addition, our sailboat oil painting. I like it for now, but I do have other plans for our next house project in the future.

I really do enjoy looking at this painting, it use to hang in our master bedroom.

The black floor lamps are not quite right but they don't shout out that they don't belong here. I require ambient lighting, and these two lamps are the first lights I turn on every morning.

Ideally I would love sconces in here , but that is another project as I said before.

For now this is how it will be and I can live with it, only a few more pictures to hang and my sweet hubby will be done for now. 

Let's face it, I am never done, always in process because that is how my mind works!!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Pillow Plan On The Sofa!!


I am still waiting on some samples for my Spring pillows for the great room. The samples that I have already received only had a couple that would work and none of them were the perfect PINK that I am looking for.

One thing I am discovering, what is pink to one person is not pink to another. If the word blush is attached to the name it just might be more of a very soft makeup color, more peach in my book, than pink. I don't normally pay attention to names because we all know they can be deceiving.

Since I don't do peach in my home most of the samples I was waiting for did not work for my room. I did find a couple of blue and white combinations that are nice.....



However, I am still waiting on a few more  samples before I take the final plunge. Patience is key in a well designed room. If I am making the investment in a purchase I might as well get the best I can find that is within my budget!

In the mean time I played with the possibilities and came up with what I think will work.

The pillows will be on my blue ticking sofa which sits on my black striped rug as the base. I also have two white chairs in the room that will have pillows.


Area Rug

I have 4 combinations I am thinking about. You will notice that the only fabric that changes is the very first one in the line-up, which is a blue and white combination.

The main fabric I chose as my starting point is Nebula by Pindler and Pindler. I already have pillows made out of this fabric  below is a closeup of the trim I had my seamstress add to the pillow. It is the same fabric that my sofa is upholstered in.....

Now that you have seen all the base pieces I am working with shall we look at four possible combinations?


You will notice I added a touch of white and black as a tie into the rug with the Greek key pillow. I find it  makes a statement without shouting, plus I love Greek key and it mimics the mirror silhouette in our room..

# two

# three

# four

Once I choose the patterns that I like I decide where I will place them in the room. 

This is where I have to be flexible in my choices. Sometimes the pillow that I thought would work in one spot, has to be placed in another in order to have a nice visual flow.

When adding color, or pattern to your room it is important to always keep in mind the flow of the room. You don't want any one pattern or color to be jolting to the eye.

In my collage I place all the important players in the room that will determine the over all feel, look and flow of the room.

By doing this I can tell where the color spots and patterns need to go. Once I have the pillows on site I will have fun placing them and will feel confident I made the right choices.

I write about my process and the way I think to better help you, my readers, to do your own processing and to help you get a jump start on your own projects. 

Just another day in the mind of Kathysue!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

My Spring Wardrobe Shopping List!

It might be pouring down rain outside, but my mind is wandering towards Spring and it's many offerings. 

With each new season there always a few new trends or colors that we can add to our already existing wardrobe to be a little more current.

I am pretty basic, classic/preppy in my style so I was very excited to see so many checks, stripes and nautical looks this year. Also lots of pinks and blues, which are a nice addition and colors I enjoy wearing.

SIDE NOTE: As I looked at all my current pins on my pinboards for fashion and interiors they all go together. Pinks, blues, stripes, checks. I guess I am pretty consistent and predictable!You can take a look at my most current pins here!

There are a few pieces that I have on my radar and would like to get that would make nice additions to my wardrobe.

I just purchased two new pairs of pants for spring....

These boyfriend jeans from Talbots fit so well and trust me that is an accomplishment since I find it hard to find pants that fit me will.

These ankle length pin striped pants in blue will be a real staple in my Spring/summer wardrobe.

I am also on the hunt for a cute denim skirt and found one that will work well for me.....

As you can see my choices are pretty basic and easy pieces to work with in my existing wardrobe.

 Boden always has cute skirts.

I have one other skirt that I have my eye on and when it goes on sale I most likely will get it....

I actually have tried this on and it fits me like a glove. 
See the cute sweater? I would love it in the yellow and they have it in pink too!

My list seems to be getting longer!?

Here is a go anywhere, dress-up, dress down , dress that would be a good staple for a Spring and Summer wardrobe.....

I am kind of in love with this cutie of a skirt! I can see it with a plain white t-shirt or a darling white blouse, fresh and crisp!

I have never been much for ruffles , however stripes, and checks are right up my alley and this top offers both! It also comes in pink, but I think that might be a bit too sweet for me since there are ruffles and checks.



We all know that the off shoulder tops are back this season, however I don't feel they are appropriate for my age, or body type. However there are two other trends that I really do like and would wear.

Bell sleeves



Primary Image of Tie Sleeve Top


Superga® Sneakers-Stripes - Talbots:


Absolutely fell in love with these!

 Main Image - Linea Paolo Fling Tassel Loafer Mule (Women):

I don't know about the rest of you but I for one am super excited to see mules back in style.

I have several pairs in my wardrobe from the past and they are still on trend. Classics will always work.

The reason I am excited is I have an extremely narrow heel and find it very difficult to find shoes that fit me well, but mules seem to do the trick most of the time! Yay for me!!

Main Image - Marc Fisher LTD Whitley Slide Sandal (Women):  

I saw these on Erin's blog, Elements of Style and fell in love with them. This soft blush color can become a neutral in my wardrobe.

Circus by Sam Edelman Lena Black -


Espadrilles are always a classic for Spring and Summer.

As far as trends go I like some of them and wouldn't be caught dead in others, but I think you can see from my choices above I am pretty classic and lean towards what I like to call a grown up prepster style .

Here is a little shopping list of items that I personally am keeping in mind and thought you might like as well....

Bell sleeved blouse
Tie sleeve blouse
Check or striped pants
Wide leg or flared white jeans (I already have these)
Something in pink or blue
Cute and comfy pair of mules
A cute pair of tennies either a Ked, or a converse type style. Classic white Adidas are always a good choice too.

I am sure as the season gets closer I will find other things that I want, especially as summer hits and the temperatures rise!

I hope this gives you a little inspiration!!
What do you have on your radar for this season?