Friday, January 6, 2012

January Pinks, Updates & Parisienne Farmgirl!

Hello lovelies! How is everyone on this glorious Friday? Sorry I've been somewhat "M.I.A." since my last post, but unfortunately I picked up quite an unfriendly infection post New Year's that left me a bit ill this week. But the weekend is drawing to a near, and I'm feeling much better, thankfully! And I say "thankfully" because I have sooo much work to do this weekend, and I promise you'll find out why soon enough... :)

Since I was "quarantined" at home for most of the week, I was happy to finally be able to leave the house on Thursday afternoon to pick up some supplies at Home Depot. There I spotted these pink carnations; and well, like the floral addict that I am - I couldn't resist but take these home with me. :)

When I was younger, I didn't really care much for carnations {I know, ignorant me}. But as I got older, I actually found these little fleurs to be quite charming & pretty. And I love how they are "hardy" so I don't have to worry about "over handling" them. :)

So I put these lovely pinks into one of my favorite antique English vessels, and then started snapping away! I just love that this gravy boat doubles as a vase! :) Now the rest of my post may not have anything to do with these flowering images, but it's the only "pretty place" left in my home right now, so please bear with me... lol

Now while everyone has probably already taken down all of their Xmas decor & lights, I've still yet to put all of our holiday stuff away. But I promise to cross that off my to-do list this weekend along with FINALLY painting our cabinets white!

I know I had started that project back in November, when I took the doors off their hinges and began sanding them. But everyday life sort of had gotten in the way since then, so I couldn't start finishing off that task until last week! I didn't realize how much {TEDIOUS} work goes into painting them, but just know that I am more than halfway there! Being sick caused me to put this project on hold even more, but I plan on tackling it head on this weekend!

Speaking of paint, I've come across quite a dilemma when it comes to wall color. When I first moved into our home, I had a particular paint color in mind that I wanted for the kitchen, living room & halls. However, back then I did not educate myself properly on the correct way to test paint samples. So, to make a long story short, the paint color that is currently on our walls is not the color that I originally had in mind. :(

Now my question for you is this: would you settle for wall colors that are so-so and be willing to work around your kitchen, living room & hall paint colors {because it's not that I DON'T like it...I just DON'T love it}?

Or would you be willing to find the perfect shade and REDO the entire kitchen, living room & halls so that you can LOVE all of your wall colors? I was thinking along the lines of settling...but then something deep down inside me tells me to just RE-PAINT! I'm still up in the air about this. I have until this weekend to make my decision!!!

And the reason why I would have to repaint all that space is because our house is built in such a way that all of these spaces are NOT separate. It's an open floor plan where the kitchen opens into the living room, which leads to the hall. The dining room {aside from the bedrooms, bathrooms & laundry room} is the only thing that is separate.

And quite frankly, that is SO MUCH painting to do, as I do NOT enjoy cutting in where the ceiling meets the wall and where every other nook, cranny and corner is in that particular space. But I really want to LOVE my wall color, and currently I'm just not feeling it!

And remember in this post where I showed you that we had to take down a wall so that we could put up a more sturdier & insulated one? Well that new wall is now up, but currently we are in the process of building or finding a used closet system...for ALL OF THE BEDROOMS!

What does that equate to? That means we are still pretty much living off our boxes since we still don't have closets. This also means we all {with the exception of our preschooler}, still do NOT have beds yet since the boxes and junk take up the space where our beds and furniture would be. The good news is that I have been purging, selling, and just getting rid of the excess, while we await a solution for a new closet system {have you seen some of the outrageous prices for these systems?}.

With that being said, it might be awhile before you'll be seeing photos of entire rooms {unless those rooms get done, of course}. Only because we are working on more than one project at a time, and currently it looks like a tornado just hit our kitchen! So for now, I'm just going to entertain you with these pink & romantic images. :)

In other news, I also want to mention that the lovely and talented Angela at Parisienne Farmgirl is launching her new quarterly, online e-magazine! If you aren't already a follower/fan of Angela's Blog, I'd suggest you hop on over to her site to check out what this fabulous e-magazine has to offer!

Here is a sneak peek of what she has in store for you all:


Isn't she just great?!?! I have ALWAYS enjoyed Angela's free spirit and honesty on her blog. She really is a unique and talented gal who is just refreshing in every sense of the word!!! She is also having a FABULOUS giveaway in collaboration of spreading the word for the launch of her new quarterly e-magazine. So be sure to CLICK HERE for all the juicy details. This giveaway ends on midnight, January 7th {NOW EXTENDED TO MONDAY the 9th AT MIDNIGHT!} - so hurry up and visit her BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE to get the scoop. To subscribe directly to her new magazine, visit:

Ok my dear friends, that is all for today! Wishing you all a most marvelous weekend! Oh and by the way, I will be having a fabulous guest post next week, so stay tuned for that {think Vintage}! :)


Sharing with: My Romantic Home, Rose Vignettes & all the the lovely ladies at Pink Saturday
Common Ground, Feature Yourself Friday, Homemaker on a Dime, Home Sweet Home, House in the Roses, Sassy Sites, Saturday Show Off, Tickled Pink, & 2805


awal.ny said...

I am the paint type of person, but it does sound like you have a lot on your plate. Can you do one section at a time so it does not seem so overwhelming? Good luck.

Unknown said...

Oh tuff question. We also have an open floor plan... So I get it. If you have the time and energy... just go ahead and paint! You'll be happier. But if you are like me and time is at a premium... don't worry about it. You are the only one that will know. I promise! :) As always your pictures are so pretty. Thank you for posting them and sharing them at Fresh-Cut Friday. :)
Happy New Year!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I say paint...but take your time and it won't feel so overwhelming! But wait til you are feeling 100% (glad you are feeling better)! Your photos are so pretty! Wishing you a great weekend (and thanks for the visit)!

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures and pink is always so right. We also have an open plan i our house and it's not so easy always.


Cindy said...

Sorry to hear you were sick! There sure is a lot of that going around! Those carnations are pretty! I only like natural carnations, not the ones that are dyed blue or green... Your's are very nice!!!

Roser og Patina said...

Dear Jessie. Your carnations was just beautiful! It is a fantastic flower! Liked very much the porcelain pot that you have put the flowers in:) Very nice! Good to hear that you are healthy from the flu. I was sick on New Year's, it's no fun. I think I would have painted the kitchen. But take your time! Wish you a wonderful weekend! Hugs Ellen

Tricia said...

I would say paint. I can tell that's what you want to do...I think it's going to bug you a little if you don't. I love your carnations, they're so pretty. I always like how they last sooo long too :)

Unknown said...

All of your stuff is so pretty! I found you on Fingerprints on the Fridge's link party.

Check out my blog if you get a chance...
I'm just getting started and would appreciate any ideas and support!

Anonymous said...

It's official...I'm in LOVE with you, uh, I mean your blog. :) Much love and admiration! Lisa

Revi said...

Feel better and get your rest! Everything will be there waiting for you when you're back to 100 percent. :)

June said...

I would have to paint, I think, because I'm a if I don't love it, I don't like it kindda girl.
But I LOVE your carnations and am sure coveting that beautiful vase! Your photos are so beautiful.
I hope you get all better soon, especially with all the work it sounds like you have waiting for you.

Thank you Jessie for your lovely message you left for me at my place.
hugs from here...

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi~~ I say PAINT!!!!! You may as well be happy and if there is a chance to do it now, you have to go for it!!! Glad you are feeling better:)

Barb said...

Hi Jessie, such a lovely post....surely makes me smile. Gorgeous flowers.

Hope you are feeling better really soon.

Barb ♥

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you have been ill; I hope you are feeling much better now.
I would re-paint. We've tried living with colours we don't like and it has driven us mad. I have to confess, they were always colours I chose!

Shannon said...

Glad you are feeling better and can't wait to see your kitchen all done. I really, really want to paint my kitchen cabinets but I've done it before at our old home and I promised myself I would never do it again so I don't know if I can start a project like that again.
I'm sure you will want some time off after the cabinets but once you find the energy again I wouldn't settle for paint color. Find the perfect one and go for it ;)
Have a great weekend!

Marti McClure said...

Your photos are just beautiful. I love that you used a gravy boat as a vase. Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

okcamp said...

Those are the prettiest carnations I've ever seen. The ones they sell around here are so dyed they don't even look real.

I think painting is theraputic, but good ventilation is a must, especially if you're not feeling all that well.

Are you taking before and after pictures?

Unknown said...

These are gorgeous!

Blondie's Journal said...

It's very hard to say if you should paint, it really is up to how you feel about what you live with. If it's okay, live with it...if not, wait until you feel 100% and then go for it! You have so much going on...I'd finish the closets so your bedrooms are free and then finish the kitchen. Wow, you have a lot going on!!

Take care of yourself and feel good soon!


Cottage and Broome said...

Pretty flowers and vase! Laura

Town and Country Gals said...

Carnations have always been one of my favorite flowers. Will look forward to seeing your cabinets, would like to paint mine but seems so overwhelming! Deciding weather to paint or not is a pretty big decision when everything is all open but I'd probably do it and just take my time, when it's done, it's done, don't stress out over it!

Iaia said...

I would say paint! It may seem a big job but see the final look!
Sorry to hear you were sick! I have been in bed for 5 days this week....
Ciao Alessandra

savvycityfarmer said...

be well!

AND a big thank you for posting Angela's story!

It will go far, I just know

proud momma here

High Street Cottage said...

Jessie, your photos are lovely, and the tea pot is beautiful. I am a collector of English China and yours is a beauty.
I think if it will keep bothering you, paint now or forever hold your peace ;)
There are little decisions I made when we bought our home, well, my hubby made, and I'm just now after 9 years "fixing" them. I wish I had done them right at the time of move in when it was easier. Your blog is looking and getting better and better every time I visit. Hugs, tami

Rose Brier Studio said...

I paint walls a lot. I also don't like the cutting in and prep work. And I know how much work it is. But I also know how joyful it is to have the right color. It makes your day and makes you smile. If you're gonna move in a year, then don't paint. But if you're there for a while, I say paint. maybe you could get a friend to help? It does go better with laughter! Sorry I don't live in So Cal any more or I would volunteer to help. really!
Best wishes
Happy Pink Saturday
and your photographs are stunning!

Red Rose Alley said...

I'm the type of person that I have to keep on going until I get it right or until I can love being around it everyday. But a paint job - it's a lot of work, as you said, and sometimes you can have unique and bold accents to make the room look fabulous if you don't exactly love the color. I wish you luck whatever you decide. You know, those pink carnations are a delight to see. My husband used to give me carnations all the time when we were dating, and I have to say, they are my second favorite flower after the rose. I think you might enjoy our Paris post today.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Rachel said...

Jessie, darling, such lovely carnations! Love so much flowers, love so much vintage and chinas. So beautiful! I didn't know you was ill. I'm praying you feel better soon, dear. And paint is to me the better if you could. I know that with your lovely taste you will transform the rooms into a magical and pretty places to be. Lots of kisses,Rachel :)

Nancy said...

I think the correct answer will come to you when you feel peace. Until then, sounds like you are on the right track. Love the flower pictures.

Happy Pink Saturday!

stefanie said... sound so busy!!!! good luck!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Oh the joy of visiting blogs on weekend, everything you see is gorgeous and sweet. I love it!

Come see my PINK, when you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

Katherines Corner said...

Pink Carnations are my favorite. These photos are gorgeous! Do the work a little at a time, it won't seem so overwhelming.Happy Pink Saturday. I hope you will stop by Katherines Corner and enter the Pink Poodle Giveaway. xo

Arabella said...

I love carnations too (now) and pink is the most beautiful of all.

I'm all for loving everything in a home so I would re-paint the walls...maybe over time like others suggested.

Good luck and enjoy!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Oh the joy of visiting blogs on weekend, everything you see is gorgeous and sweet. I love it!

Come see my PINK, when you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

It's me said...

Hi Jessie !! thanks for visiting my blog !!...nice !! your blog is also wonderful !!..i folow you you live in New York ??..have a nice

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well. There seems to be a lot of the flu going around our area. Take care of yourself because it seems to be coming back on everyone. I had it just before Christmas.
I say paint. But wait until you are feeling better and just do a little at a time. I'm in the process of painting too and it's a lot of work so wait until you are feeling 100% again.
Your carnations and photos are lovely! The colors are perfect to chase the winter blues away.

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Love your blog! I am always inspired! Just started my own blog today. Hope you're feeling better soon!

designchic said...

Hang in there...I'd have to paint it, because I need to love the rooms I'm living in. So happy to find your blog!

SLR said...

How did I miss this post!? I think you should paint the walls eventually, but take your time, no need to overwhelm yourself with it now. Did you get painting done on your cabinets over the weekend? I was thinking of you as I was painting my daughter's room...wondering if you were knee deep in paint like me, LOL! Those carnations are so pretty, love the variegated shades of pink! I can't believe how long they last too!!

chateau chic said...

I am the kind of person who wants to love everything I do in my house, so I would say paint the walls the color you love. Take it a bit at a time if it's too much all at once. We've painted rooms a couple of times within a short period of time just to get the perfect color. In the end, after all the mess, I'm very happy.
Happy Painting,
Mary Alice

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Hi Jessie! I am glad you are feeling better, I hate to be sick as the mom of the house, we still have so much to do!
Do you hate to paint? If not then do it! If you walk in the room and always think it's just not right, then paint for sure, it will always bug you if not. I hope you will show us the finished project!


Suz said...

Beautiful photos of your carnations!

The Charm of Home said...

You made those carnations look like roses! Beautiful! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

Unknown said...

I hope you continue to feel better, Jessie! Your flower photos are just beautiful. As for the painting, I vote for repainting if you think it will always be in the back of your mind. You have to love where you live...paint and all! Have a lovely weekend!


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