good morning friends~
i wanted to try to answer, hopefully all, the questions you’ve asked since my post about how i began to declutter things around here & ultimately simplify our home. and allow me to add here that i try as often as i can to answer questions here, on fb, instagram, etc but there are days where i fail miserably at balancing life…so if i haven’t gotten back to you please forgive me. it’s not unusual to receive questions about choosing ikea furntiture vs pottery barn- will i share where we’ve stayed in seaside and can i recommend food places -do i recommend canon vs nikon & can i share my fave spots here in atlanta. last week i was completely overwhelmed because i realized i couldn’t keep up with social media dialogue and get anything else done. if you’ve sent one of the earlier mentioned questions & i’ve never answered you i apologize….i’ll do another post on those biggies at another time. pinkie promise.
ok. you’ve asked & here goes~~
1. where do you purchase all the chippy white frames? dryads dancing they also have a facebook page.
2. what color paint did you use? ok friends. this may be our deal breaker because my answer will disappoint you. kilz brand satin cashmere white. from walmart. yep. see i told you! nothing fancy.
3. where are your kitchen chairs from? the table/chair/stool in your studio ? world market, primarily the jackson collection. and lucky you, all their furniture is currently 50% off!
4. where did you purchase your dining room slip covers from? pottery barn. at the time i purchased the monograms were free too. sweet.
5. you mentioned you don’t use window treatments. isn’t that weird knowing everyone can see inside?
well not really weird at all. the back of our home is private. so the kitchen and family room are just that, private. during the winter when all the leaves have fallen off the trees, the light flooding in during the morning hours is warm and beautiful. the front of our home received late afternoon light. unless it’s dark outside & our lights are on you really can’t see in. during that time we pull down our shades. while i hate the look of shades, plantation shutters were not in our budget for 14 windows in the front of our home alone. so shades it is. they’re the thickest brand available which lets no light in. which answers anyone’s questions regarding how on earth we keep our house cool in the summer. well, we won’t win any ‘go green awards’ here. its blistering hot in the summer. and our a.c. bill shows it!
6. how did you decide what to keep & what to giveaway when you began to declutter your home? well i mentioned i wasn’t super methodical. but bottom line, if i didn’t absolutely love it, it went. if keeping it meant finding a place for it over & over again, it went. if it didn’t really blend well with my cottage meets shabby chic meets industrial and white feel, it went. my friend ashley has a fabulous post about this very subject here.
7. you mentioned you don’t keep your collections out at all times. where do you store things you aren’t using? ok. that gets a tad tricky. we don’t have a basement, which let me say this decluttered girl is so thankful. it would only become a dumping ground for all things “in between” where they’d all surely die a slow death. we also have very little storage/closet space. so, basically i try to store like things together. for example, i have a large plastic storage bin where i keep frames that i trade out ( bottom of linen closet). i keep a file of all art prints and change them out seasonally or whenever the mood strikes. i store my mercury glass all together when it’s not in use in a small cabinet in our teensy tiny laundry room. christmas is all together in a small attic area . large pieces like humongeous bowls, lanterns etc are all out in our garage waiting on their turn to play indoors. basically because i gave so much away i don’t have a zillion things to store, just the things i absolutely love.
as far as closets, for most of us i trade out much of our seasonal clothes and keep what we’re not using ( but will-give the rest away) is in big plastic bins in the attic.
8. how did you make your photoboard? ya’ll. it’s as simple as it looks. cork board covered with whatever fabric your heart desires. i have a few of these, some with linen, some with burlap. stapled in the back. for my jewelry board i used upholstery tacks from lowes around the border and nickel type thumb tacks. for my photo board i just have the plain old clear thumbtacks. the end. you can see here too. the one i use in our kitchen held all our christmas cards & some christmas ephemera. it currently has 8×10’s of the girls on it now and i love that look of the larger images. i usually just have loads of snapshots.
ok my friends….oops…this image just reminded me…the bottle brush trees were collected over a few years but many are cody foster & can be purchased here and the deer image i posted in christmas tour was from janet hill studio
i’ve been slowly working on my portfolio up top in the menu section. so i’ve added a little gallery of images around our home here too.