I’ve been busy redecorating my house over this three-day holiday weekend and getting ready for fall (Happy Labor Day to my U.S. readers!) .
I’m participating in The Inspired Room’s Fall Nesting blog party tomorrow, so I’m trying to get my house all spiffed up before everyone arrives. There was a lot to do because, as of yesterday, everything in here was summery and blue.
I’ve mentioned before that I like to keep my kitchen and family room neutral so I can change the colors around for the seasons. This summer, I went a little crazy for turquoise and gave it a try. I had never had any blue in my house before, so it was fun to experiment with something different.
Here’s how my family room and kitchen looked this summer:
I was still shopping for something turquoise to put on my mantel when summer ended. Now it’s time to find something for fall! So I never got the family room finished, but I’ve got a good start on it for next summer when I bring out the turquoise again.
I’ll just come out and admit that it’s hard for me to show you these rooms when they’re not really finished. I have a list a mile long of things to do in the kitchen–still need to hang the molding on top of the cabinets, replace the old countertops, install a new faucet, get new appliances. You name it, we’ve still got to do it.
But at least we got the walls painted and the crown molding hung. Oh, and we replaced the ugly brass chandelier that the builder had in there. That should count for something, right? My kitchen is actually one of my favorite places to be, flaws and all:
It wasn’t cheap to add this butler’s pantry, but it was totally worth it. It took advantage of that unused corner, and now I can store a lot of out-of-season decorations in those cabinets:
This old photo (below) was taken at a family reunion when my husband’s grandfather was still a boy. It’s one of my favorites. The basket is where I toss all the magazines, newspapers, and pieces of mail that come through the door every day. Every kitchen needs a catchall for paperwork.
You can catch a glimpse of the dining room we’ve been remodeling in the background. As soon as we get that job finished, I’ll give you the tour of it, too!
Like I said, it’s far from perfect, but the turquoise really was fun to have around this summer. I was sad to take it down.
But now the house is all dressed for fall and I love it. It’s very warm and cozy and has me hankering for some pumpkin pie. Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how it looks in orange!
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If You Want to See More of My Humble House:
- My Real (Messy) Life
- My Cheap & Easy Photo Wall
- Before & After: My Writing Room Makeover
- Crown Molding Magic: Our Fireplace Makeover
- Decorating in Black & White: My Family Room Through the Seasons
- Lily’s Little Bathroom Makeover