Friday, January 23, 2015

~Decorating with Pinecones~

Decorating with items from nature helps to add texture to my  neutral home and pinecones are one of those items that I like to add this time of year.  Enjoy! xoxo K.
There are many different sizes and shapes.  One of my favorites is this kind that reminds me of a rose.  I've had these for many years from a tree across the street from my sister's former house.
This corner hutch in my dining room is filled with ironstone and the combination of pinecones and eucalyptus is a nice addition.
Large sugar pines are great to sit in an urn which gives it a topiary look in the kitchen.
I've always loved the look of them mixed in with  brown transferware and once the greens are removed after Christmas, I like to leave the pincones in this cupboard to enjoy until Spring. 
Ironstone tureens are also filled sitting next to the window seat.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

~New Items at Fleurs~

Last week I was able to take up some new items to Fleurs Vintage Charm and moved things around a little bit upstairs.  Enjoy! xoxo K.

This is the time of year that I like change in my own home after all the Christmas decor is taken down and usually get the urge to go shopping.  How about you?

This store is filled with all kinds of goodies for the home and garden.

It's beginning to look a little bit like Spring around here!
                                                          Fleurs Vintage Charm
                                                   1705 Willamette Falls Drive
                                                          West Linn, OR 97068

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

~Winter Whites~

I know that in my last post I said I was adding more color to my home and I am, but I also consider white a color especially in Winter. With so many dark and dreary days this time of year I depend on the whites in my decor to help me through those days.  Enjoy! xoxo K.

This is my favorite corner in my house.  It's the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning and if the sun is shining through that window I have no problem getting out of bed and starting my day.  On those MANY dark and chilly mornings during Winter I'd rather lay in bed a little longer if I can enjoying  this view.

This weathered folding table fits this spot perfectly and I like the addition of the vintage white bistro chair.

I moved this chippy window that my sister gave to me over 10 years ago from my living room to here and hung a preserved boxwood wreath from Decor Steals to it.  Along with some French goodies such as books, an enamel canister and cafe au lait bowl filled with pinecones it is Winter simplicity at it's best.  The ironstone gravy boat is filled with white hyacinths that I forced to bloom before Christmas.

I like to decorate with pinecones during the Winter and I'm hoping to share some other areas in my home and how I display them.  Crossing my fingers that the sun will shine on a day that I'm actually home so I can get those photos taken!

Enjoy the week ahead and I hope the sun shines wherever you are.  We've had lots of fog lately and looks like rain most of the week. (Maybe I'll just stay here and enjoy my whites:-) 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

~Adding Color~

Change usually comes with the New Year in my home and this year I will be adding a little bit of color to some areas.  Nothing to bold since I still love my neutral palette, but a few soft pastel shades are making their way into my decor.  Enjoy!  xoxo K.

I remembered I had this old green door outside in the shed that I picked up at a garage sale years ago(it belonged to a former grade school teacher of my husbands whom I had never met until I started talking to the man holding the sale and realized the connection).

The pale green primitive table was brought inside to the laundry room before Christmas where my French bottle drying rack now resides so the door was perfect for leaning against the wall to cover the electrical panel in this room.

The last planting of my paper whites have just started blooming and they like it in this spot by the window. My ever growing collection of French green bottles and jars are also being used in this room.

Another hope of mine for this year is to make the time to be sitting at this table sewing some projects I've been wanting to make for a while now.
     
I hope you have a nice week as it's been pretty quiet in my house since my kids have gone back to school.  The weather has also changed on us and went from being unseasonably cold not getting above freezing to unseasonably warm in the high 50's, but they are saying we might see the sun so that would be wonderful this time of year:-)

Friday, January 2, 2015

~My Love of Baking~

Welcome to 2015! I'm looking forward to what this new year brings and have been thinking I will add some recipes this year on my blog since I enjoy and spend quite a bit of my time baking and cooking.  Enjoy!  xoxo K.

I made this Pomegranate White Chocolate Almond Scone recipe before Christmas and loved it so much that I still wanted to share it with you now.

I've been making scones  a lot more ever since I purchased this ceramic scone pan from World Market this past Fall.  I don't know about you, but I was never able to cut them all to be the same size and this eliminates struggling with that part of making scones and they can even be served straight from the pan.

I didn't have almonds on hand, but still really enjoyed this recipe that follows which I found here.  I also cook my scones a little longer than the recipe calls for in this pan so this one was cooked for 20 minutes and they turned out perfect!  

Pomegranate White Chocolate Almond Scones

A buttery, flaky scone bursting with juicy and tart pomegranates, white
chocolate chips, and slivered almonds!
Author: Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl
Recipe type: Breakfast - sweet
Serves: 8 scones

Ingredients
2½ c. flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
dash of salt
½ c. cold unsalted butter
1 c. white chocolate chips
⅓ c. slivered almonds
1 c. pomegranate seeds
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ c. eggnog or half-and-half
1 tsp. almond extract
1-2 tbsp. eggnog or half-and-half, for brushing scones
sugar, for sprinkling

Directions
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. Using a pastry blender or a knife, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
3. Add in white chocolate chips and slivered almonds, tossing to combine well.
4. Carefully fold in pomegranate seeds.
5. In a small bowl, stir together eggs, eggnog, and almond extract.
6. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour the egg mixture into the well.
7. Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface, and knead dough 6-8 times, slowly forming it into a
large ball.
8. Place onto a greased baking sheet, and carefully flatten the ball into a large disk, about ¾-inch thick.
9. Cut into 8 wedges, and gently pull the wedges slightly apart.
10. Brush each scone lightly with eggnog, and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.
11. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Recipe by The Gold Lining Girl at http://thegoldlininggirl.com /2014/11/24/pom egranate-white-chocolate-alm ond-scones/

Enjoy your first weekend of the New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

~Top 10 Posts of 2014~

As today is the last day of the year, I thought I'd share the most viewed Top 10 Posts of 2014.  Enjoy!  xoxo K.

I started out the year going through all of my ironstone in Adding to my Collection.

Natural Winter Decor graced my dining room.

I decided to Decorate with Vintage Frames on my bedroom mantel.

Even though the weather was still chilly in the beginning of Spring the Heather was in full bloom.

After searching for several years, I finally found a Kitchen Scale for behind the sink.

As I always welcome the warmer weather, I was out in the Garden House Spring Cleaning and getting ready for Summer.

For several years I have participated in Karen's Where Bloggers Create party.

I finally added a wonderful old chandelier above my bathtub on A Sunnny Summer Morning

I enjoyed decorating for Fall this year with some Seasonal Simplicity.

And ended the year by adding Open Shelving in the kitchen to display my French items.

Thank you for following along with me this past year and I am excited to see what the new year has in store for all of us.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!