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Monday, September 17, 2018


I love looking at photos of cottage kitchens. 

There is something about a small cozy kitchen that evokes feelings of home for me. 

One of the things I am interested in is open shelves and I found a lot of those when looking at cottage kitchens.


Open shelves are a great way to display those things that give a kitchen a cottage feel.

This kitchen uses shelves to display two of my favorite things. White dishes and baskets. 

I love the variation in shelves. These shelves have been painted a cottage white and have been dressed up with some quaint gingerbread trim.

Elsewhere in the kitchen, the owner has chosen a more rustic touch. While the shelves are open, the owner has used an old screen door over them. 

Small cottage kitchens require ingenuity and open shelves can be anywhere you can find the space. 

Here the owner has utilized the space above her cupboards to add a shelf. 

I think it is absolutely charming.

How do you feel about open shelves in the kitchen?

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018


The last couple of days have given us a taste of fall here in Kentucky. Gray skies and temperatures in the sixties drove people, who were staying indoors to avoid the heat, outside to enjoy the cooler temperatures. 

I was one of those people. I knew that higher temperatures will be back, because summer has not really passed. 

I love summer, but I can't walk outside like I can in the fall and I miss that. 

After working in my booth and riding the stationary bike at the senior center I drove down the street to walk in the garden at the Henry Clay home. 

The grounds and the gardens never fail to impress.

This little bee was taking advantage of the beautiful day to finish up some summer work.

We will miss you summer, but fall will arrive with her brilliant colors, and we will remember you with fondness knowing that you will arrive again next year. 

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Monday, September 3, 2018


It never fails to amaze me how many chores there are in such a small apartment.

Labor Day always seems like the time to get a start on Fall cleaning. I know that most people like to spring clean, but I've always been more motivated in the Fall. I think it has to do with the thought that I will be spending more time stuck in the house when winter gets here and I want everything to be clean and organized. 

Yesterday I did something extremely brilliant. I decided to reverse the ceiling fan in my bedroom. This came about because I read that it should be going counterclockwise to get the most from my air conditioning. 

So of course I immediately shut it off, climbed up on my bed, and flicked the switch on the fan. When I turned it back on dust flew everywhere. YIKES!!! My hair was full of big globs of dust.

Message to myself. Clean fan before switching directions. Message number two. Dust the fan more often. I might actually breathe better.

I'm painting some pieces for my antique booth. I got this table at an estate sale and as it was pretty badly scarred I decided to turn it into a shabby chic grey table. After a couple of coats of paint. some light distressing, and a wax sealer it is ready for me to drop it off tomorrow. 

Next up is this heavy old corner shelf. I haven't decided yet what color to paint it, but I want to get it ready to go when I take the table. 

Clean bathroom. Check. Clean kitchen. Check. Now I think I'll get started on painting that shelf and then I am having a potluck dinner with friends. 

I hope everyone had a fun Labor Day weekend. 

Pretty soon it will be Fall Y'all. 

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Saturday, August 25, 2018


Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer....

Apparently they have rolled out because I am feeling extremely lazy this week. 

All of a sudden I realized that summer is winding down when I drove past a tree that was almost completely red yesterday. It was a shock to my system because I realized that summer has passed by without me really participating in it. 

That stupid respiratory infection kept me sidelined for the first half of summer and now my allergies have kicked in big time. 

I love summer. How can it be that it is almost over? I feel like jumping up and down and yelling for it to slow down, but I guess my neighbors might think I have completely lost it. (It probably wouldn't surprise them)

I need to get outside. When I look through my photos I realize that I have virtually none from this summer. I am having to pull older ones to use at this point. 

I am going downtown later this afternoon so I may be able to get some then, but I would really like to drive out into the country and smell the wonderful scents of what is left of summer. Maybe I can do that next week. 

In the meantime I need to order groceries to be delivered to my mom and get her a credit for something that was delivered last week that was expired. (It's always something)

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the lazy days of summer. I am gearing myself up to start posting more as fall approaches.  
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P.S. Shop for vintage and antique goods at 415 Maxwell.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


I could spend hours (I actually do) browsing new decorating trends and gathering ideas for my own home.

Even though I now live in a small retirement apartment, it doesn't mean I have stopped changing things up. I may not be able to move around heavy furniture the way I used to, but there are still so many things I can do.

While browsing, I came across a style that is being called the raw look. To me it just says rustic, but I guess that is the idea. The raw look is just a new spin.

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The idea seems to be that walls and ceilings are stripped down to their original materials giving the room an old world rustic vibe.

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I love the look of this bedroom. The walls have been stripped down to expose the original brick, stone, and wood beams. The furniture has been kept very minimal, which allows the walls to be the stars of the room.

The great thing about this look is that you no longer have to feel bad if you only get the job of repairing old walls half finished. 

Well I guess I've done all of the drooling I can do for one day. 
What do you think about this look?

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For antique and vintage goods for your home shop 415 Maxwell. More items are being added.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Yesterday was my mom's 94th birthday. She celebrated it with some friends who took her out to lunch. It is one of her favorite things to do, and although she says she is unable to eat, she apparently managed to do a good job on her meal. 

She doesn't eat much at home because she doesn't want to cook and she doesn't like the food where she lives. Consequently she has lost a lot of weight. 

I think this is a problem that a lot of seniors face. I know that the older I get the less I like to cook for myself. (unfortunately there has been no weight loss)

It's a rainy, gloomy day today and I have decided to stay in my PJs and do some purging. I am tired of overstuffed closets and cupboards and so it is time for more things to go. 

It's definitely time for my fabrics to go. I haven't used my sewing machine in two years so I am putting the fabrics in bundles and I will sell those in my booth. 

If they don't sell then I will move them on over to Goodwill. 

I haven't even started to look at my large bag full of vintage notions. Yikes!!

I've been selling off a lot of my bottles in my booth, but now I am going to start selling some of my favorites in 415 Maxwell, however I think I will hold on to my blue bottles for awhile. I can't seem to let those go.

I really need a good day of sunshine, when I don't have any other plans to just stay in and take a bunch of photos. I have so many things I need to add to the shop.

In the meantime I better get back to work, and I just remembered I have to be at a meeting at 5:00. I guess the pajamas are going to have to go. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018


I love my little space, and although it is decorated in a primarily English cottage style, I also consider it eclectic. I love picking up things wherever I happen to see them and adding them into my decor.

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I usually have a rule that if I add something in then I have to remove something. There is only so much room in a 450 square foot apartment, but it is amazing what can be done.

I am always looking for ideas for a cozy eclectic look, and thought I would share some of the  bedrooms I have found with you. 

I love this look. The owner of this bedroom has used a mix of elements to create this wonderful look. Cast iron, wicker, and painted wood all contribute to the style. 

I really like the look of this cozy little bedroom in Melbourne. Old suitcases are one of my favorite decor items, and this one is wonderful. The pops of color against the white background make a great statement.

Although this style is considered boho chic, I might call this eclectic luxe. Although it is too fussy for me,  it is definitely eclectic and interesting. What do you think? I'm afraid I would get up in the night and break a leg.

I love this. Of course since I have a white cast iron bed I feel a special affinity to this look. 

So many fabulous looks with eclectic style decorating, and the great thing about it is you can decorate on any budget.

Have you checked out my new vintage and antique shop 415 Maxwell

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018


You may have been wondering where I have been the last couple of weeks. While I have been battling a respiratory infection, which doesn't seem to want to let go of its grip, I have also been doing something that I have always wanted to do. 

I have opened my own vintage and antique online store. Yes, I have sold on other venues, but I have always just wanted a shop of my own. Well now I have gone and done it. 

"It is an awesome thing to comprehend that what a human being dreams and imagines can be realized."
                                                      Vanna Bonta

It was supposed to be easy to get it all set up but let me tell you it has been a work of love, and I do mean work. I am definitely not as computer savvy as a twenty year old, well maybe not as savvy as a four year old.

The company that is hosting my shop has been very patient with me. I'm sure they are probably rolling their eyes somewhere in internet land. 

I've called my shop 415 Maxwell after the address of my grandparent's home. I spent every Easter and a month every summer at their home when I was growing up, and it was the place where I fell in love with antiques. I would go around their home admiring all of the treasures and breathing in the smell of history.

When I was feeling particularly brave I would sneak up to the attic to see all of the amazing things that were stored away there.

Later, after I was married, my grandmother allowed me to go up there and take whatever I wanted. She insisted there was nothing of value, but oh my goodness I came away with so many wonderful things. 

All of my adult life I have been collecting vintage and antique goods, first for my own home, and later to sell. It is definitely a labor of love.

I have added the shop to my Facebook page and on Instagram. I would love to have you follow along with me on those two venues, but you can also find the shop by clicking on the SHOP 415 MAXWELL button at the top of this page. 

So often we give up on our dreams, but it is wonderful when we hold on and time and technology allow for a dream to come to fruition. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead, but it is work that I welcome. 

Do you have a dream that you are waiting to fulfill?  
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Thursday, July 5, 2018


Once the 4th of July is over, and I never thought it would be over as the neighbors were shooting off loud fireworks until one in the morning, it seems the sultry days of a southern summer set in. 

Yes, it has been very hot this week, but when I stepped outside this morning it felt like the humidity was off the charts. 

I love summer and will take it over cold gloomy weather any day of the week, but when the humidity causes the heat index to be over 100 it becomes a tad uncomfortable to spend time outside. 

"On humid days, when the air is already saturated with water, sweat evaporates more slowly.
This explains why it feels so much hotter in high humidity. When relative humidity reaches a high enough level, the body’s natural cooling system simply can’t work. Sweat evaporates very slowly, if at all, and the body heats up. In extreme cases, people begin to suffer from heat cramps or heat stroke, which is basically organ failure as the body begins to cook itself." (source)

Well that explains why I feel like I am being roasted on days like today. 
I have been trying to get over a summer virus for three weeks and finally had to go see a doctor on Monday to get an antibiotic for a sinus infection. 

I was told to take it easy. Pffft!! Too much to do I thought, but when I hit the outside air today taking it easy seemed like a good plan. 
It is supposed to cool down to a manageable temperature this weekend so I guess it won't hurt me to spend a day or two indoors. 
I have more sorting and purging that I need to do and I can do a lot of it with my feet up.

I've been sorting through my vintage linens and have put a couple of pieces in the shop. You can see them here
I took two pretty pieces to my booth earlier this week, but someone immediately shoplifted them. That certainly didn't help to keep me from overheating. 
I have never been able to understand stealing. 

I have started posting in Instagram again and would love to have you as a follower. I am offering 10% off in my Etsy shop to my followers. The code is INSTY10. Oops I guess I just told you so you can have it even if you aren't a follower, but I would love to see you there. Here is where you can find me.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

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