Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mini Improvements...

I have been inspired over the recent weeks to do some minor decorative changes to my home. Since I have learned that It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful, I have begun to get brave enough to try a few things decoratively speaking. I love the way this lamp in my kitchen as a warm, soft glow in the early mornings and at night. Replacing my pewter leaf dish (that I've had in the window forever) with a star (LOVE stars) seems to give that window just what it needs. Here are before and after photos:

Even the coloring looks better, right? I have noticed while looking at others' kitchens that some do not have a drain board out. Do you keep your's out or do you put it away after you finish your dishes? I have thought about putting mine away just to see if it really is an eyesore..
The next picture is just a DIY project and unfortunately, I have no before picture of this lamp. If I had known how it would turn out, I would have definitely taken one. But, picture this...a very old lamp in which the gold was peeling off...I, at first, spray painted it gold, but decided to try the white. Of course, white is always the better choice. :o) I had two shades to try, a burnt red one and this one below (which was from another lamp). The red just wasn't quite 'it', so I went with this one. While I was situating the lamp..I decided to place one of my stars in a plate holder on the wall nearby. Well, while it was laying there, my son grabs it and sticks it on the lamp and says, "Look, Mom, this looks good." A Nester in the making, perhaps? So, I left it. It may be one of a kind, but I really love this lamp. What do you think?

I would love to hear about your Mini (or Major) Improvements to your Haven.

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  1. It all looks so good! Isn't it fun? As for the drainboard, I just brought mine out from under the sink a few weeks ago and I am ready for it to GO. It was almost better having a towel to dry things on because that way I put things up quicker and didn't have this monstrous thing out cluttering my counter. If you try putting it up, i think you'll like it.

  2. I love that lamp in your kitchen! It's fun to change things around a bit to make them look nice and different! :)
    Thank you for your comment on my blog about my knitting! :) You asked how long it takes me to knit one of the baby hats....the answer is: it depends. I never get it done in one sitting...;) It just depends how much time I have to sit and work on it. If I sat for an extended time to knit it...from start to would probably just take a me a couple hours...LOL...except my fingers would be cramping! haha! :)

  3. OH...and I wanted to tell you...for my dish drain rack thingy...I got one that fits inside the one side of my sink...that way I save counter space and it is hardly noticeable!

  4. It all looks great! You know how FlyLady suggests putting your drainboard and dirty dishes under the sink? I always thought it was silly and waste of time. But now I do it, and I love it. It's so nice not to have all that cluttering your counter. Now I feel like my kitchen isn't 'done' unless it's put away.

  5. It looks great!! I love your changes.


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