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April 22, 2010

Everyday | My Visit to Samantha's House

This week I spent some time in St. Louis meeting with some potential members of The Bliss List : STL and visiting my new niece, Samantha.

Above : Samantha in awe of her new friends, the farm animals.

She really likes the flying cow... or she's enjoying digesting the what seems like gallons of milk she consumes.

Snuggling with her Mom.

Snoozer in her fruity pants.

April 15, 2010

Home | The Living Room | Fresh Spring Update

As you probably remember, we finally got furniture for our living room last Christmas. I wanted to freshen up the cozy Winter decor to give way for Spring. So, I started by removing our brown velvet pillow covers and replaced them with white linen.

Above : I updated the bookcase by removing the dark color books and adding touches of light blue - frames, and artwork. I also added this pale blue pillow to brighten our leather chair.

I have a large bunch of blooming branches in the corner on our blanket chest and a light blue journal in the rattan basket on the coffee table.

I love the white cable-knit pillow cover from pottery barn.
Mr. is checking it out...

This pie safe is displaying my new Napa Home & Garden pottery pieces from Red Cedar Country Gardens and some glass apothecary jars.

Here are some botanical prints. I like to display flowers and plants that actually grow on our property. Top : Dogwood, Bottom : Peonies

Here we have a magnolia.

And here are my ferns down the hallway.

Home | Garden | Red Cedar Country Gardens | Napa Home & Garden Pottery

As a reward to myself after our weekend of yard work, I headed out to Red Cedar Country Gardens in Stillwell, Ks. to use a gift certificate from my birthday (thanks to Mike's parents!) that was burning a hole in my pocket.

It was AMAZING. Red Cedar is a serene wooded area filled with every variety of local flowers and plants.

Organic herbs - I loaded up on French Grey Lavender.

Look at this Powder Blue Hosta! I'm going to campaign to change the name to Bliss List Blue... It is a "Large" variety, which means it will be 2 ft high and 5 ft wide. What?! Can't wait to get some of these.

I love the planter boxes nestled among these big old trees - so natural feeling. And then I went inside...

Who would have thought I would stumble onto an amazing display of beautiful pottery in rural Kansas? What a pleasant surprise. I love the colors.

Great colors of soft peach and green.

Beautiful displays.

I love the Napa Home & Garden collection. They also feature the year 2010 on the pot - I love that, too!

These are the pots I came home with... they are waiting in my Living Room for the French Lavender to mature.

Home | The Yard... Oh, the Yard | Getting Grass to Grow

Mr. Darcy and I have been hard at work this week... oh ya, Mike helps, too - a lot! We've spent the better part of last weekend and this week tilling, sowing, mulching, raking, loading, and spreading.

This is the south side of our house... or as we like to call it, The Dessert. Nothing seems to want to grow in this ultra shaded dead-land. We brought in 5 cubic yards (translation : an entire dump-truck full) of enriched topsoil... We're crossing our fingers that we'll have grass soon.

We also tilled the area near the curb under these amazingly giant old trees. Our consultants have told us that the trees are sucking the nutrients out of the soil, making it very difficult for grass to grow... but we're trying!


Keep your fingers crossed... grass in T-5 days!

Spring Cleaning | Sunshine & Wine

I recently stumbled upon a great KC Blog, "Sunshine & Wine". Blogger Suzanne shares tips and tricks to decorating and keeping her first home. Here is a list that she shared for spring cleaning... I'm going to check it off TODAY.

Seasonal Cleaning List


__Empty and scrub down the inside of the fridge and freezer

__Empty and clean inside of the utensil drawers

__Scrub down the cupboard exteriors

__Clean the stove hood filter and fridge condenser coil

__Replace water filters in fridge, sink, coffeemaker, etc

__Clean drain (baking soda, vinegar, cover, sit, then add boiling water to wash it


__Shine sink (Bon Ami, then Windex)

__Polish appliances and clean coffeemaker

__Scrub tile grout

__Clean out pantry and reorganize

__Clean oven (use self-clean feature)

__Clean microwave

__Discard expired food


__Launder shower curtain

__Empty, weed, clean out and reorganize medicine cabinet

__Shine sink

__Scrub tile grout

__Go through and discard old makeup and beauty supplies

__Clean and wipe down walls next to sink

__Use Draino on all sinks


__Strip the bed, flip the mattress, and vacuum

__Launder mattress pad and dust ruffle

__Launder pillows

__Sort through wardrobe to donate unused clothes/accessories

__Clean out from under the bed

__Organize and purge from night table

Living/All Areas:

__Wash inside of windows

__Change HVAC filter

__Flip sofa and chair cushions

__Clean and scrub down baseboards and moulding

__Wax floors if needed

__Clean light switch covers

__Disinfect all door handles

__Launder/dry clean window treatments

__Shampoo wall to wall carpeting and air-out area rugs

__Dust and clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans

__Clean fireplace and flu if necessary

__Test/replace batteries in smoke alarms


__Wash outside of windows with water and vinegar solution

__Clean screens

__Power wash porch areas

__Clean out grill

__Clean and store/bring out outdoor furniture and accessories

April 08, 2010

HOME | DIY Wood Shutters

I started with a 1" x 8" x 12' piece of pine and had it cut into 41-inch sections (at Lowes - they did it for me!). I used a 1" x 6" x 15" piece of wood to make the horizontal slat.

I fastened them with 1 5/8" decking screws - regular screws would have caused rust. Next, I sanded them down - focusing on rounding the corners and raw cut ends. Finally, I applied a semi-transparent decking stain (Behr's Boothill Brown) to give it a weathered look... my goal was to match our wood shake roof.


Home | Extreme Home Makeover | Paint & Shutters

Well... our curb appeal makeover is complete! Last week we had the entire house painted a creamy white (Sherwin-Williams Dover White, to be exact) and installed some shutters that I made. Above is the finished 'after' shot.

This is what the house looked like last year in June. Mossy green paint, beige trim and brick red planter in front.

This is the front of the house after we added the stone planter in front, but before the new paint.

I love that the house has a 'cottage-y' feel.

This morning I planted some flowers in the stone planter and hung Boston Ferns... I'm so pleased with our 'mini' extreme home makeover!

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