Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Foster's Holly - gorgeous red berries

While I am stuck in the house recovering from yet another knee surgery, (revision of last February's complete knee replacement), I have decided to enjoy the view out some of the windows in our home here in Kentucky. These posts will all be titled: Looking Out the Window plus the name of what I am seeing out the window. This week, as I look out the window, we have two Foster's Holly in our yard and they are just beautiful with their bright red berries,
In the winter these dense, compact, upright trees produce deep red berries that we associate with the holidays. The leaves of the Foster's Holly are glossy dark green. 


This holly is a female cultivar and can produce berries on her own. You don't have to plant a male to ensure berry production. So no pollination needed. 


I'll need to feature my Foster's Hollies in the Spring when they have small white flowers. Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy

Linking to:

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern






Sunday, February 7, 2016

Remodeling the Kitchen - new lighting

The kitchen remodel continues and while we are waiting for the new cabinets to arrive, we have been getting new lighting installed by a local electrician here in Murray. 

The kitchen lighting is poor, it had one ceiling light, two can lights over the peninsula, plus under counter lighting but it was still way too dark for me.


We had 8 can lights installed. You can just see one in the picture below, and more in the following picture.  






In addition to the eight can lights, a new and modern style ceiling fan was installed by the electricians. I wanted to use a brushed nickel fan to go with the new kitchen appliances that will arrive soon.


The fan is the Lava 52" by Ellington. I looked through several lighting books at our Murray Supply Store to find a modern brushed nickel fan with brushed nickel blades. The blades do have a dark blade on the other side but I wanted the nickel finish to be exposed. You can see the dark blades in the small photo below.


The medallion is a 16" portfolio medallion that is often used with modern fixtures. We plan to have the medallion painted with the same white paint as the ceiling when the painter returns.


We are so happy to get the new lighting and fan. It makes such an improvement in the once dark kitchen. 


Thanks for stopping in for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 


Linking to: 
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design
Refresh Your Space @ Jennifer Rizzo

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine Inspiration Review

Oh how I love the romance that accompanies Valentine's Day. 

We are so busy with the kitchen remodel, but I wanted to take time for a Valentine Review.

Two Hearts Burn as One. The two pink candles united as one that was the inspiration for this tablescape. 




Valentine's Day is an opportunity to ignite our existing relationship with romance.

Burning Hearts featured a Valentine Tablescape using red and white. 









An opportunity to love with an added dose of romance that will result in a stronger relationship.


To My Love featured a Valentine vignette for my husband. 



A longer lasting relationship.


Red Velvet Cake and Red Roses what a way to show your special person how much you love them. 





A more satisfying relationship. 

Valentine Sweets are always a special treat for Valentine's Day. 


Thanks for stopping by - Judy


Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Fall into Fall @ DIY by Design

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life - Saturday

Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays

















Sunday, January 24, 2016

Remodeling the Kitchen - sheetrock and a lesson learned

Our remodeling in the kitchen is ongoing. In my last post, I left you with a before and after pic of the kitchen tear out.



My husband spent several hours removing the old backsplash tiles from the drywall and we knew it was a mess. Most of the sheetrock tore and became too soft in spots to add new backsplash tiles. We questioned our efforts and felt new drywall would need needed.

Sure enough, new drywall/sheetrock had to be installed. 



New sheetrock was needed on all the walls where the old backsplash tiles were removed.



We learned a big lesson with backsplash tiles. We should have just cut out all the sheetrock around the tiles and not wasted so much time and effort. Take this as a Tip in Kitchen Remodeling.  Next I have a sheetrock guy coming to mud and finish parts of the sheetrock that will be exposed after the cabinets are installed. 

Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

Linking to: 
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Remodeling the Kitchen - tearing it out

When we bought our house in  Murray, KY, we knew we wanted to do some remodeling and updating. The kitchen was very dark and the cabinets were very dated plus too dark for my taste. Take a look at what we started with:


I started looking on Pinterest and Houzz for ideas. Oh my goodness, I didn't realize I was going to have so much trouble deciding on the type of doors I wanted on my cabinets. I struggled with that for several weeks. Thank goodness my cabinet maker let me put off my choice until after he had the kitchen designs drawn up. We can talk about door choices more later. Here are the cabinet maker's drawings we approved.




Let's get to the really dusty and dirty job at hand. Tearing Out the Kitchen. It was such a nasty job. In order to save some money, we decided we could tear it out. Truthfully it was mostly my husband and a friend doing all the work and wow, was it a job!

He started on the wall opposite the kitchen sink. Here's a before shot.



There were two full length cabinets and a piece of countertop installed for a desk. They needed to come out so this was his area to experiment on. The cabinets and countertop piece came out easy and the two cabinets were moved to his shop behind our house for a later installation to hold some of his hunting and fishing clothes and equipment.


Next the backsplash tile in this area needed to be removed. Again, he experimented in this area just to see how difficult it was to remove. Yes, it was just awful to remove. He used a small chisel and a hammer; some pieces of the tile came off fairly easy but other were much more stubborn and tore hunks of the drywall. Here's an aftershot.


Once the sheetrock started to weaken and holes were torn, we knew we would end up cutting out the sheetrock and replacing it with new pieces. There was additional wiring to add on this wall so the electrician told us he needed the sheetrock cut out to get to the old wiring. Oh well, guess we could have just cut out the sheetrock in the first place but my husband didn't want to take a chance of damaging the wiring. So another trip to the hardware store and he bought  a Dremel Saw Max (seen below) to cut out the sheetrock. This dandy saw came with three cutting wheels for cutting wood, plastic, metal, masonry tile and more. 





Here is a pic after the sheetrock was cut out by my husband and the electrician completed the new wiring. This area had to get done first so the wiring would be complete before a sheetrocking guy came to install new sheetrock on parts of three walls. 


That wall was the easy one. Now on to the other two walls on the sink and the stove sides. 

The upper cabinets came down pretty easy with lots of screws to remove. But then there was the soffit over the upper cabinets to remove and the hard work began. 



The soffits were covered in paneling with sheet rock underneath and it all had to come down; dust was flying everywhere. The paneling was taken down and the sheetrock beneath had been painted red. He punched holes in the red sheetrock so he could check for wiring. 



Here's a look at the soffit after the sheetrock was removed. Notice the 2x4 framing for the soffit. Yuck!!


Are you thinking "why did they want to take the soffits down and make the job so much tougher?" Well, here's my best answer. Because our ceilings are only 8 foot, I wanted to maximize my cabinet space by having cabinets all the way to the ceiling, plus I didn't realize how hard the job was going to be! 



My husband borrowed a reciprocating saw from his brother which you can see on the left edge of the picture above and the pic on the right. It does have blades to insert in the end. He used this saw to cut some of the sheetrock on the soffit plus the 2x4s that framed the soffit. There were also huge nails to be removed from the framing.  I felt bad for him and our friend, Bill, that helped 

They finished the soffit and began removing the lower cabinets which went fairly easy except for being on the floor a lot removing more screws which joined the cabinets together. My husband said he hurt all over the next couple of days. 

The old backsplash was also removed and much of the sheetrock tore and was too soft and weak to patch. New sheetrock will be installed by an installer next week.

Here's a before and after shot. 



This weekend we will take out the sink and adjoining cabinets. All the cabinet are being moved to the shop and repurposed so no sledge hammers were used to beat the cabinets apart. 

The sheetrock guy will be here Tuesday to replace sheetrock where the backsplash was previously. The new sheetrock won't have to be mudded and all that stuff because the new cabinets and backsplash will cover it. It was just too weak to adhere new backsplash tiles. 

Stay tuned for another post on our kitchen remodel. BTW, we are eating on paper plates and using the microwave, which is now located in the dining room. 

Thanks for stopping by another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Fall into Fall @ DIY by Design

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista