Monday, May 25, 2009


Well girls I have some more before and
after pictures of my kitchen redo!

I know its going slow but after over a
year in the making its getting there!
Its still a work in progress and
I will eventually show
whole room pics after it is all done,
but for now ill just focus on areas that
Ive been working on.

So here we go.....
This first shot is of the dining area in my kitchen...
you can see the old pink
wallpaper in the background
and in this shot I have begun
adding the new wallpaper.

This shot is of the corner pretty much before I started...
I know what your thinking.....

your thinking that the fabric on
those settees is rather ugly!!!
and I have to agree!

I bought them like that with the
intentions of having them recovered.

I like the shape, style and size of
them for the corner,
and of course the price was right:))))

I bought them at Marshall's Home Goods
one of my favorite stores!!!

I had slipcovers made for them,
Changed the mirror above,
I am temporarily borrowing the mirror
below from my friend Ruthebelle,

It was down in her basement
not being used so I took it
home to try out, and then
I painted and hung it up
Im thinking she is going to have
a hard time getting it back from me...giggles...
Hope she isnt reading this :P
Here is a shot with the wallpaper done
mirror hung and slipcovers made
and on the settees.....

Here is a full version of the settee before...
If I lived in Florida it might be considered pretty....

But I'm sure you will agree the after
picture is soooo much more scrumptious!!

I had slipcovers made so that I can wash
them easily since these are in the
kitchen and we will use them alot.
I washed and dried the fabric
before I had them made.

Notice the beautiful lace and
chiffon ruffles I had made for the pillows.
Beautiful yet not practical at all!!! :((((((

If these settee's weren't going to be
used often then these would be fine,
but since we sit here every day
they are not going to work!!!!
So these will have to go in
my living room and Ill will have my
magnificent pillow lady Michelle
make smaller square throw pillows.
This will make it easier to sit
down and get in and out of the settees.
I had Michelle take this wonderful lace that looks
like vintage french net and stagger
the layers for a double ruffle.
Then I had her add a pink chiffon ruffle
behind it to give the lace some
color and a little more weight.

I'm very happy with the end results.

Now on to the other side of the kitchen
in particular my stove and
back splash area......
This is the before shot.....
Isn't it something how you get used to
seeing something every day
and you forget how ugly
it really is....giggles....

Now looking at these pictures I'm
thinking to myself....
'what was I thinking???
what took me so long to beautify that area????
In a second I'm going to show
you what I had made for the new back splash.
You've heard me speak about Nancy
the incredibly talented mosaic artist from
Well in my opinion she is the greatest
mosaic artist ever!!!!!

I love everything she does!!
I was thinking of what to do
for a back splash... at first I
was considering subway tile or bead board...
then I thought why not have Nancy
make a back splash like she would cover
one of her table tops but put it
on a board for me that I can hang.
I asked her if she could and
to my delight she agreed!!!

Here is Nancy on the right in the white
when we finally got to meet in person.
I'm on the left, then my friend Ruthebelle and
friend Trish whose home is the
current jewel of the month.
Trish had bought several pieces from
Nancy and she drove about 4 hours
to deliver them and so we could meet.
She is such a doll and we had such fun that day!!
When she brought in the furniture
we were deciding where to put the pieces
and the next thing you knew we were
all rearranging Trish's
family room pulling out accessories etc....
it was so funny we just met and
this was how we spent our time together
but we all enjoyed it so much...
To us it wasnt work it was entertainment!
Since we all love to do things like
that so it didn't seem odd to us.
anyway back to my back splash.......
here is another before shot of the area....
Now the after!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Isn't it incredible!!!
Truly a work of art!
Some people spend there money on
artwork from Monet, Picasso or???
to me Id rather spend my money on this!
An original piece of artwork from Nancy.
She has such a way of arranging her
china that her work cant compare with many.
Everyday as I cook I can look at this beautiful piece full of the finest
antique china I could find for it.
You should really take a look at Nancy's website.
Perhaps you can own one of her pieces of art!
Now my last delima.....
Do you like the green tea kettle or the pink????
Let me know what you think,
and stay posted to my website, Ive been working on new treasures
and hope to list soon.
and of course will be working on the kitchen more so stay tuned for updates on that as well.


Connie said...

It is absolutely positively stunning, sweetpea!! I do love it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chica Dee, OHHHH WOW your kitchen is magnificent, just like everything you do, that back splash is to die for......and the sattee's came out just stunning, your decorating is beyond compare, love,love it all, and I love the pink tea pot ;P

Secondhandrose said...

I don't know where to start. It is all so gorgeous and looks better than anything in my whole house! LOL. The mosaic is incredible and such a great idea for that spot.


Anonymous said...

Your home is daintily beautiful, how lucky you are!

Cherie ~ Bella Rosa Designs said...

This is just gorgeous, what an inspiration you are! Hope to see more pictures of your beautiful home.

Blessings ~

Cathy said...


You do an absolutely FAB job on your kitchen. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the mosaic. I am a mosaic-aholic. I have many of Nancy's pieces and adore all of them.

Great job girl. I just love it.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Fit for a princess!!!!

m ^..^

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Sandy,

Your kitchen is becoming more beautiful- I'm crazy about the fabric on the settees and the pillows. Very feminine!! Wow, what an amazing job on the mosaic behind the stove. I think the mirror should stay, you should talk her into keeping it, because it looks so good there... Can't wait to see the finish results.


Lori said...

Oh wow, that is the most awesome back splash behind the stove!!! And the settee is glorious!! I adore the pink ruffles to bits!! OHHHH I want to come sit in your kitchen!! Later,Lori

Linda said...

What a lovely makeover, I especially like the wonderful splashback what a great idea.
Cheers Linda

Vintage Rose Collection said...

OHHH Sandy!!! Your kitchen and the back splash is UNBELIEVABLY GORGOUES!!!!!
I wanted to have a mosiac done on my fireplace but couln't find anyone in my aea that does this...
Does she travel??LOL..

Love the pillow and slipcover too :)
Love to you

Tutti Chic said...

Sandy-so glad I had time to pop by & see your beautiful blog! Your kitchen re-do came out FABULOUS!!! How about that backsplash??? Awesome idea & beyond gorgeous!:) chris

Christine said...

OMG, Sandy, I am speechless. Almost.
Gorgeous!!!! I couldn't have dreamed up a prettier kitchen. It's stunning.
That might actually get me INTO the kitchen for a change.

shabbydreaming said...

EEKKSS SQUILL I LOVE it!!! Youve been very busy sweetie!! Love the chairs love the splash back love it all!!! STUNNING to say the least!!!
hope you are well
BIG hugs

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Just absolutely beautiful. Those settees are amazing with the slipcovers. And the mosaic, well, I am speechless. Just gorgeous. Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures..

Have a great week

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

Wow... what a girly, girl kitchen! I love it. I hate to tell you this, but minus the peacocks, I really like the fabric on the settees. LOL! Your back splash is so pretty and Nancy does a wonderful job. I just found your blog on her blog. So pretty!

Have a great week!

faerie enchantment said...

Absolutely breathtaking and beyond inspiring!

twinkleshabbystar said...

WOW!!!! Your re-do is STUNNING! Love everything! The chairs are so plush and divine!!! The backsplash is GORGEOUS!!! I know you must be TICKLED & THRILLED!! So so beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us all! ~*XO*~Jenn

Candy-Faith..... from Simply Pretty said...

sooo pretty!!!

Barbara Jacksier said...

Gorgeous redo! Nancy's mosaic is fabulous. Cooking must feel like fun now.

Lorri said...

Beautiful!!! The pink teapot, absolutely the pink.

icandy... said...

Such dreamy, exquisite photos throughout your blog! I'm Blog- hopping tonight and have stumbled upon pure beauty! Thank you for the inspiration!

Christina :)

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I came over to check on you, I hope everything is well. Missing you! Take Care-

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

How fun and how sweet! I like the addition of the green tea kettle because it brings in the green from your shelf. However, maybe the black handle is too prominent? Not sure. So for a complete switch out, I'd try the copper one which seems to bring out the knobs on your cabinets. Oh, I'm a hopeless stager! It's a bad addiction.

Elise said...

Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

It's all perfect !

Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

Karen said...

Hey girl: Your beautiful home is on The Old Painted Cottage and I love it!! Can I come live in "my" dream home??? Such beautiful taste you have. Love the slipcovers, wish I could find someone to make some for me!!

Cottage Flair said...

I just came over from Jennifer's blog. Congrats on Cottage of the Month. Your home is beautiful!! Great style and colors.

nicolette said...

Sandra, you have a lovely layout. How is it looking now? Haven't heard from you in a while. Drop by Furniture and Design Ideas sometime, and just keep me updated.


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhh my goodness how beautiful !! I just love love everything that you have done ~
It is sooo pretty !

shabbydreaming said...

hey sweetie, just popping in to say HELLO!! hope your well!!

Marydon Ford said...

I died & went to heaven!! This is breathtaking & right up my alley. Love it all!

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~Marydon

Miss Rhea said...

Hope you are okay !! Miss you and hope you had a great Christmas !

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I adore your broken china backsplash!!!
I would love to see that everyday! It might make me love to cook!

Rella said...

That is the prettiest wall (behind the stove) I have ever seen...and absolutely the pink tea kettle!!!

xox Rella

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

Love your blog and website. I come here often and look at all of your beautiful work.

I hope you don't mind, I borrowed one of your pictures to display on my blog for announcing the winner of a giveaway that I had this weeks that passed. When you get a chance hope over and see it


Susan said...

Your home is so beautiful and Romantic, I love the all the roses you use and the pinks.....very nice!

Christine said...


Missing you girl! Hope you are just busy creating and not having time for posting. Please come back to us and let us know you are okay.


Holly Moore said...

Sandy, your backsplash is lovely. I mean really gorgeous. How wonderful to be able to look at it when you cook.

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