Decorating with an Antique Bowl

Decorating with an Antique Bowl

Recently, my husband and I were enjoying an afternoon together window shopping in Poulsbo. There are quite a few fun little shops there we like to peek in every once in awhile. We stopped in an antique store we hadn’t visited for a long time and on our way out, we discovered this great antique wood “bowl.” The shape of it reminds me a bit of a boat, but it is probably considered a dough bowl.

Decorating with an Antique Bowl

I had been keeping an eye out for something substantially sized and the right shape to sit on top of our console cabinets. The cabinets are long and not very deep, so I knew right away that this wood bowl would be perfect! I think it will be so fun for seasonal decorating, and even as a centerpiece on my dining room table filled with plants, fruit, shells, and just about anything else that strikes my fancy!

Decorating with an Antique Bowl

This week I looked around to see what I had as my first attempt at using the bowl for display on the console. I saw a little stack of books I had found at a second hand store a few weeks earlier and decided to see if they would fit! Why not? Sure enough, the books fit! So for now the bowl is a charming little “tray” to corral books.

Don’t you just love finding an old treasure and putting it to good use?

Paint Colors + Regrets

Paint Colors + Regrets

Hello again!

It’s Cassie here for my monthly guest post! Last month I shared our backyard renovation and I hope you found it inspiring as you all prepare for spring yard work and gardening! Speaking of gardening, we just planted our first seedlings in some raised gardens beds we added after my last post, so hopefully we will have some veggies to harvest this summer!

Many of you asked about the paint colors we used in our home in my mini home tour. I decided to put together a list of all the colors we currently have (from Sherwin-Williams), and give you a few of my thoughts on my favorite ones and what I wish I had done differently.

Paint Colors + Regrets

Favorites:

  • Seaworthy– This is the color we have painted in our dining room. So many people asked about this color in my first post. It is probably my favorite color painted in our home, which I find a little humorous because I tend to love neutrals and this is a fairly bold color once painted on the walls. I think its a favorite because it’s different. The light in our dining room is also some of the best natural lighting in our home, so I am sure that also has a little to do with it.
  • Iron Ore– We painted this color only a few weeks ago in our kitchen, and I am so surprised at how much more it makes me love this space. Our entire home was painted “Accessible Beige” (more on that choice below), and the contrast of this new color adds a whole new level of interest next to our white cabinets. We also only painted up part of the way, so the paint sort of imitates tile (which wasn’t in the budget this year) and also keeps the main house color continuing through the space so it doesn’t feel like a dark hole in the middle of our open-floor-plan downstairs.

Paint Colors + Regrets

Our kitchen right before we moved in! (Sadly, the best “before” example I have)

Paint Colors + Regrets

Our kitchen right after we painted!

Maybe Not My Favorite:

There are a few things I wish I had done differently when we were building our home. One of the biggest of these is the paint colors we chose throughout the entire home. I mentioned above that I like neutrals, and I wanted to keep the palette of our finishes pretty basic throughout so we could add new colors and textures over time to make it more personal.

This was a good  idea for the most part, but to save money we painted the ceilings the same color as the walls, which means our home lacks contrast and interest. Now if we had done a plain, basic white (which is what I wish we had done now), this wouldn’t have been a big deal. But since our ceilings are a warm off-white “greige” color, it makes painting any cooler paint colors on the wall impossible, unless we also paint the ceiling. Lesson learned!

Loving the Home I Have:

As easy as it is for me to pick apart the things I dislike about my home, like looking at a whole bunch of greige walls, there are so many things I love, or at least have attempted to make more lovable. I am in the middle of reading Melissa’s new book “Love the Home You Have,” as I am sure many of you are as well! This book is speaking so beautifully to my heart and my desire for finding contentment in my home.

We are in a crazy stage of life and are trying to accomplish so many projects in our home before baby number two arrives, and sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed or feel like things are just out of my reach of getting right. I am trying to slow down and enjoy this process of making our house into a home, and also trying to be more content with the things that aren’t perfect. I can’t say enough good things about the book, and I honestly am so thankful for it in this time of chaos in my life. I hope you all have had a chance to grab a copy and are loving it!

Talk to you next month!

Cassie

Paint Colors + Regrets
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