Can anyone else believe that it is the last day of July?! It's so not July-ish here right now. Dark, gloomy, rainy for days now, and tonight's low is predicted to be 66. It's First Monday this weekend, so my beloved and I are headed to Canton tomorrow to stroll in the cool weather, visit friends, shop a little, and eat sausage on a stick. *the real reason Maurie loves to go to Canton*
Rainy days are sure good for one thing -- getting projects done! All summer these shelves have just been a hodge-podge of leftover pieces. I came upon the box holding these tole trays the other day, and this vignette came together in a matter of minutes. When the sun came out for about 3 minutes this morning I grabbed my camera and started snapping as fast as possible. It's a good thing, because it's already raining again and feels like nighttime outside!
The burlap-lined frame was on my desk being used as a bulleting board, but I love it even more here, adding another punch of the red that matches our newly painted cabinets. I didn't have any art to put in it, so I just tied some gingham ribbon around a plate holder and hung this sweet vintage tole tray.
Some greenery from the yard keeps this display so fresh-looking. And a bowl of lemons always brightens every room.
I still absolutely love to style these shelves. This wall can be seen all the way through our little cottage, so I like to keep them bright and cheerful. It's funny how I'm enjoying adding in a few darker accessories now that the cabinets aren't black. Before it always seemed to weigh the kitchen down too much.
This chippy table is a hard-working piece in our kitchen. It gives us a little extra storage, which is really useful since we don't really have a pantry. Sometimes it looks organized and pretty and other times it's piled high with produce and canned goods. I try to contain everything in baskets and on trays so it doesn't look too cluttered.
The vintage wood stool is everyone's favorite perch while I'm cooking, both humans and felines. Must have something to do with the treats that get handed out :) The grain sack striped towel is handy for wiping up drools spills.
I can't say thank you enough for all the sweet messages that you left, and encouragement that you all gave for our magazine debut! I owe so many of you a visit, or an email, to tell you how touched I am. I also hope that you are seeing a much-improved OC blog! A good housecleaning was loooong overdue for this blog of mine. I have plenty more to do to bring you new content also, so please forgive me if I'm behind on getting back to you! I did really love updating this site but I will admit it has taken many, many hours to make these improvements. There are so many new ideas floating around in this brain of mine, and I love sharing it all with you. Better get back to work :)
Thank you to each and every one of you for your visits!