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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Neutral With a Hint of Spring


So, try as I might, I just can't help rushing into Spring as soon as Valentine's Day is over.  I had told myself that  I would try to pull together a neutral, non-seasonal look for the kitchen & breakfast room shelves for these few weeks before Spring, but somehow, a few hints of Spring found its way in & I realized I'm just fine with that.



This $1 thrifted ceramic spoon was my inspiration.  It was an ugly peach color when I found it, but I gave it a quick coat of my favorite Silver Foil Krylon to glam it up a little.




Then I added my "table etiquette" platter from Home Goods...





And remember the new chalkboard I told you about?  I made it from this tray I've had for years.  I just sprayed the inside with the chalkboard paint, then brushed some white on the outside, and sanded the edges for a little distressing.






Then I just added this quote I love by Robert Louis Stevenson...







 I carried the same "spoon" theme over in the kitchen with some silverware art on the chalkboard.  (See what I mean about chalkboard art setting the tone for a space?  And it's so easy!)









The spoon art is brought to you by a thrifted gold frame, a piece of cardboard covered in burlap, & a few of my antique spoons held on with scotch tape. (Yes, I said tape.  That's my cheesy-chic style.)








Hope this gives you a little inspiration for your "almost-Spring" transitional d├ęcor!  I'm sharing mine with a few of these friends.




The Lettered Cottage




35 comments:

  1. What a beautiful kitchen, you should be proud :)

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  2. I like your vignettes very much. Good score on the spoon too!

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  3. I love it, Julie! That spoon looks fantastic! I can't even imagine it peach. I noticed this morning that I guess my mantel is more Spring-like looking with my green topiaries and a couple of bits of faux boxwood tucked in, but it will stay like this for most of the year now. So, it's really my everyday look!

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  4. Love how fresh and crisp this looks for Spring. GREAT spoon! I love the saying that is printed on the wonderful tray turned chalkboard. xo Diana

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  5. I want to eat ice cream with that big spoon!! Can't even imagine it a peach color!! Great job cuz!!!

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  6. Everything looks so lovely. I adore your kitchen and your style in general. Always love what you do!

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  7. So happy that I found your blog! Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful and I'm loving the chalkboard try idea!

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  8. You have such beautiful spaces. It all comes together so well! Thanks for sharing it.

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  9. Your transitional changes are wonderful. Love all your ideas, especially the framed spoons.
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

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  10. Oh, how I love a chalkboard in the kitchen.

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  11. I love your large silver spoon and the spoon art in your GORGEOUS kitchen. I may make one of those cheesy chic pieces of spoon art, you've inspired me.
    Hugs, cindy

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  12. Look great, as usual! Just today I was looking at a large fork I have (bought at Southern Market years ago). I have not hung it here because it is cream and my walls are STILL cream. Anyway, thanks to your inspiration I think I shall paint it...just not sure what color yet.

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  13. I just love your decor! I love the topiaries and the striped jar! So sweet!

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  14. I love the look of your stove and all your cute topiaries. Please share what brand stove you have and where you found your cute greenery.

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    1. Thank you :) My stove is an Italian-made Fratelli-Onofri. Not as well known in the U.S. as some others, but a great stove! And the topiary how-to is found here: http://lessthanperfectlifeofbliss.blogspot.com/2010/02/not-your-typical-topiary.html

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  15. So cute! Its definitely super convenient now that theres chalk paint, chalk spray paint, magnet paint... oh my goodness the possibilities!

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  16. I'm swooning over your spooning! What a great pre spring look for your home. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  17. Just love what you've done here. It is so fresh, crisp and sophisticated! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Very nice! Love the pops of green and pink. Gorgeous kitchen!

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  19. I love the "spoon" theme. I especially like the big spoon you got at the thrift store...how smart you were to paint it!

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  20. Now this is the kind of Spring decor that I love...simple, and not too pastel!
    I am hosting a Link Party today and would love for you to add these, and anything else you like!

    http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-2.html

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  21. I love your display but I especially love the tray turned chalkboard! I have a tray like this that is a hideous gold colour and it is just waiting to be made pretty. Now I know exactly what to do!

    Claire @ http://alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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  22. What a beautiful kitchen! And i'm so loving the spoon art.

    www.leslieslife.com

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  23. Wow how beautiful! I love your kitchen. That little "Big" Spoon is adorable!

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  24. I love all the touches - makes me want to get all springy!!

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  25. Such a beautiful display. I love everything about it! :) I found your work through the link party at Tatertots & Jello. ~ Megan

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  26. Found you on Shabby Nest and just love your style. It turned out just so beautiful! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

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  27. Love this!!! I have some vintage spoons that I love from my Gramma I am going to have to do that with the burlap! Thanks for sharing,excited to be following you now!

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  28. COMPLETELY in love with your kitchen ;0)
    It goes onto my Pinterest...!
    Follow me, if you're interested:
    www.pinterest.com/finecraftguild

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  29. Loving the spoons and chalkboard. What a cool idea with that tray.

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  30. I love that ceramic spoon - it's amazing what a little spray paint can do!

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  31. Can you tell me what the width of the stove/hood is? I am almost done planning my kitchen, looking for just-the-right-sized hood ideas. :)

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    1. The stove width is 35 1/4". The hood is approx. 40 1/2". Hope that helps you!

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  32. Thank you ! What beautiful ideas. I love the chalkboard art, I've always had a thing for silverware displays. Goodbye for now , I have to go pinning!!

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