Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kitchen Island Tables

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can expand my small kitchen island to include a table and therefore remove our kitchen table.  My existing kitchen island is small enough to believe that it was a waste of time for the builder to even put it in the kitchen! Typical builder kitchens.  No real thought put into them.

My kitchen is small and pretty narrow, so widening the island is not an option.  but I want a bigger island, because my counter space is pretty limited. So I thought the best option would be to lenthen the island into the eat in dining area and remove the table.

We added a french door, which opens outward, about 5 years ago, replacing a large picture window that was in the eat in dining area.  That way it will never encroach into the dining area. 

I hope to add pictures of my kitchen as it's been for many years in the next week so you can see what I mean.

Here is a picture that is almost exactly the {shape} and {size} of my kitchen, but this one is much, much nicer  than my kitchen!


Here are some ideas I was thinking about.  What do you think? 

This one is stunning and I adore the neutral coloring.


This is lengthening in a way I was thinking for my kitchen.  I need one to seat at least 5 though.

I love this idea with a bench. So pretty.

I ADORE this one.  I would love to find an old table to attach to the existing island.

This one looks like they put a table on top of the island.  I like the way it looks.

I like the way this one looks too - like a pedestal table.

This would work really well too. Looks like a table pushed up to the end of the island.

This one is just too cool for school people!  Love it.


Wow - a six top table.  Very cool. 

Or I can just find an old table for an island?

This whole kitchen is cool and feels a little like mine. But the island wouldn't work, but its pretty!

This is another cool idea.  I've always liked they way this banquet seating looks.


 Maybe all I need to do is reshape my island?

Or move the island to the edge of the side and attach it?

This is a nice kitchen and island.

southern living

BUT, I love this kitchen and it feels a bit like something I could do to mine.  See the table at the end of their island, way down there? Love the color combinations, the lighting, and the rock about the fireplace.  Gorgeous.

One can dream, right? 

and that's a beautiful thing! -- teryl

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bring on Fall

I've been thinking about Fall. Probably because it's been more than a week of the temperature hovering around or over 100 degrees.  July temps were pretty mild this year.  But August came in  hot, hot, hot around the Sacramento valley and Sierra foothills.

About now is when I begin to daydream about Fall. Who doesn't?!

We love you Fall. 

We want to marry you Fall.  

Come around more often Fall. ;-)

BTW, I am sorry for my absence -- I have had been thinking lately about my blog for the future long hall and stayed away for a while to work it all out in my head. I really want to keep it up, but I started unrealistically posting almost once a day and soon realized maintaining that schedule unrealistic for me. I love the idea of this blog, and blogging, but I need to pace myself to make it the best it can be!

Back to the regularly schedule program:


Love it, love it, love it.

Around here Fall is gorgeous.  Glorious, beautiful Fall, cooling weather, intense colors, cozy evenings, fireplaces, blankets, boots, sweaters, and FOOTBALL.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your *scroll* down these beautiful and inspirational photos of Fall {it'll leave you longing for Fall too!}.


























Then Halloween begins . . .


Are you ready for Fall, cooler weather, sweaters, boots and Halloween?  I love decorating for Halloween.  Do you?

And, by the way

its only 131 days until Christmas!

and that's a beautiful thing!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dream Empty Nester Home

Do you dream of a different house to live in when you're an empty nester? Or do you plan on staying in your current home forever.  I have always dreamed of a newer and smaller space to live.  

My dream homes are all over the spectrum: a farm house, a lake house, a condo, a cottage, and stylish contemporary home; but if I had my way they would all be single story homes or they will have a master on the first floor.  

Love the windows and doors.
Yup -- I am tired of going up and down those darn stairs!  Laundry room downstairs, bedrooms upstairs - Ugh!!! Who plans these homes?  Why don't they THINK about how people use these spaces?

Why do we have formal living spaces and formal dining spaces?  Most people never have a need for these spaces -- it just means more rooms to furnish {and clean}

Here are some more dreamy homes that I could see myself living in during my empty nester years.

Now, don't get me wrong. I still want a home that is roomy enough to host my kids and someday their kids, etc., but I don't want anything to terribly big.  I want room to have parties, room to have kids, room to kick up my feet and read a good book.

But, alas, right now it is all still just a dream. {sigh}

What does your dream house look like?

Now, that's a beautiful thing!