It's All About Rich Moments, Enjoying Prettiness Indoors or Outdoors


  1. oldnewgreenredo

    Aw, Jan, I llove your home. On the dining table, I used to glaze pieces with a mixture of paint and acrylic clear poly when I was refreshing furniture for my shop. If you added white and a bit of green (to counteract the orange) it should calm down the color and still let the wood show through. Just maybe experiment with 1 part paint to 2 parts sealer, up to two parts paint 1 part sealer…and see if that might do it…..of course practice on some old piece of a similar color—from say a thrift store.

    • janetlea62

      Thank you! I have thought the right color on the dining table could change the outcome greatly. I will have to give it a try. Thank you so much for the tips!

  2. L. Hewitt

    It’s all lovely, as usual! That is one dreamy kitchen! Can’t wait to see what you decide. And about these computers……. I feel exactly the same way!

    • janetlea62

      One of these days I will learn the full identity of princess, looks like just a first name is needed! But I do understand guarding your privacy. Thank you for your kind words.

  3. Susan

    Jan the color of the cabinets in your dream kitchen is very similar to what you have.Maybe you can switch out out the hardware ( hinges and drawer pullsJ to a dark bronze. You can paint the window trim a cream color and perhaps do a backslash in a faceted cream colored pearlized subway tile. This could be a compromise with the wall paper. Keep it everywhere but under the cabinets. I love the idea of a lighter neutral countertop. You can put some of your beautiful pinks and purple accent pieces on it to make it pop.
    Those are just some ideas. Whatever you do will be beautiful!

    • janetlea62

      Thanks for the ideas, Susan! Good to hear feedback to help me make some decisions finally. I like your ideas, they would make the kitchen really pretty but I really (now people don’t throw something at me) but I do not like subway tile. I like the old square tiles that you saw on Kitty Bartholomew’s kitchen countertop. I am a little bit of a rebel with trends now. Love the past looks and colors we have enjoyed and just want them back! The reason it’s taking so long for any real decisions to be made is I am not on board with the whole French Country Cottage look. I know I will get lots of angry comments, but that’s okay I will delete them! I just like a lot going on in my rooms. I gave in on the white sofa thing, UGH, I don’t like living with the white (It’s always looking at me like really? Your are going to sit on me? I am big and white and if you get a spot on me it will stare you down) so big mistake for me. I have white linen drapes in dining room, UGH, with two dogs, can you imagine? So I am determined to go back to a look that’s really easy to live with and maybe can be considered retro!

  4. Susan

    Good for you Jan! To thine own self be true. I know what you mean about subway tile. It is way overdone.
    I have seen some that are a take off on the theme; they are pearlized and cracked with beveled edges. That is really the only kind I like,otherwise they
    Look too industrial. I love Kitty Bartholomews style. I saw her having drinks at the Crate and Barrelin Chicago. She is striking in person.
    Go for what you love. It’s your kitchen and you should enjoy it,

    • janetlea62

      Thank you Susan! That is such a hoot! I think I would let out a scream, “It’s KItty Bartholomew everybody!” but not intending to.


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