Wednesday, July 22, 2009

They are here!

The new Fall Southern Living at HOME catalog has arrived! It does not go in to effect until August 1st, but I CAN NOT WAIT to show these items to you! There is truly something for everyone in this product line. I will share just a few of my favorites...

This is the new Gail Pittman Alfresco Collection pictured above. The neutral color palette will work with any decor! The large Server holds 14 cups and the Accent plates would work great for a child's lunch plate or for a luncheon salad or dessert. I can SO see these in a certain someones Purple kitchen and her Mommas Green kitchen...

I have collected the Astoria Collection since I became an Independent Consultant three years ago. (They look SWEET with my new appliances!) This is the new Astoria Versatile Caddy and two of the Astoria Dispensers. How cute will this be beside the sink for your dish washing liquid and hand soap or lotion? The Cream and Sugar set will work in here too, or if you are setting up a buffet, just use two of the glass inserts from the Flatware caddy.

Our new Bistro Votive Holder. The rust-brown iron compliments the Galveston Collection, Covington Accent trays and the Drake Lanterns. You are going to want more than one with all the uses this little baby has! I can see these filled with different jellies and jams for a bagel buffet. Decorating cookies? Sprinkles and toppings will work perfectly. I bet we could find 101 uses!

I need more canisters like I need a hole in my head, but OH MY WORD! Are these Cinnabar Canisters not the most gorgeous? LOVE THESE!! MUST. HAVE. THEM.

Gail Pittman Hand Painted Canister in Provence and Siena. Beautiful!

The new Cross by Gail Pittman. This would make a perfect gift - for you and someone special!

Last weekend was the Annual Convention. Unfortuately I did not get to go this year, but another Consultant (Thanks Nancy!) shared some photos from my favorite part - the product Showcase! The Design team comes up with so many fabulous ideas! Here are a few that caught my eye!
I love to mix and match the Tuscan and Cinnabar Collections!

Convention was held in Dallas, so there had to be a Texas BBQ!

I Love how clean this looks. The Gallery Collection, Villa and Verde Collections are featured.

A great Fall Mantle idea. More proof that a Hurricane doesn't have to just hold candles!

If you haven't taken advantage of the Super Summer Sale yet, there are SO MANY items still left! The sale will continue through the end of July. If you would like to take advantage of the bargains in this sale flyer, please leave me a comment or send me an email and I will contact you privately!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kitchen Makeover - Phase One

Our Extreme Makeover, Kitchen Edition has officially begun!
Good Bye old, white appliances. You served us well.
I had forgotten how much I hate having things torn up! I have to keep reminding myself that the end result will be worth it! That is the new dishwasher waiting patiently for the plumber to install her on Friday afternoon.

Isn't it pretty?!

Saturday morning, July 4th, 2009. With no call or fore-warning whatsoever, the delivery truck showed up with the remaining appliances. I was NOT happy. At 8:00 on a Saturday, that also happens to be a HOLIDAY, would it be a good idea to call and make sure someone was up? Home? Out of the shower?? Trying to focus on the big picture, deep breath. Good Bye old side by side...

They had already changed the old range out by the time I was out of the shower and presentable. Good thing the Hubby was home!

New View from the Living Room...

And from the Dining Room. The Handsome Prince and his Brother installed the Microwave!

I am SO HAPPY with how these look! And it helped make the decision about the Granite pretty easy too - MUST HAVE!

Another cool thing I found out today - when the dishwasher is done this blue light shines on the floor! It is so quiet you can't hear it running

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Change is gonna come...

We bought our home back in 1990, largely because of the location and land that came with it. A bachelor was selling it, and it needed a LOT of love, but was priced right. It had really good "bones" - hardwood floors throughout, three nice sized bedrooms and lots of potential. We knew our first projects were going to be remodeling the only bathroom and the kitchen. The bathroom HAD to be addressed immediately, so that was where we chose to spend the majority of our budget at the time.

As money allowed, we made little changes here and there. We eventually decided it was time to make a big change and basically gutted the house to add a Master bathroom and a Family room, make the existing garage the entry and an additional bathroom/utility room and dining room. The kitchen finally got it's makeover when we did this remodel. We chose very up to date appliances, tile and countertops at the time, and they have served us well.

Lately, we have been watching way too much HGTV and dreaming about making some changes again. The 90's called and they want their kitchen back!! I want to give it to them! Here is a view of our kitchen from the Dining Room. It's nice, but could be better...

The view from the Living Room. Still love my bay window...

So we've made a few trips to the Home Improvement stores and have started making a list of things we would like to do. Here is the Sensa Granite I am looking at. Blue Pearl - beautiful. Still making some tile decisions about the backsplash. We'll see...

These should be delivered this week, hopefully! A nice start to our Kitchen Makeover! I have wanted Stainless Appliances for what seems like FOREVER. I like the clean, timeless, classiness of them. Here is the Fridge I picked out. Samsung, French Door - Gorgeous!

Samsung Above the Range Microwave/Convection Oven. LOVE IT.

Samsung Range. The oven is a convection oven, with a warming drawer. Self Cleaning with STEAM. All I have to do is wipe it out!!
Electrolux Dishwasher. If I made the money Kelly Ripa does, I would have had the very cool range that came complete with a food thermometer/probe built in and the racks were on door glides like your dishwasher has. For the difference in price I could afford this dishwasher. Installed.

Progress Pictures coming soon!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Southern Living at HOME Super Summer Sale

The summer sale has begun! Click here to get the Sale Flyer
Call me to place an order, or leave me a comment letting me know you would like more information!