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Cynthia’s cottage in Country Living!

Last September, my friend and fabulous set designer, merchandiser extraordinaire
Vince Maggio, let me know he had staged a fabulous cottage in McKinney. I asked
if he would like photos taken of his work and he and Cynthia said “Yes”. As it
turned out, Cynthia was going to submit photos of her home to several publications
hoping to get them published, so perfect timing! Well, I stepped in the front door
and was in Heaven! Of course this home needs to be published! Needless to say,
Country Living has it in the current July/August issue so pick up a copy! In 2017
it will also be featured in a book, City Farmhouse. I had the pleasure of sitting in
onboth of the photo shoots, so you can image this little photographer
was especially happy!

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Is it Black…or is it White, or is it Black and White?

The cabinets are installed! It’s really starting to look like a kitchen again!

This is my first time to do something other than all white so it is a bit

unnerving, but I hope once it is all put together, it will be beautiful!

Tomorrow morning, the floors get sanded, filled, and I guess stained.

By Monday or Tuesday I will be able to walk on my new floors…

My wonderful fabricator came today to measure for the counters but

they probably won’t be installed until after Christmas… but that’s ok

I’m not expecting Santa to come down the chimney or anything else

equally exciting…)

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I had wanted this pantry/fridge cabinet to be in the white but IKEA is changing the whole cabinet system so they were sold out of them. Thus the black surround for the fridge and pantry… it’ll be ok

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So, the guys won’t be back til after Christmas to finish up so guess I ‘ll post about something else for a change! Enjoy your holidays and Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Making Progress and the Window goes in!

My new window is larger and is a slider so it will be easy for this short person to open!

My new window is larger and is a slider so it will be easy for this short person to open!

I moved this opening over about 8" to make sure my new IKEA pantry would fit next to the fridge. The window on left will be replaced with a French door so I will have a little patio out front for morning coffee!

I moved this opening over about 8″ to make sure my new IKEA pantry would fit next to the fridge.The window on left will be replaced with a French door so I will have a little patio out front for morning coffee!

Vintage hardwoods waiting and seasoning to the atmosphere in my house. They are going in on Saturday! They came from a tear down on Vickery in East Dallas. I think it is nice that they name the bundles by the address of the former home...

Vintage hardwoods waiting and seasoning to the atmosphere in my house. They are going in on Saturday! They came from a tear down on Vickery in East Dallas. I think it is nice that they name the bundles by the address of the former home…

Former pantry now washer/dryer closet and hot water heater raised to proper 18" above ground. I had to sacrifice a side by side w/d to be able to remove the wall, but it was worth it for the more updated, open floor plan and light the new French door on back will let in...

Former pantry now washer/dryer closet and hot water heater raised to proper 18″ above ground. I had to sacrifice a side by side w/d to be able to remove the wall, but it was worth it for the more updated, open floor plan and light the new French door on back will let in…

All the prep work takes time…the other day it didn’t look like much had changed but around the corner
I saw all the plumbing reinstalled into the former panty closet where the washer/dryer will go, stackables…
The raised platform for the hot water heater, brings it up to code as well.
All the water lines had to be rerouted under the house when I removed the wall between the kitchen
and utility room. Luckily, the house sits on a pier and beam, even though there is not much clearance under
the house, Mr. boss man was able to squeeze under and run the pipes! The house was built in 1953 and I think
it may have been moved onto this lot because there is dead grass and weeds under the home, which would
not be  there had it been built right on the spot…

My Kitchen Disappeared . . . Now what?

Here one day, gone the next!


You hope for some space to set up a temporary work station,
pack what you can live without and make the best of it!
Hard boiled eggs cooked at a friends a dozen at a time
for breakfast or how about some microwaved scrambled ones!
Coffee in a maker or microwave for instant… Lunch and Dinner
maybe out or bring something home. Baked chicken from the
grocery store is good for a meal or 2, sandwiches or chicken
salad!

I could use a facelift but Cottage Kat is getting one instead!

Front After landscaping

Front After landscaping

I’m starting my 3rd, total kitchen remodel and decided to take you
on the journey with me! I realized that maybe showing the before,
during and after might be inspiration for others to take the plunge
and try a major re-do. On August 24, I moved into my little cottage.
The day I closed, 2 days prior to the movers coming, I already had
bought a piece of carpet for my bedroom and had the installation
scheduled for the day after closing. I had planned on using a
sisal type carpet and when I went to buy it, saw this antelope
carpet at the carpet store. So, having seen an antelope rug in a
magazine, and loving it so much, I quickly switched and decided
on the spot to do the antelope pattern instead. It was a splurge,
it was about 500.00 more than the sisal but well worth it! The
funny part is that I really don’t like hunting at all but do love
the look of this carpet…please don’t hold that against me!

Front Before

Front Before

Kitchen towards laundry, wall to be removed

Kitchen towards laundry, wall to be removed

Kitchen window wall - Gutted

Kitchen window wall – Gutted

Kitchen to Laundry BEFORE

Kitchen to Laundry BEFORE

Kitchen to Laundry - Gutted

Kitchen to Laundry – Gutted

Antelope carpet - plush.plush. plush!

Antelope carpet – plush.plush. plush!

Patina Green had a trunk show tonight…

and it was fun and the food and wine- delicious!

Cotton Hearts full of cuteness for Spring!

Check out the cutest, whites at Cotton Hearts in McKinney!
Dorrie has so many fun lacy, sheer, embroidered dresses
and tops, it will make your head spin!
Then head on up to Princeton to Vince’s shop, GoodLook
and check out his new white display cabinet and the famous,
white chair…


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