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Maybe I got it from my grandmother, Bubbles, or maybe it’s just that tea towels are a great way to add color to your kitchen but cute tea towels are a weakness. Studiopatro’s tea towels are 100% linen and naturally sustainable. They are all printed one-by-one with ecologically sound water-based inks.

today is a good day tea towel“Today is a good day”

easy as pie tea towel“Easy as Pie”

life is delicious tea towel“Life is Delicious”

colander - noir tea towel“Colander”

piece of cake tea towel“Piece of Cake”

All towels are $24 each and can be found here. They sometimes have seconds in here.


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A few days ago, while doing my grocery shopping at Kroger, I saw this.


Insert me stopping mid-aisle and backing up

I was at the Green Hills Kroger so I wasn’t at a Kroger Marketplace. I’ve only been to a Marketplace on the road but know some outlying areas have them. I haven’t seen Kroger sell dishes before and I was real excited about them being Blue Willow. Plus, there sale signs.


Here is the only picture of pricing that is readable.


After scrutinizing photos, here are the prices I’ve confirmed:

  • Dinner plate $5.24
  • Salad plate $3.75
  • Cereal bowl $3.75
  • Soup bowl $3.75
  • Large serving bowl $14.99
  • 14″ Oval Platter $20.24
  • Covered casserole $44.99

I think a grouping of Blue Willow can be really pretty on a wall.

blue willow hanging from michaelpennystyle


blue willow wall hanging plates with yellow chairs via house beautiful


However, I don’t think it looks great on your back.

blue willow back tatoo



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Lovelies, we had a big weekend washing all the dishes and kitchen accoutrements to put them in their new cabinet homes. The floor is being put in this week. I’m excited to finally show you what it looks like and how we got to the end. We had some unexpected expenses and we’re thinking of putting off the backsplash for a little bit. Plus, I’m anxious to move on and our “right away” for the backsplash would still be a month or so away. So, once the floor is down, we’re done with reno (the backsplash shouldn’t be that big of a deal when we do it) and onto decorating.

Our kitchen rug is currently a 3×5′ West Elm Jute Boucle rug in Flax.

 It’s a very hardworking rug but it doesn’t hide the inevitable stains you get in a kitchen. So, I’ve entertained the idea of replacing it or layering another rug ontop of it.

This thought began when I first saw the Rainbow Rag Rug from Urban Outfitters.

Recently, I noticed Urban Outfitters’ Tufted Jungle Cat rug.

I like it a lot. It’s different in general, but definitly different for a kitchen. I’ve thought about an oriental or Turkish rug, like the one below.


I’m watching this ebay seller from Little Green Notebook for a Turkish rug. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled at the flea market, Southeastern Salvage and around before I make a purchase. Wether I replace our rug or layer a smaller rug on top of it, the new rug needs to be patterned. Do you have any suggestions of where I should look?

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First, I apologize for originally saying the title was a reference to TLC. I’m embarrassed. Second, we went to Lowe’s to purchase this hardware this past weekend but The Mister was not feeling it. The “pointy” knobs bothered him.

Therefore, we took another look at a Kraft Maid knob and pull set and ended up ordering them. They are $7 something for a knob and $8 something for a pull.

Do you like my phone cover? It’s from J. Crew.

I agree with The Mister that the flat face knob does not have the potential to inquire like the one above. However, I can’t say I’m jazzed about them. Of course, that could be attributed to the fact that I just want a kitchen to put the hardware in at this point. What hardware does get me jazzed? 

This hardware is fantastical!

It’s major.

I asked Jessica about the brass and glass pull and the faceted brass knob because they make my heart leap. They are not in production for another month or so and she hopes to get pricing to me within the next few days. All I know thus far is that she’s considering a change from glass to acrylic/lucite and the pull’s hole to hole dimensions is 4.25.” I’m a mixture of excited, nervous and anxious to get her pricing. Also, saying “hole to hole” makes me feel weird.

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Our kitchen cabinets will be installed on Thursday and Friday of this week. We have a lot of posts to write to let you know how we decided on what and what we did. One of the last things for us will be the backsplash. Since Monday was a holiday, I gave you a post on Saturday containing marble backsplash inspiration. We’re still doing a marble backsplash, but we haven’t finalized what size of tile or when we’ll do it. Of course, I’m using this time to try to convince The Mister that we should install tile all round the window of our kitchen. This is after I was already turned down for my idea of tiling all the walls.

Does that sound crazy to you? It sounded odd to me too, in the beginning. Then, I kept finding photos to support my additional tile work. Here are some of them.




Now, the image that is most like what I’m trying to convince The Mister of now.


What do you think?

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We’re in the midst of making kitchen decision and still have our backsplash to worry about. We’ve looked at a number of options and plan to do something we can DIY. Should it be DIO (do-it-ourselves) opposed to DIY (do-it-yourself)? Get back to me on that after you look at this eye candy. I tried to focus the photos on just white counters (as that is what we’ve decided to do) and marble backsplashes or vice versa. However, some are all marble.



Here is the backsplash tile we plan on using.


Here are photos of a marble subway tile. 



This is the Elle Decor showhouse’s kitchen designed by Palmer Weiss.

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Though I could not find it, I’m pretty sure today’s title is not my first Salt-n-Pepa reference.

We decided to use knobs on the kitchen doors and pulls on the drawer faces. The pulls are going on the middle of drawer faces. As you may know, I’m on the road a lot right now. It’s been hard to make decisions and feel confident in them without being home. Since I cannot be home to show The Mister what I’m trying to convey, I’ve resulted to computer drawings. They’re not great, but they get the point across. Of course, I’d prefer to draw them on graph paper. Here are the drawings for “where to tell the installer to put the hardware.”

What hardware? This hardware:

Next week, is when big things start to happen and the pretty starts.

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