Once we were unpacked and settled form back-to-back trips, I was ready to start working on the house again. I am waiting to get into the summer rhythm before I tackle larger projects, like the butler’s pantry and painting the kitchen island, but I want to get smaller things done when time allows. Organization of cabinets and closets is definitely on my list (there are still “lost objects” from our move), but I also want to hang more art and decor on the walls and fine-tune the finishing touches.
When I had a little pocket of free time, I decided to try hanging a trio of antique blue transferware plates on either side of the arch that opens into the living room.
I really like how they pull in the richer blues from the curtains and checked slipcovers, but it’s not too matchy-matchy.
I originally hung some wooden cutting boards there, but they never really looked right to me.
So, when I repainted, I took them down and tried the plates and they work much better.
Oh, and that little tree in the basket is a lemon tree. I bought it a few months ago and it was looking a little sad. It had spider mites and the leaves were yellowing. I shared about it on my Instagram Stories and I received some great tips. A few suggested spraying it with soapy water to get rid of the spider mites and try moving it outside for a while. I followed that advice and it’s bounced back.
Since it’s doing well, I repotted it in a larger pot to give the roots some more room and added some citrus fertilizer. I was trying the new pot in the basket to see if it would fit in there when I bring it inside this fall. I will most likely keep it in the studio, so it’ll get plenty of nice light. For now, it’ll stay outside, so it can get lots of sun and humidity.
Anyway, now that we’re done with that rabbit trail, here is how the plates look on the other side of the arch.
If you’re very observant, you might’ve noticed my end chairs are mis-matched at this point. I ordered a pair of chairs from Wayfair and only one of them arrived, so I’m waiting for the other one. The one I have looks so good, though, and it provides another seating option when we host small group. Right now we pull in the red paisley chairs and a couple of the oval-backed French chairs, but these should offer another comfortable option.
I am going to make washable slipcovers for them out of grain sacks and hemp sheets, so they will tie into the side chairs even better.
There are a few more things to do in this space, but it’s coming along very nicely!
Here is a look from a similar view, so you can see how much it’s changed in just under a year.
And here is a look at the view towards the open kitchen shelves and back stairs.
We spend most of our time in the kitchen/eating area and living room, so I love that those spaces are looking more and more like “us”.
We spent the day getting dirty in the garden today and I’ll show you what we were up to soon…