Look at that chicken coop.
Fresh or dried herbs in your nesting boxes not only work as insecticides, but also have anti-bacterial properties, and can act as natural wormers, anti-parasitics, insecticides, rodent control, stress relievers and laying stimulants. Here is a partial list of common herbs and flowers and their beneficial properties.
This post is going to help me prove to my husband that this is “our” style… aka my style. But I always hear everyone saying happy wife, happy life! Of course my version is going to end up simpler in architecture than some of these photos but that is ok, you can still get the same impact if you design and use colour properly 🙂
Look at this shower! That tiling is beautiful!
I love Sarah Richardson’s designs…
the kitchen above has calcutta marble and creamy white cabinets
love this table island below
i like the blue backsplash, and it’s a celebrity kitchen!
open outdoor veranda
love the wine cabinet
I really like white kitchens. They are clean, classic, and timeless. This is what I want to have in my new cottage. I want it to have a homey, rustic, traditional feel.
i like the split door pantry
One thing that is going to be really important for us in a small home is storage space and well designed closets. I hope that we can utilize space enough that everything will feel like it fits just right. I also love built ins in a home! They are so great to have.
I love fireplaces that are surrounded with built in shelves. It feels so homey.
This is great with 2 pull out pantrys
wow look at all this storage!! Talk about maximizing a hallway!!
I saw this on Ellen’s website and I had to share. This might just be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Here are a few pics but I will add the link so you can all see the rest!
Superbug in the Supermarket!
If you haven’t seen this episode of Marketplace yet, I suggest you do. It is about how terrible chicken is and how it has so many different super bugs living in it, and between 5-8 antibiotics in ALL store brands of chicken… this is just insane and completely devistating at the same time. This just backs up my wanting of having a local and organic diet. Where we live there are a lot of orchards and quite a few farms just outside of our doorstep. We get fresh eggs from the people 5 minutes down the road. I would really like to start getting some fresh killed farm chickens. Free of everything. No bad stuff. No hormones and no nasty feces and no anti biotics. But apparently it is in the feed so I would want to investigate what these people feed the chicken. Back to this show…. 5 different types of anti biotics found in “anti-biotic free” this is such a blow…
They say that the best way to change our food is to write our MP’s and demand that we have anti-biotic free chicken and that what is happening is completely unacceptable. I know I for sure will be doing this. Another good way to change what is out there is the way we shop! The way we shop shows what we accept and do NOT accept. If no one buys the regular chicken “organic” or not, and everyone only buys the anti biotic free, then that will open up the market and make it more readily available for us in a mass quantity. At this point chickens no longer are raised properly, there are thousands of them all on top of eachother in a filthy, unsanitary, disease filled pen. farmers only have to give them something stupid like 5 minutes of sunlight daily, how pathetic is that, and we eat that…. not anymore…
Well right now we live in a rental and to say the least it is a little 1990’s drab… Beige walls and carpets, old ugly white melamine cabinets with wooden handle trim.. Eew. I’ll have to get some pictures up for you all to see. After living here for over 2 years I’ve finally decided what the hell, I’m finally going to decorate this place to my liking. After all… Isn’t that what rentals are for? to experiment? I think so…
So here is my list of things that I don’t like.. and a few possible thoughts on what I could change about them.
The Kitchen – the cabinets are soo blah.. I would love to give them a little sand and a fresh coat of some beautiful creamy white paint and add some brushed nickel knobs and pulls… I think it would make this place much much better. We also don’t have a backsplash, it’s just more beige paint (Yippee!) but I recently saw some fabulous wall paper online that could be used as a backsplash and I think this might be a great idea!. A blue/green tinted white subway tile look. Not too much and not too little and it would work with the tones in the countertop.
The Entryway – Holy boring. You just walk in. That’s it. It’s not welcoming at all, I can never wait to get out of there. I do have a little rug from Ikea to keep our shoes on but that’s it. I’m thinking maybe a new half table up against the wall with a vase and a little basket to hold keys. Maybe a mirror above it. Or a frame with chalkboard paint inside. And a small lamp.
The Living Room – I don’t know anymore if this space is ok or not. I used to be proud of it. Now I’m bored of it. It feels like it’s lacking something. More than just stuff on the walls. It would be nice to get a sectional one day but that is a lot of money. I’d also like to get one of those big wall units to use as a bookshelf and display cabinet from Ikea. They really aren’t that much money for the amount that it changes the space. It would also be nice to have some hanging plants, maybe some ferns. And I should add a curtain rod and some curtains on the side of the window. It would create more drama. I just need some help on what colours and what I should keep and what should change. If I got a slipcover for the leather couch in a neutral colour things would blend well but then we take a lot of colour out of the room.
Guest/Husbands Bathroom- Need some decorations up on the wall… maybe driftwood or some beachy things. Not sure what else we could do other than repainting the cabinets to match the kitchen
Master Bedroom- Well we have artwork.. just need to put it up but the hubby isn’t so good at getting any jobs around the house done no matter now minor they are. I’d like to either refinish all the furniture or get all new set. Need to make a headboard. Get some more throw pillows and a nice throw blanket. Nice dressing chair for the corner. New bookshelf/laundry shelf in the corner.