Saturday, March 9, 2019

Lazy Days of Winter

  Winter break from my job at school has been lovely. I spent a lot of time doing the things I just don't have time for when I'm working.  Mostly, I got together with friends that I haven't seen in awhile along with some time with family, and of course the pups.

Roses - $3.99 from Aldi

One of my projects was to try to simplify the open shelves in the kitchen. I still had pine and evergreen cuttings in all my pitchers, so I changed that out for some faux greenery, most of which is from the dollar store and the rest is from Hobby Lobby.

I used some Valentine's money that was gifted to me from my hubby to buy this old chest ($20) that I'm using as a coffee bar. I had been in search of a replacement for the white shabby chic dresser that served as the coffee bar for years. Brian was never a fan of it, but what I really wanted was just not in the budget.  I bought this dresser for another spot and it was too big. I told the owner I needed something 38" or smaller. She assured me it was. Believe me when I tell you, 2" can make all the difference, so this 40" girl now lives in my kitchen.

I thought of refinishing it, but the old, worn look is growing on me.

Greens on island are from Hobby Lobby

I also bought this vintage desk ($32) to use as an end table and thankfully it worked better than I hoped for this space.

We have been adding more and more wood to our home. I just love the way wood warms a white space. I had been searching for something to create a large sign for awhile, and finally found this huge wood tray at an antique shop in Maine. The base is permanently on the wall, and the smaller pieces can be changed out for seasons and holidays.
Hyacinth $2.99 - Aldi
The pups were getting bored from all the rain we were having.

 On Sunday, we went to brunch with at Old Salt in Hampton, NH to celebrate my hubby's birthday. If you are ever in the area on a Sunday, the breakfast buffet is highly recommended.

I read a lot of books and magazines too.

 My husband and I took the dogs and explored the old mills and the river walk in Manchester, NH.

The sunset was spectacular.

I can't get enough of these two!

I took the dogs out exploring one day.  Sometimes I just like to get lost on the backroads of New Hampshire and the pups are the best traveling companions. They love car rides and there is no fighting or complaining from the backseat.

I love looking at new and old houses, barns, and sheds. The dogs like looking at horses, cows, and whatever other animals we come across.

I found a fenced in playground, and since it was 14 degrees out, we had the playground to ourselves.  I let the dogs run free for about an hour.

On Saturday, we went to the Sled Dog races in Tamworth, NH.  

It was so much fun watching the races and walking across the frozen lake.
The pups loved making new friends.

Mt. Chocorua

I love having time for old favorites and new recipes.

Click this link for recipe

 On the last Sunday of vacation, I went out with my daughter in search of a "new" used car for her.  She had a list of cars to test drive, knew her prices and what her trade-in was worth, and knew how to negotiate a deal.
After 9 hours, she came home with this beauty.

The next day we woke to a SNOW DAY!
One more day at home.

Friday, March 1, 2019

DIY Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Countertops

Hey!  Do you remember me?  

I've been hanging out over on Instagram and had pretty much given up blogging, but blogging was my first social media love, and I really wanted to get back to it.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Decorating for Winter

Happy New Year friends! It has been months since I last blogged here. I have been spending a lot of time over on Instagram where I share daily. I need to add the IG link to my blog, but I need to figure out how to do that. If you want to find me there, look for @thelongawaitedhome. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice in the Kitchen

I love spending time in my kitchen in the fall.  After a summer of spending long days outdoors, mostly grilling or eating out, I can't wait to start cooking comfort foods again.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pops of Fall Color

Today I am showing you all our family/tv room.  In this room I added those "pops of color" everyone talks about.  I am not a big fan of pops of color as I find it distracting most of the time, but I really, really love it in fall. I only add color to our home for fall and Christmas.  Aside from that, I keep things pretty neutral around here. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Decorating for Fall with Neutrals

The pre-fall weather has been incredibly warm and sunny in New Hampshire. It is a lovely gift considering so many parts are the country are experiencing extreme and devastating weather right now. We take it while we can, knowing there is a long winter ahead of us. Today I'm showing you all our living room decorated for fall.

Friday, July 28, 2017


Mid-summer, the height of summer in New England.  The flower gardens are at their peak now.  Our gardens are mostly reds and yellows with pops of purple and orange - the "hot" colors.  It is the complete opposite of the inside of our home which is white, neutrals and wood, with almost no color most of the time.  I especially like the inside to be all neutrals in the summer.  It just seems to make it feel cooler, plus it is an escape from the color overload outside.