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Thursday, March 21, 2013

a new kitchen skirt for spring




I've added a jaunty new sink skirt in anticipation of spring!  Two days ago a late winter snowstorm  brought us an additional 13-inches of snow; this was on top of the 10-inches or so that was still on the ground from the last snowfall.  Spring seems very far away at the moment, but I know it will be here before we know it!





The citron chevron fabric works well in the kitchen with my collection of antique rugs and vintage & antique green yellowware in the glass-front cabinets.




You can see all of our snow out the window!




Vintage hotel-silver champagne buckets flank the sink and hold white Kalanchoes.  This champagne bucket is from the Hotel Tuller in Detroit. 




This hotel-silver bucket with the engraved "N" is from the Newhouse Hotel in Salt Lake City.






73 comments:

  1. Beautiful and so spring like...as I sit looking at still more snow floating down by. I can't wait. Anyway, love your new skirt. Joan what do you use on your soapstone? Oil, wax, if wax what type?
    Donna

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    1. I have a post all about my soapstone in the works, so I'll address that in the post if that's okay!

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  2. Wow that looks great !! That is one gorgeous kitchen ! I'm hoping that we are going to redo the kitchen here at the little White House . One of the last rooms to do we saved the most expensive for last ! I'm sure you know what I'm talking about lol ! I hope your having a great week . Don't worry spring will get here soon I know you guys have had a awful winter ! How much snow total you think ? Talk to you soon

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    1. I do indeed Andy ;) Total for the year approx 5 FEET!!!

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  3. Love your kitchen, hate the snow...I'm so over it. Those silver buckets are fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow Joan,
    I was surprised to see a print fabric. Looks beautiful and springy. Here's hoping this is our last winter blast for the year!
    Sara, Ohio

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    1. hi Sara, I actually love prints and think of this skirt like I do pillows- something that can easily be changed out for a different look when the mood arises! Though I like living with solid/neutrals in general I thought the fun color and pattern of this fabric just said 'spring'!

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  5. Happy Spring,
    Your new sink skirt is darling. And the flowers in the hotel silver look so pretty. I hope you will see spring weather soon. Best Regards, Wenda

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  6. The chevron sink skirt and flowers look perky enough to melt the snow {one could hope}.

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  7. I just adore your kitchen as well as the rest of your beautiful home....

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  8. Love it! Very fresh... whether the weather is cooperating or not. :)
    xo Heidi

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  9. i wish i could share some of our warmer spring temps with you...right now my azeleas are blooming and everything is blooming! your sink skirt is adorable....would you mind sharing where you got the fabric? it looks lovely in your gorgeous kitchen!

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    1. Judy- I found it at Hobby Lobby when I was there to pick up some thread! It comes in several colors.

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  10. Joan,
    How pretty and what a bright spot in the snowy surroundings. I love your hotel silver always, but these champagne buckets are great and look so nice with the white Kalanchoe, which is a nice compliment to the green and white curtain.
    I hope spring arrives for your area very soon.
    Karen

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  11. LOVE the skirt...it definitely says "SPRING" -- ....here in sunny SoCal Spring has sprung -- I know it will find it's way to New Hampshire shortly!

    Best, Maureen

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  12. Hi, Joan - Happy spring! Doesn't feel like it in DC, either. Cold and very windy but no snow, at least. Love your new chevron skirt. Quite punchy and cool :) I'd love an upholstered chair in that fabric.
    Cheers,
    Loi

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  13. Love the chevron skirt! Great pop of color. The silver pieces with kalanchoes look great! We've received a lot more snow in the past week too...enough is enough! Oh well, in a month we'll all be smiling!

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  14. I really like the unexpected punch of color in your new sink skirt!

    That sure is a LOT of snow outside your window. Spring is coming ... at least that's what the calendar says.

    Warm thoughts coming your way,
    Connie

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  15. The new skirt looks great Joan...perfect fabric for the spring and summer months. Now we just need the warmer temps!!

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  16. Love, love, love the chevron skirt!

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  17. Love the chevron fabric! I think you picked the perfect color too. I also love all the special touches you have around your house, like the champagne buckets. I love decorative items that have a story behind them. :) Wish I could send you some of my warm (think 89 degrees) weather your way! We actually have the a/c on! It might sound nice now, but believe me, you don't want to be here in July or August. :) Have a nice day!

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    1. AC in March....How quickly I forgot Texas "winter"!! I think I'll take my 13" of snow over your 89 degrees Lisa;) I remember in Dallas it would be the middle winter and the ac would be on and I'd have my gas fireplace burning to 'play-like' it was winter;)

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  18. Hi Joan
    I just love it as always fabulous inspiration.
    Here in my part of Australia snow is something we never see.
    It's been a hot summer here and Autumn has just begun so I'm so looking forward to cool days and even cooler nights.
    Regards
    Karen

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  19. I love the pop of color the new skirt gives. And of course I love that vintage silver as well. How did you find them?

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  20. much older sister SusanMarch 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    love the skirt, want the buckets and yes everyone, Joanie's kitchen always looks like that!!

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    1. well..... unless I'm cooking and then it looks like a tornado came through;), but thank you MOS Susan!xx

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  21. ...love love the happy skirt...do not despair!...spring is coming soon...God has not missed one yet...blessings laney

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  22. I love the chevron skirt. It is just what you need to feel like Spring cannot be that far away. I also am a big hotel silver fan and your champagne buckets are fabulous. Picture perfect.
    Best...Victoria

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  23. Your skirt makes me want to tear off the doors to our sink cabinet right now! But Leo can't see it. Maybe if I show him yours, he'll cooperate! The shot of green really does say spring despite the mounds of snow visible from your window.

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    1. You know Jane, Dan was not a fan either- must be a "man" thing!! But the doors are in storage in the basement and can always be re-attached in minutes and the skirt is on a tension rod, so no holes were drilled in the frame. Tell Leo I asked 'pretty please' if you could try it!! good luck!

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    2. The power of 'pretty please' is quite amazing. I did the same with Gary and it actually worked and he actually really really likes our new sink skirt in our new house. I reassured him the doors would be safe in the basement and that really helped him relax as we (ripped) gently took them off. One day I will start posting again!

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  24. I love your new skirt. Those chevron prints have been catching my eye lately as well. I haven't bought any as of yet though. We're still cold here with snow as well. Even have more in the forecast for Saturday. Arrrg!

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  25. The new skirt is very fresh and pretty. I like the sink very much - perhaps it's time for a new sink for Pondside!

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  26. Beautiful! I absolutely adore your kitchen.

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  27. Very, very pretty skirt! I'm so sick of snow too!!

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  28. I love your windows above your sink and your view! I'd love to have windows like that but all I'd see is the side of my neighbors house. Everything looks lovely as usual! Have you been working on the book?;-)

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    1. LL- that's why we moved from Dallas;) And, you are very sweet to about a book :)

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  29. We woke to big, fat flakes falling but it only lasted a few hours and no accumulation. It is all melted now. I would be depressed to have all that snow but glad you are making the most of it:) LOVE the new skirt. And, the ice buckets. XO, Pinky

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    1. Pinky, I promise, if you could see it in person you wouldn't think it depressing at all!! We drove to Vermont today and I can't tell you how many times "It's beautiful" was said between the two of us!

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  30. We are to get snow and ice tomorrow, so I can relate with Spring feeling a bit far away. I can also relate to your new skirt (in the kitchen, of course). I LOVE it. Impeccable taste, as always.

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  31. ..adore the skirt and love your kitchen. I am off at the end of April to walk the empty rooms of the house we bought in NH in December. It will be our home away from home...our kitchen layout is nearly identical to yours and ours needs a lot of work. Think 1950's...you have inspired me yet again, thank you.. xx

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  32. Spring will soon be here! The chevron sink skirt is very pretty......

    Have a lovely weekend, in the snow!

    Sophia

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  33. I have probably starred at your kitchen a hundred times...it is so beautiful! All that wonderful,light coming in through the window

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  34. So pretty, Joan! It changes the look of that part of the room quite a bit. It's funny how a small change like that can have such a big impact. I hope spring comes to you soon! No more snow!
    Claudia

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    1. I agree Claudia! I see it as a quick little seasonal change, like a new pillow! The linen skirt will be back when I tire of this one!

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  35. Such a pretty kitchen and a beautiful home! ~~Angela

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  36. Your kitchen skirt is so pretty...so lively. We are knee deep in snow here too, in Wisconsin...will spring ever come? At least it's looking fresh in your kitchen. Does Ella like snow! Enjoy your weekend! ;)

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    1. She loves the snow Donnamae! When it's really deep she looks like a rabbit hopping through it. I wish I could post a video of her hopping up and down the driveway before it was plowed- you can tell she is having the so much fun!

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  37. So cute, I love the new skirt! Its the perfect way to let Mother Nature know that its time for Spring already!

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  38. Now Joan, I adore everything you do but that chevron print sticks out like a sore thumb in your gorgeous kitchen. I know I am in the minority but I do not like that print at all.

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    1. Joan, I have to say I'm with Stacy. Cute print and color and all, but it just isn't in keeping with the tranquil feel of your home. Sorry.

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  39. Love the new skirt for Spring Joan!!

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  40. Joan, I know how you feel about Spring...but. Ave to be honest I am not looking forward to the heat of Summer so if Spring could stay until July that old be lovely.

    I think the new skirt looks great, a nice addition.

    Have a beautiful weekend, Elizabeth

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    1. I'm with you Elizabeth, I think Spring until July sounds like a great plan!

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  41. OMG!!!!I Know I asked "What else ya got?" but this THIS!! A pattern!! A print!! I thought you were a purist!! Only color for accent and only beautiful turquoise!! My eyes, My eyes!! You were my hero and a new decorating style(for me) was born. I had seen the light. But, I refuse to go down without a fight. I will shamelessly copy your pure style,and remove all checks, stripes, florals and plaids!!Even if you won't!!Oh,speaking of turquoise fishing floats (yes we were!)when my hubby was in the service, they did an exercise on an island and guess what was there,covering every beach. Yup, tons of fishing floats,every color,shape,and size!!! He collected 4 boxes and gave them all away!! I loved them when I lived along the coast of Oregon for a short while. Please don't change them out for something else.I would probably DIE!!! Oh, the skirt is really cute!!

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    1. Funny:) A purist?! Hardly;) I love all good design in fabric/wallpaper, etc. It's just not what I choose to live with on a daily basis. Look back through my rooms- lots of color, pattern and textures- just no checks/stripes/florals or plaids:) (which sounds like it might be a good thing to edit if you have do have all of those all at once!:):) Not to worry... like I said, it's just a jaunty little skirt to change things up for spring. The kitchen is large and can handle the action! The linen skirt will be back the second I grow tired of this one!

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  42. crisp, fresh, immensely lovely! and, i adore your hotel silver
    debra

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  43. Well....Hallelujah...I do believe you will make it happen with that little flirty skirt! So beautiful. That silver is divine!!

    Happy green grass and green leaves around the corner!

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  44. I've been thinking about taking off the doors of the cabinets under the kitchen sink and using a skirt. Yours is so cute! I think I'll do it! Your hotel silver is gorgeous as is all that snow.

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  45. That skirt is perfect in there and is just a touch of whimsy that looks so chic! I feel your pain. I moved to Minnesota this summer from Charleston, South Carolina. I am OVER this snow business!!!

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  46. Joan, Dan, and Ella: I like the new sink skirt! It draws your attention to the other greens and makes the neutral colors pop. Cindy

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  47. Greetings on another cool day in Southern Ontario!
    Love the colours on the skirt and just what one needs at this time of year, NB

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  48. Love the Chevron. What a fun color/pattern for your kitchen.

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  49. What a beautiful kitchen. Love everything about it...the pulls, the soapstone, how light and airy it is. I love the chevron pattern of the skirt. That pattern is really popular right now. Your green yellowware bowls caught my eye. Love those! I recently started collecting yellowware bowls (just the yellow color), but I am loving your collection. I've never seen them...I'll have to keep my eyes peeled. :)

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  50. How is the skirt mounted?
    I look forward to each of your beautiful posts. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings!

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    1. Anon- I used a very thin tension rod and it works great!

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