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Penney & Company, Sweet Violet and Pineapple Street will all be closed from Dec 25th-Jan 6th reopening at 11am on the 6th.  Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

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imagePineapple Street’s Arrangement of the Week is both soft and bold. Elegant peach roses are complimented by bright orange daises and finished with rustic greenery. Come by and grab your bunch now–$22 including a vintage mason jar!

Ahhh the life of a decorator.

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Me + Home Depot parking lot + 4 palm trees + gale force winds = just another day.

It’s the season of love and romance and with Valentine’s Day only 8 days away, we’ve got you covered at Penney & Company!

Penney & Co secret heart box $5, paperweight $8

Penney & Co secret heart box $5, paperweight $8

If you’re looking for a special little gift, card or just something pretty to mark the occasion, Penney & Co is the spot for you.  With a handful of gorgeous artisanal cupid-approved cards, heart shaped dishes for candy or baubles and special ceramic heart-shaped boxes, there are plenty of ways to say I love you.  We’ve even got hand-made chocolates to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth for only $1 -$2!

Penney & Co Chevron Cushions $30

Penney & Co Chevron Cushions $30

Handmade Chocolates $1-$2

Handmade Chocolates $1-$2

Penney & Company

Penney & Company

Penney & Co Card $5.95

Penney & Co Card $5.95

 

 

 

 

I did a little accessorizing around our house on Monday and added some touches of green for a spot of springy brightness.  Thought you might want to see…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m often skeptical of the mass-market versions of designs by companies like Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.  Kitchen cabinets for example the are inspired by Martha’s own homes can come off looking kind of plastic and like a Disneyland version of the original.

Well I was pleasantly surprised to see this affordable Home Depot kitchen by Martha Stewart as it was installed at Martha’s Maine home called Skylands.  No it’s not Martha’s own kitchen – it’s in some guest quarters (above a garage I think!) so don’t start imagining the billionaire is decorating her mansion with Home Depot!  Still, it’s a helpful illustration of strong democratized design that the rest of us can afford and customize to our own homes.  I think it’s the paint colours, the trim moulding and the beautiful windows that really make this space sing.

Here’s the front door of Skylands in Maine.

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And the new Home Depot kitchen!  Looks pretty good huh?  The cabinets are in her signature Sharkey Gray which you can buy at home depot in straight paint so maybe this will inspire you to paint your own cabinets?  I really like the island having one side left open for shelves – really makes it less of a mammoth box in the middle of the room.

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The corbels are modelled on antique examples from Martha’s house.  I like the shaker pegs in-between too.

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This affordable kitchen seems to have lots of high quality details like corian counters that look like stone and bells and whistles like this pot cupboard that swings out.  Oooh and notice the nice old wooden floors – this helps keep the kitchen from looking to shiny and new too.

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The drawers have wooden construction with hidden glides.  Looks pretty good to me!

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Here’s Martha demonstrating the pull out spice drawer that’s tucked into a little space near the sink.  The backsplash is stainless steel subway tile which I think helps the stainless appliances not looks so choppy right?

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A nice view of the shaker style cabinets and the school house pendant which was also a big box Home Depot find.  Again I like how the walls are gray and blend in with the stainless backsplash to reduce contrast and the window frame is painted out too.  Note the crown moulding atop the cabinets for a finished traditional look.

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Well this’ll make me look twice next time I’m at Home Depot!

 

Lots of people  have a dream of one day converting an old barn into a living space.  The lofty ceilings and rustic details, not to mention the bucolic setting seems to paint the perfect picture don’t you think?  Well many dream, but Steven Gambrel (one of my fav designers) has accomplished it for a client in Virginia.  Designed to repurpose old dairy barns on part of the clients equestrian estate (note the equestrian details in the decor), the barn now provides entertaining space.  I can just imagine the parties here!  Get ready to drool…

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

1.  I love the mix of fresh punchy colour (like red/blue doors) with the muted muddy tones (walls, trim).  Just such a dynamic combo!

2.  The equestrian art as a gallery of black and white photos covering some walls – genius!

3.  The repeated beaded board in a chevron design in the cabinet doors to echo the ceilings and barn-feel.

4.  Chunky furnishings with just the right scale, pulled into intimate groupings and the balance of rustic, raw materials with fine.