Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I must ask you not to scream.

I only wish that this was a picture from a Welsh dresser in my own kitchen.

If you wonder where I've been, I've been painting our kitchen. I'm so sore and tired but half of my kitchen is already transformed and drawers are cleaned out and some cupboards rearranged. It's even clean under the microwave and on top of the refrigerator. I have a new lease on life. Okay, time for bed!

Here's a picture of the kitchen before we bought the house when we were just looking at it.

I must ask you not to scream.

It's a bit frightening and depressing to my mind but has some distinct possibilities.

We did do a lot of scrubbing and cleaning and my most wonderful sister in law slapped a coat of primer over the dirty yellow. Also, before we moved in, we were having a "paint all of the ceilings" marathon. It's amazing how much easier it is to paint them when there's no furniture to dodge with loaded paint rollers threatening rain. Anyway, the ceiling is already a beautiful color called "sea salt".

I've been asking myself if you really want to see pictures of my freshly painted kitchen. The renovations are barely begun after all. I've decided that I don't care. Sorry! I really want to show it to you. It's come out so well and made such a lovely difference. I'll post pictures when a certain something that I splurged on for the room arrives in the mail. (You Brits will absolutely - well probably - roll your eyes but it's new to me and is still making me laugh at myself. Now, there, oops, I gave it away.)

I'll leave you with some lovely pictures from Rose Arbour (the family business) that I took about a month ago. That will cleanse and refresh your eye palette after that horrific empty house episode I just put you through.

Uh oh! It makes me want to go shopping. Better go to bed instead! Goodnight!


Katy Noelle

P.S. I have just stumbled upon the most beautiful site - Something White !


  1. Darling, I popped in to personally thank you for the sweet birthday wishes you left for Christopher. We are both ever so grateful for you kindness.

    Love & Hugs

  2. Just popped in for a visit from "quoteflections". Lovely blog you have. Your boys are adorable and your bunny is so sweet! And I enjoy your chickens as well! Ha!

    I'll be back for a visit again - I want to see your kitchen renovations 'splurge'! :)

    Have a lovely day!

  3. Isn't it great to see beyond what's there and imagine what could be instead? Looking forward your "after" photos. Have a beautiful day xx

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing your "after" photos.

    Lovely shop and B&B - thanks for the link Katy.

    Jeanne x

  5. Katy,

    I have just had a quick look at Something White - beautiful blog.

    I have one for you now. Mia's blog at I really like the Scandinavian Interior blogs - I have a few listed under my 'Inspirational Homes I Love to Visit' blogroll. Keep scrolling down my blog to see them. There are some really good USA ones too!!

    I have an eclectic blogroll from garden blogs to book blogs to creative blogs to interior blogs!!

    Jeanne x

  6. I just added Rose Arbour to the list of places I want to visit. Thanks for dropping in Friendship Tea and letting me know about it.

  7. hi katy,

    found your blog thru your visit to jackie at embracing my blessings.

    i am enjoying reading thru your blog.

    i have 3 boys too....tho they are 21,17, and 9.

    hope you don't mind if i follow along.


  8. Olala, Katy Noelle, I feel now as a Very Important Person!! :)
    Thank you very much again for your encouraging words and interest.
    Warm greetings, Marjolijn

  9. I love seeing cupboards filled to overflow like this, with lots of pretty china! You can meander over it for a long time!

    I enjoyed reading your profile as well. I'm shy, very much a dreamer and would also play the piano 8 hours a day if I could.
    Long story, but our piano burned in a fire. We haven't had one in three or four years. Neither my husband or I have ever lived without a piano and we both miss it so.

    I'm now off to peruse your blog a little more. Have a happy day! ~smiles, Nancy


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