Saturday, June 18, 2011


It is good to be Home...
After almost a month of gallivanting all over the country I am Home. 
It was good to see my daughters and grand daughters.
 It was good to see my mom and sister.

But it is good to be home.

My little part of the world that I carved out to fit me and my family.

Where I have things that make me smile and make life a little easier

Where my bed is

Where I am centered

My plants are still alive in the pots... thank you honey!
My roses have seen their first flush without me but I still can smell the heady fragrance in the air (especially with the Midwest humidity).

I must have a little gypsy blood in me because when I am traveling I am happy where I am, even lengthy stays like this one. 
But when I am home, I am happy to be here too.
 I am pretty much happy where I am planted, I guess, as long as I am busy. 
I cannot just sit and do nothing.

I left in a whirlwind with Fifi O'neill just being here and then hitting the road a few days later.

I had been tweaking my kitchen for the shoot and posted the before pictures here but did not get to post the after pictures.

So here are the after pictures of my kitchen. I recovered the chairs with French rustic linen sheets.

And I skirted the bottom cupboards with the French sheets also. 
I used the embroidered sheets... love them and I figure this way I can look at them and enjoy them more, where I can see them.
(Lightening did not strike when I cut them)

I took out the rose board and went with the fireplace and all white. It opened up the kitchen and I like the effect.

All the majolica went out of the cupboard and I replaced it with stoneware.

Made new curtains out of cream colored scrim, so it still lets the light in, I love a light kitchen. My kitchen faces south and the back porch faces west, so I get plenty of sun in the afternoon.

For those of you asking about the wall treatment,
 I have added a tutorial that I did some time ago on my sidebar

It has been nice to come home to a fresh look and to a clean kitchen... I washed every dish and scrubbed out every cupboard. All by hand I might add because I have all vintage dishes I do not put them in the dish washer.

Thanks so much for visiting my home...


  1. Oh goodness how I enjoyed drooling over the pictures in this post! Everything looks so perfect!! I love the walls in you dining area. Is this is painting technique you did? I took my wallpaper off in my dining and now it has that old look with bits of paper and cracks in plaster- I want something like this but without the continual peeling of bits and bobs! I would love to know how your walls are done!

    bee blessed

  2. I just love coming home to a clean house and yours is quite fantastic! As is your porch...welcome sit back and relax!

  3. I love love love how your kitchen looks now!
    Realy gorgeous.

  4. Welcome Home Rebecca! I love your entryway. And your kitchen is fabulous!

    The kids and I usually travel to the States for the summer but last year was such a whirlwind that contemplating planning the trip this year was a bit overwhelming. We normally come for 6-8 weeks but decided to not do make the trip this year. After 2 weeks, the kids are always wanting to come "home" --

    No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. ~Lin Yutang

    Have a beautiful day! Tammy

  5. Youe home is really beautiful ! :o) Sue

  6. Your home is 2die4!!! I am in awe of the loveliness that you've created.

    It's always good to be home.


  7. Hi Rebecca, glad your back..... and I love love love your kitchen, it's just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!!
    Hugs~~~ Daphne

  8. What a wonderful place to call home!
    Welcome back ; )

  9. I just love your home and am thrilled that you share it with us. It is inspiring to see what I call "simplistic beauty" in ones home. Taking old chippy things and giving them a new life because you love them and they express yourself and relaxed living with an elegant flair. Nothing "stuffy" or found in fancy showrooms but every bit as beautiful (actually more beautiful to me). I will be on the lookout for a rusty "W" and hope you don't mind me borrowing your idea on using it in my entrance. It was a lovely visit this morning as I sit missing my dad on Father's Day.

  10. Ohhhh Rebecca ~ Your kitchen and dining room are just absolutely beyond gorgeous!! I am sitting here in awe looking at everything ~
    How did you do the walls ? I am just getting ready to redo my kitchen ~


  11. The entrance to your home is just so welcoming. I love all the little touches that are so you. I must say after seeing the glass table and chairs in your kitchen, I am now on the look out for a similar set for my deck. Your home is beautiful and you display your treasures so lovely and with care.

  12. Your home and touches are absolutely beautiful. I'm drooling over your kitchen. LOVE the french linen sheets over the cabinets. So much inspiration here...can't wait to see what Fifi does in her next book!

  13. Hi Rebecca,
    My husband and I always say it's a good thing to be happy about coming home from a trip. Many people don't enjoy their homes. I'm glad you do. I do too! Enjoy your home that is....mine is a shambles right now from constantly packing stuff. I don't think I ever want to move again! You're kitchen is beautiful.

    Cindy Bee

  14. Breathtaking, Rebecca. Just gorgeous. Makes me miss your shop. :o)


  15. R.E..,
    It must be a joy to step inside the fence of your home and see a light in the window...just for you. What a welcoming sight and one I hope to see for myself some day! A girl can dream can't she?
    Using your treasured sheets in such an inspired way is something only you would be brave enough to do. That's the true meaning of "home is where the heart is"! soar!
    P.S. Do you think it's time we both let the tires on our trikes cool down for a while?

  16. There really is no place like home, is there? :)

    Your home is gorgeous! I enjoyed seeing each and every photo. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Welcome home, Rebecca!
    Thank you for taking us on a tour of your lovely home. Your photos are beautiful.I would be glad to be home too! :)

  18. Thanks for the tour. Your home is beautiful. Glad your back.

  19. Glad you're home Rebecca, enjoy your home and relax. Do we know how to do that? Hopefully a day will come when I can see that gorgeous kitchen in person. I'm doing ok. talk soon,
    lots of love, Debra

  20. Rebecca, just when I think your home can't any prettier you show us that it does. Wow, it is just beautiful. Hope you'll rest now. I'm missed you, Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage

    BTW, I don't know why blogger won't show my profile?

  21. Hi Rebecca!
    I'm glad you're back at home, sounds like you had a lot of fun in Washington. Your home is amazing, very pretty, I loved the tour, can't wait to see it in Fifi's new book. Is amazing how much we can miss home.
    Have a great day!
    XXX Ido

  22. Sweet Rebecca,
    I alwayes so enjoy "visiting" you and your home.
    The beauty of cream and white- of old loved pieces, and wonderful vignettes, are alwayes such a joy to see .Your kitchen is the most wonderful place for cosying up, and relaxing with a good meal,a glass of wine- or cup of ?---
    I love all I see there, and the lovely entrance to your door, with the wonderful things you have collected for outside is also such a beautiful sight, my dear.
    I loved the photoes of your grandkids from last post -they are small beauties all- you surely miss them when home, like I do with Mathilde .
    Remember to relax a bit, sweet, before you are on your way again- Love and hugs,-Dorthe

  23. Hi Rebecca,
    This is truly a house to love! I so wish I could enter your door and take it all in while being able to touch the aged soulfulness you add to it.

    Love the porch display and wire baskets I cannot get enough of them.

    Thank you for sharing your beauty inside and out.
    Thank you for your beautiful visit to my French Gray.

  24. Welcome home, Rebecca! I know you had a wonderful trip because I read most of your posts! Love your front door and are as creative outdoors as in! Your kitchen is just lovely...I spent at minimum, 5 minutes just admiring the pictures! The wall treatment is just awesome!

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


  25. Your home is so beautiful Rebecca. Everything is so pretty and all your diplays are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing all the photos.
    It sounds like you have had a great trip. It´s always wonderful too see family and your booth looked awesome.
    Have a wonderful day.
    xo Tina

  26. Thanks for taking us along on your amazing trip. The kitchen looks fabulous (...of course).

    Welcome Home :)


  27. Love It! So Beautiful ~ all that you have done.

  28. Oh Rebecca, your Home is amazing!!! *swooning* The Arches on your Doorway and Windows... the fabulous Architectural Salvage accents... your knack for decorating exquisitely!!! LOVE IT ALL! Welcome Home...

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  29. oh, beauty overload!!!! I am sooooo amazed!!!!

  30. I love seeing pictures of your home! It's true what they say....there's no place like home! Happy you are home safe and sound!

  31. I love your front doors. It's easy to see why you love it so. It's truly a retreat and a sanctuary.



  32. Wow!! just breathe taking! I see why you missed being home. It's Dreamy.

  33. What a beautiful home to welcome you back!
    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!

  34. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Rebecca! You have theeee prettiest front doors ever, the metal baskets on them are the perfect touch. Your decorating from the porch to the kitchen is just gorgeous, I loved my visit! t. xoxo

  35. Dearest Rebecca, You should charge us for all the great ideas in this post! Welcome Home! Love, Penny

  36. Hi Rebecca,
    About you question about the solid sugar scrubs, yes I can make them in white or any color you like, I don't have a pay pal account, haven't set up my shop yet, I could take a check or money order, If you would like to order some and send me a check, I will cash the check until you receive your order, or I can send you the order and once you receive it you send me the check or money order, whatever you think is better. Thank you so much.
    XXX Ido

  37. Well Miss Gypsy I am happy you are home. I get to see more of your amazing home. I would have a hard time leaving that kitchen. It's so bright and happy and filled with my favorite things.
    I really have to step up my front door after seeing yours. Kind of hard with a stormdoor....hubbies idea:) but I'll have to soon my niece from France is coming this Fall. Very excited but have so much to do.


  38. Welcome home Rebecca and many thanks for showing us around your beautiful home.
    Everything looks wonderful and I can see why you are very happy to be home.
    It must have been lovely catching up with your family and friends.

    Happy week

  39. You have a truly beautiful home.

  40. Oh Rebecca -I've been silently following all your posts. How exciting to go to Farm Chicks and get to spend valuable time with your family. And a photo shoot with Fifi!!!!! What a lovely home you have. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with us-for those of us that will never get to experience these things-it's wonderful to see! Hope you're getting rested up!

  41. Rebecca~
    What an exciting time you've had...but it is so nice to be home. Your home is beautiful. Good luck w/ your coming show!

  42. Hi Rebecca:) Fifi was there too? lol Yes that lady does get around. Wasn't it fun?!!! Your home is gorgeous and I am sure she didn't have to do much to it. Can't wait to see it in print. Please let us know when it is:)
    ~Debra xxx
    capers of the vintage vixens

  43. Hey Girl!
    Totally tickled that the flowers are still alive!
    I am swamped and bet you are too but I hope you can take some time and get some much deserved rest!

  44. I am sure that at some point I will lift my jaw off of my desk... but not just yet.

    Goodness Rebecca - I am in AWE of your porch (what does the chalk lettering say on the floor?) and your kitchen... oh my gosh - I could loiter in there for HOURS!!!

    It's all just BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for letting me visit your home!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  45. Such a beautiful "Home Sweet Home" inside and out ♥!

  46. Welcome Home Rebecca!!!! Everything looks beautiful- loving the white treatment and yes, it really does lighten up a room. I am happy to hear that lightning did NOT strike when you cut up the sheets. However, I don't think I will take my chances...I figure if lightning didn't strike, I would probably have a heart attack anyway LOL

    Glad you are home safe and sound!!


    Deborah and Romeo


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