Saturday, November 27, 2010

Peaceful Holidays

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I did.  I spent the day with my children and reflected on what is really important in life.  The love you give and the love you receive.  I am thankful for so many friends and of course, my family and especially my children.  I’m thankful to be moving on in life in baby steps and experiencing new things, making new goals, meeting new people (including some of you!), and ridding my life of the negative.  As the year comes to a close, I am reflecting on the last year and what lessons I should learn from it.  I am looking to the future and holding my dreams and hopes in front of me.  This past year has been life-changing for me and I have struggled greatly (as has my blog…lol…), but I am looking forward to closing this year with grace and dignity and starting 2011 with hope and wonder.  I wish you all blessings for a wonderful holiday season and may you be sharing it with the ones you love.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~  Maria Robinson

Better Homes and Gardens
“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
~Sam Keen
Some people come into our lives,
Leave footprints in our hearts,
And we are never ever the same.

- Unknown
Dream Kitchen Sink and Backsplash Architectural Digest
“The most important things in life aren’t things.”
~Anthony J. DeAngelo
“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in awhile, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”  

“Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.”
~Ashleigh Brilliant
“Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.”
~Albert Einstein
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
~Keri Russell
Suzanne Kasler
Suzanne Kasler kitchen
“Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.”
~Albert Einstein
Apple Matting rug LR
“I don’t want to live.  I want to love first, and live incidentally.”

Chair by the Window
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This is my wish for you;  Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Farmhouse Sink Love

Everyone knows what they are and many people have pined for one when they first came back into popularity on the design front.  Farmhouse sinks are gorgeous to look at, create a definite style in the kitchen and are oftentimes a statement piece.
Farmhouse sinks, also called apron-front, offer wide basins and exposed aprons.  They are offered in lots of different materials and can be pricey.  They require either a tile-in or undermount installation, which doesn’t work with some countertop materials, such as laminate.  A lot of farmhouse sinks are also single-basin, which some customers don’t like.
I’ve gathered some interesting farmhouse sinks for your viewing enjoyment.
Stain Steel Mosaic Kitchen Sink from Linkasink .  A gorgeous sink, don’t you think?
This weathered copper beauty also from Linkasink  is also available in dark bronze here.
Farmhouse & Prep Sinks: Natural Front Farmhouse sink
Natural Front Farmhouse Sink from Stone Forest.  This would look great in a log cabin.
Some things to consider when purchasing a sink;
  • How many bowls do you need?
  • Is the sink deep enough for your pots?
  • Do you need a prep sink?
  • What is the care and maintenance of the material?
  • Size, Shape, Material.. does it go with your decor/cabinets/appliances?
  • Does it work with your faucets?
  • Cost

Shaws Original Casement Edge Front 1 1/2 Bowl Fireclay Apron Kitchen Sink here.  Farmhouse sinks are usually single basin, so this double basin sink might be a good option for some.

The MHX710-36 from Franke Sinks.  Stainless Steel beauty.  Stainless steel can be high-maintenance though.

For Town by Michael S. Smith for Kallista can be found here.  Made of solid marble, this is one of my favorites.  Timeless and beautiful in any setting.
Have a great week everyone!
Life is a flow. It cannot stop, speed up, slow down or reverse.  Things constantly move on.  Because that is evolution.  It is only by the leaving of one room that we can enter the next.  And if we do not progress, we cannot grow.  And if we do not grow we have no purpose.  So we must accept, and make the best.