February 12, 2010

Open Shelving...

I have been on a blogging hiatus.  My world has been so chaotic since our move and every time I wanted to come and post on something…it just never happened.  The good news…I am here and hopefully will have things back to our regularly scheduled program!  

January ended up being the month to add the cherry to the sundae!

Mr. Wonderful had to leave on a TDY for 5 weeks which left me with working on the remodel and of course being a single parent.  Not that I am complaining…it just didn’t help that in the time he was gone everything and anything seemed to go wrong!

 Sick kids, a kitten that decided it was her time to go into heat ( I thought that came a little later…soon she will be back to herself again…off to the vet she goes!)  I had some of my pictures from my blog stolen, still sharing the computer with the kids(mine will be working with a new hard drive next week, I could not get any of the info. off of my old hard drive)…I could go on and on, but I will not bore you. 

I am happy to tell you all…I finally can start sharing some photos of what has been going on here with our remodel…it is turning out better than I could have envisioned!  Over the next few months I will be showing more peeks at the different projects going…and eventually the whole picture… it will come in time. 
Here are just some of the projects on the list…
  1. Mr. Wonderful is building me a farm table island, ( a beautiful mahogany wood, planked on top and the bottom painted, so excited!!)
  2. Transformation of a pantry…can’t wait for you all to see what I have in store for this!
  3. Finished cabinets in the kitchen 
  4. Wainscoting around the living room into the kitchen
  5. A little breakfast nook
  6. Slipcovers
  7.  will be building a few pieces of furniture "all by myself"…(isn’t that a song?) lol
  8. More painted furniture
Is it amazing I have not gone crazy yet?  Or… maybe I have for taking on all these projects! Lol 
Anyways…I am happy to show you a peek on our new open shelving in the kitchen…love it!!

Bead board has gone up on the back splash, wrought iron brackets hold wood shelves with trim, Whimsy French Blue paint (I created this color after not being able to find what I wanted) up on the walls...

Here is the before:

Gone is the pink/beige paint, oak cabinets and flooring, even have had some new bff's come live here...stainless steel appliances! The big cabinet on the end of this counter came down and that is where the shelving went up!

So airy and serene...

Antique crystal salt and pepper shakers I found...

Our Whimsy French Cottage coming to life...

Love my glass cherries...used to have 10...
that is until Lil' Bug got his hands on them. 

So, what do you all think so far?  I am very happy with how it is all going!  Still so much more work to do. 

I will be posting more frequently again and I just want to say thank you to all who have stayed with me.  This moving has been a little bump in our road... it will get better. Some other things I want to mention...

I have a new series I will be showing on Monday...maybe even eventually do a linking party.In March my Whimsy Spotlights will be back.  Oh...let's not forget my Blog Anniversary!  I am a little late, but nonetheless...it still will be fabulous!  Lot's of great things I have for you all!  There is another surprise in the works...but that will just have to keep you in suspense for a little bit. Have a great weekend and Happy Valentines Day to you all!!!;)

Hugs and love,


  1. So good to have you back! LOVE the open shelving and the Whimsy French Blue color is gorgeous!

    Can't wait to see the rest!

    FYI just got my kitten back from the vet today. Yep, had to get her spayed. I thought I had a little more time too! lol

    Lou Cinda

  2. So glad you got a moment to post your beautiful open shelves. I love that shade of blue you created. Very pretty. The shelves are beautiful. We are working on long open kitchen shelves as well. I'm busy collecting to fill them.

  3. Those shelves and that blue paint are gorgeous Victoria! Great job!

  4. Love it! Your shelves are beautiful...you're so talented!

  5. Oh victoria...everything looks lovely! That blue color is the most PERFECT blue I've ever seen. Cannot wait to see more. Glad you're back.


  6. Welcome back and you have been busy!! Your shelving looks amazing!!!! love the salt and pepper shakers!!!

  7. Victoria!!! It is looking amazing!!! I love that blue color with the white. So so pretty!!!


  8. Welcome back Victoria! Your open shelving looks amazing! I love the blue colour you created! Your little bits and pieces are adorable :)

  9. It sounds like a busy time for you! I love the changes you've made. I love the white. Very clean and pretty!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  10. Welcome back sweet friend!!!!!!

    I am in loooooove with your open shelving!!! I have a bank of cabinets at the end of my counter right after window that I have been envisioning tearing down and replacing with open shelves. I can see it so much better now after seeing yours!!! If this little sneak is any indication your new home is going to be A-MA-ZING!!!

    Big hugs!!! xo

  11. It's looking beautiful! I am smitten with the salt and pepper shakers and those glass cherries!


  12. Glad to see you back, Victoria. :) Love your shelves!!

  13. Pretty, pretty shelving, and I love the blue paint! You have a real knack for making things beautiful.

  14. I've been wondering about you. It's good to have you back and I can't wait to see all the things you're doing. The open shelving is fantastic! Love the color of your walls. You really have an eye for decorating!
    Hope the rest of the month goes better for you and your family.

  15. those shelves are gorgeous, I love it. I'm following you now :)

  16. The shelves look very nice. I have always liked a nice blue matched with white. Very clean and calming!

  17. You are so talented!! Great job on YOUR open shelves my friend. You are so creative!! I love your custom paint and can't wait until we can see the rest!! Did I mention that you remind me of this really awesome best friend I have that helped me decorate my first home? Oh yeah, I remember now that's you!! =) Love Ya!

  18. Gorgeous!& I have some of those same glass cherries!:)

  19. I still love it Victoria. So so beautiful!!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party!!!


  20. Oh you're kitchen is just dreamy. Can't wait to see it all.

  21. Love the light beautiful colors! I just painted our kitchen black and took of several of the upper doors so I could have open shelving and I really like it. I used a color on my walls that is similar to the blue you used.
    Can't wait to see the rest of the kitchen.
    Happy Day

  22. Holy bananas that is UH-MAZING...serene and airy and wonderful. LOVES!

  23. i love your open shelving. i want to do that in my kitchen too. thanks for the inspiration. it looks wonderful. i also want to add beadboard. now i know where to come back to for more kitchen ideas.


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