Where Rustic Living Meets Refined Elegance

Sunday, June 5, 2011


The laundry room is slightly on the back burner.  My work has suddenly picked up (thank goodness!) so it's been really hectic here and we need the funds to finish it anyway so hopefully we will be framing it up next week.  In the meantime I've been moving a few things around and got out my hard working pigs.   So for now they're front and center on the island when you walk in the kitchen.
I just love these guys! 

Last weekend was filled with work at my in-law's ranch.  Cattle to take care of and steers to be made if you know what I mean.  Busy day and somewhat messy, (anyone who's done this knows that when cattle get into the shoot it scares the poop out of them.....Litteraly!!!!

This was little "Rico Suave's" first cattle day so he saw a lot! Including a big 4 foot gopher snake that came wandering through as we were trying to get a mama cow into the shoot.

But as always, I'm working on something until we can actually move foward on a project.  The Pantry has been driving me crazy and I've been searching high and low for the perfect gray.  I decided to paint the walls gray with a white damask pattern so finding just the right gray to go with the black hutch was making me crazy.  One of my favorite blogs, a perfect gray, gives a nice list of grays but they're Benjamin Moore colors and our local store just  closed so I'm stuck with a limited selection.  I kept bringing home sample after sample.  I felt like the Goldie Locks of gray.  This one's too blue, this one's too brown, this one's too blah.........then I struck gold! Or should I say Gray!  Valspar had a beautiful Gray and when I saw the name I fell in love, "Shaken not stirred".  How could I resist?  I also found the right color for the master bedroom walls.  I couldn't decide between gray or taupe and then I found "Gray Beige", nuff said.

I also finally came up with the perfect finish for my closets in the master bedroom.  Old with a little Parisian blue.  Love it!

I'm also starting our master bathroom shower this week.  This will be given the look of faux stone blocks.  Yep it's going to be a busy week.
Not that I don't love my bathtub, but it's going to be so nice to finally have a working shower again. So yes I'm a little scattered with many different projects in the wings and 3 jobs to do this week, but I'm happy with any progress no matter how small.


  1. Wow, you are a busy, busy girl. I'm looking forward to seeing all the results. Have a lovely week. x Sharon

  2. You are so busy!
    but I completely relate! We always have about 3 to 4 different projects going plus work!
    And I get it about the work financing the projects...what a cycle!
    I too am a huge fan of perfect grey! Donna helped me out with the colors of my closet and kitchen cabinetry.
    I can't wait to see how everything looks always so much fun to stop by and see what you have been up to
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. So nice to hear you found the perfect gray, I have been looking for sometime now.I also bought Valspar but I didn't see those grays.the one I did bring home was way to blue or even a green tint.I will go back and look for these colors and get a sample.Love your kitchen and best of luck with all your projects.Where did you find your parisian blue? ~Cheers Kim

  4. Tamra!
    I am in love with your rustic feel to your French euro chic-ness in your kitchen WOW!!
    I would move right in.

    It will be exciting to see your finished projects PLEASE remind me!
    So what is the name of your perfect gray? I am always on the hunt for a better gray if there is one :)

    Thank you for your beautiful visit...

  5. those grays are beautiful, but so darn tricky, aren't they? some with blue undertones, some with green, even lavender...what's a girl to do!




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