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Jaimee Coon

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Call it spring. Call it resolutely feminine. Whatever it is, this week finds me crazy about pretty plates. I remember seeing a picture of Bunny Williams’ dishes pantry in her wonderful book, “An Affair with a House.”  I think her description said something like, “…and I love dishes, so I had a separate pantry created to hold my collection.  Each shelf is lit so I can more readily see what I have…” You would not believe how large and extensive Ms. Williams’ collection is.  My first thought upon seeing her pantry was this: I don’t understand wanting (needing?) that many dishes. I really did not understand.  I wondered, am I missing something here? But this week, I think I’m beginning to understand. In 2001, my beloved grandma–my dad’s mom–passed away.  Having just had my second baby, I was unable to attend her funeral, something I deeply regret.  However, I am…

I have so missed All Mimsy this week. I spent last weekend in Anchorage with some very fun shopping buddies (my own little Amaya being one of them, since we celebrated her 6th birthday while there).  Although I had compiled quite a shopping list of items, clothing was unfortunately scooted to the bottom as I spent most of my budget on house items instead.  I was excited to find several things on my list, and acquired a few unexpecteds as well. Sadly, however, my  wardrobe is becoming more and more dated…a malady Mr. Wonderful and I have discussed often of late as we both officially entered our forties.  A major overhaul of our closet, however, will have to wait.  So many other fun things to do! Upon my return, however, my computer began hiccuping, then dying at unexpected (and quite inconvenient) times, and eventually ceased turning on altogether.  My dear…

What a beautiful weekend. Sister sleepover with pedicures Saturday night, pizza with family after church this afternoon, and a newly painted console table. Does it get any better? 🙂 My three kids spent the night with my sister Friday night, and with Mr. Wonderful away on a snowmachine trip, I didn’t have to think long about where I would spend my evening. At my favorite thrift store.  Of course 🙂 Have you been admiring all the pickled, whitewashed and driftwood-style furniture pieces we’ve been seeing everywhere for the last year or so?  I love this Durham collection of tables from Ballard Designs: The whitewash wood complements the dark metal beautifully. Traditional wood with a twist…a bit of metal for that modern edge. Here’s another coffee table.  I don’t remember where I found this picture, but it’s been in my inspiration folder for awhile now: And, of course I LOVE this chandelier which we finally received this month after…

I just wanted to pop in and say hi. And also to say that I’m excited about a couple things that happened this week. The most meaningful thing came in the form of you, my readers.  Three of you approached me this week and shared with me that All Mimsy has inspired you to dig out your own projects and create that ‘something special’ you’ve been putting off far too long. That makes me so happy 🙂  I would LOVE to see your finished projects, so please plan to share them with me when they are done.  I will even dedicate a post to showcase your project, as nothing would tickle me more than to see those around me excited about creating. Also, if you have not discovered Shaunna at Perfectly Imperfect, you must visit her blog when you get the chance.  Her blog is very much the inspiration that drove me toward beginning this…

I do so love me a good caramel latte. No, I am not talking about the coffee.  I am talking about paint. Oh, what a difference paint can make.  I spent some time Friday transforming a few pieces around the house with my new favorite color spray paint, Krylon’s Caramel Latte.  After four picture frames, one framed print, and a gilded mirror, I finally forced myself to sit down and calmly place the Caramel Latte on a shelf.  I was afraid I might start painting the car next 🙂 I purchased these picture frames one at a time at Michael’s several months back using one 40% off coupon after another.  They were a bit too spendy without the coupon, but I loved them and wanted to call them mine: No, that is not me and Mr. Wonderful pictured in the frame 🙂 My initial plan was to hang a collage…

Unlike I promised last post, this post will not be showing my bathroom re-do yet but I assure you it will come soon! 🙂 I’m back 🙂 Can you believe I’m still working on painting my hallway? Yes, it’s true.  With Mr. Wonderful’s surgery, a daughter with strep throat, wrapping up our Bible study, and 3 family birthdays over the last two weeks, I have found very little time to paint. A couple nights I even took the night off and laid down beside my husband to watch Netflix.  We started a BBC series called “Wives and Daughters” and are really enjoying it. I am on a lifelong journey about spending my time wisely. About prioritizing my God, my family, my projects, my ministries. About learning how to really rest.  And more importantly, when to really rest. So as I sit down to post this afternoon, I realize my unfinished hallway has been…

Hot pink has never been one of my favorite colors. I will concede it has its place, and a splash of pink here and there can make quite a statement.  After my daughter was born, our loads of laundry welcomed doses of hot pink to counteract all the blue, khaki, and green my boys so often wore.  It was a refreshing and happy change of pace. But really, when asked to name my favorite color, hot pink has never quite made the cut.  I’m always more apt to choose shades of blue and green. Last summer, however, House Beautiful did a spread on a lovely apartment which included these pictures: Something feminine and resolutely chic from deep down inside started to sing. I loved the hot pink wall color against all the white in the foyer, and then seeing it against the stained brown on the chairs made the inspiration wheels start turning…

I finished a small project today. It’s one of those little projects that tickles me because I was able to repurpose something I already owned and make it “new.” Several years ago I purchased one of these 2-pocket embossed organizers from Ballard Designs… …only mine has the optional embossed fleur-de-lis instead of the quilting pattern you see above. (Sorry, I tried to copy and paste the fleur-de-lis pattern from Ballard’s website, but it would not cooperate…) 6 years ago when I purchased the organizer, my home was more Tuscan-style colors, lots of deep reds and yellows… so the copper was a beautiful complement. Now, though, in our new house, my decorating has taken a decidedly lighter, fresher turn.  Coating my main dining/kitchen/living room in Benjamin Moore’s Bone White was a drastic change from the wall colors we used to know and love. So creamy, so warm, so inviting…so CLEAN. But as creamy…

My delightfully crafty sister, Jody, passed on a Whoopie Pie recipe to me around Christmas time. Can you believe I actually purchased Marshmallow Creme for the first time after reading through the ingredient list?  I wonder if southerners would be horrified:  One of my favorite bloggers, Shelley from House of Smiths, posted a recipe one day of her favorite comfort food: a Marshmallow Creme & Peanut Butter sandwich.  (What?!?!?) Apparently southern moms fix these sandwiches as a treat for their kids?!? I had never heard of such a thing.  We northerners are certainly missing things we never even knew…. Anyway, although I did not get to the very festive-looking Whoopie Pie recipe at Christmas time, I figured Valentine’s Day was the next best thing. So, after my WONDERFUL one and a half hour nap this Sunday afternoon, and a very yummy white chocolate latte afterward, I dug out the recipe and dove…

The day has finally arrived and I find myself fighting off butterflies as I type my very first post. Once I actually sat down to design my very elementary blog and to figure out the details of posting, I was pleasantly surprised how fun it was.  I posted several pictures up and down the sides to bring in more color and excitement until I become more “developed.” (Is that the right word??)  Good pictures are one component I absolutely love about the blogs I follow, and I would be remiss to not add good photos to my own.  Which brings me to an agenda item I need to address soon: I must learn how to better use my very nice Canon camera!  We bought it in 2009 before we left for Disneyland and I haven’t once opened the manual to figure it out.  I know how to put it on automatic, rotate…