Hi . My name is Stephanie and I am new to being an author on a blog. I have been an avid follower of many decorating blogs and have become, well addicted. I have found inspiration from many of these sites and thought I would give this a try.

I am a Mom of two wonderful young men. I am married to an amazing man who is in law enforcement. Which is why I named my blog No Place Like Home. After a long, intense day we all like to come HOME where we can feel safe and release the pressures of the day.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kitchen Ideas

Lately I been feeling the desire to change up our home.  We have lived here for about 9 years.  We have made several changes, cosmetic. Like most of us who like to decorate I LOVE to change up our home. I am constantly moving furniture, changing out vignettes.  I think I drive my family, mostly my husband crazy. 

I am contemplating changing the color of the kitchen.  It was a horrible wallpaper when we bought.  We "temporarily" painted it yellow until we had time to do it the way we wanted.  Temporarily has lasted us about 8 years.  We painted OVER the wallpaper to save time.  NOW it is time to painstakingly remove the wallpaper and repaint.  FEAR sets in.  What will we find beneath the wallpaper.  Are the walls in good condition or is that why there was wallpaper.  This is what has stopped me from changing it sooner and $$, but mostly the fear of the unknown.  In the past, at our other houses I would have jumped in with both feet and not thought twice. I was also younger then and worked part time.  Which meant there was more time for dealing with the messes that I uncovered.

 My kitchen is very small and little to no natural light.  The one window it has is under a covered side porch, facing South.  Not much light comes in here.  I am a bug in the dark....I am drawn to natural light and I fear..yep there it is again FEAR my kitchen being to dark.  At the same time you will see I am drawn to dark colors at the moment.

Here is the window.

I have always wanted white cabinets.  And now I have them and a son who is in the tire business......well get where I am going.....dirty finger prints EVERYWHERE. Currently the kitchen is painted a cheery yellow. The cabinets have the "original" hardware from when we purchased the house....mismatched.  I would be changing the hardware and moving it down where I can comfortably open the cabinets.

We have thought about painting the counter tops.  There are so many options for that.  You can buy a kit or simply paint the tops from directions on the web.  I would like a darker top. Leaning towards brown or black tops.

I really like the grey/blue of this kitchen with the white cabinets and brown tops. VIA Nina's Nest

I am then found drawn to the black AND white cabinets.  I love this look.  I even like the original floor.  Would love to find wood under my beautiful vinyl. VIA Goodbye House Hello Home

Still keeping the white cabinets and incorporating blue.  I do have blue in the adjoining den.  LOVE this kitchen from Modern Cottage. Love the black floors and the crisp white cabinets.  I also like the partial open cabinets and the baskets.  I have asked the hubs to remove the drawers from four of our cabinets and create open shelving. 

Then here is the bomb.  I am drawn to BLACK distressed cabinets.

Would I like the distressed part?  Does it feel "abused" and in need or repair?  Or does it feel homey and current? It would hide fingerprints and such....
HELP.  I am sending out a cry for help.  What is your opinion?  Please post a comment.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An AMAZING Give Away at .......

You must check out this amazing etsy shop and all the creativity there. I have been an unofficial follower of this site for several months.  Now with her recent give away I must log in officially and so should you.  Go to

She is amazing, but so are all of the blog that I stalk view on a daily basis.  Here is a little tease.
I absolutely love the silver treasures!!!

The AMAZING give away!
Go check it out.  Maybe someday I will figure out how to do advance posting and have a give away from Amish Country.  Would you participate?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Light Bulb Moment

Simple and fun.

Mechanic's funnel

Candle wreath
Nifty lamp with awesome shade.
Sadly, not my idea.  I bought this at a local primitive store.  Just Enough Antiques in Smithville, OH.  She has some awesome ideas.  A second trip or more is in the works.
Thanks for stopping by.  What unique ideas do you have?  Please share.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A change is brewing.....

Just like the season change so does my decorating mood.  So with this past week being more like late Fall/early Winter, I thought I better get in gear and decorate for Fall before I miss the occasion.

This is how the entrance to our home looks for this season.

The hubs and I purchased pumpkins and mums today at a local market.  I opted for cheap thrifty pumpkins.  All were $1.00 a piece.  I tried my hand at a white pumpkin and put our last name initial on it.  I rather like it. 
We added a little charm to the plain, plastic, black pots the mums came in. Hubs wanted the fun pumpkin/gourds on the steps.  The little orange one is bumpy and fun.

A little vignette that changes with the seasons.  A friend of mine gave me the "acorn" that she found while thrifting a few years back.  Still works for me.

With the help of the hubs, this is our first attempt at a topiary of pumpkins.  I must say I do like the smaller pumpkins.  I also must confess, we cheated.  All the other posts about topiary's have been somewhat messy, clean the pumpkin, cover the inside with Vaseline or cooking oil to keep it from drying out......blah, blah, blah.  We Hubs simply cut off the stem of the lower two and ran a dowel rod through the center making sure to not come all the way through the top pumpkin.  No mess, no sealing, easy peasy.  We will see if it holds up to the weather.
Well simple and thrifty.  That is the way we roll at this house.  I hope you enjoyed the new look of the entrance.  Please share by posting a comment on how you decorate your abode for the Fall/Autumn season.
Thanks for stopping by.