Friday, February 8, 2013

Breakfast Area Changes

I love it when everything is scrubbed and cleaned, tweaked and fluffed..  Makes even the same things feel and look so much fresher.  The breakfast area got a really good cleaning from top to bottom.

 The walls have been washed down, the rugs turned and the tiles steam cleaned, looks sooooo good.

All of the furniture got a really good cleaning and polishing.   Nice and simple and ready for good food and fun conversation.

 Since the familyroom is connected, I thought it would be fun to mix a few pillows and fabrics together and come up with a new color scheme for here also.  Love the chocolate and green pillow, and since there is green in the living room, this carries it right on through to this area.  Still shopping the house and not spending any money,  plus I am on track saving that extra $100 a month that was my New Year's goal.   I now have $200 in my kitty for something fun at the end of the year.  Gotta' love that.

Still working on all my deep cleaning and fluffing after Christmas.  I am so ready for an all new look, how about you?

I am joining the following parties:

Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Jennifer at Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
Becca at Home Is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party
Remodelaholic for Home Sweet Home on a Budget
 Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
  Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday
  Be Different Act Normal for Show and Tell Saturday
Tammy @ One More Time for Share It One More Time
Danielle @ Silver Pennies for Silver Pennies Sunday
Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life for Sunny Simple Sundays
Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Be sure to see my post here about our Winter Cloche Party on Feb. 11th.  Mark it on your calendar and pass it along to your friends.

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  1. Great goal, good for you! Love your sweet hen :)
    Must feel great having all that fresh and clean...
    Have a GREAT weekend,

  2. Looks great, Marty! I love your breakfast area :)

  3. Good Afternoon Marty, First of all, congratulations on keeping to your goal of saving $100 a month, it will be so exciting at the end of the year when you have $1200.
    I agree with you, there is nothing like cleaning and sorting to give a room a renewed vigour. It's amazing how we can change a room with items we already have.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes

  4. Love, love your breakfast area, Marty! Looks so clean and welcoming!

  5. I love to sit down with a cup of tea after the cottage is all sparkly clean and just say ... "ah". I agree with you about saving money for some family fun too. Your lovely home is always so inviting Marty. See you on Tuesday for your cloche party and have a great weekend.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. Oh boy sweet lady, you are a non-stop worker! Yes, nothing better than to have rugs washed, clean walls and furniture. You just inspired me to do the same as we have a long weekend and we will be alone, I can always catch up now. Have a great weekend.

  7. You right about having the breakfast area always nice and pretty because it's connected to the rest of the social area of the house. Ours is too and so yeah, we have to pay much more attention to it's pristiness condition !! Hugs,

  8. Great goal Marty and good for you for sticking to it!! Everything looks beautiful! I love a clean house!

  9. So lovely. Good for you on the savings!

  10. I am still cleaning and tweaking...what will we have left to do this spring Marty? We'll find something! I love all the green you have been adding to each room...and I LOVE your duck on the coffee table! Looking forward to the cloche party...hugs, Penny

  11. Congratulations on adding to your "kitty" Marty. Your breakfast room looks great!

  12. Good for you to be saving all that money! I dreamt last night I bought an English Butter Slab! Hmm, that sounds like spending money!!

  13. Don't you just love a top to bottom cleaning?! Your breakfast area looks beautiful (and clean) as ever! Your pillows are beautiful, as always ... love the colors you've chosen, too! And, you're right ... your "kitty" will be able to buy something super fun at the end of the year ... are you already dreaming about what that might be?

  14. Marty, I envy your energy. I really like the mix of patterns and textures you have used here. I have been meaning to comment on the picture hanging in the breakfast area. It warms my heart every time I look at it. It is the same picture that hung in the dining area of my husband's parent's home. They both passed away at a very young age(their 50's). They were so good to me and my husband and demonstrated to me how family should love one another. I cannot remember what happened to that picture, but I so wish we had kept it. Bless you, Marty, for always being such a great inspiration.

  15. I love the feeling of a freshly cleaned house! It makes you want to invite people over! I love your cozy breakfast area!

  16. Looks great! Can you come help me clean mine?

  17. happy Friday Marty!! Always looks fresh, clean, warm and inviting!! Great goal by the way!!
    Miss you in the neighborhood,
    xo Kathysue

  18. My place needs a deep top to bottom cleaning and fluffing - Let me know when you are available and I will send my key and address. :-D
    Have a great weekend!

  19. Everything just shines! Beautiful, Marty!

  20. Marty, Your home always looks lovely. Good for you saving $100 per month! xx, Sherry

  21. Looks great Marty! Your house always looks squeaky clean. Congrats on your money saving success too. Jane

  22. Marty,
    Your home is lovely, dear friend!
    I agree the rewards of great deep cleaning is the sheen on the surfaces!!!
    So glad your $avings Plan is working!!!
    Like the freshness of your new color scheme!!!
    Have a marvelous upcoming weekend, dear friend!

  23. I am so envious of your clean space. You always have the best cleaning advice: windows,mirrors, etc. So how do YOU wash your walls. Inquiring minds want to know? :)

    1. Really simple. I make sure they are wiped down first from all the dust, then just mild soap and warm water. I don't saturate them, just wash them and then dry them with a clean cloth.

  24. I am wondering if you have something in mind to get at the end of the year!? That is a great idea to ut it away each month. I agree that it feels SO good to do a good cleaning. I did that in the kitchen yesterday. It just make me go, AHHHHHHH>...... I love your new colors. Have a beautiful weekend, marty! XO, Pinky

    1. Nothing special for my savings. I just thought I could be a little more frugal that I have been and save more than just what I have been doing. So I gave myself a goal of an extra $100.

  25. It all looks so fresh and crisp and beautiful Marty! :-)

  26. I love it when everything is clean. It's shocking how dusty you realize surfaces are when you do serious cleaning. You are so good at switching up colors with your pillows and accessories. That's admirable.

  27. It's such a good feeling to know everything is sparkling clean and polished to perfection! I am ready for some changes...I need some bright colors. I have a lot of pastel furniture and wonder how I can do that. You have a lot of earth tones. How do we add color?


  28. Your breakfast area is very invinting. I love the hen on your table.

  29. Love the breakfast very cheery!!....and great idea about the "savings"...and I look forward to the great item you will buy at the end of the year!!!

  30. See what a little cleaning does? Glad you are saving money...I am trying, too...not shopping the Goodwill everyday(that's painful). You new pillows are the perfect touch to pulling your rooms together!
    Very nice, Marty!