The Kitchen Window

The Kitchen Window
Antique Milk Bottles with Herbs and Flowers

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Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Graceful Visitor

Sadly, I have not been paying enough attention to my blog, nor have I taken the time to visit many of your recent posts.  We're in the middle of getting ready to paint our living room and dining room, and also working with a couple of wonderful ladies from Design Works (Susan and Pam) here in Northwest New Jersey to add a couple of new pieces of furniture that will give the rooms a makeover with a little sparkle. 

The space is the original farmhouse room, quite large, with a walk-in fireplace and stone walls that have been plastered and then covered  with a wide beadboard  in the 1940's- which was painted an off-white color.  This room also has five doors, which has made it a challenge with regard to the placement of furniture, etc.  One corner of the room has been dedicated to the dining room, the other larger part a sitting area - considered our living room. 

Here's where we are right now, Monday morning:

I covered one corner wall of the room with sheetrock, which will be wallpapered in a Thibaut wallpaper called 'Straw'
You can see the swatch if you look really closely to the left of the window (or click on the link). 

Benjamin Moore paints will be used on the rest of the walls, all wood.  We've chosen another yellow as the main color, also named 'Straw' - 'Filtered Sunlight' for an accent wall going up the stairs and also for some built-in cabinetry to the left of the walk-in fireplace, and 'Vanilla Ice Cream' for all of the moulding,doors and the inside of the two deep-set windows.  Our wonderful contractor Brian is helping us put with the sheetrocking and some other things, and our good friend Steve, who is a phenomenal painter, is doing all of our painting for us - right after his get-away trip with his wife Liz to Newport, Rhode Island. 

I'll post some photos when we're all done. 

In the meantime, I have been spending lots of time outside in this gorgeous weather we've been having here in New Jersey.  Yesterday we had another visit from what I think is a white egret, although I'm not certain. 



Hope you're having a great week.  Besides getting ready for our painter, we're hosting my family, the Irish clan, here at Frog Hollow Farm for a Labor Day barbeque.  It will be simple but fun - my family loves to sit and chat and eat (and drink) for hours so we'll be cooking up a storm. 

The next day we're leaving for South Hero Island in Vermont for a few days, our friend Dave has a wonderful old summer home right on Lake Champlain.  
We changed our plans of staying at The Willard Street Inn - maybe next time!

Ciao, bella!

6 comments:

  1. The yellow bill would distinguish it from other egrets,so it probably is a White. At any rate what a thrill to have it visit!

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  2. Sounds like you are mighty busy, dear friend. Have fun!!

    Xo

    Jo

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  3. My goodness, you certainly are busy these days.
    Once it is all complete you will be so happy and hopefully share pictures with us. Have a fun with your family and your getaway.

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  4. HI FARM GIRL, MY OH MY....YOU ARE A BUSY BEE.....BUT AT THE END IT WILL ALL LOOK BEAUTIFUL. SAY HI FROM AUNT RIZ TO EVERYONE FOR ME AT THE BBQ. YOUR COLORS OF THE ROOM SOUND DELICIOUS....HAVE A GREAT VACATION. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

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  5. Sounds like you are very very busy, I am sure you will have a delightful Labor Day Weekend with your family. We just returned from vacation and part of it was spent in Vermont, I just love it there so much. Now there is so much catching up to do.
    Have a wonderful vacation
    xoxo

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  6. oooohhhh...you are busy..i love the vacation to vermont...my dream state...

    can't wait to see pictures

    have a wonderful holiday eating (and drinking) sounds like my family too :-)

    sending love,
    kary and teddy

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