Things I am loving Thursdays and house updates!!

Good morning…well this, my friends I believe, is going to be the last house updates post! It is quite a milestone we have reached together, wouldn’t you say!! ?I feel like its bittersweet, do you? Many have asked if we have moved, the answer is no not quite yet, but getting very?close! Hopefully within the next 4-5 days, fingers crossed. Today a massive cleaning starts, and my long awaited stove gets delivered!?



?You have stuck with me through the laughter, the dilemmas, (not to fear there are still some as we speak) ?the fun, the tears and disappointments, and the highlights (thankfully there were many). Thank you for that……its been fun and comforting sharing this journey with so many of you! Your kindness and encouragement sure made some stressful days way more bearable! It will not stop but the “house updates” will take on a different meaning as we start to settle in and decorate, I would?say the best is yet to come and the fun is just beginning!



So as you can imagine I haven’t had much time to do much else that isn’t revolving around my house so today’s post is only about the house (and a yummy recipe). The house has pretty much consumed me, and I am anxious to get back other parts of my life that seem to have fallen off the cliff to the wayside. But in the meantime, here is whats happening…mostly just loads of loose ends and finishing touches being applied, and believe me there is still LOTS to go! But it is all very exciting to see all the pretty finishing touches finally starting to be placed on something we have worked so hard on for so very long.





HOUSE UPDATES……will let the pictures do the talking this week!

Laundry room backsplash done…went with mini carerra subways and love it! Do not love the hideous outlet box so trying to come up with a solution to hiding that now!

I am determined to move that outlet, its making me NUTS!!!!!!

A finished product except for hardware..more on that later

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My one lone knob….more on that later.
A peek of wood floors on upstairs landing

The design in the vestibule upstairs

Details of front entrance…I am blown away by the level of the detail in the hand carving

A few asked for closeups of the wire grills in kitchen….

So remember those gorgeous handles I wanted to use somewhere! Well look where they now call home…..

My island drawers, still waiting on rest, but you get the idea
Is it a like or a love? I can still use the same knobs I used on my bathroom vanity two knobs per drawer or these…opinions please!!
Did a simple oversized crystal for closet doors

Sconces installed in upstairs hallways, shades will go on last as to not get dirty
Woo hoo…pot filler got installed!
Pantry marble got sealed
Room almost done with painting

One last look……

Ahhh, my bathroom floor, almost forgot what it looked like! Of course still need the tub hardware, waiting for marble top to be tweaked first and sconces on side wall, antique mirror in middle panel with rosettes, and chandelier then we are done…..yippee!!!!
This cabinet is just waiting to be filled with all kinds of pretty little things

Love my floor, it was worth fighting for:)
We love our three paneled doors
Guest bath
This is a pretty sconce in nickel and has an elegant crystal arm
Hallway at night……love
My favorite kind of lighting…very soft
Hot off the presses, just took this late last night….fireplace mantle AFTER SIX MONTHS OF WAITING finally arrived, it was a mother to bring in the house (courtesy?of a mini bulldozer and a gaggle of strong Pop-eye-ish looking men)! But its being assembled and looking quite fabulous…..

So… now that I have your attention can we talk for a minute? I need your help…..I think my brain is fried and turned to mush and I ?cannot make another decision! So you saw the laundry room above, though its a measly laundry room I will be in there a lot and I want it to be pretty afterall! So…here are the finalists for hardware for the cabinet doors. All your expert opinions greatly appreciated!! Theres not a bad choice, so dying to hear what you love……thanks!
This knob would be on its own

This escutcheon goes with the knob below

This knob could also work with escutcheon?above (same brand)

This would be on its own…kind of fun and still elegant

Elegant but the sunflower makes it feel more casual

A simple knob with a simpler escutcheon
OK……so now I need to hear from you! Thanks in advance for your opinions, my mind is totally saturated!
Before I go I wanted to share with you a recipe that is a blue ribbon winner in my family for Pasta Fagiole soup. I came across this recipe a few years ago and think it might have been from one of the Food Network chefs, I tweaked it ever so and must say this is one of the best soups bar none that I have ever eaten, ?my resident?very picky eaters sons will attest to the fact that normally by days end, the pot is empty! So, in light of it being “the sick season” and since in many parts of country ?its hootin tootin cold…..soup is in order!!!! I wanted to share the recipe and if you make it you won’t be sorry. ?It is so worth cooking…..trust me!
PASTA FAGIOLE SOUP
  • 4-5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices) pancetta, cut up
  • 2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact or dried
  • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact ?or dried
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 5-6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 2 cups canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes or if you can get fresh sauce its even better
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups ditalini (cooked separately very al dente)
  • Grated Parmigiano? (use liberally)
  • A fresh baguette (or two)
Heat a soup pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic.?
Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil then reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes and then put on simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet.?
Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Add pasta towards end that has already been cooked al dente so when served it still has? the slightest bite. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. I serve with warmed slices of baguette?yum!

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Happy cooking and enjoy your day!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and house updates!!

Good morning…well this, my friends I believe, is going to be the last house updates post! It is quite a milestone we have reached together, wouldn’t you say!!  I feel like its bittersweet, do you? Many have asked if we have moved, the answer is no not quite yet, but getting very close! Hopefully within the next 4-5 days, fingers crossed. Today a massive cleaning starts, and my long awaited stove gets delivered! 

 You have stuck with me through the laughter, the dilemmas, (not to fear there are still some as we speak)  the fun, the tears and disappointments, and the highlights (thankfully there were many). Thank you for that……its been fun and comforting sharing this journey with so many of you! Your kindness and encouragement sure made some stressful days way more bearable! It will not stop but the “house updates” will take on a different meaning as we start to settle in and decorate, I would say the best is yet to come and the fun is just beginning!

So as you can imagine I haven’t had much time to do much else that isn’t revolving around my house so today’s post is only about the house (and a yummy recipe). The house has pretty much consumed me, and I am anxious to get back other parts of my life that seem to have fallen off the cliff to the wayside. But in the meantime, here is whats happening…mostly just loads of loose ends and finishing touches being applied, and believe me there is still LOTS to go! But it is all very exciting to see all the pretty finishing touches finally starting to be placed on something we have worked so hard on for so very long.


HOUSE UPDATES……will let the pictures do the talking this week!

Laundry room backsplash done…went with mini carerra subways and love it! Do not love the hideous outlet box so trying to come up with a solution to hiding that now!

I am determined to move that outlet, its making me NUTS!!!!!!

A finished product except for hardware..more on that later

 
My one lone knob….more on that later.
A peek of wood floors on upstairs landing

The design in the vestibule upstairs

Details of front entrance…I am blown away by the level of the detail in the hand carving

A few asked for closeups of the wire grills in kitchen….

So remember those gorgeous handles I wanted to use somewhere! Well look where they now call home…..

My island drawers, still waiting on rest, but you get the idea
Is it a like or a love? I can still use the same knobs I used on my bathroom vanity two knobs per drawer or these…opinions please!!
Did a simple oversized crystal for closet doors

Sconces installed in upstairs hallways, shades will go on last as to not get dirty
Woo hoo…pot filler got installed!
Pantry marble got sealed
Room almost done with painting

One last look……

Ahhh, my bathroom floor, almost forgot what it looked like! Of course still need the tub hardware, waiting for marble top to be tweaked first and sconces on side wall, antique mirror in middle panel with rosettes, and chandelier then we are done…..yippee!!!!
This cabinet is just waiting to be filled with all kinds of pretty little things

Love my floor, it was worth fighting for:)
We love our three paneled doors
Guest bath
This is a pretty sconce in nickel and has an elegant crystal arm
Hallway at night……love
My favorite kind of lighting…very soft
Hot off the presses, just took this late last night….fireplace mantle AFTER SIX MONTHS OF WAITING finally arrived, it was a mother to bring in the house (courtesy of a mini bulldozer and a gaggle of strong Pop-eye-ish looking men)! But its being assembled and looking quite fabulous…..

So… now that I have your attention can we talk for a minute? I need your help…..I think my brain is fried and turned to mush and I  cannot make another decision! So you saw the laundry room above, though its a measly laundry room I will be in there a lot and I want it to be pretty afterall! So…here are the finalists for hardware for the cabinet doors. All your expert opinions greatly appreciated!! Theres not a bad choice, so dying to hear what you love……thanks!
This knob would be on its own

This escutcheon goes with the knob below

This knob could also work with escutcheon above (same brand)

This would be on its own…kind of fun and still elegant

Elegant but the sunflower makes it feel more casual

A simple knob with a simpler escutcheon
OK……so now I need to hear from you! Thanks in advance for your opinions, my mind is totally saturated!
Before I go I wanted to share with you a recipe that is a blue ribbon winner in my family for Pasta Fagiole soup. I came across this recipe a few years ago and think it might have been from one of the Food Network chefs, I tweaked it ever so and must say this is one of the best soups bar none that I have ever eaten,  my resident very picky eaters sons will attest to the fact that normally by days end, the pot is empty! So, in light of it being “the sick season” and since in many parts of country  its hootin tootin cold…..soup is in order!!!! I wanted to share the recipe and if you make it you won’t be sorry.  It is so worth cooking…..trust me!
PASTA FAGIOLE SOUP
  • 4-5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices) pancetta, cut up
  • 2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact or dried
  • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact  or dried
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 5-6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 2 cups canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes or if you can get fresh sauce its even better
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups ditalini (cooked separately very al dente)
  • Grated Parmigiano  (use liberally)
  • A fresh baguette (or two)
Heat a soup pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. 
Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil then reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes and then put on simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet. 
Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Add pasta towards end that has already been cooked al dente so when served it still has  the slightest bite. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. I serve with warmed slices of baguette?yum!

                                                 Happy cooking and enjoy your day!

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Things I am loving Friday and house updates!!

Good morning! First can I just say I HAVE THE ABSOLUTE BEST FOLLOWERS AND READERS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!


Your amazingly kind, funny, witty and generous comments kept me smiling all day long! This has been an exceptionally hectic week. Getting my son to and from Massachusetts for a short camp, having so much going on at the house, and on top of that ?it seems the few commitments I reluctantly made for the summer all seem to be occurring within a 10 day period! August, I am praying will be calmer! ?So literally every minute of every day and night has been chock full with little “down time”. I am craving some desk duty to scour my favorite blogs and spend some quality time with all my blog friends. Calgon take me away! Wednesday night we went to a fundraiser and saw Carly Simon in concert. I must say she rocked the house, it was A LOT of fun. Her music is timeless and seamlessly appeals from the youngest generation to the seniors. Yesterday, we were off (a group of 15) for an all day wine tasting tour for one of my best and dearest friends. We hit 3 wonderful wineries on Long Island’s south fork, had a wonderful light lunch outside on the patio of one of the vineyards it was so wonderful, and we were blessed with the most perfect weather, could not have custom ordered it to be any more perfect! It was a nice and much needed day off for me.?So, its been a busy and successful albeit hectic week, and I am wishing you a wonderful day!



HOUSE UPDATES. The kitchen floor, oh I love it so, got its second coat of primer and got it ready for the delivery of the kitchen.They just started installing the main boxes, the boring part but exciting too! So far so good…..today they will possibly get to the upper cabinets then they start applying all the trim, doors,etc……the limestone on the porch is getting done and looking fabulous. The trim upstairs is nearly done and they are just about to begin downstairs. They have made great progress on the back hall with the paneling and its coming out really beautifully. ?Millwork continues at a rapid pace and limestone for outdoor porch is nearing completion. So have a look………(sorry for the repetition of a few photos, I get carried away)

Dining room crown moldings complete
The long awaited floors!
The following pictures are of stain samples against the stone for breakfast room paneling

Kitchen pictures below….

Install has officially begun!

Close up of lightly glazed finish

Back stair hall banisters getting put in

Stove and stone hood will eventually go between these cabinets
Sink wall
Family room getting secondary beams installed
Breakfast bay getting secondary beams installed
Back stair hall
Back stair hall
This will eventually have a window seat

The stair dome, picture doesn’t do it justice but its a 9 foot beautiful plaster dome
These next few pictures are from inside the porch….

PRETTY WRAPPING PAPER. I got a lot of inquires about the “peacock paper” I used for my gift wrapping for my good friends birthday. I found it!I love wrapping gifts and get into trying creative things. I was asked by several as to my sources. Good ol Michaels for ribbon and when its 50% off which is often, I stock up. I keep organza in several colors on hand, as it adds such elegance to any gift. I always buy cheap fake flowers to embellish gifts with too, its a beautiful touch! ?Back to the paper, bad news is it comes from Europe (figures). ?However I do believe that the company Hartman stationers in NJ ?carries this line so I included their website below and you can pursue it! (As I will be doing). ?Also the link below is directly to the Museum source where the paper is made. So pretty!! And sure enough it IS originally from a wallpaper so for those of you who said you would love it for wallpaper, you were very observant as that is its original use, that was my first thought too…its so beautiful!?Click here for Hartman and here is the direct link.
DEALS ON COPPER POTS. I happened to have been ?near a Williams Sonoma outlet in my travels and they had the Ruffioni gorgeous copper decorative cooking pots on sale! I invested in two stunners, one sauce pot and another large soup pot. They are gorgeous and were an extra 20% off the discounted price. Think this promotion is still on if you are interested.
A FUN ROAD TRIP. I love posting about travel but what I am really craving right now is a great road trip down South. I would start it exploring beautiful Virginia’s horse country then work my way down to Richmond, Charlotte, Charleston, Savannah and end in Atlanta. I would love to take it all the way down to the grand dame of southern cities, New Orleans but I would need two weeks in that case. I hope somehow some way I can make this happen before summer ends (hint Mom, so if you are reading this start packing your bags, lol)??I imagine some of my highlights might look something like this. Do you enjoy road trips?
Ahhh….this is what I want to see!
Maybe stop in to one of Virginia’s well known wineries?
I will hope to spy an open hunt scene
Picture perfect
I will so enjoy touring a few plantation homes
Of course a trolley ride is a must do!
Eating al fresco in Charleston
Exploring elegant and quintessentially Southern towns and neighborhoods?
?
And strolling through?elegant lush open spaces like this one…
House drooling is part of the fun!
I look forward to taking in the splendor of tress that are hundreds of years old draped in moss
Of course dining in beautiful old world Southern establishments is a must do
This is so typically South!
Would love to visit this classic beauty in Atlanta
BEAUTIFUL HARDWARE. Well after going full circle, on what hardware and finish I am using, I have at last settled on oil rubbed bronze. It is in the end, the perfect choice for all the materials and finishes I am using. So I am finally “at peace” with my decision. Now the real work begins, what kind of knobs, pulls, etc….I use. This is going to be a trial and error process with me as I am very meticulous so I am going to be ordering a few different styles and “playing” with them on the cabinets once they are fully installed. Any tips from all you experienced pros out there?

A GREAT SUMMER WINE. Why not end it on a great glass of wine. For summer in particular, Domaines Ott is an all time favorite. We have become great friends! And the fact that its packaged in a gorgeous bottle doesn’t hurt, a little pretty always gets extra points. This is a very light and crisp rose. Though I love my red wine, this is a little lighter for summer and I promise you if you try it you will LOVE it.?
So cheers! That’s what I am loving this week. I always love to know if there is something special that caught your eye or that you are loving this week! Wishing you a wonderful and happy Friday!
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Things I am loving Friday and house updates!!

Good morning! First can I just say I HAVE THE ABSOLUTE BEST FOLLOWERS AND READERS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!

Your amazingly kind, funny, witty and generous comments kept me smiling all day long! This has been an exceptionally hectic week. Getting my son to and from Massachusetts for a short camp, having so much going on at the house, and on top of that  it seems the few commitments I reluctantly made for the summer all seem to be occurring within a 10 day period! August, I am praying will be calmer!  So literally every minute of every day and night has been chock full with little “down time”. I am craving some desk duty to scour my favorite blogs and spend some quality time with all my blog friends. Calgon take me away! Wednesday night we went to a fundraiser and saw Carly Simon in concert. I must say she rocked the house, it was A LOT of fun. Her music is timeless and seamlessly appeals from the youngest generation to the seniors. Yesterday, we were off (a group of 15) for an all day wine tasting tour for one of my best and dearest friends. We hit 3 wonderful wineries on Long Island’s south fork, had a wonderful light lunch outside on the patio of one of the vineyards it was so wonderful, and we were blessed with the most perfect weather, could not have custom ordered it to be any more perfect! It was a nice and much needed day off for me. So, its been a busy and successful albeit hectic week, and I am wishing you a wonderful day!

HOUSE UPDATES. The kitchen floor, oh I love it so, got its second coat of primer and got it ready for the delivery of the kitchen.They just started installing the main boxes, the boring part but exciting too! So far so good…..today they will possibly get to the upper cabinets then they start applying all the trim, doors,etc……the limestone on the porch is getting done and looking fabulous. The trim upstairs is nearly done and they are just about to begin downstairs. They have made great progress on the back hall with the paneling and its coming out really beautifully.  Millwork continues at a rapid pace and limestone for outdoor porch is nearing completion. So have a look………(sorry for the repetition of a few photos, I get carried away)

Dining room crown moldings complete
The long awaited floors!
The following pictures are of stain samples against the stone for breakfast room paneling

Kitchen pictures below….

Install has officially begun!

Close up of lightly glazed finish

Back stair hall banisters getting put in

Stove and stone hood will eventually go between these cabinets
Sink wall
Family room getting secondary beams installed
Breakfast bay getting secondary beams installed
Back stair hall
Back stair hall
This will eventually have a window seat

The stair dome, picture doesn’t do it justice but its a 9 foot beautiful plaster dome
These next few pictures are from inside the porch….

PRETTY WRAPPING PAPER. I got a lot of inquires about the “peacock paper” I used for my gift wrapping for my good friends birthday. I found it!I love wrapping gifts and get into trying creative things. I was asked by several as to my sources. Good ol Michaels for ribbon and when its 50% off which is often, I stock up. I keep organza in several colors on hand, as it adds such elegance to any gift. I always buy cheap fake flowers to embellish gifts with too, its a beautiful touch!  Back to the paper, bad news is it comes from Europe (figures).  However I do believe that the company Hartman stationers in NJ  carries this line so I included their website below and you can pursue it! (As I will be doing).  Also the link below is directly to the Museum source where the paper is made. So pretty!! And sure enough it IS originally from a wallpaper so for those of you who said you would love it for wallpaper, you were very observant as that is its original use, that was my first thought too…its so beautiful! Click here for Hartman and here is the direct link.
DEALS ON COPPER POTS. I happened to have been  near a Williams Sonoma outlet in my travels and they had the Ruffioni gorgeous copper decorative cooking pots on sale! I invested in two stunners, one sauce pot and another large soup pot. They are gorgeous and were an extra 20% off the discounted price. Think this promotion is still on if you are interested.
A FUN ROAD TRIP. I love posting about travel but what I am really craving right now is a great road trip down South. I would start it exploring beautiful Virginia’s horse country then work my way down to Richmond, Charlotte, Charleston, Savannah and end in Atlanta. I would love to take it all the way down to the grand dame of southern cities, New Orleans but I would need two weeks in that case. I hope somehow some way I can make this happen before summer ends (hint Mom, so if you are reading this start packing your bags, lol)  I imagine some of my highlights might look something like this. Do you enjoy road trips?
Ahhh….this is what I want to see!
Maybe stop in to one of Virginia’s well known wineries?
I will hope to spy an open hunt scene
Picture perfect
I will so enjoy touring a few plantation homes
Of course a trolley ride is a must do!
Eating al fresco in Charleston
Exploring elegant and quintessentially Southern towns and neighborhoods 
 
And strolling through elegant lush open spaces like this one…
House drooling is part of the fun!
I look forward to taking in the splendor of tress that are hundreds of years old draped in moss
Of course dining in beautiful old world Southern establishments is a must do
This is so typically South!
Would love to visit this classic beauty in Atlanta
BEAUTIFUL HARDWARE. Well after going full circle, on what hardware and finish I am using, I have at last settled on oil rubbed bronze. It is in the end, the perfect choice for all the materials and finishes I am using. So I am finally “at peace” with my decision. Now the real work begins, what kind of knobs, pulls, etc….I use. This is going to be a trial and error process with me as I am very meticulous so I am going to be ordering a few different styles and “playing” with them on the cabinets once they are fully installed. Any tips from all you experienced pros out there?

A GREAT SUMMER WINE. Why not end it on a great glass of wine. For summer in particular, Domaines Ott is an all time favorite. We have become great friends! And the fact that its packaged in a gorgeous bottle doesn’t hurt, a little pretty always gets extra points. This is a very light and crisp rose. Though I love my red wine, this is a little lighter for summer and I promise you if you try it you will LOVE it. 
So cheers! That’s what I am loving this week. I always love to know if there is something special that caught your eye or that you are loving this week! Wishing you a wonderful and happy Friday!
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