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Friday, October 8, 2010

A Triscuit Gives Its All

When our new conservatory carpeting was installed last week,
it reminded me of something. 

I asked you yesterday if you could tell what that something is.
If you answered, "A giant Triscuit," then you are right.

Today, in the lovely morning light, I took a real Triscuit -- which is a woven whole wheat cracker --
from the cupboard, and put it on the carpet to take a picture of it.
As I was about to snap, I saw this through the viewfinder:

 A big ol' spaniel head.
 A different camera angle showed this -- spaniel chomping Triscuit.
Num num num num nummmm . . . All gone!
 Dion is sniffing for more goodies, but I won't be fooled again.
 I held Dion's collar with one hand, and snapped this shot hurriedly with my other.
Look at the carpet below; except for color, doesn't it really look like a giant Triscuit?

Dion is just sure there must be more crackers . . . .

Poor doggie.

Guess what I have in my hot little hands?
The wallpaper for the kitchen!
Mr. UPS tossed it up on the porch yesterday.

A few years ago, I bought this big soft-cover book:
And in this book, I found this kitchen:

To me, it looks vintage, with a wonderful and unexpected mix of formal and rustic;
I've kept it in my mind as my kitchen makeover inspiration.

I wanted a similar look for our kitchen -- something timeless,
that would look as if, like Topsy, it just growed.

Also, something cheap.  There are too many other things needing attention
in a 178-year old house to spend tens of thousands on a kitchen!

Since last November, we've been chiseling away at the 1980s style kitchen we inherited from the previous owners, who had renovated it in 2004.  It's hard to change such a relatively new kitchen, but we had to.  Just before Thanksgiving 2009 we had soapstone countertops, new sink, and new cooktop installed.  Here!  Last spring, we re-jiggered some base cabinets, added a hutch top, pulled out the black paint, and made a faux-Welsh-dresser thingy.  Here!

Now it's time to tackle walls and cabinets and hardware and maybe a light fixture or two. . .
and with any luck, we'll have a kitchen that looks a little like this:

but even more like itself come the holidays.

Meanwhile, I can't find the lemon I need for my lunchtime iced tea.
Where could it be?

I have plenty of faux lemons; this glass beaker is full of them . . .

 where the heck is that real lemon?

Have a lovely weekend, my friends!   -- Cass

 At My Romantic Home blog, Cindy is hosting Show and Tell Friday.
Always, always worth a visit -- click here.

At Dipity Road blog, our hostess Claudia is Finding Beauty on this and all other Fridays. 
At Common Ground blog, Debra hosts Vintage Inspiration Friday, and today she's featuring
her beautiful front porch -- and so many others.  Click here!


  1. That kitchen is gorgeous, Cass. I cannot wait to see the new wallpaper up and what else you do but I am sure your kitchen will be even more gorgeous....Christine

  2. I see it "Triscuit"! ;-)

  3. It's so fun to redo a room! Beautiful wallpaper...but your little dog is the true beauty to me. I LOVE dogs. Those pictures of his little nose all things cute.

  4. Cass..I just love popping in to see what mischief Dion and his mommy are up to especially now that Howard is away all day...
    love all the changes you are making to the house....
    just adore Dion!
    hugs.. Loui

  5. I can't wait to see the paper hung. Not that I am offering to help you hang it. Me and wallpaper don't play well together.

  6. You are too funny! Of course your pup must have thought you were being quite odd putting food on the floor and then not letting him have it! LOL! I love the toile looking wallpaper. I either have that book too or have checked it out from the library many times because I really remember that photo. I think I have a magazine somewhere that did a toile wallpaper kitchen too. It is stunning to say the least and will look so good in your home. I was thinking you really have done quite a bit so far in your kitchen too. I cannot wait to see the paper on your walls, and of course the conservatory. Have a great weekend!

  7. Oh my goodness!
    You remember Topsy.
    My mother use to say that my younger brother must have grown just like Topsy as his wife always had him involved with her parents and she seldom saw him. :0(
    I can still picture that hard bookcover.

    Looking forward to the done pictures.
    I have a hard time envisioning things.
    So glad that all of us don't. :0)

  8. Love the wallpaper. Can't wait to see pics when all is done and I know you can't wait to cook for the holidays in your "new" kitchen!!

  9. Your 'inspiration' kitchen is beautiful, a little "country French". I followed your kitchen reno links, your dresser idea is very clever, but then it seems being clever is normal in your house - even the lemons are smart! ;)

    Looking forward to seeing the wallpaper up, it's beautiful.

  10. Oh, I'm really looking forward to seeing that wallpaper up. Great choice!!.. love the kitchen in that book, wow.

  11. Your inspiration kitche could be mine!! I love white cabs and woww... what wonderful baking one could do in a kitchen like this dont you spose? :)

    Although I use the excuse of a NON cool kitchen to NOT bake... :) In my dream land of being a gazillionaire... i have a VERY cool kitchen AND house help :) Then I could bake or NOT :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your beauty! It is always such a treat to visit with you.


  12. Looking forward to seeing what else you do to your already pretty kitchen. I wished I could get motivated and finish up some things around here. I was on a roll last Spring, then just came to a halt.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  13. I like the carpet a lot. It's perfect for the conservatory and I am really loving the wallpaper. It's very classic. Your kitchen is going to look fabulous!


  14. Your home is lovely and that wallpaper will be wonderful. We also have an old house but have made the decision not to restore it and now have two houses. It is great what you have done with your house. ♥O

  15. The kitchen makeovers are great, the wallpaper is so perfect. Can't wait to see it up.

  16. Hello! I've been following your blog for awhile and find hat I keep coming back to visit you in your beautiful old house. I LOVE your wall paper choice and can't wait to see the finished kitchen! Thanks for letting us get a glimpse in your sweeet home~~Blessings~~~Shine

  17. Since I'm reading posts from first to last I just read the one with the hair plaster (courtesy of D'ion) and here, already, you've unveiled the Triscuit theme of the carpet - ah well, that's what I get for not keeping up!

  18. The hiding lemon looks like it thinks it won't be found if it doesn't make eye contact!

    My friend once went shopping for her mom and the list read, 'get a real lemon' so she bought a common yellow lemon. Her mom meant RealLemon, in the plastic, faux lemon squeeze!!

    I like your inspiration kitchen and you've found a perfect match to the wallpaper there. You've done SO much work on your kitchen...and your vocabulary has expanded to include such technical terms as 're-jiggered' and 'the faux dresser thingy'..HA! Just waiting to see photos of the new allpaper all put up.

    Poor Doggie. Anything on the floor belongs to whomever is closest to the floor...short legs, you know.

    Take care.

  19. So much for those of us ruled by our canines who aspire to be photographers...they bring us down real quickly!!!
    Can't wait to see your kitchen ... just don't envy the work!!!
    I love lemons...(I use the frozen Minute Maid kind a lot) but you can't beat real lemon!!!

  20. OoH , I love that paper, so beautiful, kind of reminds me of toile, (IN which i love), Cant wait to see how it turns out... Karryann

  21. I love that wallpaper! What is it and who makes it? As for the kitchen, sigh, I am jealous. Our kitchen is functional, mostly. Judging from the wallpaper, we are guessing it was last redone in the early 1970's.
    Our house is about seven years younger than yours. You give me hope, eventually we will get to that kitchen.

  22. I love, love, love that paper. I had something similar in our last home and planned to repeat it in our next. Can't wait to see your reveal! I may be MIA for a while (hopefully not)- surgery on Tuesday :)
    xoxo Pattie

  23. Cass, great inspiration for that kitchen, I need to find that book, cause I DO LOVE that kitchen design! Great wallpaper, and I think it works for this look completely. really beautiful.
    Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!


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