The other day I spotted this photo on the blog “The Decorista” by New York City-based interior designer Ashlina Kaposta. If you don’t follow her blog, you should, because her style and design photographs are nothing short of spectacular! Blue Kitchen House Beautiful via The Decorista She had posted this photo of a blue kitchen by House Beautiful with the caption: “They say that blue suppresses the appetite, thats why you rarely see a restaurant in blue. On that same note, you never really see a true blue kitchen either, blue is usually a color for the bathroom as it promotes a feel of relaxation. However, after seeing this gorgeous soft blue kitchen, I’m thinking why not. Hey, it might even help those looking to eat less. Whatever the case, it looks absolutely stunning especially with soft golden accents.”  With that color theory in mind, and my own kitchen being a gorgeous Benjamin Moore shade of Buxton Blue,

Benjamin Moore Buxton Blueyou would think that would have done something to suppress my appetite and make me more relaxed, but, well, no. But it did get me thinking about it a bit and realize that you don’t often see blue kitchens-more likely to find yellow or white or red. BUT, I did a little digging and came up with some of the most gorgeous blue kitchens ever.

Now, modern and contemporary is generally not my style, but wow-and I adore this backsplash! Makes me smile every time I look at it!

Blue Kitchen ino-getiashvili
Blue Kitchen by Ino Getiashvile

This one is also very sleek but so bright and cheery!

Blue Kitchen Fleur Ward Interior Design
Blue Kitchen Fleur Ward Interior Design

This is so charming with the white brick walls in contrast to the aqua retro cabinetry and open shelving

Blue Kitchen Bratislava Kitchen by Gut Gut
Blue Kitchen Bratislava Kitchen by Gut Gut

My design eye is always drawn to country, whether it’s rustic (check out that amazing hood over the stove!)

Blue Kitchen Welch Forsman Associates
Blue Kitchen Welch Forsman Associates

or charming-loving the red accents and the one blue cupboard in contrast to the otherwise white kitchen

Blue Kitchen TresHus Architects & Builders Cottage Revival
Blue Kitchen TresHus Architects & Builders

and cottage styles-this one in London by Pearce & Co Woodsmiths. That blue rustic tile backsplash simply amazing.

Blue Kitchen Pearce & Co Woodsmiths
Blue Kitchen Pearce & Co Woodsmiths

If you follow my blog, you know I love color. And these kitchens do not disappoint. Pulling in the color of the ocean in Bermuda, this stunner by Village Architects AIA.

Blue Kitchen Bermuda Residence Village Architects AIA
Blue Kitchen Bermuda Residence Village Architects AIA

The bright blue chairs pop nicely against the pale blue walls and white cabinetry.

Blue Kitchen David Scharff Architect PC
Blue Kitchen David Scharff Architect PC

While in this kitchen, it’s the dark cabinetry that contrasts with the lighter furnishings.

Blue Kitchen by Terri Rose CKD
Carlson Project by Terri Rose CKD

And in this space, the deep blue walls provide the dramatic backdrop to the white kitchen and dining areas.

Blue Kitchen LuLu Designs Online
Blue Kitchen HGTV LuLu Designs Online

More blue cabinetry. Now, I am not sure if I would be brave enough to go bold with the permanent fixtures in the room. And blue cabinets are permanent. In this case, a very bright blue. But, I love it! And, no wonder, it’s from a beach front cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. Sigh…

Blue Kitchen Marthas Vineyard Cottage ERS Design LLC
Blue Kitchen Marthas Vineyard Cottage ERS Design LLC

And even deeper blue, with the contrasting yellow tile backsplash. To me, reminiscent of Monet’s kitchen in Giverny. Blue Kitchen Michael Lyons Architect These last two kitchens are pastel and pretty perfect. Traditional & formal or

Blue Kitchen Ulrich Inc
Blue Kitchen by Julia Kleyman for Ulrich

more contemporary in style, they both are so soothing and inviting.

Blue Kitchen Nieman Architects
Weyand Residence by Nieman Architects

Even though my heart is all about country kitchens,  I find the color blue to be so welcoming, no matter what the style. Perhaps because it is the color of nature: the sky and the sea? Do you agree? Do you have a blue kitchen? I would LOVE to see and share it! And to be inspired by more fabulous blue kitchens, check out my “Cookin’ Up Blue Kitchens” Ideabook. In the meantime, have a (one-less-hour-of-sleep) Sunday, everyone! Susan 

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Recently, the good folks at RugsNow contacted me to ask if I would share an upcoming Facebook Spring Giveaway with all of you-$1500 total in prizes to three lucky winners! How exciting is that?! RugsNow Spring Giveaway FacebookAnd, of course, since it means that some of you, dear readers, will be able to win some great stuff, I obliged. And, they are allowing me to offer you an additional 25% off on any of the items offered on their website, including rugs, accent pillows, throws and poufs! (How did they know I was looking to freshen up my family room for spring?!) What I really like about the RugsNow shopping experience is that they are very user-friendly and so detailed in their product information. You can sort by color, popularity and price, and once you have found a product you MUST HAVE, they provide all the details you need to make an informed decision. And, did I mention you will get an extra 25% off by using the coupon code COUNTRY HOME?!? Country Home Coupon Code This is a web-shot of a beautiful jute and cotton, hand-woven area rug I have selected named Capalle.  Capalle Rug from RugsNow To the left is the full pic, but once you scroll over it, a very closeup and detailed image pops up so you can get a good feel for the materials and colors available. Below that is a color-wheel bar that picks up all of the colors in the item. Brilliant! RugsNow Capalle Content Cleaning InstructionsThey also carry gorgeous throws RUgsNow Throw and poufs and loads of accent pillows. I am thinking these would look great as a fun springy addition! RugsNow Accent Pillow So, how do you enter the contest? Just click the Spring Giveaway pic and it will bring you to their Facebook page. RugsNow Facebook Giveaway From there, you fill in the requested info, and for additional entries, you share the ad with your friends (and whomever you would like to see win-maybe they will split it with you : ). Don’t wait too long, because the contest is already well under way and ending soon!  If you just want to shop for some great home accents, then go directly to and click away! RugsNow Home PageJust remember me when it’s time to check out and use the coupon code COUNTRY HOME for an additional 25% off! Have a great Thursday everyone-it’s going to be almost 40 degrees this weekend-yay!!!  Susan

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I recently visited the home of a friend who was planning on framing out a large wall-mounted bathroom mirror rather than replacing it, a trick she had seen on Pinterest (of course : ). In her basement were the rough-cut trim moldings that she was priming and painting and then cutting prior to mounting them over the existing mirror. A perfectly great idea which I am certain will give her bath a whole new look. BUT, she could have saved some time and trouble by checking out this company:

MirrorMate Logo

They offer custom mirror frame DIY kits in all types of styles and colors, so you can transform the look of your mirror with minimum muss and fuss! I LOVE brilliant ideas that save time and look great! Here are some examples from their website:

This frame sample is Tribeca Black

Tribeca Black Sample MirrorMateUnframed Before:

MirrorMate Tribeca Black FrameAnd this is the after. The mirror frame’s rich, dark tones enhance the dark tones of the existing wood work and vanity.

MirrorMate Tribeca Black Framed

This frame sample is Venetian Silver Wave.

Venetian Silver Wave Sample MirrorMateI can imagine this in any coastal bath-so pretty! The before is very nice, but the mirror is a non-factor in the overall decor:

MirrorMate Venetian Silver Wave BeforeThe after is pretty amazing! The silver brightens the space and highlights the marble vanity top.

MirrorMate Venentian SilverFor a dramatic change, you might like this rustic Lexington Metallic Ash

MirrorMate Lexington Metallic Ash

This is the before, again a very nice but ho hum kind of bath

MirrorMate Lexington Metallic AshAnd this is the after: that mirror!

MirrorMate Lexington Metallic AshFor more information, and the complete, simple measuring and DIY process, click here to visit their website.

MirrorMate Measuring

You can order samples to make sure you are choosing exactly the right frame for your space. And, you can check out many more before and afters on their Pinterest page. This is a perfect solution for a simple makeover, or even for staging a home for resale, adding lots of drama for minimal dollars. I hope you all have a transformative Tuesday, everyone! Susan

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Right. Huh? Who is Bob and why am I so excited about blogging for him? Well, Bob is none other than Bob Vila,

Bob Vila Photothe original American DIY’er and TV handyman/host of This Old House and Home Again, along with his new web series, Building Green. is a website dedicated to giving you the “HELP YOU NEED FOR THE HOME YOU WANT.” There are so many resources available for everyone from hapless homeowners to the most experienced contractors. SO, you ask, why am I blogging for him?!?  Well, Bob has a page for Bloggers-a Featured Contributors page that showcases “A Community of Bloggers who “Live and Die to DIY”that’s where you’ll find me and the links to my blog, Country Design Home!! Home Page

My first official published DIY link? The Vintage Rolling Bar Cart.

Rustic Vintage Rolling Bar CartThis has to be one of my all-time favorite, most inspired DIY projects. And it’s posted for Bob Vila fans to read, along with a few other of my other most favorite DIY projects like my Love-ingly Restored Hope Chest.

Refinished Lane Mid Century Modern Hope Chest

and my recently-completed Antiqued Mirror On The Wall.

DIY Antiqued Mirror on BobVilaNation

I am pretty proud of the DIY projects I share, and now they are all together on one page for everyone to check out! And, as the weeks go by, I will be adding my newly completed projects, and possibly some oldies but goodies, like How To Shrink-Wrap Your Porch

Wicker and wood summer porch

and The Whale’s Tale.

 Whale Table  on Porch

Click here to check out my Featured Contributor page:

Bob Vila Nation

 And if you like what you see, could you be so kind as to add a comment or “favorite” my designs? Bob likes the love! Along with my projects, there are loads of other contributors who share information about everything DIY, like this “Rewiring a Lamp” from the AZ DIY GUY (I love his AZ DIY Guy’s Scary Warning – Electrical Edition)

Bob VIla Nation Rewiting a Lamp

or this DIY Bathroom Vanity by the Hudson Valley HandyMom

Bathroom Vanity Makeover Bob Vila Nation

There is just so much to see, so much incredible information to read, videos to watch, contests to enter, and of course, Country Design Home on So make sure you check it out and let me know what you think. And now I am off to complete yet another DIY table makeover (that I will hopefully be posting to BobVilaNation very shortly). Have a terrific Thursday, everyone! Susan


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Last summer, Coach and I took a long weekend trip to Bethel, Maine for a bit of golf and R & R.

Two Beers Please Bethel Maine PMWell, I should say R & S (Rest and Shopping) as we did quite a bit of antique shopping up and down the Maine coast. My heart skipped a beat when we turned a corner while wandering through the many aisles of Pa’s Tradin’ Post in Oxford, Maine.

Pa's Tradin Company Signand discovered this gorgeous old country cupboard!

Pa's Tradin Company MaineAnd, I was even more excited that it actually fit in our CRV, even with all the luggage, coolers and golf clubs! (Truth be told, I would have tossed those clubs to get this piece in my car…)

Country Cupboard in CRVIt was newer, but completely hand-crafted using old lumber and pieces from antique windows and dressers. It needed quite a bit of work, so I took my time refurbishing it, in between quicker, easier projects. Well, I am happy to say that it is finally finished, and styled, and sitting proudly next to the fireplace in my family room. So, what once looked like that, now looks like this!

Painted Country CupboardThe exterior body was painted with Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint. I then sanded the edges and raised detail to give it the distressed look we like.

Country Cupboard Sanded Corner DetailThe shelves and doors I painted (after replacing and re-glazing many of the old panes-these were actually old windows that were repurposed-I LOVE that!)

Reglazing and painting window panesin Glidden Antique Beige “chalk-like” paint that I mixed myself. Here’s the recipe from “In My Own Style”

In My Own Style Chalk Paint RecipeThe back planked wall of the cupboard was painted with a custom color that I created-kind of a soft, denim blue.

Country Cupboard Custom PaintI had originally painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Eulalie’s Sky Milk Paint (you can read about that fiasco here),

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Eulalie's Skybut once I decided where it was going to be in our home, that needed changing. Oftentimes, I paint a piece with the colors I would like, only to realize that it just doesn’t work in the intended space. That’s the beauty of paint-one quick coat and you have a whole new look! I wanted it to be a close match, but a lighter blue tone to the drapes in the room, since it would be in proximity to the window where they hang. Finally, I waxed the entire piece with Fidde’s Supreme Wax to give it a nice, warm, glowing finish. The hardware remained the same. Chipped, rusted black? Perfect!

Fiddes and Son Supreme WaxThis is the before, dingy white, cracked windows, unpainted interior.

Country Cupboard Base Interior

Country Cupboard Base BeforeThis is now. A pretty painted piece that shows off many of the pieces that Coach and I have collected over the years.

Country Cupboard Design HomeThe showcased pieces are primarily from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, The custom color blue I chose for the background enhances the blues in the pottery and plates and brightens the brass trivets and pieces.

Country Cupboard StyledColonial Williamsburg is an historic site that Coach and I love and have visited many, many times. This is the William and Mary crest trivet-one of our very first mementos we purchased over thirty years ago.

William and Mary TrivetThe re-painted and re-loved cupboard now reminds me of the shop front windows and taverns on the Duke of Gloucester Street, filled with old glass and pottery pieces, brass trivets, plates and mugs.

Williamsburg Virgina JugNow, when I step back to admire my transformed country cupboard,

Country Cupboard Doors Opened Styled

I am transported back in time to our many wonderful trips to Williamsburg. And isn’t that why we save our souvenirs and mementos-to remind us of happy times and fun trips? I hope you all have mementos you keep to tell your story, and a beautiful cupboard in which to display them. Have a “think spring” Tuesday, everyone! Susan 

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