I have a great big confession to make. I am not an organized blogger. Right now I can almost hear you saying, “I KNOW!”, . . . in big letters, . . . just like that! I’ve read and pinned articles on how to organize your blogging time and how to plan your posts. I’ve even seen free printable blog organizers that plan out your entire year! But have I taken advantage of those freebies? Of course not!
SIGH . . . I love the creative part of blogging and I’ll make any excuse to move onto another project rather than taking the time to sit down and plan things out in an organized manner. But that can leave questions unanswered and leave you, my readers, befuddled.
For example, in October I asked for your opinion on what to do with the window in my kitchen in the post, To Curtain or Not to Curtain. Then I went on to other things, November was filled with Fall decor, December was Christmas and now I’ve started working on my dining room decor. As a result, I never filled you in on what I chose to do with my kitchen window!
The truth is, when I couldn’t come to a decision I left it alone for awhile and moved on to something else. So today I’ll tie up that loose end and reveal to you the answer to my window dilemma.
In that previous post I showed this picture of the curtains that were in our new home when we bought it. Pretty enough but not my style.
I also showed this picture of the window uncurtained, letting in more light, opening up the view to the outdoors, and exposing the pretty window panes. I received so many different responses about what I should do with this window, the majority of which said NOT to curtain it. I was still torn though because it felt a bit bare and I do like the finished look of a curtained window.
The opinion that swayed me the most came from a comment on my Facebook page. A local Greenville friend suggested the possibility of using branches over the top of the window. This idea really appealed to me! I thought about using beautiful birch branches in wintery white. I also thought about going out into my backyard and collecting smaller branches and bundling them together for a twisted look, sort of like I did on my front porch for Christmas.
However, both of these ideas seemed a little more rustic than the look I have going on in my kitchen, and I didn’t think that either would carry over into the Spring and Summer months too well. Still, I really liked the idea of branches of some sort. So I left things as they were for awhile, until my sister and her husband came from California for Thanksgiving week. I mentioned to her how much I like the beautiful magnolia trees of the south and the idea of using some magnolia boughs across the top of my sink. She agreed it would be a great idea and then blessed me by buying two beautiful magnolia boughs as a housewarming gift for our new home.
They were pretty just as they were with shiny green leaves and knarly brown branches but she also bought some gorgeous magnolia flowers to add to the swags.
The flowers can be removed any time if I want only the greenery and I can customize the swag for the seasons . . .
. . . like I’ve done here, by adding fresh greens and silver pinecones for Christmas and on into winter.
I like the almost black branches against my creamy white cabinetry.
The boughs also add great texture to the area above my sink and keep it from looking so bare.
Even though these boughs aren’t live magnolia branches I like the idea of bringing “the look” of nature inside.
Magnolia trees weren’t native to my home state of Washington.
but they are prolific here in South Carolina.
I am smitten!
I am really enjoying the more open feeling of this window as I work in my kitchen.
So, what do you think?
I think that the paper towel holder looks bad in my picture and I need to move it to a different location (Haha!)
I’m so happy with the addition of this swag across the top of my window and it makes me think of my big sis’ every time I look at it!
Now, will I become more organized with this blog? I think I might need a blog planning retreat to some exotic location. That would surely put me in organizing mode! Wanna come?
Thank you so much for all your input. I appreciate you.
Blessings to you,