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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

This weekend we hosted my sister and brother-in-law for dinner on Friday night before the big snow storm hit the northeast.

We had a great time!

dining room upholsered walls

Dining Room Update

Chris and I spent all last weekend removing the upholstered walls in the dining room.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many staples in my life!

While we were removing the padded fabric, we noticed that it was all tucked in behind the switch plates.

dining room demo day

My husband looked at it, shook his head, and said, I bet it’s not flame resistant.

So he took small pieces of both the fabric and the batting to the driveway and tested it in a metal bucket.

Would you believe it lit right up???

Like how scary is that?

Luckily it never caused a problem but that was an issue waiting to happen so I’m really glad we removed it as quickly as we did.

Now that the padded fabric is down, the walls are not in the best shape.

Some parts are OK.

But other spots are pretty bad.

So we’ll need to do some wall repair before painting this room.

faux finish and textured ceiling in vintage farmhouse dining room

In the meantime, I am removing the sticker decor from the ceiling to get that ready to be painted.

Hopefully, this room will be lightened up in the next week or two.

dining room makeover

But I’m loving how it looks so far!

Don’t you?

Even with the walls in bad shape, the room looks pretty good.

dining room after wall demo

Kitchen Renovation

Although we are not planning to renovate the kitchen right now, the cabinets above the breakfast bar have been driving us nuts.

If you are in the kitchen, you can’t see the faces of people sitting at the breakfast bar and vice versa.

And the rooms feel very closed off from one another.

kitchen cabinet demo

So my husband got to work pretty early yesterday and started removing the cabinets.

We don’t have a lot of storage space in the kitchen, so we need to figure some things out long term, but it’s coming along!

I can’t wait to get all the extra light in the kitchen from those gorgeous windows.

And the room feels bigger already!

kitchen cabinet demo

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

Earlier in the week, I shared some hydrangea care basics that will help you know when and how to prune, planting tips, whether or not to fertilize them and how to care for the flowers.

This post is a MUST READ if you have hydrangeas and want to get the most out of their blooms.

Everblooming hydrangea in my jersey garden

It was also my favorite week of the month!

A time when my good friends and I get together for our virtual supper club!

This month we are celebrating the warmth of the season with a cozy winter dinner party.

6 cozy winter dinner table ideas

From the table decor and centerpiece ideas, you will love how pretty it all looks!

This month, I was in charge of the appetizer.

And let me tell you, THIS ONE is SO GOOD!

It’s perfect for our cozy winter dinner party menu.

But it’s even better for the Superbowl, which is coming up next week!

Stacy Ling Friday Favorites

And finally, I shared lots of great finds in my Friday Favorites this week.


It looks great in my living room.

And it has a lot more color variation in the wood than the photo shows on the web.

I think it looks even better in person, so I’m really happy I bought THIS.

new coffee table in living room

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My favorite DIY of the week comes from my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse.

I love sustainable decor and this one was perfect for our cozy winter dinner party.

I need to make these!

rustic orange napkin close up with pine cone
Photo by The Ponds Farmhouse

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill is giving away this gorgeous wreath she made for Valentine’s Day.

Head over to the post and try to win this one.

It’s gorgeous!!!

heart wreath with pink, white, and red roses

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

THESE Valentine’s Day ideas.

THESE french country cottage decorating ideas.

I love THESE cozy decorating tips.

THIS crab bisque sounds AMAZING!

THESE are great quick makeover ideas!

I have a few projects lined up with THIS DIY.

And THIS cozy soup recipe sounds SO GOOD!

6 cozy winter dinner table and centerpiece ideas

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy
    So much work is happening at your house. But I know it’s exciting. Thanks for sharing as always.

  2. I had a feeling those cabinets were going sooner rather than later!!! It’s going to make things so much brighter and have a better energy flow!
    Oh, and thanks for sharing my wreath…it was a nice surprise!!

    1. You are welcome! I love that wreath! The day we saw the house we said they needed to go. I’m surprised they stayed as long as they did. It really opened up the rooms! We love it.

  3. Stacy, with all of those staples both of you guys hands must have been sore.

    Removing those cabinets, it really did start to open things up. That light coming through there too! Wow, I am so excited to see the transformation.

    1. Thanks Tammy! We are so excited about the cabinet removal! It looks so good! But now I really need to paint the living room and kitchen. If you give a mouse a cookie…LOL!

  4. It’s amazing how much you’ve already accomplished Stacy. I knew the dining room walls were going to really make a difference, but it’s incredible how much more open the two rooms are now that the kitchen cabinets have been removed. Thank you for sharing my Valentine cloches this weel.