Saturday, October 29, 2011


Welcome to Krystal's Home.  Krystal is a dear friend of ours. We love her for many different reasons, but to know Krystal, you have to know the sound of her laughter. She can see the humor in all  
things. Beauty and creativity rest in her home.

That's Karen Lou greeting us at the threshold there. She's the early bird photographer already busy snapping away at all the eye candy in store for you here. Come on in.

Oh, actually before you come on in, check out one of the many ways Krystal adds character to her surroundings. Just adding a naturally distressed railing here and there really packs a punch.

Krystal's beautiful living room. Krystal has a real passion for beauty and it shows in every corner of her home.

I don't know too many women who would under take the project of installing shutters.
Then adding architectural  pieces as part of the window treatment.
Krystal had no qualms.

This is Krystal's Father. He served in WWII.
Knowing Krystal, means knowing a bit of her Father.
He was everything to her as she grew up, and still is.
In Honor of Him we share this photo.

Love this little seed box! If you can, try and zoom 
in on some of the
little cards that are displayed in the box.

Onward to the kitchen now. Notice the gate at the bottom there. That's to corral Krystal and Jeff's two pugs Buster and Buddy. Even their pet control is designer worthy! Yes, it is a large shutter!

Krystal's stop awhile, smile awhile, cheerful, charming kitchen.

What's not to love? Lunch anyone?

Krystal's home is all about, decor, company, atmosphere. Oh, and chocolate cake!

Two little puffed out pewter Salt and Pepper Shakers.
So sweet!

The much coveted bathroom. This room is amazing. Custom designed by Krystal and her handy hub Jeff.  Famous  DIY'ers! (around here.) Sink/ Cabinet installed by Krystal's husband.
She dreams it up and Jeff makes it happen.

I seriously wanted to slip this into my coat pocket. 
Me too!

Krystal's touches throughout... elegant, romantic and whimsical.

The Romantic Master Suite.

One of the many elegant details throughout.
These antique curtain rods were put to good use here in the master bedroom. 

My favorite picture. I just think this belongs in one of those shabby chic, cottage style coffee table books! (Biting our fists!)

Picking this photo up from Krystal's night stand, my heart was immediately touched by the image.
When her father handed the photo over to Krystal, many years later, he said it was the epitome of how it was growing up with some of her siblings. Krystal is on the right, on fire and rearing to go, one of her sisters standing by, soaking it all up, a dear brother, shy, but happy to be a part of excitement.

Note how this photo "pops",  taking an old photo and cutting it out, and overlaying it on a background
of magazine pictures of greenery. Love it!

This little note says it all about Krystal's husband.
Guess it's not too uncommon to find one on the night stand now and then.

I would love to be a guest, sleeping in this guest room!

Jeff built this addition to their home.
A small picture of their den.

Chock-full of charm out on the patio. Many a party has been celebrated out here in the sunshine and fresh  air. 

This backyard porch is an extension of the home during warmer months.
So peaceful and beautiful. A gathering place.

This Arbor was built by Jeff from some old doors. Again, Krystal had the vision, gathered the materials ,
and her husband made it happen!

Just another piece of creativity.
The key is when you spy it, you have to know how to use it.

Buster and Buddy, the infamous princes of the home.
Begging some food from sweet Cindy Lou.

Our Krystal. 

And so we say " Adieu".

Team blogged by Karen Lou and Cindy Lou

Monday, October 24, 2011


Beautiful scenic drive up to Salmon Idaho. We were hoping to see fall color and we did. Not a ton of red, just hints of it sprinkled throughout. A bit of orange here and there. Rich with golden yellow and plenty of velvety green lingering. There is nothing disappointing about the Idaho countryside. We had to stop and catch our breath. The light was incredible and irresistible, I only wish the pictures could do it justice!

This was like a tunnel. The trees and shrubs had grown over and touched to make a canopy overhead, and we had to duck to walk through it. The path was littered with a carpet of leaves and everywhere we looked we were surrounded.

We came around a corner and the countryside was dotted with licorice cows! There were stretches of winding roads but it seemed every turn delivered something better than the last.

This is the home of our sweet hosts, Paul & Deanna, in Salmon. They were told the house is over 100 years old. It is beautiful! These two could run a Bed & Breakfast, (a dream of Deanna's)  that's how plush the visit was. We were made to feel like we were visiting royalty. Deanna has hospitality down so well, I just followed her around watching everything she did, hoping I'd come back home and be able to emulate her.

Here's a view of the front porch. Inviting right? I fell in love with this house and the way they have it decorated. It is so warm and friendly, it's like the house itself has a personality but I guess it's really just Paul and Deanna and their awesomeness  rubbing off on everything. I wish I'd gotten more pics of the inside. The table was always set and ready with a beautiful tea service and a plethora of teas, coffee and homemade treats. We ate A LOT. I'm not very happy about that now, but at the time it was total bliss.

This is what the scenery is like in downtown Salmon. Mountains all around, trees, color, the gorgeous Salmon river, also known as the river of no return. The middle fork of the river is one of the premier recreational rafting and kayaking rivers in the world. With the friendliest people you'll ever hope to run across.

Deanna and I enjoying the great outdoors. It was one of those drop dead gorgeous days, dripping with blue sky, purple mountain ranges, endless trees, sunshine like, well, you see.
See Deanna's beautiful smile? It never leaves her face! She's from Texas and has an endearing accent, I could listen to her all day. When we were complimenting her on her home she replied, "I just love a house with purty little things."

Our lovely hosts. 

I know there's a lot of pictures on this post. I tried to trim it down some but then I'd think, oh they didn't see the right side of the river, or the left, or the one with the mountain in the center. (she said sheepishly.)

Now we're on the trip home. More beautiful sights.

Deanna was fond of saying the trees look like they're glowing from the inside out. Indeed.