July 10, 2014

~ The Unfitted Kitchen ~

The unfitted kitchen features freestanding, furniture like-cabinetry, 
often paired with handcrafted items or 
repurposed flea-market finds to create a highly personal look.

 My last three kitchens, unknown to me, have been unfitted kitchens.
I only recently read the description of an unfitted kitchen and
realized this style is what I'm drawn too.  
My present kitchen has
three furniture pieces used for cabinets, upper cabinets
doors slide like the old
country store cabinets, has a 1920's freestanding
stove, wood floors, and counter-tops made of copper, wood, and marble.

Several movies have featured unfitted kitchens.
 Movie: The Holiday

Movie: It's Complicated

Movie: Baby Boom

Movie: Julia & Julia

Movie: Sleepless in Seattle

Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun

In an unfitted kitchen pieces often can be
approached from more than one direction.  Various vintage
pieces are used as an island or table.  Farmhouse sinks are also used; or
sinks set into a vintage piece.  Stoves can be freestanding.
Sometimes there are no upper cabinets but open shelves
and windows all around the sink area.
To see French inspired unfitted kitchens visit Cote De Texas
I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures ~ Karla


June 22, 2014

~ Lane Cedar Chest Updated with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan ~

Kelly Hayes came into my Lady Butterbug Shoppe 
in historic McKinney to purchase paint and wax 
to update this 1970's Lane Cedar Chest.

Kelly layered Chalk Paint® colors Coco and French Linen.
Next a tiny bit of color Old White.

 Touches of colors Coco and Graphite painted on the accent areas came next.
Kelly finished the piece with Annie's Clear and Dark Waxes.

This rare find includes the original tags and key.

Kelly's painted projects can be seen HERE
 Stop by Antique Co. Mall in historic downtown McKinney where Kelly has
a space where she sells her painted furniture.

June 4, 2014

~Fifi O'Neill and Mark Lohman Visiting Our House This Weekend~

Magazine editor, author and blogger Fifi O'Neill
 and photographer Mark Lohman 
will be doing a photo shoot of our 
home, garden, and Lady Butterbug Shoppe this weekend.

Fifi is the magazine editor of two magazines...
Romantic Prairie Style

 and the new magazine 
French Country Style.
She is also the author of Romantic Prairie Style.

Her blog is called Chez Fifi and can be found HERE

Mark Lohman, a California photographer, takes 
wonderfully creative pictures of home interiors, 
gardens, architecture and travel for books and magazines.

Steve and I are looking forward to their visit this weekend.  
We will share some pictures of their visit.

May 8, 2014

~ My Garden Featured in Flea Market Outdoors ~

I'm a full time stockist/distributor for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
 and part-time gardener. One of my favorite things to do 
in the garden is to decorate/re-purpose
 using salvaged things like county stamped bricks, architectural pieces, and such. 
I have painted 15 garden items with Chalk Paint®...such an easy thing to do.
 My garden was featured in Flea Market Garden magazine
 two years ago and reappeared this year 
in the Premiere Issue of Flea Market Outdoors magazine. 
 I hope you will purchase the new Flea magazine and take a peek
at all the wonderful garden ideas found in this new issue.

pictures via Tea with Friends

April 30, 2014

~ Mother's Day Giveaway ~

Head on over to HERE to enter a Mother's Day Giveaway.  
I'm giving away the two Premium Wax Brushes in this giveaway.
This giveaway is sponsored by Oh So Shabby...Debbie Reynolds.

April 15, 2014

~ Lady Butterbug Shoppe now open in McKinney ~

At the end of January this year my husband Steve and I purchased this historic 1920's 
filling station/country store in McKinney, TX and transformed it into the 
We opened last Thursday and lots of wonderful customers showed up...it was awesome!  
We've been the greater Dallas area Stockist for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan 
since bringing her products to north Texas in May of 2011.  
We also specialize in painted furniture and European style home decor.

The shop address is 1701 N. Waddill St. just 1.5 miles east on Hwy. 380 off Hwy. 75
and is located behind the new WinCo Food Store.  
Shop hours are 10-5 Tues-Sat. Plenty of available parking spaces! 
Come visit us and let us help you with all your Chalk Paint® needs.  

The Shoppe replaces our former locations in Frisco and McKinney 
and will also be the new home for our Workshops.

Please visit my website for all our locations and Workshop info.
Hope to see you soon!!
Karla & Steve