My Top 5 November Favorites!

It's hard to believe that November is almost gone.  Snow hit Kalamazoo, Michigan, last night, which will catapult Michiganders right into the holiday spirit.  But before December arrives, I want to recap what I loved this month:

My Favorite Pin:
Found on
Before I start telling you about all the things I LOVE about this space, scroll down to the bottom of this post and look at My Favorite Piece at  KalamazooKitty Right Now.  These two photos go hand-in-hand, so if you want to recreate this beautiful room, now you know where to shop for the giant cubbies and the metal chairs.  About THOSE cubbies...they are awesome!  What a great "buffet" in a dining room!  With oodles of storage for glasses and dishes, you won't need your grandma's china cabinet any longer (so bring it to KalamazooKitty to consign).  Whether the cubbies are painted like this one, or natural old wood like the photo from my store, it will do the trick.  Paired with the farmhouse metal chairs and the industrial lights, this would make a great dining room, office or craft room.  Check out for similar lighting.

My Favorite Exterior:
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Named "Riverbend" by Paula Deen, this adorable cottage is situated on her 5.5 acre estate in Savannah, GA.  It is just loaded with details!  A spire, a metal roof and a front porch?  Say no more!  And in Savannah, Georgia?!  I'm in love :).  The wood front door is the perfect warm touch to this stark white exterior and hard metal roof.  A cozy sitting area for morning coffee sits just outside the pretty white windows that are adorned with black shutters and metal shutter dogs.  I love the way the porch posts frame out the door and windows, and support the secondary roof with the most perfect wood corbels.  Don't overlook the enormous live oaks and perennials that soften the walkway leading up to the cottage.  Some hanging ferns bring the fresh green color up to the building, making it a little more difficult to peek in the windows!  However, the little bit that we can see from the photo makes me believe that the inside of this space is just as amazing as the outside.  Please, Paula...can I be your guest???

My Favorite DIY Project:
Done by Jenna Sue Design
What a transformation!  I have done similar techniques in the past, but her photos and directions are incredible!  With a few simple products (wood veneer and boards), Jenna Sue took a slab door and turned it into an amazing piece of art.  This door was then stained, but could easily be painted, as well.  You could do a solid color, painted and waxed to enhance the wood texture, stain it gray, or whatever fits your style.    If tools and wood aren't your thing, check out your local salvage places for cool old doors.  Be sure to hit Heritage Company in downtown Kalamazoo, MI.  You have never seen so many doors in one place!  You may get lucky and find just the right size you need, at a price you can afford.  Don't forget to check KalamazooKitty!  We get old doors (and windows) in often.  Whether you create this door, or find one already done, be sure to freshen up the hinges and doorknob.  Jenna Sue even added a cool lantern fixture from World Market.  Awesome project!

My Favorite Christmas Look:
Found Here!
WOW!  Okay, not everyone has a magnificent bedroom like this, but we can all take away some great ideas to achieve a similar look.  I found this on Pinterest and love it!  Yes, the holiday decor is beautiful, and I'll get to that in a minute, but check out the vaulted ceiling, shelf above the bed, chandelier and incredible furniture!  Right now at KalamazooKitty, you could find something similar to almost everything in this room.  We have letters to spell words, 4 poster beds, antique dressers for side tables, settees, chandeliers, metal bins and Christmas trees!  Speaking of Christmas, let's take a closer look at what was used to make this room so cozy and filled with the Christmas spirit.  Greens!  They are on the chandelier and headboard in the form of garland, and several trees, including the beautiful flocked Christmas tree, carry the greenery throughout the space.  The color scheme is simple, with only creams, red and green, which help make the room soothing and calm.  The word NOEL takes center stage up high above the bed on a simple rail that extends the length of the room.  A handful of Christmas trees finish off the look and each are decorated simply, or not at all.  I love the use of the metal bin at the end of the bed to hold the miniature Christmas tree!  There are no rules against decorating your bedroom for the holidays, so why not have a little fun with it?!

My Favorite Piece @ KalamazooKitty Right Now:
Old Cubbies found at KalamazooKitty Portage Rd.
As mentioned above, I chose this section of KalamazooKitty because it was perfect for My Favorite Pin (above).  Imagine the dining room you could create with these old cubbies!  Add those metal industrial chairs around a farmhouse table, and you have that Industrial Chic room that I would certainly drool over.  Dining Room not big enough?  Place the cubbies in a craft room, basement or mudroom!  With a long craft table and those metal chairs...Ooh la la :). 

So whether you are decorating for the holidays, or decorating for everyday living, there are many details you can pull from the beautiful pictures on Pinterest to help you achieve the look you are after.  Once you have a vision for your space, visit your local resale, consignment and thrift stores to pull it all together on a budget. 
That wraps up November, 2015.  Here we come, December, ready or not!

This is from you!


  1. everything always looks beautiful when I browse your store.


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