Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Cozies




Thank you for all of your kind, supportive words. I've forgotten how wonderful it feels to share such warm, positive energy with dear friends across this beautiful world of ours. It really is quite heart warming and so very inspiring. Thank you. 

Since I am still without my computer, perhaps I will begin Instagram, using the blog for more in-depth postings. I'm just giving you fair warning that things are not tip top shape here. I don't have the wherewithal as I once did to keep things just so. As long as you don't mind, I shall enjoy the incentive to start tackling some projects once again. We sort of collapsed in exhaustion after we moved in, but with the temperatures warming and the windows being opened for fresh air, I am feeling eager to get to work again. 

The above photo is our family hearth (taken with my iPhone). We absolutely love having fires. It adds such coziness to the room and to any occasion, especially the everyday occasions. 


Does anyone remember this? This is what the hearth looked like when we first saw the house. 

My Instagram account is: 
catherineinthefields

41 comments :

  1. Oh Catherine, I am so happy to see you back in my blogger feed. I have missed your beautiful style and sincere appreciation for nature, interiors, and the changing seasons. I can't wait to see what you get up to on instagram.

    Best wishes as you continue to transition into your new home life.

    Kate (@our_haystack on instagram)

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  2. So happy to see your post! I will gladly follow you on Instagram and will look forward to an occasional post on your blog. Finding the wherewithall to keep things "just so" with two little children is a challenge. I enjoy real-life posts, and find inspiration in your renovation projects. Thank you for continuing to share.

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  3. I am set up on Instagram awaiting your first post!

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  4. I am so happy to see your posts. I have been following your blog since seeing your beautiful old home in Country Living. Four years ago I had twin boys, and your healthy pregnancy posts and pictures gave me such comfort and encouragement. I have you in my instagram and I look forward to your postings. Thank you for sharing :)

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  5. Catherine so wonderful to hear you'll be on Instagram. The blogging landscape has definitely changed and I feel most readers get their visual fill on IG these days. Looking forward to little snipets of your grand old lady now that she's back in shape! Enjoy the spring weather. (@thatsmyletter on IG)

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  6. Oh, what a lovely photo of your fireplace. It is just so "you", understated and elegant. I look forward to snippets on Instagram and the occasional in-depth summary on your blog. With warm weather on the horizon in Minneapolis, I too am ready for some spring projects!

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  7. Just followed on IG! I so look forward to your posts!

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  8. Welcome to Instagram, you will love it once you get the hang of it. I'm https://www.instagram.com/cottagetails/ there.

    Next year we begin the renovation of our 1900 villa.

    Love Leanne (New Zealand)

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  9. So excited to see you blogging. Your posts have always inspired me to continue pursuing beauty in my own home. I love your style!

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  10. Happy to see your post. That little snippet is so beautiful, serene, and cozy. Would love to see more!!!! I am so glad you are continuing to share your journey. Your style is so inspirational to me.

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  11. Catherine,
    Welcome back! You have truly been missed! I am glad to here that you will continue posting. I hope you are enjoying life with your family in your new home..no need t rush into making things just so. It will happen eventually. I have followed your blog for years (since 2009 probably) and appreciate your words so much and all of the lovely pictures of your home and the flowers and art work you have shared with us. I look forward to more.
    Cali

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  12. Happy you are back: I am not real savvy on computers: Can you put a link for your Instagram page? Thanks:

    SA from PNW

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  13. A comfy warm fire is wonderful . . ,
    Takes the chill off these springtime days/nights.
    I look forward to following you on Instagram . . .
    But will love it when you can be here, feels like you are home!

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  14. I have missed you!! So happy to "see" you, and yes, Instagram is a go-to place! I hope you are well.

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  15. I am taking ideas from your home...I have a Federal frame that used to have a family portrait in it (an old dated picture), but I'm changing it out to a mirror. Thank you for sharing with us in this space.

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  16. Well hello again! Happy to see your beautiful fireplace adorned with pretties and cozy fire. My husband has a fire in the fireplace nearly every morning...it was 85 yesterday yet our family room fireplace was crackling and glowing again this morning.
    I really love seeing snippets of your home and the "before" photos as well.
    See you on Instagram! Cyber hugs.
    Catt-in-Kentucky

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  17. So good to see you back. You were greatly missed.

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  18. Love the face lift on fireplace. I love a fire too, I never like looking at what I call " the place whole". Last year I bought a wonderful fireplace cover with a sailing ship. I think fire season here in RI is over so out comes the ship! So glad to have you back. I will follow on IG.

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    1. I am going to reply to myself , That should read " The big black hole" No idea what happened there!

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  19. I can't begin to express how happy I am to find this in my email! Instagram will be wonderful because I just love seeing what you do. And please please please include the before pictures. It is incredibly helpful to see you take a space and turn it into something so tasteful. I don't have that knack so it's quite helpful. I enjoy your posts so much but realize they do take time and energy. Whenever you can post, I will be excited! Fireplace looks amazing! When I saw this picture I remembered in a flash the guys ripping the fireplaces apart. Transformation is an insufficient understatement!

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  21. Welcome back! I've been a long time subscriber, since your home was featured in Country Living. Always enjoy reading your posts and following along with your decorating journey's. Hope you and your family are well!

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  22. Welcome back! I've been a long time reader, since your home was featured in Country Living. Always enjoy reading your posts and following along on your home journey's. Hope you and your family are well!

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  23. If it helps anyone at all, here is the link to Catherine's Instagram page:

    https://www.instagram.com/catherineinthefields/

    -Flo
    Amelia Island FL

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    1. Dear Stranger to Me: Thank you for the link!!! SAS

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    2. Thank you Flo! It's a bit comical that I'm beginning Instagram because I know so very little about it all! Thank you for the link - good to know! ; )

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  24. Oh, Catherine! How wonderful to find new postings (I don't "do" instagram). Not only have I missed your eloquent, descriptive writings, your decorating ideas, and your common sense approach to home and family but I have also been concerned that something was amiss with one of the twins or Mike. I am very comforted to know all is well, that it was 'life' that postponed your posts. Very understandable! I too took the election hard and am also making my concerns known. God be with you on this task. Thanks for reappearing in my world. You've been missed!

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  25. So happy to see you back in this space! Happy to hear that all has been well.

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  26. Beautiful transformation of the hearth! Looking forward to following you on IG.

    ~Miranda from Hannah's Hill

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  27. I have checked so many times to see if you were back yet, I am happy to see you posting, even if it is sporadic. I use your photos for inspiration in my homes, I move so often it seems lately, that inspiration is necessary ! Plus there is a serenity in your photos that is soothing and comforting ...

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  28. Your photo is beautiful!! So happy to see you posting again!
    I will surely sign up with Instagram. xo

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  29. I am happy to see all is well. I noticed your absence and checked in often. Your blog has always been an inspiration to me from way back in the very beginning <3

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  30. Greetings from Sydney, Australia :-) I'm so happy that you are sharing again, Catherine! I am following you on Instagram as well as through your blog and look forward to admiring your progress.

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  31. I love your style! I have a question for you... on your old home in Oregon.. was your lovely picket fence wood or vinyl? I'm shopping for a front fence and having a tough time!

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    1. Wood! And we weren't there long enough to have to re-paint. We did however use a stain that looks like paint and it was supposed to fade over time, rather than chip off like paint.
      Good luck!

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  32. I am so happy that you are back and so excited to see more of your new house! While you have the most refined and curated style that is enviable, I hope that you know how many of us just want to see the magic that you have worked on this old house. Your furnishings and personal decor will come with time but it seems that the bones of your house have been brought back to life and many people will be happy to see them, no matter how bare. Thank you so much for continuing to share your house and bits of your life online, it is a joy to see!

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  33. It warms my heart to see you again! Your post before this one that touched on the importance of kindness & humanity spoke to exactly how I'm feeling these days, post-election. Enjoy your new-old home & making it yours with your sweet family!
    PS. About 6 years you kindly responded (as a busy mama!!) to my email about your organic crib mattress source & I was so grateful for your advice! Thank you, it served our little girl well!

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  34. Yay! I've been wondering what you finally did with the floors. I love the light raw wood look there!

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  35. I have checked so many times to see if you were back yet, I am happy to see you posting, even if it is sporadic.


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