Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Shaker Your Thang...

Well, this is our first formal introduction, I do believe.

Without further ado......this is me in the photo below (and before you peek, you must promise to excuse my lack of any make-up...)!

Pleased to meet you. ;-)

I know you've listened to me yabber on but finally you can put a face to the yabbering.

Much nicer to be able to see who you're chatting to, don't you think?

Oh, and these are my first photos with my new camera (eeek!), which I'm slowly getting to grips with.

And I do literally mean getting to's one heavy puppy.

So, anyways....Mr Modern Country and I decided to keep our existing units because, after narrowing down the choices of my inspiration images (remember Step 1 and Step 2?), I noticed that all my photos had Shaker style cupboard doors.

And guess what we had? Yup, Shaker style cabinet doors!

See the border all the way around the outside of each door? That'll be the Shaker style.

It's a style that just doesn't seem to date, which is exactly what I want in a kitchen.

And the sides of the cupboards are styled to look like tongue and groove.

It adds just the gentle country touch that I was after.

I love the plinths too. They finish the cupboards really nicely.

And look, look, look!

This is the cushion that I won at Tami's gorgeous blog High Street Cottage. I pretty much did a little dance when I saw that I'd won.

Okay, there wasn't a pretty much. I actually did a little dance.

On my own.

Yes, I was *that* happy to actually be a winner of a giveaway!

 Thank you so much, Tami. I think of you whenever I see it.

I'm just putting together a post about colour inspiration for the kitchen.  Come back and see....

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Samantha said...

Well Miss Sarah, you are just gorgeous! Thank you for the picture, it certainly is nice to put a picture with your words. Looks like you are getting the hang of your camera nicely, too!


Congrats with a new camera! It´s a great camera, so I know you will have a lot of fun with it. Great pictures already I can see :)
You look lovely dear - even without make-up! Nice to meet you :)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Nice to see you, Sarah! Very nice picture of you, by the way. Congrats on getting out the new camera. The pictures look great! Your cabinets are beautiful... exactly what I'm longing for. Gorgeous cushion, too. I think that's my cat. It looks just like her!

High Street Cottage said...

Sarah, you look gorgeous. What a wonderful photo. And no make up? Oh to be young! I think you've got some very pretty kitchen cabinets, I'm glad you're keeping them. The pillow looks amazing in the photo, so glad you won. That was my first giveaway. Hope you are staying warm. It's kind of chilly here. I am off to get ready for work, going in very early this morning. xoxo tami

Unknown said...

no makeup and yet still stunning!:) nice to formally meet you!

Brandi said...

Well hello gorgeous! I feel like there should have been theme music associated with this post!!!

Congrats on your new camera!!

michelle said...

GIRL you are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Oh I am so happy to see you!!! Congrats on the giveaway, I can see you dancing around! :)
Your cabinets are perfect, I love the shaker style and they look fab in your kitchen!!

Kitty has the right idea, that looks so cozy!!

I hope you have a wonderful evening you beautiful girl you!!! :)

Designing Domesticity said...

So nice to put a face with the words. Lovely to meet you. Loving your new photos as well. liz

Erin said...

Look how beautiful you are! You should show your pic more often! Yay!!!! Glad you are playing with the camera, and your cabinets are wonderful!

Unknown said...

Hi Sarah
you are very pretty and you don't need makeup
Congrat on your new camera and for the giveaway

Empty Nester said...

I hate to be the one to inform you of this but, you don't need make-up girl!

Anonymous said...

Lucky you and your kitty! I love the quality of your images your camera (and you) produce. Very exciting - brings a new edge to the kind of communication you can achieve through your art and your blog! Yay!!

lisaroy said...

obviously a natural beauty! you look gorgeous!
Your photos are beautiful and lucky you to already have the shaker doors you wanted! love your pillow win! :)

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Beautiful pictures! Especially the one of you! I see you and your new camera are playing together quite nicely. I always love pictures of your amazing kitchen too!

Unknown said...

Photos with the new camera are YUM!!!!! To quote you!! LOVE all the photos of your decorating...keep them coming. So cozy to just view your blog.....raining/snowing here in the US....

Lisa said...

Nice to "meet" you, pretty girl! Love the shaker style cabinets as well. The clean and classic design is always nice!

michele said...

so lovely to get a glimpse of pretty you!

i love a simple white cupboard door--my maple ones are getting a chic, distressed look with time and use the au naturel way (read: the kids and their friends are killing them softly).

thx for visiting and brightening my day, cutie!


Tricia said...

Look at how pretty you are Sarah! You know what's weird? You look the way I envisioned you. I'm so glad you decided to show yourself. I think it's nice to know who I'm talking to.

Love your photos too. I see you have that nice blurred background going :) Have a great day ♥ Tricia

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah! So nice to put a face with a name. You're such a pretty girl! I like the artsy photo... very Colorado :)

Congrats on your win! Such a gorgeous pillow!

The Shaker style cabinets are by far my favorite. I think they are keepers. Love the simple lines. Classic! I can't wait until warmer weather so we can paint our cabinets. Weeee...

Hope you're having a wonderful day, friend!

:) Michelle

Connie in Hartwood said...

Pleased to 'meet' you, too!

Shaker style ROCKS!! Timeless.

Your kitty sure likes your new cushion ... he/she sure looks like my Dorothy.

All of this talk about kitchen inspiration has me itching to get back to work on my own kitchen. I feel a tiling tutorial coming on.

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you Sarah! Maybe I should post a picture of me too.

Well we will see about that!

Cottage Dreamers said...

Great shots of your pretty cabinets! I love that style too!
☺ Celeste

Vanessa said...

I didn't know a movie star wrote this blog? :-) It is so great that you finally let us see your lovely face my friend. Matches your lovely spirit! New camera, new pillow, fabulous kitchen cabinets, you've got a lot of things to do the "happy" dance about these days!

Room Seventeen said...

Hi Sarah, nice to meet you! Make up?? You don't need any make up at all! You look lovely!

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Sarah!
I did a double
take when I saw
your comment on
P&H, as I'm a
recent subscriber
to your blog via
e-mail! So nice
to see your smiling
face and also to
see what wonderful
photos that you
are already churning
out with your new
camera ~ congrats!
Thank you for your
lovely comment and
it is nice to meet
you, too : )
xx Suzanne

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Miss Sarah~ So happy to see you on here and my goodness, you are just beautiful & You do look much like I pictured you~ very sweet and kind! :) Love your cupboard doors( can't wait to see the color inspirations for the kitchen) and the pillow is darling- I would be doing the happy dance too!! :) Hugs to you, Courtney

Luciane at said...


I'm joking.. OF COURSE! :-) But, hello, Mrs GORGEOUS! Seriously! You look like that w/out any make-up??? Lancome needs you, darling! I love your smile... your hair... your little nose! :-) Sooo cute! :-)

Ok.. I'll stop.. are you blushing yet! ;-)

It's soooo great to meet you, young lady!


Luciane at

Unknown said...

You are right shaker style doesnt date its one of our biggest sellers, especially cream/white again as you can change tiles, handles worktops further down the line if you wish to give your kitchen a makeover in the future & you are not limited to colour with a blank canvass like white. You can make a shaker door look both traditional or contemorary!

Alison Agnew said...

Nice to formally 'meet' you! And many congrats on the new camera...jealous!



Anonymous said...

It seems just about everbody got new camera for Christmas... well, everybody but me... lol! I can see what fun you're gonna have with it, Sarah... great pics, especially the one of you. Nice to meet ya! :)
Congrats on that fab pillow... lucky!
Have a wonderful day!
Jo :)

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Hi Lovely, and you are indeed lovely! Great pic.

Have you tried the lamb shanks recipe in Nigella Bites? We did it last week for some friends. V. yummy too! This week's new recipe is sea bass cooked with potatoes and saffron (Sophie Grigson's Fish). That's Friday's dinner.

Good luck with the new camera. We have a super duper camera which I can barely use. Must re-read the instructions some time.


Carla @ Hammers and High Heels said...

What a beautiful picture Sarah! Fun to put a face with the name I always see and recognize :) I love your cabinets too!

Claire Potter said...

I've been wondering what you look like for AGES!!!

(Actually, this picture doesn't do you justice! Clever photo though).


Nike said...


So nice to "meet" you (you-nice-lady-who-looks-lovely-without-makeup-on-darn-you!)

Congrats on the new camera and love how great your cabinets looks. Beautiful!

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Hi Love!!!
Yes, I am still alive...barely tho ;) We have been super busy with the remodeling of our new house - so no free time to chat and blog right now :( I just caught up with your posts and it looks like you will be busy soon too! I think designing the new kitchen is my favorite too - love all the inspiration! Miss ya sweetie....I will try to post soon!!


ps - YOU ARE A DOLL!!! :D

chris said...

So fun to see you! Congrats on the fancy pants camera. I adore shaker style...lucky duck.

Anne said...

Oh my gosh, I thought you were blogging about the golden globes and the first pic was a celeb, you are that pretty! Enjoy the camera and post lots of fun pics for us.

Catherine said...

Hey honey!!

Well I knew you were gorgeous on the inside, but wowsers, you sure do shine in AND out!!

I love your photos with the new camera! You were blessed with good bones for a start on your kitchen makeover. I am looking forward to the colour, because that beautiful sage grey green is just stunning!

Big hugs


Tina said...

Hello:) It is really lovely to 'meet' you Sarah, you gorgeous thing you! Such a beautiful pic, make-up or no make-up! I love your pics of your shaker doors, I think it's a great idea to keep them, they look fabulous....we have shaker doors on our kitchen cabintery too. Enjoy that new camera and have a fabulous Thursday, lovely lady ~ Tina xx

Mary Ann Pickett said...

That's how you look even without make-up?!!

I have Shaker cabinets, too (and I even put them in the kitchen before this one). Good choice. You might like my post on our kitchen remodel.
Mary Ann

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to see you sarah! You are gorgeous!!


WobiSobi said...

Yay!!!so Great to put a face with this blog.. you are Gorgeous. It appears you have become brave as well...So awesome!!!!

Olive said...

Fabulous to see your lovely face and you are pretty on the outside just like on the inside! We knew already. ♥O

Custom Comforts said...

Hey Sarah ~ so nice to see you! You're so very cute and look as delightful as you sound in your posts. Thanks for sharing your pic. I'm not ready to do that cause I'm so much older than you :)

Unknown said...

Hi pretty lady! Lovely to see you!
You look like you are getting the hang of your camera. I love your kitchen cabinets, I am going to go for a similar look when I get round to it!

Holly Lefevre said...

Wooo-whooo for the camera! And more woo-whoo's or getting to see you! I really feel it makes blogging even more personal to see the person behind the blog.

I do love yur kitchen and the choices you made. We kept all of our cabinet boxes when we redid ours and just bought new doors (we had to...they were plain flat plywood).

Unknown said...

Aw! Look how pretty you are, Sarah. Funny, I totally pictured you with dark brown hair for whatever reason. I guess when we're working without a photo, we kind of create a face. lol Yes. You can't go wrong with Shaker. Timeless. Looks like you're having so much fun with your camera. When I switched from a point & shoot to a D-SLR, it was like holding a brick so I feel for you. Can't wait to see how you shake things up in your kitchen! (Pun intended.)


Leah - The Inside Story said...

Hey Sarah,
When your picture came up on my blog list, I thought it was Sienna Miller. You're gorgeous! Nice to put a face to the blog. Have a lovely day. Leahxx

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Please visit my blog on Friday, I'm giving you an award. :)
Janell said...

It's so fun to see the blogger and you are one gorgeous lady. I'm looking forward to seeing your kitchen. I know what you mean about wanting cabinets that are classic. You really don't want to be too trendy, especially in the kitchen. It's fun following your kitchen remodel.

Unknown said...

I have awarded you with the stylish blogger award, stop by and pick it up :)

LindyLouMac said...

Ciao Sarah, All the best for 2011.
I am back at last catching up on all the posts I missed while I was away from computing. It was lovely to see a photo of you greeting me this afternoon, I look forward to continue being a part of your virtual blogging community this year.

Anonymous said...

Hi, nice to meet you!
And what kind of camera did you get from Santa?1?

It is making beautiful pictures!

have fun!

alison said...

Well, hello there! It's so very lovely to meet you.

Well, you are a bit of a mover and a ''shaker'' aren't you!! Go you, with the new camera. I need a newie too, must put it on my wish list!

So this is how you look with out makeup? If I were you I wouldn't ever bother wearing any. Gorgeous.

Alison x

michele said...

Sarah--for some reason the title of you post didn't tickle the membrane yesterday as it did today!


SHakEr tHaT THiNg is the best post title in blogland for the week and perhaps the month. brilliant!

now go celebrate and Shaker Your Groove Thing, mama.


Rachel Rose Mercantile said...

Smart,funny,an eye for wonderful detail,artistic.....beautiful..and an awesome xoxoxox

Unknown said...

Well I wish I looked that good without makeup ;) Simply gorgeous and a pleasure to finally 'see' you!

Nice to know I'm not the only one who's still coming to grips with a fancy camera! You are doing well, the pics look great.

Just to let you know, I followed your advice regarding inspiration pics and linked you in my blog... come see :)


Casa Très Chic said...

You're lovely and are perfect with the details.
Nice to meet you.
Don´t forget to take a look on my blog, I guess you'll like my post today.

sheri said...

First of all, you are too cute for words. Secondly, i'm very jealous that you are getting a handle on your camera. I've had mine for more than 4 mths and have not learned the darned thing yet. Always something more pressing...i mean read gets my attention. Love you blog always! PS.. love the shaker doors.

Natasha in Oz said...

A beautiful face to go with the beautiful and sweet person we already know! Thanks for a fabulous post and great to "meet" you!

Best wishes always,

Mel's Cabin said...

Hello from Nashville! You are next to me in Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home and I thought I'd stop by for a visit with you across the pond. I'm envious of you and your camera JOY!! It takes clear, Amazing photos. You'll enjoy your new toy for sure!
Stop by and visit me at Mel's Cabin sometime when you are in the's on...

Megan Gunyan said...

Nice to meet you! You look adorable and very nice. :) Your kitchen is awesome (from previous blog posts and now). How do you get so many comments, girlie? ;)

Magali said...

It was really nice to see your picture. Now I can see that we are not only shaker-style-kitchen sisters... We kind of look alike, seriously... Except I wish I looked that good without make-up... Somehow, that picture of you reminded me of Jane Austen's characters, exactly it reminded me of the actress who played Jane in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice.
I'm looking forward to reading your next post...

Vanessa said...

Hey lady! I'm glad you linked this one up because then I got to see your lovely face again! Does that sound weird? I'm typing this while under the influence of cold medication so I can't be held responsible for what I say. :-) I really am so glad that you linked this up to the party and you can tell just how much you are loved here in blogland by the CRAZY number of comments you have here!
Have a great weekend my friend. I'm off to see your newest post!

Sandy said...

Pretty cabinetry even prettier blog hostess. Honey, you don't need makeup that smile illumines your face and that is all you need. Trust this wise old owl to know!

Debra@CommonGround said...

You're a natural English beauty dear Sarah. so glad to have a "face" on your blog. Your cabinets are lovely, shaker is such a wonderful style. Love those clear crisp photos, thanks for linking up with VIF.

A Room For Everyone said...

Like everyone else has said - you are gorgeous! You must have beent told this before - you look very much like Claire Danes, in that photo at least! And your cabinets are perfect, can't go past shaker. Rachaelxx

Le said...

and what a lovely face it is too - a natural beauty :) pleased to make your aquaintance :) le xox

ps fab cupboards too

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You are stunning and I love all of your pics. Gorgeous cabinets. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

Hi! I'm Pat, new to your blog. Love your writing style. I felt as if we were conversing back and forth!
Adore your cabinets, but will have to read some of your older posts to figure out what's been happening! HA!
I have a cat, Maurice, so I understand getting something new and the cat claiming the item as theirs!
Dear One, no need to be concerned with make~up, you have lovely skin and features!

Monica said...

Niiice to meet you, Sarah! You're beautiful as I had imagined! Your words are always so uplifting. And LOOOVE your home makeovers! Can't wait to see more.
Monica x.

2k media said...

Here are the FURNITURE known for their simplistics lifestyles... ‘ Shaker style furniture .

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