Style Scouting: Vol. 81

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online.

Over the last few days, I have been helping my daughter Mandy add her style to her kitchen. You may remember me sharing that she bought her first house back in the fall.

She has made a few big changes to the exterior so far and as her budget allows, she is making the house her own with many great finds from the local Habitat for Humanity store in Charlottesville.

When Ed and I visit her, I always enjoy taking a stroll around the 2 story store and find so many things I would love to use in my house, but have no way to get them home to SC. :-(

On the trip this week, we found trim molding to use in the kitchen to create some interest – enough to go around the room for $29.

Here is a wide angle shot of Mandy’s kitchen before we began to paint. The walls and ceiling had a gloss antique white paint on them that was way too shiny.

So far the ceiling is done in a flat white and we are working on the wall paint today.

Once we get the room painted and the trim installed, I will share more as she slowly makes the rest of the changes she wants – like adding a center island, window treatments, new floor and more.

Now onto…

Posts You May Have Missed This Week:


I like the walls in this kitchen.

This remodel.

A bright and cheery farmhouse – There is no heat or air conditioning, no dishwasher, no washer and dryer, no TV.


I want to do this on my kitchen counters, but I probably should start with something small to get the technique down.

A creative way to use a book.

A very unique and colorful wreath.


Tea and…. these – yum!

This looks delish!!

Out & About

Have you heard of blates. I use one everyday at lunch to eat my salad.

A great price for this that can be used in any room.

Fun & Interesting

Have you heard any of these one liners? Some are very funny. :-)

Something to Think About

We have been thinking about happiness all wrong – try reversing.

Perfection vs Reality

Finding beauty in the broken.

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  1. Doris Paciello says:

    ‘Can’t wait to see what you do! I like her cart next to the fridge. It helps the stove not to look lonely and disconnected, Yes, I would love to see color on the walls so it will soften the look of the wood cabinets. I am wondering what color you will choose. The floors definitely fight with the woodgrain and competes for attention and your floor change is going to make a great difference! I can’t wait to see what you put there. What a brilliant idea adding the island! It’s going to look awesome. She is lucky to have you.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Doris – I agree the cart really does help the standalone oven not look so disconnected. :-) The house had been a rental for years so when my daughter bought it, it had just basics. She has a very limited budget so it is going to take time for her to get it to her liking. We got the ceiling and walls painted and some trim up, but Ed and I had to get back home. So on our next trip (7 hours) to see her we will finish up the walls. Then onto the next thing. The biggest change in the kitchen is that the door in the kitchen that goes to the backyard was a solid door. When she first moved in, Ed put in a glass French door to give the kitchen more light. Doing this made the kitchen look so much better. I will post more as we finish the projects, but it could be awhile.

  2. Very rough week. I took a hard fall and broke my arm. Took another fall today in the shower. So glad it sounds like your week is going better than mind.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – So sorry to hear that you fell and broke your arm and then fell again. :-( As the saying goes…. when it rains it pours. I hope you are able to get comfy and relax as your arm heals. Thinking about you and sending good vibes your way.

  3. Diane,
    I always enjoy your Style Scouting posts, but this one especially! Great finds and thanks for the one liners… they literally made me LOL😂

  4. Donna Marie says:

    If you could paint those cabinets a gray, that would be nice!!!