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Showing posts with label Welcome to My Home Series. Show all posts
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Little did I know ....

How pretty my table runner made out of brown craft paper here would look on this years thanksgiving table.


Or how the 'fancy' gold chargers that I bought 15 years ago when I hosted my in laws for the the first thanksgiving dinner....only to find out they were really were more like chinette paper plate people, could look pretty darn good with my everyday white dishes with mismatched plates on top.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dresser Makeover....and how I saved $1,143

Oh, how I loved it when gas was $1.50 ( BTW last time was Nov,2008), a good Buy One Get One Sale, which I always seem to spend more then I normally would have,  clipping coupons that I remember to bring with me to the grocery store instead of the bottom of my handbag, using my Kohl's bucks before they expire and....... when I don't have to spend $1,143 on furniture. 

The savings story began when we were working on Lily's bedroom makeover and my husband suggested we look for a dresser and nightstand that were bigger then what she had in her room and something that she could use for a long time. She was actually 'borrowing' the guest room dresser for the last few years and I knew that she would eventually outgrow it...she is a girl after all.




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lily's 'Pink' Bedroom Reveal

I think this makeover that I did in Lily's bedroom, was probably the best project that I have worked on this year....so far. Sure there was the kitchen makeover here that I absolutely love, but there is just something about this room that makes me and my Lily smile....a lot.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Lake House Tour

7 years ago, I had the pleasure of working with the builder and the home owner on this beautiful lake house in Eastern Tennessee. You can read more about that here.  The house sits right on a lake tucked back in a cove with views of the mountains. Most of the year, you get the best of both views, except for the winter when they send most of the water downstream. 



It's a log house exterior that also uses a lot of wood and stone in the interior, and all from the local area. And as painstakingly slow as the builder was to finish the house, the results are nothing short of spectacular. If you missed the first part of the tour you can click here.


Monday, October 06, 2014

Lake House Living....Outdoor Tour

On a beautiful pristine lake in the quite mountains of Tennessee, around the corner and tucked back in a cove, you will find a lake house where the outdoor spaces are just as beautiful as the indoor spaces. 






Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Tour....Indoors


Just as the autumn leaves will soon be flying around every where outside, there's a little bit of fallacious going on once you come inside these doors.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Entry Way...and New Gallery Wall


Well, after approximately 237 nail holes ( I officially stopped counting after 100 so it could be more then that), 12 bogo frames from Michael's and a botanical book that I got here .....I have a botanical gallery wall in the front entry that I have been wanting to create for some time now.


Monday, September 08, 2014

How To Love Your Garage Again

I wasn't sure if I was going to share this today....in fear of being judged. I mean seriously who paints graffiti on their own garage walls....although I will admit the sentiment that my husband painted with our initials is so sweet. But still....who does that!
FYI-  We aren't really graffiti artists. We used some of the garage in late winter to paint the kitchen cabinets, and the walls were used to test the paint sprayer, knowing that we would be painting them down the road.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Living Room

You should know....  I am not a very fancy person.... although once upon a time many years ago and certainly before kids, I may have been or pretended to be. In fact, I am the complete opposite of fancy. I can't remember the last time I put on a gown ..... my wedding? I have never pressed table or bed linens ....who's got time for that anyways and I prefer using whatever fork I pick up for my salad and main course...and it's usually the same one.





Monday, July 07, 2014

Everyone needs a little green table...... and a giveaway from Glidden


When it comes to decorating, my family is very easy and cooperative. And up until now, they have left most of the decorating and color choices ....... along with the household cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping, all to me.. Lovely bunch they are. 




But when it came time to make some changes to Lily's room, I wanted more than that. I wanted input. I wanted others to share in the decisions. I wanted her to love the choices that were being made..... after all, it is her room.  So I gave her full decision making rights on her little bedside table. We are starting small and working our way up. I thought a pop of color against the pink in the room, would be perfect complement to the room.


So with the wall paper sample in our hands, we headed to  The Home Depot to check out colors choices. After some mild "coaching" on why purple may not be the best choice, we found ourselves considering a few shades of green from the Glidden® color palette. Glidden makes it really easy to choose colors with their "simplified palette, which is especially important if choosing colors and making these decisions are new to you.  After an ice cream sundae meeting at the Dairy Queen, we had a winner. New Grass Green. See sample here.


So we took the table ( which was a table I had previously used in my living room), which lacked a bit of 'little girl personality' and covered it with 2 coats of Glidden Premium Interior latex paint that I purchased at my local Home Depot. She helped with a few strokes and left the rest to mom. This is after one coat of paint.


Immediately, I could see how proud she was of "her" color decision and how that little green table will act as a symbol for years to come, and provide her the confidence to make other decisions in her life. 


I only wish every decision was going to be this easy. Speaking of easy and a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card,  leave me a comment below telling me what piece of furniture you have painted...or will paint, that provides inspiration for you.  Be sure to leave your email ( if I don't have it or you show up as a no reply) so there is a way to notify you if you are the lucky winner!

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Keeping Room Changes

I never realized how painting the kitchen white, click here if you missed the reveal, would allow me to have so much fun infusing the space with all kinds of color.




I mean really, having my hot tea each morning reading my daily devotionals and surrounded by aqua blue and charteruse green just wasn't even in the plan....until I spotted this fun 
indoor /outdoor rug from here. Love. 


Truth is, this rug takes me out of my otherwise 'predictable' comfort zone. I think the hot pink rug that I put in the craft room here, gave me the gentle push to start having some fun with colorful rugs and pillows. More like who I think I am. Ha.


I bought these curtain panels from Ikea months ago for the breakfast room and thought I would continue the steady stream of aqua on the windows. Still working through if I want to have the long panels in this space or use the panels to have some shades made.
Speaking of Ikea, would you believe I purchased these chairs about ~20 years ago when I lived in Houston. They are as good as new, all these years later.



I picked up the fun green pillows from Hobby Lobby for less then what it cost me for lunch.  Ready for this.... $4.79. Seriously. 
The blue pillows came from World Market... for the cost of dinner.


My beloved yard sale find table that I first shared here a few years ago, got a couple of coats of Nimbus Grey, which is the same color as the kitchen Island. And the pretty hydrangeas, courtesy of my garden.


Who knows, maybe the vibe of this room will last as long as those IKEA chairs, or I will just move on to some new colors....... cause that's just what us fun and colorful gals do. 

What colors are you having fun with in your home these days?

I'll be taking a little break for the next few days to spend time with my family. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 
Happy 4th of July to all of my readers who will be celebrating our nations independence tomorrow. Be safe and have fun.
Talk to you next week!



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Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Breakfast Room

It was about 6 years ago.




I remember the conversation between my husband and I, like it was yesterday. I was fairly to the point. He was watching TV and the conversation went something like this.......

"Honey, ummm..... I have been thinking, (in which he rolls his eyes) Why don't we turn the family room into the breakfast room."
I felt like I needed some distance between the cartoons, and hubby's shows while in the kitchen cooking, monitoring homework or just enjoying a quiet moment.


Needless to say, the conversation turned out a lot better then I thought it would.
One of the best decisions we ever could have made for our home...and kitchen. You can read more about the transition from family room to breakfast room here.


It's not like I am flip floppin rooms in my house on a regular basis, in fact this is the only one that has seen such a dramatic change in it's purpose. The reason....this table. 


The original plan that we created when we built our home was centered around this table, however the architect was a just a tad bit off with the measurements on the day he was working on that room ....and it didn't fit. Eventually, that room transitioned into my keeping room. Win win for me.



With no place to put an almost 8 foot table, we put it up in my husbands office,  and I got a smaller replacement table ( which is now in this room ) and we continued to eat our cereal each morning happily ...until that day 6 years ago and that conversation. 


Eating cheerios, has not been the same ever since. We still enjoy eating them......  only much better. And these days, much better since we moved the original 8 foot table back into this space, just like it was meant ...... all along.

Have you had an major room flips in your home?


PS- To see our recently transformed kitchen click here.




grateful~
what i didn't know then, i do now



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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Porch 2014...5 things every Southern porch should have

Welcome to one of the most popular hangouts at my house....The Front Porch. 
The other.....The back porch. My typical summer rant "out front, out back, in or out"
From Friday night date nights, to afternoon chit chats with friends......this is the place to be. Where all the cool people hang.






I have rounded up my list of 5 things every southern summer porch should have.....although all other porch loving friends regardless of where you live, should take note.

1. Comfy seating paired with pillows. This year I bought some cute striped covers from here  (they were super inexpensive) to mix in with my already paisley cushions and pillows. Since this porch is covered, I buy indoor fabric and spray with scotch guard to protect from the elements, dogs and kids. Don't want your guests sitting on something nasty.


2.  Something to drink. From sweet tea to cold water with lemon, to homemade moonshine...okay , not really about the moonshine, please have a cold beverage for your guests to sip on.  This is a must, especially when its hot outside.


3. Ferns, and lot's of them. It's like the staple for the Southern porch. Ferns are the easiest, fullest and inexpensive porch plant to have. I buy them as annuals at the beginning of the season and they will hang in there until the first cold snap. I have Boston ferns on my front porch.


4. Color. Mix in a favorite color or two for your containers, flowers and accessories. I sprayed the containers and monogram yellow and then added some yellow lantana in with my Eugenia Toparies. These Eungenia's are so easy to grow and make a great statement by the front door. 


5.  Conversation, laughter and fun. No restriction to how much, time of day and how often. Although, the more the merrier......especially after a few shots of that moonshine.


So, where are you hangin out this summer?

Regardless of where you are sitting or where you will be, I hope you will enjoy the Summer time. Come back anytime...you know where I will be! To see last years summer porch, click here.


I hope you will visit my other Southern Pals for more Outdoor Living Ideas.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Finished Kitchen....Sorta

Kinda of... Sort of..... well almost.
 See, the last minute window addition is not completed yet but if I waited to show you everything completely finished..... well it may just be Christmas.
So, after many months of contemplating whether to paint the cabinets ( after 11 years it was time to address the wear and tear), researching how to paint them, choosing paint colors, painting the back splash, sanding every square inch, priming every square inch, and painting the cabinets, I am thrilled to share our "brighter" kitchen.







Friday, April 18, 2014

Breezeway Changes Over 11 years

If there is one room in my house that needs more maintenance and updating then my hair color...... it's my breezeway. 


This room sees more foot traffic then any other space in the house. Nestled between the garage and the house, it's primary purpose is to greet you when you don't come to the front door.
So with that in mind, clutter, mounds of tennis shoes, and red Georgia clay are things that I prefer you not see when you come to visit.




Here's a few shots of the space during the last 11 years. Hopscotch anyone? Top left picture was the day we moved in. Right picture was this past Christmas. Everything else was the years in between.

I am excited about a few changes that I am about to wrap up in this space, that I think may just hold me over for the next 11 years. 


The best part, I am making the changes for next to nothing in cost, some rugs and a gallon of paint........and I can get my hair done more regularly now!

Do you have that room in your home that constantly gets the update?

I hope you have a lovely and blessed Easter. Candy, eggs, family and all that it is suppose be on this special day.





 Grateful
 my heart is grateful for you.




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Office Reveal

Well now that my hubby's office is finished....productivity is up this week, phone calls are getting returned, emails are getting answered and my husband is making it into his office chair each day...safely with no risk of injury.





Which was not so easy a few months ago before I decided to clear the craft room clutter and give him a safe environment in which to work in. OSHA would be happy that I am complying to standards.

This is the room when we got started. You can catch up here.
A lot of this is the craft room crap pushed to his side since we worked on both spaces simultaneously.


And this is how the space looks now.



The plan, we put a wall up, we painted the walls, painted his desk, got a new rug,  added some curtains and threw a couple of pillows on the couch

First thing was to create a wall between the two spaces. At this very moment I imagine my husband was thinking "You stay on your side and I will stay on mine". Ha...I don't blame him.





Paint the walls. I chose SW white for the top and ceiling and SW Mindful Grey for the bead board.




The table, that use to serve as my craft table and was once my sisters kitchen table 25 years ago, got freshened up and is now my husbands work desk. I sanded the top down and added 2 coats of the Mindful Grey. His old desk is now my kitchen table. You can read about that here. It's a love story. Really it is.



Since this room gets a lot of sun during the afternoon I chose a dark pewter color velvet like cotton fabric for the curtains.


The rug is indoor/outdoor from Home Decorators Collection. The Stools are from Pier One (purchased a few years ago) and I freshened them up with a couple coats of paint.


The couch/futon we have had for several years. I added some grey and jute trimmed pillows and a grey throw from PB to make it more cozy for lunch time naps. I made the pattern pillows.  The light is from IKEA and the guitar in the corner.... my husband has had it since he was a teenager. 



It is such a great space and 'we' love how it turned out.  Now, I even like coming up to his office and watching him work.... but not for too long. I would hate to be in the way of productivity.




PS- And for those of you wondering, the craft room is DONE. Can I get a  'yay baby'.  Here's a peek of the space and also what my husband walks through everyday to get to his side. I will share next week.




Grateful
That we finished this project and my husband has a
 great space to work in each day






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