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Friday, February 10, 2017

I've Been Playing ...

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Happy Friday, friends!

Did you get snow this week?  I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the amount of snow we have NOT gotten this year!  We usually have at least one big snowfall, but, alas, Mother Nature seems to have had other plans for us this year.  So, knowing that ... bring on Spring!

I wanted to share what I've been messing around with over the last week ...

Remember the new (to us) pew I wrote about (HERE), well, I was thrilled to have spotted this awesome tobacco basket at Hobby Lobby!  I knew exactly where it would go as soon as I brought it home!


With the black accents I added to the newly added shelves above the pew, I wanted to bring in a bit more of that shade somewhere else in our foyer, so, I brought out these frames I totally forgot I had and mounted them above our French chairs:


I also added a little heart garland to the buffet ... I can't believe how little I did for Valentine's Day this year!  Aside from that seasonal garland, and a little bit more I did here in our sitting room (and great room), I get a big ol' "F!" 


In our kitchen, I finally painted a little bench I scooped up awhile ago and tossed a few pillows onto it:


In our sunroom, I replaced our coffee table with these lower footstools ... brought our clock back in ... and added a bit of gray:


Back in our great room, I was so happy to have finally found an old door to plop in this lonely corner!  I then layered a pretty church print (Kirkland's) over it and styled a little vignette on this accent piece that used to be in our sitting room:


Lastly, on a cold and rainy day, I made this book page wreath, along with a book page heart garland.  I was feeling crafty!


Of course, since I snapped these pics, things have changed ... yet again!  ha!

I hope you'll stop back by soon to see "those" changes!

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

A New Addition To Our Foyer ...

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Happy Monday!

Today I'm sharing a new addition to our foyer!  But, first, I thought I'd step back in time a bit to see where we started 2 1/2 years ago.

Here we are (photo courtesy of Hour Homes) ... right before we moved in ... a nice, blank slate.  While I loved the soaring ceiling and expansive wall space, I didn't want your eye to get lost traveling up those empty, expansive walls.  So, my goal was to draw your eye down and to the back wall ...


However, first, we widened the wall to our sitting room and added columns.  Then, I got busy placing pieces from our last home so it looked like this:


I loved having this secretary back there, but, after awhile, I decided it was just a bit too narrow for the space ... so, eventually, it found its way into our sitting room.

In its place, I slid over the wider accent chest from a neighboring wall.  I liked it, but it still wasn't the focal wall I envisioned.


That's when I knew it needed something fun ... and adding stripes might do just that (I hoped)!  It was quite the project for someone who can't draw, much less measure or paint, a straight line ... but we love them!  The stripes really helped to accomplish my goal of your eye going to the back wall instead of getting *lost* on our two story walls.


Buuuuut, after time, something bothered me a bit ... there were three tables (one is around the corner to the left) in our foyer ... it needed something different!  THAT's when I knew a church bench was just what this space wanted!  So, after months of looking on Craigslist, the perfect one finally appeared last weekend and off my hubby went on an almost four hour drive (round trip) to get it for me ... love him!

Here it is!


I love it and couldn't wait to smother it with pillows!



After staring at it for a bit, I knew that it needed a couple of simple shelves above to balance it a bit.  A quick trip to IKEA and Lowe's took care of that:


I filled the shelves with things that I already had on hand ...




I can't wait to add seasonal goodies and colors throughout the year to our new (hopefully, welcoming) spot!

Just a little last step back in time to the before, before, before, before ...


And our AFTER!



Our homes are always evolving, aren't they?  Hmmmm, what's next?

Thanks for visiting,

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Friday, January 20, 2017

A Bit of a Winter Look ...

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Happy Friday, friends!

Welp, it's been a month since I last blogged ... eek!  Every year, I promise myself I'm going to do better ... and, every year, I don't!  LOL

Anyway, before I start to transition our home to welcome Spring, I wanted to share a few snaps from our Winter decor.

In our great room, the mantel it ready to welcome snow! I gave our vintage wooden sled a little makeover by treating it to a nice coat of white paint so that it would "tie in" better! (The things we do in the name of decorating, right?)  Hopefully, we'll be treated to lots of snowflakes soon!


I don't know about you, but I LOVE pillows ... lots and LOTS of pillows, especially in the Winter when we're trying to make our homes nice and cozy!  Who cares if there isn't any room to sit down, right?!  ;)


In this house, we have no problem just tossing them off of the furniture to make room for lots of lounging!  Speaking of that, this is a favorite place of mine in this room ... by the fire, with a cup o' something warm and curled up with a good decorating book!


In our sunroom, I went for a true Winter white look!  I know that many folks aren't into this color palette (or lack thereof) since it can be considered a bit stark, but since this room gets so much sunlight, the more white, the better!  Our paper stars from IKEA are still in the window ... wish I could just keep them up all year!


In our neighboring kitchen, I kept these *Wintery,* glittery branches out for a bit and paired them with a simple apothecary jar, filled with wine corks from bottles I never enjoyed!  (Admittedly, I'm more of a beer gal, but I just don't think that beer bottle tops would look "quite" as pretty!)


Over in our foyer, faux shed antlers came on over to hang out with more *Wintery* branches.  They'll soon be replaced with welcoming pineapples.  With snow not in the forecast, I'm ready for Spring!


And, lastly, in our dining room, I've kept it a bit neutral ... added more slipcovered chairs from IKEA, along with their wicker chairs, which I placed below our shelves.  Not exactly a Winter look, buuuut ....


I hope your homes are Winter cozy, depending where your live.  Although, I'm jealous of those of you who live in warmer climates right about now!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Our 2016 Christmas Tour, Part Two ...

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Happy Tuesday!  Can you believe we're now only FIVE days away from Christmas?!  Yep, my holiday stress is in full swing as I have yet to finish wrapping, much less shopping!  Help!

Before I get "too" crazy, I wanted to share part two of our Christmas tour (if you missed part one (full of traditional holiday colors), and would like to see it, feel free to click HERE)!   

Come on into our dining room ... our "Winter Wonderland."  I decorated this room with lots of silver, white, gold and soft blue accents. 


And, rather than fill this post with lots of words, I'm loading you up with lots of pictures, instead.











Here in our great room, I kept the wintery theme going a bit with more white, gray and silver, but also added a few "natural" pieces, along with little peeks of red.









Oh, how I love the lights as the sun goes down.


If you turn around, you'll see our kitchen, where classic holiday red has returned. 


Anyone care for a fake cookie or two?  They're easy on the hips, I promise!









For a little change, I recently turned our kitchen table to line up with our island ... I think I just might keep it this way for awhile.



Who's ready for a cup of hot cocoa? 


Finally, up here in our bedroom, I think I'd like to just crawl back into bed, when I "should" be getting ready for Sunday!  Is that okay?


Well, friends, thank you so much for visiting our holiday home ... I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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