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Monday, July 25, 2016

Our Coastal Sitting Room ...

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Hi friends!

It escapes me how fast this Summer is going by!  I feel like pumpkins will be replacing our seashells before we know it!


So before that happens, I wanted to share our little "coastal" sitting room, which is the first room you see when you walk through the front door.

I've changed this room around more than I care to admit ... just last week a love seat was parked in front of the windows.  Now, it's been replaced by an accent piece that was in our sunroom, along with two Ektorp chairs that used to be in our sunroom, too.


We had this 4 chair configuration in here for awhile, and I really liked it, soooo I shouldn't be surprised it has made a return appearance!


I left the vintage secretary in its spot and surrounded it with cute shore bird prints from Home Goods.


Our little faux fireplace in its coastal *attire* is making me yearn for the beach!


I'm more than ready to stick my toes in the sand ...


and take the traditional walks on the beach to gather pretty seashells.


"One" of these days, I'd love to put a chunky buffet here with a wall gallery above ... for now, our vintage secretary seems to fill the space.  


Whenever I look at our ship, I always think of the song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross ... nothing like the calming ocean.


Summer, please don't go by too fast! Although, with this crazy heat, is it wrong to admit that I'm "just" about ready for Fall?


Thanks so much for stopping by ... have a great week!



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Friday, July 8, 2016

Our Summer Kitchen

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Happy Friday!

I can't believe that the 4th of July has come and gone ... Summer is flying by this year!


Maybe that's why I only did a tiny bit of Summer decorating here in our kitchen ... 


like adding this pretty faux lavender bunch from Hobby Lobby ... I thought it'd be a nice bit of color for our otherwise white and neutral space.



To keep our shelves on each side of our kitchen pretty *Summery* simple, I recently added inexpensive wire and cloth baskets (Home Goods) to the middle shelves ... easy fillers that require no thought (I like that)!


This cute little "pie" sign made its way over here from behind the stove.  If only I were a fabulous baker, whipping up a Summer apple pie!  Oh well ....


These glass canisters have been a staple in our kitchen for years ... they're just so easy to fill with whatever suits your cooking, baking or even decor needs!


The cute antique silver sentiment salt and pepper shakers have found their way around the kitchen, with them most recently landing here by a glass lamp (Target).


And for anyone who is curious, I'm still soooo glad we painted our cabinets white (and took down cabinets and added shelves)!  This time of year, they're bright and *Summery,* and in the colder months they're a great backdrop for seasonal color and goodies!



Over in this little corner, IKEA came to the rescue when I found this inexpensive shelving unit there ... a great lil' piece until we find just the right corner cabinet.  The basket on the middle shelf is the rattan twin to these comfy IKEA chairs.


"Mooooo!"


This is the view that greets us each morning when we walk in through the dining room ... bright Summer sun!


I was so excited to find this sweet boxwood wreath from a fun (and dangerous) local shop called "Simply Beautiful Spaces."  I nailed the ribbon to the wall and then layered the wreath over the otherwise plain chicken wire/burlap.  I "might" have to go buy another wreath since I love it so much!


And, well, it's no secret that I like to play "musical chairs" in here ... right now, the current players are these comfy rattan chairs paired with white simple cross back chairs (both from IKEA). 


And even though I'm not rushing Summer, it's hard to believe that, pretty soon, pumpkins and leaves will be arriving!  Can you believe it?

Have a great weekend,

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our Patriotic Great Room ...

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Greetings, friends!

Here we are ... just a few days before July 4th!  

I wanted to share our simple patriotic great room before the day of celebration comes and goes.  


While I know that many aren't fans of white furniture, I absolutely love it (especially this time of year when it's the perfect backdrop for red and blue)!

On our mantel, a simple oversized star takes center stage above a cute patriotic garland I found at Target.


I dug into our Christmas bins to grab a few small Christmas balls for the topiaries, along with the red tiny beads to fill the vase and add more seasonal color!


Over on our sofa, a festive flag pillow dresses it up ... it's all about easy and inexpensive decorating!


Our Christmas stash was visited again so that I could bring out our red and white checked pillow covers.


How cute is this wooden "flag" that I found at a fabulous local shop "Simply Beautiful Spaces?"


Over by the window, it took all of two seconds to tuck in flags I had on hand into this arrangement.  



Christmas decor came out to play again with me propping this red star here in the corner.  What's that saying?  Christmas in July?


Besides its patriotic nod to all things Americana, there's just something so "Summer-y" about our good ol' red, white and blue, isn't there?  I might have to leave it up a bit longer after the weekend's celebration!


Thanks for visiting ... Happy 4th!!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Our Dining Room Today ...

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Happy Thursday, friends!

In a past post, I shared our dining room and mentioned how we never eat dinner in here, and that we needed to change that.  Well, guess what (?!) ... we still have yet to change that!  Poor room.

I "did," however, change a few things ... 


like the paint color.  We had it painted Sherwin Williams' Perfect Greige before we moved in ... but then, recently, I decided to lighten it up and paint it Ben Moore's Manchester Tan like the rest of the rooms on our main floor.


Over on our buffet, which used to have more of a cream distressed look, I added a couple of coats of Ben Moore's White Dove.  I then painted the top, too (which had a mahogany stain) White Dove, as well, and then added a dry brush coat of an almond color.  



Our "once gold" mirror felt the wrath of my paint brush, too!



Admittedly, it's only a matter of time before our dark stained dining table top gets painted, too.  For now, an oversized wicker tray, filled with a few white pieces, is guarding it from my paint brush.


Another little project in here included adding picture frame molding below the chair rail ...


Maybe one of these days, I'll actually finish that project over on this side of the room. 


Hopefully, our little plate wall and mirrored buffet distract from my lazy, unfinished job!


A few months ago, I scored this cute corner buffet on Craigslist.


I love the chicken wire the seller added.  And, well, no surprise that I painted it Ben Moore's White Dove, as well.



The only other change I'd love to add in here is a different chandelier ... hmmm, maybe "then" we'll start eating in here!


Thanks so much for stopping by,

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A New Arrangement for our Great Room ....

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You know that saying ... one thing leads to another?  Well in this house (as I'm sure in many of yours), once I move one little thing, that leads to lots more destruction.

Latest victim ... our great room.  We've pretty much had the same arrangement since we moved in two years ago.  Soooo, yesterday, I thought I'd give it a new look.
  

Over here, where the sofa used to be, I moved these two chairs in from our dining room to frame the accent table ... extra seating never hurts!


I hope to have chair skirts made from the Berta Rupta fabric that I've just casually tossed on the chairs for now.


Blue and white accents seem to be taking over in here, too. 

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Our IKEA Ektorp chairs, which used to be to the right (in front of the bookshelves) now flank our fireplace.  I tried to create a cozy, little conversation area, setting them across from the sofa. 


Soon a bit of patriotism will make its way onto the mantel.  


For now, it's pretty simple with cute topiaries from IKEA and blue and white candle holders from And That.  


I did a little bit of rearranging over on the bookcases, too ...





Keeping with the blue and white theme, I brought in our "home" pillow (from Home Goods) for a crisp Summer look, pairing it with simple denim pillows (from IKEA).  Off in the distance is a little wall gallery that needs tweaking, and a floor lamp that needs a nice new coat of paint.


It's nice to not see the sofa not blocking the window for a bit!


Annnnd, speaking of our sofa ... to give the back of it a little visual interest, I slid this bench on over from our kitchen table.  Decorative books give it a little color and purpose if you want to take a seat and read a bit.  ;)



So, there it is ... a new arrangement.  It might last a day, a week or, who knows, maybe the next two years.


Thanks so much for stopping by,

I'm partying over at Savvy Southern Style/WUW

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