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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Our Sunroom Today ...

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Happy Thursday, friends!

Can you believe it's already Memorial Day weekend ... hope you have nice plans in store.

Ya' know ... our little sunroom has seen too many arrangements to count in the short 2 1/2 years we've lived here.  I'm afraid it's always going to suffer from a permanent identity crisis. 

One thing that hasn't changed though is the fact that there's something about this space that sucks me in ... to either hop on my computer ... take a snooze ... or visit with family/friends.  These days, maybe it's the Ektorp chairs that we added in here that call my name (they used to be part of the 4 chair "configuration" in our front sitting room, but I broke them up ... oops).

Once I brought in the chairs, I then added the little accent chest (that I had moved back into the dining room after Christmas). I then replaced our beige/white checked curtains with these simple white ones. I know many will say it's way too much white, but, these days, I can't get enough of it ... it's calming.   At least our walls are painted Palladian Blue (for now) which gives a bit of contrast.

It's nice to pull out these cute footstools when you need extra seating OR you want to kick up your feet (which tends to happen a lot in here).

Nothing like faux roses from Home Goods to add a bit of *life* to the space, right? 

I also scooped up a few fun French prints from IKEA not too long ago ... they're a nice filler for these walls and were super inexpensive, too!

This coastal print has made its way around our house, now landing here.  It's nice to stare off into it, pretending we're near the ocean again ... if only it were real!

While I've changed the look in here time and time again, I have an idea (well, make that two!) for this space that will be a bit more permanent ... just have to talk my hubby into it. **Fingers crossed!**

As always, thanks so much for stopping by,
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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Sun is Finally Out ...

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Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend was wonderful!  After 15 days of rain, we finally welcomed the sun, and I couldn't be happier!  Sooo, I thought I'd just share a few snaps around the house with the sun shining!

I'm trying a new arrangement here in the great room and recently added a few blue and white pieces:

Our sunroom gets lots of sun in the morning ... blue skies in the background are a welcomed sight, for sure!  I have plans for this space once I either 1) master the tutorials I've watched and talk my husband into us "going for it!" orrrr 2) we hire someone to make my vision come to life!  We shall see ...

Our foyer doesn't have a "gray skies" overcast anymore, thank goodness!  I've played around with the vignette, adding a cute ceramic pineapple ... here to greet and "welcome" guests.

Nothing says Spring and sun like fake lavender, right?  If only I had a green thumb!

Our dining room also enjoys lots of morning sunshine ... I think if this room could smile this morning it would!  I've also recently added blue and white in here, as well.  There is just something so crisp about that color combo ... so *Spring-y* and refreshing!

While you're here, I "have" to share the beautiful gift from my husband that we got on Mother's Day ... this comfy Ektorp loveseat that we added here in our sitting room.  He sure knows the way to my "decorating heart!"  When we were having our days of rain this past week, I added this "happy" yellow pillow to help remind us of the sun!

I will say, though, that while we missed the sun tremendously, our grass and birds were thrilled to have it around for so long!  Now, I can finally plant some flowers and pay attention to the outside just a bit!

I hope it's beautiful where you are today!  

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Softer Look in the Sitting Room ...

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Good morning, friends!

When I last shared our sitting room, it looked like this ...

I loved the black and white curtains when I added them last Fall, but, since the warmer months are now upon us (yay!), I decided to soften the look in here just a bit by making a few changes.

The best news is that I didn't have to spend a dime!  We're all about "free decorating" around here!

First, I traded the black and white curtains for beige and white ones in the same pattern.  But, instead of having two panels like before, I decided to hang two more to add to the "softness."  I also added these pillows that were hiding in the storage room.

A faux floral bunch, lantern and orbs dress up our glass coffee table ... 

Of course, I had to add one of my favorite faux plants from IKEA ... they have the best selection that is super reasonable!

Over on our mantel, I gave our mirror a new look with a bit of leftover duck egg chalk paint.

I painted the lamp, too!  Yes, my paint brush got a little unexpected workout.

Soon, I'll give it a coastal look by bringing in more shells, birds and seagrass ...

Now, if I could just actually GO to the coast!  Time for a road trip!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Bit of Spring in our Home ...

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Greetings, friends!

How can it be Easter already?!  

I wanted to share a few snippets of Spring around our home ... like here in our great room.

Pretty topiaries from IKEA helped frame our simple Easter mantel, along with a cute wreath from Home Goods that I had on hand.

Of course, I had to bring back our little "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" bunnies.

In our kitchen, another set of bunnies hopped up onto our island.

Their friends found an open spot on our foyer accent chest.

They're sharing space with this cute bunny family who landed on the buffet that we recently added here in the foyer.

In our sitting room, our black/white colors, mixed with navy blue, still allow for a bit of Spring, too! 

I should've layered a cute wreath over our mirror, but time got away from me ... this little inexpensive "flat" bunny will have to do!  I'll soon be trading out the black/white panels in here for taupe/white ones and making it a bit more coastal for the upcoming warmer months!

I'll let our bunnies hang out for a bit after this weekend since our temps are finally starting to feel like Spring!  I hope yours are, too!

And, I especially hope you all have a wonderful Easter with family/friends!

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cold Weather Outside Means Many Projects Inside ...

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Happy Thursday, friends!

I don't know if it's the dawn of the new year or the cold weather keeping us inside that puts my decorating mind into overdrive ... I have a feeling some of you can relate.

Like here in our foyer, where I'm playing around with a new vignette on top of the buffet that we recently moved here from our great room.  I also brought up a silver mirror from the basement rec room to add above the buffet since that was all I had on hand.  

Our coffee table in the great room can't escape my experimenting, either, where I'm hoping our faux tulips will bring us a bit of Spring!

The new year has given me a new love for wire baskets ...

annnnnd getting sucked in by the arrow craze!

Of course, it wouldn't be our house if I didn't have a painting project or two going on, like in our kitchen where I painted our table top white and then dry brushed a bit of a soft almond on over that.  It was time to do *some*thing since the original poly was rubbing off and chipping in places over the original darker stain.

I also said goodbye to Annie Sloane's "Chateau Grey" on our island and hello to Ben Moore's White Dove (which is on the rest of our cabinets).  I'm sure I'll end up dry brushing another color over the white since I love it when islands are a different color than the perimeter cabinets; but for now, I'm enjoying the crisp white.

Even our wicker love seat, which I recently moved into the sitting room, couldn't escape my paint brush.  Although, once it warms up outside, I'll have to take it out there and give it a good coat of spray paint since *thoroughly* painting wicker with a little paint brush is pretty much imposssible!

I think the biggest project so far was recently painting our dining room Manchester Tan (like the rest of our main rooms) and adding shadow box molding below the chair rail (a work in progress).  It "was" painted Perfect Greige, which I love, but its sometime plum undertones just weren't working anymore.


AFTER:  Still need to finish the shadow box molding, but I really like the new lighter look in here.

That's it ... for now.  I know that there are several more projects that will make their way onto my "to do" list!  I hope you have fun projects on your list, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Our Sitting Room Valentine Mantel

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Happy February, friends!  

Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I wanted to share our sitting room mantel ... 

dedicated to "L O V E!"

With our sitting room now having a black and white backdrop, red Valentine accents were fun to add in here to dedicate it to the upcoming holiday.

Two inexpensive heart garlands (Michael's) hang from the mantel, along with a simple strand of silver beads to give it a little "somethin'."

And, while I love "real" flowers, sadly, I do NOT have a green thumb ... thankfully, Michael's came to the rescue with these cute silk tulips in red, pink and white.

I hope you're adding a little bit of "L O V E" to your mantel, too!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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