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Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Simple Fall Mantel ...

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If we could've pried our fireplace mantel/surround from the wall of our old house and nailed it to the wall here in our new house, we would've!  I truly miss it, but, we hope to "beef" up this one a bit in the near future.

Until then, I can't neglect our simple mantel and had fun adding a few Fall touches to it, with things that I already had on hand ... don't you just love free decorating?!

A pretty Fall print that I snagged from Tuesday Morning a couple of years ago, along with our whimsical "GIVE THANKS" blocks, take center stage:

I like "easy" decorating, which is why I love filling inexpensive apothecary jars with petite pumpkins, acorns and leaves:

A simple basket becomes the perfect place to toss a few pillows and add a soft blanket, inviting "warmth!"  Annnnd, our "falling leaves" made a return, too!

Instead of buying a new fireplace screen, I propped a metal piece from Kirkland's we had on hand against the glass:

I love the soft glow that the lights hidden behind our "GIVE THANKS" blocks, along with the fireplace, give off at night!

And, "speaking" of Fall mantels, I was very surprised (and appreciative) to see one of Fall mantels (from our old house) included in a fun Fall mantel article from Country Living!  Thank you!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to finish up our kitchen project where the cabinets are now enjoying a lighter and brighter look... yay!

Happy "early" Fall friends and thanks for stopping by,

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Our New Sitting Room ...

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Greetings, friends!

Thanks again so much for your kind comments about our new foyer!  Since we're still hanging out here in our entry, I thought I'd share our sitting room.

While we appreciated the builder "upgrading" the sitting area off of the foyer by enclosing it and making it a "study," we decided to somewhat undo that upgrade by opening it back up a bit.

TA DAAAA!  We had a local contractor widen the opening and add columns:

You see, because we have a two story foyer, we just felt that having one simple door really didn't do anything for the space ... we wanted it to have a bit more impact to balance the soaring ceilings.  

THERE, that's better, isn't it?! We're LOVING the change, and it made me excited to really get going to finish the room!  So, come on in our little sitting room, already splashed with Fall!

I've loved the 4 chair configuration for a long time and was happy to be able to do that in this space!  Of course, I have to thank IKEA because of their extremely budget-friendly Ektorp Jennylund chairs!  

They're really comfy and the additional slipcovers (in a variety of colors) are beyond reasonably priced, as well, making it easy to change them out to suit the seasons or your mood!  And, because you're saving so much moola, it makes it easier to add new curtains in a pretty fabric, without the guilt!  

You might remember our bookcase from the sitting room in our old house.  We thought about putting it in the office upstairs in this house, BUT, it's such a great focal point, that we decided to go ahead and keep it downstairs in this room.

Plus, it's a great place to add our Fall goodies!

Our postcard art still flanks the bookcase, with added sconces this time around:

Another piece making an encore appearance from the sitting room in our old house is our accent chest (from Kirkland's):

We look forward to eventually adding art to each side:

A cute, Fall printable added to a frame I had on hand (am locating the source):

Finally, a simple vase full of cotton (from Kirkland's) completes our seasonal look:

And, there you have it ... our little sitting room!  I look forward to continuing our new home tour with you soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

I'm partying with:

Savvy Southern Style/WUW

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome to Our Foyer!

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Greetings, friends !!

Thank you all so very much for your thoughtful comments about our recent feature in "Decorating Shortcuts" magazine ... it meant so much! 

We're still settling into our new home, and, as it's only fitting to start from the beginning, I'm inviting you all into our foyer!

BEFORE: Here's our foyer as shown by the builder, Hour Homes, on their website after it was completed: 

AFTER: TA DAAA!  I have much more planned for this space, but, here's how it looks today:

I was happy to be able to add our Annie Sloane "Chateaux Grey" accent chest in here, which I then flanked with two parsons chairs (that used to live on the enclosed porch in our old home).  I plan on adding different slipcovers, as well as adding "blingy" candle sconces, above the chairs eventually.

Of course I had to splash coastal accents in, especially since we're not right down the road from the beach anymore ((**sniff sniff**)):

This little fella (or is it a gal) from Home Goods has been overseeing my madness!

Our vintage secretary seems to fit perfectly in the little niche towards the back of the foyer:

Unlike in our old home, I decided to give it a "crown" of inexpensive decorative plates that I look forward to changing out with the upcoming seasons!

Even though a 2 story foyer can pose a bit of decorating challenge (for me, anyway) as far as the "empty" space above, I love the natural light that pours in:

I'll be back soon to share more of our new casa ... hope you'll join me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Adventures in a Magazine Feature!

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Greetings, sweet friends!

The boxes are being unpacked and our house is finally beginning to feel like home!  Of course, we have a WAYS to go, but, at least I can see the finish line (well, sorta)!

Admittedly, I still miss our home in SC terribly, but was SOOO very excited to get copies of "Decorating Shortcuts" magazine today, a national publication, where our home has been featured ((*pinch me*))!  This is truly a dream come true for little ol' me and such a wonderful memento of our home in SC that we'll have forever!

I still can't believe that's our *former* humble abode splashed across 8 pages!

Thank you to Gridley + Graves Photographers for the beautiful pictures and Charlotte Safavi for the great article.  Annnnd, a huge thank you to my sweet husband and son for letting me decorate and redecorate our home ... again ... and again ... and a-GAIN, without too much fuss!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Change of Zip Codes

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Helloooooo "elloooo ... elloooo" ((*echoes*)).  Is anybody out there?!  

It's me ... the queen of blog neglect!  I've missed my little ol' blog and connecting with all of you ... but, lately, all I've had to share are boxes ... upon boxes ... upon BOXES!  Who wants to see that ?!  If I never see another box again, it will be "too" soon!

Yes, my little and family and I moved back to my home state of Virginia two weeks ago!  My husband was offered a position within his company that was too good to pass up, even if it meant we had to relocate.  Soooo, up went the "For Sale" sign in our yard scattered with palm trees in South Carolina, and we prayed it wouldn't take too long to sell our home!  Thankfully, it only took a few months.

So, please say hello to our new casa!  I "virtually" watched this home being built from the ground up over the last few months ... even though I loved it, we didn't want to sign a contract on another home until we had a solid contract on our own.  When we were in a position to sign away, I couldn't believe this beauty was ready to go and still available.  I guess it was simply meant to be!

Admittedly, we're still getting used to stairs again having gone from a one level to a three level home.  Yes, it makes moving furniture around on a whim a bit daunting, for sure!

I love our new kitchen ... but, of course, I've already painted our island and getting ready to slap some paint on the cabinets, too (sure you're not surprised) ... can't wait to show you the transformation!

Here's the little sunroom off the kitchen while it was under construction ... I look forward to sharing with you what it looks like now! 

SOMEday we'll beef up the fireplace mantel in the great room similar to what we had in our home in SC!  For now ... I'll have fun styling this one!

While we stuck with my favorite "Manchester Tan" for most of the main rooms and hallways, we decided to go a bit darker in the dining room and am loving Ben Moore's "Perfect Greige" in there! Now, to just mount the shelves!

I hope you all will keep me company while we transform our new house into our "home."

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring Kitchen Shelves

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Hello, hello ... anyone home?!

Yup, I'm guilty of blog neglect!  But, in my defense, as many of you know, our home is on the market, as we are moving from South Carolina back to Virginia.

And, because I've had to really "simplify" our home during the selling process, honestly, I've had nothing to share, and it's driving me crazy!  LOL!  I can't wait to get into a new home and start all over, sharing my madness every step of the way!

Before I start packing things up, I thought I'd share our simple kitchen shelves. The shelves that I painstakingly made ... I'm going to miss them!

Nothing fancy ... just simple pieces, like white plates and pitchers (all from HomeGoods)

And, whether it's pretty plates (also from Home Goods)

or, plastic bottles of Pellegrino ... color is mandatory for my Spring decor!

Faux green apples (Wal-Mart) popping against a simple silver platter (GoodWill), remind me that the warmer months are finally here! 

I hope that our future home (that we have yet to find) will have a special wall begging for a few shelves, too!  I just hope that I can remember how I made them!

Thanks so much, and I hope you'll join me on our new "adventures in decorating" once we have a new address!

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