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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Mantel ...

Okay, as much as I'm *not* a fan of rainy days, it's getting rid of our pollen, which has taken over!  I'd show you a picture of our screened in porch, COVERED in yellow *snow,* but it's so thick, you'd probably come down with a sinus infection just looking at it!  So, bring on the rain!

Just a few pics of our mantel decked out for Spring ... I'm on the hunt for a fun wood vintage sign to take the place of the "Les Fleurs" print:

Vase from Tuesday Morning filled with real branches and faux florals:

Still lovin' the little eggs (from PB) tucked in the Spanish moss:

Love wrapping plates with twine!  And, okay, so the card nestled in between the twine is more for Fall; however, I do think that it applies right now, too ... seasonal "allergies" maybe ???  (lol)

It's fun to bring out the silver:

And, yes, my accent chair is another victim of BM White Dove!  I really like how it turned out (although, I do plan on distressing it a bit) ... the gold fabric really pops now.  And, of course, I had to add an envelope pillow with the same gorgeous zebra fabric that is now on the barstools.

Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to showing you more changes ... like this fun mirrored table I recently scored! 

Have a great day!

Linking up at these fun parties ... come on over:

Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
DIY by Design/Swing into Spring
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Elements Interiors/Whassup Wednesday
No Minimalist Here/Open House Thursday
The Shabby Chic Cottage/Transformation Thursday
Type A Decorating/Anything Goes Party


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Has Hit the Kitchen!

Ahhhh ... I love smell of fresh, *faux* flowers, don't you?!  Spring has arrived in our kitchen.  Come on in ...

A few LOT of pics to share (sorry):

My little Spring-filled cloche:

A beautiful chicken wire tray from PB serves as the base for this little vignette.  I've been eyeing it since last Fall, but wasn't going to pay $34.  So happy to have found it on sale last month for $14! 

Couldn't pass up on a cute rooster print from Dollar General for only $3.  Who knew?!

Love adding color with these:

A lamp which I added twine to the shade for an added bit of texture:

Mr. Big Rooster (formerly gray) got a coat of BM White Dove, too.  He sits perched on one of our soffits:

The chalkboard that we made for our pantry door got a fresh coat of chalkboard paint and addition of a grocery list (with my favorite chalk ink markers).  "Triscuits" are an inside joke, as they are a staple in my diet. :)

You know I have to have a bit of animal print in here, too ...

Can never have enough glass canisters (or Keurig coffee, according to my hubs):

And, the formerly gold frame was also a victim of BM White Dove.  Please just tell me to put.the.paint.brush.down!

I hope you enjoyed your visit!

I'll drag you over to the breakfast area next time ... 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Come on over to these fabulous par-tays!

Coastal Charm/Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
A Stroll Thru Life/Tabletop Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
My Backyard Eden/Make It Yours Day
DIY by Design/Swing into Spring
Elements Interiors/Whassup Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Somewhat Simple/Strut Your Stuff
No Minimalist Here/Open House Party
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
Under the Table and Dreaming/Showcase Sunday Party
The Taggered Tab/K.I.S.S.
Centsational Girl/Spring Projects Link Party

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wild and Whimsical!

Remember this little number that I shared yesterday?  Ho hum ...

Well, here she is today ... Ta Daaaaaa!  Meet my new wild and whimsical barstool:

And, here she is with her twin, who is even *wilder,* so they say (lol):

I painted them BM White Dove (a new favorite of mine), and my friend was kind enough to use her super fast air staple gun to cover them in this beautiful zebra fabric:

Love the new wild and whimsical look! 

These chairs are not the only place this gorgeous fabric is showing up, either.  Uh oh ...

Here I go again!  (lol)

Thanks for stopping by ... I'm off to link up to these wonderful parties:

Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
BNOTP/Metamorphosis Monday


Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Little Project ...

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is enjoying family time today ... possibly, outside! 

Thought I'd tackle a fun project outside on this gorgeous day ...

Sooooo, what does this:

Plus this:

Plus *this,* equal?

Hopefully, my cute little helper can help me figure it out! 

Have a great day!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring in the Mudroom ....

What a fun and busy week this has been ...

Last weekend, my beautiful stepdaughter and her boyfriend drove up from GA for a great visit; my precious son turned 5 (*insert me crying*), and I turned 42 (again, *insert me crying*)!  AND, my wonderful and handsome husband threw an absolutely fantastic surprise party for me filled with great friends, family, food, drinks and entertainment!  What a great night that was, although, my body still hurts from dancing (one last *insert me crying*).  lol 

So, today, on a rainy Sunday, this household enjoyed a "Lifetime" day (our name for a "lazy day," where my hubs watched sports ... Jax destroyed his playroom with friends ... and I watched *cheezy* Lifetime movies while playing around the house)!

Speaking of rain (which brings mud), I thought we'd revisit our *mud*room, which I have tweaked a bit for Spring!

Hard to believe it once looked like this:

What a difference paint and beadboard makes!  Our neighbor added the beadboard for us.  I then painted it basic white and painted the walls SW Antique White.

The area beside the dryer serves as our little command central.  The black granite countertop used to sit on top of our kitchen island.  We had it cut down to fit this spot and are really pleased with it.  I recently added a pitcher filled with wild flowers for a touch of Spring:

I love the magnetic board (by Peter Walsh) that I found at Office Max.  The black pockets that I added (along with the cream and black photo holder), are all magnetic!  You simply place them wherever you want to on the board.  Fun feature, and they serve as a great place for "this and that" (as I have labled them):

On the soffit above, I changed out the accessories.  I found this cute "Towels" wooden box from HomeGoods, which I added greenery and a small plate.  I then added more white plates, pitchers and wicker trays that I had on hand.  Still tweaking though ... and am on the lookout for a few vintage items to place up here (also hoping to break up the symmetry a bit):

Beside command central, I hung a few pictures, along with two "art" frames where I change out Jax's colorful creations from time-to-time to suit the season:

On the opposite wall is a fun chalkboard found at HomeGoods last Fall (to which I added a gentle "be kind" reminder), along with an iron scrollie from Pier One:

I haven't changed the picture wall much, except for the addition of the rustic "Faith, Family and Friends" sign ...

I added different pillows to the bench below.  And, the wonderful hooks are the perfect place for everything, including my big ol' wonderful "Miche" handbag (which I absolutely LOVE and get compliments on all the time).  You can change the shells of the bag to suit your outfit, season or mood ... they have a shell of every kind and color imagineable.  You should check them out:

Down on the floor is a new sisal rug from World Market, purchased with a gift card a sweet friend gave me for my birthday!  Love all of the fun colors:

And, of course, I still have the hefty and durable basket I found at Target on sale last Fall, which houses the dirty clothes ("P-U") LOL!

Well, that is *all'z* I got folks ... I'm off to check out your projects!  Please join me for fun linky parties:

Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
A Stroll Thru Life/Table Top Tuesday
The Tattered Tag/K.I.S.S.
Thrifty Decor Chick/Before and After Party
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesdays Treasures
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
My Backyard Eden/Make it Yours Day
Elements Interiors/Whassup Wednesday
The Shabby Chic Cottage/Transformation Thursday
At The Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday

Take care,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

EGG-zactly What is My Problem?

Happy March!  We made it ... goodbye winter and *please* don't come back for a LONG time!

On a recent trip to Pottery Barn, I found the prettiest faux robin's eggs!  Because they were so reasonably priced, I bought a large bag of them, along with a bag of larger, cream eggs.  Then, when I hit Home Goods, I came upon a pack of three nests filled with various sized cream eggs, too!  I had to have them since a box of three was only $6.99!  I've enjoyed placing them all around the house; however, I think I've overdosed on them just a tad!  Come and see: 

We'll start in the kitchen ... my Home Goods cake stand and cloche house some of the robin's eggs, which I placed in a nest (from Michael's) and then rested all of that on shredded paper (click on pic to enlarge, if you'd like):

In the dining room, I threw one of the nests with eggs from Home Goods into my arrangement.  Why not(?), I say.

My son thinks these are dinosaur eggs!  LOL

Beside the arrangement, more robin's eggs landed on the silver candle holders.  The beautiful blue color reminds me of pieces of turquoise:

In the sitting room, a cream ceramic bowl (which I shared last week) has yet aNOTHER nest of robin's eggs surrounded by vintage book pages bound in twine, seashells and orbs. 

I like these eggs and nests so much, that I even grabbed a cream picture frame that I wasn't using ... removed the glass ... added a burlap backing and hot glued the eggs into the nest, which I then hot glued to the burlap.  I love the pop of blue.  Yes, I'm crazy ... go ahead and say it:

I also went ahead and threw the last three robin's eggs into a cocktail glass, which sits upon a beautiful cake platter (from PB) that my sweet friend, Hayley, recently gave me!

Over in the great room, I found two matching vases (from Tuesday Morning), in which I mixed real branches and faux flowers.  I then thought it'd be fun to place the larger eggs in the base of the vase, as well:

Unexpected, but fun (I think ... I hope):

Got a basket filled with greenery?  Why not throw a nest with a few eggs in there!

So, now I'm down to one egg-filled nest. I *think* I found the perfect place for it!  A bird corsage ... just what every girl has always wanted !!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by~

Join these wonderful blogs for a few great parties:

A Stroll Thru Life/Tabletop Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style/WUW

At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday

Finding Fabulous/Frugalicious Friday

Be Different Act Normal/Show and Tell Saturday

Under the Table and Dreaming/Sunday Showcase