by laura janning

Showing posts with label For the Home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label For the Home. Show all posts

How to use pink in your decor....and make it work

February 10, 2015

Home Inspiration Ideas


Say what you will, but I no longer think pink should be reserved just for little girl rooms. These beautiful living spaces.... I am assuming all used by adults, with various shades of pink, show how the color pink can actually complement a variety of styles and colors. 

the everygirl

Winters in The House...Home Decor Ideas

January 12, 2015


I don't know about you, but I always find that I need to fill the seasonal decor transition between Christmas and Spring with something....anything.  It would actually depress me to take the Christmas stuff down and have nothing around to look at. As if these cold temperatures aren't depressing enough.


So throughout the house I have decorated with stuff that I have had for years, stuff I made, stuff from my closet, and stuff that I took out of the Christmas bin. All lovely reminders of winter, without spending a dime. 
This pine cone wreath that I made ~15 years ago hangs in the kitchen window.

I am in Love....With My Wood Plank Ceiling

December 16, 2014

I interrupt the slew of fabulous Christmas ideas, gorgeous home tours and recipes for yummy holiday treats to bring you .........my new wood planked and beamed family room ceiling. 




Christmas Home Tour 2014

December 4, 2014

Surprise! It's me....and my donkey Oreo. 
We are stop 22 on Jennifer Rizzo's  2014 Holiday House walk.



I know you came here looking for a home tour, but instead you are greeted by the most festive looking donkey you will ever see! Oreo and I are both so happy that you are here for the tour.  If you are stopping by from the DIY Showoff, I think you can agree that Roeshel is the sweetest DIY'er  ever, and it's always a treat to visit her beautiful home!




If you are new to Top This Top That, I am Laura. A city girl turned country gal. I live on a dirt road in a small town (population 501) in North East Georgia on a farm that my husband and I built 12 years ago. Along with the donkeys, dogs, chickens and cats that we picked up along the way, we also have twin 1st graders and a 3rd grader. Needless to say, life around here is very active, fun and full of life.
So come on in and enjoy the tour!

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

November 20, 2014

Little did I know ....

How pretty my table runner made out of brown craft paper here would look on this years thanksgiving table.


Or how the 'fancy' gold chargers that I bought 15 years ago when I hosted my in laws for the the first thanksgiving dinner....only to find out they were really were more like chinette paper plate people, could look pretty darn good with my everyday white dishes with mismatched plates on top.

A Project Out of Necessity

November 6, 2014

My husband was taking down a ceiling fan that no longer worked in our family room over the weekend and while on a very long ladder, mentioned that the wainscot on the ceiling looked a little warped so he removed one of the boards. 


Surprise!! Not a stitch of insulation to be seen. What the What ( as my kids would say). When we designed and built our home 12 years ago, this room was intended to be a screened in patio and in the 11th hour during the building process we decided to turn it into an enclosed space. We were under the impression that the roof was insulated...... for the last 12 years, during every blazing Georgia Summer and Cold winter! So this my friends, is why we embrace the DIY concept.

Stairway to Brightness

October 22, 2014


I think it is safe to say that my school aged children will not be reverting back to crawling ...... at least I hope not. Nor, am I expecting anymore young crawlers (meaning no more babies for me) around the house anytime in the near future, so..... it's time to take the baby gate down. Who know's why we left it up this long.


We custom made the gate 8 years ago when I had my first child because I could not find a gate wide or sturdy enough to fit across the top of the stairs.



My Entry Way...and New Gallery Wall

September 25, 2014


Well, after approximately 237 nail holes ( I officially stopped counting after 100 so it could be more then that), 12 bogo frames from Michael's and a botanical book that I got here .....I have a botanical gallery wall in the front entry that I have been wanting to create for some time now. As of Jan 2015, the book on amazon is no longer available.


Fall Tour ...Outdoors

September 22, 2014

I am not sure who created the saying 'Silence is Golden' but I will abide by that mantra today and take you through what Fall looks like outdoors, around our property all still, quite and beautiful..... because isn't that what nature offers us. 
Ahh...Fall. 
If you are new to Top This Top That, Welcome and know that I am not a big fan of that golden rule. Are you?




Project Mudroom....... Complete

September 17, 2014

Some statistical facts about my Mudroom.

It's the most traveled foot of real estate in my home.



How To Love Your Garage Again

September 8, 2014

I wasn't sure if I was going to share this today....in fear of being judged. I mean seriously who paints graffiti on their own garage walls....although I will admit the sentiment that my husband painted with our initials is so sweet. But still....who does that!
FYI-  We aren't really graffiti artists. We used some of the garage in late winter to paint the kitchen cabinets, and the walls were used to test the paint sprayer, knowing that we would be painting them down the road.



4 Things My Kitchen Can't Live Without

August 27, 2014

I must admit that I am thoroughly enjoying my newly painted kitchen. Even the mere sight of it,  almost makes me want to cook..... almost.
One thing that I am sure about though, are 4 things in my kitchen that I absolutely can't live without..... nor can my kitchen. 



How To Tile Like A Pro.....Your First Time

August 13, 2014

This wasn't exactly my first time.....tiling, but it was my first time to tile a back splash... although I did paint one here in my kitchen.
A few months back, I found this glass subway tile on clearance at Home Depot and decided to use it to make some updates to the laundry room.








Summer Living Room

July 21, 2014

You should know....  I am not a very fancy person.... although once upon a time many years ago and certainly before kids, I may have been or pretended to be. In fact, I am the complete opposite of fancy. I can't remember the last time I put on a gown ..... my wedding? I have never pressed table or bed linens ....who's got time for that anyways and I prefer using whatever fork I pick up for my salad and main course...and it's usually the same one.





How to Hang Wall Paper like a Rock Star... 5 Simple Tips Before You Get Started

July 16, 2014

Of all my DIY projects that I have done....wallpapering has not been one of them.  I guess it always seemed so difficult and time consuming, besides the visions of stripping paper in tiny little pieces off the walls, was enough to tell me not to even begin..... until I saw this paper from here and fell in paper love.







Keeping Room Changes

July 3, 2014

I never realized how painting the kitchen white, click here if you missed the reveal, would allow me to have so much fun infusing the space with all kinds of color.




I mean really, having my hot tea each morning reading my daily devotionals and surrounded by aqua blue and charteruse green just wasn't even in the plan....until I spotted this fun 
indoor /outdoor rug from here. Love. 


Truth is, this rug takes me out of my otherwise 'predictable' comfort zone. I think the hot pink rug that I put in the craft room here, gave me the gentle push to start having some fun with colorful rugs and pillows. More like who I think I am. Ha.


I bought these curtain panels from Ikea months ago for the breakfast room and thought I would continue the steady stream of aqua on the windows. Still working through if I want to have the long panels in this space or use the panels to have some shades made.
Speaking of Ikea, would you believe I purchased these chairs about ~20 years ago when I lived in Houston. They are as good as new, all these years later.



I picked up the fun green pillows from Hobby Lobby for less then what it cost me for lunch.  Ready for this.... $4.79. Seriously. 
The blue pillows came from World Market... for the cost of dinner.


My beloved yard sale find table that I first shared here a few years ago, got a couple of coats of Nimbus Grey, which is the same color as the kitchen Island. And the pretty hydrangeas, courtesy of my garden.


Who knows, maybe the vibe of this room will last as long as those IKEA chairs, or I will just move on to some new colors....... cause that's just what us fun and colorful gals do. 

What colors are you having fun with in your home these days?

I'll be taking a little break for the next few days to spend time with my family. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 
Happy 4th of July to all of my readers who will be celebrating our nations independence tomorrow. Be safe and have fun.
Talk to you next week!



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June Highlights

July 1, 2014

Goodbye 85.8 degree temps, Hello 95.8 degrees....just like that. Welcome July.

Although we have some amazing things going on in July, it's not one of my fav's when it comes to the temperatures. Way too hot. When you walk from the house to the garage ( approximately 8 steps)  and sweat is already dripping from the forehead..... too hot.

Here's a few highlights from June, in case you missed any of it.


We are in the patriotic spirit around the house with my mantel here


and a fun tablescape here that I created out of .99 duct tape.


Enjoying my hot tea and cheerios here in our Summer breakfast room.


I am ready for you on the front porch here where I shared 5 tips every porch lover should have.


I turned an old plant stand and planter into a fun ice bucket. Perfect for those hot days outside.


and after a few long months, we finally finished the kitchen and revealed it here.


How was your month? Got any fun things planned....besides sweating?

Grateful~
For life's little surprises


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Hot Pink Rug....In the Bedroom

June 10, 2014

Did you see that PINK rug here yesterday in my craft room, if not, here it is again, but this time.......


in my little girls bedroom.
See, I had originally planned for the rug to go in her bedroom but when I first saw it and loved it, me and the rug immediately made a dash into the craft room...and never left. 
For the record, I usually do not steal rugs from my children.


Needless to say she wasn't too pleased..... so mama ordered another from hereNow she is happy and sleeping quite comfortably.





I can't wait to share the changes that me and the pink rug made in her bedroom.

Don't forget to enter the rug giveaway here.




grateful~
for a daughter who loves pink





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For the record.....it's hot pink and it could be yours!

June 9, 2014

Oh, how I so wish we could craft together, here in my newly transformed craft room.



We could sit here talking about the latest in burlap trends, mod podge projects and .....


the color of the rug.  You see, when I posted my craft room reveal here, some of you dear friends congratulated me on a job well done and how much you loved the RED rug. What..... although the rug in red would be a stunner!!  


I must tell you that I love this hot pink rug so much, that I ordered another identical rug for my little girls bedroom. I feel both spaces were totally transformed with this chic .....pink rug. I wanted durability and color in both rooms, and this rug does that.

So, I am setting the record straight today not only with the color but giving you a chance to win a $150.00 credit towards any Mohawk rug, so you can get your own hot pink, red or whatever style and color rug you want. 


That way, there's no confusion and we can get back to talking about something else!

Just leave me a comment below telling me what room you could use a new carpet in. That's it.  For extra entries, leave me an additional comment telling me you shared with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. One entry for each share
Contest ends on June 14th. Winner will be chosen and notified via email, so please leave me your email in your comment. If I don't have it and you show up as a no reply, I won't be able to contact you and have to give the rug to someone else. Boo hoo.

Good luck and let's get back to crafting!


This contest is now closed.

PS- More contest rules and disclosures. I was provided a Mohawk rug in exchange for this review, but all opinions about my pink rug, are just mine.
Open to residents of U.S. only.   Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT June 14, 2014. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be notified within three days of the giveaway end. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email and claim their prize. Any prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen via Random.org. Sponsor will be responsible for shipping rug.

PPS- Here are some suggestions for looking online for a Mohawk rug. I selected my rug from Overstock:





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May Roundup- Craft Room Reveal, Summer Mantel, 'No Name' Summer Dessert

June 2, 2014

Happy June. Hope you had a fabulous month. I am hoping that if it's anything like May, it won't fly by. Why do summer months have to do that anyways?
Did you notice my new header?  Ha. After 2 1/2 years of blogging, I finally came up with a tag line.  Live, Laugh & Decorate. I think it totally represents me and my blog. 




Earlier in the month I was out in the garden sharing my Wisteria Wreath. PS- My wisteria is still going gang busters out in the garden. I know many mentioned that they wish they had it, but it is so evasive.


Summer is in full swing ...well on the mantel it is at least. How about you...are you ready for summer? Some of you have asked about the buoys that I used. They are old wooden ones that had the original orange color on them, that belong to my husband's grandfather. 



 My lego anxiety has been cured with our new lego table that we put in the game room. I am thrilled that all the legos now can be found in one spot, but have you ever stepped on a lego with bare feet... boy it hurts!


I did a little baking and came up with this 'No Name' summer dessert. You guys rocked the suggestions and here's a few that you came up with......
Lazy Daisies
Nanner Surprise
Banana Cream Tarts
Vanilla Cloud Cups
Sunshine Pie
Banana Dream Cloud
Sunshine Cups

and my pal at Bliss Ranch submitted these original names.... although I seem a theme here
Bitsy Bites of Bliss.
Banana Bliss Bites.
Vanilla Bliss Bites.
Simple Bliss Bites
.


Since summer started with the kiddos at home, the only time I can really sneek up to the Craft room without kids in tow, is at night.
Regardless, day or night....I love my new space.


Did you see how my garden has evolved over the years here. Hint...It didn't always look like this!  I also hope that you entered the $100 Visa gift card giveaway. If not, head on over, smell the roses before June 22nd and enter to win!




Have a fabulous June!


PS- don't forget to join the Elements of Summer Tour going on this week. I will have you over on Friday but don't miss out on the other tours going on all week.






Grateful for~
all our precious animals around Top This Top That






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