Showing posts with label For the Home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label For the Home. Show all posts
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Use What You Have To Create A Beautiful Space...... Starting Today


It's no secret, that I love to change it up around the house...constantly, and why not, decorating to me should always remain fresh, pretty and what you love.



Today I am kicking off a 3 month challenge with some other bloggers, to decorate the same space, 3 different ways, using what you have around the house. Fun right?

Monday, January 26, 2015

DIY Tip Of The Week...Refinishing Furniture

Wanna see what happens when you miss an important step in the painting process and forget to prime the sides of a painted piece of furniture?  A hot mess!
In all fairnessthis was the corner of the cabinet that the kids used their computers on so it got a lot of traffic and was bound to get beat up by little kid hands.... primed or not.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Office Makeover... and the prettiest shade of blue


About 6 months ago, and somewhere in between a slew of other projects that I really needed to get done around the house, I bought a beautiful blue rug on-line during a semi annual sale....even though nothing in the house was this shade of blue. In fact, I actually bought 2 blue rugs to try in this space, loved this one for here and ended up using the other in another room, which I am currently working on.


Two months later it was time to color match  from the rug, and paint my credenza which I showed you here. The blue that I chose is a mix between a navy and royal blue and appropriately called Dignity Blue by SW. It is such a beautiful color. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Winters in The House...Home Decor Ideas


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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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

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. 




Thursday, December 04, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 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!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

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.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A Project Out of Necessity

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stairway to Brightness


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.



Friday, October 03, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Hello October!! 
These next few months always seem to be so fast and furious, don't they? Fall and all it's natural beauty helps to level set my mind and also serves as a reminder to slow it down.
What helps you slow down? 
We are enjoying some amazing family time this week with the kids on fall break but found a few other things that made me smile.

Loving this apple wreath from The Wood Grain Cottage



Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Entry Way...and New Gallery Wall


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.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Tour ...Outdoors

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?




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Project Mudroom....... Complete

Some statistical facts about my Mudroom.

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



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Happy Weekend!  Hope you all had a marvelous week. So, initially I was enjoying the no phone and internet access in the house but now it is going on 9 days and.... I am ready.  We had a most wicked storm that took out the transformer, our satellite and completely fried the TV in the den.  I have had to schmooze up to hubby to post a few things this week, and I am hoping that we are back on track next week. Until then, here's some things that caught my eye this week.... while on my phone in the car ride line.

Need to put these on the Christmas list. 



Monday, September 08, 2014

How To Love Your Garage Again

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.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

4 Things My Kitchen Can't Live Without

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. 



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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

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.








Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Living Room

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.





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

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.







Thursday, July 03, 2014

Keeping Room Changes

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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