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

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.

I prefer flip flops to heels and a pony tail over makeup....any day.
And when you live in the country, getting dressed up and being "fancy" is more like jeans, t-shirt and your best perfume. Besides, feeding your donkeys in heels would look, well.... just silly.

I bought this furniture for my last home about ~16 years ago. 
It worked...there.  It does its best to fit in, in this home  .... trying not to be so formal, you know jeans, t- shirt and ponytail type.

Truth is, if I had to build over, I don't think I would even consider having a living room or dining room. Unfortunately, we don't really use these spaces. Besides, I spend more time dusting the space then I do using it....and who's got time for that anyways.

But it is the first room that you see when you walk in the front door of my home, so I want it to be a sign of welcome and a place of comfort.

A space where you would want to sit and chat with me.......

Just leave your heels at the door. I got a pair of flip flops that you can borrow.

What's your preference, flip flops or worries if you choose the later, you are still welcome to come over. In fact, if you want to stay and see the rest of my home, click My Home Tour .

chance to catch up, shop and have lunch with my BFF over the weekend


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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.

I thought it was the perfect paper for my' little girl getting bigger' bedroom updates. If you saw a glimpse of her room here, I am here to tell you I am a believer that wall paper can truly transform your space.
And so for all you non-believers or one's sitting on the fence thinking about hanging paper, I have put together some very basic tips to help your wall paper journey....and make you a believer.

Tip #1
Make sure you have the right tools. Good thing is, you don't need a boat load of supplies to hang paper. I used a tape measure, utility knife with a sharp edge, applicator ( to smooth and get rid of air pockets) a sponge, ladder and.....

a bath tub, yes that's what I said, to successful move through this job. 

I realize this is such a non conventional method in the professional world of wall papering, but rather then using a pan to submerge my paper, I filled my bathtub with luke warm water and submerged my paper in the tub instead. Worked like a charm and one less thing I needed to buy.

Tip #2
Love the sample piece before moving on. Make sure the paper works and it's what you want for the room. This sample piece hung on the wall for seriously a good month before I decided to purchase the rolls needed to do this wall. Unlike paint, paper would be a bit more complicated and timely to remove and start over, if I wasn't happy or unsure with the decision.. 

Tip #3
Measure 3 times....just to be sure.  Get it right with your cuts, so that you don't have any waste or have to buy additional rolls to make up for your mistakes. This paper was $60.00 for a standard roll so mistakes were just not in the budget.

Tip #4
Pick a forgiving pattern. Chances are, if you stare long enough to spot my imperfections or seams, you will get dizzy from the pattern before you even spot them. For your first time out of the gate, choose an easier pattern to work with, a repeating pattern, and one that doesn't require such precision when applying to the wall.

Tip #5
Measure your project area before you order. Would you believe I ran out of paper at this point.....because I did not measure the wall before I ordered. Dumb, I know that's what your thinking. It's okay.... I know. Most sources provide a simple to use room calculator to measure the amount of paper you will need based on your room/wall dimensions......use it.

But seriously, if it turns out as pretty as it did in Lily's room and is this easy to apply, I am confident that a few more walls will get the paper treatment ..... sooner than later.

Got any wall paper hanging in your home? If not, what's stopping you?

That once I put the paper up, I loved it !

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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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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June Highlights

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?

For life's little surprises

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Happy Friday! 
Was it a good week?
Did you work smart, play hard and love more? Hope so...I did.
Hard to believe the month is winding down. I am hoping that July goes at a snails pace since my kids go back to school the 1st of August. Nooooooooooo....Not yet!

Here's some amazing stuff to get your weekend started.

oh it. all the details here.

When's the last time you put one of these in your hair?

Great way to infuse color in a white kitchen...colorful plates on the wall. From BH&G

PB inspired mirror from The Everyday Home

Yes please. I get a tad bit excited every time I look at this space. The blues, the mix of patterns, the windows, the art piece, the accent chair. 


Can't wait to pick some blueberries this summer, to whip this up.

Pretty cool picture. Makes me wish we were still at the beach. sigh

source unknown

Have a wonderful weekend. Make sure to do something you love, surrounded by the people you love.

ice cream, splashing in the pool and giggles 

PS- to see more of my Weekly Wow series, click here

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hot Pink Rug....In the Bedroom

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.

for a daughter who loves pink

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Monday, June 09, 2014

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

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 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 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 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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