Showing posts with label Welcome to My Home Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Welcome to My Home Series. 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 heels....no 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 .



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






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Monday, July 07, 2014

Everyone needs a little green table...... and a giveaway from Glidden


When it comes to decorating, my family is very easy and cooperative. And up until now, they have left most of the decorating and color choices ....... along with the household cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping, all to me.. Lovely bunch they are. 




But when it came time to make some changes to Lily's room, I wanted more than that. I wanted input. I wanted others to share in the decisions. I wanted her to love the choices that were being made..... after all, it is her room.  So I gave her full decision making rights on her little bedside table. We are starting small and working our way up. I thought a pop of color against the pink in the room, would be perfect complement to the room.


So with the wall paper sample in our hands, we headed to  The Home Depot to check out colors choices. After some mild "coaching" on why purple may not be the best choice, we found ourselves considering a few shades of green from the Glidden® color palette. Glidden makes it really easy to choose colors with their "simplified palette, which is especially important if choosing colors and making these decisions are new to you.  After an ice cream sundae meeting at the Dairy Queen, we had a winner. New Grass Green. See sample here.


So we took the table ( which was a table I had previously used in my living room), which lacked a bit of 'little girl personality' and covered it with 2 coats of Glidden Premium Interior latex paint that I purchased at my local Home Depot. She helped with a few strokes and left the rest to mom. This is after one coat of paint.


Immediately, I could see how proud she was of "her" color decision and how that little green table will act as a symbol for years to come, and provide her the confidence to make other decisions in her life. 


I only wish every decision was going to be this easy. Speaking of easy and a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card,  leave me a comment below telling me what piece of furniture you have painted...or will paint, that provides inspiration for you.  Be sure to leave your email ( if I don't have it or you show up as a no reply) so there is a way to notify you if you are the lucky winner!

And don't forget to visit my Glidden Board on pinterest with my collection of inspiring pieces of painted furniture.  Good luck!




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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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Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Breakfast Room

It was about 6 years ago.




I remember the conversation between my husband and I, like it was yesterday. I was fairly to the point. He was watching TV and the conversation went something like this.......

"Honey, ummm..... I have been thinking, (in which he rolls his eyes) Why don't we turn the family room into the breakfast room."
I felt like I needed some distance between the cartoons, and hubby's shows while in the kitchen cooking, monitoring homework or just enjoying a quiet moment.


Needless to say, the conversation turned out a lot better then I thought it would.
One of the best decisions we ever could have made for our home...and kitchen. You can read more about the transition from family room to breakfast room here.


It's not like I am flip floppin rooms in my house on a regular basis, in fact this is the only one that has seen such a dramatic change in it's purpose. The reason....this table. 


The original plan that we created when we built our home was centered around this table, however the architect was a just a tad bit off with the measurements on the day he was working on that room ....and it didn't fit. Eventually, that room transitioned into my keeping room. Win win for me.



With no place to put an almost 8 foot table, we put it up in my husbands office,  and I got a smaller replacement table ( which is now in this room ) and we continued to eat our cereal each morning happily ...until that day 6 years ago and that conversation. 


Eating cheerios, has not been the same ever since. We still enjoy eating them......  only much better. And these days, much better since we moved the original 8 foot table back into this space, just like it was meant ...... all along.

Have you had an major room flips in your home?


PS- To see our recently transformed kitchen click here.




grateful~
what i didn't know then, i do now



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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Porch 2014...5 things every Southern porch should have

Welcome to one of the most popular hangouts at my house....The Front Porch. 
The other.....The back porch. My typical summer rant "out front, out back, in or out"
From Friday night date nights, to afternoon chit chats with friends......this is the place to be. Where all the cool people hang.






I have rounded up my list of 5 things every southern summer porch should have.....although all other porch loving friends regardless of where you live, should take note.

1. Comfy seating paired with pillows. This year I bought some cute striped covers from here  (they were super inexpensive) to mix in with my already paisley cushions and pillows. Since this porch is covered, I buy indoor fabric and spray with scotch guard to protect from the elements, dogs and kids. Don't want your guests sitting on something nasty.


2.  Something to drink. From sweet tea to cold water with lemon, to homemade moonshine...okay , not really about the moonshine, please have a cold beverage for your guests to sip on.  This is a must, especially when its hot outside.


3. Ferns, and lot's of them. It's like the staple for the Southern porch. Ferns are the easiest, fullest and inexpensive porch plant to have. I buy them as annuals at the beginning of the season and they will hang in there until the first cold snap. I have Boston ferns on my front porch.


4. Color. Mix in a favorite color or two for your containers, flowers and accessories. I sprayed the containers and monogram yellow and then added some yellow lantana in with my Eugenia Toparies. These Eungenia's are so easy to grow and make a great statement by the front door. 


5.  Conversation, laughter and fun. No restriction to how much, time of day and how often. Although, the more the merrier......especially after a few shots of that moonshine.


So, where are you hangin out this summer?

Regardless of where you are sitting or where you will be, I hope you will enjoy the Summer time. Come back anytime...you know where I will be! To see last years summer porch, click here.


I hope you will visit my other Southern Pals for more Outdoor Living Ideas.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Finished Kitchen....Sorta

Kinda of... Sort of..... well almost.
 See, the last minute window addition is not completed yet but if I waited to show you everything completely finished..... well it may just be Christmas.
So, after many months of contemplating whether to paint the cabinets ( after 11 years it was time to address the wear and tear), researching how to paint them, choosing paint colors, painting the back splash, sanding every square inch, priming every square inch, and painting the cabinets, I am thrilled to share our "brighter" kitchen.



















I will save all the details of our painting 'took longer then expected adventure', the budget for our project and the before and after pictures, in another post. I thought the slew of pictures was enough for today. 
But...... just in case your the anxious type, like me....here's a before and after or you can click here for the original Kitchen Tour. For my last Summer Home Tour click here. Ha.... I have been too busy painting to do one this year!



Enough said.
Have a great week!


Grateful~
That this project is over and we are thoroughly enjoying it!




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