Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall Mantel 2016

One question....

Has it really been 5 months since I posted anything?
5 whole months?

Yes, I'm afraid it has been.  

Spring & Summer flew by.
My daughter graduated from high school in June.
I guess that answers any questions concerning my
 disappearance from blogging!


So with that...

how about a Fall mantel?

I love fall.
I love all those rich colors.
I thought it would be fun to add
a little blue to the mix this year.

I really love this color palette for Fall.  

Happy Fall!  

Monday, April 11, 2016

DIY Kitchen Nook Benches

Hi Friends!  
I trust everyone is enjoying Spring!

Today, I would like to share how my husband & I 
made benches for our kitchen nook.

There are a couple of things I need to say first...

We actually built these last February. 
As in 2015.  
I have no idea why I took so long to share them with you.  

Believe me, we really have no talent whatsoever in
home improvement/diy/carpentry, etc.  
We were literally just flying by the seats of our pants.  

Let me first show you the before picture.  
I realize the quality of this picture is not the best, 
and I apologize for that.

I was so over the wood wainscoting, the table, the chairs...

So I talked my husband into building benches.
Oh he was ever the skeptic!
I guess this is because
we have zero talent for this kind of stuff!

So with me being the brains & him the brawn,
and a couple of tutorials to guide us along from:

we began our project....

1 down, 1 to go!

 I have to be honest here,
it took us 9 hours to build that bench.  
Stop that snickering, I can hear you!
Again, bear in mind, we have no talent.  None.

The second bench only took 2 hours to build.
See?  The learning curve is over.
We have experience now!  lol

Might I also add that you can see in the pictures 
that the plaster walls behind the wainscoting 
were not exactly fit for paint.
Luckily, I was able to find a solution for now...
paintable wallpaper. 

Are you ready for the pretty part?

The after picture:


So much better!
We can literally fit 6 people here now.
Who knew?

I did have to replace the fabric on the cushions
since the above pictures were taken.
Not because it wore out, 
but because I picked too lightweight a fabric and it was wrinkling, 
which drove me nuts!

The only heavy weight fabric I could find in red is
the one below. 
I will eventually replace that one too,
once I find something I like better.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed our little diy.

There are some other changes
in store for this kitchen in the next couple of months and
I promise not to wait a year before sharing them with you!

Thanks for stopping by today.  


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Vignettes (Dining Rom & Sitting Room)

Happy First Day of Spring!

It's a beautifully sunny day here today, but it is chilly.

I can't believe how quickly time is moving.
Before I know it, my daughter will be graduating high school.
But let's not think about that just now,
as it is likely to reduce me to a puddle of tears.

I wanted to share some of my Easter decor with you today.
I think I decorated everything simply this year.
I promise to spare the chit chat,
pictures only.  

Dining Room hutch:

Dining Room table centerpiece:

Sitting Room:

Happy Spring!
Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Easter Mantel & Living Room 2016

Hello everyone! 
I'm going to share my mantel & living room all decked out for Easter, 
but first to my fellow Downton Abbey fans.... 

How wonderful was that series finale? 

I'm so sad to see it go, 
but I'm glad they let it go out on a happy, warm & fuzzy note!
I loved it!


I think this is the first time I'm posted something
for Easter or even Spring for that matter, 
where there's actually no snow on the ground.
We've had a very mild Winter this year.  

Here's my very simple Easter mantel:

Everything I used was stuff I already had, 
with the exception of the pink flowers.  

I kept all accents to Spring-y pastel colors.

My coffee table vignette:

Ok, I seriously have an obsession with these birds from Target!
I have a few for Winter,  I have one lone Fall one,
and when my sister spotted the Spring ones,
she texted me & I nearly lost my head!  

Book shelves:

It's always a pleasure to share with all of you.
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day Decor

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching
and while I don't do a lot of decorating for this particular day,
I do like to add a little something to honor it.

I decided to give my dining room hutch a little 
"love treatment."


It's all very simple,  yet after decorating for Winter in mostly
white & gray, I have to say I'm enjoying the pop 
of color the red is bringing me.

Happy Valentine's Day, sweeties!



Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter Vignettes

Hello friends!

Winter is in full swing.  
We were lucky this time though, the big storm passed us by.  
What a nice change! 
We always get hit by the big snowstorms.

I'm sharing some winter vignettes from around my house.  
I'll keep the chit chat to a minimum. 
Grab something warm to drink & enjoy!

Living room:

Coffee table:

Entertainment Center shelves:

Dining Room:  

Sitting Room:

Wishing you a warm & cozy day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter Mantel 2016

Happy New Year, friends!

We are bracing for "a significant Winter event,"
as they like to say on the news.
I know this best as a BIG SNOW STORM!
We shall see what develops.

Honestly, up until right now,
we really haven't had much in the way of typical
New York winter weather.
I guess we've been lucky...so far.

Now that all the excess of the holidays has been
stored away until November,
I took the opportunity to get my Winter on
with a very simple mantel.  

It all started with the wreath from Lowe's.
I found it after Christmas and I thought I heard it scream, 

 "Buy Me! I'm not just for Christmas, I'm for Winter, too!"

Obviously, I listened.  I'm glad I did, 
because I love it.

See the white metal houses?
Guess what?
They also screamed,

 "Buy me!" 

Again, I listened.

Lowe's needs to tell its merchandise to quiet down.
Perhaps I should get my hearing checked? 

 I do love how they look lit up at night...kind of magical, actually.
I should have taken a photo for you.

I added some mercury glass votives & pinecones to break
up some of the white, but overall, it was the simple, pared down,
Winter look I was going for.  

Do you decorate for Winter?


If it is Winter-like where you live,
stay warm!
Otherwise, enjoy your nice weather!

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