Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Mantel 2017

Happy New Year, friends! 
I may be a few weeks late with the wishes, but they are sincere.

Today, I thought I would share my Winter mantel.
If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls, 
you might really enjoy it.  
If you are not a fan of Gilmore Girls, 
hopefully you will enjoy it anyway! :)



I found the poster on Etsy and I just couldn't resist.
Stars Hollow, Connecticut...
the fictional hometown of Gilmore Girls.


I love the blue grey wooden snowflakes.
I found them at Lowe's after Christmas and had to have them.


I added a strand of snowflake lights for a little light in the evenings.


I hope you are all staying warm & cozy this Winter.
See you soon!

 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Go ahead & grab a hot beverage because I've got lots of pictures
to show you today.
Let's do this home tour all in one post.
I'll even promise to keep the chit chat to a minimum.




Come on in!
Welcome!

We did several home projects this year which I, being 
a sporadic blogger this year, did not share yet!
Hopefully you won't notice them here.

Let's start in the living room.
I went with a red, white & black theme this year.








Now into the entryway we go.

This old window is right next to the front door.


Straight ahead, you'll see my 
"It's A Wonderful Life" themed vignette.


I have always loved this movie.
My husband, over the years, has come to love it too.
This vignette was so much fun to put together.

Now let's head into the dining room.
I pretty much always keep to a white, cream,
blue, silver & gold palette in here.






And the sitting room...





 Next up, the kitchen...





Moving on to the center hallway.

This little tree was all about pastels...
pink, blush, blue, mint, gray.



 I even gave the bathroom shelf (below) some holiday spirit.


 Next is the master bedroom...




I hope you enjoyed my Christmas home tour this year.

It's always a pleasure to have you visit.

Merry Christmas!!!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween

I've been trying to put up a few photos of my Halloween decor for weeks now.
I finally got a chance to do it.  
Phew...I made it with a few days to spare!  



I didn't put out a lot of Halloween decor this year.
Just a few of my favorite vintage looking pieces here & there.



Happy Halloween!  


 

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....






Woohoo!  
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!



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