Thursday, March 15, 2018

Adding a touch of spring

I fell in love with this gorgeous Veranda Garden Wreath* from PermaLeaf® and couldn't wait to hang it! With Valentine's Day behind us, I needed to add something add a touch of spring so why not start at the front door?

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I selected the wreath online; it looked beautiful in the photo and when it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at its quality and beauty. The colors are rich and the depth of textures really make this wreath stand out from others I've seen. I'm so happy with it!

I've been slowly adding other touches of spring (and Easter) around the home, here and there in the living room, kitchen and family room.

Living room mantle and piano top:

Family room mantel and antique dresser top:

And, one last look at this lovely wreath:

*I received the wreath at no charge, but all opinions are mine. My thanks to PermaLeaf® for sending me this free wreath in exchange for an honest review. Visit to see more of their products. You can also visit them on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Is it too early for Valentine's Day?

I think not. It's always been sad for me to take down and put away all of my Christmas decor. So, I can't wait until the next holiday (which happens to be Valentine's Day).
So, just some simple decorations for the day we celebrate love...

A little ribbon heart I made a while back adorns the living room mantle. And below, a store-bought sign when you enter my house and a sweet vintage heart hangs on my lamp on the entryway table.

A friend of mine made me this little quilt and it adds just the right pop of color to my white and gray family room.

Finally, hugs and kisses on the mantle. Happy Valentine's Day (a little early)!

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We had our first snowfall here and it was just enough to make it seem like it really is the Christmas season. My home got a light dusting of Christmas, too. I didn't go overboard like I usually do, but here are my favorite areas: First, up: the living room:

I apologize for the lighting on the following pictures, but if I wait for a sunny day, these will never get posted. I should have taken them all at once because the lighting was really good for the ones in the living room. Oh well, lessons learned.

Second: Little vignette in the hallway:

The Kitchen:
I love this window sill, but since we've added the screened porch, the light doesn't come through as much and it's not as spectacular as it once was with the sun shining through the blue bottles. It still makes me smile while doing dishes, though. I love that I have everything in my yard to clip -- the holly and pine, that is. Flowers are from Trader Joes.

Family room: I haven't really moved beyond this point with my decorations. Slowly, but surely!

Notice the shiplap on the wall. P.S. It's not "real" shiplap. Post about that to come. Well, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all just in case I don't get back here before that!
Linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday; click here

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving ..Grateful for so much!

So, my friend Cassie inspired me to share what I am grateful for. If you haven't read her blog, you must! It's one of my favorites. She is very talented: designing, painting and writing. I thought I had energy -- she blows me with her enthusiasm for life. Find her blog here.
And, I am grateful for ...

1. My family. They are the best and I'm sad that my two oldest live far from me. Well, my middle son is only 3 hours away, but still.
2. My beautiful and amazing new daughter-in-law. She is one special person and we are so happy to have her as part of our family.
3. That I will become a grandma next year. Woo hoo!
4. My new dog, Maisie. We adopted her from Turkey. and she is aMaising (get it?)

5. That we could hold a beautiful, meaningful and fun wedding in our back yard (you will see the results in future posts).
6. I am just plain grateful. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Screened Porch Reveal...only about 7 months later

I love, love, love my screened in porch. If you live in a hot, humid area (during the summer and sometimes fall and spring) and mosquitoes are abundant, it's a must for enjoying the outdoors. I practically lived out there this summer (when I wasn't working). I told you about a wicker set I found at an online yard sale for $50 -- cushions and all! Well, I spent about $300 to get them recovered and I couldn't be happier. They are exactly what I wanted.

I took my time looking for a table for out there and ended up buying one at the Habitat for Humanity Re-store for $100 and get this -- it's from restoration hardware! It had a broken leg and my handy husband fixed it. I coated it with a matte polyurethane and we were good to go! Bought the four chairs at Bed, Bath and Beyond on sale and I am still on the hunt for two chairs at the end. I have patience and I know I will find them.

I found this nifty bottle cap opener and collector at Home Goods. I painted the blue stripes to coordinate with my cushions.

This "side table" is actually a hamper I found at a consignment shop for $20. I spray painted it black to match the wicker and found a glass round top at a local hotel consignment dealer for $5. This place has everything from mirrors to paintings to lamps and, of course, round glass tops!

I'm now in the process of putting everything away for the winter so I will probably show it off again this summer when all my hydrangeas are in bloom. In the meantime, I'm linking to Metomorphis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. Click here to join the party!

Monday, October 16, 2017

From Roadside to Back Porch: Old Hutch Transformation

It's been awhile. Between hosting a wedding in my backyard, touring colleges and trying to get my son ready for his junior year of high school, I've been busy. However, I wanted to show off a project I did before the wedding (don't worry...a post about the wedding -- maybe several posts) will be coming in the near future.

I walk/run every day, which allows me first dibs on roadside finds if I'm fast enough. I happened to be walking past a house when a guy was carrying out this old hutch to set it at the end of his driveway. I promptly told him to put it back and I would be back in 20 minutes to pick it up! I had a vision.

Ever since reading the wonderful blog, Between Naps on the Porch, I knew I wanted a hutch to hold all of my outside glassware (actually plasticware) and items for the grill. So, after coaxing my husband to help me load it into the truck, I went to work.

I sanded it and primed it and used exterior black paint to match my wicker -- exterior so it would stand up to the weather as it's not really meant to be outdoors. I figured even if it only lasts a few years, it was basically free!

Here it is before. I meant to snap a photo of it with the glass doors on it, but I forgot!

I told a scrap piece of bead board (from our porch ceiling) and attached it to the back. I wanted it to pop against the black and tie in the color from my cushions. This blue paint did the job!

And, here it is...tah dah!!

I'm linking this to Metamorphis Monday on the very blog I told you about...Between Naps on the Porch! Click here to join the party!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bridal Shower Tea Party

Just last weekend, I hosted a bridal shower tea party for my future daughter-in-law. It was so much fun to plan and even more fun having it!! I tried some new recipes and with the help of one of her lovely bridesmaids, we actually pulled it off. Here are the results (I bet you'll be hungry after reading this!).
 Invites designed by my sister and me.

Everyone got to choose their own tea cup to keep! I've been collecting them for more than 30 years (time to purge!!)

Fun little game. Winner got to keep the pitcher and candy.

I designed these letters and created the tea caddy from an old toolbox.

I created the cake/cookie plates from candlesticks and dishes. Collected a bunch of vintage plates just for this shower. I love them!

Teabag shortbread cookies dipped in dark mint chocolate!

Apple and puff pastry roses...hard to make, but oh, aren't they pretty?!

Lemon curd blossoms. 
Easy as pie!

Lots of goodies!

The bride-to-be and me  (in our party hats!)
Linking to Make it Pretty Monday at  the Dedicated House. Visit here.