July 30, 2014

Happy Yellow Living Room Decor

Most of you know that I love decorating with yellow ! So I wanted to share with you some yellow pillows that I’ve been using this summer in the living room (which is a light shade of yellow) and a cute wreath that I made.

Happy yellow living room decor

Below is a book page cone wreath I made a while a go and spray painted yellow. Love it!

yellow book page cone wreath

You can still see some of the print of the book pages. I tried to spray the center more yellow than the outside part (I thought it would be sort of flower like) but it didn’t really work :) It actually looks more like I tried to ombre it! Either way it works for me!

Yellow and white "Happy Home" typography pillow

Isn’t the “happy home” pillow cute! I love typography so I was really happy to find this pillow because I strive to have a happy home (as I’m sure you all do). I believe I got that at TJMaxx but it was back in April or May so I doubt they would still have it.  I know the two geometric  pillows are from Target since I saw them there last week.  They come in a set of two and they’re reversible. The back is solid yellow.  I think they have them in a couple of color ways.

Yellow and red cottage style living room decor

The square mirrored tray is also from Target and after eyeing it for months I finally was able to get it on clearance!

Cheerful cottage style living room

Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my cheery cottage style living room and thanks for stopping by!

My Chalkboard Kitchen Wall & Some Kitchen Organization

I wanted to show you guys my new chalkboard kitchen wall and a few little changes in the kitchen! My kitchen has been in a crazy state lately because I’m clearing my counters off, re-organizing cabinets and purging lots of stuff.

What a cute idea! A chalkboard wall with a  kitchen measurement conversion chart on it!

So this chalkboard project started because I  had lots of stuff sitting on this part of my kitchen counter (next to my cook top) that I moved to other places and then, since this area looked so nice, I just wanted a new look. :)  So I painted that wall with some chalkboard paint that I already had and for now I have a sort of kitchen measurement conversion chart on it.

DIY Toile Art

This is the before. I made these pictures I think about 10 years ago. They’re just pieces of toile fabric that I glued onto some cardboard and framed. This wall is a little strange in that the wall oven is behind it. This wall is actually covered in white with gold fleck formica! I’ve painted over it many many times because this kitchen has been about 7 different colors!

Cooking measurements chalkboard wall

This is the after. I thought cooking measurements would be cute for now.  I can always change it to something else like dinner menus or a saying later on. That’s the beauty of chalkboard – it’s definitely for those who like to change things up!

organize your cooking oils on a lazy susan

Some changes I made to this little counter top area -I used a Lazy Susan that I was using in my refrigerator to organize my most used oils (not sure I like it in the fridge – I think it took up too much space). I would have liked to have put the oils in the cabinet with the spices but those shelves don’t move so these bottles don’t fit. That’s my fancy Davis & Waddell pepper mill that I got at the thrift store in May!

Target Threshold white utensil holder

I don’t have a lot of drawers so I like to keep my larger utensils out since it makes them easy to grab when I’m cooking. I cook a lot! I sometimes cook 3 meals a day – most days at least 2. So whatever makes things easier for me!  I just got this cute utensil holder at Target – it’s part of the Threshold line.

black and white marble checkerboard floor and chalkboard wall

So this little counter space used to be filled with all kinds of things that have found new homes! Now I have a little more room to the left of my cook top and I was really shocked at what a difference this little change makes in my enjoyment of cooking!

Chalkboard wall in the kitchen with cooking measurements

My favorite thing though is the chalkboard wall!

I also re-organized my broom closet turned pantry and a few other things in the kitchen – so look for those future posts!

Have a great weekend!

New Seating Area In The Veggie Garden

Hi everyone! We’re still plugging away at projects here. But I wanted to share with you a new seating area in my vegetable garden. Some of you may remember that my daughter and I built a paver patio in the veggie garden a few years ago (link here).

A pretty seating in a vegetable garden

Anyway, we moved my potting bench into the garden onto that patio when we re-did our back door area (link here). Plus I took out my strawberry bed and my reclaimed door garden shed. So I had a big open space that I felt needed to be filled with something. So I decided to stage it as a little seating area. I used furniture I already had. I only bought some new seat cushions from Target and solar light/plant hanger from Big Lots.

Let me show you around. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Entrance into the vegetable garden

As you walk into the vegetable garden you go past our blueberry bushes to your right (we took down the blueberry hut as well link here if you want to see what it looked like).

garden display of coleus, old shutter, old bench and plate flower

This little bench is from a picnic table set we first had when we moved to this house. The shutter I’ve had for a while. I have two- one I actually finished re-painting and it hangs in my screened in porch. Don’t remember where I got the wire basket from but I painted Home Sweet Home on the front.  It’s filled with some coleus (which I really like because they are super easy to propagate). The dish flower is from Cracker Barrel.

old french door repurposed in a garden

This is the door from my garden shed which I’m repurposing as garden art. I was going to hang a window box on it but decided that I didn’t want to damage it since I’d like to reuse it at some point.  The blue pots in iron hangers I’ve had forever. They’re planted with some potato vine. Love their chartreuse color!

blue transferware in an old iron planter

I used to keep some garden tools in this iron planter. Now it’s filled with some blue transferware that I don’t use any more. The blackberry vine is from blackberry bushes I have growing on the outside of the fence.

a concrete chicken in the vegetable garden

The only chicken I have :)

seating area in the vegetable garden

The view is pretty nice from this seating area and it’s a great place to take a break from weeding!

looking out onto the vegetable garden

Tour of the garden coming soon!

zinnias growing in the vegetable garden

My Fourth of July Chalkboard

4th of July chalkboard art

I only did a little decorating for the 4th of July since we won’t be home for most the day anyway. I re-did the chalkboard in my dining room with a 4th of July theme.

Fourth of July Chalkboard Art

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

My Summer Porch Tour

I thought since it’s now “officially” summer that I would share what my screened in porch looks like this year. We’ve made a few changes. We moved some furniture down to the patio to stage it and I moved some other furniture into the porch.  One thing I’ve realized is that in the summer I don’t need a lot of “decor” on the porch.  The stars are the scenery since it’s off our top floor,  the birds we see in the trees and the delicious breeze we usually get. So I didn’t do a lot of decorating of surfaces and stuff like that this summer but I did paint and repurpose a lot of items. So I’ll just start in one area and work my way around! Be warned there are lots of photos so this is a long post.

Lots of Summer Porch Decorating Ideas

 Welcome to our summer screened porch!

Summer Porch Tour - small dining area on the porch
Our porch is long so we’ve always divided it into two distinct areas – dining and seating. We moved our large patio table and chairs downstairs and I repurposed a little bistro table I had. I had to spray paint it white and then I took a glass table top that I’ve been storing in my closet for about 12 years (that’s why this is not an organizing blog!)  and put that on top of the table.  Our “living room” area used to be on this end but this summer I switched it up. I’m still getting used to it!
Green geometric indoor/outdoor rug

It’s really just my husband and myself that come out here these days so a table for two is perfect. My husband comes out here with his work laptop before I get up  in the morning to get some work done. Which is why that power cord is there in case his battery dies.

hydrangeas from the garden

*I took these photos during the course of a day and my husband kept switching pillows on me!*  I spray painted that blue metal table since it was a really faded green and a bit rusted. He often has his personal laptop out here as well as his work one so he needed a place to put that (he does his Swagbucks in the morning on his personal laptop).

begonias in galvanized planters

Moving on…this plant stand is from Ikea. I think I got it last year or the year before. It might make it one more year…might. Anyway, I usually have ferns in these galvanized buckets (from Home Depot). But I saw these two big Begonias and remembered that I used to have a huge Begonia while I was in college. So feeling a bit nostalgic…I went for the Begonias instead of ferns this year!

Decorating with a fern on the porch

I did have to have at least one fern. I think it’s a requirement for Southern porches! I also spray painted this old plant stand to give it new life (I’ve done sooooo much spray painting this month).

screened porch decorated for summer

The seating area is now sort of in the middle of the porch.

industrial look galvanized lantern

I love this galvanized lantern and my planter cup of lavender! I put them on a tray so they would be easy to move when we want to put our feet up on the coffee table. :)

wall fountain in screened porch

There’s a wall fountain close by that we like to turn on.

DIY mosaic topped yellow buffet on the screened porch

This is a buffet that I did a  little makeover on long, long time ago. I did a mosaic on the top with broken plates and tiles with some tips from my blog  friend Penny @ The Comforts of Home. That’s a vintage galvanized watering can on top that I use to water the porch and deck plants and  a container of lettuce that I just started. There’s a skylight over this table so I’m hoping I can grow some lettuce on the porch without it bolting in this heat!

a planter filled with white petunias and a chalkboard plant marker

A planter of petunias with a little iron fairy peeking out which was a gift from my blog friend Linda.

Summer screened in porch tour

That’s it – those blue doors are the entrance to the dining room.

I hope you enjoyed the porch tour!


Linking to: Wow Us Wednesday, Creative Ways Link Party

Decorating With Faux Animal Mounts

Faux taxidermy has become a really popular trend in decorating the past couple of years! At first I didn’t like it at all. I mean, it’s a select group of people that embrace the whole animal head on the wall look. But after a while they sort of grew on me (the fake ones).

Decorating with faux taxidermy

I think it’s because  the fake ones are usually white , white with a color or even decoupaged – so they’re not life like at all. Now I see them more as modern art – as sculptures.

Creating a unique focal wall with faux taxidermy

I started with one that I bought at Target last year (see how mainstream they are) and now I’ve added two more small ones to make a unique focal point on this wall with the mirror.

faux taxidermy

The two I added started out as sort of black/bronze and I admit they looked a bit creepy to me! But a few passes with some white satin spray paint and they fit right in with the one from Target.

mirror reflecting part of living room

I love how the mirror on this wall reflects the living room!

decorating with faux animal head mounts

They are a bit quirky but so is the rest of the house!  I think I’m going to make a flower garland to hang around the stag head!

Fresh Look For My Small China Cabinet

Hi!  I was looking at my small black china cabinet that’s in my dining room and realized that I hadn’t changed the flowers in the planter on top of it since last fall! It still had fall hydrangeas and bittersweet in it. So since we had a few days of stormy afternoons I thought I’d do something fun for a change and fix up my china cabinet! Painting walls & scraping wallpaper is not as much fun as it used to be :)

black and white themed china cabinet - white typography and numbered accessories

So this cabinet is narrow and the shelf space is teeny. You can only get small things in this cabinet which is ok because small things don’t cost much and small things are easy to store.

Nest plate from TJMaxx

My eagle eyed daughter found this plate at TJMaxx while we were supposed to be shopping for a Father’s Day present and insisted that I get it (no argument from me)!

faux hydrangea stems

I have lots of faux hydrangeas in every color. I always buy them at the end of season clearance. By lots I mean I have a large plastic bin full of them! I pulled out all my white hydrangeas and went to work on my red planter box.

white hydrangea arrangement and lithographed tray

I really don’t have a clue about arranging “arrangements”.  I used every white – whitish hydrangea stem that I had and re-did this planter a few times until I got tired and decided that this looked just fine.

I also moved one of my lithographed trays over the cabinet (I had a thrift store picture in a black frame before which you can see in this post). I thought the background of the tray played off the wrapping paper I used for the back of the cabinet. Plus the yellow of the lemons reference all the yellow I use in my home.

Here are a few more photos:

small black china cabinet filled with black and white accessories


white ceramic pig in a china cabinet


black and white china cabinet

I like red and yellow but I also like black!

vintage brass chandelier

Back to painting!

Linking to: Savvy Southern Style

Free Home Decor Printable – Chickens, Burlap & Chicken Wire!

My daughter is retiring a lot of things in her Etsy store (hard at work on her demo reel) and as she does, I’ll be offering them as free printables on the blog. The first is a a really good one because it combines 3 favorites – chickens, burlap and chicken wire!  Here’s an example of how the free 3 Hens printable would look framed. Free art – can’t beat that!

Free home decor printable

She used burlap as the background for the chickens and surrounded them with chicken wire for a pretty farmhouse style print

free home decor printable of 3 chickens on burlap background

Click on the  sample photo below to access the print. Another page will open up. Print it out (regular printer paper is fine – card stock does make it look nicer) and then frame it.  I trimmed the white part off to fit my frame. Or just  put it on a clipboard or decoupage on to some wood for a great piece of free art!

three chickens free printable

I’ve found that Chrome works better for me when printing things from the web but maybe that’s just my computer :)

11 Easy & Simple Patriotic Decorating Ideas

I’ve collected 11 awesome DIY decorating ideas that would be easy for you to make for any patriotic holiday. Not only are these ideas easy to duplicate, they’re low cost (love that)!

A collection of easy and cute patriotic decorating ideas

11 Easy To Make Patriotic Decorating Ideas

mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint

Wouldn’t this mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint be super cute on a buffet table holding your utensils, straws or even filled with flowers or pinwheels!

Patriotic apothecary jars by  Makoodle

Apothecary jars are always an easy way to decorate seasonally. These are from Makoodle  

patriotic flower centerpiece by Heritage Schoolhouse

Recycle some old glass bottles and add some pretty red & blue ribbon and you have a beautiful and easy centerpiece like this one from Heritage Schoolhouse

Patriotic fabric bunting by Second Chances by Susan

Second Chances by Susan made this fabulous patriotic bunting from strips of fabric!

Mini flag wreath by The Picky Apple

Make this gorgeous patriotic wreath by sticking cheap mini flags in a wreath form like this one from The Picky Apple

Painted USA craft letters from BHG

Paint some inexpensive craft letters that spell USA –  like these from BHG

Patriotic paint chip bunting by Nest of Posies

This cute red, white and blue bunting from Nest of Posies is made from paint chips!

banner made from bandans by Life In Wonderland

Here’s one more banner and it’s from  Life In Wonderland. This one is made from bandanas – so cute!

Patriotic clothespin wreath by Cat's Craft Room

Here a way to upcycle clothespins. Make this pretty patriotic wreath! See the tutorial at Cat’s Craft Room

Patriotic days chain decoration

This is a cute way to decorate your deck and you can get the kids involved. Make these patriotic daisy chains from the DIY Network

DIY firecracker centerpiece from All You

This fun DIY centerpiece is easy to make. Tutorial can be found at All You

These decorations will be sure to add a festive touch to your celebrations!

My New (to me) Dining Room China Cabinet

My husband got me a new china cabinet for the dining room (I got to pick it out) for Mother’s Day! I had few to choose from that needed painting but I really wasn’t looking forward to adding one more thing to my to do list, so I was lucky to find one that someone had already painted.

cottage china cabinet decorated with red and yellow plates, Country Living Rooster Plaes
All I did was paint some of the beadboard backing yellow. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time dressing it up – but I didn’t want to show it to you empty (that wouldn’t be fun :) )!

KMart Country Living Rooster Dishes

I used some Country Living plates and bowls that were purchased at K-Mart (I don’t know if they still have them – I got them in 2009).

thrifted rooster prints w/yellow candle holders on a white china cabinet

That’s the rooster print I found at the thriftstore that I showed you here with my other thrifty finds.

cottagey china cabinet with Country Living Rooster plates

I love that each shelf in the top part of the cabinet has two grooves for plates!

folded linen in a china cabinet bottom

I used to have a black chest of drawers in this spot (which I gave to my daughter) and it held all my tablecloths, placemats, tablerunners and my collection of vintage silverware .  I went through my  “collection” and got rid of quite a few linens. But as you can see I have room to grow (love table linens!).

vintage sewing drawer and yellow candle holder

An old sewing machine drawer is holding our cloth napkins.  I put the placemats in one of the drawers but I think I’ll move them down with the other linens.

cottage style white china cabinet

One of these days I’ll probably paint the hardware or maybe replace it (like after we move).  It’s the china cabinet I always wanted – it’s so cottagey!  Which is the style that I like. I didn’t want anything too formal. I also like it because it’s not as deep as the one in the living room (which takes a huge amount of plates to make a display). So this one should be easier to change around!



Painted Bench Makeover For The Deck

About  17 years ago my husband and I were walking through Target and I saw a bench that was on clearance. This was my first ever clearance purchase at Target! I can still remember how excited I was that I found it because we had just purchased our first house and money was tight. But this was something I could afford, it had a little bit of storage and it was perfect for my entry way. The stars aligned that day!

Painted bench makeover - the after

Fast forward 3 years-we sold that house and purchased this house and I didn’t have anywhere to put my bench…so it sat on my back patio….for years and years… and years. But now I spruced up my bench with a little paint and put it on my newly stained deck  and it’s perfect! (I’m taking down my curtains in the screened porch to wash them and was too lazy to move the ladder out of the shot).

Painted Bench Makeover

My husband needs someplace to sit when he’s grilling and I used to have a little red bistro set on the deck for that purpose. But I thought this bench would be much more comfortable for him.

painted bench with storage

Plus the seat lifts up and it’s a perfect place to stash his grilling tools (and get them out of my kitchen)!

Black painted bench on deck - before and after makeover

I used some black exterior paint I already had to paint it.  I decided to go with black for a variety of reasons. The deck color is called cedar but when it’s wet it can look almost pumpkin? Sometimes it looks brown sometimes it looks more orange – depends on the light (my husband is not fond of it but I’m not re-doing it).  Black was a color that looked good with the deck color. Also, you see the deck from a big picture window in the kitchen and my floors are black and white and my counters are black. So it helps to tie the two spaces together.

white garden bench

Here’s the before. It originally was some type of blond wood and I painted it white when we moved to this house.

container herb garden with washi tape herb markers

Next to the bench (on the other side of the steps leading to the backyard) is my container herb garden that I showed you how I planted here.

fern potted in a black urn

This potted fern is going to go next to the door leading into the screened in porch.

The deck is done! Yay one project is completed. Only about 20 more left to go before we can list this house! :)

The Perfect Spring Pillow

So I’m lightening things up in the living room for spring and I have some new pillows to share with you. Well 1 pillow today since I want to wash my white slipcovers before putting my other new pillows on that seating.  I bought a pretty aqua chevron pillow cover at Hobby Lobby a while ago and I wanted to make a really big yellow ruffled rosette for the center but we have been so busy working on our deck (what a huge exhausting project) that I just never had time.

Spring Decorations - aqua chevron pillow with yellow rosette

So for the time being I made a little rosette from some yellow toile fabric and am calling it good because otherwise this pillow would never see the light of day!

Yellow rosette on aqua chevron pillows

The lampshade is from Target – their Threshold line – which I really like since so many things are yellow.  :)

Yellow Threshold lampshade from Target

A yellow lampshade does not give off much light! But it’s ok because this is the lamp I leave on at night and it emits nice soft glow now that it has a yellow shade.  It’s on a swing arm lamp that I got at the thrift store many years ago (used to be gold and I spray painted it white).

Yellow polka dot vase filled with spring flowers

Some pretty faux spring flowers

Spring Decorating with Yellow

A little corner fluffed for spring!

My Garden Hose Wreath

We had a new Goodwill open close to us a month ago and it has just been a treasure trove! They always seem to be super good those first few months.  We have found all kinds of great things there and one thing I want to show you is a not bad looking garden hose wreath that I got for $2.92. This was a great thrifty find since I’ve been wanting to make this type of wreath for quite some time! It was a little scraggly looking so I had to fix it up.

DIY Garden Hose Wreath

Below is what it looked like to begin with. Not toooooo bad but obviously missing some flowers.

thrifted garden hose wreath

I was lucking to already find one in the shape of a wreath but you can easily make your own by winding a length of an old hose around in a circle a few times and securing it with zip ties or twist ties like on my wreath below.

zip tie garden hose into a wreath form

That’s all and it’s a great way to upcycle an old garden hose (or you can buy the cheapest 15 foot hose you can find). I suppose if the hose color doesn’t work for you then you could use one of those spray paints made for plastic, but that seems like a pain in the you know where.

upcycled garden hose wreath

Then I just stuck in various fake flowers and added a little clay pot and a bird that I already had  (if I had any clean gardening gloves I would have added those too…but I dont). I plan on hanging mine on the gate that leads into my vegetable garden,  so it’s going to have some shelter from an arbor that has grapes growing on it. But it’s still going to be exposed to the elements so I didn’t put anything fragile on it. If  you make one and your front door is covered or you put it in a screened in porch, then you can add so many other things like seed packets etc since you don’t have to worry about them getting wet.

Garden Hose Wreath

Here it is all done!  I didn’t want to make it spring specific since I plan on keeping it on my newly painted garden gate.

Linking to: Wow Us Wednesday

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