September 20, 2014

Some Different Things That I Collect

I  wanted to share some photos of different things that I collect that are part of my decor before I pack them up. I have 4 bookcases in the living room from Ikea that have extenders on the top where I house some of my collectibles.

Decorating with collections

Fortunately I’ll be able to take the bookcases with me. I’m just not sure I’m actually going to be putting some of these collections back though (not sure I’ll use the extenders). Quite a bit will be sold in the garage sale we’ll be having before we move.

vintage rooster collection

This is my collection of roosters. A few are vintage. The big ones were all found at thrift stores and I think I’m going to sell those.

teapot collection

This is my collection of tea pots.  I’m only keeping 3.

Vintage Mackenzie Childs Courtly  Checks teapot

I’m keeping this blue and white transferware teapot, the Mackenzie-Childs teapot (which is over 20 years old and I can’t remember the pattern – Courtly Check?) and the cherry pot-for-one in the first photo.

white pitcher collection

I’m only going to take  2 or 3 white pitchers. I do use a couple of them frequently. Although,  I rarely use the big wide one or the small one. So those and a few others are destined for the garage sale for sure.

mercury glass collection

Lastly some of my mercury glass collection (I have more in the garage).  I like to use mercury glass in the winter so I’ll keep my favorite pieces. But the ones that I’m not so attached to, like the mercury glass decanter in the back of the shelf, will be sold.  Not sure about the globes just yet. 3 are vintage – I may keep those.

I’m packing up the easy stuff first since we’re still waiting on underwriting to approve the buyers loan (don’t want to have to unpack a ton if their loan doesn’t go through). We should know by the end of the week if everything is ok on that front :)

Dining Room China Cabinet Makeover

I tweaked a lot of rooms in my home for an agent’s open house so I thought I’d share what I did with my dining room china cabinet.

Dining room hutch makeover - soup tureen collection on top of hutch

I have a collection of soup tureens which I keep on the top of my kitchen cabinets. I took a few and placed them on top of this china cabinet. The little soup tureens used to be in my little black china cabient in the dining room (which I sold). So they’ve found a new home for the time being.

Colorful gingham straws in a blue canning jar {china hutch makeover}

Aren’t these colorful gingham paper straws fun!

Mainstays home rooster cups {china cabinet makeover}

The dishes are an old Mainstays  Home pattern which I found at a thrift store many years ago.

aqua vintage look drinking glasses

These vintage looking  aqua glasses and pitcher came from Hobby Lobby (sort of looks like depression glass). I got them on clearance back in April I think. Each glass was originally $7.99 (which I think is a crazy price). I got them for 80% off, the pitcher too. They are food safe so we’ve used them a few times this summer. I really would have liked 6 glasses but they only had 4 blue ones left (the others were clear).

vintage cow print

This vintage cow print used to be in my kitchen.

Colorful cottage style china cabinet

This china cabinet was a present from my husband and it’s one of my favorite pieces!

Dining room hutch makeover - soup tureen collection on top of hutch

My Entryway Makeover

Our house will be on the market next week (I’m exhuasted!) so I can start to show you some of the changes we made and I’ll begin with my small foyer.

Enryway mirror with galvanized tin "Welcome" banner - Entryway makeover

Below is a before photo of my entryway. I tried to make the best of a small space to give it some personality.  Among the many things I sold is my red hall tree (which originally came from Goodwill).

Cute entry way with gallery wall and red hall tree

We packed away all the vintage dog prints and the dog plates except one. We took everything off the walls (opposite the halltree I had a set of three Katie Daisy prints). We had to paint the whole foyer because I had so many nail holes that needed patching!

Entryway makeover - white cabinet from Target

We bought a little cabinet from Target because it fits the space well but I gotta tell you….we’ve had this cabinet for several weeks now and it’s still off gassing. I’m very sensitive to those types of things so I’m glad it’s not in a room I spend a lot of time in!

Spode Woodland Hunting Dogs plate - Golden Retriever

This is one of the Spode Hunting Dog plates we had hanging on the wall around the door. I chose the Golden Retriever one in memory of our Golden Maxie.

mercury glass candlestick and topiary vignette

A topiary that I used to have in my bathroom , mercury glass candlestick (I have a bunch of those) and some candles.

large silver lantern in the entryway

I don’t have an outlet in the foyer so I couldn’t put a lamp on the cabinet, but I found this huge shiny lantern on clearance from TJMaxx! Love it!!

Entryway cabinet decor

I don’t really have anything to put inside the cabinet so I just used the two toile boxes that store my candles in it for the time being. The mirror we had in another room ( TJMaxx or Garden Ridge) and I don’t remember where I got the galvanized tin banner (it was in my stash of banners and worked perfectly here)! You can write on it with chalk!

Of course, the whole thing looks terribly empty and neutral to me but apparently that’s what it’s supposed to look like when you’re selling! I’m sure most people will like the after, I like the before!   :)

More to come….


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!

Linking to: Wow Us Wednesday

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!

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 :)

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!

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