Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Room Updates & New Chairs!

I hope you are having a great summer! It's going by way too fast. Hannah starts 8th grade in 4 weeks and Taylor has about 6 weeks before starting college! 

I recently went on a mini vacay/road trip with my 2 sisters. That's the first time we've all gone away together (with no hubs or kids!). We drove to St. Louis, MO and then on to Fort Leonard Wood to attend my nephews Army graduation ceremony. We had a blast and stayed up way too late and ate way too much junk food! Good times!

Now we'll get to the real reason for this post. 

My new chairs from Target!

I have wanted new chairs for the family room since, well, forever. I've been eyeing these for the past year and when they recently went on sale I decided it was time to order them. I ended up getting a really good deal on them too. They're regularly listed at $159.00 each but I paid just $111.99 each plus free shipping!

My family room is the one room in my house that I just can't seem to get "right". It's a long and narrow room with a sliding glass door on one wall. It's open to the kitchen and eating area as well. I've moved the furniture around in there so many times but it never looked right to me. However, I think I've finally found an arrangement that is the best for the size and shape of the room. 

Working with the brown sofa isn't easy. It's staying so I tried to lightened everything up around it and make it fit in. In my dream room I would have a light gray or white sofa. Right now that's an unnecessary expense and isn't practical with kids and a dog. You know, the typical stuff.

The blue and vintage pillow covers and gray & blue throw are all from H&M.

The chairs are very comfortable and help add some much needed seating and color to the room.

This is looking into the family room from the eating area/kitchen. The sliding door that leads outside is on the left.

I'm really happy with the addition of the chairs and furniture placement. I would still love to add crown molding someday and the hunter green ceiling fan needs updated. I always crop it out of the photo's because it's so dated and ugly.

Tell me what you think of the furniture placement. Would you do something different? Do you have a room that's hard to decorate too? I'd love your feedback!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Celebrating the 4th of July with Ball Jars - Part 2

I'm back with some more fun ideas using Ball Brand Jars. If you missed my last post about decorating for the 4th of July with Ball Jars you can check it out here.

One space that I always change around for the seasons and holidays is my hallway shelf. 

I rarely buy anything new for this shelf. Instead, I love to "shop" my house to create a unique and fun display. The vintage aqua jars are my favorite and are always used somewhere in my decor.

Another area that gets changed around a lot is the console table in our family room.

Of course my Drink Station had to get in on the July 4th decor too! 

There's nothing like a glass (Ball Jar!) of freshly brewed sweet tea on a hot summer day!

A Dollar Store silver tray is perfect for holding Ball Jars ready for lemonade or iced tea.

Right now I'm using the 1-Gallon Decorative Jar as a cookie jar. I'm sure it will get moved around and used for a variety of things! I think it would be great in my craft room .... maybe to store washi tape or stamps?

Our Keurig is used a lot in the summer. We love the brew-over-ice
 K cups!

One more thing before I go .... I promised to share the tutorial for the painted pot I shared in my last post. It's a super easy project and perfect for the 4th of July!


Terra Cotta Pot
 Paint - white, red, blue
Painters Tape
Sand Paper
Hot Glue Gun
Burlap Ribbon

How cute is this?!

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!  

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celebrating the 4th of July with Ball Jars. . . . .

Hey friends! Can you believe the 4th of July is almost here? This summer sure is flying by!  I love to decorate for the 4th and have been pinning some great ideas to my 4th of July Pinterest Board

You all know that I love Ball Brand Canning Jars. So when I was contacted by Lauren at Jarden Home Brands to sample some products I jumped at the chance! I decided on the Wide Mouth Pint Jars and the 1-Gallon Decorative Jar.

I love using Ball Brand Jars for craft storage, drinking glasses and food storage. However, I've never used them for a recipe. Until now. Of course I had to make one of my favorite desserts .....

No Bake Cheesecake in a Jar

This recipe was so easy and my family loved it!

I used the wide mouth pint jars but you could use any size jar. The recipe called for strawberries on top but I opted to serve fruit (blueberries, raspberries & strawberries) on the side. That way everyone can make their own personal cheesecake! How fun would these be at a 4th of July picnic!

Here is another fun idea using Ball Brand Jars ....

Personal drinking glass, utensils, straw & napkin all in one!

You know how hard it is to carry a paper plate and a drink and a fork and a napkin without dropping or spilling anything. 

Here is the solution .... fill individual Ball Brand Jars with a napkin, utensils and a straw. So easy! 

See that red, white & blue flower pot holding the sparklers? That was a Pinterest project that I finally got around to doing. It was super easy to do and I'll share the tutorial in another post.

Be sure to stop back soon. I'll be sharing some ideas using the Ball Brand 1-Gallon Decorative Jar.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Front Porch and Patio Tour

Hello friends! I'm sharing my summer front porch and patio today. This year I updated a few things with spray paint and we purchased some new chairs for the patio. Just about everything else is stuff I already had.

Summer 2014 Front Porch

I cannot wait for the hydrangeas to bloom! We planted them last year and they were beautiful!
This is what they looked like last summer ...

Now lets check out the backyard and patio ...

Summer 2014 Patio

My pallet table is still holding up great! I just gave it a fresh coat of paint and it was good to go!

I purchased the outdoor rug last year at Target and it's holding up great too. I have been really good about putting it away when rain is expected. My last outdoor rug didn't last long because I was lazy and left it out in all kinds of weather!

We purchased 4 gray chairs from Target this year. They are comfortable, hold up to the crazy Ohio weather and are reasonably priced too!

We have 2 separate seating areas but the chairs are lightweight and easy to move around.

I planted some herbs this year and they are doing great! 

This is the parsley and sweet basil.

Here is the cilantro .... there's nothing better than fresh cilantro on tacos or burritos!

I also planted mint and love adding it to water and iced tea.

I found the Backyard Subway Art at Bed, Bath & Beyond. The area next to the clock/thermometer needed something and this fit perfectly.

Here is the other side of the patio where our table is.

We like to have dinner outside and listen to the fountain. It's very relaxing!

I still want to add some colorful outdoor lights to the umbrella. It seems a little blah and needs some color!

Well that wraps up the Summer Porch & Patio tour! 

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