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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July

Hello and welcome! 

I can't believe today is July 1st! This summer is going by way too fast!
Today I'm sharing some of my July 4th decor. I didn't buy anything new ... just used stuff I already had. 

Let's start with the front porch ....


I was worried that the yellow and turquoise wouldn't work with the red, white and blue but I actually like the way it turned out.





Moving inside, here is my hallway shelf that I love to decorate for the holidays and seasons.


I found the large free printable here.


Here are some of my hydrangeas. I love these flowers but can't get them to turn blue. I've tried the stuff (technical term) that you sprinkle on the soil around the plant. Nothing happened. I even planted a blue hydrangea plant but it looks like the flowers are coming in pink this year. 



I'd love to hear from you if you have any advice about hydrangeas. Please leave me a comment below.

I used some sparklers and pop-its to decorate the table in the family room. I painted the striped pot last year and just added faux greenery and a flag.



Here are some July 4th ideas and decor from 
last year .....


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I also have tons of ideas on my Red, White & Blue Pinterest board. 


Have a wonderful 4th of July!!
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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Family Room ...

Hello everyone!
It's been a while since I've updated my house tour page. A lot has changed over the past year or so and I haven't shared much here on the ole' blog! 

I am in the process of taking new and current photos of each room and will be sharing them with you over the next several weeks/months.

Today we're talking about the 
FAMILY ROOM ...


Our family room is long and narrow and faces south so it's filled with sunlight all day. It's open to the dining area and kitchen and also has sliding glass doors that lead to the patio and backyard. 



I recently updated the gallery wall above the sofa and added the shoe cabinet from Ikea.



This room has been a decorating challenge for me but I really like how it looks now. I have tried every furniture placement possible and this seems to work the best. 



There are a few things I would like to change or add but for the most part I'm happy with it.

Just for fun, here is my wish list ...



I always edit out the ugly green ceiling fan! It really needs to be updated so my plan is to spray paint it a neutral color ... probably white so it will blend in the with ceiling. I'm also going to ditch the glass light globes and replace them with a drum shade. If anyone has experience or suggestions for painting a ceiling fan I'd love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below.

Crown moulding would be a great addition and further down the road we'd like to replace the sofa with a sectional in a lighter, more neutral color (probably gray).

If you want to see something really scary, here is what the family room looked like years ago.



Yes, that is the same room! 


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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hall Closet to Mini Mudroom.....

Hello friends!!

Today I am sharing how I transformed our hall
 coat closet into a 
MINI MUDROOM!

I have wanted to make some changes to our hall coat closet for over a year now. It was an unorganized and cramped space that was not very functional or nice to look at.





I even blogged about what I wanted to do here. That was last summer and I never did anything with the closet all winter. I shut the door and tried to ignore the mess.

A few weeks ago I started clearing all the winter coats and gear out. (During the summer I store our winter coats in the bedroom closets.) Once I cleared everything out I decided it was time to finally get to work!

First order of business was to remove the closet door. That made a huge difference and opened up the tiny space. 


I painted the top portion of the closet a dark gray called "Wet Pavement". I wanted beadboard for the remaining portion of the walls and totally cheated by using wallpaper to get the look I wanted!

Have you all seen this awesome beadboard wallpaper from Lowe's? It's $20 a roll and once it dries, you can paint it!



I painted the wallpaper and shelves the same creamy white as the trim throughout our house. It's called "white room".

The shelves and supports are made from pine boards that we had cut to size at Lowe's.


The coat hooks are from Target and I found this welcome sign at Hobby Lobby.




The closet is so small that we decided not to add a bench or any kind of seating. It's really too tiny to sit in there and put shoes on.

I did want something to corral all the shoes so I searched Pinterest for ideas and came up with this...

It's a 
SHOE BIN ON WHEELS!


I made this with items I already had but you could totally make one for yourself without spending a lot of money.





































So what do you think? Could you live with a closet/mudroom all open like this? I was a little worried about it looking messy and not being able to close the door. However, this is incentive for us (me!) to keep it neat and tidy. At least that's what I'm telling myself! 




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