Monday, May 4, 2015

Our Family Room 2015

Hi Friends!  I thought I'd share a few more updated photos of my home to attach as links on my blog. I used to have this set up on my side bar but have taken them down at some point and want to add them back.  So I've decided to add them back they need to be updated right?  Looking over several blogs I have found one of my most favorite things is to be able to quickly look through different rooms in homes for inspiration.  I confess I probably love doing this even more then looking at projects.  Sooo, if anyone else out there is like me I hope my photos will also be an enjoyment to you as well.

I've decided to start with my den since for us, it is the heart of our home.

As you will see it is one large room that stretches from the back of the house to the front.   In this photo you are standing in the front looking at the french doors that lead to our screened porch and then deck and pool area in the back yard. 

Because this room is rectangular with 3 entryways and several windows I've always felt quite challenged to create living spaces in this room that were not wasted space.  I finally over the last year or so added a small dining table that has worked out beautifully at the far end of the room.  This allows my husband and I  to dine here in the evenings at a table while watching t.v.

To further help define this area a dining space I added our antique cabinet that house our crystal as well.

I have always loved the fireplace in this room.  I would prefer to have built ins but that is one of those projects that is so far down on the list of wants.

It's hard to tell in this photo but it really is quite a very large fireplace.

On the opposite side of the wall facing the fireplace is the sofa, coffee table and club chair.  I have gone through many colors since I started blogging and absolutely love this color in this room the best.  It's so very calming and neutral.  I think it goes well with my style which I feel is a bit eclectic with a traditional and tropical type flair.  Quite a mix huh?

My coffee table and non rug are more recent changes from the addition of a puppy last year.  Funny how a furry friend can change your whole life!

In this photo you are standing towards the back of the house facing the front of the house that has a long front porch that stretches across this room and the dining room.

I have moved our TV several places in this room but have found that it works best here so I've always moved it right back.  Yes folks, we are those people whose den is centered around the TV.  I know shame on me right!

One of my favorite corners is the coastal corner.

I constantly redo this corner throughout the year but mostly with a beachy theme.  During the holidays this is where the Christmas tree goes as its the best place to enjoy it without overtaking the whole room.  

Well, there it is friends, our family room, living room, den or whatever you choose to call it.  

I"m glad you stopped buy and I hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you have a room that is layed out like this one I'd love to hear (and see) how you have set it up as well.

I am also hoping to eventually add more rooms of my home to my sidebar.  I am still working but have Mondays off so please look for more updates usually during the first of the week.  That is if I can figure out an easier way to post pictures then what I did today.  My new computer I got last year crashed, so I am now on a Chromebook.  So today I had to insert my camera card in the computer, then upload to the cloud then to google pics which then went to an app where my picasa is.  However could not use picasa to edit for some reason only google and could not find a way to watermark photos.  Would love any advice from anyone on this as well! 

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Wreath Redo/Country Living Style

Whoop!  Whoop! 
 With only one week to go before Easter I finally made the time to redo my Easter wreath.  Soooo, tadah here it is!  What do you think?  Pretty cute, huh!  Can you tell I am smiling from ear to ear?

 It all started because, I was so inspired by this picture from the people at Country Living magazine that I just had to give it a try myself and I had just the right project for it.
Country Living Magazine

 My old Easter wreath never really was a stand out, wow kind of wreath.  In fact, it was definitely what one would call a very subtle look.  That was fine at the time and I enjoyed it quite a bit when it was new but it didn't weather well and had seen better days.  Some of the eggs had cracked as you can see here in this photo above.

So today I gathered up my tools and got to work.  I had planned to use wrapping paper for this project but after searching around for a few days and not finding what I was looking for I decided just to use some fabric that I already had.  

I simply cut little bits of fabric in different shapes and mod podged it onto the eggs focusing on  alternating my colors and eggs around the wreath.  The hardest part was wrapping the eggs with the very small multi colored twine I got from Michaels.  This was hard because my eggs were attached to the wreath and the twine was so very small.  I finally decided to just cap the eggs off instead of trying to cover the whole egg.  That made the impact I was looking for and I didn't have to stress over getting it all so perfectly aligned.  Yes, I am such a free spirit!  LOL!

I also decided to keep the same bow I originally had but added a punch of blue to it with the multi twine.  Again because the blue and white twine was so small I opted to mix in with some natural twine to give it more structure and a bit more of a punch.  This redo basically cost me nothing since I already had all of this on hand.  I had even already purchased the small multi twine at Michaels just a few weeks before I saw this twine in the magazine.  I purchased it on sale for $.50 cents too!   

  I love, love, love how it turned out, and so much color now!!!

My Big scary Easter bunnies made it outside this year and don't look quite so scary out here any more.  I think the wreath goes with them so well now too!

Please ignore all the pollen, yall!  If I waited to clean the pollen before pictures you may never have gotten to see this redo.  We are knee deep in pollen season here, so please excuse the yellow mess.

My sweet little Maizey!  She watches every little thing I do.  Poor thing has been having a bit of time with sneezing too.  

Hope your all ready for Easter now too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Easter Everyone!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Seasonal Easter Dining Room Decor

Hi Friends!  I am so sorry I was not able to post my second post yesterday but as usual time has a way of slipping away on me lately.  I will have to make this post very brief so I do hope you will understand that this will be mostly show with very little tell.
The dining room has just a few touches as well this year.

 I kept it simple here adding my wired egg trio, some faux moss type grass and porcelain basket filled with sequined eggs.

I am hoping to added some real dyed eggs to this centerpiece come Easter afternoon.

Inside of my wired Eggs there are candles sitting in porcelain egg stands.

Here is a closeup of the porcelain bunny basket.

The hutch also got a bit of sprucing up with the sole addition of my melamine bird dishes.

I love how much of an impact the floral colorings make this time of year.

On the opposite side of the room I've set up another buffet style serving station.

How cute is this paper mache fishing bunny next to my porcelain duck?

Love him!

But I also love, love, love, this little hinged egg filled with new baby ducklings!

Oh, the joys of Spring!  

Thank you so much for returning or dropping in today.  I do hope you enjoyed your tour of the dining room in all its seasonal splendor.

Happy, Happy Easter Everyone!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Easter Vignette in the Kitchen

Happy Sunday Friends!  I hope to share two posts with you today, maybe, if time permits with more of my Easter decorating.  I really hadn't meant to turn into a seasonal blogger but it sure does seem that way lately doesn't it? I have for the most part completed my Easter decorating inside and wanted to share a fiew vignettes with you.  This post is focused on the few Easter touches I did in the kitchen.

I took a queue from one of my favorite bloggers, Becca, at Adventures in Decorating and decided to create a vignette for the kitchen counter.

I have to agree with her this is one of the most enjoyable spots to feature a display and or decorative pieces.

I had a large black basket tray that I decided would pull it all together nice in here without taking away too much from the original decor of my kitchen.  I like really like how well it worked!

Of course I knew the first thing I was going to add was the centerpiece of my porcelain bunny purchased a few years back at Stein Mart.  I added the tulips a few years ago to his back basket and have decided they are the perfect bunch.

This year I decided to give him a little basket of his own to hold onto.  I can't remember where I got this little basket but I think it was a party favor from Easter at my Moms.  The little decorated eggs inside I've had for awhile now.  I think they were a dollar tree find one year.

I tucked in some greenery on the bottom of the basket and added another one of the decorative eggs to balance out the other side.  I love these eggs that open up and have little vignettes of their own inside.

In fact I love eggs with vignettes inside so much that I actually made some of my own many, many, many years ago when my boys were young. There is one egg for each of us in the family.  These were made from real egg shells that were painted and lightly decorated with little sequins and scrap booking decor.

Finally for this vignette I just had to add more lavender after tucking in it into a cute pottery pitcher.  A bit of new Easter egg ribbon gave it a festive touch.

The bakers rack has pretty much stayed the same but I did decide to pull out my cake plate and put it on a stand to add a little blast of spring color over here.  I just love the pattern on this serving piece so much.  Sure do wish I had purchased the dishes too when I bought this.   Oh well!

I usually keep this two tiered stand on the counter but I moved it because I wanted the bunny vignette in that spot instead.  I actually have quite enjoyed having it here on the table and it may well stay here this Easter to help serve up my families dishes when everyone comes over.  Since we eat Easter dinner in the dining room and den tables we won't need the kitchen table.  That's why I decided to pull in my silverware caddy here as well.  I added some ribbon over here along with some greenery and a pair of cheery bunnys and that's just enough for me.  Cute, cute, cute!

Well, that's it for the kitchen friends!  I am hoping to get the dining room decor up and posted sometime today as well if I can.  So if you enjoyed this, please come back again soon to see the rest.  Thanks so much for hopping by!  Have a blessed Sunday!