Monday, May 22, 2017

Stage 2 of new patio furniture

I was able to get more done on the side porch this past weekend since my rug arrived on Thursday.  I added a few more touches and got some flowers potted.


I have a difficult time getting a good pictures with the columns in the way.  That is the only thing I don't like about my wrap around porch. Here are some pictures that I took from different angles.





I am still having difficulties with how to decorate the corner shelf.  I added a couple of items but not sure what I want on here.  The metal wall art is new also.  I plan on layering other art on top of it for the seasons.  I have a large red metal star that I will be using for Summer.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tuscan meets French Country

I love Tuscan and French Country and try to incorporate in every room of my home.  Some rooms are French Country and other Tuscan.  In the dining room I have combined the two.



Here is a full view of my dining room from the formal living room.


Over in the left side is my corner shelf.


I have my wine barrel next to the buffet. I got this chalkboard sign at HomeGoods and I still need to get something written on it.  I was thinking maybe "Seat Yourself".


These next pictures were tricky.  It is impossible to get pictures of the bottom of the buffet as this room is small.  So I got underneath the table to take these.




All I have left to do in this room is get new curtains.  I am changing out the fabric on the cornice board and adding some panels.


Here is the what I have come up with.  I have chosen a panel in a solid color that I will recover the cornice board with and I have two options for the panels.  Please excuse the wrinkles these are fresh out of the packaging.


Both panels coordinate with the solid color but I am leaning towards the one on the left.


I like that the colors go with my rug.  The other one is more neutral so I might use them to make some pillows or maybe a table runner. I might even swap them out during different times of the year.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Another snow day

I woke up this morning to snow.  Yesterday the forecast was for snow starting Thursday night not Wednesday night.  Now I am afraid we will be getting more than a foot of snow.  Right now the snow is falling in big heavy wet flakes.  I hope that I don't lose any trees this time.  I have been shaking the snow off but I have to get to work soon. 



The rule of thumb here in Colorado is to wait to plant after Mother's Day.  This is what happens sometimes after Mother's Day.  I bought a bunch of annuals but I haven't planted them yet.  It is suppose to snow through Friday with the weekend being warmer.  The next two days are going to be in the 40's.  I didn't think I would be wearing sweaters and snow boots this time of the year.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stage 1 of new furniture on patio

I have my new patio furniture on our patio off of the dining room.  We have a wrap around porch from the front door back to the dining room door.  This porch has been difficult for me to arrange the furniture since you come out the door and need to be able to access the yard on the South side of the porch.  I am not sure if this is how I want the chairs to be placed yet.


 I will be adding more "stuff" later.  I have an outdoor rug on order and I still need to get some potted flowers put on this side of the porch.


It is hard to get pictures since we have a lot of columns as you can see in the background.


I will be decorating the side tables and the plant rack in the left hand corner of this picture.


 I have only placed these items here first to see what direction I plan on going.  I want to get some plants put on here also.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Who doesn't love HomeGoods

HomeGoods has to be one of my favorite stores.  I am so glad that they put one near our business last year.  I can go there everyday on my lunch if I feel like it.  I recently found this natural wreath there.  It is over 2 feet in diameter and I love the wood crate that it came in.


There are so many possibilities with this crate.


I can paint it, stain it or just leave it natural.  I am thinking about darkening it and adding my large metal star that I got the other day at Gordman's for only $9.99.  That is a pretty good price for something that is 30 inches across.  I propped it up just to see how it would look in the below picture.  I may even change the color of the star.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

New look for my fireplace mantel

My mantel has a fresh look now that I have taken down the Spring/Easter decor.  This look will stay until Fall.  I have brought back a few old items and added some new ones too.


I added two more candle holders on the left bottom and the box with greenery on the mantel.  I also added some of the white natural balls since I have some placed throughout the room.


I am thinking about changing the drywall columns below the mantel.  I am wanting to add wood and moldings to them and paint them and the mantel a distressed off white that matches my kitchen island.  I will probably be tackling  that this summer. 


I have already changed the appearance since we moved in.  The whole fireplace used to be the same color as the walls.  First I added the dark brown to the bottom columns and most recently I added the dark brown to the top.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

My newest find for the laundry room

I have been looking for a nice paper towel holder that I can use in my laundry room.  I didn't want to just hang a plastic one on the side of the cabinet by the sink.  I really wanted some kind of shelf that I could maybe hang paper towels below it.  I looked in all the stores in town and just couldn't find what I wanted.  I finally found what I wanted on Decor Steals.


It is actually a towel holder but it is deep enough to put a roll of paper towels on.  When I got this hung the wall I thought this would be a good place for my cow head.  I don't have enough wall space in my kitchen so I thought this would be the next best place for it.


I am not sure if I should put some kind of wreath around her neck or not.  It might be too much greenery for the area.


The laundry room is almost done.  I still need to get some kind of board to put across the washer and dryer so I can have some folding space.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Getting new patio furniture

I ordered some new patio furniture and it arrived yesterday.  I am replacing our old set that we have had for 13 years.  I will be getting it put together this weekend.   Tuesday and Wednesday I had to serve jury duty and I am getting caught up at our shop and with the housework.  For now it is sitting in the foyer and the formal living room.  Here is the picture from Home Depot's website where I ordered it from.

I like the neutral color of the cushions.  It comes with the 4 pillows in the picture.  I will probably use some of my own. This set will be placed on the patio that is right outside the dining room door.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April showers bring May flowers

Who ever made up that saying didn't live in Colorado.  So far we have over 14 inches in our yard and counting.  I guess I won't be doing any yard work this weekend.  This is how it looks by our pond.


This is our tree on the North side of the house.  Last year when we got a snow like this a lot of branches broke.  It's not looking too good right now.


This is our flagstone pathway leading down to the pond.  I can't even see where it is.


The pine trees do look pretty with snow on them but they are weighted down a bit.


It is suppose to be in the 50's tomorrow and Monday so hopefully a lot of this will melt.  This time we decided not to snowblow our 5000 sq ft driveway since the weather is going to be warmer starting tomorrow.

Friday, April 28, 2017

My new dishes

I finally broke down and bought some new dishes.  Not that my old dishes were in really bad shape but some were chipped and had a few cracks.  I usually just get dishes in a solid color or with some kind of nice border for my every day dishes.  This time I decided to splurge and get a new design that goes with my black and cream kitchen.  I don't know, they might be too fancy for me to use everyday.


I got a place setting for 8 since it is only the hubby and I now.  I got these online from Bed Bath and Beyond.  I like that you can buy them individual in sets of 4.  I don't ever need the mugs that usually come with place sets.


I love the sunflower, bee and butterfly designs on the dishes.  This is the first time I have had square dishes.   I like how the salad plate has a different background color.


The soup/salad bowls are quite large.  I like to use these for salad only since they aren't quite deep enough for me to use them for soup.

  That is why I got the ice cream bowls.  They are smaller around but much deeper.  I like how they come with 2 black and 2 white in the set.


I will start using these this weekend.  I still need to get them washed.  I can't wait to use them.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring front porch

Since I was so busy trying to get the yard work done this past weekend I decided to only decorate the bench on my front porch.


Since I didn't have enough time I thought I would use my new bunny statue from Pier 1 and the metal tin that I just purchased on clearance at Hobby Lobby.   When I saw the bunny online I thought he was going to be a little bit smaller.  I guess I should have checked the dimensions.  I was wanting one a little smaller that I could use on my dining room table.


I just love this tin container.  It has a handle on the back so I can always hang it on the front door also.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring mantel

One more thing that I can check off of my list is the fireplace in my family room.  This past Sunday I tackled the mantel and the front porch.  Here is how the mantel turned out.





I was going with a green and white theme and then I decided to throw in a little bit of pink with the tulips.








I made the topiaries this weekend also.  I got these urns at Hobby Lobby and at first I thought they were ceramic but they are actually metal (which is what I prefer).


I had some greenery balls of different sizes that I used and I hot glued them to a floral stem.  I then added some more greenery to cover up the stem since it was pretty thin.  I thought they turned out nice but the hubby says it looks like a green snowman.




Last minute touch after I had already taken pictures.  I like to use my candle holder on the fireplace hearth to try and fill in the big gap from the actual fireplace and the hearth.  It sits on a cardboard box that I like to cover with greenery and flowers.  The candles are battery operated so they come on at night for a nice glow as do the candles in the scones above.




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