Friday
Sep272013

Fall Decorations . . .

This is my favorite time of year and I’m loving that we have a front porch again.   And you know what that means …   :-) 

I like the quilt on display here and it made for a nice photo op, but it would be too much work moving it in and out each day.  I’d have to avoid the sunny mornings and I’m sure not leaving it out all night long so I went on the hunt for an alternative.  

 

 

The witch and the pumpkin is from The Home Goods store.  The basket holding the mums, the chair and throw, stool and gold crock are things from inside the house.  The wreath for the door is a new purchase this year.  I bought it thru this gal - Florals From Home.  She does a fabulous job.  I’m just thrilled with it and very happy it’s the right size.  

But I gotta say - the doormat needs to go.  It just looks too industrial and just doesn’t fit with all these pretty things.  So it’s on the list of things to replace.   Don’t tell Tom. 

 

Sunday
Sep152013

Redo Pics From My Sister's Home

I just returned from a long family visit in Illinois with my sister and son.  Thought I’d share a few pics of some spruce ups we did at my sister’s house.  We tackled her master bedroom, laundry room, and just a few tweaks to her kitchen.  Here is the transformation to the bedroom.  All pics fom my iPhone..so not the best shots, but you get the idea.  

Before


This is her son’s home which she is living in until she retires — he’s moved out West.  She was eager to get rid of the bachelor look so we went on the hunt for inspiration thinking we’d find a fun fabric for some drapes. 

After

However, we drooled when we found these.  These are 2 king size quilts from Sears.  We cut them in half and hand sewed a hem along the raw edge. On sale for $70 each - what a deal - eh?  We then picked up a couple of rods and rings from Jo Ann Fabrics, but the rods were brown and the rings were black (that’s all they had) so we spray painted the rods black.  Easy Peasy. 

The paint color is Bamboo by Olympic from Lowes.  We painted the walls and trim all the same color to give the room a larger feel and make it easier to get done.  :-)  But we did use semi gloss paint on the trim.  

Then we went shopping @ TJMaxx and found a lot of little knick knacks, a lamp, and the cute chevron pillow for the bed.   All the small wood furniture pieces are antiques from her ex-in laws home.   These pieces were all in the garage moved their by her son.  As we sorted thru the garage stuff, I told her I felt like I was on the show “American Pickers”.    You should see the things we put in the other bedroom — another post for another day.  We call that room the Downton Abbey room.  :-) 


Here’s another antique piece.  We did nothing to it.   The bed skirt is 6 yards of cotton duck gingham that we found @ Hobby Lobby.  We just left it folded to give it more weight and stuck the selvedge side under the mattress.  

In the corner is an antique sewing machine cabinet.  The picture above it was a gift to her from my brother - we had that framed @ Hobby Lobby.

This chest was purchased a few days after we finished the room.  

I found it at an antique store and told Sis — you really should consider this.  It has dovetail drawers, keyholes, a bowed front on the top drawer, and a milk paint finish that was very nicely done.  And she agreed.  If she hadn’t, I was seriously considering buying it at getting it down to TN somehow.  But I’m glad it’s in her home, as this is where it belongs.    That pic is her kids when they were young.    They are now in their 30’s and the little boy is the owner of the home.  My how time flies.   

Stay tuned for more redo pics….