Thursday, August 28, 2014

SUMMER PROJECTS AT OUR HOME


Hello everyone!
I feel like we were celebrating the 4th of July just the other day, but that is not the case.
Summer is almost over, kids are back to school, Labor day weekend is around the corner and it all went by so fast 
that I feel like we didn't get to do everything we had planned on doing.

Looking at my little blog reminded me that even if it doesn't feel like it, it has been a good 
and productive Summer for us. A lot got done!
Here are some of the projects.


We built a small accent table for our living room.




 Then I run across a huge fabric sale and I changed all the drapes and pillows in our family room and breakfast area.
Lots of sewing involved! :)




 In the middle of all this, I made a new drop cloth runner for the coffee table and a table skirt for the round side table and I added fringe to both of them.





 Right after I helped my daughter give her bathroom a complete makeover while my husband installed 
a new sink in his workshop in the garage.




 Then came the outdoor decorating.
I made several pillows and accents in "apple green" color to give our back porch a little bit of a Summer feel.
I also made a solar rope lamp using items I had at home.



 
The front porch also got a makeover.
My husband built me a new sign post and the porch got decorated for the 4th. 
And when it was time to take down the patriotic decor, I also used the same apple green to decorate 
our front porch for the rest of the Summer.





A few projects also happened inside the house.
I gave our coat closet a very much needed makeover and created a large gallery wall on our upstairs landing,
 once again using things I already had.




 And when I thought I was done, my daughter and I went shopping and found a beautiful comforter set 
at such a great price that we just could not leave it behind.
It took us a couple of days to redo her room, but she is very pleased with the result.


 We finally found time to built the bench we wanted for our bedroom for a while now.
We used drop cloth and nail heads to finish it off.


 And then we had a bad internet outage in our area, which caused me to find myself with a lot of free time, LOL
so I put together a new baking area in the kitchen.




And there is also the big, big job happening in our back yard. We are building a huge deck that will wrap 
all around the existing porch and will be the home of our new outdoor kitchen and a larger sitting area.
Maybe we will work faster after the temperatures stop being in the 100's. :)


 Well, I guess we did more than I thought. :)
Now we are trying to finish a few things before the holidays get here and believe me, 
we will be eating turkey before we know it. :)

I wish you all have a wonderful Labor day weekend.
Last long weekend for a while. Enjoy! :)

See you soon!



 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FALL IS ALMOST HERE


I have to tell you, I only started decorating for Fall three years ago, which is about the time I started blogging.
Until then, my home stayed about the same all year until we started decorating for Christmas, a reason for that was the fact that I worked long hours outside the home and also because, truthfully, I had no idea what to do. :)

But then I was introduced to your blogs and your beautiful seasonal decor and I decided to try my hand at it.
Little by little I have been collecting some items, either bought or homemade by me and although I don't have much, every year I add a little to my collection.

My first year was very simple.
First thing I did was to make two pillows for the breakfast table. I have used those same pillows every year since.




 I used some Fall place mats to decorate the table and a very small centerpiece from Kirklands.
I also added Fall garland to the lamp.



 I set up the kitchen island with some simple plates and a few Fall items.


And my mantle was very, very simple. :)


My front porch also got a few touches.



The second year I got a little more involved decorating the house for Fall.


This time I started with the outdoor decor first.







And then moved on to decorating the kitchen.
That was the year I made my first burlap runner, which I used for the kitchen island with a Fall vignette.






And since the kitchen and family room area are all open space, I also decorated the mantle.





Last year was the first year I really preplanned all my fall decor. I still used most of my old decor from previous years, but I spent many hours in my craft room sewing, stenciling and making wreaths. 
It was fun, but not so much when it was time to put it all away. :)











Inside our home, I also used the same decor I had, but just changed things around and made some new burlap items to give the house a different look.









And here is the Fall 2013 decor in the family room and mantle.






And for this year, well, I do NOT have a plan, no idea what I am going to do, as they say back home, NADA! :)

I hope this post gives you a little inspiration to start decorating for the Fall season that is just seems to be coming faster and faster. As for me, I am counting on you and your blogs to get me started this year. LOL

Thank you all for visiting.
See you soon!






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