Friday, April 21, 2017

Springtime Decor

Springtime is the time of year I love to freshen up the house with a good cleaning and a new look!

I've never really been in love with the mirror that backs my china hutch. Until I can change it, I decided this vintage white shutter would do the trick and give me more of the look I was after.

This  cute vintage piece was garage sale find. I already had a similar piece in the house that I left the wood alone, so I wanted to paint this one. The top was actually in really nice shape so I left it alone and opted just to paint the base. It makes a nice little cabinet for napkins and extra serving pieces.

I made another fitted table cloth from a fabric shower curtain I found at Goodwill. I just loved the grey and the pattern breaks it up just enough to be interesting.

This black iron cloche was the top of a vintage birdcage. I had it in my shop for a while, but no one bought it.  Sometimes things work out for the best because I just love it on my dining table. 

The bunnies were also earmarked for the shop, but never made it in there. They are vintage flocked bunny banks and remind me of my childhood. When I unwrapped them after my trip I fell in love with them all over again and decided they belonged on my table instead. They will probably stay there all the way until Fall.

(That really happens way more often than I would like to admit!!! ) LOL!

Adjacent to the dining room is my living room and this is where I eat my breakfast and drink my coffee in the mornings. It is the brightest room in the house during the day. I put my twine wrapped eggs in a wire basket  on the coffee table. If you want to see how I made them, you can find the tutorial here.

I know its already after Easter, but I will keep these on the table until Fall as well.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Spring where you are. The temps are already up into the 90's here so summer is not far away!!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My New Coffee Bar

I have wanted to set up a cute coffee area for quite some time now. Recently I was able to acquire this wonderful galvanized 3 tier stand and I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted to do.

I had a lot of fun finding things in the house that would give me the look I wanted as well as be functional for its purpose. I found this reproduction tobacco basket at Hobby Lobby (I have a love/hate relationship with them) but it was just the right backdrop for the vignette.

I love how it looks there now, and I have a place where I can put together my delicious drink every morning. :)

For the table, I always like to have fresh flowers. They make me happy and they cost less than $6 a week.  For spring I filled this vintage bowl with some ceramic eggs I found at the thrift store and used shredded music sheet paper for the nesting grass.

This is my view while I stand and do dishes. (Yes, I do them by hand every day!) 
They days are warming up now so I usually have the door open and can hear the birds singing and feel the fresh air.

I think I'll go have some coffee now!!

Friday, February 3, 2017

An Entry Way Update

 Early this year I decided my entry way desperately needed a change. I had actually been feeling that way for quite a while, but it never found its way to my priority list until recently. I wish I had a photo of the before, but I'm not very good at remembering to do that before I start a project!

Basically it simply consisted of the singer table you see in this pic, and a large landscape painting. The painting was lovely, but it just wasn't what I wanted there any more.

I had the little cabinet in my studio for quite a long time. It needed painting and I just wasn't inspired to do anything with it until I realized how perfect it would be in the entry!

 I used a baby bed spring that I had found somewhere and wired or tied the items onto it.
The crate in the lower right corner is perfect for keeping things like sunglasses in it.

On the table sits an old typewriter that I got in California when my sweetie and I went the Rose Bowl flea market many years ago. In it is a piece of paper with one of my favorite quotes...

"When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors" 

I see evidence of that in my life all the time. :)  I hope you are following your own bliss!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Yeah!!! A new sofa for me!!!

Happy New Year my friends!!! It's gonna be a great one don't you think???

Last October I made the plea to my hubby that we needed a new sofa. The one had was more than 20 years old, and although it had a slipcover, it had seen better days. The cushions were shot and it hurt my back to sit in for any length of time. To my extreme amazement, he said yes!! (Even after I told him approximately what it would cost.)

You see... I knew exactly what I wanted. I had already done the research and really,  the Pottery Barn Comfort Sofa with the rolled arms was the only sofa that fulfilled my wish list. (almost)
I knew I absolutely had to have a slipcovered sofa. With a husband a two dogs living in the house, there was just no other option. I also wanted a sleeper sofa because we do not have a guest bedroom and I got tired of making guests sleep on a blow up mattress. I also wanted a shape that was very similar to what we had.

My next decision was what fabric to choose. I dreamt of a lovely white denim sofa, but unless I wanted to wash it every week (not!) that wasn't going to work. My choice was this lovely grey cotton twill. It looks fabulous in the room and so far shows no signs of dirt.

That brings me to why the sofa was almost perfect. Pottery Barn does not make ruffled slipcovered skirts (Only straight skirts) So... I improvised!! I cut a dowel the width of the seat opening. I then sewed a pocket for the dowel and gathered the hemmed fabric onto it. Then all I had to do is tuck that dowel right under the front cushions!

It serves 2 purposes beautifully.  
1. I get my ruffled look without actually having a ruffled slipcover.
2. Its easy to take off and wash frequently as my dogs like to lie right at the base of the sofa.

 To top off the look I made this patchwork pillow. I used the fabric from an old linen tablecloth as the base. It is so soft and perfect for hugging while I'm sitting on the sofa.

 I also bought 2 pillows from a wonderful seller on Etsy. Her business name is artanlei.
The quality of the pillows was excellent. Clear crisp graphics and sewn to perfection. Plus she has a huge variety of patterns to choose from!

I love the way all the pillows look of the sofa. :)

Since almost every single piece of furniture in my home is second hand, it was wonderful to start out the New Year with a new sofa designed just for me!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016

Well after many, many computer problems... I am finally able to share with you my 2016 Christmas home! (Sorry it took so long)
This is in the dining area of my kitchen. This vintage rocking horse is one of my favorite Christmas decorations but this is the first time he has been in the kitchen. He usually sits under my tree.
The saloon doors are a new acquisition and perfect for blocking some of the morning sun that beats into the windows.

 This is the family room. There is no tree in here this year. We got rid of the flocked one last year because the flocking had turned yellow with age. Normally I like a little natural patina, but not in this case!

 The mantle is different this year than in years past and I am loving its simplicity.

 No simplicity in my garlands though!!  I fill them with handmade ornaments and love to see them dripping with beads and crystals.
Thisphoto was in my last post, but I am so in love with my angel, I'm showing her again!!

I love my collection of ironstone and every year and Christmas it gets dressed up with real greens. They don't last very long because the air is so dry here, but enjoy them while I can.

This is the family room looking into the dining room. There is a sneak peak of my new sofa, which I will share in another post. :)

The dining room all dressed up for Christmas.

 I love these little preserved boxwood wreaths. I bought them at Target. They are Smith and Hawken and after all the discounts, were only about $15.00 each. That's a really good price for boxwood!

I have a new centerpiece this year. The dome is the top of a vintage birdcage. I just love it.

 This is the living room. It is is the brightest room in the house during the day, and where I sit every morning for breakfast and coffee. In fact this is pretty much my view as I sit in my chair.

This is my tree. Most of the ornaments are handmade. I tried to get a good shot of it, but this was was the best I could do. It may be time to up my photography skills!!

 My bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house. 

 These angel wings come out every year for Christmas and often stay for several months before I put them away.

 This fireplace surround is new. It was made my Bruce and Debbie Bjorna from Use-2 bee's Creations here in Phoenix. When I heard they were making them, I immediately put more order in! I have wanted a fireplace surround for this fireplace for about 15 years! (You can see what the mantle used to look in this post from May of last year. ) I needed the mantle done right away, (I'll tell you why in a minute) and they came through for me like champions! I love it. It adds so much drama to the room and looks great with the old doors headboard.

So... why did I need the mantle right away?? Because Staci Dumoski (the editor of Romantic Homes Magazine) and her photographer were coming out to shoot my home for next years Christmas issue!!
I was blown away and so honored to be asked. So, needless to say... the pressure was on this year for sure! Thankfully, the shoot went wonderfully and I could not be happier. I cant believe I have to wait almost a whole year for it to be published! (Patience is not one of my virtues!)

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. May you all be blessed with loved one around you this holiday season.

See you in 2017!!!!
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