Monday, April 25, 2016

Some of My Favorite Home Decor Resources

Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite home décor magazines/catalogs that I go to for inspiration. Of course my number one source for home décor inspiration is from you fellow bloggers. I surround myself with all of your beautiful décor daily as I open up all those emails and visit my social media sites to see what you are working on. You are my number one resource for inspiration, but I also find inspiration in other ways beyond blogging.

My next favorite resource for home décor inspiration is magazines. Even as a teenager in the late 80s and early 90s I would read my Mom's Better Homes and Gardens magazines and ooohhh and awweeee over all the gorgeous home décor trends and landscape designs and dreamed of having my own home someday so I could make it beautiful just like the pages of the magazine.

So needless to say, I have always been a home décor/style junkie and I have always been drawn to all those pretty pictures in the magazines/catalogs and these are some of my favorites:
(click on picture to go to each website)

Piper Classics:

The Country House:

The Country Door:

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I find that these three home décor magazines are my favorite but definitely not the only magazines/catalogs I subscribe to or look through on a regular basis.

The style of merchandise offered by these three fit my personal style of cottage/coastal/farmhouse and the price points are affordable too.

This is NOT a sponsored post. I just felt like sharing with you where I go for inspiration and perhaps help you find some inspiration as well!

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, March 27, 2016

What Have I Been Up To

I know, I know, it has been weeks since I last posted.

Quite frankly, life hit me hard in late February. I was juggling some family issues, I got sick around the end of February, and then I have been super busy at work, so I just needed a short break.

But never fear, things have started to settle down and I am getting back into my normal routine.

So lets see.....I last left you at the tail end of my bead board entry way wall.

I had put up the bead board, installed a shelf/ledge, and now I need to update you on how we finished it off.

You can see the progress HERE and HERE.

It really turned out nice and I love it so I need to update you and post a final reveal!

Since we last talked, all my Spring flowers started blooming. Yay!

You may remember, I gave my front landscaping a makeover last Summer and I am happy to report that it appears I did not kill anything! So far most of my landscaping looks like it survived as almost everything has buds on it. Woot! Woot!

As for my Spring mantel, I did not dedicate an entire post to my Spring mantel this year, but I did pick up a few pieces and freshened up my mantel.

My favorite piece is this galvanized flower vase that I got at the Target dollar spot for $5 bucks.

I love the detail of the rope handles and the wording. Its very farmhouse meets French flower market.....tres chic.

The bird and yellow forsythia branches I already had on hand, in fact I used the branches in last year's Spring mantel, but I picked up a new Cherry Blossom scented candle from my last visit to TJMaxx. 

For those that follow me on Instagram you got a special sneak peek at the rest of my TJMaxx loot. ;)

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I am really looking forward to picking back up on my blog posts over the next week and getting back into the swing of my regular daily activities. Its amazing how much more you appreciate your "boring" daily routine when it is ripped out from under you. I had been so stressed out lately that having my so called "boring" daily routine back is a major blessing!!!!


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Monday, February 15, 2016

Adding a Shelf Above the Bead Board Wall

I hope you had a happy Valentines Day!

I had a great weekend and got a lot accomplished on my entryway wall and even got to play with my nail gun. Woot woot!

You may remember this is where we left off.

The wall painted and bead board cut and put up.

My goal is to create an entryway and I wanted the space to be functional.

It is a small space at the bottom of the staircase and next to the front door so I wanted to build a shelf/ledge, and install hooks.

Before I can put up either I needed to decide how wide I wanted the ledge.

I decided to make it wide enough for a picture ledge that can also hold a small candle and other décor, so I chose to use a 1x4.

I also decided on a wide header that would hold hooks so I chose a 1x6 for the header.

I knew my wall was 36 and 3/4 inches but ding dong me decided to have HD cut the board to 37 inches thinking I didn't want it to be too short.

and of did not fit!

Since it did not fit I have to cut a little off so I marked the boards with my cut line using a pencil and then used my hand saw to cut it.

Man, what a workout for your arms!  I really need to get a miter saw at some point.

So NOW my boards are the right length....sigh.....and its time to put this bad boy together!

I got the idea to create my ledge first by attaching the two pieces with glue and THEN using my nail gun to put it up in one piece.

I didn't have any clamps so I decided to use tape to hold the pieces together while they dried.

After finishing this project I would like to tell you to NOT do it this way! LOL

My board shifted and some four letter words were expelled from my mouth and I had to improvise, so if you decide to do it this way make SURE you secure the two pieces with clamps so they do not move on you.

Next, I held up my header on the wall and got it level before nailing with the nail gun.

You can do this by yourself like I did, but I suggest having someone hold it while you level and use the nail gun.

Just nail it once on each side so you can let go and free up your hands to finish nailing.

And here it is!

I love it!

So now with the ledge up it was time to spackle nail holes and caulk all the gaps.

I used this caulking specifically made for moldings:

And this is what it looks like after being caulked.

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Now that it is up I need to add a strip of molding under the ledge for interest and of course paint it, so there are a few more things to do and then I can give you a final living room reveal!

  • For tips on cutting bead board around wall sockets go HERE.
  • To see the new living room paint color go HERE.

Have a great week!


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