Sunday, November 20, 2016

Final Touches of Fall



I love the Fall and am going to hate to see it go.
We had an exceptionally warm Fall and in fact up until this weekend we were averaging in the upper 60s and mid 70s throughout most of October and November here in the mid-west.

I did decorate a little for the season and before I packed it up and started hauling out Christmas totes I wanted to share with you one last look of my Fall décor.




This simple fall sign hangs from brown ribbon and it is one of my favs.



I always like to put together a vignette on my side table and this year I kept it simple and fairly neutral with twig pumpkins and this simply fall sign.




Of course, one of my must haves is a seasonal wreath. I threw out my old ones and bought this one a while back.  I love the naturals. Its not over the top orange pumpkin and really compliments my cottage/farmhouse look.








Then there is this nice platter I found at the Goodwill.
Its huge and full of fall color. I just love it!

This year I used it as décor but next year I am thinking about using it as a serving tray.




Right now we are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner and a short week at work. I did do a little shopping this weekend and picked up some stocking stuffers too!



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For even more Fall décor, check out how I decorated my new Ikea Hemnes sideboard.


Lots to do but I am highly looking forward to spending time with family this week!



We like to indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving feast with turkey, ham, dressing, and the works. How about you?
Traditional or non-traditional?



Jennifer

Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Ikea Hemnes Sideboard

Yikes! Where has time gone?
I haven't posted much this year due to some family health issues that required my attention. Our family won a battle and lost a battle so now its time to get back to normalcy which means I can get back on track with my regular blog posts.
I have missed blogging and working on my house!

So, if you follow me on Instagram you probably remember me shopping at Ikea a while back.

I wanted to share this post with you weeks ago around Halloween but I kept getting side tracked so I finally stopped and carved out some time to put this post together.

I have a 1940's cape cod that does not have a lot of storage space so as I makeover and redecorate I promised myself I would also tackle the storage issue in each room too.

You may remember I gave my dining room a makeover a few years back when I switched from green to gray.....you can see the transformation HERE, and I love it!




The gray makes the room look bigger and it coordinates so nicely with all of my accessories.

So as I was shopping around Ikea I knew I wanted something in white that would coordinate with my dining room hutch and dining room table.




And when I came across the Hemnes sideboard I knew it would be the perfect fit.

It came in two boxes and both boxes fit in my car too....we didn't even need to get a truck. .......

I always worry about that when I shop at Ikea but with two people we were able to fit this in my car and put it together in a few hours on a Friday night.





The sideboard top can double duty as decorative AND functional. It is wide enough and the perfect height to actually clear the top off and use it for holding all those side dishes during our holiday dinner. I used to set up folding tables for our side dishes but now I don't have to do that.




I also liked that it has a combination of drawers AND doors with hidden storage.

There are other side boards that Ikea sells that have glass front doors. I really liked these too but knew I wanted to have closed storage to hide all of my stuff!!!!!

And on top of it comes with soft close hinges on the doors.

Woot woot! So if you have kids you don't have to worry about them slamming the doors on this piece. The soft close hinges prevent the doors from being slammed.





I also like that it came with dark knobs too.

I had so much fun decorating my new Hemnes side board for the Fall with leaves, velvet pumpkins and candles, and now I cannot wait to decorate it for Christmas.







I have been on an Ikea kick lately and bought another piece that I will show you soon.

For now I'm preparing for Thanksgiving and Black Friday Christmas shopping.



Jennifer



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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Blooms Around the Back Patio

Hi friends! Today I thought I would take you on a mini-yard tour of the landscaping around my back patio.


I have a huge patio that I love to use for entertaining in the Summertime and every year I rearrange, or add different flowers to, the landscaping around it, so I thought I would take you around and show you what I have planted this year.


For starters, as you walk out the back door you will see a well established pink Spirea.





This takes full sun and blooms pink flowers in June.
Once the flowers bloom be sure to trim off the dead blooms and the plant will bloom another round.







I love the pop of pink it adds right by the back door.  




Next to the Spirea I have another sun loving perennial-Lambs Ear.

This is such a fun little plant to have in your garden. They bloom little stalks with purple flowers and the leaves are green and fuzzy just like a lambs ear, hence the name.






Along one side of the patio I have dedicated the entire space to orange ditch Lilies.





These are also a lover of full sun and here in the mid-west they bloom in June and add height and color to your landscaping.




Around the corner I have  purple Loosestrife, which actually blooms a yellow flower.

You can find more pictures and details about how it grows HERE.



Of course what yard would be complete without a rose bush?

I bought this rose bush a couple years back at Lowes on clearance for roughly $5 bucks and it is healthy and blooms the prettiest pink flowers!




Below is the landscaping in the early Spring before everything was in bloom.


When I first bought the house years ago there was a privacy fence around the entire patio so those posts you see use to be the fence posts.


The trees were over grown and hung over the patio and the fence closed everything in making it damp and shady, so I decide to open things up by knocking down the fence and adding landscaping around.
 


I dug up two posts and that was plenty! I almost broke my back in the process as they are two to three feed down under the ground in cement!!! So after all that I decided to work with what I had so I left the rest of the posts in place and simply cut them down and capped them off with solar lights.

I also stained them with outdoor spray stain which you can read about HERE.

That is some awesome stuff if you've got posts and vertical space to stain! I highly recommend it!


 


I rounded the corner with a chunk of fountain grass. I also have a chunk of this in my front yard down by the driveway and I love how it looks in the Fall.

Then of course here is the corner with honeysuckle and my beloved blue Hydrangea bush that I told you about HERE.






I couldn't resist and had to cut some flowers and bring them inside!




See the brown spots? Note to self....do NOT water these guys in the heat of the day as it will burn them!!!!

We went weeks without rain and had 100 temps so I had to water them but I guess I should have done it earlier in the morning to avoid burning the petals and leaves.


Don't make the same mistake I did!



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I still love how they look in my old enamelware picture on the mantel. I hope new flowers bloom after I cut these off so I can continue enjoying these all Summer. This is an "endless Summer" hydrangea, after all!!!!! LOL

I have been working on some outdoor projects around the patio and can't wait to show you a clean and decorated patio reveal when its all done, but for now, this is a sneak peek of what my patio looks like. I hope you enjoyed your mini-tour!

Have a Happy Fourth of July!
God Bless the USA!

Jennifer



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