Sunday, September 11, 2011

LOVIN the fall colors!

Summer is over, but its too early for me to put out Halloween decor so I started taking down the summer stuff and revamping the house with colors of fall. I really love the organe, green, and dark red colors so I decided redo the centerpiece on the dining room table with those colors.

I started with a base-which I chose layered fabric. I used two fabric cream colored place mats and pinned them together with a safety pin to achieve a "table runner" look.

I then centered a round green and white toile placemat, added an iron serving tray and a green vase for the floral arrangement.

I gathered up all the orange, yellow, and green floral stems I had (which happen to be floral that I got on sale at Pier One several years ago), then started added the floral stems to the vase until I achieved the look I was going for.

I shoved spanish moss in between the flowers to hide the gaps and give some texture.

After that I added some accessories and voila! Early fall table setting! :)

NOTE: decorating for fall my cause your hubby to insist you do some fall organizing and clean out your "supply" room (aka junk roon).

Saturday, September 10, 2011


I don't know about you, but I "HEART" wreaths, LOVE them put all throughout my house but I got tired of using those old wreath hooks-YOU know the ones...they are either the metal ones that sometimes scrape your door, or the plastic ones that often break or can't hold the larger wreaths, so I brainstormed and searched high and low for an alternative wreath hanger and came up with this.....PLASTIC SUCTION HOOKS! DUH! Why didn't I think of that a few year ago before I scratched up my front door with a metal over the door style hook?!? (ugh). So, for those of you who were like me and were tired of scratching up your doors, try using suction hooks, here's how they work-

First you gotta go buy them....I have a few from Lowes but like these just as much and they are cheaper. You can get a pack of 9 at one of the dollar stores with a TREE in their name, and simply take one, place it on your metal door or glass screen door and voila! Instant wreath hanger WITHOUT damaging your door!  Right now I have a simple french basket hanging on the door with some sunflowers but will be changing it out soon for Halloween. My ALL TIME FAVORITE place to put a wreath is on the front of the fireplace doors/insert and the suction hooks work GREAT for that!  Here are a few pics to demonstrate:
My FAVORITE and very unexpected place for wreaths. They mask those ugly fire place inserts and warm up the mantel.

French Script Slip Cover

So I'm on my routine thrift store rounds and to my suprise I found something I had been looking for for about a year! A parson's chair slipcover!!!  And this one was adorable and clean so I HAD to grab it! The pattern is beige and cream with black french writing. There were two of this style and two plain black slip covers so I grabbed one of each just in case. The best part is when I got up to the counter they only charged me for the price of a pillow case so each slip cover only ended up costing me $0.99 CENTS!!!! WHAT AN AMAZING DEAL for a french script slip cover!
Here are before and after pics. The before is a yellow chair with red, blue, and green polka dots. This was cute and worked great in my old office that was yellow, but now that we painted and bought a new black desk it wasn't working for me so I was on a misson to find or make a slip cover but I didn't want to pay the price. Glad now that I waited!





Saturday, August 20, 2011

Before & After

I found a corkboard for dirt cheap at a local thriftstore and thought how cute it would be in a little girl's room! It was a fairly simple project that included giving the frame a good coat of fresh white paint, then the rest was changing out the top piece to something that better suited a little girl. I love when I find pieces like this becasue it is so versatile and can be anything....all you gotta do is use your imagination. The total cost was about $7 bucks. The memo board itself was $2, then I had to buy fabric and glue sticks. I already had the paper for the background in the picture, button, spray paint, and I used my cricut to cut out the letter "C" initial. I hope Cassie enjoys her new coark board for her newly remodeled bedroom!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nell Hills-

This is so beautiful. I just love the pop of the hot pink flowers and the pastel linens paired agains the rustic looking furntiure. Beautiful! This is a Nell Hills design. If you have never been to Nell Hills I suggest going. There is one in KC, north of the river at Briarcliff Village and of course the orignal in Atchison, KS. I love their desgin and always look forward to seeing their seasonal decor.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The other house- Cape Cod

Since I am new to blogging, I figured I would start the first couple of posts by introducing myself and telling you a litle about me. This is old news for some of you who know me already, but for those that don't, here are pictures of our second house. My man and I both own homes but we moved into his a year ago and mine is in rent or sell....that is the question. ..said in my best Shakespear voice of course. :)

Above is an image of my fireplace. I love great architectural details such as the moulding and original hard wood floors. The outside picture was taken last year. I'm thinking about tearing out the shrubs and updating the landscaping. What is your favorite style of home?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Late summer decorating-

So it was the first week of August and time to change THE table from 4th of July to late summer style and I remembered that I had a butterfly plate that I bought at Cameron's Home Furnishings in Lees Summit, MO back in the spring. I really loved the look of it, but because it had so much rust and brown/black tones in it I felt it should be shown in late summer early fall when those colors are more prevalant in our landscape.  I also wanted my decor to last thru October when I start decorating for fall, so I chose to use this plate now, in late summer and play off of the plate's rusty brown and cream colors to create my collage. I already had the plate stand, galvanized metal vase, lamp, and basekts, but I added thrift store flowers and thrift store mini bucket for the reed disfuser I snagged on a clearance, and the clearance candle holder below. The only thing I paid full retail for was the butterfly plate. I love using what I already have to save money! The one table can take on so many looks just by changing out your accessories.