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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer White

Today's table is using only two colors: white and brown.
It's simple and calming...perfect for these hot summer days.

Welcome to my home!

Hoping your summer is full of rest and relaxation!

I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday and Kathleen over at Cuisine Kathleen for her Let's Dish.
Drop by for loads of inspiration, won't you?

In case you're interested:
Chargers - Pier 1
Dinner/salad Plates - thrifted
Flatware/nautilus - antique shop
Napkins - World Market
Glasses - thrifted
Giant clam shell - online
Various seashells - Sanibel
Flowers - homemade

Monday, July 29, 2013

Keeping up With...the Cleaning.

I know, it's not a popular topic.
since we all have to clean our homes,
I thought I'd address it.
Since my husband is famous for bring home clients without much notice,
 I needed a way to keep things looking presentable every day 
without devoting an entire day to scrubbing.

I found a lot on Pinterest about chore charts and duties...
and then I found this:

It's from Tips and Pix...a great site. 
You can find it here.

I liked the simplicity and organization.
I loved that it looked cute,
(especially since I'd need to look at it often.)

So I tweaked it a bit for my home and this is what I came up with:

border found here

We'll see how it goes. I may not get to everything each day, but at least it's a start.
Thanks again Tips and Pix for your inspiration!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Home Tour...Living Room

Thanks for dropping by for our "home tour" and answering a few questions.
I'm taking those suggestions and will indeed implement them as soon as I can.

When this adventure began, we basically knew the style of home as well as the type of rooms and amenities we a wish list.
The spaces were roughly drawn to the size needed for possible furniture placement.
After we had all the pieces, different arrangements were tried for traffic flow 
and what really made sense for "true" living.
At the time, our son was working on his architectural degree so we sent the plans to him so that he could tweak things a bit, giving us a different perspective.
With his suggestions and a few other changes, we had a fairly good draft.
So with files full of pictures, lists, and plans we headed to our architect.

He was very helpful in making things "fit"...some rooms were re-sized or shifted.
Overall, we were really pleased, however my office could be a bit larger.

Before you read on:
If there are any decorators out there reading this, 
and you're cringing at my home, 
I welcome suggestions. 
But please, be kind, I cry easily. that's out of the way,
Welcome to our Living Room!
We wanted this room to feel relaxed...a place for friends and family to sit and visit, 
a place for the musicians in my life to entertain.

This picture was taken from the foyer, looking into the entrance.
We decided on planked walls, in the foyer, to help add a warm and welcoming feeling as you enter the house.
We're really enjoying these walls, however
I'm not ready to puncture them with nails, so art is "leaning."
I know, issues.

The ceilings in this part of the home are 10 ft, a foot taller than our previous home. 
I like the height, but I'm having to adjust my thinking in the proportion of decorating items.
(For instance, those shutters look a bit short in this pic, they will definitely need a little boost.)

This Living Room isn't really ready for "showing"...the big pieces are in place but that's about it.
The walls need to be addressed especially over the sofas.
Any ideas?

As you can see, 
there is a lot of natural lighting from the front windows.

From this angle, you can see the little walkway behind the love seat.
The furniture is arranged for cozy conversation and so far it's working.
(There's one of those blank walls behind that sofa.)

When the curtain panels are closed, the room seems warm and serene. 
At night, it's especially cozy.

The curtains I chose are from IKEA. 
It was the only place I could find the longer lengths that were affordable. 
This particular panel, Lenda, is simple, and added a no-fuss feeling . 
You can find them here.
The panels originally came with tab tops but those were removed. 
Adding simple black rods and clips, we were set. 
For now, the hem is just pinned, not sure if I really want them hemmed or to puddle.

The area rug is actually an all weather (outdoor) rug from Home Decorators.
It's easy maintenance.
You can find it here.

On our original wish list was to add pretty molding. 
It was a lot of work for our carpenter, but I think it was well worth it.
It makes me smile every day.

That's Living Room in transition.
Don't forget....please let me know if you have any suggestions for the walls!

Up next, the Dining Room.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Have you been Home?

You can click here to view this board.

Have you visited Hometalk yet? If not, it's a must! 
There's so much to see, read, learn...
it's a perfect place to browse and browse.

And one of the best parts? You can save all your favorites to clipboards just like this one above!
I love easy sew projects and the above pics show cute, cute ideas!
(Okay...some are mine.)
But you're not limited to 15 pics, you can make your boards as large as you'd like!
Just think of all the possibilities.

Just thought you'd like to know a little about Hometalk,
there's no place like "home!"

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


I love turtles.
Land turtles, sea doesn't matter.
I'm not sure why, I guess it's their eyes. 
They're so big and seem to be "all knowing"...
and then it's their gently way.

I think it all started when I first met this lady,

Ila Loetscher with a flippered friend

Ida...the Turtle Lady of S. Padre Island, Texas.

She rehabilitated turtles and gave little demonstrations at her lab.
She was kind and passionate about these creatures,
 and they seamed to be as fond of her 
as she was of them.

Many years later, my family and I saw a release just like this.

They are so tiny, just little miracles.
If you ever see a nesting site, please don't disturb it. 
It's most likely being watched by a scientific crew, 
and if not, 
report it so they can watch it! might have noticed that hotels along nesting beaches will turn off their lights at predawn because when the hatchlings hatch, they instinctively go towards light - the sun rising over the sea (hopefully not inland due to artificial light.)

Okay, to a tablescape.
Guess what my theme is this week?

I'm joining Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday.
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish
Please drop by for loads of inspiration!

Since you've already had an earful (haha),
please sit back, relax, and enjoy this table!

Thanks for stopping by!

In case you're interested:
Chargers - Target
Napkins - World Market
Dishes - Big Lots (plastic)
Glasses - Mexico via Goodwill (ha!)
Centerpiece - Burke's Outlet
Silver - antique shop
Seashells - Sanibel
Coasters - Tuesday Morning
Tassel - home made

Monday, July 22, 2013

Special Cards...

I love receiving handwritten notes and cards...I think they are truly special.

With that in mind, I decided to send a few to make others feel special too.

One was for a wedding...
I took the original invitation and tweaked it a bit and turned it into my wedding card back to them.
Here's the before:

 And here is the after:

Using blank note cards/envelopes as the base, the sky is really the limit.
I cut out their graphics and made them "pop" with a cut piece of mounting board glued underneath.
The yellow strips were also trimmed from their original invitation.

Adding one of my favorite verses, it's perfect for weddings.

The other cards were birthday greetings.
My sister-in-law loves all things nautical.
This one is for her.

I had nautical stickers, so those were a must. 
Adding a bit of jute and ribbon, it was "smooth sailing!"

My niece loves all things blooming.
This one is for her.

I wanted a bit of whimsy...she's young and very cute...
I thought the free-handed flowers would be a sweet touch.

My other niece is an aspiring actress.
 Stars are her personal theme.

It's fun to personalize cards for friends and family...
I'm hoping these cards make them feel very special too!

I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to drop by for amazing transformations!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Home Tour...Front Entry

I think I'm ready for my "official" home tour.
Things are still in their "unofficial" places...until I can bear to put nails in my walls.
(Apparently I have issues.)
And I think I'm going to make this series part of my weekly posts, what do you think?
It's partly for you as readers to see the "finished" product after many months of rough edges,
partly to help me see things from a different perspective as to what needs to go, 
what needs to be changed, 
and what needs to be nailed down (haha)!!
So without further delay... is the front entrance.
Come on in!

The landscaping was added a few weeks ago...can you see the grass beginning to sprout?
We're wondering how long it's going to take to cover the entire yard.
Does anyone know?

I'm hoping to get seating soon on both sides of the porch...the mornings and evenings are so nice.

Do you remember the planked foyer?
I'm really enjoying the texture...however, that egret print...not hung yet.
Yep, issues.
And my grandfather's cabinet fit perfectly on that wall...pure luck.
(you can read about that project here)
I had other plans but I like the cabinet there better.

This shot shows the entrances to the living room and den.
I'm still loving the glad we decided to add it! 

Can you see those pocket doors?

Here's a better shot.
They can close off the front windows from the rest of the house in case I get scared when needed. 

And here's a shot from the den to the front.
The light is really nice and so is the view.
This shot also shows an entrance to the dining room.

I'm so glad that you've been following along on our adventure. 
It's been a labor of love,
boy, I'm glad we're finished!
(Well, kinda finished.)

Stay tuned for the Living Room and a few questions.
(like... should that mat be under the first or second door? both? or just get a long mat?)
(and what about those urns...they need to be larger, right?) many questions...PLEASE stay tuned!!


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