Organize Simplify Create Design

It is perpetual, living life and keeping it simple. Peace of mind comes from having a place for things. As I watched "Horton Hears a Who", with my grandchildren I thought about no matter how "tiny" the thing, it deserves a home. So I live by the old adage, a place for everything and everything in its respective place...

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Houston, Texas, United States
Ten things I am or have been: 1 Wife, 2 Mother of five, 3 Grandmother of 16, 4 Hair Dresser, 5 Bookkeeper 6 Bank Teller, 7 Scrapbook Store Owner, 8 Reporter, 9 Gardener, 10 Photographer,

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ikea storage drawers good for so many things

My Ikea storage bins were covered in varying scrapbook papers to match the French theme in my room. They just happen to fit perfectly under my roll out table and store my scrapbook goodies!
Work station set-up
What's inside you ask?

I purchase little square acrylic bins to sort embellishments in.
These little plastic containers with pinch lids are available at Hobby Lobby in the beading section.
Lots of Brads in there for creating memorable small ablums for loved ones.Enhanced by Zemanta

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Vintage Suitcase Decor

There was charm left in it, I just knew it. When I brought my mom to live with us I brought a few of her things along. Not much in the way of big things because of the distance.
This suitcase I believe belonged to one of my uncles that my mother cared for up until his passing. It's old and grungy. I wiped it down and applied leather conditioner to it and it had been sitting up in my game room until I saw a lovely display here: I love all of Ashley's cool ideas!
Here is my version:

I had purchased this little table some time ago for my small hallway coming in from the garage, but wasn't quite as tall as I wanted. It is perfect placement for mom's old bag and to perch my cute little birdcage on top. I'm happy, what do you think?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Changing my decor to Shabby Chic, cottage, farmhouse

I'm shaking things up at my house!
Like so many others I had the country look in the 80's and into the 90's. Then we moved and I totally switched gears. I went with more of a Tuscan feel and felt very comfortable there with my greens, and earthy tones and some splashes of deep red. Must say looked really nice at Christmas!
After being in my house for more than 10 years, I have finally grown tired of my Tuscan (eclectic) look. I never got rid of my antiques so I have a good base of things as I collect and turn the corner to my new design.
I have been playing with Annie Sloan chalk paint and have numerous things on my list to attack! I have already posted my dads little table previously.
My next project was my sofa. Mine isn't that old and is still very pretty.
My hubby gave me a decorating budget for Mother's Day! Yippee! However, note the word budget...
I hired my paint man to give my kitchen cabinets a facelift. No new counters, floors or appliances. But you will see all of that soon as we progress.
So my plan was to incorporate the lovely soft blue greens by changing the pillows on my sofa. I ended up finding my perfect choice of fabric and used Jo-Ann's Store half off sale to buy my fabric. I used the stuffing out of my old pillows to keep from having to buy that and am keeping the two silk pillows that match the sofa.
I purchase the three small throw pillows on sale at Steinmart. I love the look and am on my way to my new look.
The den is keeping its current color and my silk draperies in there stay.
Stay tuned as I venture along shabby-ing up the place!
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