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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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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,

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Decor Everywhere

I'm really into fall decorating this year. I love to bridge from Halloween decor easing into fall. 

I had purchased this sign a couple of years ago, kind of went with my "One Hour" Broom Parking sign. Then I found this whimsical witch and couldn't resist her playful nature. (I've always envied long slim legs :) In the evening the candy corn lights give her a warm twinkle and glow. Nothing too much to frighten my young trick or treaters.

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Make your window treatment sing

These were my simple window toppers. I have loved them for many years. Each of our three bay windows had a matching valance like this. My bar stools are covered in the plaid, the beautiful garden print spilling out of the pleated corners and used as cording matched the glass dining table chairs. The beige linen could not have been a closer match to my den walls that coordinate the combined space.

Now the makeover
Changing to my Farmhouse, Shabby Chic feel that is creeping in to each corner of our space
I planned to use shutters beside the center window, as you may have noticed in a previous post. This is the left window. I chose these metal shelves sold by Hobby Lobby since the width of them perfectly hid the wooden blinds when I want full light. For now I have left them in the bronzed finish as they came. I loved this biscuits and gravy sign so much I bought each of my kids one. (Kind of goes along with a family tradition where we tell each other "I love you like.....(whatever your favorite thing might be)" I found this on Decor Steals. I'm hooked on their deals! Not getting paid to say that either.
The little clock is something I picked up for a couple of bucks on clearance. The lunch box belonged to Nick's dad. :)

As you will see, I have two drying racks on the top of two old fence boards, supported by wrought iron  shelf supports. (Confession, the fence boards are not really old. I found a great way to distress them into looking old.....yep, on Pinterest of course.)
The lovely wreath I just bought at Garden Ridge on a sale table for a couple of bucks! The Bouquet sign I found at our local Restore. If you haven't been to your Restore you best look into it. I got my shutters there too! $5 That little green wood crate came with a flower arrangement someone sent me.
Let's stand back with a view of the middle shelf. 
A lantern perches on the opposite end of the shelf. Shelf positioned to hide blind when pulled all the way up. Me likey! :)
This is above the right side window. I love enamelware, thus the colander and tray with Bluebonnets painted on it. (I was thrilled to find this at the Bluebonnet Festival this year). Number 4 galvanized vase came from Micheal's. (on sale...big grin) I'm not sure what all the numbers out there are for in decor these days. You can be sure though that I have a couple of number 5's hanging around because of my 5 fabulous children, now grown. 

Ok now for a full step back view of the breakfast as it is now.

It's very cozy here. Still working on my 2 antique breakfast chairs for this room.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Come in Fall!

This metal pumpkin I picked up last year during a post holiday sale. I just bundled up some fall leaves , inserted a candle stand and I love the simplicity of the fall feel it gives my console table.

Normally I'm dragged kicking into fall grabbing onto summer as long as I can! But for some reason this year, I'm ready for soup, cooler nights and days. Last year the Bradford Pears even gave us some fall color here in Texas.
Fall foliage peaks in the United States
Fall foliage peaks in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I've been busy pulling out fall and Halloween things and spreading them throughout the house. So I will share a few of my fall home photos. I have been so inspired by the lovely fall things I find on Pinterest. If you haven't got on yet, you must go check it out. There is a button over there on the right where you can follow my boards if you want.

To my ladies who follow my organization ideas, don't worry I haven't abandoned that part of my blog. Just been in the middle of redecorating the house and caught up in chalk painting and bringing in a new look. 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Breakfast Nook makeover at Rose Cottage

English: Pier 1 Imports Logo
English: Pier 1 Imports Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before and After

Breakfast Room

I have always loved this view of the door going to the back yard and the garden.  More than anything I just needed a change to the shabby side. After 10 years of the green I was ready for something new.
As you can see some things stayed in place but were altered with Annie Sloan chalk paint. The small beaded etagere was painted with the Ochre. The Seeds of Kindness frame was also painted. I changed out my glass table and iron chairs for 2 antique chippy chairs (not shown, look for these in a future post) and two Pier One Dana Parsons Chairs, with adorable colored covers. I was ecstatic over these covers, they have my Robins Egg Blue I'm incorporating. :) The oak table you see an edge of is an early marriage piece that had been stored in the attic. The walls were done with a warm brown called Virtual Taupe, by Sherwin Williams. I have a lot of garden books which I used to store on the bottom shelf of the etagere. Now I plan to house them in my cute cranberry crate. I still plan to change out my light switch plates. The ceiling fan in the previous post hovers over this table.
You will be hearing about the window makeover soon. In the meantime I love the shutters on the sides of the windows! 

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