Monday, September 21, 2015

i'll have a blue monday

Is fall on anyone else's mind this week? I am SO ready!! I'm done with hot temps (although ours have not been so bad this summer) and humidity. I'm ready for cooler weather, pumpkin everything, beautiful colored trees, crunchy leaves underfoot, hot chocolate, and my favorite - salted caramel list could go on and on.
So this weeks' Blue Monday is all about fall!

Love this pretty porch all gussied up. That turquoise trim on the house just makes it! 

Wouldn't a photo session around this old pickup and pumpkins be cute?

I'd love to have an outdoor shindig with this set up. All the colors are so rich and just really set the tone for the season. I love those blue vases...

I'll leave you with this INCREDIBLE porch space I ran across today! Just a hint of blue with the rug and that patchwork pillow...Those fur throws, the candle and pumpkins give it just the right amount of fall. If you want to see more, it's part of The White Buffalo Co.'s fall house tour today. 

I think I'm finally in the mood to pull out my fall decor -
I'll be sharing when it's done!

til the next time,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

3 Things I Love about the One Kings Lane Website

I was asked recently to write a review highlighting the One Kings Lane website. 
I've told you a little before about One Kings Lane. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a website that offers flash sales daily, specializing in high-end furniture, decor, etc., at a discounted price. A few things that set them apart from the other "flash-sale" websites, is how theirs is set up, and the information and inspiration they offer the customer. 

Here's my love list:

 For instance, one of today's sales is on sheepskin and hide rugs. I know if I'm not looking for a rug, I don't have to look through all the rugs to find the one item I am looking for. But if I'm looking for a console table (which I happen to be), I see that there's a sale going on under that specific category and I know to look there. 

You find things here you don't see everywhere else. 

Or, how about this "Dress my Cupcake" bundle?
This includes everything you need to make your cupcakes look darling!

The One Kings Lane blog (linked from the home page) offers a lot of inspiration, but my favorite is the house tours. And what I really love, is they add shopping links to shop the rooms from the tours. The worst thing is finding a photo of a room that has exactly what you want, but you can't find the item, or you have to hunt for hours to find it! 
Isn't this dining room AH-MAZING from this tour?! I love it...

And how incredible that the links are provided for the items/very similar items, and you could re-create this look in your own home! 

My only problem with this website, is that I find I seriously need more pondering time and money. ;-) Head on over and be inspired. 

til the next time,

Friday, September 4, 2015

Duck Egg Blue Cutie

So, we sold our massive desk set about a year ago with plans of downsizing so we can create an office/craft space/music room. I found a small, UGLY desk on Craigslist for a steal, so we bought it with plans of painting it. Well, life happened, I had major surgery, blah, blah, blah, and I never got around to it. Until last week. And the sad part is that I'm not keeping her. We ended up deciding she was too small, so we bought another desk that had already been refinished. She and her ugly self has just been taking up space in our craft area. Anyway, here's the horrible before pic that I snapped with my cell phone.

PLEASE excuse the mess! This room is a work in progress!! :)

Are you ready for how sweet she looks now???

Ta Da!! She's so cute that I hate to get rid of her, but we have no space that's suitable...

I painted her in Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

The legs are just done in gold spray paint.

What do you think?

By the way, if you're local and interested in buying, contact me. :)

Til the next time,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To Paint or Not to Paint....

....That is always the question. It's always my idea, always Hubby's question. In this case, Hubby asked for some advice and decided to go ahead and paint. YAY!! And I really saved him a lot of money, y'all. I'm good like that (wink). 

When we first got our kitchen (ahem) mostly finished (and that's still the current state), we bought some plain jane counter stools from Pier 1 for our peninsula. They weren't what I wanted, but like a lot of things, I settled until we could find what I really wanted. It took me awhile, but I decided on this: 

The Tolix brand. You've seen these and the knock-offs everywhere now. 

But, in sticking with my reputation, what I wanted was way too expensive. And of course, I have to be different, so I wanted a colored chair. But nearly $1000.00 is not a price we were willing to pay per chair! 

I searched and searched and found one place where I could get what I wanted in a knock-off, but it would still be about $700.00 for both. So, I decided to go with this similar style. Hubby was already painting them before I could snap a picture, but ours were like these, only a bronze finish. They were actually very pretty like they were and we contemplated leaving them. But in the end, I really wanted something different; something that would "pop" in the kitchen. 

I chose Valspar's "Golden Flame" and I'm SO happy with how they turned out! 
(And I think this is the first time I've shown this much of our kitchen on the blog!)

Now, the question to paint came into play because Hubby was worried about painting galvanized metal. He did find out about a new primer with a "bonding agent" and was assured the paint would not chip off. So, we are waiting to see how they wear for a little bit, and then we've got 2 metal toddler beds to paint if we have good results. 

Oh - and the best part - we got these chairs for $170.00 for the set, and spent about $30 on paint. Not bad. :) 
til the next time,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Kink in the Link

Oops! I had an error in the link for yesterdays free printable. I have corrected and it should work now! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free Printable No. 4

I'm back today with July's free printable! 
If you use it, I'd love to see how. :)

Please click here to download. This is free for personal use only. 

til the next time,

Monday, June 29, 2015

I'll Have a (red, white and) Blue Monday

Today's Blue Monday post is all about feeling festive for the 4th of July! Whether you've got a big family get-together, or just relaxing for the day, there's nothing like celebrating our freedom! 

I love this little set-up on this aqua table. 

I love a good front porch! Love this one with it's painted ceiling and floor. 

I don't think there's anything more American than a quaint cottage with a white picket fence and flag waving at the door. 

Check out this wedding decor! LOVE! 

And who wouldn't want some festive cookies to add to the enormous amounts of food that is consumed on the 4th?

I love this festive display! 

Cute little banner made out of paint chips! I'd like to have a few of these old chairs too, for my backyard. 

And last, what a perfect place this would be on the 4th! Wouldn't fireworks over that water be gorgeous? 
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I hope your Monday has been anything but blue. I'll be back tomorrow with a free printable for your 4th of July decor! 

til then,