Books in Home Decor

I love to use books in decorating. I use them to add height to an object, texture or color to a space and interest on a coffee table.

I am particularly fond of old books. Love the history in the way the pages turn yellow and their covers age.

Here are a few examples in my home:

Other examples:

Check out the bird cage.

Solano

In baskets:Sawyer Console Table

Avery Drop-Leaf Console Table

Metropolitan Long Console Table

Books aren’t just for reading they can be a great enhancement to your home decorating scheme.

Prop It Up — Stack three books on a side table to use as a raised display area. Set a lamp, sculpture, urn, or plant (in a waterproof cache pot) on top of the books. This is a great way to raise another accessory that may be too short as well as create some interest in a display.

Sometimes the books you use give a little peak into your own personal interest and travels. Sometime I buy books at the Goodwill just because I like the color of the cover and need to tuck a little pop of it in a certain area. They are inexpensive and useful. So get those books out of storage and find a place to stack them in your home to add a little history or color.

Happy Decorating!

Linda

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Seeds

Maybe it’s because Spring is just around the corner and we are trying to get our garden plans in order, but I have been thinking about seeds alot lately.

We purchased seeds for the garden in anticipation of starting plants early in our greenhouse.

 We still have plenty of preparation to do to get the raised beds constructed and filled with soil, but we are getting ready.

Some of the seeds are so small you think they will fall through your fingers and never be planted where you intend them to be. Others like the beans and pumpkins are large enough to place just where you want them to go in the row or hill of fine dirt.

I’m wondering as I look at these seeds , what kind of seeds am I planting in those people I share life with? Am I encouraging, loving and sincere and planting seeds of hope and trust in the God I love? Are my seeds randomly falling between my fingers and being planted in lives of others I don’t even know? Are my seeds intentional or spontanious allowing myself to plant those seeds of God’s love and life in Christ in others as I make myself available to Him? Or do I plant seeds that are weeds and of no value , not edifying but blocking out the sun (Son)?

What kind of seeds are you planting in those around you? Your children, spouse , friends, the person who does your dry cleaning. the clerk at Costco, the teller at the bank, the person in the desk next to yours, the co-worker you eat lunch with?

The other day I was getting granola out to sprinkle some on my yogurt( trying to eat healthy), and this was on the inside flap of the box.

While not out of the bible it had a truth that resinated with me.

Enjoy the sun today . I may go sit in the greenhouse, it’s almost 70 degrees in there and I can fill the warmth of the sun in spite of the on 40 degrees on the outside.

Have a great Monday.

Linda

Chalkboards

Chalkboards are everywhere lately, Pinterest, home decor stores and at my house.

Finished making the ones I had started last Saturday and got them in the frames today. I think I am addicted to chalkboard-ifing everything.

I started with an old picture frame and a mirror frame that the mirror broke out of. That’s a long story, let’s just say it has something to do with an earth quake and my husband trying to get the mirror back into the frame, it didn’t turn out so well. So I saved the silver frame and now have a new use for it.

Here is what I used:

Spray primer

Spray chalkboard paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massonite cut to fit the frames I had. Home Depot and Lowe’s are happy to cut it for you if you know the size you need. They will even cut it whatever size so you can get it in your car and you can cut it more exact later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalk of course. I used regular old crayola school chalk to season the board after it has been painted.

And a frame to finish it off.

Here are a few pictures of the process.

2 coats of primer . I had issues with this particular primer could have been operator error , but I would use a different one next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 2 coats of chalboard paint ( could do 3), apply in a well ventilated area, garage or outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After they are dry you must season the surface by going over the whole board with chalk and then wiping it off.

Place in the frames and you are done!

 

 

 

 

Now I want to make all kinds of things into chalkboards.

courage #inspiration #courage 

Since I was in the chalkboard mood I redid my mantel already. I think that’s enough for today 🙂

Spring Decor

I am starting to refresh my home and lighten it up for Spring. It usually takes me a few days of moving things around and putting winter accessories away before it all comes together. I have started though and it feels good to get the lighter fabrics out and change the pillows, throws, my mantel and centerpieces.

I made some moss letters with reindeer moss from Michaels, wooden letters and a hot glue gun. So easy and Springy!

Mantel (phase 1)

Front door entry.

Some more moss accessories. When you live where we do moss is in great supply and so nice and green, so you may as well decorate with it.

Front door entry left side.

I will be adding other touches of Spring as we get into March and approach Easter. Can’t wait to add some flowers to the entry as soon as it’s a bit warmer.

As for the interior here’s the beginning stages of the Spring transformation.

The living room at the moment.

Entry  ( not sure if the Flower Market picture will be staying there , but for now..)

My friend Lynnette’s home is beautifully decorated for Spring. She has given me permission to share some sneak peeks into her warm and inviting home. Enjoy!

We like alot of the same things but put them together in different ways that reflect our personality and style. She” loves clutter” so she told me yesterday and I don’t. It’s fun to see what the same idea or item looks like in someone elses home and their interpretation of how it should be displayed.

So there is the beginning of Spring around my home. Chalkboards are painted and about to be inserted in their frames. I will let you know how that all turns out. I seem to be spraying everything with chalkboard paint lately. It however is very volatile in fumes and I needed to let the boards dry and air out well before bringing them inside.

I actually think I see a a ray of sunshine.. WhooHoo!

Have a great day!

Linda

A Rainy Day Project

So it is raining like crazy at the moment and I want to start a project, but I am not sure which one of the many on my ‘to do list’ I want to tackle.

To Do:

*Paint massonite for chalkboard, frame is ready

*Get out Spring pillows and throws for living room and redo decor

*Blog about all the various ways I’ve decorated my entry

*Repaint chalkboard door( seems like it could use a little touch up)

*I have a moss letter project ready to go

*Eat chocolate (check… already did that)

*Replace pictures in my photo gallery wall… redo totally . I have some other things to add.

*Put Spring bedding on guest bed and redo the room with the fresh decor I have.

These are my fun to do’s . I have another list of ‘not so fun to do’s’. You have them to,the things that you are never finished doing, like laundry, cleaning, cooking, paying bills, the usual.

OR…….

I could share this little project with you that I did a while back. I had an old glass door knob from Larry’s grandparents house.

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It was just laying on a shelf in the laundry room. I love the way the clear glass knob turned lavender over the years, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. The base was probably brass and I thought it looked about the same color as a metal clothes hanger… LIGHT BULB!

So I cut a section out of the clothes hanger with a pair of wire cutters.

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Then I used my jewelry pliers to bend the wire into some loops.

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Then twisted the base of the two ends together and put it inside the end of the door knob. Voila’! Picture holder.

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Kind of cute hunh?

Now hopefully I can get motivated enough to one of the other fun projects on my ‘to do ‘ list this weekend. Unless it happens to be sunny then I will be outside checking out my greenhouse and getting ready to build raised garden beds.  Ahhhh …Spring is just around the corner.

Have a great weekend!

Linda

First Sign of Spring

I know Spring doesn’t arrive until next month, March 20 to be precise, however I noticed an early sign of it today.

Didn’t even know that they were close to blooming. What a wonderful suprise after all that snow last month.

They were entangled in my lemon thyme which smells wonderful by the way. I love it that herbs like thyme and oregano are so hardy and make it through the winter here. There isn’t much else blooming or getting new tender green leaves but I’ll enjoy each little change as new life starts to emerge from the cold winter ground.

Maybe I can even start the Spring makeover inside too. I have some pillows and pictures I am eager to get out in anticipation of the next season. I’ve been holding out until after Valentine’s Day to start anything new or afresh. Starting to get antsy now to lighten things up.

I did print off this little sign I found on Pinterest . Last year I saw it on a linen pillow at Pottery Barn. Feel free to copy and print for your own personal use as well.

Hope you are able to copy and print this. I haven’t included printables before so let me know if this works please so I can continue to post in this manner if it works. I think you can just click on the image and copy and print. At least I hope so.

So as we emerge from the darkness of winter and look to brighter days of Spring let’s stop and take notice of the little gifts God gives us in this next season. I am so glad for the change of seasons we have here in the Pacific Northwest. Each one has it’s purpose and lasts just long enough so that we are ready for the next one.

I will keep you posted as my house gets it’s Spring makeover. I have some little projects I want to share and hope to inspire you to bring a little Spring to your home decor as well.

Have a great day… I am heading out to see if pussy willows are ready yet.

Linda

Savory Cheese and Sundried Tomato Biscuits

Today I was invitited to an lunch-tea with a few friends and wanted to bring a little bite of something to share.

I tried to come up with something I had all the ingredients for on hand. I knew I had some cheese and sundried tomatoes so this is what I came up with:

Savory Cheese and Sundried Tomato Biscuit Bites( so they would be appetizer size)

I often take a basic recipe and alter it a little to make it mine own, so that’s what I did here.

Recipe makes 12 regular size biscuits, but I made them small and bite size so there were more than 30.

Savory Cheese and Sundried Tomato Biscuits

Preheat oven to 450 degrees . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or apply a nonstick cooking spray.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour

3/4 cup cake flour

( you can use 3 cups of bread flour instead)

1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar

4 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

9 Tablespoons(1 stick plus 1 TBSP )Unsalted butter cold and cubed

1 cup of buttermilk ( or 1 cup milk and 1 tsp lemon juice, let sit for few minutes and use for substitute buttermilk)

1 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon italian seasoning or combination of oregano and basil

2 Tablespoons melted butter to put on top of biscuits when they come out of the oven

(I used my food processor, but you could do by hand just as easy. )

Add the flour(s) , cream of tartar, and baking soda in a bowl or food processor. Stir together.

Stir in the sugar, salt and pepper . Cut in the cold butter until it is the size of peas, you can use a pastry blender or process on pulse 15 times with food processor. Then add the milk until incorporated. Dough will be sticky. Stir in the cheese and chopped sundried tomatoes and italian seasoning. Turn dough out on floured surface knead a few times. Roll out until 1/2 inch thick and cut with biscuit cutter or rim of a floured glass to the desired size.

If making regular 2″ biscuit size cook about 10 minutes. If making small bite size appetizers cook only 6 minutes. I learned this the hard way.

When they first come out brush the tops with melted butter. Serve warm.

They are quick and delicious. I will be making these again soon.

Enjoy!

Linda

Branches

Today I am up early and heading to Seattle to go to Children’s Hospital with Brianna for Teagen’s echocardiogram. I hope to post about that tomorrow. Your prayers are greatly appreciated for our little Teagen.

This week we are still cleaning up after the ice storm of a few weeks ago. Branches and trees are down everywhere and it looks like tornado went through in some areas. With that said I kept thinking ‘What a waste to let some of these graceful branches end up in a burn pile or shredder”. So I got to thinking….

I love birch trees. I am drawn to their white bark and texture of the branches. I found some that had broken off in the storm and Larry hauled them to our deck for me so I could try and use them as interior accents. I admire the ones I have seen in Pottery Barn, Ethan Allan and other home interior stores and have always wanted to try and bring some of that indoors in my own home.

So I went to work trimming the branches of the small twigs and cutting them down so I could get them inside my house.

Before :

After:

Inside:

Still deciding but think I like them.

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I think I will live with them for a few days before I make a final decision. They may end up in a different room or I may decide to find some more. That’s how I roll.

Make it a great day!

Linda

Lamps Shades and Tulips

After posting about my need to have my bed made daily and how my bedroom has transformed over time, I am already considering a minor change.

I have been loving the look of burlap lamps shades I have seen lately. They have a current but cottage-like feel and seem to really go well with a formal lamp base such as mercury glass or crystal. I like mixing the formal or traditional with casual relaxed style.

Pottery Barn has some great ones and I have been tempted to purchase.Burlap Tapered Drum Lamp Shade

However I have a tendency to love the look but think I can do it for less money.

Yesterday I stopped by World Market and in my wandering through the store noticed they had some burlap shades as well for less than half the price. Not quite as well made as Pottery Barn but since I was using them in my bedroom and I just wanted the ‘look’, I brought them home to try. Now I am trying to decide but I think I like them and they lighten up the look for Spring. Only thing I don’t like is that at night you can see the light bulb when the lamp is on. Since that only happens when we are reading in bed I think I can live with that. The plastic is still on the shade until I make my final decision but at $19 vs $49 I think I just might keep them. What do you think?

   Burlap Shade                                                                                    Brown Silk Shade

I love tulips and since Spring is few months away they aren’t blooming in my yard yet. However they are everywhere in the grocery stores and this makes me so happy. I think they brighten a room and add a pop of color. I love them in red, white, yellow, pink, I love them all! So my house has them tucked here and there and they just give me joy. For $6.99 that’s a cheap mood booster.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Linda

My Bed Obsession Confession

I admit it, I have a ‘thing’ about how my bed is made. It may change throughout the seasons but a few critical requirements are still of importance to me.

#1 Crisp clean sheets. Must be changed weekly. Costco has some nice high thread count sateen sheets that wash up beautiful and are very luxurious at a great price.

#2 Feather bed on top of mattress for that sinking into the “nest” feeling. Must also be fluffed weekly.

#3 Duvet or Coverlet must be equally draped on both sides of the bed. When the down comforter is on any lumps in the feather bunching needs to be evened out. ( or at least not too lumpy)

#4There is an order to the pillows. However since I change that frequently it depends on the linens I am using at the moment.

#5 The  quilt at the base of the bed needs to be placed to hang equally on both sides.

I know this is self-imposed order, but it makes me happy. My husband knows this and can make the bed to my standards everytime. Well he has learned how I like it and on a Sunday morning when I am crunched for time getting ready for church the sweet man does his best to make it ‘just so’. We’ve been married for 34 years so he know me well.

Besides the way I make the bed on daily basis I also change the look of it with just a few minor adjustment.  The picture above is how it looks at the moment, however with a change of pillows and losing the feather comforter for the warmer months it takes on a fresh look often.

Sometimes I just change the pillows and the throw.

It has been a process through the years…..

These last pictures are taken years ago and I must admit I like it so much better now.

I thought I also had other pictures of what I do for the summer, but can’t seem to find them. I will share when I freshen it up for warmer weather.

So how do you make up your bed? Pottery Barn layers and  turned down duvet? Or old school bedspread up to the head board and pillows laying flat? Or do you bother to make it at all?

I have to make it every morning, it is like brushing my teeth to me. We all have our ‘things’, this just happen’s to be one of mine.

Have a great Monday ! And “GO MAKE YOUR BED!

Linda