Are You Ready For 2015 ?

New year 2015

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Can’t believe it is 2015 ! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Day surrounded by the ones you love.

Our home was filled with laughter, children, family and friends, just the way I like it. I have to admit it’s a little quiet around here now that it’s all over and the grandkids and families have gone home.

In the quiet of today I’m stopping to ponder and reflect back on 2014 then contemplating goals for 2015. I have so much I’m thankful for this past year and I get a little sentimental thinking about how fast kiddos are growing up and life is changing.

In thinking about the New Year , I hope to make it a year filled with intentional relationships and purpose. Nurturing present friendships and cultivating new ones. Reaching more women with Noonday Collection and sharing the stories of hope and redemption of our artisans.

My creativity and passion for making beautiful homes for every budget and style will be alive and well this coming year. Projects are waiting to be started and others are on the brink of completion. My plan is to post some tutorials so you can be inspired to be creative in your home as well with some fun projects.

Projects from 2014:

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Thanks for following me in 2014 !

Here’s to 2015 with fresh ideas and new inspirations!

Linda

Gallery Wall Updated

A while back I decided I was DONE with this gallery wall arrangement and wanted an update. I had changed the pictures out over the years more times than I can even remember. So down came the little curtain rod and brackets and the black ribbon and all the frames and I started over.

Here is the before:

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And here it is now:

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I had all of this already so it was just a matter of designing a plan. Pinterest helped some but honestly it just got me started because the items I was using were unique to my taste. I started by laying my frames and items out on the floor to get an arrangement I liked and that would fit in the space.

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Then I cut out paper patterns of the frames so I could tape them on the wall and decide spacing and where nail holes were going to be. I measured the hook on the back of the frame and marked the pattern with the placement of that hook so I knew where to put the nail. That saved the wall a few extra nail holes to patch.

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Excuse some of the photos aren’t the greatest, I used my phone and forgot to snap some with a better camera, but you get the idea.

Next I played around with what I wanted in the frames, for now they are pictures of our trip to Italy last summer. I chose ones that had a hint of blue to go with my summertime décor. Then it was a matter of deciding the art and what would work in the space. I used an empty frame and a chalkboard to add interest and whimsy.

I really like how it turned out and fits in the room.

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The family room has a casual summer beach feel at the moment and I kept it simple and relaxed. Think I may try adding a stairway gallery next to display more family photos and some pieces I’ve collected. Would love to hear your wall gallery ideas .

Have a great Wednesday!

Linda

 

Guest Room Ready !

DSC_0026The sun is shining this morning and I am finally snapping pictures of the guest room where the door headboard ( https://homedeco50.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/vintage-door-headboard/ ) found it’s home.

I had ordered the bedding from Ballard Designs back in March and it was on backorder and it just arrived last week. Seems that  black stripe ticking was in hot demand when I placed my order.

I wanted a room that was calming and restful, since it is a bedroom after all. It makes me want to start painting everything in my house and get back to a white pallet and start decorating every room from scratch. That isn’t going to happen anytime soon so I’ll just enjoy this little square of the gray and white trend at the moment.

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Armoire was a pine entertainment center that we had for over 14 years. I painted it with Annie Sloan’s French Linen and we added a new board in the back to replace the cutout for an old tv. New knobs from World Market also added to the makeover. Love how it turned out.

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I am in love with this bedding !

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 I’ve been working on multiple projects and haven’t stopped to post them. I aim to get back to Blogland and post more often.

Hope you are having a wonderful day !

Linda

Thanksgiving / Pre-Christmas Decor

With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas soon to follow I was ready to clear out Fall décor and start thinking about Christmas. Not quite ready to get a tree but wanting to start the Christmas cheer sooner than later. I love, love, love Christmas time and all my decorations and I only get to enjoy them for a month each year.
Here is my Thanksgiving/ Pre-Christmas mantel:
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Made these little mason jar snow globes last year with some of my grandkiddos:

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My bedroom retreat layered with quilts and pillows:

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So that’s a sneak peek into my home at the moment. As the Thanksgiving turkey is being made into leftovers the real Christmas decorating will begin with JOY !

Come back again after Thanksgiving and see my home glitter with Christmas cheer !

Only Took Me 33 Years to Finish !

This past week I finished a project that I started a looooooong time ago. I think at least 33 years is more like it.
I had this little wooden step stool that was my Gramma’s when I was a little girl. I used to stand on it to bake with her in her warm kitchen and even sit on it at the table when I was really small. Ok I’m still pretty small, but this was in a little toddler type of small. Anyhow…. I ended up with it when I had my first child,I wanted to use it with my children the way my Gramma did with me. So I started to strip the many layers of paint off the well worn wood. Using some paint striper that you applied and let eat away at the paint was a pain and the toxic smell made me decide it wasn’t worth the effort. So my little step stool moved from house to house usually stuffed in the garage or attic waiting to be finished….Someday. I couldn’t bare to part with it since I had such fond warm memories associated with it.

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It started when I was looking for some paint to use on some vintage doors I want to convert to a headboard and another one to a chalkboard when I came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(http://www.anniesloan.com/). The stuff is magic ! I watched all the YouTube videos I could to learn the application process and various techniques.

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The best selling point to me was’ You don’t need to prep the surface, just clean it if it needs it with soap and water lightly, no primer, no sanding , just start painting’.

I KNOW ! Crazy hunh? Sure you can lightly sand if you want to remove some imperfections but for me it was motivation enough to give it a try.

So I decide to test the claims of the paint on my little step stool before I tackled a larger project. It did not disappoint ! I am a FAN !

Before :

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Here it is after one coat:

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Yes you can paint in your house ! No fumes or odor ! It does suggest you leave a window open for ventilation. Additional information is given on the can of paint or at Annie Sloan’s web site.(http://www.anniesloan.com/)

And finally 2 coats and a coat of the clear wax:

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The paint covers great and dries fast. Colors can be mixed and the choices are fantastic. I used 50% Old White with 50% French Linen for a light gray look.

No longer stashed in the garage or collecting dust in the attic now the little step stool sits in my kitchen waiting for my granddaughter to stand on it to bake cookies with me.

You can distress a piece or leave it finished in a more contemporary look.  The possibilities are plentiful and only limited by your imagination. I encourage you to watch a few videos of the process and decide if it would work for your next painting project. http://www.youtube.com/anniesloanofficial

I can hardly wait to start my next one!

Linda

Vintage Travel Theme

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For the past few months I have been working on a project with a vintage travel theme. I have hunted down vintage luggage, globes, maps and travel paraphernalia. I have more ideas than I can incorporate but it is all starting to come together.

Pinterest is inspiring with it’s abundance of creative suggestions. However with vintage  items I can’t just run to the store and purchase what I need or want, instead I spend my time searching garage and yard sales as well as family attics for treasures that fit the theme. I have been repurposing found items and crafting some of my own to pull it all together. I am still working on this endeavor but I thought I would share what I have so far.

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The map covered letters ‘TRAVEL’ at the top of this post are available at World Market for $69.99. I think I will be doing my own version of these with the maps I have.

I hope to share some of my repurposing and crafts in future post, for example I am in the process of painting a road on canvas and it is turning out pretty well so far.

I think the theme would make a great office, family room or boy’s room décor. From the looks of things on Pinterest it has been  a common wedding theme as well.

I will post about the completed project after the event in November.

In the meantime if you have any old die cast cars or airplanes you would like to part with I would be interested as well old globes or travel books. This is a non-profit event and donations of such items would be fantastic.

Off  to finish painting my road !

Linda

Not Quite Ready for Fall….Mantel #1

Seems like everyone is posting about Fall and sharing inspiring projects and I am still here hanging on to Summer as long as I can. As a matter of fact the forecast is for 91 degrees today so to me it’s still Summer until the weather changes.
I did take a walk on our trails today and grabbed a few branches from the hazelnut trees. They always seem to lose their leaves first and show the first signs Fall.
So I succumbed to easing into the season change and did a quick mantel decorating. Believe me this will last 2 weeks tops, but I am just not ready for pumpkins and such yet.
So here is my quick fall mantel with things I had on hand :

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Now out to lay in the sun !
Linda

New Year A New Start

I have to admit I have been away from this for a while trying to decide if I had anything creative enough to write about or projects to share.

Well I am going to try and start again. Twice in the last 2 days someone I ran into said ” I miss your blog”. That meant at least 2 people were reading my little patch of blogland.

So here goes!

Off to a new year and a new start.

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Since my last post I have taken down Christmas and redecorated for the rest of winter, not quite Spring, but not all snowflakes and flannel either.

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Out came the yellow pillows to brighten things up a bit and the cozy throws still over the sofa to snuggle up in when land for the evening and read.

I trimmed forsythia branches 2 weeks ago and put them in vases with luke warm water, they are busting out with cheery yellow blooms,that remind me of the promise of Spring. I can’t ever have enough flowers, the amaryillis from my parents for Christmas is still blooming bright red on the window sill.

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I even have the touch of green and yellow in a bowl of pears, and yes they are real. I am not a fan of silk flowers or artificial fruit. Not when the real thing is affordable and brings life to a room. Not to mention little children tend to take bites out of things so why not give them the real fruit rather than a waxing imitation? Teagen( my little 1 1/2 year old grand-daughter) munched on 4 granny smith apples when she was here last week, tiny teeth marks in them all and I loved it. Granted she did eat half of one, but she thought it was fun that yummy fruit was sitting right out where she could get her little hands on it.

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I have projects started that are waiting for the final touches before they are shared. Sea glass bottle updates and some other fun DIY pojects.

It would help motivate me if you would take a second and leave a comment . I really appreciate feedback and knowing you are taking some of my ideas and using them in your home.

So let’s wake up our homes after all the holidays and winter chill with a fresh start by adding some fresh fruit and flowers to our rooms. That’s a change you can easily make today when you stop by the market on your way home.

Have a great day!

Linda

‘Fall Decor’

Fall is finally in the air around here. The brisk mornings and falling leaves reflect the change of seasons beautifully. This morning’s sunrise was no exception. Simply beautiful! I couldn’t help but pause and thank God for the beauty of His creation.

My home is also starting to embrace the change of season, as I bring in the fall harvest from the garden and incoporate it in my interior decore’. Sunflowers , pumpkins, squash of every color adorn my table , mantel and surfaces around my home.

Keeping it simple but still warm and inviting. Snuggle up as the evenings begin to chill and pull a faux fur throw over your toes.

A few Autumn touches in my kitchen as well.

I have given my entry a fall makeover as well, and I will share it soon.

Have a great day and maybe take a moment to step outside and enjoy this change of season and maybe bring a little of it indoors as well.

Linda

Teagen the Very Hungry Caterpillar

This past Saturday we celebrated Teagen’s first birthday with a yard full of family and friends. The weather was perfect and all the plannng to make it a fun and special day was well worth it.

Brianna ( her Mommy and my youngest daughter), planned the day around Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Teagen loves  and I mean LOVES food , all food, yet she is tiny and petite. So the Hungry Caterpillar was the perfect theme.

Pinterest was abound with fun ideas for food and decorations that really helped our inspiration. Brianna had a few ideas of her own and between the two of us it all came together.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will post plenty. Starting with the food and decorations:

The ‘Birthday Cake’ a giant cupcake

Brianna gathered the kiddos for a finger painting project and it turned out adorable.

The children were all in swimsuits and in and out of the kiddie pool and sprinklers so clean up was easy.

Now for the birthday girl… our little Teagen.

Why is it so fun to watch that first birthday cake experience? We love to watch the little one’s reaction to that first taste of frosting and cake and ultimately make a mess and end covered in frosting. Then we spend the next few years trying to get them to eat neatly . Well our little Teagen LOVED her big cupcake, even though she only ate a few  bites of actual cake and had more fun playing in the frosting.

We all agreed it was a great day for children and adults alike as everyone stayed until it was time for little ones to slip into jammies and head to bed.

Can’t wait for the next party at our house!

Linda