Friday, July 31, 2015

Tweaking the Mantel Décor

It's always fun to change the mantel decorations.  I took one of the sets of my shutters apart, and placed only one on each side of the mirror, then I started layering items in.


This is the original look, just taking the shutters apart, and placing them on the mantel.


Very symetrical and clean.


 After my shopping trip, I had two new Reader's Digest Condensed books, and 3 new (to me) candle sticks, so I put those on the mantel.

 On the other end, I placed 2 RD Condensed Books that I already had, and another free book I recently acquired.

I'm really liking the layered look of this, and may keep it this way for a while.    Ya' think??

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Farm House Friday @ Knick of Time
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Restyling the Bookcases

I'm very fortunate to have built in bookcases in the family room on each side of the fireplace.  I find myself filling them with too many items, and those items are just random.

Today, I will attempt to make them look more pleasing.
First, I will remove everything and clean the shelves.



Once that is done, I will decide which items to keep and which ones to change for something else, or leave off altogether.

This is the BEFORE above.

In process...... this isn't looking right.

This is better.  I like the painting on the cabinet door, on its side, and higher in the bookcase.

I still made changes after this....


More greenery was added to the 2nd shelf, a metal bird joined the insulator on the wood box, and a white wire planter form is behind the lamp.  
  A DAY LATER.....
I've added some empty frames into the mix for interest.





I think this is a nice change.  

Do you tweak your bookcases often?

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Vintage Egg Baskets

We've all seen the vintage wire egg baskets.  Pinterest shows them starting at $30.00, and as high as $79.00. I hit the jackpot on this one!!  I gave only $10.99 for it at the Hen's Nest.  I've looked at them in various places and they were more than I wanted to pay.  There are so many ways to use them.  Pinterest is full of great ideas. Right now, I'm using mine to hold magazines.





Another way to use the basket is to hold towels, or set a plant inside it, as I did here.


Here are some wonderful pins from Pinterest.  Great ideas!!  I can see myself doing all of these!

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

I have another egg basket, but I didn't realize that was what it was until I saw it on Pinterest, too.



I'd love to hear your ideas for using a vintage egg basket!!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Converting The Bonus Room to a Private Retreat

We have a bonus room above the garage. It's quite a large room, and has never gotten any use.  Well, that is about to change!  I've decided to make a few changes, and claim it as my little retreat! I plan to spend very little to restyle this room.

There isn't an entrance to the room from the house.  It requires going into the garage, then up about 20 stairs to reach the room.  The views from the room are wonderful.
BEFORE

BEFORE

This room was originally meant for an extra bed room/play room for my grandson.  It was never used much at all though.  My neightbor painted the balloons and scenery on the walls because it would be a play room.  I hope to get this room painted in the next few weeks.  We are having the exterior of the house painted, and I would like to have this room painted too, if I can talk the hubby into it!! (fingers crossed).  My daughter has just painted her whole house in Benjamin Moore, Grecian Green, a lovely color, so I might do that in this room, with all white ceilings!!  The flooring is green, tile look, vinyl that still looks new.  No wear or tear!! I can work with it though until I can get it painted, and plan to make it a cozy little getaway.  Since it is not part of the main living area, it is extremely quiet up here. Great place for reading, or napping.

I've started changing things by shopping the house.


First of all, I wanted to change the bedding so,  I added a light colored quilt, pillow cases I embroideried, and reversed the comforter, and folded it across the foot of the bed.  So much better, already.






Back when we first built the house, I simply printed off pictures of hot air balloons to hang on the walls as art work.

I brought those frames down, cleaned them, and printed out botanical pictures from the Graphics Fairy for a change here.


So much brighter, and prettier.






There's a really OLD cabinet style TV in this room, that I can't possibly move down the stairs, so I covered it with a tablecloth, and placed a lamp, magazines and a candle on the top, using it as a table.






There's plenty of room for a sofa and love seat.  I have both stored in my basement, and am thinking about how I can get those moved upstairs.  I may hire someone to bring them up and at the same time remove the old TV.  

Room (above) for sofa

Room (below) for loveseat/table





My current sitting area is a Lane recliner I've had for probably 20-25 years.  It's just like new, and super comfy.  Makes the perfect place for a nap!!



The room has 3 windows, and 2 skylights, plenty of light in here!!


I'm thinking, if I can get the furniture moved up here, I will rearrange the furniture, and make a more cohesive sitting area!  I'd like for the seating to face the windows for the views.  

See why I can't move the furniture??

The stairs have 2 turns in them, and the stairwell is kinda narrow, but maybe a couple guys could move the furniture for me.

As I convert this room, I will share what I'm doing with you.

I'm excited to get it like I want it.
I think it will be a very welcoming extra guest room, as well as my quiet room.  :)

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Idea Box Thursday @ Christman’s Creations
         Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Lif
              Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Creative Collection @ Classy Clutter
 Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration @ Knick of Time
Shabbylicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique