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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn Greetings From the Front Porch

I've decorated the front porch for fall for the second time already!!  I keep changing it, but I think it may stay this way for a while, so I will share it!

At first, I had mums in my old tool box that I quickly painted in aqua.

I changed that up by removing the cloth from the table, and now it looks like this.

 I added the metal trellis for height and interest.
 I found the pumpkins/gourds at the farmer's market, and placed them in this small dough bowl.
 The yellow mums were added to the table.
Of course, I had to add mini Indian corn.

I think this arrangement is much more interesting than the first.

We have a small rocked area near the front porch that I like to decorate as well.  I added the burgundy mums to that area along with a pottery jack-o-lantern, and a foam pumpkin.  The petunias were brought from the screened porch, and have really blossomed at this location.

 I moved the former door hanging to the hall tree inside, and replaced it with this grapevine wreath that I created from my stash and a grapevine wreath I found at GW for less than $2.00

Come sit on the porch and enjoy the cool fall air!

Happy Fall, Y'all!!!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Thrifty Treasures

A new GoodWill store opened in our county last week.  It's the first one close by, and on the opening day, it was jam packed.  There was even a wait for a shopping cart.  It was very hard to get around to shop, and the check out line went all the way around the store!  The store was filled with gorgeous items, and I managed to get my hands on a few bargains!!  For around $ 28.00, this is what I came home with.

This turquoise flower pot,

 this colorful bowl, just right for the season,

 this picture with fall colors (excuse the glare),

another white candlestick to add to my collection,

 this long red and white table runner,

 a sweet acorn dish, and 

this cover for my lap top.  It was new with tags for just over $2.00.

So, now I have this huge GW about 4 miles from my home!!  I can't keep bringing things home until I get rid of some of my old stuff.

I have plans to clean out my closets, cabinets, and decorations bins!  I seriously need to get rid of some STUFF, and I am going to try to do that in the next few weeks.  Wish me luck!  I want to try to downsize my 'stash' to one bin for each holiday/season!  I probably have 10 bins with Christmas alone.  I'm going to let my family and friends go through and get what they want, then donate the remainder.  

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hall Tree in Fall Finery

You know by now, that my favorite place to decorate is my hall tree.  See the story about when I purchased it here.

I found this beautiful platter at a yard sale for $3.00, and knew it would be great for this season, and what better place to display it than the hall tree.

I added acorns to a wire basket to finish this vignette atop a fall placemat from Target.

I think this is probably my favorite spot in the house!!

I made both floral arrangements, and the wreath.  The only things that were purchased for this fall are the white tub on the bottom, and the platter.  Everything else was found by shopping the basement.

Y'all know I can't leave anything alone, so this could possibly change soon. ;)  

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Paint Colors for Home Exterior

We finally decided to have the exterior of our home painted!!  The previous color (Dolphin Gray), had faded terribly over the past few years, and showed dirt so badly.

Oh goodness, was I tired. of. the. color. of. my. front. door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No kidding!!  Blueberry, ugh!! 10 years of blueberry!!

Before (blueberry)

Finally, I have a new door color......Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore.

I looooooove. it.!!!




We didn't replace the shutters.  Strong winds pull them out of the hardiplank siding, so we decided to leave them off, and actually like it just as well.



 I'm in love with the darker color on the body of the house.  It's called Stormy Sky, Benjamin Moore.

It's hard to tell in this photo, but the screened porch has been stained in Brick Red.  We are loving that as well. You can see the porch in this post.

We gave the garage a makeover, which I will share soon, and had both stairwells painted in a fresh color, Pisma Dunes.  Love that color too!  We have kept the colors fairly neutral, but went with darker hues in some areas.  It's a really nice change, that we hope to enjoy for quite a few years.  The interior is needing to be painted as well, or at least some of it needs painting.  It will be a while though before we tackle that project.  My husband can't stand for the house to be in a shambles, so I may have to do it a room at the time when he is away at the lakehouse without me.  :(   Our main living area, family room, dining room, foyer, and kitchen and breakfast nook, plus the sunroom are all kinda open to each other, so I want to have those done at the same time.  That wouldn't leave a whole lot more to do.  So maybe next year we can get that done.

Either way, I'm really happy with our color choices, and the painter has done a fabulous job!!

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