Friday, May 30, 2014

Wanna Tour a Batchelor Pad?

.... Not just ANY batchelor pad!  My 22 year old grandson, Blake, has moved into his first place!  Well, actually, he's lived away from home for nearly 6 years, but always with roommates, in dorms, in shared homes and apartments, etc.  He recently accepted a full-time position as Worship Pastor at a church near Atlanta, and moved into an apartment near there.  He luckily found the perfect apartment and has started to furnish it.  It's two bedrooms/2 baths on the 2nd floor in a gated complex. Thankfully, it was extremely clean, with great colors, and laid out really well for privacy.  I asked if I could do a post on his place, and he said yes, so here it is!     (Photos taken with Iphone)

Great Floor Plan

All the walls are the same neutral color with lots of crown molding.

The kitchen is done in black and white, great for a guy!

It includes a large pantry.  (Door at right).

 Master Bedroom
(the day he moved in).
Walk in closet. 

 Master bath
(each bath has a wonderful linen closet)
(behind the entry door)
 Dining area, as you enter the door.
(contains a coat closet & utility closet)
picture source (Rooms to go)
This is a website photo of his dining room suite.  Triangular table and 2 benches. and 2 stools. He bought a counter height set, making it very versitile.  It's great for extra seating; the stools can be used at the table or bar, as can the benchs.  So it's a wonderful set up for him!

 Built in desk area near the door coming in, and opposite the dining table.

(Excuse my purse sitting there)  :)

 Nice size laundry area, in back hall way.
His mom gifted him a new washer and dryer.

Guest bath

 Extra bedroom, will be used for music studio.
He plays many instruments and has plenty to fill this room so it will be filled with keyboards, guitar stands, filled with guitars, amps, etc.
 2nd Walk-in closet, great for extra storage, and musical equipment.

 Kitchen after furnishings were being placed.

I bought him a new microwave and vacuum cleaner for  housewarming gifts!

Gotta have that coffee!!

The first few days, there was only the tv and a recliner in the living room, until furniture could be delivered!  He already had these drapes from his last house in college, and they work great in here!

He has had this bedroom suite about a year, or two, with memory foam mattress.  The bench at the foot is attached to the bed, and makes a great place for storage, putting on shoes, etc.  He bought brown "black-out" drapes for the room.....gotta rest sometime!!

A new Larivee guitar sits in the corner.  He's a pro at trading instruments around to get what he really wants.  He's a great musician and song writer!!

Finally the furniture arrives!
Didn't he do a fabulous job choosing his living room suite?  It fits perfectly!
I found the large basket on the ottoman for him at a consignment shop.  Gotta corral those remotes.

 Another view of the room.
I think he has done an awesome job of matching everything, browns, blacks, and white.

No wall art yet.  He's still deciding on what he wants.

 Here he is leading worship on Easter morning, blue shirt, dark jacket!!  (accompained by the Worship Team)

My sweeties!
L - R:  Blake, Pam (my daughter), Rheagan, my granddaughter

We are all so proud of the path Blake has chosen.  He truly is called to serve God through music and song.
Young people today have so many temptations facing them and there are so many paths they could take!  We are thankful that God gave him the talents for this job and provided him full time employment right out of college, and blesses him the way He does, and those he leads in worship!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing his apartment!

Joining in the parties here:

 Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters Stuff
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Sunday's Best & Features Party @ 1929 Charmer      

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Screened Porch, Ready for Summer

I've finally gotten the screened porch ready for the warm seasons.  Nothing new, even the same plants.  Just a few changes.

 The Philodendron shed its largest leaves over the winter, and is putting on new growth.  It gets huge!

 The plant corner where I'm using the same ladder as last year.  I did add the blue stool.  This is its third color.  I bought it white/gray washed, painted it pink and gray, now it is aqua.That's the fun of small pieces like this.  It's a quick project to repaint it for a new look.

 My husband had this little red and white stool.  The chippiness is just too perfect to cover with paint!
 The bird house works nicely with my tiny stool, stenciled with Home Sweet Home.

 I added an angel made from sea shells to the spider plant.

 More buds on the cactus.

 My succulents made it through the winter just fine in the basement.

This metal basket only had greenery stuck in it, so I decided to take it down to the basement and pull stuff from my stash to make a colorful arrangement.

It hangs above the table and chairs.
I lined the basket with burlap, glued in some styrofoam, and started poking stuff in.  I think it came out pretty nicely.  That's a bird cage tied around the handle.  

One more look at the plant corner.  I love having all this back here, until it's time to wash the porch and screen, then it all has to be moved inside!!  Maybe I can hold the husband off that project for a while.  I hope so.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Frugal Retail Therapy

Saturday, bronchitis better!  Consignment shop, here I come!! Time for a little frugal retail therapy!  Went to my favorite haunt, Hen's Nest!  Was NOT disappointed.

Here's what I found for $33.00!!

First, this wonderful fabric shower curtain, $5.99!

From silky beige fabric, to colorful!

Color was needed in this room!!

This fleur de lis pillow works well with my new quilt on the master bed.

It's Portofino brand, and a wonderful size, larger than most!

You won't be surprised at what else came home with me.
This bird, cross, and the doily made up the remainder of my treasures~

 I loved the look of this doily.

Not bad at all for $33.00, and it felt good to just go and browse.  

What have you found recently??


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tweaking Vignettes

Today, I am sharing lots of photos.  I've (of course) been moving things about (small things), back problems and bronchitis don't allow for doing a whole lot.  Bronchitis for five weeks takes the get up and go right out of you.  After my 4th injection yesterday, and my 8th different prescription, I hope I'm on the mend!!

Anyway, on the rare occasion when I've had a little energy, I've rearranged a few vignettes around the house.

I love decorating with birds and nests, and found this nest at Queen of Hearts.  I added my blue bird from Michael's to the old sewing drawer, for the coffee table centerpiece in the Family Room.

An urn with faux hydrangeas sits on the hearth.

 I've shown this picture before of the pot of hydrangeas. 
The frame is an old window frame from my grandmother's house.  I had to cut the mat down about an inch on each side for it to fit.

I love that it is in the family room where I can see it.
I stained the frame with stain I already had, so free!

 Picket fence with birdhouses.
My latest painting. 

The little bird house was white and red, but a free sample of Valspar from Lowe's changed that up to match the painting.
If you look closely in the peat pot with flowers, you'll see a bird looking over the houses!!
This frame & mat came from a consignment shop.

 I moved this silver bon bon dish my daughter bought for me to this vignette.

More pink and blue!

Still love my shutters and colorful tablecloth, all a total of 17 dollars at consignment.  Of course the lamp and plates are also consignment finds
 I love this little area in the dining room, the blues and pinks show up again, the ball jars, faux tulips, old silverware, my mother's hankies, and blue and pink runner.

 This vignette consists of the bust I've had for years, and the picture, crystal vase, and roses totaled $1.20 at recent yard sales!!  They sit on a fern stand in the sun room.

 This old linen with crocheted design and edges belonged to my MIL.

 For Mother's Day, my daughter took me to see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Show house.  It was amazing, and of course we hit Queen of Hearts Interiors on our way home.
That is where I found the sea shell designed tea towel.  It found a home in the sun room too.

I also found this sweet silver plated covered dish.  Love it!!

I like that the size of the bon bon dish and covered dish are comparable.  They work well in vignettes.

Another bird and nest, and a cloche, just for Marty!!

This may look like lots of moving and tweaking, but these rooms are open to each other except for the sunroom, and literally just moving within these areas.

Today, I'm joining in these parties:

Whimsy Wednesday @ Simply Designing with Ashley
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sister
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