head diy Design Fanatic: January 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Little At A Time

I'm on a quest to change the colors in my home without breaking the bank.

Paint that I already had completed this project for zero cost. Don't know about you, but I like that!

Here's how our Family Room looked last year. Uhhh, I always hated that ugly sofa slipcover, but it was the only one I could find to cover my huge sofa.

Another shot from last year.

A couple of months ago, I found a new sofa : )

Was over visiting DecorChick a couple of days ago and she mentioned that she found a great jute rug for only $34 at Lowe's. Well, I headed on over to Lowe's to see if  they had them in stock. I was in luck. I brought the last one home to see if it would work. The rug probably should be a little larger, but I'll use it here for now.
I could also use it in the living room or my office. You can't beat the $34 price!

This week I really need to work on choosing a new paint color. Can you guess which color I'm thinking of?
Hope your week is off to a good start!

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String...

... these are a few of my favorite things...

I have a difficult time when I have a present to wrap that's for, well, anyone other than a girl, because all the wrapping paper in our house is girly! Fortunately, I always have a roll of brown butcher paper in the repertoire of wrapping goodies.

Had to mail something off to my dad this past Tuesday, so I got out the roll of brown paper. I added a couple of things leftover from the photo mobile I made my daughter for her Graduation Party and printed up a card to set on the outside of the package.

That's it! Quick and easy!
Hope you have a great weekend! 
Don't forget about the big Blog Party next week!


Candles For The Patio

Last week I showed you my favorite outdoor space all spruced up. I added a drop cloth curtain, painted a side table & some pots and put together a couple of candles to create some ambiance in the evening.

It was super easy since I had all the items.... a  bag of sand, some votive sized candles (purchased awhile ago when they were marked down at HG), a Ball canning jar and a string with a plastic flower on it that was leftover from a package. 
Do you save miscellaneous stuff like the string, or is it just me?

I put some sand in the jar, tied the string around the top of the jar and added the candle. Simple! ...and functional, too!
I love little projects like this, don't you?


p.s. If you'd like to make this project, but don't have any canning jars, they are available at Walmart, Kmart and probably at your local grocery store right now or just use a jar you already have!

Simple, But Pretty

Nothing fancy here today! Hey, it's summer and it's HOT, but that doesn't mean you can't take time to set a pretty table!

Went to HomeGoods yesterday and ya know what that means! I picked up a few things. I finally found a white pitcher that I liked. Had been looking for one for ages.

See, nothing fancy...it took all but 5 minutes. My girls used to set the table when they were little. I mean  4 years old. I gave them a photo of what the place settings should look like. I hope they still remember how to do set a table by themselves ~ they haven't set one in a long time.

I found the cute salad plates at HomeGoods, as well. $2.99 each. You can't beat that...ok, maybe at Goodwill or a garage sale. They go perfectly with the Gorham Breckenridge dishes I already had.

The chargers are from Hobby Lobby and the flatware is Continental Bead by Wallace.

Water glasses are from Target. These glasses get used every day.

Buddy popped his head in the window to see what I was doing. He's the sweetest thing...he will "make eyes" at me through the window by squinting repeatedly when I look at him. It's pretty funny. I get a little nervous when he's out there looking in at me because he's been known in the past to climb out onto the outside of the window sill where there's no deck below him and it's one story up (we have a walkout basement).
One day when I was cleaning the deck he was doing that and fell down to the flower bed about 12 feet below. Nearly gave me a heart attack, but he was ok. Funny, I haven't seen him walk the window sill since he fell. Hope he's learned his lesson.
Hope you are in the middle of a fantastic week!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

How I Found My Style

Awhile back Pamela over at From My Porch To Yours featured me awhile back on How I Found My Style and I thought I'd share it with all of you, as well. 

My style seems to be changing now and I'm still finding my style. My home is in a state of transition with our oldest having moved out a few years ago and our youngest will be graduating from college in two years or so. 
 Soon we will be empty nesters in a three story house. 
We're in the process of changing things up a bit, so our home will look totally different in a couple of years...
We might even be starting over in a new house with a blank slate....and then....oh the possibilities! 

My Foyer represents my style at the moment...a little vintage, a little classic and not too cluttered.  

Sometimes I'll change up the chairs with new acquisitions. 

The seasons of life have influenced my style:
Before children...
..that was back in the late 80's and early 90's, (yep, I'm that old) back when everything was traditional and very formal, we purchased a few nice pieces for our bedroom, dining room and living room.  Everything I picked out was 18th Century Chippendale.

Maybe one of these days I might paint the china cabinet I picked up on Craigslist a few years ago. It's the matching cabinet to the Thomasville dining set I bought way back in the 90's. I can't remember how much I paid (a couple hundred dollars), but it was a lot less than if I had purchased it new.  We bought the table and chairs for 50% off retail from a company in North Carolina from an ad in Southern Living. 
That was BEFORE the internet. How did we live before the world wide web???

Our first sofa before kids was a high end champagne color damask sofa in our formal living room. 
I just heard all of you with young children groan.
You just know what happened to those cushions when we had our first child...
I managed to find a slipcover and we kept it for many years after that.
A few years ago I finally broke down and bought an inexpensive sofa to get us through the teenage years. Maybe someday we'll get a nice sofa again.

Our Family Room is pretty eclectic with our original 18th century Chippendale reproduction coffee table being the only traditional piece in the room. 

Our bedroom is still pretty formal with the classic wood dresser and armoire, but has a vintage teak chest that's a family heirloom, a couple of Craigslist and new finds, as well as Ikea curtains thrown in the mix.  

While our children were young and even into their early teens, my style became a little more practical..
I'm not sure my style changed at all during that time as my attention  turned to one of my loves....digging in the dirt.
I LOVE gardening and spent a lot of time outside with my husband creating a park like yard. We  started with a large, almost acre lot filled with overgrown, vine infested woods and 22 shrubs from the builder.

Here are a few photos of our transformed garden:

My husband installed a cobblestone patio just inside the woods off the path to the creek. This photo was taken several years ago.

Here's the view of the garden from our deck. This picture was taken last March just as the leaves were starting to emerge. We had just put down fresh mulch. 
Oh how I love Spring in the garden.
Mulch makes yard work a little easier,  I wrote about it HERE.
Looking at these photos of the garden make me "Spring sick". All of this COLD weather makes me long for Spring.

Back  inside...
My Breakfast Room was one of my least favorite rooms before we made a few changes. A couple of years ago, we lightened up the paint to a more neutral color,  found a great little round table on Craigslist for $100 and hung some long $24 per window, white Ikea curtains. 

Now the Breakfast Room is my favorite space to decorate for holidays and set up for parties.

Basic Breakfast Room:

Dressed for Spring:(only 53 more days!)

and my favorite: decorated for Christmas!

Our oldest daughter's room was painted a few months ago to a more neutral color. We retrofitted the armoire for her, which was of course, a Craigslist find. You can see the inside of the armoire HERE

We love to DIY and one of my favorite diy projects of all time is the Bookcase Makeover we did for our youngest daughter's room.
I found some really ugly stained pine bookcases on ~ you guessed it...Craigslist and had my husband build up the top and bottom. After making the design changes, we painted the outside a bright white. Our daughter chose the interior color. 

I love it when projects turn out so well. 

 I guess my style is eclectic; traditional lines with some vintage and classic modern additions. 
Whatever style it is, the most important thing to us is that it's comfortable. 
A place where family can sit down and relax and put their feet up. 

So, what's your style now or what is your dream style~ as in when your kids get a little order? 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day is a month away and Valentine crafts seem to be popping up all over the place.

One year I made Paper Fortune Cookie Valentines for a Valentine's Day Craft and gave them as a personalized gift...

Each one had special messages for the person I gave it to.

They were super easy and fun and heartfelt.

My post on Wax Paper Crayon Hearts seems to be pretty popular on Pinterest right now. Did you make these in grade school like I did?
They look great hung in a window and could be made in all different sizes.

Last year I made these Cute and Easy Clay Hearts. I bought the bake-able clay at a hobby store.

I used one of my grandmother's crocheted doilies to make an imprint on some of them and cut them out with heart shaped cookie cutters.

These Vintage Valentine Hearts have special meaning to me because my grandmother made a dress for me out of that fabric when I was in grade school.  Glad she saved her leftover fabric.

Here's a scanned photo of me sitting next to my brother  in the dress my grandmother made me.

Not really a craft, but a Valentine's Day dessert table from a few years ago...

Goodness, that's a lot of sugar!

Do you do something special for or with your family for Valentine's day? 
Do you have any special plans this year?

ps: you can click on any of the red links above to take you to the individual Valentine's Day Crafts

Friday, January 10, 2014

January In The Breakfast Room

Those of you who stop by often know that my 
Breakfast Room is my favorite room to keep pretty. 

I use a simple formula of:

neutral paint on the walls
simple white curtains
 and a set table with some color. 

Nothing fancy and super simple. 

Yesterday, I made a trip to HomeGoods and couldn't resist buying a few things for my favorite room to decorate. 

I most often use a white or solid color tablecloth, but I thought this pattern was pretty. I couldn't resist buying the matching napkins, as well. 
Not sure if I'm going to use them as napkins or make a couple of throw pillows for the sofa in the adjoining Family Room. They would look great on my grey sofa. 

An inexpensive way to have different ways to change up  a table without spending a lot of money is to buy several sets of pretty salad plates and pair them with some plain white dishes.
Everyone should have one set of plain white dishes. They go with everything. 
These salad plates were $3.99 each. 

The gray placemats were only $4.99 for a set of 4, so I purchased a set in cream, as well. 

I pulled accessories from around the house for the centerpiece. 

Tonight we are having chicken soup and will be serving it in the soup toureen that my mother in law gave me. 

The tablecloth may be a little busy for some(even I think it is), so I plan to look for a white table topper or make one that shows off about 8" of  pattern all the way around the side of the table. 

Hope you all have a fabulous and beautiful day!