Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn is Finally Here!

Autumn is by far my favorite season...jeans, sweatshirts, bonfires, the beautiful colors of the trees and Halloween!  Luckily we have a fireplace and mantle in the home we are in now.  I've always wanted a house with a fireplace so I could cozy up next to a warm fire and read a nice long book while sipping a cup of tea not so much for the actual fire but for the beauty it adds to a room and the mantel that I could decorate for the seasons.  I know, I have a problem.  But it's TRUE!  Somebody please tell me that I'm not the only one who has a fireplace and only uses it as a prop...please?!   So anyway, I finally started pulling out some fall decor and the mantel is done.  Yay! 

Now if you want some real Fall mantel inspiration check out all the amazing people who linked up to the  Nesting Place party.

Do you decorate your home for the seasons?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nursery turned Guest Room

I finally finished the guest room this past week.  It took such a long time!  I would start, stop, start, stop...I just couldn't keep focused.  When we moved into this house exactly 2 years ago yesterday, we had it set up for a nursery (our daughter was born 4 days about pushing it!).  Since I was very prego I didn't do any painting myself so I was never really happy with the way the house turned out.  Can you say OCD...I think I got it from my father.  I did like the nursery was a shabby shade of green with white furniture...but, the baby is now turning two and is upstairs in a bedroom next to ours.  She is even in a big girl bed now, does anyone have a tissue but I'm fine with her growing up.  So the once green nursery is now set up and ready for my hubby's parents to come and visit in November...we are so excited to see them again.  I must remember to take lots of pictures this time!

Anyway, this is what the bedroom looks like now.  Not too bad for a budget of almost nothing!

I used a smoky blue paint that was a mistint gallon from Lowes, it cost me a whopping $5.00.  The bottom color was an inexpensive Dutchboy paint from WalMart.

I am love with the vintage bedskirt and matching pillow cases I got at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago...for $2.00!

I also have a thing for vintage suitcases so I used those in place of night stands on each side of the bed.  And YES that is a twig plant pot I used for the lamp shade high end designer lamp.

The desk on the other side of the room is a Goodwill find that I painted, distressed and glazed.  Above it is an old plate rack I found at a thrift store and I have the 50 cent yard sale chair I spray painted green.  And I could resist the uber ugly flowery buckets marked down to a quarter each at the hobby store...I tried out the Miss Mustard Seed treatment on those.  LOVE HER!

I have my little lamb and vintage high chair in the corner and some vintage baby dresses hanging from the windows.

I spent just under $100.00 on this room re-do and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ugly Buffet?

In my last post (which was way too long ago) I said that I wanted to take advantage of nap time and get my creative juices flowing again.  Well, I have been busy but mainly making decor, invites, etc. for my daughter's upcoming 2nd birthday party.  I will wait until after her party to post about all those items. 

Today I wanted to show you what I did with  my Labor Day weekend (my parents were nice enough to take our daughter for the weekend so I could get some much need cleaning done).  I wish I could say I accomplished more with my time...but...well, I mainly caught up on sleep. 

But I did create a buffet for my dinning room out of a $10.00 thrift store dresser.  My husband HATES it.  I get that it's funky, shabby and won't be everyone's tasted but I LOVE it!  I forgot to take a before picture but it was rough.  It had a veneer top that was coming up everywhere so I thought it would be easy to rip up...I was WRONG!  That my friends was a pain in the butt.  I primed it, painted it, distressed it and Modge Podged the top using pages of a 1930's book I found at a garage sale for a quarter.  I finished with a coat of poly.

Do you think it's ugly too?  It's okay if you do.  <3


I had so many pages left from the vintage book that I decided to make something out of some of them.  I decided it would make an equally funky/shabby wreath.  So here it is...