Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yard Work

Finally another post. These last couple of months have kept me so busy, that I haven't had any time to concentrate on doing important things like blog. We have been busy at our house. Mostly with the outside. We decided to cut out some flower gardens in our yard. This was so needed. Nothing bugs me more that just grass that goes to a fence.
First we planned out our design, and had the utilities come and mark for lines.  Nothing says pretty like a spray painted lawn.

Then we had a curbing guy come and cut out all the sod and do some curbing for us. I went to work, and came home to flower beds cut out for me. Seriously, that has never happened before to me. I could get use to this. Normally it is me and Jeff digging out the sod with a shovel. Nope, not this time...I have tasted what it is like to have it done for you. ha ha
Then it was planting away for us. We have a lot of flower beds to fill. I love perennials. Lillies, coral bells, lavendar, daisies. They all seem to grow well here. Jeff built up the center of the circle with stone, and we planted a tree and some strawberries around it.
It is a work in progress, but that is what I love about the yard. Nothing is ever "done," and you can constantly be thinking about new ideas.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

New Life for some Old Furniture

Taking the old, making it fun, cheap, and cheerful. I love re purposing all my old furniture when doing a new room. My older daughter had a desk we used in her old room. We took that desk, re-painted it, and it totally changed it's personality and looks brand new.

Here's how it looked before. It went in her room in our old house that looked like this.
I re-painted it to match the new room, and now it looks like this...
In her room that looks like this!
We also re purposed an old mirror that was a top of a dresser and made it into a one of a kind head board.
We took out the center mirror, painted it the hot pink color of course, picked out some fun fabric, and then upholstered and tufted it with diamond buttons. We took some wood, put batting on top and stapled the fabric to it. We then marked the back of the wood where we wanted the buttons, drilled some holes in the wood and took strong thread and sewed the buttons on. I think the whole thing cost about $50 bucks.
Do you see the bench on the end of this bed? We took the bench, re painted it, and re upholstered the top with black fabric and ended up with a fun seat in my daughter's room.

She has a great bench, for very little money. I love taking something old and making it new and fresh again!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I love Paris in the Springtime!

My other daughter wanted a Paris themed bedroom. Since I have recently been to Paris I was all for this, and way excited to design this room.
Here is her room before. Very bland and white.

Here it is after. Very bright, colorful, and Parisian!

This was one of the most fun rooms I have done in a long time. It was fun to work with her and her ideas, and incorporate her personality in it. We loved how it turned out, and it totally reminds me of Paris! Pin It

Monday, March 19, 2012


Lighting in a room can add so much fun and personality. I love taking a light fixture and making it my own. For instance, we found this chandelier on Overstock for an amazing price. It was brass, yuck, but with a little imagination and some turquoise spray paint, it turned into a whole lot of fabulous!

This is my daughter's personality all summed up in a light fixture. I wanted to add some sconces to the room by the bed for reading at night. We again bought some inexpensive brass sconces from amazon and sprayed them turquoise. We then bought some shades and covered them in a fun fabric. Little touch adds such a big pop!
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Friday, March 16, 2012 it!

I love adding personality and color to a room by making things. Either painting old furniture, or using fabrics. I love giving new life to things, doing a room on the cheap (inexpensive). Everything we did in my girl's room we made ourselves, or re-purposed. For instance, we decided that the room was too small for the current desk we had for it. So we chopped the desk in half, using the drawers on the bottom of the bed, and the other half as the desk. Love how it turned out, and besides the paint, it was free! Can't beat that.
Here is how the desk looked before.

After a little sawing and repairing, here is how it looks after.
It fits perfectly between her windows, and is just the right size to do some coloring on. I painted different colored squares on the top to add some personality, and to repeat the quilt pattern of her headboard. My hubby added some bead board to the side of the desk to finish it off, and for very little money, we gave new life to this desk.
Here is where the drawers from the other side of the desk ended up.
Totally worked on the bottom of her bed, and she still kept her storage for all her important things.
Love re-purposing, saves money, and it really personalizes a room and makes it yours! Pin It

Friday, March 9, 2012

pink, red, turquoise, green...

 So excited to show a completed picture of one of my girl's rooms.  The inspiration all started with the quilt that I showed earlier. I went from there, picking paint, bedspread, fabric for window treatments.

 Here are some of the before pictures of the room.

As you can see, a completely wrong color for a six year old girl.

Here is the after. A lot different. We changed everything, the color, moldings, doors, hardware, light fixtures.  My Hubby made the bed and built ins and I did a lot of customizing and re-painting already existing things we had. There are more posts to come about the things we did and how we did the project, but for now I decided to just show the room done.

I love how it turned out, and most importantly, so does she! Pin It

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Adding personality with fabric and color

I've been working on my girl's rooms lately. Our next big project. Deciding on colors for the room really had to start with fabric for me.  I was in the craft store and saw a quilt that had the perfect colors for my youngest girl's room. I quickly bought some fabric and started to make a quilt. It all came together from there.

These were the colors I wanted in her room.  I decided to paint the walls the red color, and the ceiling the pink color and add a lot of turquoise and green accents.  I even made doll quilts to match everything.
I love fabric and how it ties everything together. Always a fun inspiration when starting any room. Pin It

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Post number one

This is a new start, new house, new blog for me.  I have been blogging in the past, doing a family blog, but I wanted a place to journal about all the home projects that we do.  I love looking back on all the other ideas I have done on my other homes, so this blog will be a journey through all the change we are going to make in this home.  We purchased our home about nine months ago with the plan to completely re-do everything. So far we have done some yard work, built a shed, and re-done the garage.  Just recently, I have completed the girl's rooms, which were a fun and colorful project for us. Here is a picture of our home, and some of the changes that have taken place.

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