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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cold Weather Outside Means Many Projects Inside ...

Happy Thursday, friends!

I don't know if it's the dawn of the new year or the cold weather keeping us inside that puts my decorating mind into overdrive ... I have a feeling some of you can relate.

Like here in our foyer, where I'm playing around with a new vignette on top of the buffet that we recently moved here from our great room.  I also brought up a silver mirror from the basement rec room to add above the buffet since that was all I had on hand.  


Our coffee table in the great room can't escape my experimenting, either, where I'm hoping our faux tulips will bring us a bit of Spring!


The new year has given me a new love for wire baskets ...


annnnnd getting sucked in by the arrow craze!


Of course, it wouldn't be our house if I didn't have a painting project or two going on, like in our kitchen where I painted our table top white and then dry brushed a bit of a soft almond on over that.  It was time to do *some*thing since the original poly was rubbing off and chipping in places over the original darker stain.


I also said goodbye to Annie Sloane's "Chateau Grey" on our island and hello to Ben Moore's White Dove (which is on the rest of our cabinets).  I'm sure I'll end up dry brushing another color over the white since I love it when islands are a different color than the perimeter cabinets; but for now, I'm enjoying the crisp white.


Even our wicker love seat, which I recently moved into the sitting room, couldn't escape my paint brush.  Although, once it warms up outside, I'll have to take it out there and give it a good coat of spray paint since *thoroughly* painting wicker with a little paint brush is pretty much imposssible!


I think the biggest project so far was recently painting our dining room Manchester Tan (like the rest of our main rooms) and adding shadow box molding below the chair rail (a work in progress).  It "was" painted Perfect Greige, which I love, but its sometime plum undertones just weren't working anymore.

BEFORE:


AFTER:  Still need to finish the shadow box molding, but I really like the new lighter look in here.


That's it ... for now.  I know that there are several more projects that will make their way onto my "to do" list!  I hope you have fun projects on your list, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Our Sitting Room Valentine Mantel

Happy February, friends!  

Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I wanted to share our sitting room mantel ... 


dedicated to "L O V E!"


With our sitting room now having a black and white backdrop, red Valentine accents were fun to add in here to dedicate it to the upcoming holiday.


Two inexpensive heart garlands (Michael's) hang from the mantel, along with a simple strand of silver beads to give it a little "somethin'."


And, while I love "real" flowers, sadly, I do NOT have a green thumb ... thankfully, Michael's came to the rescue with these cute silk tulips in red, pink and white.


I hope you're adding a little bit of "L O V E" to your mantel, too!


As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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