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Container Gardening For Dummies

I'm sure I'm not alone in having friends who have green thumbs.  Actually, they have green hands - magic powers - when it comes to gardening.   They seem to put together beautiful floral masterpieces like this, almost effortlessly.

Or this...

Or this...
I am not one of those people.  Lucky for me, the world doesn't have to know that.  It will be our little secret.

So, what do you do when you don't have natural gardening skills?  You fake it.  You heard me.  Fake. it.  That's what I do.

How?  There are great tools out there for those of us who are gardening-challenged.  One of my favorites, that I reference year after year, is the Proven Winners Container Design Book.  First off, it's FREEFREE, people.  It's like paint by numbers, for planting beautiful flower container gardens.  Seriously, they totally dumb it down - in a good way.  There are lots of catalogs to peruse too  - take a peek.

Here is an urn that I planted one year with their help:

Inspired by this in their catalog...

Proven Winners Container Design Book for Gardeners
But do you see the little cheater-guide at the bottom?  It tells you what plants to buy and takes it to the next level by showing you where to plant them.  Their ideas are serious eye candy - eye-deas, if you will.  (That's lingo thrown about by the gardening-challenged.)

Proven Winners Container Design Book for Gardeners
I'm all for things that enhance the curb appeal of a home, which beauties like these definitely do.
Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

That, my friends, is the secret to looking like you know what you're doing when it comes to beautiful container gardening.  No more excuses.  It's literally as easy as 1-2-3.  You can find even more Container Gardening for Dummies ideas from Better Homes & Gardens.  Great stuff.

As a side note - I am in no way compensated by Proven Winners - I just seriously love these catalogs, and thought you might appreciate them too!


The Sectional Has Landed

It's been a busy weekend, and the game of musical furniture has begun.  The sectional has finally arrived!  Everyone loves it, and it fits into the space beautifully.  Can you guess the spot of lounge-y loveliness that everyone is fighting over?

Now that we have it, it is making my goldish comfy chair look tired and sad.  Not to mention that from a style perspective, I don't think it "fits".  But, I'm not going to banish it to the basement just yet.  With a new slipcover, it might still work. 

I'm also noticing the need for a new coffee table, and side tables.  But, again, patience, patience.    It seems as though new things just spotlight other changes that need to be made, doesn't it?

But wouldn't one of these look lovely as a replacement for my now dwarf looking ottoman?

Awwww yeah.

I still haven't made up my mind on throw pillows yet, but I will say that I am so happy that I didn't paint the room beige, brown, grey, etc...  Not that I don't love those colors, but if I had done that, the room would have been a total Sea of Beige.   The Palladian Blue really is a great backdrop for the new furniture, and I love it.

It has definitely kick-started me into action and I did some more painting in an effort to finish this massive painting project.  It's coming together - more on that later.

So really quick - let's look at how far this room has come.
Mapping it out...
And it's finally here...
Hope you have a great week!

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Window Box Wonderland

I am not naturally gifted in the gardening area, but I know enough to be dangerous.  One look I have always loved on a house is window boxes.  They just scream charm and character, don't you think?

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Photo © Kerry Michaels
We added window boxes to our old house, and I loved planting them each year.  Here is a picture of our old house before we added the window boxes:

And then after they were installed and planted:

Some close ups...

It's the one thing I will definitely miss, this first year in our new home.   Might have to add them to my project list...

Sorry I have been so sparse - my hubby was out of town last week, and it's baseball season, so that means I've been spending a lot of time at my second home:

Check out that awesome bunt by my #5
You moms of baseball players know what I mean.  And I have two of them in baseball.  It's madness I tell you.  Madness.

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A Virtual Before & After

I survived the half-marathon, and let's just say it wasn't my prettiest race, by any stretch.  But, I finished, and the whole goal was to get some of my running mojo back.  And, as an unexpected bonus, I beat my husband. :-)

I recently posted about my family room painter's remorse, and am happy to report that I am no longer remorseful!  The paint is staying, and I have been working on a second coat.  I have mentioned that we're planning on redoing our kitchen cabinets, and painting them white.  Originally, I was going to hire this out, but now we're considering doing it ourselves, starting with a small section of the kitchen.  The understanding is that if it's a huge fail, we will hire it out.  A friend has a heavy duty paint sprayer, and I've been researching it, so we're going to give it a try. 

I want to do a glaze of some sort too, and we're going to paint the island a different color.  This is kind of the grand plan at the moment.  We want to use the black on the island and the cream color on the perimeter cabinets.  These are the samples I'm using.

As for paint colors, in the entry, great room and connecting hallways, we're going with Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue.  I gave a sneak peek of this color on the in our family room here.

Mountain Laurel is in the color we're going to put in the kitchen, and have already put in the adjoining nook that I blogged about here.  LOVE.
And Aegean Teal is the plan for the dining room.  While going through the color selection process, I just found myself picking this color over and over without even realizing it.  So, I decided it was a must-have.
So, I'm hoping to see this sort of transformation in the dining room when I take down the dreaded wallpaper.  Here is the dining room as it stands...
And here it is with my attempt at using Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer tool.
If only the transformation was this simple.

I decided to try to simulate painting the kitchen cabinets as well, to get a feel for what it would look like.  Here is the current room:
And my attempt at a virtual"after".  (I know, Layla is all that and a bag of chips with her "Pick My Presto" talents.  She has skills.)
Ok, so the end of the island looks cut off, but you get the idea.  I tried to add the paint color to the wall, but it just didn't look right.  At all.  So, you'll just have to wait for the actual, real-world reveal to see that.

At any rate - I'm digging it.  What do you think?

In other exciting news - the sectional is being delivered next Saturday!  Yippee!!


Mother's Day Memory Jar

Is everyone ready for Mother's Day?  My husband and I will be in Indianapolis this weekend, running a half-marathon (although when we signed up, we didn't realize the race was on Mother's Day weekend!).  

So, since I need to not procrastinate plan ahead, I have decided to do something a little different this year.  Yes, I probably will get my mom a pretty outdoor planter, since that has kind of become the "tradition", but I wanted to do something a little different this year as well. 

A Mother's Day Memory Jar.

This idea stemmed from something that was inspired by PK at Room Remix for Christmas.  (I would link to her blog, but she decided to stop blogging - oh, how I miss her!).  I made this Countdown to Christmas jar for the kids, and each day they would pull a card and read the "Idea of the Day" - it could be family movie night, baking Christmas cookies, etc... 

So, for Mother's Day, I have been writing down some memories of my mom, as well as some things about her for which I'm thankful.

No comments on the Neil Diamond reference if you don't like Neil.  I once heard a comedian say, "There are two kinds of people in this world.  Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't."  Well, I do.

Then I folded them up to look cute and hot glued a little circle on it.

Then I put them all together in a jar, added some ribbon and a fun flower from my scrapbooking supplies.  Voila!

Knowing my mom, I think she is going to love this. 

And really, as moms, don't we love the sentimental handmade gifts our children give us the most?  I know I do. 

Hope you moms out there have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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Paneled Headboard Feature

Hey all!

Hope the weather is warm and sunny where you are, as it's raining here.  Again.  But, here is something that brightened my day.  I got an email from Emily at A Well-Dressed Home, who told me about her client, Jenny (who also sent me an email) from Modern Maizy, who had found my paneled headboard tutorial via Emily A. Clark

Did you get all that?  Two Jenny's and two Emily's. 

Basically, it's an inspirational domino effect in action.  Jenny was looking to redo her master bedroom, and as I did, fell in love with a photo Emily (A. Clark) posted on her blog from a local home tour.  She saw my tutorial that was posted on Emily's blog, and took power tools into her own husband's hands and went for it!

Ok, I'll shut up now.  Would you just look at this?

And this:

And what is a blog posting without a before photo:

I mean, hello?  Didn't it turn out beautifully?  I absolutely love it, and really think that she did an amazing job in emulating the photo from the Charlotte home tour we both originally saw on Emily's blog here:

Perfection!  Head on over to Jenny's blog at Modern Maizy and give her some blog love.