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5.31.2012

Features & A May Room Evolution Party!

Hello!

It's time for another Room Evolution Party my friends!  I don't know where the time goes, but the months are just clicking by so quickly - made it just under the wire today!

I have some great features to share with you, and hope you'll stop by and show them some love.

Look at this amazingly adorable nursery from Cozy.Cottage.Cute.  It is absolute perfection - so welcoming and sweet - yet the decor could be the perfect backdrop for any beautiful room.  My home office perhaps? :-)


I love all of the depth and layers of this office from Creatively Living.  So many beautiful elements, it's hard to pick a favorite!

And how about this bright and beautiful kitchen tour from Life on Nickelby?  I am smitten with the graphic punches of color she's used throughout!
And this entryway update from Dixie Delights had me at "hello".  I have wanted a skirted table in my house somewhere for a long time now, and it's still swirling around in my mind (even more, now).  Love it.
Please grab a "Featured" button if I've featured one of your projects!

All right everyone - let's see what you've been doing! Looking forward to seeing your projects this month!

The Rules:
•Grab a button off my sidebar or link back so that others can join the fun.
•Two links per person (because I don't want you to run out of rooms to share!)
•By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post, including pictures to feature you and your awesomeness (with credit given to you and linking back to your blog).
•Please post the permalink (the link to your post), not the general link to your blog.
•The link party will be open until June 8th, 2012.
 

Thanks for linking up!

5.29.2012

Summer Entertaining

Hello!

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend.  Ours was filled with baseball, yardwork and fun times with friends. 

It was our turn to host "Dinner Club" - a get together we do with four other couples every month or two - lots of fun.  Nothing gets you motivated like a party, right?  While the weather was hot over the weekend, the nights weren't too oppressive, so we got to get outside and enjoy it.

I picked up some Mason jars and used them to hold candles, since the only other lighting out here is the canned lights that are way too bright (and bug attracting) for evening. 

The added bonus is that the smaller Mason jars double as glasses for summer cocktails.

Here is a great cocktail recipe that I made for this party.  It's cool, refreshing and delicious - perfect for summer!

Summer Beer
  • 1 (12 fl. oz.) can of lemonade from concentrate
  • 1 bottle of beer (I use Corona Light)
  • 12 ounces vodka
  • 4 cups ice cubes
Mix the first three ingredients together in a pitcher until blended.  Add ice and serve.  (You can make this more of a frozen drink if you want, by crushing the ice in a blender and adding the liquid ingredients afterwards.)  It's delicious!

While I'm still working on the potting bench, I did rehang the curtain to hide some of the stuff I was storing on the shelves.

And the progress continues on the outside.  More mulch was put down, the adirondack chairs were given a good cleaning, and my pots have been planted.
These pretties have been growing like crazy since I planted them.
Now that the back deck has furniture and is a more useable space, I feel like I need to add more flowers back there as well.  Enter ugly plastic pot.
I think everyone has one of these lying around in their garage somewhere.  So, I took some spray paint to it.

A nice addition to the back deck, and it's giving me the the itch to paint and plant more of them!  I love what flowers add to outdoor spaces like this.


5.20.2012

Banishing Weeds - My Outdoor Nemesis

Hello!

I hope you all had a glorious weekend.  For the first time in awhile, we had sunny, beautiful weather, the entire weekend.  I worked in the yard a lot this weekend, and have the sore back to prove it.  It's really a nice change of pace from work, where things are so busy and stressful.  Getting outside in the fresh air and just focusing on the work at hand is really rewarding.

On the topic of yardwork, let's get down to business.  Do you have a weed problem?  Sometimes I think Mother Nature just likes to play games with me since I struggle with getting my hydrangeas to bloom, but yet, I can't eradicate weeds to save my life.

Let me introduce you to something that has made my weeding problem more manageable.  Landscape fabric.


I tested it out last year in a small area around our mailbox that had these vine-like weeds that had a network of roots like the NYC subway system.  Ridiculous.  It went from looking something like this:

To this (taken last year):
And I'm happy to report, that it still is virtually weed-free. 

So, now that we're in the process of getting the yard mulched, I am on a mission and have been putting this stuff down all over the place.  We have some beautiful rose bushes that get lost with all of the weeds that like to hunker down in there.  So, it's a double whammy for me - trying to pull prickly weeds amid thorny rose bushes.

Here's what it looked like before I got to work:

And now:

I can't wait to have all of the mulch put down to finish it off.  But for now, I'll take my victories where I can get them. 

The areas that have been completed are looking so pretty.

Things are looking up in the landscaping area.  Take a look at one of my hydrangeas...  Yes, those are BLOOMS that you see!

What are your weed-banishing tricks?  

5.15.2012

A New Room to Share - My Boy's Room

Hello friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend and are easing into the new week.  Mother's Day was a rainy one from a weather perspective, so I didn't get outside like I wanted to, but it was kind of nice to chill out and relax.

I don't blog much about my two boys' rooms, mainly because I usually avoid them for obvious reasons.  Let's face it - Boys. Are. Messy.  Isn't it frustrating to find potato chip bags in their closets and Moonpie wrappers under their beds?  What?  Yours don't do that?  Well, my boys are messy (and evidently, sneaky as well).

It's a fine balance between asking and nagging my boys to keep their rooms presentable, but they look so nice when they're all cleaned up.  My younger son is a little better about keeping his room semi-organized, so I'll start with his room.

Here is how it looked when we first moved in:
You can't tell by looking at this picture, but there were a lot of little holes in the walls that needed to be patched, so we ended up painting before we moved in.

A work in progress - at one point, we had his twins beds set up like this because one of the two twin headboards was way too big for the space.  And yes, I did paint the walls - the colors are just very similar.
See - too big.  Especially since I wanted to put the beds parallel to each other.  Just couldn't make it work.
That big headboard has since been sold on Craigslist, and I replaced it with this old school looking headboard/footboard.

I sanded it down in an effort to get the chipped paint removed in order to repaint.
I really like the natural look of this, but since I couldn't get all of the paint sanded off, I didn't leave it in its natural state.  I painted it navy blue, but it looks like a crazy royal blue in the photo I have, so I'll spare you that - it looks much better in the room (although I'm still tempted to repaint it in an oil-rubbed bronze color).

We purchased a dresser from Ikea, that fits in between the beds perfectly.  This set up is MUCH better.

The football mural fits in perfectly - a great fit for this wall.
No kid's room is complete without some whimsical artwork.  This is by the same artist whose art is in the adjoining Jack & Jill bathroom.  I just love it - so fun and full of character.

Even the caption is cute.

On the subject of boys' rooms, there is plenty of inspiration to be had out there!
Source: houzz.com via Jenny on Pinterest

Source: houzz.com via Jenny on Pinterest

Source: houzz.com via Jenny on Pinterest

Source: houzz.com via Jenny on Pinterest


Do you have any boy spaces in your home?

Linking up to:
Beneath My Heart - Best DIY Projects of May
Primitive and Proper - POWW
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday Treasures
Thrifty Decor Chick - Show Us Your House
Shine Your Light - May After Party
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday
The Shabby Creek Cottage - Transformation Thursday
House of Hepworths - Hookin Up with HoH

5.10.2012

Thoughts on Motherhood

Hey all,

I'm guest posting at Shine Your Light today, talking about motherhood.  Stop on by and read some of the stories in this fun series.


What are your Mother's Day plans?

5.08.2012

Outdoor Evolution in Progress

Hello friends,

The work on our outdoor spaces continues and things are starting to look much less ... bushy, overgrown, abandoned...  pick your adjective.  Again, there is still more work to be done, but we're closer to looking polished vs. pitiful.

We had someone come in and trim the bushes, edge the flower beds, clean the pond and till some space for a garden.  I think this is the part that has me the most excited.  I have a pattern of living in a house for 5-6 years, finally planting a garden, and then moving a year or two later.  So, considering 1) we've only been in this house for 18 months and 2) we're never moving again (you'll take me out of this house in a pine box), I'd say I'm ahead of the game on this one.

So, here is a peek at a bit the Outdoor Evolution so far.  We're all friends here - don't judge. 

The Beginning.


Then, after some weeding (different angle, same space)

Now, with the bushes trimmed, and the flower beds edged - a subtle but notable difference.  I just love it when the flower beds are edged and manicured.

I have been looking for some annuals and/or perennials for this area, and came across this lovely display at a local garden center over the weekend.

So, here it is with some perennials that I picked up in an effort to copy emulate the beautiful flower bed above.  

I know, not quite the same effect, right?  We'll get there.

Garden centers have all sorts of creative ideas, don't they?

And the most exciting part - my garden space.  Is it pathetic that I'm really excited about these two piles of dirt?  We ended up putting it near our garage, on the side of the house (oh, how I wish I could till a bunch of space in my neighbor's yard back there), since our back yard has a lot of trees and shade and isn't conducive to a garden.  And, I don't think our neighbors would appreciate it if we put one in our front yard.

I also picked up a bunch of flowers for my planters.

Like I said, this is just a piece of the overall outdoor puzzle.  Much more to share once we get it all together.  I really think once the mulch is done, it's going to look fantastic.

How are your outdoor spaces evolving?

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