Thursday, March 22, 2018

Vintage Hangers

Hello Everyone.

I was out in the garage digging through some old pieces I had in storage.   I found these great old iron hangers.

They were so cool with their scroll design.  I had two of them.  Yep these needed to come out of storage and into my house somehow!

 Terry screwed them onto my old french window in the entry way.  Now my french window has become a hanger for the entry way.

Gives my french window a new purpose in my decor.

Spring umbrella, garden boots and bunny wreath are more decor to welcome Spring into the house.

The birdhouse replaced the bunny and wreath on the door.  Thought the birdhouse looked cute with the picket fence.

Another bunny to welcome guests for Easter.

Do you see what is wrong with this picture?!! Yep an empty wall in my tiny cottage home!!! What?!!!!  Hoping to remedy that soon with a new piece or two.
My little design assistant Peggy is on her white chair that she loves.  She gets the window chair so she can see outside.  I sit and read in the other chair.

Hope you are all having fun playing with Spring and Easter decor in your homes.  I host Easter so I will be excited to use my newly re loved Expand- O -Matic dining table.

Have a wonderful weekend.  If you celebrate Easter enjoy getting ready to be with family and friends.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Switching Can Make A New Look

Sometimes I like to  switch things up and move things around I can get a whole new look for 0$ spent.

Plus switching things up can give new purpose to decor pieces.

This is one wall in my living room where I had the picket fence piece and the old architectural birdhouse and porch post.  They needed to come down and find new purpose.  Ignore the pile in my chair of all the decor off my table.  Keeping it real lol!

This picket found a new purpose on my front door.  I think it is cute and gives a Spring/Summer vibe to my cottage door.

It is so hard to grab a good picture with how the sunshine hits the front of the house.   This gives some cute curb appeal to my entryway.

I cannot wait to be planting flowers and enjoying some much needed warmth and sunshine.  Now the bunny in my wreath has a little picket fence below her.

I am doing some other decor change ups to things around the house.  I love changing things up to get a whole new look.  I love change and love that I can do it for no money spent.

Do you like changing things around in your house to get a new look?

Hope your weekend was fabulous.  Wishing all of you a wonderful start to the new week.

It was 50 degrees here in Illinois today.  Feels so good to us.  Just love when the sun comes out too. I am so over winter and need Spring to arrive and stay and then Summer!!!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Wishing Everyone Irish or Not a Lucky Day Today.

Speaking of Luck the Winners of the Give Away are

Deb Mountain Momma
Linda Itsy Bits and Pieces

Congratulations.  Have a Wonderful Start to the New Week.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Memories and Another Giveaway Wooo Hooo

Hi Everyone.
I have something fun to share with all of you today.

I got a call from Country Sampler Magazine about a month or so ago and they told me they wanted to run a home tour feature on my decor from the past.  Of course I said yes, It is always a honor.  So I agreed to an interview and them using the pictures that were taken about 4 years ago when we lived in the Lake Zurich home.  

My home is one of the 5 home tours in the May addition of Country Sampler Magazine.

I am honored to be feature even though that decor style was from a while back.  It still was showing my style decor from that time period so I was proud and honored.

Actually it was fun to see the decor pictures from a long time ago and remember how fun that decor was in my home.

Glad Country Sampler feels that my style from 4 years ago is timeless and deserved to be featured in their magazine.
They quoted me saying how I love to repurpose old things with history into new things in my decor.  No matter how much my style has changed over the years I stay true to this saying.

They gave my home quite the home tour spread.  Lisa Sloan interviewed me and wrote a lovely article that captured my style and love for re purposing things into my decor.
The photo's were taken by Gridley and Graves.

When we bought this Lake Zurich ranch style home it was in a  lake town in Northeast Illinois.
I remember I wanted to feature one of my guest rooms to reflect that we in fact lived in a cute Lake Town.   Look at the color in my past decor.  Who says girls that love neutrals and whites cannot have a little color too!

They captured my farmhouse style that was prevalent in my kitchen and other parts of this sweet home.

They also caught my love of summer flowers and repurposing old vintage pieces into my garden decor.

Seeing these pictures makes me wish for an early spring and quick summer to arrive

I have an extra copy of this great magazine with lots of farmhouse and country style decor featured.  So if you would like to have a chance at winning one of these magazines please just leave me a comment.

Please this is only open to all of you in the United States.  Postage is way too much to send magazines out of the US.

My angel Grace is holding onto the copy for the lucky winner.

Good Luck I will draw the winning name out on St. Patty's Day.  Seems like a lucky day to choose a lucky winner.

Have a great day and wonderful weekend.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Before and After Kitchen

Happy Monday.

The past couple of weekends Terry and I spent time with our youngest daughter Kim re loving the kitchen in her new home she just purchased.  

 My daughter Kimmie works as a pediatric oncology nurse at Rush University Hospital in the city of Chicago and is also busy in graduate school. 

Even with all of this going on she managed to buy her first home.  Terry and I are really proud of her and all she has accomplished so far in her young life.

We were excited when she asked Terry and I to come and help her re love her kitchen from the stock builders kitchen to something a little more her style.

 Terry with his trustee tools and me with my designer cap on joined her to re love this kitchen.

Her kitchen had builder grade cabinets that were in good shape and laminate counter tops and a basic stainless steel sink.  The cabinets, hardware and counter tops were pretty dated.   Her place was built about 20 years ago.  

A nice galley kitchen with good bones but not her style.

We used good cabinet paint and purchased new hardware for the cabinets.

Kim purchased a new farmhouse kitchen sink and faucet along with some glass backsplash tiles.
We then were able to transform this kitchen to a more modern feel for Kim's taste. 

Sorry for the night time cell phone pics.  It was late when we finished up. 

The counter tops were in stock at Menards so that was easy peasy and pretty inexpensive.  Terry cut them to fit. 

We extended the counter top on this side of the kitchen to accommodate her wine refrigerator added at the end. 

I am sorry I did not get a picture of the wine fridge up close with the extended counter top.  If you look at the picture above you can see the wine refrigerator way over the the right in the picture under the counter. 

The glass tiles were in stock at Menards and matched perfectly with her new counter tops and cabinets.  Some of the gray in the tiles pulled out the color of her cabinets.

We had some butcher block counter top left over from our house and Terry made this small counter space on the other side of this galley kitchen.

  We will seal it with salad bowl oil so she can use this counter space for food prep.

The cabinets were painted with the Lowe's Valspar cabinet paint that I love.  I love this paint because there is no sanding and the coverage is great.  It holds up well in a kitchen.
Kim had them tint the cabinet paint to a beautiful gray color.

During the day this kitchen gets lots of great light and is so bright and pretty.  So for the cost of some cabinet paint $49,  about $40 dollars in glass backsplash tiles, $189  Ikea farmhouse sink and a new modern faucet $169 and in stock counter tops we were able to bring this basic somewhat dated kitchen to a new and pretty modern kitchen.

It was fun to go outside my decor style and help my daughter by designing this new more modern kitchen. 

Terry and his wonderful set of tools were the hero's of making this all happen.

Now that we have the kitchen finished Kim can move in this next weekend and begin enjoying her new home.

Have a great new week. 

Stay tuned later in the week I will have something special  to share with you.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A little Spring and Easter

Happy Friday everyone.

I wanted to share a few little Easter/Spring decor things I have gotten out.  I am still playing and moving things around.

I introduced you in my last post to this white bunny I found at Home Goods.

My front door has a sweet bunny to welcome you in.  Don't you love her little ballet shoes!

In the kitchen I have some playful white bunnies along with some carrots and easter basket.

The kitchen shelf needed some spring decor.

I found this pretty centerpiece at Kirklands.  I love the softness of the roses and the Spring ribbon.

My island bunny hopped into the living room and onto the expando matic table cabinet.

This picture is of our backyard.  It is in desperate need of a make over.  It has been a big mud pit and as Spring approaches it will only get worse.

We have used these plastic temporary fences to keep Peggy out of the mud areas.

Poor girl has to walk the plank!!! to go out and do her business.  Terry and I have been planning out what we want to do in this area come Spring.  We are thinking new sod, some pretty flowering plants and bushes and maybe a small patio or deck.  Anything will be an improvement from the mud pit out there now.

This is what I want to be looking at hopefully soon!!!!

Have a fabulous day today and wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Winners and Hippity Hop

Hi Everyone.
Hope the new week is starting out great.

I have the winners of the purse favor giveaway and a cute bunny to show off!

I was at Home Goods the other day and this little guy hopped right into my cart.  Is he not the cutest.  It is rare you find these kind of bunny's in white.  I love his little sweater and vest too.

His backpack is a nest with eggs. 

Gotta love Home Goods!

Now onto the winners of the little purse favors.  Thank you to all of you that would have like to win one of these.  I wish I had one for each of you.  I put your names into a bowl and had the hubster pull out 4 names.

If your name is listed below please email me your full name and address and this sweet purse favor will be on it's way.
Don't you love to get Happy Mail like this I know I do.
Have a great rest of the week.

Ricki Treleavan
Flower Lady Lorraine
Congrats girls!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Friday Giveaway

Happy Friday and Happy March!
So happy to say goodbye to February and hello March.  Hopefully in the next month we here in the Midwest will begin to see signs of Spring.

My daughters and I worked on some gift favors for my upcoming 60th birthday.  Where did the time go?  We had a few extras so I thought I would share them with you.

I found these cute purse gift bags on Etsy.

Then we added some fun things any girl would love to have in their own purse.  Heart Mirror, cute kleenex, hand sanitizer, a flashlight key ring and a nail kit and of most importantly the emergency chocolate bar!

We put all the purse items together in the cute purse favors and tied them off with fun ribbon.

It was fun sitting with my daughters having a glass of wine and talking together while putting these together for my gal pals coming to my party.

My hubby Terry is treating us girls to pedicures and a luncheon after.  It should be lots of fun.  I could not think of a better way to celebrate my birthday.

If you would love a chance at one of these I would love to share one with you.  All you have to do is leave a comment and I will throw all the names into a hat and draw out the winners.

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.