simple is beautiful

Scenes From the Outdoor Room & a Winner

Friday, September 28, 2012

Our deck and patio area has been an ongoing project.  I mentioned earlier that a new dining table, chairs, and bench were part of the plan. 

As luck would have it, I waited until the chairs and table were on deep discount.  I texted the mister a picture and he said, "buy it now"!  No need to tell me twice.

He is planning to install a built-in bench in between the two arbor posts and we are waiting on another chair which has been ordered.  I love how everything is coming together - at very little cost.

My succulents outgrew their pots so I planted hot pink mums in their place and marched them down the center of the table.

The other day, I had a couple of feet of rope cut at Lowes and attached it to this old lantern for some extra texture.  Before, I hardly noticed it and now with the addition of the rope, it really grabs my eye.  By the way, the striped pillows came from My Pillow Studio, the sponsor of the giveaway.

Last weekend, Rick took the light fixtures down and gave them a good cleaning.  He also painted them a glossy black which really spiffed up the look.

The globe lights were such a great addition and in the evening this space really feels like a room.  We are trying to spend every minute out here that we can before the cold weather sets in.

And now for our winner...

Congratulations Melaine!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and a special thanks to My Pillow Studio for sponsoring the giveaway!  Have a great weekend everybody!

A Simple Fall Wreath

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I've been busy with projects here and there interspersed with client work and haven't had much time to post this week.  I did want to pop in real quick and share a simple fall wreath with you though.  Well, simple in that the wreath was made last December.  Does anyone remember my $2 magnolia wreath?

You can find the tutorial here.  After Christmas it remained in this spot for a long time.  Probably longer than it should have.  For some reason I held onto it.  Dried magnolia is pretty - especially in the fall when you have the urge to add a little rustic texture back into your decor.

This morning I hung the wreath on our front door and rather like look.  Talk about easy.  I should be ashamed to even call this a project.  It is almost like adding something to your list that you have already done just so you can check it off.  I know some of you do that.  Guilty!

I also changed out the pots on the front porch.  The combo: sky pencil hollies, dusty miller, & purple violas.  Now all I need is a few pumpkins.  Enjoy your day friends!

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Sunburst Mirrors - $150 or Less

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sunburst mirrors seem to be here to stay. I bought my first one from Ballard way back when, when mail order was the only way to order from them. Snail mail - It's true!  Sunburst mirrors come in all price points ranging anywhere from $50-1500+.  Fortunately, I found mine for a song...

 I found this pair on Craiglist.  A couple bought them for their new home and changed their mind.  Yay for indecisiveness!  They were around $20 each.  The original mirrors were silver and I really wanted gold so I used rub & buff and gold they are!

The sunburst mirror in our family room was also a great deal at Joss & Main.  My advice as with any flash sale, check often and move quickly.  Well priced sunburst mirrors go fast!

If you are on the hunt for a sunburst mirror, I managed to find all of these for under $150.  Many of them are under $100. 


 Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a new giveaway.  Have a great day!

The Sunroom Entry

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thanks for the comments about yesterday's post!  In case you missed it, you can read more here.  Today I'm sharing more pictures of the project.  And by the way, I was so anxious to take pictures of this room while the sun was still shining that the ceiling paint didn't have time to dry.  So it might look a little spotty.

This is a hybrid room that serves many purposes.  It is my office/sun-room/mudroom.  We live in a smallish home where we try to make the most of each square foot.  I wanted to do something with this empty corner in the sun-room.  It used to look something like this with a bare wall.

The wall color was BM Stratton Blue.  Love the color, just not in this room.  And, I wanted a blue ceiling so the walls needed to be neutral for this to work.

So anyway, blank wall = potential space to organize the boy stuff.  Boys are like gas molecules.  Over time, they completely fill whatever container they are in.  Ask me how I know.  My goal was to give them a spot for their backpacks & jackets, etc. and hope that they will use it.

If you were around a few weeks ago, I shared inspiration pictures for this project.  I was searching for hooks strong enough to hold 20+ pound backpacks (whatever happened to using your locker at school?).  Strong hooks are available, but most come with a hefty price tag.  I found cast iron hooks for a steal at Hobby Lobby.

I also found this basket at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon.  Score!  Now we have a place for the various and sundry items that land on the floor.  Any suggestions for what to do when the basket is full ;)?

The Deets

Wall color - Glidden, satin white
Ceiling Color - Glidden, semi-gloss Icy Teal
Armoir - local (out of business)
Hooks - Hobby Lobby
Basket - Hobby Lobby
Chevron Rug - Joss & Main
Window Shades - Lowes

Introducing "Show Your Colors" and a Project Sneakity Peek!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Have you heard of the new interactive widget by Glidden paint that allows you to explore before and after images of renovations and room redo's?  It is called "Show Your Colors".

Please follow me to learn more about this fun little design tool that you will want to add to your bag of tricks and also see my most recent project using Glidden paint.  Join me here.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy weekend friends!  I hope you get to do the things you enjoy with the people you love this weekend.  In case you are planning to pick apples, I thought I'd re-post this apple crisp recipe.  It is super easy and oh so yummy.  We picked so many apples that we made three crisps and still had apples left over.  Enjoy!

Apple Crisp

2 1/2 lb. apples (about 6 medium) peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced
2-3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Crisp topping:
1 cup all purpose flour
5 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (pecans are a good choice) 
1 stick butter, cut into small pieces and chilled

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

To make filling, toss the apples with sugar, cinnamon, and flour.

Add filling to a 9" pie pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

To make topping, in a medium bowl mix together all the topping ingredients with a pastry cutter (a fork works just fine) until small pebbly pieces of butter are distributed throughout mixture.
Sprinkle entire mixture over the apples.  Bake until the topping is golden and the fruit is bubbling and tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Free Glasses With Firmoo!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My friends at Firmoo recently offered me a complimentary pair of sunglasses. How could I turn that down?  Firmoo is an online optical store that carries both prescription and sunglasses for men & women.  After searching, I decided on this pair in gunmetal.  The glasses arrived within days of placing the order.

I am thrilled with the quality and have enjoyed wearing them ever since.

As it turns out, Firmoo offers free glasses to all first time customers.  I'm sharing this with you because a girl can't have too many glasses ;).  Thank you Firmoo!

The Shelves Are Up!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

As promised, I have pictures to share of the new kitchen shelves.  The NFL tried its best to slow this project down, but the determined will prevail when it comes to DIY ;).  Sorry for the late post, but I was waiting for a little sun to shine in the kitchen.

In case you are stopping by for the first time or missed the post, here is what we started with - a cabinet minus doors until we could decide if open shelving was for us.  The cabinet is located directly over the dishwasher and is filled with dishes and glasses that we use every day.  This has made our lives so easy!  We loved it so much that we finally decided to take it to the next level with open shelving (besides, our cabinets were cheap & ugly).

We used these brackets from IKEA and pine boards from Lowes which were cut there, yay!   The brackets were primed and painted twice.  I used white satin spray paint.

I really wanted stained shelves to add some warmth to the room and to tie back to our old farm table.  I used special walnut stain and finished with a coat of polyurethane to seal it.

We wanted a clean finish on the shelf surface so we screwed up through the bottom of the brackets into the wood.  Notice how I use the word "we" ...obviously that isn't my hand ;).  This flexible screw driver attachment is my new favorite toy.  As a matter of fact, this project may not have been possible without it. 

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House of Fifty!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The fall 2012 issue of House of Fifty is out and I must say that this is the best issue yet.  It just keeps getting better and better.  I'm so proud of Janell for following her dreams and am also proud of the incredible contributors who bring so much talent to the magazine. 

My favorite article was "Beautiful Interiors Become High Fashion", a combination of my two loves. 

You may remember a while back when I asked for your help choosing a picture for an article that I was writing about raising boys.  Surprise!  The article is in this issue of House of Fifty.  It was such a honor to be a contributor that I am over the moon!

Being a mother of teenagers certainly doesn't make me an expert, but I did share a few things that I think have helped along the way.  I would love to hear your thoughts for surviving the teen years after you have a chance to read House of Fifty.

P.S.  To subscribe to HOF, all you have to do is enter your email address here.  To purchase your very own copy in print, go here.  To keep in touch with HOF updates, follow the blog here.

Remove the Doors For Open Shelving

Friday, September 7, 2012

For several years we have considered adding open shelving to our kitchen.  Last year we decided to remove the cabinet doors from one of the cabinets just to get a feel for how we liked it.  This is a great way to experiment without spending a dime.  I really do like the look and now we are marching forward with the real thing.  I purchased brackets which have been painted and are ready to hang.  This weekend we will finish the installation and hopefully on Monday I will have pictures to share.

In the mean time, here are a few great examples of how removing a door or two can really add to the charm of a kitchen.


Have a great weekend!

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Get the Look

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I'll admit that I have been rather smitten with Kim Cornelison's living room ever since it was featured in the May BHG.  I have been searching high and low for an image online, but with no luck.  So this picture of a picture will have to do.  The textures and colors in this room are perfect and I love that the rug is black and white rather than sisal or something in the brown family - a very nice surprise.

I had fun pulling the pieces (or similar) together to "shop the look".

  1. glass rope cloche
  2. blue lamp
  3. side table
  4. similar chair fabric
  5. coffee tables
  6. sofa
  7. rug
  8. floor lamp, similar
  9. gold pillow
  10. light blue ikat pillow
  11. navy ikat pillow

This image was taken before the BHG feature and some of the accessories are different, but you can get an idea of how great it is.  

**Revised to add this image from Design Sponge.

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