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Thursday, August 28, 2014


I mentioned last week that I built a table for our back patio.



It got me rolling on finally fixing up our back patio.  I had already rearrange the furniture in that last picture, but wanted to give you guys an idea of the set up before.  Of course, I forgot to take pictures, so I went out and moved the furniture back into the old arrangement and snapped a couple photos :D

I had already made a change to the blank fireplace when I took my "before" photos so I had to edit it out so you could see what it really used to look like.  Here's the view right out of the back door.



And the little chest I was using for a coffee table.


No cushions on the furniture because Archer pulls them off and throws them on the ground so he can lay on them.  And chew his nasty bones.  With mud covering his entire body.  Needless to say the cushions were beyond disgusting.  This had become Archer's porch.  I didn't even want to go out there anymore.  In this photo there is torn up pieces of cardboard everywhere.  My guess is it blew over the fence from other construction.  I'm sure Archer thought it was a gift from God and just went to town on it.

This is what I'm planning for the patio.


There will be a new furniture layout, which was hard to layout correctly in a cut and paste photo.  The new coffee table will take the place of the old wooden chest.  I want to add outdoor drapes on either side of the fireplace.  Flank it with some ferns in tall galvanized planters.  Add a rope mirror above the fireplace (which I've already DIY'd and will show you later).  And add some pillows, just not sure what yet.

I know black and white striped outdoor curtains have been done and done and done, but I can't help it.  I like what I like!  Mike is even on board with them.  This is huge people.

Next week I'll show you some of the changes that have been made and tell you more about the coffee table!


"I want to be a fairy princess"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



Izzy's 1st day of Kindergarten arrived yesterday!

I am just so stinking proud of this little (I'll have hell to pay if she catches me calling her little) grown up BIG girl.  She has blossomed into the coolest thing ever and I'm so blessed to call her mine.  I'm pretty darn excited about her wanting to be a fairy princess when she grows up.  It's definitely several steps up from last year's "I want to be a beaver" :D

I managed to hold my composure as Mike and I walked her to her classroom and got her situated at her desk.  She's in a fabulous school and I have complete faith in her teacher.  The cherry on the top has to be that she has her very best friend in class with her.  We totally lucked out there!

I'm so excited for you to start this incredible journey, Isabelle!  I know you are going to flourish while making memories that will last you a lifetime.  Mommy and Daddy are beyond proud of you and we love you so very much.  Go get'em baby!!!


entry switch up

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Changing things up in the entry again.  I just can't seem to leave it alone!

Here's how it looked when you last saw it.


Since then I've moved that mirror all over the house.  Somehow it just never felt right here, but I'll get to it's new home in a bit.  

Once the mirror was gone I simply added more gold hooks.  I also softened up the bench by adding a sheepskin and some pillows.




Since I have a mirror above the buffet a little further in the hallway, I don't miss having one above the bench.



Ok, back to that inlay mirror.  It went to my bedroom for a bit before landing on the table by the stairway when I made the skirt.




...it found a new home in the niche outside our master bedroom.  I've never know exactly what to do with niches.  They seem so weird to me.



And yes, I did move that snake plant over from the entry just for this picture ;) While it doesn't bother me in real life to have a bare spot in that corner, it looked so strange in a photo.


For right now I'm feeling pretty confident this will be the mirror's forever home.  We shall see!

Which version of the entry bench do you like best?  The mirror and hooks or just the hooks?

SOURCES  // diy bench // diy inlay mirror // hooks (covered in gold Rub n' Buff) // rug and basket - HomeGoods // sheepskin // diy pillows //

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