28 December 2011

Top 10 of 2011

Hey All, how are you doing! I'm still recovering from the Christmas holiday, sometimes its so stressful its really no fun. My husband and I decided, this morning, we are going to the Bahamas next year!

Yeaaaaaaa right, we'll see about that.

Anyway, as I wrap up the year I keep seeing everyone in blogland doing a best of 2011. I started this blog back in April. I am so touched with all the comments and well wishes I have received from people I have never met before.  I love looking back at the last 8 months and seeing all the progress that has been made around my house. I love this blog and I can't wait to see what next year brings!

Here we go:

#1  My first blog project!

My poor half bath, its where all my "experiments" start out. This one was chair rail and picture moulding and can be seen here.

#2 My master bath update, still the best room in the house, I LOVE it! Read about that here.

#3 My master bedroom update, once the bathroom was done I had to do something in here. I love that too!  Of course it has change since then, DADD (design ADD) Read about that here, here and here.

#4 My BIG tile project, second bath. I love that too, I'm really proud of myself.  Read about that here and here 

#5 Mom's flying lesson!  Read about that here.

#6 Fall front porch. It was so cute!  Read about that here.

#7 Napkin Pillows, i channeled my inner sewing ability, yea right!  Read about those here.

#8 Banister redo, I was so scared to take this challenge on, it was nuts. But it came out great!  Read about that here.

#9 Dining Room Reveal, this room turned out great exactly as I was hoping. Read about that here.

#10 My last project of 2011, The fireplace makeover. I still have to see what I am going to do with it after the Christmas bling comes down. Stay tuned!  Read about that here.

Wheeeeww, that was alot of work. But I love it. I can't wait to start my next one :)

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16 December 2011

Holiday Home Tour

Here it is, after looking at these pictures I sigh. This time of year is exhausting. Not only do I decorate alot but the parties, gift giving, cooking, baking and I don't even have children yet!  But I love it, I wouldn't change it, I may change my mind when I have to put it all away again.

As a first year blogger I have to say we as Americans have some talent!  It's not easy taking things and making them beautiful or making a house into a home. And I have seen many many homes and I'm happy that others feel the same way as I do walking into their front doors...

Let the tour begin...

Front Porch:

The entryway:

Living Room: The teal and silver room with the big tree...

The Tree

The dining room:

and what do orchids have to do with Christmas... nothing but that's me! I love them!

The breakfast Room/table:
Every year we have a huge breakfast Christmas morning so I threw this together last night for this post. Those are branches from my yard and the runner, plates, sleigh, and ornaments from the Christmas Tree Shop.

Family Room:

Tree #2, the Family Tree:

My style is typically elegant, however I do have some wimsy floating around...

That was ALOT of photos.. Hope you enjoyed reading... Come join me if ya did.

07 December 2011

Fireplace Redo Reveal!

OMG, I am so excited about this reveal. It was totally on a whim that I decided to make it over. I have always looked at my fireplace and said "what the heck am I going to do with you?" and finally I woke up the other morning and decided that was the day I was going to do something. That's how I roll. Like my impromptu trip to Boston for my birthday this year.

Anyway, I have been contemplating on painting my fireplace since we moved in 3 years ago and especially since the banister makeover. So without further ado here it is:


And here is how it all began:

Sorry about the horrible pics, upstate New York in December is really dark :(

I am planning on painting this wall the same color as the dining room, just so it pops a bit! I will post a tutorial of everything done soon!
Let me know what ya think, I love reading your comments!

So, I received a comment regarding my blue bow that I wanted to address...  My mantel is HUGE, like the biggest widest thing I have ever seen. The entire gas fire box is inside the house, not set into anything, so the box covering it is the mantel. From the pictures it may seem "crowded" but in real life it really isn't.  But I decided to take it off and to tell you the truth I like it both ways... The blue bow just works well with the tree, which is teal and blue.

Here are the updated pics...

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01 December 2011

Dollar Store Christmas Fun!

First of all, I want to thank you all for the BEST comments EVER! It really makes my day to think that others like me "work" Because, of course, decorating is my art!
So I thought I do a little post about some dollar store things I used around my house so far this year. I really find some great stuff...

First: Outside I was looking for the classic wreath with the red bow. I love the idea of real ones but with the wind in my area I didn't want to spend a ton or waste real tree branches.

So I found these 18 inch wreaths and bows for $1 each. Can't go wrong there! If they blow off, so what. However, they turned out so good that I bought some fishing line secured the bows as well as the wreath to the inside of my house.

Also, I wanted a fancy wreath for the new dining room. And I have seen this project a few times, so I decided to try it out!  And I love that too.

I used 5 packages of bulbs and 2 packages of ribbon!  $7 bucks!

I am sharing this post over at Project Queen's $10 dollar or less PARTY!

Have a great day!


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