Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Tole Container & New/Old Bench

 Hi there friends...
I think I need an intervention of some sort because I can't seem to stay away from the flea market or antique stores!!
I've been on a good luck streak every time I go...and everything that's come home with me I've gotten amazing deals on so I couldn't pass them up!
Take for instance this large tole was originally marked $100 and the owner of the space had it marked down to $30 because it was sitting there so long...
I got it for $25...(insert happy dance)!!
 I filled it with dried hydrangeas that I had in my storage room for over two years and they still look great!

 Next up was a freebie thanks to my mom...she brought this little beauty home for me...thanks mom I love it!!
Isn't this little bench so sweet...
I moved it in a few different spots but I love the way it looks tucked under my sofa table. 
   That's all for today...gotta go and finish up a painting project that I started!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Don't forget to link your new finds or projects up that show your style at "Show Your Style" here

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Share Your Style #2

Hi there friends...
This weeks host of "Share Your Style" is Debra from
Common Ground!
I can't wait to see what you all have to show us this let's get this party started!

Hello Everyone, it's Debra From Common Ground, and I 'm this week's host for Share Your Style #2. What a great turnout we had for last week's opening of Share Your Style! 
A big thank you goes out to each and every one of you who joined in to make it such a success. I'm super excited to be hosting this week, it's been so much fun for me to get a chance to visit your great links, meeting some new people, and seeing all the wonderful creativity out here.

I hope you'll drop by and get to know
the other hosts of Share Your Style:

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here   
Debra @ Common Ground 

And I'd love for you to come by and visit my blog, Common Ground.
 Here's a sample of things I shared last week:

There were so many amazing links last week
 that I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few features. 
But here goes...

Looking like it came out of a magazine layout,
this French Country Mantel from Pamela
 at From My Front Porch to Yours has the perfect balance.

I've oogled this Ticking Stripe Ottoman Redo 
from Cindy at Beaux Reves, all week!

I'm lovin' this wonderful plate display
 from Shelia from Note Songs;

Rustic and Refined Grain Sack Chair from Susan at Simply Stone Creek,
 shows a beautiful alternative to white or gray paint
 with this wonderful deep, rich, black accent.

I'm ready for an amazing Spring Wreath DIY  
from Ramon at Row House Blog.

And Amy from Ms.Toody Goo Shoes 
gave us a yummy and good for you too, snack:

Thanks so much you all!!

Hope you'll join in with all your decor,
 vintage, DIY, tablescapes, creations and yummies...
anything STYLE related.
Please have a link back within your specific post
 and visit a few new-to-you links for some great inspiration!


   OK, let's have some fun and get started!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Unframed Canvas

 Hi there friends TGIF!!
Many thanks to all of you who linked up at our first "Share Your Style" party you can still link up to it here
you made it a great success!
 Hope to see you there again next Wednesday!
Another unframed canvas spoke to me and now it has a home in our family room.

 I think it's such a pretty scene...and I love it's worn edges.

 I added one of my roe antlers above finished off this spot! 
This space has another new came home with me that same's a peek.
 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great weekend and stay warm!!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Share Your Style #1

Welcome to our First "Share Your Style" Linky Party!!
Our host this week is Sherry No Minimalist Here
Sherry is not only our gracious host this week but she's also the lovely lady who put this party together!

Hi Everyone. 
I am very excited to be hosting the very first Share Your Style link party.  
This party has been a couple of months in the making and it is wonderful to finally see my ideas come to fruition. 

For maximum exposure add your link to one blog and it will show up on all Eight blogs.
 Click on any host below to add your link to all eight blogs.
Ron @ Uptown Acorn                Amanda @ Dixie Delights

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy the party.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Coming Soon!!

 Hi there friends!
Happy Valentines Day! 
There's a new party coming to town and I am so happy to be apart of hosting it!
 I'll be sharing the fun with seven more fabulous blogging friends! 
All you have to do is link your post to one of our blogs and it gets seen on all eight...a great way to get more blog exposure! 
*The party goes live on Wednesday night February 18th at 7pm*
I hope to see you all here!
 Big thanks to Sherry No Minimalist Here for putting this party together!!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Creating Gallery Walls

 Hi there friends...
Do you love the look of a beautiful gallery wall? 
I sure do! 
I've incorporated a few in our home and have plans to work on another one.
Here's some that I love...

Do you have a favorite?
I love them all!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A new find!

 Hi there friends...
Sorry I've been absent for the last week...I had my first experience with sciatica and let me tell you it wasn't fun!! 
I couldn't get off the couch. The pain was in my lower right side and it went right down my right leg. 
Now I know what my poor hubby goes through:-(
Knocked me out of commission almost all week...thank goodness that passed!
Since I was feeling better I needed to get out for I decided to go to the indoor flea market.
I was walking up and down my favorite isles and this piece called to said take me home...and so I did!
 I knew immediately where I was going to hang it even before I got home!
Above the double doors going into our sitting room.
Changing out all the gold door handles to oil rubbed bronze is on my to-do-list this year.

 This piece is quite large...old...and my eyes perfect.

  I really need to stay away from flea markets and antique stores because things always seem to call to me and I can never say NO!!
Have a great week!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

7 Easy DIY Home Staging Tips

Hi there friends...TGIF!!
Anyone out there getting ready to sell their home or maybe you're already in the process?
 Well today I have a special contributor Sarah Kellner a writer for The Home Depot giving us great DIY home staging ideas.

7 Easy Home Staging Tips for Every Budget
By Sarah Kellner

If you're planning to sell your home, you're probably very familiar with the idea of home staging. The goal of this process is not only to make your home appealing to potential buyers, but to make it appear desirable to the highest number of buyers, therefore helping you sell your property faster and for more money.
The best part about home staging is that, when armed with a little knowledge and a motivated attitude, you can do everything yourself. DIY home staging means saving money as well as ensuring that the projects are completed to your standards and tastes.
Here are seven things that you can do right now to boost your home's appeal.

Creating an appealing lighting scheme is first on the staging checklist. Who wants to walk through a house that is as dark and poorly lit as a cave, let alone buy it? Not many people. The answer here is to maximize natural light and create attractive and inviting schemes with artificial lighting. First, clean all of your windows, and then make sure your window coverings are light and gauzy enough to let in the sun but still provide privacy.
To create an attractive lighting scheme, we recommend splurging on a few elegant fixtures like chandeliers, pendants and sconces, and putting all major light sources on dimmers so you can completely customize the mood. It's also smart to highlight the unique aspects of your home with lighting. Emphasizing architectural features like archways with sconces, and artwork with track lighting are great examples. Finally, make sure you swap out any dated, grubby switch plates that may be hanging around.

Remove Personal Items
The key to proper home staging is helping potential home buyers to envision your home as their own. You want it to show like a model. One of the quickest ways to do this is to remove all personal items like photos, and children's artwork from the fridge.

Clear Away Clutter
Speaking of off-putting, nothing can turn off potential buyers faster than cluttered surfaces and junk everywhere. Make sure your kitchen and bathroom counters are clear and that all kids' toys are packed away and "stowed for the duration." Jennifer Radice, a veteran realtor with Coldwell Banker of Boca Raton, Fla., advises home sellers to, "Pack up 90 percent of your home." This might sound extreme, but you want buyers to focus on the bones of your home, not the titles in your DVD collection. She suggests putting everything in organized boxes and containers in a corner of your garage, and anything left over should go to a temporary storage unit.

Painting with Neutrals
Another thing to remember when staging your home is that everyone's tastes are different, and while you may be enamored with your cranberry-colored dining room or turquoise accent wall, others may not feel the same way. The easy solve for this is to give your interiors a facelift with soothing, neutral colors. We especially love grays because they can work with a wide range of décor styles.

Clean, Clean, Clean
This might seem obvious, but it's important to note that you're not cleaning the same way you would for houseguests—you're taking it to the next level. As a former housekeeper at a five-star Florida bed and breakfast called Port d'Hiver, I can attest to the benefits of what the hospitality industry calls "zone cleaning." This goes above and beyond normal scrubbing and vacuuming. Zone cleaning includes everything from dusting ceiling fans and blinds, to scrubbing the scuffs from baseboards with a Magic Eraser, to polishing the metal on lamps and bathroom fixtures. Make sure you cover every square inch.

In addition to making your home visually appealing, you also want it to please the olfactory senses. Every house has a distinct smell, and you want yours to be positive one (not strangely reminiscent of Campbell's soup or worse, a litter box). You want your home to smell great, but you don't want to attack people's noses with cheap linen-scented plug-ins either. One solution we love is simmer pots. By gently stewing a number of naturally fragrant items like orange peels and whole cloves in a pot on the stove, you can make your home smell wonderful. Another great way to entice potential buyers is to bake cookies and brew a fresh pot of coffee before a showing.

Curb Appeal
Since the first thing potential home buyers will see when they visit your home is the yard, façade and front door, pay special attention to these areas. Mow your lawn, trim hedges, pull weeds, and add wreaths and potted plants for easy outdoor decorations. Don't forget your mailbox, fence and front door. Do they need replacing or a fresh coat of paint? Add it to your curb appeal checklist.
While this isn't everything you should do to stage your home, it's a great start. When in doubt, put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Now get selling!

Sarah Kellner writes on interior design and decorating, including home staging, for Home Depot. Sarah's tips on lighting, painting and organization are designed to help homeowners increase the appeal and value of their homes. To view many of the lighting options mentioned by Sarah in her article, you can visit Home Depot's sconces and vanity lighting page.

Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a super weekend!

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