Monday, April 6, 2015

The Living Room Finale

Hi, everyone!

I hope that your Easter weekend was blessed!

I've been showing you my living room and the changes that I've made.

In my last post here, I showed you my new coffee table vignette...

...and also the new vignette on the table in the corner...

I've already shown you our newly painted tv armoire...

...and the area between the couch and loveseat...

And now I'm finally showing you one last small area of my living room.

This little piece of furniture is still one of my favorite finds.  No one has been able to tell me what it was intended for, but I love its size, patina, and unusual storage compartments.  (The bottom two 'doors' are hinged.)

It fits perfectly into a little niche beside the fireplace.

I created a new vignette on top of it starting with a silver tray, then I added a Santos doll (which Keith thinks is creepy but I love!) Next I added a chippy architectural candlestick, and then a small floral in an urn-type pot.

I kept the clock face hanging on the chicken wire window frame, and the French sign hung above the window.

And that completes the living room tour!

I hope that you enjoyed!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a fantastic day! :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Living Room Vignettes

Hi, everyone!

I've been showing you the changes and tweaks that I've made to our living room.

I showed you the newly painted armoire here...

...then the drawer unit beside my couch here...

And today I'm showing you a couple more areas in this room!

I got this coffee table awhile ago for a steal at an antique mall.

I created a new vignette on it, starting with a HUGE wicker tray that I got from Homegoods (with a Christmas gift card from my mom.)

I filled it with a large nest and eggs on an architectural base, a skinny topiary, and a metal lantern.

One of the first changes I made to this room (and showed you awhile ago) was placing this table in the corner of the room and leaning the tobacco drying basket on it.  I also hung the chippy old door, and added the huge cherub lamp to the top and postal bin to the bottom shelf.

I recently swapped in the hydrangea plant and some tall, distressed candlesticks (my mom surprised me with the tallest when I arrived in Tucson for vacation-love it!)

Between the couch and the table I stacked an old box and a crate, and topped them with an architectural base, candles and a glass cloche.

I also still have the old army trunk under the coffee table.

And beside the loveseat I placed a small bench holding a wire basket filled with a dried lavender bouquet.

I'm really happy with how this room has come together!

 I think I've achieved the lighter, brighter, French farmhouse look that I've been craving.

I'm almost finished showing you this room...I have just a couple more areas to reveal, next time. :)

I hope that you enjoyed.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Small Touch of Red

Hi, everyone! Thank you for all the well-wishes regarding my mom!

Last time I showed you my armoire transformation here.

I've been tweaking the rest of our living room for spring. (Although it's still cold here and actually snowed on the first day of spring!)

The next area I'm going to show you has been touched by small doses of red.

I still have the chippy door behind my couch and the canvas bag filled with cotton, but I switched up the top of the drawer unit between the couch and loveseat.

It includes my favorite Madonna (a gift from my mom) and a wooden 'dough bowl' full of sweet-smelling lavender sachets, the burlap ones made by my friend Carol.  (I found the red monogrammed sachet at an out-of-town antique shop.)

She also stenciled the pretty lampshade in a grain sack style, which I love!  I just added it to an old lamp base that I found at a resale shop.

The shade echos the vintage red-striped linens on the ladder...

...and also the pair of authentic grain sacks on the shelving unit.

Carol also stenciled the fun number 3 pillow for me, and the wonderful pillows on the couch.

(Needless to say, her work can be seen all over my home! Gotta love talented friends! :)

I think small touches of red contribute nicely to a classic 'country/farmhouse' look, don't you?

I'll show you some more of my new living room vignettes next time!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fantastic day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!

Hi, strangers!!
(I've almost forgotten how to write a post, it's been so long-ha!)

Happy Spring!  I hope you're all doing great!  :)

I've been good...just busy reopening our shop Home Sweet Home after our 2 month 'winter break.'

Of course I've been tweaking some things around my home, and thought now would be a good time to show you.

Do you remember the elephant in my living room (aka our tv armoire?)
I posted about it awhile ago here.

This is what it looked like before.  It was my style when we got it several years ago, but not so much anymore.

I had covered the doors with torn pages of old sheet music as a temporary fix; it held me for awhile but just wasn't 'getting it' anymore!

I've shared with you before that I don't paint, so a few weeks ago my sweet hubby took it upon himself to paint it for me (could it be that he got tired of hearing me complain about it? ;)

What a difference!!

I'm so happy with how it turned out!  Now it actually blends with the rest of the living room decor, instead of being an eyesore.

In the small space between the armoire and the fireplace, I wanted to keep things simple.  I got this chalkoard in a heavy old frame a couple of months ago, and it fit the space perfectly.
I wrote one of my favorite sayings on it: 'Courage is fear that has said its prayers!'

Underneath the frame I placed a white wicker chair and added some handmade pillows.

I've had this old, unique cardboard box that has 'groce cure hams and bacon' printed on it, and thought it would be fun on top of the armoire.

This is a corner of the living room that I've rarely ever shown  (those are the French doors to the patio on the other side of the armoire) but now I love it and feel like my living room is finally complete!

I'll be back soon to show you some more changes that I've made in this room.

And just as an update, my mom recently had her 6 month colonoscopy following her surgery for colon cancer. Her report came back great, and we are so thankful!
We'll forever be grateful for all of your prayers!

Have a wonderful day, and God bless you until next time! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tucson Eye Candy

Hi, all my sweet blogging friends!

Wow, it's been awhile!  How has your 2015 been going so far?

My parents, hubby, and I spent a good portion of January in Tucson (just in time to escape the brutal winter that we're having in Ohio!) so I thought I'd share some pics from some of our shopping excursions.

One of the owners from this beautiful shop Grey House Antiques and Home Decor had somehow found my blog and she invited me to come visit when I was in town.  Her shop didn't disappoint!

This place, Copper Country Antiques, was a HUGE antique mall.  These are some of the booths that caught my eye.

I've been wanting to get a really big scale, and this cool one almost came home with me!  While I liked it a lot, it still wasn't exactly what I'm looking for so I decided to hold out for the perfect one.  Hopefully I'll find it soon!

This next place is a phenomenal monthly sale called Gather A Vintage Market.

If you live in the Tucson area, I'd highly recommend it!  Their displays are inspiring!

This shop had some fun things, but I can't recall their name.  (They weren't very nice, either...just being honest!)

This shop, The Lion's Gate, on the other hand had the sweetest and friendliest owner!

Her place was filled with stunning chandeliers and elegant goods.

We hit many other places that I didn't get pictures from, including a fun outdoor flea market,
and we managed to bring back quite a few things from our Tucson shopping trips!

Most of the items will be in our shop (when we reopen in March) but of course I got some goodies to keep, too!
(Maybe I'll share them in another post :)

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of Tucson's eye candy!

Until next time...blessings!