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!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015!

Hi, everyone!

Time is going so fast!  I can't believe that the holidays are already almost over!

As I was reflecting on 2014 I realized that for me it was a year of dramatic highs (having my home featured in a national magazine-Vintage Style- was a dream come true and very exciting) and also extreme lows (my mom being diagnosed with colon cancer was devastating and stretched my faith.)

But through it all God was good!  I'm very grateful for my many blessings, including all of the wonderful friendships and support that I've gained through blog land.

I'm going to be taking a bit of a blogging break, but I wanted to wish you all a prosperous, safe, and healthy New Year!!

God Bless you until we meet again! :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

My Shop: Home Sweet Home

Hi, everyone!

My mom and I had a wonderfully blessed holiday season at our shop, Home Sweet Home!

We're closed now until next March for our 'winter break', but I realized that I haven't shown you any pictures of the shop all dressed up for the holidays!
With only a couple of days left until Christmas, I figured I better hurry up and do that!

Most of the items in these photos have sold, but I thought I'd show you anyway.  :)

I hope that you enjoyed a little tour of my shop-thank you so much for stopping by!

I wish you all a very Merry, Blessed Christmas!!  :)