Bird houses, Flowers

Happy Sunday, Y’all!

Have a beautiful Sunday!  Also, please continue to pray for my pastor, David Landrith of Long Hollow Baptist Church.  He is “fighting an epic battle” with cancer – but he acknowledges the battle is the Lord’s.  Praying for him, Jennifer, their kids, LHBC, doctors and medication as well.  Psalm 34:1.

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Enjoying Home!
Linda

Picture compliments of Carrie

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Ballard, Carrie, dolls, Mermaid Cottages, paint, Pottery Barn, projects, sarah, secretary, Wallpaper

Did I Mention That I Love Projects?

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved working on little projects at home. This is the third home I’ve owned since I sold our family home after the “BigD”. I’ve probably painted or papered (back when few walls escaped wallpaper) every single wall in every house!  So, I know a little bit about projects…and I’m in hog heaven when I’m working on them. Poor Sarah has taken over the painting mantle in this house because my knees don’t climb ladders as easily anymore – plus ten-foot ceilings are too much for this mama!

I digress-on to the next project. The guest bedroom:

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The padded headboard is from Ballard and VERY inexpensive
The padded headboard is from Ballard and VERY inexpensive

The little white wood frames hold pictures from a Mermaid Cottages calendar I bought last year. The blue willow ware on the left were my mother’s and one I picked up somewhere along the years.

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The blue paisley duvet cover came from a trial in the master, but I decided I wanted calmer and softer in there.

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This little secretary was purchased at an antique mall because I was looking for storage pieces and this reminded me that my mother always liked secretaries. She had in mind a tall, cherry one but this was perfect for my small place and it reminds me of her every time I’m in that room.

Of course, it needs a tv!
Of course, it needs a tv!

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I have baby pictures, old dolls, a little rocker that was mine – OLD! – and dollhouse in this room. I consider this the “Girls’ Room” and Carrie usually claims this when they spend the night Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Dollhouse I built for Sarah years ago
Dollhouse I built for Sarah years ago

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The curtains are a top sheet from Walmart because I wanted a light and beachy look in there.

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Now, the project – I’d really like to cover the headboard. It’s an off-white basic linen headboard and I’d like a more custom look. I tried some fabric that I already had:

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I don’t like the color in the stripe with the paint, but I like the soft, subtle stripe. I may look for a blue ticking and see how that works. I think the fabric needs more body too, so I’ll let you know if I find it.

All for now, I hope you have a great week and enjoyed the little tour.

Enjoying Home!
Linda

Bird houses, Butterfly, Furniture, Hilton Head, Home, lizard, Tybee, woods

Mid-summer Deck

I’m sitting on the deck this morning before the storms move in and enjoying the light breeze that comes before the rain. Thought I’d share some pictures:

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I love my bottle tree and beautiful pink geraniums (I always go with red but decided on this color because they were so pretty). The bottle tree is well-known in the South, but I don’t believe in the superstition of the bottles catching spirits! Just love the colors and its unique structure.

You’ll notice Mason in a couple of these pictures – he’s such a scavenger and sniffing the whole deck – he doesn’t even realize he’s photo bombing!

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This little guy came back from Tybee Island with us last year – can’t imagine how he got up that tree! You might also notice the gnaw marks on the railings from Mason’s arch-enemy, SQUIRREL!

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Since I live in the treetops and have nature all around me, I really like bird houses. I don’t really encourage them to actually USE the houses though – I’m a little afraid of birds!
Here are a couple of the houses:

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She got this one at Hilton Head a few years ago.
WE got this one at Hilton Head a few years ago.

Last but not least, Sarah gave me this little butterfly statue

When God brings change, He also brings beauty!
When God brings change, He also brings beauty!

after I went through a really rough patch – the words are exactly what I needed to see. I recall that I burst out in tears when I read it! God is always so good and faithful to bring beauty out of a bad situation.

Well, the rain is here so I’m moving inside. Enjoy your Sunday and your week!

Enjoying Home,
Linda

beadboard wallpaper, Bonus room, Christmas, comfy, Cookie Swap, Garage Door, lizard, Marvelous

Welcome to Another Saturday!

I’m going to have to change my blogging schedule so I won’t always be visiting with you on Saturdays! I’m sitting here, after making a breakfast run with Carrie, waiting for another load of clothes to finish their cycle. I started thinking about another project I’m planning. Every December my girls and I have a Cookie Swap – this year will mark our 15th – and I start thinking of things I want to do to get ready. While I always live downstairs, I have a perfectly nice bonus room upstairs that I really only use during Christmas! Because part of our guests go upstairs, I put a tree up there and decorate, but the room is very much forgotten the rest of the year.

Here’s a view of the stairs (pretty steep) and the room from the door:

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As I said, the room is largely forgotten and it also gets the pleasure of receiving all the cast offs from downstairs. Last year I did put bead board wallpaper up and paint it, but it desperately needs a face lift. The room has a slanted ceiling and furniture placement and accessorising is difficult.

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I have books and a tv up there, as well as a big comfy couch, but it still needs a lot of TLC. One weekend, Sarah sat down in a chair and we saw a little lizard run out from underneath her chair, so guess who refuses to even go up there?!? I had left a window open for some fresh air, and the little creature thought it was an invitation for him to get comfy too!

A lot of my books are housed in these baskets.
A lot of my books are housed in these baskets.

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Well, as you can see, this is an ongoing project. Some new curtains – maybe some I’ve used downstairs – relocate things from other areas, and other accessories will liven up the old girl before Christmas. Plus, what room doesn’t look gorgeous decorated for Christmas!?!

I also have that pesky garage door problem that I’ll tell you about soon! Hope you all have a MARVELOUSLY restful and fun Saturday!

Enjoying Home,
Linda

Beach Boys, Beatles, Crafts, Desk, Supplies

One of My Favorite Places

My home office is probably my favorite room, but I’m not sure why! Offices denote work, so why would I love that? My office, however, feels more like play, more like my younger self, my growing up days. I have everything in there from paper dolls, teacups, paint, and scrapbook supplies to Beatle and Beach Boy albums. On the downside, I also have all my bills in my desk drawer-not so much fun.

When I bought this house, I really didn’t see the sense in two guest rooms, so I chose my front-yard facing bedroom as my office. After a couple of years, I decided to flip flop the two extra bedrooms so that my office would have a better view. It faces the back yard and all the trees. I like it much better there and spend a good bit of time there. I took off the doors to the two closets and turned them into craft/supply/work areas:

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View of  both closets
View of both closets
Office supplies, stationery, gift wrap, and gift bags
Office supplies, stationery, gift wrap, and gift bags
This one houses all the craft supplies, sewing machine (behind the curtain) and several on-going projects
This one houses all the craft supplies, sewing machine (behind the curtain) and several on-going projects
My desk with family pictures and computer
My desk with family pictures and computer

I have an antique cabinet with cups and saucers and other fragile things I’ve kept over the years and another view of the desk shows a project I’m working on for my teachers.

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Sarah made some delicious lavender lotion
Sarah made some delicious lavender lotion

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One thing I think all homes should have is a place where you can keep your memories. You can’t always be with your loved ones, but you can have things around you to remind you of them. For instance, among those cups and saucers I have a couple of my mom’s. I even remember (I think) the trips where she bought them.

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I also have Carrie’s little silver cup, a little doll my grandmother gave her, and pictures of her on the beach. I also have a picture that Sarah made me this year that brings back such memories! I used to wake the girls up by singing, “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, Oh What a Beautiful Day”. If memory serves me, they would BEG me to shut up! It’s these things that are housed in my Home Office…..and in my heart….that makes this my favorite room.

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Enjoying home!
Linda

Carrie & Sarah, Country Curtains, curtains, girls, Pool, swimming

Another Beautiful Saturday

How I LOVE Saturdays!! After a long meeting yesterday and a busy week at school, Saturdays are literally a breath of fresh air! It’s breezy and cool for July and the screen door is open, and all’s right with my world on this beautiful day. Saturdays make me feel like myself. I know it sounds crazy, but I simply delight in changing sheets, doing laundry, emptying the dishwasher and doing my house chores!

Added to the fun of Saturday………..the curtains are HERE!!
Remember the before:

Curtains before
Curtains before

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They were a great color and on sale at Penney’s (30.00 for the pair) and served me well for the last five years. I have a tan quilt on the bed with another greenish-bluish quilt at the foot. I’ve tried another paisley duvet coverlet but wanted something a little softer, so it moved to the guest bedroom and looks just right in there. So, to get a little pattern and soft color in there, I surfed for curtains at Country Curtains:

Country Curtains Spa Toile Curtains
Country Curtains Spa Toile Curtains

So, they arrived today, and voila:

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The chair was too busy even though it has great colors- moved to the other side of the room
The chair was too busy even though it has great colors- moved to the other side of the room

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My life in decorating is a lot like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! One purchase can affect two other things, one move can initiate two more moves, but I love it AND almost always wind up with the looks I like! I guess it’s all part of the process – and another big reason that I generally like to buy on the cheap, bargain side!

Hope you like it. Wait until I tell you about the garage door!! Now, I’m off to spend some of my beautiful Saturday with the girls and their pool. God is good!

Enjoying home!
Linda

Cumberland Park, Ghost Sculpture, Nashville, Pedestrian Bridge, Puckett's

Home Sweet Home……Nashville Staycation

After our major vacation to the beach the first of June, my daughters and I decided to take a “staycation” to downtown Nashville one weekend. We started with breakfast at Puckett’s…

Puckett's downtown
Puckett’s downtown

Then, we checked out Cumberland Park – a great place for kids to get wet on a summer day..

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…….walked across the Pedestrian bridge…and posed for a picture..

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Our photography of our beautiful city is compliments of talented Sarah!

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The Ghost Sculpture
The Ghost Sculpture

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Enjoying home!
Linda