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.
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:
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.
The blue paisley duvet cover came from a trial in the master, but I decided I wanted calmer and softer in there.
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.
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.
The curtains are a top sheet from Walmart because I wanted a light and beachy look in there.
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:
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.
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:
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!
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!
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:
Last but not least, Sarah gave me this little butterfly statue
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!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
So, they arrived today, and voila:
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!