Thursday, May 31, 2012

Outdoor Patio Furniture

We have been looking around for an outdoor patio set for sometime now.  I have pretty specific taste and I'm not willing to compromise much so it was a long search. My requirements were that it fit at least six people and be rectangular. I didn't want wood because I didn't want to maintain it and I didn't want plastic. So that limited my search to cast aluminum or aluminum and I wanted the color to be brown.

We started looking at budget friendly places like Target, Ace Hardware, Home Depot and Lowes. We couldn't find anything that fit our taste. I also looked at online stores like, and, but I wanted to be able to see the product before I bought it. Then I started looking at not-so-budget-friendly places like Potterybarn, Crate & Barrel, Patio World and Williams and Sonoma. I found lots of furniture there that I liked, but I wasn't wanting to spend $3,000 or more.

Then I came across Macy's. I didn't even know they carried outdoor furniture. According to the salesman, they just started carrying it about two years ago. They actually have a great selection and for a great price. I would definitely recommend checking out Macy's if you are in the market for affordable outdoor patio furniture.

I ordered the Madison six person outdoor dining set. It came with a rectangular table, 2 swivel rocking chairs and 4 fixed arm chairs. All six chairs have cushions with sunbrella fabric. I ordered the set about a month and half ago, so my only complaint was waiting for it to be in-stock. But now that it is here, we are so excited to use it.

What do you think?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Accessorizing Maddie's Play Kitchen

Maddie is lucky enough to have the retro kitchen set from Pottery Barn Kids.

It was looking a little plain and lacking some much needed accessories. I have been picking up some items here and there and saving old boxes from my own pantry to add to her kitchen.  

Fridgerator and Freezer


Kitchen sink

Most of the accessories are by Melissa & Doug. I love that brand and think they do an exceptional job with children toys. 

I also put a few toys on top of the kitchen set so that it didn't look so plain.

Then added some bedtime books and pantry items on the shelves. 

I almost have an empty bottle of soap that I can set by her sink. She loves to pretend to wash her hands and dishes in there. I also would like to make some dish towels for her. I'll probably end up buying instead since I don't sew, but then again, I might take on that venture one day. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Front Door

Our front door is in need of some desperate TLC. It turns out that I have lots of TLC to go around, so this door is about to get a makeover.

Here is what it looks like now.

If by chance you haven't seen it in person,  let me zoom in for you.

The door is old and worn, but it is my favorite part about this house. It makes me feel like I live in a cottage. I can't wait to refinish this front door and restore it back to its former beauty. We plan on painting the outside red and inside white.  I hesitated a lot with painting the exterior door a color other than white, but the hubs really wants something with color, so we settled on red. I wouldn't have been convinced until a good friend of mine told me red was a timeless color (only as far as front doors go), so I am going for it.

Red was the only color I really considered other than white because it will tie into the brick. These are the three swatches I have narrowed them down to. I am thinking the one in the middle, but I have have some time to think it through. I hate to keep the suspense going for too long, so I will be sure to get going on this project as soon I can.

Today, we are off to Disneyland and won't be back for a few days. Until then, happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! Enjoy!

Thank you troops, veterans and fallen soldiers. Especially my dear friend Alanna and my Aunt Cathy. Thinking of you always. Much love!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I Bought A Horse

Say what? I know, I'm not much of an animal person, but I am the proud owner of a delightful, white horse. Not a real one of course. It's ceramic and it looks like this.

I have seen others around such as these.

Who would have guessed that such a funky home accessory could cost up to $150? The good news is that I found one at TJ Maxx for $14.99. I placed it on top of the buffet for now, but can't figure out how to display it.  I need to figure out a better tablescape for the top of the buffet and I think it is the wall art that throws me off. It is not really my style anymore and it doesn't go with the rest of the decorations in the house.

Here are the tablescapes I have played around with.

I have even gone so far as to sketch up some ideas on paper.

It is always a work in progress at our house and I will keep you posted as it evolves. Hopefully, we will have some more progress soon.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New House Plant

After my last attempt to have a house plant failed...

I thought I would give it one last try. I bought a new indoor plant yesterday while at Home Depot. It called a philodendron spit leaf.

I love the way the leaves look. It gives the house a tropical feel. Although tropical doesn't really go with the theme, I will be happy if it just survives. I also moved it over to the other side of the buffet since my Mom thought maybe it had gotten to much heat and direct sun from the door.  I sure hope I can keep this one alive!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Updating the Blog

Today I am working on updating the header at the top of the page called "Our House".  I am going to be adding some more "before" photos so you truly know the current state of the house. This way, when we do some more projects you can see a better progression.

Click on "Our House" to see more photos. I will be updating throughout the day so check back if don't see anything yet.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Home for Old Coat Rack

Recently, I exchanged out my old coat rack for a different one (read about that here) and found myself trying to find a place for the old one.  It dawned on me while I was packing to go out of town last weekend, that I needed a place to hang my necklaces. They are out of sight, out of mind and tangled up in my jewelry box. I usually forget to wear them.

I enrolled the help of my favorite handy man to mount the coat rack behind our bedroom door.  I thought of hanging it in the bathroom or in the closet, but our house didn't have room for them there, so this is where it landed.

I even managed to get my two favorite scarfs on the rack. Previously they had been stashed in the guest room closet, so maybe I'll remember to wear these too!

The jewelry box is more organized as well.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Flea Market Find

Last weekend, I went to the Flea Market with my Grandpa. When I was younger and living at home, we would go with him just about every Sunday morning. It had been a few years since I had last gone, so I was pretty excited to get the opportunity to go with my Grandpa again. 

I was determined to find something for the house that I could fix up and use and what I ended up finding was this.

It is a wrought iron plant hanger that cost $5.

 Up close it looked like this. Lots of rust!

I took a wire brush and some sand paper to help get some of the rust filed down.

Then grabbed my favorite can of spray paint. 

  I applied three coats of paint to each side, allowing 24 hours before turning it over.

Now it looks brand new!

I love my new wrought iron plant hanger.  I wish I had another one for the other side, but maybe my next visit to the flea market I can find one similar.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Reclaimed Wood Coat Rack

I have always admired how some people can decorate by mixing the old with the new.  A perfect example of this is using reclaimed wood. It's a hot trend right now and it seems all the department stores sell something made of it, usually charging extra. What I like about reclaimed wood is the texture and the story it tells, but I have never seen something I felt inclined to buy. I think the best part of this project is the story of where the wood came from, which is something you can't buy at a department store.

This piece of "reclaimed wood" comes from a place that is very special to me.  It was taken from an old lodge that was built in the early 1900's and had fallen to the ground near my family's cabin. The cabin has been in the family long before I was born and is a place I have been going to since I was just a couple months old. Growing up, my sister and I would crawl around this old lodge looking for lost treasures and finding things like old spice cans and beer bottles. Eventually, the old lodge became dangerous and a couple years ago we excavated the remains and burned it down.

That is the hubbs and my Dad doing what they love the most.

Luckily, my Dad saved some of the old lumber that was still intact. With some of that lumber we decided that we would make a coat rack. I already had a coat rack, but it wasn't anything expensive, so I didn't mind finding another use for it.

Once my Dad cut the wood down to size, we marked out where the hooks would go.

Then mounted it on the wall. We did this first because we wanted to hide the drill holes behind the hooks.

Next we installed the hooks, which I bought from Home Depot for $6.97 each.

And just like that, we have a coat rack.

I am loving our new coat rack and I love it even more because it has meaning to me. Every time I glance at it, it reminds me of our cabin which is one of my favorite places in the world to spend time at.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Death of the Indoor Plant

Remember when I was so excited to have an indoor plant? I wrote a whole post about 5 Reasons to Have an Indoor Plants here. Well, as it turns out, I'm not so good at keeping them alive and this one was no exception.

I'm not sure why it died. It may have gotten too hot since it is right next to a door or maybe I over-watered. Who knows! I am not giving up yet and I do plan on getting another one. I think I will try it in a different location though. 

Anyone have any recommendations as to what type of plant I should try?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Best Home Decor Accessories

I have been doing a lot of shopping and internet searching for perfect accessories for the house. Though, my house is far from perfect, I thought I would share with you some of the accessories that I have grown to love.

1. Fresh Flowers. I put this first because I think it is the best accessory. It brings life and color to a room instantly. I think that if you find the right quality you can also use faux flowers like the boxwood topiaries below.

2. Coral. This is my new favorite accessory. I never would have considered it before because I would have thought it was too "beachy". I don't think that adding coral to a room will make people think you are going with a beach theme, unless you compliment it with other beach accessories as well. I have seen a lot of designer's use lately and it has started to grow on me. Plus, it is an easy way to add color and texture to a room. It is fairly inexpensive and comes in all different sizes. 

3. Garden Stools. I want one of these so bad. You can use them outdoors, but I would use it inside if I had one. I think they are good to stuff in a corner or to use to set books on or even a drink.. They can be functional if you need them to be or for looks. I see them everywhere and I think they add a nice touch to any room. Z Gallerie has one called the Palmer Stool that I adore.

4. Trays. I don't know why I love these so much, but I do. I have one the coffee table, but I want more. I like how they confine little knick knacks to a space.  They can be used so many different ways and I think every house should have one.

5. Magazine books. I have a couple that I rounded up from around the house, but I am on the hunt for more. I like when people color coordinate them and put them in stacks.  There is so much you can do with them so I think they are must have.