Friday, January 28, 2011

Chalkboard Walls

I Love Love Love a Big Chalkboard Wall.
But I really don't have the right kind of wall for one. That got me thinking........I know someone who does!!! This is my sister Natee's wall. If you remember a while back I did a post here with some decorating ideas for her large celery green wall.
She could totally do a big, cool chalk board wall, Right?
It comes in a small can by Rust-oleum or even Benjamin Moore carries it too.
I know that everybody in Blog World has done a post on Chalk board walls already, So it was really easy for me to come up with a ton of inspiration photos... I just stole all of your pictures. hahaha
Wouldn't it be so much fun to write notes and draw pictures on a big chalkboard. I know my little guys would be in Heaven.

I think they are perfect for a Kitchen.

But you could also do one in a bedroom, or any room in the house really.

It also comes in green.
If a whole wall was too much for you, you could always just put up a large chalkboard or frame one out.

Or just do one as a accent, on a door or cupboard.

Hum......This post was meant to inspire my sister, but now I'm going to take another look around my house, I really want one.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Featured at Cozy Little House

Today I am A Weekly Welcome Wagon Friday Feature At Cozy Little House. Come See what other cute blogs are being featured. Also you need to check out Brenda's Cozy and Colorful home.
Happy Friday Everyone!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Late Winter / Early Spring Decorating

After taking down all of the Christmas decorations, I needed a fresh new look for my mantel.

The other day, I came across an estate sell where I found this picture frame, candle holder and pom pom trim. Can I just mention how exciting it was for me to rummage through someones house for treasures. So much fun!

The frame and candle holder went on the mantel. I found the vintage botanical images on Pretties and Posies blog here.

I sewed the pom pom trim onto my curtains, As well as added some twigs. I think the twigs really give the room that Late Winter/ Early Spring look that I'm going for.

I also added some of the pom pom trim to a sweet little rose print pillow I made.

My red couch gives a Pop of color to an otherwise all neutral room.

And Once again little Abby Pug had to steal the shot. She's just part of the decor at this point.

The other side of the room.

Also, I thought I'd show off what I've done to the wall above my bed this time. I know, I know, I keep changing it. Here I just brought in some trellis from the garden. And Again it's just temporary, I still plan to remodel the bedroom in the near future. I think eventually I want some painted shutters above the bed.

So are you all looking forward to Spring as much as I am?

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Linen Closet

As soon as the holidays are over, I start thinking of Spring. And with Spring comes Spring Cleaning, right?
My linen closet was looking pretty torn up. I was getting in the habit of just stuffing my towels and sheets in where ever they would fit. So the other day I pulled everything out, folded it, and put it all back away.

Now It's time to move on to my Clothes Closet, Oh Boy! This could take a while.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

A burst of Sunshine

I Have the Bestest Husband in the World!!
Every Other Sunday he takes the boys out to Costco to do some Grocery Shopping. ( you may remember, I mentioned in my last post that I really really dread Grocery Shopping) It's so nice to have a little time to myself every once in a while. Then to make it even better he sometimes brings me home bunches of flowers.

These are the ones he brought home for me yesterday.
They are sooo fun. They look like Burst of sunshine.
Then to make my day even better, I found out I was the winner of a Giveaway at the Nest.
First I won a pair of these lovely heart shaped slate coasters.

And second I won a pillow of my choice from her Etsy Shop. This Whale one was my favorite. It says SEL DE MER (Sea Salt) and BALEINE (Whale).

And then lastly she said she would throw in a Surprise.
I'm soooo Excited. I feel so Lucky.
I'll be sure to blog more about my winnings when they arrive.
Thank You Samantha at The Nest.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Something New Something Blue

When I was doing my Grocery Shopping last week, which I have to add is not a fun thing to do when you have 2 little guys who have a hard time sitting in a cart even a cool race car cart. They would much rather run down all of the Isles, grabbing whatever sugary colorful item that they see before them, or they may even plop down on the floor and refuse to get up. But on this particular shopping trip, it actually turned out to be a good one. I had a nice little talk with my boys before we even went into the store..... and a box of fruit snacks if they behaved and stayed in the cart the Whole time! It worked well, but I can't promise it will work again the next time shopping day comes along.

Anyway, as we were leaving the store, fruit snacks already opened, I came across some Clearance Tables, where I found these 2 little blue wooden boxes. I think I paid like 3 dollars each for them. This is Fred Meyers by the way. So if you hurry over to yours you may find some too.

I brought them home and placed them in my bathroom.
I really like them so I wanted to show them off.

Hope you are all having a Wonderful Weekend.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Treasure Nest

Remember this one?
It's from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine from June 2007.
Back in those days I use to rip out all of the pages that inspired me. I have a large notebook stock full of them. But now days with the Wonderful & Amazing Internet and Blogs ....I now have folders and folders of beautiful images on my computer. And I'm sure you all do too.

So Yesterday I was browsing through my big fat notebook and came across this beautiful Sun Room. It just feels so fresh and sunny and springy. I want to try and bring some of that into my own home. I'm soo ready for spring. Anyway I thought you'd all enjoy it too.

I noticed Jane Coslick designed the drapery fabric and trim. She has a fun & colorful beachy blog. check it out here.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Decorating a Kitchen Wall & Window Frames

I got an e-mail from my adorable sister, Natee asking me for help with a little project of hers. She has this very large, empty wall in her kitchen that she doesn't know what to do with. She says she has an old window pane down in her basement that she was thinking of white-washing and hanging there and maybe hang a wreath or a vinyl saying above. I soo wish I lived closer, I would love to drop by and help her decorate it but because we live in different states, I figure I'd show her a few options of what I would do.

Here is a picture of her wall. Don't you just love that Celery Green? and I love what I can see of those curtain's.
So It's a pretty big wall.

I think Ideally she needs a big piece of furniture, like these shelves from pottery barn.

Or how about this large wooden beauty?

A big White hutch would be Lovely. I just found this one here on Miss Mustard Seed's blog, It belongs to Sarah and Drew B

Or instead of a hutch, she could go with bead board walls with pictures above it like here at the Lettered Cottage (although we all know her wall no longer looks like this. She has tore it down to the beams. but I love it both ways)
I know my sister didn't want to spend a lot of money, but those are just some fun ideas to think about.
So here are Natee's window frames. I'm In Love!!! She told me I could have one. (she's so sweet) and as much as I really really want it, I kinda think she should use both of them on her walls and do something like this......

I love the idea of white washing the windows (which by the way I've never done, so if any of you know how or have any tips please let me know in a comment below) and then hang a piece of molding with a bunch of hooks above it. ( I did the same thing here in my entry way. It was super easy to make.) Then from the hooks she could hang her wreath and tea cup's or other kitchen apron perhaps.

This beautiful Kitchen belongs to Secret Garden Cottage. As well as the next picture.

I just want to know where she found all of her lovely window frames.
So what I'm thinking for Natee's window's would be to put a few photos behind some of the glass panes, like the one above the couch in this picture.

And then use the rest of the panes for memo's. You can write on the glass with just a dry-erase marker.

I just came across this photo here on My Lovely Life's blog.
This next picture is a great idea too. You could add a little wall shelf above the window frame, and add some hooks to mimic this one here.
I love the idea of a mirror in the window frame too. Here is a very large one from Me and Alice.

And finally just a few more ideas. You could use it as a large picture frame.

Or Paint it with chalk board paint and use it for a writing notes.
I hope this was helpful Natee. You have a great big wall to work with so don't be shy. I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it.
And if any of you readers have any ideas you would like to share, please do so.

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