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Our freshly updated patio

Wow, talk about zero crazy Winter storms, and then BAM… Summer is here!

We like to spruce up our deck early in the season so when the warm weather does hit, we are ready for some good ol morning coffee, game nights while the sun is setting and grilling out on a weekly basis. Let’s just say, a little bit of a refresh can make a big difference!

Here is what we did!

1.  Touched up with some paint

A little bit of paint did the trick! We have been using Behr’s DeckOver, and we are pleased. Our deck honestly needs to be replaced, due to weak boards. But Behr’s DeckOver is thick and does the trick until we do replace. And I repeat, that paint is like mud so be prepared when you go to apply, but that’s why we love it! Besides touching up the deck, we brought out the black exterior paint and touched up the deck arbor. It looked good as new with a couple swipes of paint!

2. Replaced chair cushions

We purchased our dining patio set (including cushions) about 4 years ago, and you can tell it has ware and tare including the cushions. It was time to swap them out for some new and bright ones. let me tell ya, I didn’t realize how expensive they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! I saw anywhere from (for a mid-moderate good quality) $30+ for 1 cushion – not a set! Sets were starting at about $49+. I searched and searched, I wanted a light grey color, and a cushion where the bottom and backing were attached (making one full piece), plus it needed ties. No more Velcro! Why do I say that? Velcro was a goner in probably a span of 2 years of use.

We found these Mid back dining chair cushions through Home Depot, and we love them!!!!!!!!! Here are only a couple reasons why we love these:

  • Super affordable ( $29.98 per set)
  • light grey solid color
  • UV resistant- fade resistant
  • Ties to attach to chair
  • Dry quickly after getting wet
  • Lightweight,
  • Form has kept with use they have gotten since we purchased them .

3. New pretty pillows

When you update your cushions I mean you need to update your pillows as well! Opalhouse line at Target hit the jackpot with these black and white throw pillows

The ivory and black are out of stock but they also were through the Opalhouse line at Target.

Our neutral pillows added some texture to our cushions!

 

4.  Updated to a new and bright area rug

As much as I loved the pop of green on our previous area rug, the more time I spend changing my style of decor and color scheme, I’m a neutral kinda girl. So I was ready to sell the palm tree rug and swap it out for a clean, simple neutral one. Target is my go to for these kind of things, and sure enough the project 62 line did not disappoint.

Once my eyes laid on this rug I knew I needed to bring it home with me. Ava and Tucker approved as soon as it was layed down 🙂

5. Added some new clay flower pots

There is a local green house, called Frey’s and they sell some pretty cool stuff! Not only an abundance of beautiful flowers, but pots galore! I could honestly buy everything, it’s dangerous! So I encourage you to have a list of what you need and try to stick to that…. Haha that won’t happen once you step foot into a greenhouse!

I love that these pots are handmade and I love how all three go so well together!

So friends it doesn’t take much to turn a plain, blah space into something magnificent! You don’t need to do as much as what we did. The biggest thing that I think for any space that will completely change the feel and mood of a space, is paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So of your on a tight budget, that is my recommendation for you to do first!

Thanks for reading, I am gunna go and enjoy my cozy deck now:)

 

A tiny little upgrade to the laundry room!

Recently the laundry room has been on my mind, it was the very first project we did when Peter moved into our home. So that being said, it was  time for just a small upgrade to spice it up! On a whim, I had this grand idea of the “magic light trick” being placed over top of the chalkboard we already had! That awesome barn light was $24 from Walmart! I could not believe the price and the fact that they had that in store!!! Sometimes I find they have a limited selection. Anyway, what used to be a gold frame on the chalkboard is now white. I love how it gives a pop  against our “aggreable gray” walls. This time, I actually used a paper towel to apply the paint, so that it would give that distressed look instead of the smooth look. I applied “gallery white” by Behr, which we already had on hand since all our trim uses the same color.

Previously we just had all our laundry soap(s) sitting atop of the dryer, which didn’t look nice… It made it look junky. So instead I purchased the drink dispenser and canister to hold our dryer sheets from Walmart. Last but not least, that sweet little plant stand I purchased at a yard sale just last weekend for $2, so I just spray painted it 🙂 and added the pot that we already had on hand. So, if you haven’t take noticed yet… I literally spray paint everything, it’s so easy and doesn’t take much time at all! The greenery I had gotten at hobby lobby for 50% off! Guys we made out so well with the items we bought to upgrade it! That is a grand total of $45, and it looks so very different!!!

Just with that little upgrade, I now don’t mind coming to do the laundry! 🙂 See friends, just a couple small changes can make a big difference to a space!!! If you are finding yourself having trouble trying to figure out what those small changes are, contact me!

DIY tips to Improve your Deck and/or Patio

Thank you for your patience, as my husband and I just got back from an amazing vacation to Hawaii. We are sad and happy to be back!

PS. If you get the chance and/or opportunity to go, you need to GO!!!!

So I would like to share with you a few simple things you can do to your outdoor space to easily make it look like a whole new space! For example here is what we did:

Repairs

  • Replace floorboards that aren’t sturdy or are old/rotting out (2).

Repaint

  • Deck
  • Spray Painted Tiki + Poles
  • Spray painted Flower planters/Shepard hooks
  • Metal arbor

I purchased the: Craftsman “paint and primer in one” to metal at Kmart for $6 each

Scrub a Dub Dub

  • Simply used soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose to clean out spots on the area rug
  • Spot cleaned chair cushions with soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose

 

 

Added

 

  • New outdoor chair throw pillows ( from Homegoods)
  • Weather protected lantern ( from Homegoods)
  • A flower pot that perfectly adds with the new pillows ( from Marshalls)
  • Globe string lights ( click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor curtain rod (click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor water resistant curtain panels (click here to purchase)

Took away

  • Arbor Chandelier – One of the lights broke, and because the light has been dc’d we could not find a replacement. Instead we decided to add and weave string lights (that are attached) to the center of the arbor

Other things you can do as well

  • Add potted plants
  • Invest in patio furniture
  • Power wash patio
  • Eliminate weeds in patio cracks

Break down of the costs:

  • Behr Exterior flat paint- 1 gallon $28
  • Behr deck over paint- 1 gallon $35
  • Craftsman “paint and primer” to metal  spray paint – $6 each
  • Throw pillows (2 to a pack) -$20 each
  • Flower pot – $6
  • Tabletop Lantern – $15

This simple refresh sure made for a new look! A look that we both have been wanting for a bit now. After time, paint fades, style changes, and you just need to add a little to change the feel, and make for a new look! After the application of 1 coat of exterior black paint, it instantly showed off the arbor! Previously, the grey color was so faded, you really didn’t know what the color was supposed to be, that goes along with the tiki torches. To match the arbor, and also allow the flowers to pop, I spray painted the flower planters, and I surely don’t regret it! I was so excited to add the globe string lights, because they add so much to the space! Especially at night, when they twinkle and the lights gleam down and bring out the lush green ferns. We knew we wanted to “enclose” our arbor space a little for more privacy, and it took a bit of time to figure out exactly what we wanted to do… But we decided to add the weathered outdoor curtain panels, and we love them!!!!!! We love the pop the curtains add to the arbor, and how cozy it made the space instantly.

Side note: We decided to not put any curtains on the side(s) because of safety reasons with the tiki’s and the grill, as  well as some bushes being in the way. Not a problem at all, we love the main view where the curtains were placed.

While some of the top layering of wood was peeling, we decided to not worry about replacing until we completely redo the deck and add a patio down the road. Why spend $$$ now when we can just save it, and do it right when we want to add the patio? But honestly once the “deck over” was applied, because of the thickness it helped make it more settle and not be as apparent. It actually adds more of a rustic feel, which I don’t mind at all! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it!

 

 

Our Christmas of 2018

I have been on the ball this year, and I LOVE that feeling!!!! The Christmas decor, both inside and outside our house, was completed just a few days prior to Thanksgiving!! And our Christmas cards were ordered and sent out the first week of December!

This year I was shooting for a simple and cozy feeling, with mostly neutral colors. And let me tell ya, we are very happy with how it turned out!

The living Room

I have always been the type of person who doesn’t like clutter and I don’t like a room feeling overbearing using too many items, and I am so thankful Peter feels the same! In saying so, this year we didn’t add as much to our living room space, and it feels just as cozy and inviting like the previous years!

Although we kept it more simple this year, I did do some shopping for a few new items. Who doesn’t like to go out and get something new?! While browsing at Target, I came across these galvanized house lanterns, and instantly knew I had to get them! They fit perfectly on our handmade wall-shelf that sits above our love seat.  (I purchased 2 different sizes for staggering) I also picked up these fake frosted Christmas trees for UNDER $10!

Our 6 1/2 ft tree was cut down from a local, beautiful tree-farm located within a few miles from our home, and we paid only $34!!!! Click here to find it yourself! This year we only used our neutral colored Christmas balls and added a natural appearance with some pine cones! To add the more rustic feel we twirled burlap a couple times on the tree, and lastly added our glistening star atop.

The Kitchen

On-top of our beautiful, handcrafted, farm-table lays a frosty, fresh garland against a rusty grey table-runner. Staggered in sizes between the garland are 5 white candles that give off that warm and cozy feel for our table. For those of you who shop at Home Goods, you know it’s a great place that you never know what you’ll find, so in that case click here for a garland that replicates what I purchased.

I was easily inspired adding the lit garland around our kitchen window after seeing pictures from @nestingwithgrace Christmas blog. The garland was purchased at our local Kmart, I’m sorry I could not locate it on their website so here is one very similar. Instantly our window felt more full, and inviting with the surrounding warm glow of twinkling lights. And guess what…. We only paid $20 for the garland (s) and the strand of 50 lights! That, my friends, is a great deal!

The Upstairs

Garland galore! Can you tell I love garlands?! Both garlands going up our stairway are great for accent lighting. These twinkling lights give off a warm glow, like a night-light that leads up the stairs! It is the same garland we used for around our kitchen window (see link above). And at the landing, a 3 foot, frosted frasier fir tree occupies one of my favorite yard sale finds, our unique wood slab stool.

The great outdoors 

This year I tweaked the design to our little brick patio! Along side the sled with skates, I added a galvanized basin with logs, and a new lantern with fresh cut greens from our Arborvitae trees! Although I wish our front porch was a big wrap around with a porch swing, there is something so special about a small brick porch filled with lots of love!

Thanks for reading!!! Feel free to share with your friends!

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Our sweet small porch filled with fall love!

Hello Friends!

I love decorating our front porch, and especially for fall! So I am excited to share this with you!

Pumpkins and lanterns were my big inspiration this year. Driving on back country roads, I loved how people incorporated different types of pumpkins, whether it was big or small, nudgy or smooth, white, green, or off-white, and stack-able! Some mums, cornstalks and straw bales were common. So after much drive-byes of porches filled with pumpkins, I was really excited to get started on our own front porch! I went neutral this year, I added some whites, and greens. You may recognize since the last blog, we have a new accent rug! This rug was purchased at Walmart for a whole $8! I chose this grey rug as it complements our light grey siding with graphite trim. Layered on top is the hello mat in which I find so cozy. I also purchased the beautiful gold lantern for less than $10. I don’t regret purchasing it, as I think it adds a great pop of color against the neutral stacked pumpkins, and I can use it all year round in many spaces. As for the black one, I already had it, so that was easily included in this space.

The warty, green gourd is my FAVORITE! It gives so much character to the space. This gourd was actually bought at a small roadside stand, which if I haven’t told you…. Those are my favorite! Not only do you get deals, but they have a lot of fun stuff and some rockin homemade desserts too! 😉 The mums and pumpkins were gotten at one of my favorite places, the Country Barn located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When you visit the area, or live in the area and haven’t checked them out, please do so, you won’t regret it! Right now they have endless different pumpkins to choose from, gourds, mums, corn stalks, dried corn, crates, baskets, and inside they have a great selection of scrumptious baked goods, jellies etc.

P.S. I am giving you the real-life picture here! I’m sorry for the “not so pretty” bricks, we plan to power wash them this upcoming spring! And let me tell ya… I cannot wait! There are so many projects I want to get done like: power washing, scrubbing the siding, getting new outdoor lights, repainting the front door and the list goes on…. But , I have to keep telling myself that it’s fine and that it will take time!