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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!

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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!

Small Tweaks To Make Your Kitchen Feel New!

There are endless options out there to change the look of your kitchen! I would like to share with you some small tweaks we have made to our kitchen, and it made a world of a difference!

   1. Paint Cabinets- When your watching closely at the budget, replacing cabinets may not be an option. However a good coat of paint for the kitchen cabinets can make them look brand new. Sanding and filing in any holes with wood filler will instantly make them look new. I encourage you to go with a new color, a color that will lighten your space and speaks about you!

   2. Replacing hardware – Even the slightest change, like changing out the hardware can make a vast difference. Everything from drawer pulls to cabinet knobs, hinges etc. can brighten up the interior space of your kitchen. If you previously had a darker color, change it to a silver or bronzed. Combining this with a new coat of paint, and your guests will think you to your kitchen remolded! If you feel you don’t feel comfortable or have tools of doing this, contact friends or family, it’s not an overly complicated task.

*** This was the most recent that we did, and we are so happy we chose to change out the hardware! Such a small project to do, that made a significant difference!

    3. Adding a coat of paint – I think I have mentioned it a couple times already, a little paint goes a long way. I encourage you to go with a really well quality paint. I have always gone  with Behr paint, and don’t regret it! Although it may be a little more pricier, I think it’s  worth the outcome!

     4. Switching out a lighting fixture – New and upgraded lighting fixtures are a great focus point for many rooms. Once the new paint is applied to the walls, and cabinets and new hardware is placed, and changing out even one light fixture (you don’t have to change all) can ideally make the space look totally different. Ideally the light that sits above your table is a vast piece and catches most of the population. Not only does lighting serve as a functional use, it serves as a decorative touch.

       5. Switching out decor!

Let me know what you think! Or if you have any questions regarding your kitchen, please contact me!

Take a morning to create your own succulent!

Waking up to the beautiful sunshine streaming through the blinds, I briefly scrolled through my Instagram feed…. Spring Knoll Farms at Lancaster Central Market was holding an event to create your own succulent. I knew just what I wanted to do this morning before I started studying the day away…… A spontaneous date to Market!

Lancaster Central Market (located in Downtown Lancaster, PA) is filled with so much life! Many vendors that consist of; fresh local produce, meat, fresh picked flowers, tasty coffee, home decor, and much more. Because my husband and I live outside of the city, we don’t go often but when we do, we never leave with regrets!

Spring Knoll Farms has a stand located inside the market, today they had a table located out in the alley way where you could create your own Succulent Pot. I could not wait… I love succulents! They had many different pots to choose from, as well as succulents to plant.

Creating a Succulent Container:

  • Pick out a fun container to use! There are many to choose from, listed are the most popular- a coffee mug, bowl, chicken feed container, low cut vase.
  • Arrange your succulents (be sure not to put too many in, they like to be close but too many they won’t get much air).
  • Add well draining soil (equal with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium) to the container, and pack it down.
  • Then place small pebble stones on top, also packing down over soil.
  • Water lightly.

How to take care of them:

  • Succulents like to have their soil soaked and then dry out before watering again. (The thicker the leaves on a succulent, the less water it needs.)
  • Well draining soil.
  • Succulents need a lot of sunlight to grow happy and healthy; Do be careful, they don’t like direct sunlight. (A sign that your succulent isn’t getting enough light is “stretching”, where your plant is getting really tall.)
  • Propagate: Here’s how!

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this helpful! As well as maybe making you feel excited to go and create one yourself!