Sunday, August 5, 2012


Hobby Lobby has the greatest selection of letters of all kinds--metal, wood, plastic! And...they were 50% off this week. I had been wanting a few to do some special decorating!

These were plastic ones. I love the shape of the letters--fancy Nancy! They were white but a little spray paint took care of that. The little washboard underneath was a present from my big brother I got YEARS ago! It's had a place in my laundry room. I'm just glad that I have those little white boxes named washer/dryer though.

This one was already black so no painting needed. I liked the size and the more "formal" shape to the letter. It earned a place of distinction over our fireplace in the living room.

I got my inspiration from a blog: Life With Team Carroll. Cara has lots of decor items you can visualize in pictures! You can take a goodbye tour of her house here. Since they moved recently I am awaiting her new tour on...HOUSE HUNTERS on HGTV. How exciting is that!!!!

Until next time...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Window covering update

The before:

My son was moving in with us for a while when he relocated back home and his house was leased. I did a quick makeover to make the downstairs more masculine--note the dark brown slipcovers and brown blue drapes and pillows.

The middle:

I updated the fireplace to make the room a little lighter. But the dark slipcovers and drapeless windows still didn't "make me happy".

The after:

These drapes have been stored for a couple of years. I used them in the dining room and living room.

I had a bolt of fabric I had  purchased years ago (when I used the drapes) and had never used. With my new  love of Chevron fabric I had enough to make four pillows that are two sided--one with the chevron and the other side with the black floral. 

I ordered new slipcovers on line from Walmart! At a good fantastic price! I may paint below the chair rail a lighter shade--maybe!!!

The total make over was less than $100! My kind of budget.

The slipcovers were a total of $75 and the chevron fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby for $13. The fantastic thing was that it was the same quality of fabric as the floral!

I feel much better!