Saturday, October 25, 2014

Country Living Fair 2014

Hello everyone!

Here in Ga, the Country Living Fair set up in Stone Mountain Park.  It was a beautiful day.  We couldn't have asked for a better weekend for it!  I thought I would share some pics of things that caught my eye.  There was SO much to see, that I'm sure I didn't see everything.  It really takes either a FULL day of walking around or a weekend to see it all.  I would go back again this weekend, to see what I missed, if it wasn't so far away from me.  

So......if you're ready to come shopping with me, let's go!  Lots of pics ahead. (Some of these pics are not the best since they were taken with my cell phone.)

This vendor is always a favorite of mine.  It's called French Laundry.  They sell amazing down filled pillows.  They sell them at rock bottom prices at the fair, but higher at their store in NC.   They had bed linens, kitchen linens, stockings and more.

I thought this was a strange piece of art.  It's a paint brush covered in white paint and dried.  Huh??

These pretty live topiaries were for sale.  I didn't get one though because I was afraid it would die.  

I spent a lot of time in this booth.  I was smitten with all of the grey and cream everywhere.  But, it was a bit pricey.

Loved these custom made signs from Between You and Me.  She has her own blog too.

Are you familiar with Cari from "Cash and Cari"?  She was there doing some paint demonstrations.

I told my sister to "strike a pose" with this pretty Christmas garland she was admiring.

I loved this booth too.  It was so pretty!

I almost bought one of these white crafted pumpkins.  They were so cute with their wooden stems and spanish moss.

Well, that wraps up another season of the Country Living Fair this year.  I was so thrilled to get to go and hate knowing I have to wait another 365 days before it will be here again.  

I will share the goodies that came home with me in another post.  Hope you enjoyed tagging along with me.!

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Furniture Changes

Hello everyone!

Well, I promised to show you what happened to the chest in my foyer and the coffee table in the family room, so here it goes..............

The coffee table got repainted in a grey.  The blue always seemed to stand out too much, so grey was a logical change.

I used a grey color from Benjamin Moore, called Chelsea Grey.  I already had this paint on hand.  

I can't tell you how much happier everyone is (including me actually) that this coffee table is back in position.  It really just fits this space better and the way we use this room.

I moved the chest in here, too, where the chair used to be.  Then the chair was placed by the fireplace.

So, everything found a new home.  The grey wooden chair that was in here moved to the dining room.  I'll show that to you in another post. Whew!  That was a lot of furniture moving.  

I have been nursing a bad hip all week.  It started hurting last week and then started feeling better last weekend.  Of course, that's when I started making all of these changes.  Then, my hip got VERY mad at me and started giving me muscle spasms.  It was awful!  So I've been taking it easy all week so that it would feel good enough to go to the Country Living Fair tomorrow.  So far, I think the inflammation has gone down enough to allow me to go.  Fingers crossed that it stays that way!  

I will take my camera so I can share my trip with you.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stacked Trunks

Hello everyone!

I hope you know by now not to get too comfortable with the way things look in each post that I do.  Because, I have, yet again, moved things around from the way they were in my last home post.

I must explain why I made this change though.  I LOVED using my wicker trunks for a coffee table!  I love the style, the texture and the vintage look.  However.......................practicality was more important.  And using the wicker trunks were not practical for setting a glass on  or propping your feet up (as my family likes to do).  So, I decided to bring back my wooden coffee table.  Now, that left me with a problem of what to do with my trunks!  So, I decided to stack them in the foyer, in place of the chest of drawers that was in there.  I have always loved the look of stacked baskets and trunks.  

These trunks are large enough to use in a big space, so using them in foyer was a no-brainer!

I ended up placing an old crate filled with greenery on top to give it some more height and interest.

So, now you must be wondering where the chest of drawers went.'ll see!  This started a big domino effect (which I'm finding is done a lot in blog land).  I will share where it ended up, along with another paint color change done to my coffee table, soon. 

Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Fun Evening

Hello everyone!

Last night, my husband and I went to have dinner at my childhood friends house. We haven't seen each other in several years, so it was so exciting to reunite. We had the best time!  She lives in an old neighborhood and just recently had a company revamp her backyard.  That included a wonderful fire pit too!  Come along and I'll show you some of what they had done.

Here we are sitting around the fire pit having wine and snacks before dinner.

From left, Beth (my friend), her husband, my husband.

I told my husband that we MUST have one of these fire pits now.  Isn't it nice?!

Her backyard got a complete makeover because they had a lot of water drainage problems.  They came in and added a lot of river rock to allow the water to flow better through their yard during a rain storm.  This little bridge carries you over one of those sections.

This part of her back yard has grass and big boulders with plants surrounding it.  These pictures don't do it justice.

I forgot to take pictures of the other side of the yard, but she had some trees planted with landscape lighting added.  So pretty!

And here we are together!  We have been friends since we were little bitty. She was even a bridesmaid in my wedding.

(Note:  She wasn't wearing any makeup because she was just getting over having the Shingles rash on her face.  Yikes!) Don't worry, she wasn't contagious. 

Aren't childhood friends the BEST?  Do you still keep in touch with your old friends?

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Sweet Gift

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, while it was stormy and raining cats and dogs, the sweetest package arrived at my door.  It brought a ray of sunshine to my home at just the right time!

My sweet blogging friend, Lisa from Texas Decor sent me this cute little tweed pumpkin.

She packaged it so cute too.  

I walked around with it to decide where to place it and it ended up in my vintage scale in my foyer.  

Isn't it darling?!  

Here is a close up of it when I was considering placing it on my mantel.

Thank you Lisa!  If you haven't been over to visit her blog, you must check it out.  She's always sharing great shopping deals that she finds and has recently redecorated her home in a soft neutral palette.  She has a sweet tooth (like me) so she often taunts me into wanting to try some of her dessert recipes as well.

Hope you all are having good weather where you are.  It is finally clearing up here, but we're left with lots of fallen leaves and a soggy wet yard!  

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vintage Wicker Trunk

Hello everyone!

Last January, I found an old wicker trunk at an antique store and even shared it with you on my blog.  It caught my eye because of it's size and age.  I remember the price being reasonable for it too.  But, I didn't get it because I didn't really have a place for it.  Fast forward about 9 months later, and I stumbled upon it again at the same store.  Only this time, it had been heavily marked down!  Well.......this time I just couldn't pass it up.  I thought I would just have to find a place for it.  It ended up replacing the wicker trunk that I got from Ikea.  And that trunk moved to another location.

The reason it replaced the Ikea trunk was because it is bigger.  

Also, this trunk is a bit heavier, so it stays in place better.

It has nice woven handles on each side.  The inside is even lined in a light weight muslin!

I'm very happy with it and glad to have more than one wicker trunk now. 

 I love the extra storage they provide and many places they can be used.

Do you like wicker trunks too?

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vintage Balance Scale

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a good weekend so far.  I woke up to storms this morning, but it is finally clearing up and the sun is shining.  Love that.

I wanted to show you this cute vintage scale I found at an antique store recently.  I had been eyeing the bigger size scales, similar to this, but didn't really have a place for them in my home.  So, when I found this smaller size, I knew I could use it!

I love that it is made from iron and covered in porcelain.  It has a pan on one side. 

And a flat metal piece on the other side.

I wonder what it was originally used for.  Anybody know?

I placed it on the chest in my foyer.

And filled the pan with my lavender sachets and a little pumpkin on the other side.

I love how it is worn in some places too.  This would also look cute holding a small potted plant in the pan. I'm sure I will have a lot of fun using this piece!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~