Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

Hello everyone!

We've been enjoying a relaxing Labor Day weekend here.  We spent some time with our friends that were camping at the lake.  They invited us to join them on a boat ride and for dinner. 

The lake was crowded but the weather was beautiful!

We walked down to where their boats were anchored to enjoy a fun boat ride.

We found a quiet cove for some swimming and anchored the boat.

Our friends took their dog along as well.  He even had his own swim vest on!

We returned back to the campsite.

And prepared dinner at their camper.

It got dark, so I didn't get any pictures of our food, but it was really good!  Doesn't everything taste better outdoors?  We roasted marshmallows and made smores before we left.  

What a great way to end the summer!

Hope you're having a great Labor Day weekend too.

~ Kelly ~

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bathroom Makeover

Hello everyone!

Can you believe that there is a room in my house that I've hardly shown you?  It's our upstairs hall bathroom that my kids share.  It has been the same way for years (yes there are some rooms I leave alone) so it was high time to give it a makeover.  Since the room is used by boys, I needed to keep it masculine.  But, since I also want it to flow with the rest of the house, I chose a simple neutral color scheme.  You see, it used to be bright!  I forgot to take a full room "before" shot, but here is the apple green paint color on the walls.


I grabbed my camera just as I was getting ready to paint over the green.  At one time, it was very juvenile in style since it was for 2 little boys.  Now my sons are 13 and 20 so it was time to give them a more grown up bathroom.  

I chose a grey and white color scheme.  No surprise there, huh!


The new color has completely transformed this room!  I used Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore on the walls.  Did you know that the guy at the paint store told me that it was the most popular color with that brand?  I know I've seen it used all over blogland and now I know why.  It's such a pretty shade of grey.

I bought a new shower curtain from Target, as well as soap dispenser and toothbrush holder.

I plan on replacing the shower curtain rod with a silver one too.  This one has seen better days.  

I hung fluffy white towels and a white bath rug sits in front of the vanity (not shown).

I'm thinking about painting the peg rack black too.  Not loving the pine wood in there.

Now, if it was in the budget, I'd love to replace the full size mirror with a black framed smaller mirror and tile the floor in small black and white penny tiles.  But..........this will have to do for now.

So, there you have it!   A much cleaner looking and more grown up space for my two sons to use now.

I love this color so much, that now I plan on repainting my master bathroom in it!  

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Elegant Farm Wedding Part 2

Hello everyone!

Ready for some more wedding photos?  If you missed any of the first ones, you can see them HERE.  

Let me reintroduce you to the bride and groom, Jennifer and Joe.  Jennifer is my niece.

I left off with the cake display, so now onto the rest of the reception.

More gorgeous flowers were displayed in these candlabra's.

The food was served at these food stations. (Sorry my photo is blurry.)

Here is what was served.

Oops!  Too small to read!  They had these little menu signs set up at each station.  They served a large variety of gourmet foods such as, parmesan crusted chicken, shrimp and grits, flank steak, and even tacos.  

There were several bars serving drinks as well.

Anyone up for some dessert?  This dessert station offered up gourmet cakes and cookies.

I agree with this sign too!

Now a wedding reception just isn't complete without some good music and dancing is it?  

They took care of that too.

Here is the wedding party lining up for the first dance. (I believe many of the girls had changed into more comfortable shoes by this point.)  There were even flip flops offered to people on the dance floor!

And the bride and groom's first dance.

The wedding cake was eventually cut and served to everyone.

Some of the other details that I didn't get pictures of were the slide show playing during the couple's dance, a photo booth for guests to enjoy dressing up with silly props (as a take home souvenir) outdoor yard games, and even a late night food truck to serve guests that lingered late into the evening.  I'm sure I'm leaving out something too!  

It really was an incredible wedding and one that the couple will have wonderful memories of.  

I'll leave you with this professional photo taken of the couple on the farm.

They are now enjoying their honeymoon in Greece and Spain!  Lucky guys!

Hope you enjoyed seeing pics of this fairytale wedding as much as I enjoyed it.

Congratulations to

Joe & Jennifer
August 23, 2014

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Monday, August 25, 2014

An Elegant Farm Wedding Part 1

Hello everyone!

This weekend, my niece got married!  It was a beautiful wedding so I thought I would share it with all of you too. Who doesn't like a good wedding right?  

It was an extravagant affair with so much going on that there was no way to get pictures of every little detail.  But, trust me when I say that every little detail was thought of and carried out!  So, if I don't have pics, I'll try to mention them anyway.  

It was an outdoor ceremony set under apple trees on her husband's family farm.  They are now using it as a wedding event venue.  

The bride walked down this beautiful white draped aisle full of rose petals.  

To this amazing alter.

And here comes the bride!  She is my brother's daughter.

Is her dress not the most stunning thing you've ever seen?  It was a peachy flesh color studded in sparkly sequins and rhinestones (it looked like).  She truly looked like a princess!

They were married by the groom's uncle too.  This ceremony was truly a family affair!

This is my favorite picture (that I borrowed from Facebook).  She is full of joy now that she's married!

I loved the groom's tux too.  It reminded me of something from Casablanca.  

After the wedding we all went into the reception hall.

Our table was set with beautiful fresh flowers and candles.

I loved how abundant her flowers were and the use of eucalyptus with the roses.

Here is the gorgeous wedding cake!

It was set under a wire arbor covered in more incredible flowers.

Well, there is a lot more to see, but I'll continue it in my next post.  Hope you'll come back for that!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wall Mount Lamp

Hello everyone!

In my master bedroom, I had different lamps on each bedside table.  So, when I decided to move one down into my foyer, I didn't have to worry that I was breaking up a set.  However, that left me without a lamp on one side of the bed.  I had gotten use to having one on each side, so I decided to replace it.  I went in a totally different direction than what I had there before, and I must say, I'm so glad that I did!

I found this wonderful old fashioned looking wall mount lamp at Lowes.  It's by allen + roth.  I like that it's masculine looking since it hangs beside my husband's side of the bed.  It also coordinates well with my existing black lamp on the other side.  

It allows me more room to place things on the bedside table as well.

Now, doesn't it look like my husband is ready to delve into those old novels stacked there?  (Ha Ha)

So, don't be worried if you don't have matching lamps beside your bed.  They only have to coordinate and by doing so you have a collected over time and interesting look!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Framed Sheet Music

Hello everyone!

Last year, I bought some sheet music at an antique store and never really used it. So, when  I ran across it in a drawer, I  decided to make use of at least one sheet!  LOL.  

It was the perfect solution for a picture frame that I wanted to use.  I had this picture, but really didn't want to use the floral in the location that it was.

So, I turned it over and pulled out the canvas from the frame.

Then I selected a piece of sheet music to frame.

And I simply placed the sheet music over the canvas and placed the canvas back in the frame.  I let the canvas be my backer.

I secured the canvas with some masking tape and that's it!


Now, it's hung on my wall in a little hallway.  I like the combination of the aged sheet music with the chunky white frame. 

Do you have any good ideas on how to use sheet music?

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Preserved Boxwood

Hello everyone!

I've slowly been collecting more preserved boxwood items.  I love the look and how many different places I can use them.  

I started out with the little mini wreaths a few years ago.  I recently rehung them on my secretary glass doors.

Then I purchased this large one and have it hung in the hallway leading to our kitchen.

But I wanted more!  So I found this cute little topiary sized one that fits perfectly in my grey stone pot.

And this smaller wreath size that I have lying on top of some old books.

But did you know that you have to take care of them?  You really can't just go buy them and set them out and expect them to last forever.  I found out that you're supposed to mist them about once a month.  Kind of like a fern.

So, I use this little spray bottle to do that.

I found this great source for tips on  how to take care of  preserved boxwood HERE if you're interested.  It gives you some do's and don'ts for displaying it and caring for it.

Hope you all are having a nice Sunday!  My poor son has been covered up in homework every night, including this weekend, since he started 7th grade!  I guess it's going to be a loooong year.  

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~