Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Old Fashioned Sign

Hello everyone!

I have always loved signage for decor on the walls.  So, when I spotted this gem on sale at Ballards, I snatched it up.  I just love it!  



I love that it is black and white and has the word "farm" on it.  

I hung it on the wall above a chair in our family room.


Doesn't it look like it was just made for this room?  



Well, at least I think so.  I'm glad to have it. 

Do you like old fashioned signs too?

~ Kelly ~

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Fall Magazine Cover

Hello everyone!

It's finally feeling like Fall here in Georgia!  I woke up to cloudy skies and temps in the low 60's.  So, I thought it might be fun to create my own magazine cover as if it was going to press.  Didn't you play "pretend" when you were little?  So, this is a little like that I guess.

My magazine cover would include things like this...........

Cozy Family Room Designs


Unique Pumpkin Carvings


Hearty Soups that the Whole Family will Enjoy


Bring Out the Flannel Sheets


Football Tailgate Party Ideas


So, what do you think?  Would you be interested in this magazine?  

You can click on the "sources" to get the content of each of these pictures too.  Recipes are included.  

Hope you're off to a great week so far!

~ Kelly ~

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Rustic Vignette

Hello everyone!

TGIF!
It seems like this week just flew by.  I can't believe it's already Friday.

 I thought I'd share a new vignette on my chest in the foyer.  It works well with my neutral decor but also for the upcoming Fall season.  


Remember, I used to have this old crate on my coffee table?  After I moved the trunk in it's place, the crate moved to my foyer.


I filled it with antler racks and a trophy cup filled with feathers.


I mixed pheasant feathers with turkey feathers.  I love the turkey feathers because of all the white in them. The pheasant feathers were found at Hobby Lobby many years ago.  I found the turkey feathers recently on Etsy.



I placed the lamp, that was once beside my bed, on the chest too.  It has a warmer look than the blue and white lamp that was here before.



The faux lavender in the olive bucket was replaced by white hydrangeas.


It's all a nice blend of rustic outdoor items that bring warmth to the space.  The blue chest keeps it from being too bland.



So, do you have any plans this weekend?  We are supposed to get cooler temps soon.  I can't wait!  I'm hoping to begin some outdoor projects once that happens.

Have a great weekend!

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Curly Willow

Hello everyone!

Remember, I said I would show you what I bought at the Yellow Daisy Festival last weekend?  Where this is what I bought.

Curly willow!



I know you are probably laughing right now because most people, that go to a festival where things are handmade, don't come back with something like this.  But I did!  This sort of decoration fits my decor perfectly since it's all natural and has lots of texture.  That is something I need with a mostly neutral color palette.  


I bought two bunches of it and it was a VERY good price!  I did not have any except a few sticks from another bundle I bought years ago and it wasn't as nice as this.  So, I'm very happy to have this!   As you can see, I simply placed it on both ends of my mantel.  I think it looks great for Fall too.


Now, the festival I'm REALLY looking forward to is the Country Living Festival!  Unfortunately, I have to wait about six more weeks for that one.  I promise to come back with more than just curly willow from it too.  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~



Monday, September 8, 2014

Yellow Daisy Festival

Hello everyone!

This weekend, my husband and I went to the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain, GA. They've been having this festival for 46 years now!  And do you know what?  I've...never...been!  They basically started this festival when I moved to GA (I was 3).  My husband didn't even realize that I've never been.  So, what's a sweet husband to do?  Take his wife!  So, that is what he did.  


I had him take some i- phone pictures to share with you today.  I purposely didn't take my camera because they frowned on picture taking here to protect the artists creations from being stolen (I guess).  Hopefully, someone won't be coming to my door now to arrest us for taking pictures.  LOL!  

All of the vendors sell homemade wares.  So, nothing sold is mass produced.  

Luckily, most of the vendors were set up in the shade.  It was extremely hot and crowded though.



Here are a few pics of things that caught my eye.













Sorry, these pics aren't the greatest.  They were taken (secretly) and among many people.  So, it was hard to get a good shot.  

This festival was held in the same location that the Country Living Fair was held last year and I can't wait to go to that one again next month!  I do like the Country Living Fair better.

So...........wondering if I bought anything?  Yes, I did!  But, you know I'm going to have to share that with you in my next post.  Go ahead and throw something at the computer now.  LOL!  

Hope you're having a good Monday so far.  (Ugh.......Monday's) 

~ Kelly ~

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Basement Storage Room

Hello everyone!

TGIF!

Are you as happy as I am that it's Friday?  Well, I guess it's almost over, but I'm thrilled that the weekend is finally here anyway.

My husband and I worked hard all day cleaning out our basement and garage.  It was a messy job but so glad that it's done.  We ended up taking things to the dump, and Goodwill.  I also have some things that will be heading to the consignment store soon. 

I took some pics of my storage area just to show you how awful it was.  This is where all my home decor "extras" and holiday decor gets stored year round.  

Before


Doesn't it look like an explosion went off?  Or...........a scene from TLC's Hoarder show?  


The holiday stash is all in the back and isn't a wreck.  It's the front part of the room that's a disaster.  So, that is what I worked on today.  


I could hardly walk in here from everything taking over the floor space.  It was time to get it off the floor and onto some shelving.  

Notice we have a dehumidifier in there.  That has been the BEST thing we've ever bought for our basement.  No more mildew!  


 Are you ready to see what it looks like now???  

After


The most important thing is to get things up on shelves and I treat them like a store.  I try to place "like" items together.  All containers, vessels, vases together.  All baskets together.  All plants together etc.  That way, when I'm looking for something I know right where to find it.  It really is like going into a mini-mart down there.  


There is another storage area just beyond this space, but it is still a wreck.  My husband uses it for his camping and fishing stuff.  So, he's got some work to do on his side.  

The very best part though, is the storage under the basement stairs that I am now using to store all of my faux flowers in.  Now, I don't have them strewn in the middle of the room anymore.  I have a little space just for them.


We even hung a clamp light up so I could have light under there.  I love this little space!  I still need a few more containers to separate my flowers, but other than that, it's done.

I'm a organizer by nature, so to have this space cleaned up and organized makes me very happy!  

There is another small area, to the left of these flowers, that I store small furniture pieces and artwork.  I forgot to take a pic of that.  

I couldn't live without a space to store all of my "extras".  This really helps me when I make changes to my home as you know I do a lot!

Where do you store your extra decor and holiday items?

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fun Finds for Less than $8

Hello everyone!

How is your week going so far?  Mine is going pretty good.  We finally got some much needed rain last night.  It's amazing how much better things look outside once it rains.  It has been so dry and hot here that we could really use a lot more rain actually.  What a contrast from last summer!  

I wanted to share a couple of small new things that I found that prove that it's not always the expensive things that put a smile on your face.  These were all less than $8 each and can most likely be found at a store near you too!

First, I found these cute galvanized letters at Michael's.  


They can be hung on a wall or used standing up as I've done.  I'm using them as bookends.  You can choose any letter of the alphabet too.


I chose X and O for "hugs and kisses" or "tic tac toe".  

Then at Home Goods, I found this cute little wooden mortar and pestle. I've always loved them (even though I don't really use them).  Silly, I know.




My husband and I are planning on doing a major garage/basement clean-up this weekend.  Can't wait to have it all done!  Guess, it's getting close to Fall cleaning now huh?  

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~