Six Patriotic Ideas & Projects

So starts the season of red, white and blue,
we've gathered ideas and projects from us to you
to carry the theme from May all the way thru...

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Ten Minute Decorating....Swapping Furniture

There has been quite a bit of furniture shuffling around here. Just by shopping my house I can move things around for a whole new look. That's the best kind of budget decorating and it can be done in less than ten minutes, too.

When I shared the farmhouse style guest room a couple weeks ago this little green chippy table was beside the bed. It has been here for a few years now. Yes, I know what you're thinking. No way has something been in one spot that long. Well, yes not everything gets moved around here....wink


Wow Us Wednesdays #222

Welcome to Wow! I'm so glad you're here to party. Speaking of party I hope y'all have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend that's coming up!

Lots of great links last week and here are a few features.

Cute boy's bedroom makeover by Making It In The Mountains.


Ironstone and Open Shelving in the Kitchen

I hope y'all had a good weekend. If you read my blog over the weekend then you know we worked all weekend. I will tell you the armoire is finished, but I'm waiting on the knobs to come in. I also finished another project that I started on Saturday afternoon, The chair is sanded and waiting its turn to be finished.

Today I am sharing my cabinet of ironstone in the kitchen.I love the look of open shelving in kitchens. My other half is not too keen about it. I would love to take this one cabinet down and replace it with shelves, but he is not on board with that so just removing the doors is the next best thing.  I have had these shelves arranged many different ways, but now they are filled with more of my growing ironstone collection.


Armoire Progress

We got right to work on the armoire yesterday and I also sanded the chair I bought. There was also a third project started by me, too. You know how one thing always leads to another. Today I'm showing you what we are working with.

As you can see in this photo there are a few missing parts. Not sure why the handles would be gone and truly don't understand the back panel being gone. Oh, and two shelves missing, too. I took this shot when we were trying out one of the shelves we purchased at Lowes.


My First Time Shopping Craigslist

You know what? I have never shopped from craigslist before. Nope, nada, never. For some reason on Mother's Day, between loads of laundry and cleaning the house after my son and family left, I looked up armoires on there and found one in particular that was just the style I was looking for and definitely the right price. It was located an hour from us in a warehouse that sells estate sale finds. Finally on Thursday, with a borrowed truck, Mr. Savvy and I went to check it out. The photos on the listing were horrible so I wasn't really sure what shape it was in. Then I saw it and while trying not to look excited over it I was jumping up and down inside. It is gorgeous on the outside with a few missing parts on the inside and you will have to wait till it is all pretty before you get to see it. Yea, I'm mean like that. While at this place and the sister store down the street I did bring home a few other bargains that I was not expecting to find.

I got this cool chair that obviously needs some work and I will show you when it's done.


Just Add Flowers

Have you ever noticed how a room can go from just alright to ever so much better just by adding some pretty flowers? What is it about flowers that brings a room alive? I was given these beautiful peonies and roses from my daughter's yard last weekend and they have moved from room to room.

I have never had peonies before or smelled them and they smell divine.


Who Let The Dogs Out?

 I showed y'all the two dog paintings hung together over the blue buffet on Monday and actually those were an afterthought. I first moved the large dog painting from over the fireplace in the great room to the dining room because I wanted to see how the painting that was hanging in the dining room looked over the fireplace. Got it?


Wow Us Wednesdays #221

It's that time again. Party time! I am so glad y'all are here to share your talent and inspiration and to be inspired. First let's look at some fab features from last week's party.

Lots of spring inspiration by Simply Suzannes.


On A Whim

If y'all have been a follower of mine for any length of time then you know that I am a huge fan of Charles Faudree's design. He was always decorating with dogs in his homes. I am a huge fan of using dogs in my decor, too. 

I had these two vintage framed dog paintings, that I won in an auction in France, in two separate locations in my house. I just didn't know where to use them together. Then an idea popped in my head the other day and on a whim I tried my idea out.


Family Fun

I hope y'all are enjoying a beautiful Mother's Day. My son and his family came on Friday from Nashville to spend some time with us this weekend. Then my son in law brought Leila over yesterday so she could play with her cousins. Leila's mommy was out of town to attend a wedding of a friend. We had lots of fun this weekend. There was lots of coloring in the house and playing with other toys, a trip to the park, and then some popsicles eaten. Here are some photos I snapped when I could.

These beautiful peonies and the gorgeous peach colored roses are from my daughter's yard. My son in law brought them and said they were the last three peonies this year.


One Dozen Ideas for Vintage Items

I love collecting old items that were once used for a certain duty and taking those things and finding new ways to use them in my home instead of just displaying them on a shelf or somewhere. I found several things around my house and thought I would share some of them to inspire you to use those old items in a new way.

Enamelware breadbox becomes a book or magazine holder in a guest room.
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