Monday, August 22, 2016

Chalkboards In The Kitchen + Some Fall Inspiration

 Happy Monday, everyone! Today, I would like to share three chalkboards I have in the kitchen. The one you see directly below I found at HomeGoods. 
 This  chalkboard was a tiny project. It was actually a picture and I painted the glass with Chalkboard paint, and repurposed it.  I hung this chalkboard on my pantry door using Velcro Sticky Back Tape. Let me tell you, this tape holds. 
This chalkboard I also found at HomeGoods and it sits on the kitchen island.
 Chalkboards are fun to use for decorating because you can change the text and pictures through the seasons.
 Now onto some inspiration I found at Pier 1 Imports. I absolutely love their seasonal plates and these Autumn plates are gorgeous.
 Another idea is placing mini lights in your lanterns. I did this in my family room lantern, but I added pumpkins and autumn leaves....I like to call it - Fall in a Lantern. I will share this soon.
 The pillows are adorable. You don't need to break the bank adding new fall pillows to your sofas, simply add a fall pillow to the mix, or place on a chair.
 Adding dried fall foliage to containers you have at home is a simple way to add those warm autumn colors to any room.
Isn't this pretty? Decorating with plates, containers, and fall foliage in big containers really brings that warmth to any space.
Well, I hope you gathered a few ideas when you are ready to decorate for Fall. Get those ideas flowing....I did! ;)  Thanks for visiting. 

XO ~Liz

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Suspended Ladder Project

Happy Wednesday! Today, I would like to share my suspended ladder project. Many of you may recall my "white" hanging ladder many years ago. I would decorate the ladder through the seasons. Well, I really miss it, so I decided to make my very own hanging ladder, just in time for fall.
Where did I get my inspiration for a DIY ladder? I will tell you. Suzy from Worthington Court. She explains with pictures how to make this ladder for under $20.00. She did not hang her ladder, but I did. This is my version - in black. You can paint or stain the wood in any color you like, or leave it completely untouched for a rustic touch.
  It took me 15 minutes to assemble the ladder including measuring my slats, pre-drilling then adding the screws. I wrote down all the dimensions (per Suzy's blog post) and went to Lowes and had them make all the cuts for me. Can you say ~ simple? 
 I did pre-drill the holes because I didn't want the wood to split or crack.
I put the screws in and was done. Seriously, it was just that simple.
 I  then painted the wood starting with the brown paint color as I was unsure what color I wanted to go with. 
This is the ladder painted brow. I didn't sand the wood, as I wanted a rustic look.
 I decided that I wanted the end look to be black - to match my kitchen table and hutch set.
I pre-drilled and placed this hook on all four sides, so I could attach my chain and hang it from the ceiling.
 These are the hooks and chain I purchased.
Adding the chain.
Here is the ladder before adding the hooks and chain.  I could have found several uses for it. I could have leaned it up against a wall and used it as a blanket holder, or a towel holder in a bathroom.
Here my ladder is suspended from the ceiling.
 I had some glass shelves and placed those on top of the ladder so I could set things up there evenly.
 This is the finished look.
Umm, did I forget to mention that I have already started to decorate for fall? *blush* 
I got so into the fall decorating that I decided to make my family a fall meal, Butternut-squash soup with crumbled bacon on top and ciabatta bread for dipping. It was delish!
I've got a super cool project to share that only cost $40.00 and adds the WOW factor to any kitchen. I will be sharing that next, and lots of Autumn decorating, too!
I've got my pumpkin spice candles going and the house is super cozy in Autumn colors, and I'm loving it! Thanks for visiting! 
XOXO, ~Liz
~Throwback Pictures~

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Here are a bunch of house photos, just for you....

Ok, so since I've been away for awhile now, I thought it was only fair to share a bunch of pictures for you! :) These pictures are totally random and not at all in sequence, but thats ok, right?
So as you enter through the front door, you see a split staircase. 
The foyer area is very roomy and spacious.
 The living room and dining room are on one side and the office and hall bathroom are on another.
 This table is used to throw are keys on after running kids back and fourth all day, ha!
I found this candle holder at Pier 1 Imports. The candle is peach and smells wonderful.
This is the living room. Traditionally, the living room shouldn't have a TV, but this works for our family, or this room would barley get used, ha!
 Another look into the foyer.
 Here is a look into the living room from the dining room.
I love the arches in this house that are trimmed out.
The large arched windows bring lots of light into the space which I love.
Here is the front office.
Office shelves decorated.
This is a window in the dining room.
 I'm still into the Tuscan style decor, but slowly incorporating lighter and brighter items.
 A look into the dining room.
 A closer look...
 See all the arches in the house, I love that architectural detail.
 The trimmed arches follow the window arches.
 I added these faux apples and greenery to this table.
This is the kitchen area. 
 I love the big island area. Plenty of room for the kids and everyone to sprawl out.
 I found the hanging candle chandelier at Ross and added greenery to it. 
 Here is a pano/photo of the kitchen.
 Can you see that sign to the left of the picture? It says....Our Happy Place. I love that sign, I found it at Pier 1 last week.
 Another shot.
Lastly, this vignette is in my family room niche, very Tuscan in style.
Well, thanks for stopping by. Now you got to see a portion of the downstairs area. Hopefully, next time I can post the family room, other dining area, and laundry room/mud room. 
xoxo, Liz
P.S. Sorry for the dull lighting, it's a rainy day today.
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