Sunday, July 26, 2015

Birthday Flowers

Hey Friends,
Thanks for joining me today. I celebrated my birthday this weekend. One of those birthdays that kinda drags out over the weekend...I love those! I hope you've had one of those recently.  WE really must all have those kinds of birthdays. WE deserve it? Right? After all, we are celebrating that we are alive.

I had been travelling the last two weeks for work so I was super surprised to come home and find that my 9 year old daughter and Mr. Cottage Blue had decorated the house for me (with some very old birthday decorations that they found in the attic).  They also bought a variety of flowers for me that they placed around the house. I forgot to go upstairs and take pictures of the flowers up there.

Here's how they surprised me:

How'd they do? A really good job, huh? I'm feeling so loved. Mr. Cottage Blue and I were supposed to have a date night this weekend, but after two weeks away we cancelled the babysitter and hung out with the kids (snuggling on the sofa and some fishing at a local lake). Mr. Cottage Blue cooked me as wonderful dinner of lobster, shrimp, garlic, asparagus, and an ice cream cake. Feeling very blessed.
Thanks for joining me today friends. Stop back by sometime this week and I'll share some of my birthday goodies with you. Maybe you can guess what type of birthday goodies are my favorite. I hope you're having an awesome weekend.
Happy decorating & living,

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hallway Kid Art

Hi friends,
Thanks for stopping by. How is your summer going so far? I can't believe my kids only have one week left of summer vacation. One kid is going to a local camp next week and the other child is going away to Grandma Camp. Last week, they flip-flopped that scenario.

I had a little time on my hands tonight as my wonderful soul matey is off making the switcheroo with the kids so as I'm working to prepare for next week's business trip I took a few minutes off to do my favorite kind of decorating. It's called "Moving Stuff Around the House".

First, here's our summer wish list we made a few short weeks ago:

All we have left to do from our list is buy Back-to-School supplies which we will tackle next weekend.

I wanted to share with you how we spiced up our first floor entryway hallway with stuff already in our house.

We made a display of our kids' artwork from the last couple of years using black frames already found in our home.

See what you think....

After clicking a few shots, I decided to steal a runner rug from another spot in the house and an additional pillow. See what you think now:


I also 'borrowed' a white Ikea storage piece from another room in the house to serve as a bench for putting on shoes and it also serves the purpose of holding games (checkers, Jinga pieces, dominoes) and puzzles.

The kids' have a fantastic art teacher at school. We plan to swap out their art work with new pieces as we feel inspired.

I see this new space as serving a couple of goals:
* Games and puzzles are organized
* Our kids have a spot to put on their socks and shoes (that are located in the closet on the opposite wall)

This is my favorite kind of decorating because it only took moments to execute and I didn't spend any money at all.

One goal I do have for this hallway that does involve spending money is swapping out the builder grade two ceiling mounted lights with more interesting lights.

I hope you are enjoying your summer whether you're smack dab in the middle of it or nearing the end of it like we are.

Happy Summer & Decorating,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Decorating is Here

Hi Friends,
Thanks for joining me today. I wanted to share some easy, cheap, budget-friendly summer decorating ideas with you.

For us...summer is all about escaping the heat so when we come inside from the pool or the's all about relaxing and staying cool....

We need....spots to read....spots to nap.....spots to play....spots to relax.....spots to nap (did I already say that? it's so easy to nap after summer sun and heat).

Come on in.....the 4th of July decorating stays up from June through July...

The entryway keeps the patriotic theme going....

The dining room is updated for summer with glass collections of and fun....with black and white beach photos on the gallery wall hung in a variety of white wood and metal frames...

Across the hall, my home office is set up with fresh crayons, sharpened colored pencils, markers, and more for the kids to be able to do some crafts.

Let's go into the family room where the white cotton slipcovers have been freshly washed for summer and the three floating shelves have been rearranged (I stole black and white photos framed in black frames from our bonus room upstairs to spice it up down here).

Now we are ready to cool off, curl up on the couches, and watch a favorite movie.

This new pillow was made by sewing two cotton green striped napkins together. I was summer lazy and didn't even finish up the bottom portion (shhhhh! our little secret). Cotton napkins make lovely summer pillows.

Let's head into the eat in kitchen and see what the kids have added to the chalkboard as fun summertime activities. Notice the four pillows in the eat in kitchen that I also made from inexpensive cotton napkins from Target and World Market in my favorite shades of green and blue. 5 minutes of sewing equals crispy new summer pillows.

I am feeling a nap coming on, let's head outside to my favorite place for a summer siesta. Now is the perfect time to find outdoor furniture, rugs, pillows, and accessories on sale.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're staying cool where ever you are. Stop by again soon and I'll take you upstairs to see how we've been spicing it up by creating new artwork over old artwork.

Happy summer-