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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review - Bringing Them Home

I am not much of an avid reader any more, seems like I am just too busy, but the 5th book, Bringing Them Home,  of the Rosemont Series by Barbara Henski is an exception.   From the very first book "Coming To Rosemont" I have been hooked.  Barbara tells a story so real that you feel like you know the characters and are part of the story - they all become friends and family.


In this 5 book series, you start off with Maggie finding out her husband was not who she thought he was and had so many secrets.  After his death she is left with a beautiful manson that he never told her about and that was just the beginning of his secrets.  She decided to start fresh in this new home and town.  Life definitely changes for her in ways she could never dream -  and that is where all the fun, intrigue, romance and life changing adventures begin.

If you like fast paced reading that is full of tons of twists and turns and definitely interesting and intriguing characters, then this is a series for you.

I am so thrilled to know Barbara personally, and she is just as interesting an delightful in real life as she portrays her characters in her books to be.

I highly recommend this series.  If you are just starting out you can buy the Kindle edition of all 5 books for only $20.95 on Amazon.



If you've already read the first 4 in the series,  Bringing Them Home - the 5th book in the series was released on Monday and you can order it here.


I don't do many book reviews, but this is one that I recommend whole-heartedly.  It would also make a great gift if you have a favorite reader on your gift list.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

376th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 376th Inspire Me Tuesday.  There is so much going on out there with all of you guys and your talent, it is inspiring me to think outside the box and to dream big.  With a new home we have tons of things that need to be done inside and outside is a total blank slate, so I am always looking for new ideas and you guys never disappoint.

Need some inexpensive inspiration for jazzing up your patio?  Well these are not your typical DIY projects, these cross over into the Oh So Chic & Stylish category.  Check out The Style Safari for a tutorial on making these stunning patio accessories.




This is my dream bathroom.  This makeover is beyond AMAZING and STUNNING.  Go check out every single detail at Panoply.  Rita describes this renovation as Bathroom to Spa and she is so right.



Here is another bathroom makeover that is full of inspiration too.  Rever en Couteur proves that a great classic remodel is always in style and a few simple accessories and wallpaper is all it took to give it a whole new makeover.



I think Kristi from Chatfield Court and I are related.  Even after just redoing her dining area, she has continued to make changes.  Check out her blog to see how swapping out different chairs & removing a rug totally changes the mood and feel of the room.  I love it and think you'll be amazed at her final chair selection.  (Spoiler alert - this isn't the final arrangement)


I think all of us have been caught up in trying to follow the current style trend and then found out it just wasn't us.  Summer @ Raising A Farmhouse was caught up in that cycle too until she decided to just follow HER STYLE.  Love her Modern French Country kitchen.  Check out all her changes.





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Monday, May 22, 2017

How To Get The Look

Since the pool will be finished soon and the yard cleaned up, I have been looking for design ideas for the patio.  I want something with that million dollar look that I can copy on my budget.  I love all of the gorgeous wicker sectionals that I am seeing everywhere, and I love the soft washed look that I see on a lot of the wicker furniture.

How To Decorate made me gasp when I saw this picture.  Now I would love to have a space like this of course.  All those fabulous wood beams, the rock walls, fireplace and arched windows.  Obviously that isn't what I have to work with.  The other things I really liked were the colors, the pretty weathered look of the wicker furniture and the blue and gray tones mixed with browns.  There is a lot that I can use as inspiration from a picture like this.  I can try to achieve the soft weathered essence of the furniture and the casual elegant feel of the space.


This is another picture that caught my eye from Clipzine.  I think what keeps attracting me is how they have created an outdoor room. Now I don't have a fireplace, but I can create a focal point and I can add curtains and that would go a long way to achieving the feel of this space.


Here's another example of how curtains can create a room.  This one from Decoholic shows how simple plain curtains totally change the feel of this space.  It now feels like a room.  I also like the shutters on the window too.  I could do that to my window.


Paige at Southern Curated shared her front porch makeover with these fabulous wicker chairs.  I had been looking for some, but the price was way out of my budget.   
When she shared that she found these for under $50 I immediately started the hunt for some.  I found mine at my local Walmart.  I love the soft weathered look and the color has both gray and brown in it, so these will work for my color inspiration.
This is a picture taken at the old house of what I have to work with.    Not a sectional, but wicker and I think I can do a makeover on it to get the color that I want. (Maybe in a couple of years I can upgrade to a fabulous sectional.)
I found a couple of tutorials for painting wicker to achieve that weathered look .  There were several tutorials to see and I really like how these two turned out.
The Painted Chandelier has a great example of how she did a gray wash to her wicker furniture.
Worthing Court shared her tutorial on how to make anything look like driftwood.  The candles below are an example of how they look with her technique.



I used my Mother's Day gift card from AtHome to buy these great cushions.  They have a light gray, charcoal and brown pattern.  Really pretty.


See how nice they look with the chairs.   I think I will use this fabric as the beginning of my color scheme.  I envision gray and camel for my main colors.


In looking at the accessories used in this spaces, I like how they used garden stools as end tables.  I especially like this gray one in this picture.  


I did a tutorial a few years ago on How To Paint A Garden Stool.  I have an aqua one and this one that I think I can repaint and use with the soft grays and browns that I want.


Ok, I don't have that gorgeous background to work with, or that furniture, but I can achieve the color used in my inspiration pic and with some imagination and a ton of DIY turn this into a great place to sit and relax.  (I just need the pool finished and a magic wand to do something with the yard so I can start to work my own magic)

To Do List

Extend the end of the patio for a BBQ area and then cover both spaces with Travertine Tile
Create some kind of a focal point wall for the end of the patio
Make drop cloth drapes
Paint all the woodwork
Paint Furniture
Accessorize
I think painting wicker is my first step, so off to the paint store.  Have you painted wicker before?


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