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Monday, July 25, 2016

326th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welccome to the 326th Inspire Me Tuesday.  I can't wait to see what you guys have been up to.  Here are a few things from last week.

A water feature of any kind is such a treat.  This fabulous one created by Housepitality Design out of a garden vase is stunning.  What a great addition to her porch.

Isn't this DIY Fire Bowl the perfect compliment to her deck and andirondack chairs.  See the full tutorial on how to create one at The Interiorfrugalista.  I love this one, so pefect for those chilly nights.

Mason Jar Lights are such a great farmhouse look and can be really spendy.  Now you can make your own with this step by step tutorial from Have A Little Faith.  I love that she used some beautiful antique blue jars.


From builder basic and drywall to AMAZING.  You have to check out Southern Seazons to see how she created this masterpiece with such wonderful architectural detail on her island.


I  think we all want a fabulous space to entertain outside and I absolutely love this.  Since they had to replace their deck last fall, they decided to add a wonderful patio to the yard this summer.  Check out Imparting Grace  for all the pics and details.

Now let's see what you've been up to.

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Same Room - 2009 to Now

I was going through a ton of old pictures the other day and found it really interesting to see what this room looked like in the beginning and how it looks now.  My living room has had several changes with paint, drapes and accessories, but for the most part the furniture has stayed the same.  I have a different couch but that is all.  Interesting to see how the same room can have so many different looks.

Here's a stroll down memory lane.

April 2009 - I had just started blogging and this is a picture of how my living room looked when we first moved in.  A bad night shot with the new drapes and pillows I had just made.


Sept. 2009 - My photography skills were a little better by now.  I was trying my hand at layering a rug I had from my previous home.  It didn't work too well.

Aug. 2011 - A new sofa in white started to help the room look a little brighter.

Nov. 2013 - Country checks were all the rage.

July 2014 - My style started to become a little more transitional with a few modern touches.  This room also got some new drapes to help lighten things up.


March 2015 - New drapes again and white walls.

July 2016 - My favorite look of all with the new hardwood floors.

I am definitely loving the look now the best.  Which is your favorite?

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sometimes You Just Have To Wonder - WHAT?

For the most part we have been really pleased with what our home builder did and haven't found any really glaring construction disasters, just mainly builder basic and  run of the mill finishes and fixtures.  He didn't use the cheapest, but definitely lower middle of the road.  Today that all changed!!!

Ok, I know I just showed you this bathroom.  Totally builder basic but functional.  I wanted to give it a little face lift, so I was thrilled to receive two new light fixtures from Lamps Plus to replace these. ( @LampsPlus #LampsPlusBlogHer16 ) 



Here is a mock up showing what the new fixtures will look like.  Aren't they pretty.  Well hubby got busy taking the old ones down to put the new ones up.  Now here is where we couldn't believe our eyes.  See how the old ones have a really wide back plate that attaches to the wall and the new ones have a small square.  That is where the problem began and we couldn't believe our eyes.
This is what we found when he took the old fixtures down.  I have already patched the holes, but behind the old back plate were huge openings where someone cut the sheetrock back too far and didn't patch it.  The light on the left had to be patched with a 3" patch and the one on the right with a 6"square patch.  Why in the world would you just leave the wall open like that and not fix it.  I had to go to the store and buy some spackle and hole patch tape and fabric, plus we had to put a piece of sheetrock in the wall.  I had a small piece left over in the garage from when I took the medicine cabinet out of the hall bathroom and patched the wall in there.  You can see that tutorial here.  Now when the spackle drys I can paint and the wall will be fixed properly.



While we are waiting for the spackle to dry he did put the new hardware pulls on.  I think these pretty silver ones are much better than the previous bronze ones.  I just chose something simple and classic.

The makeover is coming together slowly but surely.  The new rugs I ordered should be here today and I did a makeover on the art, so once the new lights are installed we will be just about done.

Glad to have these big holes patched.

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