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Monday, May 22, 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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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)
I think painting wicker is my first step, so off to the paint store.  Have you painted wicker before?


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Easiest Way To Get Your Glass Top Range Really Clean

I love my kitchen makeover and my new appliances are wonderful.  My range is a Samsung and it has all the bells and whistles I could ever want.  There was only one problem.  I cook a lot, so my range has to be cleaned a lot and the glass top burners were not coming clean.  I bought the special cleaner you are supposed to use and the scraper and even razor blades, but there was a really funny ring that was starting to form around the burners that looked smudgy and dirty and no way could I get it off.



Now I am just a little picky about my kitchen being clean.  My hubby laughs, that I can't start cooking a meal if there are dishes in the sink or anything dirty laying around.  I clean it up first and then start to cook, so you can imagine that these smudgy rings were really driving me crazy.   I finally went on line to search out how to get rid of those and have a beautiful clean top like it was when it was brand new.



To my surprise I found several people declaring that they had the cleanest and shinyest glass tops by using common every day Baking Soda.  They all swore it was so easy you wouldn't believe it.


Ok, I am all for easy and for clean and if we can do it with a natural product then all the better.  Well I am here to tell you, IT REALLY WORKS AND IT IS SO EASY.  Here's all you do-sprinkle a little baking soda on your glass top and then dampen a sponge sort of wet and start to scrub just like it was cleanser.  It makes a sort of paste and that is what you want.  Just keep scrubbing all over until it is all clean.


Then take a nice soft cloth and get it wet with some warm water and rinse all the baking soda off really well.


Once the baking soda is off and while the top is still damp, dry it with a poly fiber cloth to a fabulous sparkly shine.


Clean just like brand new and no rings, spots or smudges.


 See, it really is clean, not a ring, smudge or anything and how easy is that.




I was thrilled to learn this super easy way to clean the range and thought maybe some of you didn't know about it either so I would share.  Give it a try, you will be amazed.

You can find more Cleaning & Organizing Tips & Ideas here and here.


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