Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Memorial Day Around The Pool

It's hard to believe the change in our backyard in just one year.   We love it it.  There is still a ton of work to be done, some hardscaping, storage, fencing and then redoing the patio furniture and etc, etc, etc.  You get the idea, tons left to do, but we love where we are now and so thankful for what we have.

June 8th last year I did a post "The Pool Is Finished". You can see the last part of the construction.

I feel so blessed that this is where we are today.

We are going to have a quiet weekend, so I am sure we will work in the yard a little, swim a little and of course eat a lot.


 An afternoon snack is always welcome.  Crackers, sausage, carrots and dip with some wonderful pear lemonade.  I've had these placemats for a few years, they are perfect for outside.  Little pockets hold the silverware and napkins so nothing blows away.  I also really like my new plastic dishes and stems.  No danger of breakage and glass in the pool.





We'll probably BBQ for dinner and then maybe another dip in the pool with a glass of wine.


What are your plans for the weekend?

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

424th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 424th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Loved all the links from last week, so many fabulous diy projects and room makeovers.

I have been drooling over this fabulous patio makeover that At Home With Ashley just finished.  What an unreal makeover.


We've all seen a dozen board & batten tutorials, but this one from Lantern Lane Designs shares how to add board and batten in a block pattern to a slanted stair wall.  Great step by step tutorial.

I am always looking for more ways to organize my kitchen and Artful Homemaking shared some fabulous ideas.

Got a piece of furniture you want to paint and need help.  Shoppe No. 5 has a fabulous step by step to create a professional looking makeover. 

I love neutral room but sometimes I like to add a little color.  Just Measuring Up has some great tips and ideas for adding color to any room.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

When A Guest Needs An Office - Summer Guest Bedroom Redo

I really love to spoil a guest when I have them and that means to switch things up to make it easy for them to function and enjoy their stay.  We have a guest that needs to have an office set up so they can work from our home when they are here.  So I am eager to accommodate if at all possible.  I set out to add a desk area to this small guest room and do it for free.


Our tiny little guest bedroom has gone through so many changes in the last year since we moved in.  It was the junk room for a while that had all the stuff that I didn't know what to do with.  Such a mess.  Then I decided to put some of those odd ball things together and create a guest room.  So we cleaned it out and created the 


A file cabinet for a night stand. It was at least clean and the bed was comfortable and had fabulous linens.

My buffet worked great for a dresser too.

Then I found a headboard that I could makeover at Hotel Liquidators for $29.50 so that prompted the start of a makeover.
Thrifty Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal.

I did some more thrift shopping and came up with a small chest for a nightstand and a fabulous dresser from my favorite 2nd hand store.




HOWEVER
You know how things go, then I removed the chest and added a nice chair.  I thought our guest would like a nice place to sit.
That was the final switch I made.

That brings us up to now - New linens and a small office for the Guest Bedroom.  Laura @ Duke Manor Farms had a giveaway of a set of sheets and I won.  I love them and they are such beautiful soft sheets too.  Plus the pink plaid is so perfect for my room.  Getting these was the perfect time to redo the bed and lighten things up for summer.  Adding the splash of pink to the room totally changed the look and now I think it is so much more inviting.  Love the pink.  Thanks again Laura, these sheets were the push I needed to make some changes.


The pink is so pretty with my grays and it adds a cheery and inviting punch of color.  I did away with the blankets and just kept the lightweight gray quilt.  The comforter at the foot of the bed can be pulled up if they get cold.  I added a pink throw to use as a cover for a nap.

A makeshift desk was next on the list.  I removed the chair and added in a 4ft. folding table from the garage.  This is large enough to hold papers,  the keyboard and mouse and still have some work space.

An extra office chair makes it a really comfortable place to work for several hours.


The dresser at the foot of the bed has a couple of empty drawers for our guests to use too.

Not the prettiest office, but one that will handle all of our guests needs.  All in all I think it looks comfy and inviting too.  (Maybe I need to look for a small desk as a permanent piece.  A really cute office chair would be great too.)  Guests could use them as a desk or a dressing table.  Ok, the hunt is on for something fabulous and economical.

How do you switch up things to make your guests comfortable?


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