Apples 101

20 09 2008

Want to add some spice to your room without going anywhere but the grocery store? Try this tip:

I had a basket of apples that nobody was eating. So I decided to stick them with wooden skewers and place in a flower arrangement.

It looked so pretty that I rummaged through some old plates and set the table.

Here is a before photo:

After:

Try this trick at home with apples, pears, oranges, lemons or small pumpkins.

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20 Little Things I Treasure in Autumn

1. Cool weather

2. Pumpkin Spice Air freshener

3. Jumping in piles of leaves

4. Pumpkins

5. Halloween

6. Texas State Fair

7. Apple Pie

8. Wearing Jeans & Boots

9. Chili

10. Football Season

11. Visiting Family

12. Flannel Sheets

13. Hot Apple Cider

14. My Birthday!

15. Playing Outside & Riding Bikes

16. MOPS (mother’s of preschoolers) starting

18. Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows

19. Candles

20. Eating outside on the patio

Post your 20 little things and add your link to Melissa’s Inspired Room site. Melissa- I LOVE the Pumpkin book I won! Thanks so much:-)

 

 

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Media Room

18 09 2008

It’s time for more of my home tour! Kari & Kijsa at Designing for Life are inviting others to share photos of their favorite room. A place where life really happens. I love their decorating tips, so what better time to show my media room. Maybe Kari or Kijsa will have some tips for me!

My favorite room of the house is definitely our media room. We have lived in our home for 8 years and never did anything with this room. So for Christmas, we bought ourselves a big plasma TV! Well, of course I couldn’t just have it sit on the floor, I had to get this room in shape.

Here is what it looked like before. I had a VERY limited budget. So instead of getting the $5,000 leather sectional that I really wanted. I settled on this $500 micro fiber floor sample. It’s not the sleekest thing, but man is it comfy!!! There are also two recliners… a big hit with friends.

Style: I wanted something cozy and a little more modern. My usual style is traditional, but I think this is just “media room on a budget” style:-)

Favorite Items: I love the chocolate brown walls and the Ikea bar table. The top is white. I think the white and yellow accents make this room a little more hip than my usual style.

This is truly a lived in room. A favorite place to entertain and the kids love to eat at the bar table. That light hanging over the table cost $7! I love Ikea!! I’m ready for American Idol to start back up so we can have family pizza night again! It’s funny, when we have friends over for a movie, we tell the kids that it’s scary and they have to stay in the playroom. Works most of the time! ha.

I hung my favorite movie couples on the wall. Sandy & Danny from Grease, Maverick and the blonde chick from Top Gun, and Adrian and Rocky (my husband’s favorite!). One of these days I’ll get a rug and add more shelves around the TV for storage. Yeah, my husband will be so thrilled to put more cheap furniture together:-) So there you go… my favorite room. What’s your favorite room?

Want to see more of my house? Check out these posts:

My Front Porch

Dinning & Living Rooms

Kid’s Rooms

Home Office & Garden

Kid’s Playroom (scroll down to see it)

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Home Tour- Kid’s Rooms

11 09 2008

 

Welcome to day 3 of my home tour! You saw my spruced up porch, dinning and living rooms, and now I’ll show you my kids’ rooms!

 

This is my five year old son’s room. He loves his lodge. I chose this theme for his baby room because I wanted something different and I still love it five years later.



 

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Now for my daughter’s room. I am so happy I had her… I needed a girl!!!

This room is a mix of Pottery Barn, my hand sewn items and antique kid furniture.


My aunt made that cross stitched Peter Rabbit quilt.

She got stuck with her brother’s dark brown crib. Those are my baby dresses hanging in the background.

Here are a few items I made. I got this lamp half off at Hobby Lobby, painted it, then added the ruffle and pom poms. A very easy fix up for a $10 lamp!

Next summer, I’ll work on her big girl room. I can’t wait!

Thanks for taking the tour!

Want to see more of my house? Check out these posts:

My Front Porch

Living & Dinning Rooms

home office and garden

Kid’s Playroom (scroll down to see it)

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Home Tour- Dining & Living Rooms

10 09 2008

Hey, you came back! Nice to see you again! If you are new here, I am taking you on a tour of my home. (Well, the part that is not piled with toys, sippy cups and shoes!)

Yesterday, I showed off my cleaned up front porch. Here is a full view of the house. My husband works hard on our yard, so I tried to show a little bit of the green grass. Great job hubby! It was raining when I took this, so it sort of looks like I live in a rain forest.

Come on in Ya’ll…

This is the dinning room I just re-arranged. Since I didn’t plan on doing this, I have no before shots. But I can tell you it was very cluttered with a big tree, ugly dried flowers on little shelves, candle sticks, frames of the kids. Just a bunch of things that didn’t belong!

I am enjoying this toned down simple look. Three things I want to add to this room. Maybe you can give me some ideas!

  1. A Rug. Should it be a colorful pattern or simple?
  2. Blue accents. A peacock blue maybe? Something to help that painting pop. Oh, what about a pretty table cloth? I can’t picture a blue table cloth though? mmmm?
  3. Plates around the big mirror. Or should I just leave it? I can’t make decisions!!
My favorite area of the house is my family photos along the stairs.

I love decorating with old books and fruit.

I usually buy bags of apples and lemons at every grocery store run. I have small children and can’t keep anything too nice within little arms reach! I have a big bowl full of sea shells and those are all broken now! Right before I took this photo below, I realize there was a bite in one of the apples. I should have left it! ha.


Note the big bowl of broken shells on the table above. I can’t believe that crystal bowl is still intact!


Now after looking at these photos. I really want to get new lamps and blue accents! I used to have lamps, in these rooms, but ended up moving them to areas that we actual use on a daily basis.

You may think,  oh bla… where’s the color?  Since all my other rooms are very colorful, I left the entry neutral tones. It’s fun to change color with accents.

Want to see more of my house? Check out these posts:

My Front Porch

Kid’s Rooms

home office and garden

Kid’s Playroom (scroll down to see it)

NOTE:  After posting my home tour. I realized there was a POOPIE party going on at the Nesting Place! POOPIE stands for: People Opposing Objectionable Pretend Plants In the Environment. You know, like bright green ivy hanging over the tops of cabinet. You can read all about it here. I am very much a POOPIE, then realized I have more than one pretend plant! How many fakes do you see in my rooms above? Are they really horrible or okay? ha! Or maybe you never even noticed? You can join in on the fun and link to your wonderful or horrible pretend plants, pumpkins, fruits, or whatever it is you want to share!

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