Wednesday, May 25, 2016

~Fourth of July Faves~

I know it's only almost June, but the Fourth Of July is right around the corner.
I love this holiday and I wanted to share with you a little inspiration, red, white, and blue style.

I love, love, love this dress.

It's so cute to use an American Flag as a tablecloth, but it is not looked highly upon.
Instead, use this to create the same look!

Here is a different take on the standard flag pillow, I love it!

Plant a red geranium in one of  these for instant patriotic color!

These are so fun and can be placed just about anywhere to liven up a space:

Bundle up to watch the fireworks show in this blanket which can be used year round.

And here's a little decorating inspiration for you, for the upcoming holiday.
I framed this vintage flag and hung it up high.
It could be left up year round too!

This blue and white decorated cottage is darling!

I love all the pillows here from House Beautiful, I may have to copy it!

I found some more pillows for you 
if you too would like to replicate this look!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

~Summer home tour~ {part 1}

Welcome to our summer home tour part 1, 2016!
If you are new to my blog, I'd like to encourage you to take a look around and stay a while.
Looking for new recipes or diy projects?
Look at the tabs on the top of this page to take you directly to them.

Are you coming over from Restoration House Interiors?
Wasn't that tour fabulous? 

This year the lovely hostess Julie Blanner invited me to share a peak into our home decorated for summer.
I am the last stop on the tour today, but tomorrow you can pick up where you left off and visit Jen  from City Farmhouse.

Our family of 4 lives on a small lake outside Seattle Washington.
We are all home bodies and like to spend our summers working on our fixer upper, paddle boarding, fishing, having friends over for BBQ's, having bonfires, and spending time with our 2 yellow labs.
You can catch more of our daily lives on my instagram account here.

Let's dive right in with our master bedroom.
The top portion of our walls are painted "graphite" by Benjamin Moore.
It keeps the room cozy and it still stays bright with the natural light and all the white accents.

I am a huge fan of linen bedding and love having lots of pillows and blankets.

These 2 salvaged sliding doors are leading to the closet and to the master bathroom which I will show next.

Shop this room:

Bed is from Ross, similar here.
Juju Hat above bed from here.
Rug is from Kilim Rug, similar here.
Bench is from TJ Maxx, similar here.
Chandelier is from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child, similar here.
Linen bedding, similar here.
Kelly Wearstler Pillow from here.
White linen drapes from here.
Bamboo blinds from here.
Lamps from HomeGoods, similar here.
Night tables were a Goodwill find I made prettier with paint and marble tops.

Moving onto the master bathroom.
{door on the right above}

This room was just made over for the One Room Challenge which you can read about here.
Please find shopping links on that post.

We spend a lot of time in our living room watching movies or just hanging out.
The cart by the sofa holds extra blankets for cuddling.

The photos above the sofa are all pictures from our neighborhood back in the 1920's to the 1950's and are very special to us.
The coffee table was my husbands train table when he was little.

Shop this room~

Picture frames above couch from here.
Striped pillows from here.
Grain sack pillows from here.
Indigo Shibori pillow from local shop, similar here.
Zebra pillow from garage sale, similar here.
Jute rug from here.
Ginger jar lamps made by me, similar here.
Sectional from here.

And right off the living room is our large deck with hot tub that overlooks the lake on one side and the backyard on the other.
We recently gave it a mini face lift which you can read about here.
All links to furniture, etc. are there as well.

Thank you so so much for taking the time to tour a little part of our home today!
I will be showing the rest in a part 2 on June 9th, so if you'd like to see more, please come back then.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

Monday, May 23, 2016

~our new Dutch door!~

I have always wanted a dutch door, something about them just seems so charming and almost story book like. I have always kept my eyes open for one whenever I would go shopping or junking, but I never found one the right size.
But then one day my friend called and told me about one she saw at a local salvage shop.
I looked up the measurements and they were almost spot on. 
{we had to cut it down just a little}

So that day I drove into Seattle and bought it, and on Mother's Day my husband installed it.
The next day I primed and painted it and here it is!

I love how the breeze comes in, yet it still keeps the dogs out, ha ha.

It was solid wood when I bought it, it had not been painted.
I knew with this door I wanted to do a really good job painting it and having it last, so I used Modern Masters Never-Fades Front Door Paint.
I primed it first, per the instructions on the jar, applied 2 coats and touch up, and it was finished all in the same day!

I chose black, or in their paint it is called, "elegant"

I will follow up with you to let you know how it's looking over time, but I think I am in love and I am thinking I will be painting the rest of our exterior doors now as well!

If you'd like to buy this paint yourselves, you can find it online 
{it comes in 24 different colors}

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our Summer home tour Part One!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

~adding Enbrighten Cafe Lights to our outdoor space~

I have been sharing a lot about some changes we have made on our deck.
We added more seating, cleaned it up a bit, and planted some fresh flowers.
But one thing it was lacking was that ambiance at night.
The ambiance that can be achieved with candle or lantern light, and in this case,

The kids like to have friends over and roast marshmallows around the fire.
And frankly, so do the adults!
{who doesn't like a good s'more!?}

So I created a little after hours table setup on our deck complete with s'more fixings, and a basket of blankets to bundle up in.

The finishing touch is the lights which cast such a magical glow at night!
They are LED, and they cast a warm white glow which is really pretty.
I personally like them strung haphazardly, it looks a little more relaxed.

Another fun and convenient thing to add to these lights is a plug in outdoor smart switch which allows you to wirelessly schedule and control your lights or other devices from your smartphone or tablet!

You can find it here!

Some perks with these lights:

variety of size, LED, energy efficient, never have to replace.

Perfect outdoor light:impact resistance, weather proof.

Goes in any space {office, club, patio, dining, pergola}

Built to last year round continuance outdoor use {not have to use outdoors, but made for that purpose}

And who doesn't love a giveaway?
Be sure to enter below, and good luck!

This is a sponsored post, all thoughts are my own.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

~write your own cookbook~

I made this cookbook way back in 2012 with some of our favorite family recipes.
I had it out yesterday to make cookies and thought about making a new one with updated recipes we love.

If you would like to make your own, this is the link I used.

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