Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Dining Room

Hello!

I spent the weekend gathering up fun items to decorate our dining room table for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  I love Thanksgiving.  It's one of the few times that my family sits around the table for a meal together as one is off at college and the other is busy working and spending time with his girlfriend.  That leaves our youngest at home so we spent the day outside looking for colorful pieces of nature to bring inside for the table. 

I happen to love decorating with things from outdoors.  They are beautiful and don't cost a thing.

Here's what I came up with...

We found a tree with simple but colorful leaves and clipped a few branches to put them in a pitcher of water.  Then we found a few leaves scattered on the ground that we liked and placed them on the table.   Simple, but just the way I like it.  :)


The painting on the wall behind the table I picked up at a flea market for $3.  I was completely smitten with it as it is of a mother and her child.  It reminds me of how much being a mom as filled my life with love and happiness.


We had a couple of vintage wooden cigar molds in our store so I scooped them up and drilled 1 1/2 inch holes in the top to allow for little tea lights.  Voila, instant candle holder.  I love them and it worked out perfectly cause I didn't really know what to do with them otherwise.

And of course I always use my mini breadboards, engraved with my kids' birthdates.  Available here.


Some crisp white napkins, vintage silverware and some antique brown transferware plates completes the simple table decor.


That's pretty much it!  It's been a while since I decorated anything so it was really nice to get back into it and I do love the holidays!

Have a great week!
Diana

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Den and New Wood Floor

Hello!  We recently removed the carpet from our den and replaced it with wood laminate from Lowes and we couldn't be happier with the results.  The room is approximately 12 x 12 and the total cost was around $200.  Not too bad.  Originally, I wanted to remove the carpet and refinish what I thought was hardwood underneath.  But sadly, that wasn't the case.  We were surprised to find the entire room was plywood, not just around the staircase.  However, we like this floor much better.  :)


The FARM letters I printed from my computer using different fonts, enlarged them on a copier and traced onto plywood.   Then I cut out using a jigsaw and painted different sections of the letters, then distressed.  Love them and it cost less than 20 bucks for the thin plywood.


I've had questions about this before but the umbrella art I made using 1 x 2's, adding a brace in the back and painting each board alternating colors.  In this case I used white and burnt umber craft paint.  Then free handed the umbrella and distressed the entire piece.


I've always dreamed of living on a farm and hope to someday.  I love windmills but didn't want it outside where we wouldn't really be able to enjoy it so I thought it would be a perfect piece of art that would be perfect under our 12 foot ceilings.  My hubby bought this one for me and I spray painted it with Rustoleum Satin Nickel spray paint. 




This room is painted Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore.


We absolutely love this room now and the floor.   It's funny but we thought it would be less cozy without the carpet but that hasn't been the case at all.  Love sitting in here with my family.  And so happy to have the carpet gone!

Have a great day everyone!

Diana

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