Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I Spray Painted My Outdoor Seat Cushions

Now that the weather is nicer we've been spending a lot more time outdoors.  My husband loves to grill and we've already had a few summer bbqs.  Sounds like fun right?!

Until we noticed our patio cushions.  They were worn and faded, but so expensive to replace.

So I refreshed them with spray paint and new pillow covers.  The updates really transformed our space.

The easy pillow cover tutorial I followed can be found here.

I used one can of spray paint per cushion to achieve a dark-even coat.

The difference is amazing!  Thin coats are key.

It was a simple and affordable weekend project.

I kept wondering what took me so long!

Friday, June 19, 2015

For Sarah

Although I'm missing Haven Blog conference this year for a very good reason, it makes me a sad to think of all the pretty faces I'm going to miss; blogging friends old and new.

When I first attended Haven in 2013 I was scared and intimidated by the crowd.  But there was one familiar face I recognized that made me feel more at ease.

Sarah, Thrifty Decor Chick stood behind the check in counter and greeted me with a smile and a cheery hello.  I immediately felt welcome and comfortable. 

She is a constant source of inspiration for me.  She is super laid back and approachable, just like her style. 

She shops at Target and Home Goods.  Proof that it doesn't have to be expensive to have a beautiful home.

While some aspects of blogging are still a mystery to me, Sarah's blog is like a breath of fresh air. 

She creates.  She inspires others.  She leads by example.

Sarah, thank you for always being so nice.  Thank you for always being so helpful.

You never know who you are going to meet in life and the impact it may have on you.  A warm smile, sincere compliment or a genuine conversation can leave a long lasting impression.

Monday, June 15, 2015

My Potting Bench

I've always wanted a potting bench; a designated place to store plants, soil and tools for my convenience.

I debated purchasing one, then remembered this old bench in the garage not being used.  It was the perfect size to work with, allowing for storage underneath.

No longer in love with my stencil pattern, I decided to cover it up!  Using my paint sprayer made it fast and easy.  I saved money by using leftover exterior paint to match our door.

The trellis compliments the look and adds more storage for tools.

Gardening tools were purchased on clearance at Crate and Barrel.  I found the trellis in the Garden Department at Home Depot.

I'm storing potting soil in a small-metal trash can with lid and scoop.

This metal basket is a great container for bug spray, fertilizer and flower seeds waiting to be planted.

During this time of year my yard can get messy and cluttered with all of my gardening projects.  It feels much better having a place to fill planters and store supplies.

The potting bench is a wonderful addition to my yard.  I saved money by transforming something that I already had.  I hope you're inspired to create your own!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Refresh Your Living Room With These Inexpensive Tips

As spring rolls in, many of us will be working hard to deep clean, declutter and freshen up our homes.  Light and airy spaces feel more relaxing.  I have a small living room that connects to my dining room, entry and kitchen.  To make the space feel bigger, I painted most of the rooms the same color( Revere Pewter ).   A fresh coat of paint can inexpensively refresh your room.

I love throw pillows, but easily get bored with them.  I switch them out seasonally for something new and different.

Although I chose neutral fabric, a set of 3 pillows makes a bold statement.

The sofa and pillows balance the strong pattern in the curtains.

New pillows on the sofa gave the room an instant makeover.

Fresh flowers add life and color to my living room.

Nothing freshens up a room more easily than fresh flowers.  I chose a simple glass vase and filled it to the brim with fresh tulips.

Light a candle!  I love burning candles.  It's something I do often to feel calm and relaxed.

At the end of a long day I just want to collapse on the sofa with cool drink and read through my magazine subscriptions.

There are many ways to refresh your living space for spring while on a budget.  You can rearrange your furniture or take a few minutes to wipe away finger marks and clean the baseboards. 

I hope you enjoyed these ideas to refresh your home for spring.  For other creative ideas please visit the blogs of these talented ladies below.  Thank you so much, Mary Ann and Cindy for inviting me to participate!!!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

High School Graduation

My beautiful daughter graduated from high school Saturday morning in the top 10% of her class.  It was such a proud parenting moment for my husband and I.  Seems like just yesterday she was starting Pre-K.  It felt surreal sitting in the packed auditorium watching her walk across the stage.  Time really does fly!

Jade with her grandfather

Jade with her father; my husband

My super supportive aunts

We felt incredibly blessed that so many of her friends and family were there to celebrate with us.

My brother flew from Philadelphia to attend the graduation.

It's always been his dream to become a pilot.

After years of dreaming, I watched him fly off with tears in my eyes.

My parents would have been so proud.

They're smiling from heaven.

Meticulous engine checks before take off.

All clear!

Then we watched him soar out of sight.  He did it! 


Sorry for the shaky video, but here's my brother taking off!

Also, please come back on Friday.  I'll be sharing how to refresh your living room with a few inexpensive tips, along with these talented bloggers.