Friday, July 5, 2019

4th of July/Big Boy Burger Fun


Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July celebrating this beautiful country we call home.

We had a low key day, but did enjoy a backyard barbecue with friends. I threw together a cute centerpiece, using an old Coca Cola crate, gingham check plates & napkins and anchored by my vintage Marx's Big Boy. We were grilling burgers, so this hamburger wielding fella was just the perfect crowning touch! 



His checkered overalls went perfectly with my plates and napkins.



just a simple bit of table decor to add to this festive day.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Happy 4th of July & A Snafu

Hi everyone!

In my last post, I showed you the pretty corbels I scored in the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby.  I am planning to hang them in my kitchen archway, but I hit an installation snafu and I am patiently(?) waiting for my hubby to help me out with them.  I promise I will share them installed and looking glorious soon!

In the meantime, July 4th is knocking at our door - where has the summer gone? I hope you enjoy the 4th and spend it celebrating any way you choose - which is truly the American way. God bless America!








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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Corbel Crush

Hi everyone!

Long time, no blog post. I had good intentions of blogging this year, but holy cats - time has gotten away from me.  All is well in my world, but blogging took a back seat.  Hopefully I will get on the regular to share what I'm up to!

Today I want to share a super cute pair of corbels I recently picked up in the 75% off section of Hobby Lobby.

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 They are huge and have a great farmhouse vibe. So many times corbels tend to look very ornate and Victorian or Tuscan.  The ones I found have fairly simple lines.


Look at the price - under $9.00 each! Can't beat that.


The finish they came in was bit  orangey/pink for my taste, but that was okay because where I plan on using them calls for a coat of my trim paint.


This is a great shot of the original color alongside one with a coat of the Heirloom White. Although made out of resin, they really have a fabulous rustic texture and look very realistic.


They both received two coats of white paint and are currently drying.  I'll be back tomorrow to show you where they are being used in our house.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Neutral Zone

Welcome friends!

Our house has been going through a transformation the last year or two.  We've done quite a bit of remodeling inside, along with several large outdoor projects.

All of this time making design decisions has lead me to contemplate the look and feel I want for our home.  I think I've really honed in on my style.  It really hasn't changed much over the years - I love vintage, farmhouse and color, but I think my "design eye" has improvrd.


You can see my love of color here at my old blog, Bluebird1959. Unfortunately, my living room furniture you see in that post was an impulse decision and while cozy, it was very hard to decorate around and it was just too bold for our recently empty nest.

I lived with it for many years, but I am happy to say I am fortunate enough to have recently purchased a new sofa and two leather chairs in a neutral (to me) color. I found a taupe-brown sofa that is cozy, yet simple. I think it could "go" with many color schemes.  For now, I'm going for browns, creams and lamb's eat green.


I've been longing for a place to hang this vintage picture for over a year now.  It hung in my mom's kitchen for as long as I can remember and I've always loved it.  The winter scene is especially apropos considering all of the winter weather we have been having in Wisconsin this season!














In this last picture, you get a glimpse of our new front door. It's hard to get a good pic of it because of all of the glass, but I will keep trying and eventually share. It's beautiful!


Anyway, I'm still working on the rest of our living room and hope to show the new neutral space in its' entirety soon. Have a wonderful week!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Let it Faux! Let it Faux!

Welcome friends!

Winter has finally turned our way here in Wisconsin and is coming at us like a runaway train.  Yesterday we got socked with about 8 inches of snow and the forecast for tomorrow is a windchill of 35 below zero.  Below zero...

Oh boy.

On the positive, frosty weather is a perfect time for some nesting - home decor projects, baking, cooking, etc.  Yesterday, my school was closed due to the snowstorm and I was able to get after a closet that has been the pit of disorganization for months and months. It felt good to straighten it all out - I even found a forgotten Christmas present for the Mr., lol!

I wanted to show you these super cute muffins I recently purchased from Amazon. They kind of “go” with our cold weather.






Aren’t they just the cutest?  They are so realistic!  They smell like muffins, they even FEEL like muffins, lol.  Another nifty feature is they are magnetized so they are super easy to style in an arrangement.  And...zero calories!  Especially good news this time of year! 


Hope you are all doing well this late January day.  

I am grateful and blessed for your visit today. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Gather 'Round The Fire

Welcome friends!

Today 's post is especially appropriate since Sunday we had a blizzard warning for our area.  What could be more appropriate and cozy during a blizzard but a fireplace?!

This is our living room fireplace at Easter in 2018. Wisconsin fieldstone is a very popular choice for fireplace surrounds where we live. Not my first choice, but my husband caught me in a weak moment when we built our home years ago and well, we made it work. Honestly, I never liked it in our home.


Here, you see we went neutral with our paint this spring and I'm loving it! My main purpose for sharing this picture is to showcase the lasting results of our housewarming party catastrophe: wax candles raining down onto our hearth stone! Oh no. I never got all the wax removed and we were left with a huge, ugly stain. That's why you will often see a little rug on our  hearth. A sorry (and not so great) attempt to hide it. I did this since 2001!


I am happy to report that I won't need to hide that stain ever again. Last week we had the entire fireplace removed and we started over from scratch!



Taking the old stone off was a messy (and dusty process), but our fireplace contractor tried their best to minimize the dust.



Here it is - almost done and our dog  Palmer gave it his approval.



 We just love our new fireplace and love how it changed the entire feel of our room. The brick is called Chilton Red and comes from the little town of Chilton, Wisconsin. I just love the color - warm, but neutral enough to embrace most any color scheme I may come up with in the future.


Our sweet dog absolutely loves toasting by the fire and you can find him lounging by it every chance he gets. I joke we put it in for him, not us. (Seems logical to me!)

I think my family is going to enjoy relaxing by our fireplace for years to come.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Holiday Corner

Welcome friends!

Amid the construction chaos in our living room, I did find time to add a little holiday charm to a corner of our master bedroom - seemingly the only spot in the house not covered in dust or boxes right now.

If nothing else, it looks like a peaceful place to lounge around.


Have you jumped on the Christmas decorating train yet?

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