Patio Reveal!!

I am finally ready to reveal our patio and call it complete!! This has definitely been a process that has taken way longer than I would like. It’s finally done and it’s 100+ degrees outside, but hey, fall will be here soon and we will again be able to sit outside without melting. It all started here with some dreaming. Some things came to be and others not so much. The yard still needs some help in the landscaping department – all in good time.

So, no more waiting, no more teasing – here it is!!
Lots of pictures coming your way!!

At day…

Organizing the pool stuff happened last summer and is still working great! 

At dusk…

At night…


The poles for the lights are not straight, I know. It bugged me for a couple of days, and then, not so much. I’m thinking a fire-pit in front of the sectional might round out that seating area this fall. I cannot even begin to describe how happy the lights make me!!  Really how happy it all makes me. If you remember from this previous post, this corner was currently unused and now with the new and improved sectional it is used daily (and nightly with the addition of the lights). So happy to have a space where our family can gather to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

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Stenciled Entryway

If you follow me on instagram you got a sneak peek at the beginning of this project.  I’ve never stenciled a wall before so this was definitely an adventure!!  But, man oh man do I LOVE the outcome.

Here is the before of the area.  

I painted it when I painted the family room, and in the same color. 


I love the lightness and brightness and it goes well with our ‘mudroom’ wall. But, it was a little bland. 


These walls were wallpapered when we moved in and I think they must have been from the beginning because these walls have no texture. 
I’ve tried my hand at texturing before and I was not that great at it, so I’ve never tackled this space.  


When I was thinking of ideas to spice it up, the image of Pam’s entry kept popping into my mind. 

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I love the bold statement her entry makes!! I toyed with lots of ideas (including some more bold graphic looks), but it came down this softer look.  


About 1/4 of the way through the first wall I knew without a doubt I had made the right choice. Don’t you love it when that happens??

I used this large stencil from Hobby Lobby and a small foam roller for most of the job. 



I also used a foam brush for corners, or next to wall and trim. (I would recommend that if you are stenciling a wall for the first time to start with a flat wall with no windows, or doors.)

I mixed my own paint by using the wall paint and adding a sample pot of a darker color I had tested for the walls, and a bottle of shimmer glaze I bought at Hobby Lobby. The shimmer is extremely faint. Like, you can’t see it unless you are right on top of it, but that’s okay.  🙂
One more after shot.

Just enough spice to say “welcome, come on in!” Now, I’m working on the entry outside to make it look as good! If it would stop raining I might get to finish! 🙂

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Spring Mantel

I know, I know, I just did a post about my mantel decor.  🙂 But, ya know that was for Easter and Easter’s over so I needed something fresh that would last for a while.



When I decorate my mantel I really do challenge myself to use things I have.  I move things around.  Steal things from other places in the house and make things new.  


Everything else I pulled out of my stash or borrowed from elsewhere.  You can find my burlap wreath tutorial here.  


It just got some new bows.  🙂  The trough my hubby made for me at Thanksgiving – I just filled it with a garland that actually used to hang on my front door. I made a small purchase of a couple of ivy plants to bring some fresh green and life to the mantel.


I love the simplicity of it and the pop of color.  


I finished up a few pillows for the family room this weekend, and I’m waiting on a fabric order to arrive to put the final touch on the room for a while at least.  I think I’m ready to move to the backyard.  I have been scheming ideas in my head for that space!  🙂

As always thanks for stopping by!  

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Zoo Prints Gallery Wall

I’m back today to share with you the easy-peasy gallery wall of zoo prints I did for our youngest son’s new room.


On a trip to the zoo this summer I brought my camera and took lots of wonderful shots of the animals as I always try to.  But this time I kept the gallery wall in mind – meaning I tried my hardest to keep the fences and such out of the shots. 

Then when we finally got around to putting the gallery together, I had my kiddo sit down and pick out his favorite shots.  I actually printed these from home, which I rarely do, but I had received some free photo paper the last time I bought printer ink, so I thought I’d give it a shot.


I have a basic inexpensive printer and I thought they came out pretty good!

While he was picking out his faves, I got busy spray painting frames.  I used good ole ORB (oil-rubbed bronze) to keep a uniform look.  


Next step was to mount the photos.  I chose a brown pattern scrapbook paper to mount them on.  Since the frames were 8×10 and the prints were 4×6.  He had trouble narrowing his faves down, so some got two pics.  🙂


To hold the photos to the paper I used these clear photo corners this time.  This will make it ever so simple to change out photos if he wants to a later date.


Here is how it looks in the frame.


Of course the star attraction  (giraffes are his favorite) got a little special treatment.  😉


Gallery walls used to intimidate me, until I actually tried one, and now I realize it’s no big deal.  There is no perfect way to do them, it just needs to look good to you and to be filled with things you love!  I encourage you to try one today on an empty wall in your home!  🙂

For other gallery wall ideas, check these out.

Memory Lane Gallery Wall – for my daughter’s room
Thrifted Gallery Wall – for the dining room


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Tween Boy Bedroom Reveal

I know it seems like it has taken me a long time to finish the kids’ rooms!!  In reality the majority of the work has been done for a while, just tough to catch the room clean enough for good photos!! 🙂

This room belongs to my youngest who is a lover of animals, nature, and music.  I helped with the general direction of the room, but he chose the color scheme.  It was difficult to do brown and green (with a little navy here and there) and not end of with camouflage, but I think we did ok.

The wall color is actually Spanish Moss from Martha Stewart mixed in Glidden paint and it really is more of a light mossy green rather than the strange lime color showing in some of the pics!

His favorite animal is the giraffe, so of course I had to incorporate giraffe print somewhere.  The brown curtains were ones I had on hand, but they were too short.  So, I added a band of giraffe print to the top.  A simple nod to his fav.

He’s a bit opinionated on how things are gonna be in here.  So, despite the fact that my plan was one large gallery wall, we ended up with two smaller ones. And, ya know, I like it that way. I’ll share more details on this soon.

He wanted something unique for his bed and when I suggested tie-dye he was all over it! This really expresses his personality!  We had a lot of fun creating this duvet cover together.  🙂

And, don’t forget the super easy DIY trundle bed hubby and I created!  It worked great when my oldest was home for Christmas break and I’m sure it will get a lot more use this summer!

The bookcase is actually a cheapy laminate one that we have had for years.  With a little elbow grease, paint, and wood-look contact paper it is a new creation!  I adore that he still loves his stuffed animals and toys…:)

His desk is organized to his liking, and covered with all of his treasures.  🙂

It is just right for him to go and hang out amongst his things, do some homework, or work on his music.  He loves it which means so do I!

To see the other kiddo’s completed room click on the links below 🙂

Bright and Fun Teen Girls Bedroom

All-American Teen Boy Bedroom

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