Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Where has the time gone? We have a serious case of spring fever in our house and decided to tackle a number of projects all at once. We are in the process of a complete landscape overhaul. And when I say "we" I mean a landscaper was hired but that still left us with dozens of decisions to make and half a dozen meetings to finalize the official plan of action.

In the meantime, hubs and I got started on a deck that we designed about a year ago to replace the existing old and too small patio on the back of our house.


Yes, I agree. That IS a big ass deck. We didn't even realize how large our plans were until we actually got started. Luckily, we have a huge yard that can easily handle a big deck; my patience on the other hand may not. I joke (kind of) but it is a lot more work, weekends and evenings than I ever anticipated. Good news is that the worst of it should be behind us and the flooring should go quickly now. Of course I made things difficult by picking out a pattern to lay the wood in opposed to just slapping the boards down. Oh well. We are having fun and can't wait to enjoy it; actually we started eating all of our meals outside as soon as we could fit a single rocker on the flooring. We love it already!

I have so many pictures that I promise to share soon. Wait until you see the before and after pictures of the front yard and back yard. We had all of the 50 year old plants removed (the good ones were transplanted in new locations); the concrete walkway was removed, moved and will be replaced with flagstone; beds were reshaped and new beds were added; trees, shrubs and lots of knock out roses are the finishing touches. Hopefully the landscaper will finish up by this weekend.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Reupholstered ottoman

I picked up this little ottoman a while back at the thrift store for $9.

It was in great shape and I finally found the time last week to reupholster it. All I had to do was unscrew the base, stretch the fabric across and adhere with a staple gun.

My grandmother gave me this beautiful fabric and I have no idea how old it is but I love it!

Finished product:

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Friday, April 1, 2011

New light fixtures

Who loves pine cones and old light fixtures?

Not me! Our house had two of these fixtures lighting our hallway to the bedrooms. They were too small, gave off poor lighting and boring.

Hubs and I were in Home Depot a couple of weeks ago to get some light bulbs and weed killer when I happened to walk by these that were at a pretty reasonable price...

A spontaneous purchase was made and now my hallway lights look like this thanks to a quick surprise installation by hubs before I got home last night! Cheers for sweet hubbys.

I love them and they give off so much more light! They are larger than what was there before and do a great job filling up the space appropriately. I love the curved glass and it's bubbled texture which gives it a lot of character.

Whose glad it's finally Friday?? Definitely this girl. We received our luggage yesterday that had been delayed since we got home on Sunday. I was so relieved to get things like my make-up, camera and souvenirs. Not so relieved about the mountain of laundry but that's ok; it's almost the weekend.


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