Thursday, January 23, 2014

Books on the Mantel

I love books!  I especially love old books and when putting my mantel together I decided to use some old books I had lying around.

I especially like the cover of this Natural Music Reader book.  I have had this book for a while and I don't even remember where I got it.

This picture I purchased at an antique mall last year when I traveled to Savannah, Ga. That was such a fun trip! You can click here to see some of the pictures I took on that trip.

You would think mantels would be any easy space to decorate but I struggle with this area of my house more than any other.  I love the way it turned out, it probably has something to do with the books. It makes me want to sit down in my favorite chair and start reading.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time to curl up with a good book sometime this winter.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Winter Buffet

It is always hard after the Christmas decorations go down to make my living room look as beautiful as it did in December.

But this year I had some inspiration.....a dear friend of mine gave me these cute little white bibles for my birthday and that is were this whole vignette started.

I also found this brown and black movie reel box that they used to use to mail movies in at one of the local antique shops.

The label on the end said it once had the movie Mighty Joe Young in it from 1949.

Sadly the movie reel was not still in the box, but I loved the box so much I went ahead and got it.

I added a few other elements from around my house...

such as this old postcard postmarked 1914 and....

this is what I ended up with.

I hope all of you are getting a great start to your 2014!  Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Burlap and Snowflakes

I put my Christmas tree up early this year.  Last year I was taking five college courses and just threw up my Christmas decorations. This year I'm not quite as busy and I really enjoyed putting up my decorations this year.

 This is the first year I have used burlap ribbon on my tree.  I really like the way it turned out.

Snowflakes, Snowflakes, and more Snowflakes!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mantel Decorated With Garage Sale Finds

I bought this faux fireplace for the family room in the basement but when I brought it home I thought I would try it in the master bedroom and see how it looked.  Well, that is where it stayed.  It really dressed up the room and gave it a finished look.

I had also bought this fabulous wood piece at a garage sale a few weeks earlier that I did not know what I was going to do with, but for $5 I figured I could find a place for it later.  It worked perfectly over the fireplace.

I wanted an overall neutral feel to the mantel so I just quickly placed some things I had laying around the house on the mantel to see how it would look.  When I was finished I realized that almost everything I had placed on the mantel I had gotten at garage sales.

The white pedestal bowl I had gotten at a garage sale for 75 cents and spray painted white.  The little bird is one of a set of two that I paid only a dollar for.

The clock face I bought at a sale for $2.00 and the silver tray I paid only 50 cents for. I was pleasantly surprised to realize it was the perfect size as a base for my cloche.  I even bought the large pine cone at a garage sale, a bag of 3 for $1.00.  It is amazing what you can pick up at garage sales.

And of course the crowning piece that I only paid $5.00 for.  Can you believe it? When I bought this piece I had no idea what it was, I just knew I loved it.  When I got home I googled the company name on the the piece and discovered it is an old stove board that was made to protect wood floors from heat damage.

Here is the finished mantel decorated with garage sale finds totaling $10.25. The pictures, cloche, and small pine cones I already had.  What a deal!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

White Trim + Black Door = Happiness

This summer I spent most of my free time painting, painting, and painting some more. I have to say all the work was worth it.  Out of all the projects I have done to this house none have made as big of difference as painting the trim white.  It has brightened up the whole house.

I have always wanted white trim, but the task seemed daunting.  This summer I summoned up all my courage and put the paint brush to the wood. The result is so worth it!  The pictures don't do it justice.  The difference the white trim has made in my home is amazing.

This was one of those projects that I just started in on and did not even think to take any before pictures, so here is a picture from last Christmas that shows the banister and front door before the white paint.

One last picture of the WHITE banister.

I still have a bit more trim to paint before all the trim upstairs is white, but it will happen.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I was lucky enough to visit Savannah, Ga this summer and I have to say it is one of the prettiest cities I have ever seen.

This is the view just walking down the street.  The trees are just breathtaking.

Not to mention all the beautiful houses.

I of course had to tour the Mercer Williams House while I was there.  Unfortunately, you could not take pictures of the inside but it is gorgeous.

Here is the view from the front porch of the Mercer house, one of the many squares in Savannah.

This is the beautiful fountain in Forsyth park.

This is a beautiful church on Jekyll Island not far from Savannah.

Don't these pictures just make you swoon!?!

I have wanted to go to Savannah ever since I read the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
I feel so blessed to have been able to go on this trip and see such beautiful sites.  I loved sharing my pictures with you. Stop by again soon.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Valentine's Day Surprise

As I was driving up to my house I saw this beautiful package in my door.  I just love the
 big red bow!

It only got better,  look what was inside that beautiful package.  Now if you know me you know I love keys.  I did a whole post on decorating with keys.  You can click here to see that post.

Tied to the keys was a gorgeous card and on the back was written "The Keys To The Kingdom" and the scripture Matthew 22:37.

This wonderful Valentine Surprise was from my book club sister Connie.  Thanks Connie, you're the best!!!  I hope all of you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sally's House

This time of year my book club has a progressive dinner. We visit three homes, we have appetizers at one, the main course (usually soup and salad) at one, and desert at the last home. We have a blast.  I wanted to share some pictures I took at our last stop of the evening, Sally's house.  I confess the pictures are not the best since I took them with my phone but I wanted to share them with you.
This white door leans against the wall in Sally's dinning room.  If you look close at the picture hanging on the knob you can see what the door looked like when Sally first got it.

I love this dancing snowman, he just makes me happy!

These snowmen are pretty cute too.  I love how Sally added the snowballs to the display.

This is her live tree.  The fragrance was wonderful.

I loved how Sally decorated her staircase railing.  Can you believe there is now greenery used?  It is all ribbon.  Gorgeous!!!

We had an ornament exchange and here is the gorgeous ornament I received.  I love my book club ladies and we always have a great time together.  I just added our 2013 book list so click on the book club tab if you want to see what we will be reading next year.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Little More Christmas and a Sweet Little Deer

Nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit like seeing Christmas decorations and you know my favorite place to shop is the Paramount Antique Mall.  I tell myself every year that I don't need any more Christmas decorations but this sweet little deer needed a good home.  What was I to do?

You and I both know if I would have left him there I would have just gone back in a day or two to get him and bring him home.  Don't you just love the little bell around his neck?

It seems like my theme this year is simple. This little wreath attached to the back of the bench is about all the Christmas decorations I have in the kitchen.

Here I am back to the simple theme.  All I did here was put some candles on a tray and put garland around them and it looks beautiful.

 My sweet little Ollie sitting under the tree. 
I had better get off the computer and go wrap some presents because as you can see, Ollie is the only present under there so far.

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