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Big News

I’m sorry I’ve been so sporadic lately.  I have a few things to share with ya’ll!  But before my big announcement, I thought I’d share a few pictures of my living room/fireplace room.  I changed things up and might not even be done yet.

Here’s a few picts-

Fireplace Room

Fireplace Room

I decided to move my couch and loveseat in front of the fireplace and put my small table and chairs in the living room with my curved couch.  So far I’m really loving it.  But I have been thinking of making my living room my dining room.  I’m still mulling it over in my head…

I’d also like to hang my metal gate over my fireplace but for now it’s just sitting there.

Living Room

Living Room

Let me tell you what I don’t like about this picture.  I don’t like how gigantic my TV is now compared to my TV hutch.  (Thank you Black Friday.)  Something different is in the works.  Not to mention that I’d getting a crazy itch to paint again.  I think I have an illness…  🙂

Living Room Front

Living Room Front

I also may have forgotten to show you this little ditty I painted last spring.  It has just a few tweaks left in it.

 

Bell Jar Painting

Bell Jar Painting

BTW, a little shout out to myself.  Because some days you need that.  My top pin on Pinterest (which is my own picture, not something someone else pinned) is of my little bathroom hutch top shelf (you can view that post here.)  It’s been pinned over 300 times and has had almost 10,000 impressions (how many times it’s appeared in someone else’s feed),  The power of Pinterest.  Pretty amazing, huh?

Okay, now for the BIG NEWS.  I’ve stalled long enough.  We bought a house.  No, not for us to live in.  This one is a fixer upper.  And since I’m going on that journey, I thought you might like to go on it with me.  I’ll keep you up to date on all the work in my future!  In the meantime you’ll have to excuse my coming and going, I will be working fastly and furiously once again!

 

Busy Work

I know I’ve talked a lot about my trim project and I don’t recall ever showing you what my door painting project looks like or what the “after” is.  I’ve been really busy now that the weather is nicer to hit this project hard to see it completed.

Here’s the process:

1)  Remove the door from the jam.

2)  Take the door to where I can lay it down flat to paint and let it dry.

3)  Remove the hinges and screws.

4)  Spray paint hinges and screws.
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The hinges beforeimage

 

The hinges after

5)  Paint primed door.  Wait.  Paint second coat.  Flip and repeat on the other side.  Usually a two day process.
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I use these small foam rollers to minimize nap.  I also add Floetrol to the paint mix so that my roller marks are lessened.image

6)  Meanwhile, paint the door jam.  Two coats.
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7) Take door back inside and attach hinges.
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8)  Lastly add the doorknob.

One down!

Fixer Upper Q&A

Hammer & Nails

Hammer & Nails

Photo credit: Hammer & Nails by mrpuen via freedigitalphotos.net

Ya’ll (ha ha) know that I’m obsessed with HGTV’s show Fixer Upper.  Who isn’t?  You can read more about that here.  They were on the Today Show yesterday and it reminded me that I sent Joanna a message awhile back and I got a response.  I thought you might appreciate my name-dropping today and see what she wrote back!

Here was my question-

I love your show and your design style! I also love the example you set for couples who work together. You show patience and humor and love. And clearly you have family values. My question for you is- I find my home decor getting cluttered quickly. How do you pick fewer pieces for better design and how do I edit my own collections to achieve this? Are there any good rules to follow? Holly @ Style from the Sticks

And here’s her response-

The Magnolia Mom

Holly, Thanks for the love and the kind words! I tend to use pieces that can stay through all seasons, as well as pieces that have a story. I am including a blog link about clearing your shelves, and some tips of decluttering. I hope that helps!

http://magnoliahomes.net/7349074-clearing-your-shelves/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Tour, Kitchen & Dining Room

Today are the last few rooms of the house I decorated for Christmas, the kitchen and the dining room.

Here’s the hutch that sits in my kitchen, full of reindeer-

Hutch Full of Reindeer

Hutch Full of Reindeer

Close Up

Close Up

Blitzen

Blitzen

I kept it pretty simple this year in the kitchen.  Just a strand of lighted garland and some letters I hung on my kitchen window screen-

Kitchen with Garland

Kitchen with Garland

Noel in the Window

Noel in the Window

Here’s the coffee station, ready to brew you some hot cocoa in my Christmas mugs-

Coffee Station with Christmas Mugs

Coffee Station with Christmas Mugs

Here’s the dining room-

Chandelier in Dining Room

Chandelier in Dining Room

Buffet

Buffet

Nativity and Tablescape

Nativity and Tablescape

Inside Hutch

Inside Hutch

I usually take down all of the flowers in my house and try to replace them with some greenery or Christmasy flowers.

Tomorrow, it’s is my last day of the tour and I’ll show you my red and white tree!

 

Christmas Tour, Spots Around the House

Yesterday got away from me!  Here are some more Christmas-y spots around the house on my Christmas home tour-

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Chalkboard Message

Chalkboard Message

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Wintry Scene

Wintry Scene

Card Display

Card Display

Two more days of pictures!  Whose Christmas house tour has been your favorite to view this holiday season?

 

Christmas Tour, Front Porch Inspiration

Hi there!  We’re just over the moon here with the addition of our little boy.  And I’ll be spending some serious snuggle time with him the next few weeks.  But I did want to finish my holiday home tour.  So a few more pictures of what’s going on here at home for you to enjoy!

Here’s some of the decorating I’ve done at our entrance.

Ice Skates and Evergreens

Ice Skates and Evergreens

Decor by the Door

Decor by the Door

Lanterns on a Bench

Lanterns on a Bench

Table and Garden Gate

Table and Garden Gate

Chair with Hat

Chair with Hat

I know I shouldn’t be saying this, but I’m hoping for snow for Christmas.  I’m not a big fan of a green Christmas.  How about you?

Christmas Tour, The Mantel

Before I show you all my fireplace mantel, I better finish the entry and my piano.

Here’s the staircase-

Staircase

Staircase

And here’s what I’ve done with the piano-

Piano/Entry

Piano/Entry

Here’s a little print I picked up at the Dollar General for $6.  It hangs by the door-

Print

Print

Now…on to the fireplace mantel!  Here’s a big shot-

Fireside Room

Fireside Room

I need to work on raising my picture so you can see more of it, but you get the general idea…

This is what it looks like.  Be kind.  I painted it and my third grader probably could have done better-

Snowy Barn Painting

Snowy Barn Painting

And lastly, here’s a close up of my little blue car.  All set with its Christmas tree-

Car with Tree

Car with Tree

 

Christmas Tour Continues

Welcome back to my living room!  Here is my beachy white hutch all decked out for the holidays in a red and white candy theme.

This is also where I put my snow globe collection…

Candy Themed China Hutch

Candy Themed China Hutch

This is a little vintage Santa set that I received from my mother-in-law.

Red and White Stripes

Red and White Stripes

And here is a bell jar I painted in a ruby red color.  I also painted several pickle jars.  Yes, pickle jars.  And while they may only make it one season, I love them.  Great upcycling idea!

Painted Bell Jars & Pickle Jars

Painted Bell Jars & Pickle Jars

Love This Garland

Love This Garland

And that’s all for today!

Christmas Tour

No baby yet.  And the only thing keeping me from going mad is decorating for Christmas. Remember my theme this year was red and white in a minimalist sort of way.  Well, for me that meant only putting up one tree and leaving about nine totes of Christmas stuff in the attic this year.  A lesson in restraint!

So while we count down the days until this baby decides to make an appearance, I’ll entertain you with pictures of my holiday fun.

Here are a few from today-

Welcome!

Welcome!

Burlap Stockings Hung in Bedroom

Burlap Stockings Hung in Bedroom

Ya, okay, I have a few cord issues I need to work out.  But this is a quick shot of our mantel in our bedroom.  I need to make one more stocking!

Wire Baskets with Greenery

Wire Baskets with Greenery

These baskets help camouflage my thermostat.  Most of the time it is covered up with artwork.  But I think it blends in well with my other white pieces.

And that’s a start.  More tomorrow!

I’ve Been Busy…

It’s that time of year again where the women’s group at my church hosts a Pinterest craft party at the local kickoff for Christmas city event.  And I’ve been busy getting some crafts lined up.

I kept the scraps of the pallet signs I made last year and had my dad assemble them into Christmas trees (and made a few small signs).  We also made some burlap stockings. Here’s a picture of some of the goodies-

Pinterest Projects

Pinterest Projects

What would you do with the all white Christmas tree?  I, of course, love its all white plainness because that’s me.  But I know that’s not everyone’s taste.  Any suggestions?

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