Sunday, February 26, 2012

Recent Fun Finds

Since I started working full time at the beginning of the year, my shopping/blogging/redecorating time has been cut significantly...  I was off the other day  and was able to hit a few of my favorite stores and even had some time to peruse ebay.  

I found a couple of old scales.

I found this cupcake stand and cloche and think the bird looks cute in there.

 These seed packets are so colorful.

I plan to put some chalkboard stickers on these canisters.  I think they'll look really cute.

What fun things have you found lately?

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Living Room Transformation

Our new couch was delivered yesterday.  I am so excited to work on the living room.  It is attached to the kitchen, so it is used a lot!

(I have to find something to put on the big empty spot on the wall.)

I love that there is now lots of seating.  


I love these pillows.  I saw them in the Sundance catalog and they were way out of my price range.  I was in the Sundance outlet a few years ago and there they were! 

 I was able to find a place for my 'new' chair.

  The end table that we redid this summer fits nicely between the two club chairs. 

I like the little bird here that I bought on our recent trip to Chicago.

 I have to keep my apothecary jars in a spot where the cat can't constantly get near them. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Updating an Ugly Box with Graphics and Paint

My husband had a box in the garage that originally held a car waxing kit. The box was sturdy and a great size, but not very cute!  :)

I started with a Graphics Fairy label.

I tried to 'age' it with tea.  I really didn't have to do this step, as it didn't make a huge difference.


I painted the box with a couple of coats of green spray paint.  

I then sanded down the edges.

I cut close to the edge of the graphic, then mod podged it on the box.

I put an antiquing gel on the whole thing, then rubbed off the excess.  They used to sell a one-bottle antiquing gel, but now you buy the Martha Stewart Antique Effect and mix it with any color you want.  I mixed it with the color Vanilla Bean.  I bought both of these bottles at Michael's.  I mixed them together with equal parts.


I added a knob so it's easy to open.  I now have a great place to store my weekly ads and coupons.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Touring the HGTV Dream Home

My husband and I were lucky enough to get tickets to tour the HGTV Dream Home today.  It was a perfectly beautiful day!

 The house has this incredible view of the Wasatch Range.

 And it's only a short drive to Park City and all of the ski resorts.

 And minutes from this reservoir for some summer boating.

 I hope in a few weeks, I'll be saying "Welcome to my new home!"

 The living room was so pretty!  I love the colors, the rock on the walls and the view out all of the windows.

 I was standing in the living room and looking toward the dining room.

 This hallway led from the living room to a bedroom suite.  A beautiful ottoman and creative decoration with the candles on the wall.

 I love the blue backsplash with the red knobs on the cooktop.  The appliances were plentiful--besides this Wolf Range and the wall oven/microwave/warming drawer combo (below), there was also a separate refrigerator, separate freezer, wine cooler and two refrigerated drawers.

 A great big island!

Right outside the living room/kitchen area was this fully equipped outdoor kitchen/entertaining area.

 Including this fireplace and tv!

 They didn't have a fire going in the firepit today, but it still looked like a great place to hang out!

 The master bath was lovely!

 This is the view from the master shower!

 We loved this mirror in the half bath downstairs.

 And doesn't everyone need a sauna?!  I'd love it!

 There was a lot of light coming in from the windows, so this picture didn't turn out great, but this is a family room at one end of the house.

 They used an area attached to the family room to create a great 'sleepover' place for the kids!

This was the third bedroom.  The carpet pattern was buffalo check navy and white.  It was very bold, but since those are my favorite colors, I thought it looked pretty neat.  I love the bedding in this room too.

It was quite lovely.  The setting with the river behind the home and the view of the mountains in front of the home is outstanding.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll win!  :)
(The tour guide told us today that they had 77 MILLION entries for the Dream Home last year!  I'm guessing my chances are pretty good!)  haha

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