Decisions, Decisions!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good morning!

The outdoor remodel is coming along and although its a total mess, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here's where we are so far...


Its looking great! A real entry where the front door will be protected from the elements and most importantly it gives the house some WOW factor!!

Now my big decision that I have.

Front door color!

I know! I know! You're saying to yourself, "Thats your big decision?"

Hey I didn't say my life was complicated or glamorous, but its all I got right now!

But I would state that the color of your front door plays a very important part in your exteriors appeal.

And in my honest, non-professional, non-interior stylist, just an average slightly obsessed home decorators opinion...

A house is only as good as its front door!

Now take that to the bank!

Well,  I wish I could take it to the bank! Because then I wouldn't be sweating bullets over this remodel! But on to the subject at hand.

Heres whats swirling around in my little brain right now!

*BLACK*

Cindi Carter / Glendale
Photo by S / Wiley Interior Photography - Browse traditional entryway photos

A black front door is elegant and dramatic! I think it would work well with the stone work and the house color. Although the house color might be changed to a light gray. Another decision.

A black door works well with any and all colors. Its extremely versatile.  The only negative that I can think of is it might make the area feel too dark. Which is one thing that I'm fighting against. I love the way the big ole porch opens the door area up! So the last thing I want to do is make it feel dark! Hmm...decisions!

*RED*

Front Porch Bliss
Photo by Rachel Greathouse - Discover traditional entryway design inspiration

This picture just makes me happy!

Its shown with stacked stone similar to what ours will look like too!

In doing some research I found out that a red front door in early America was a sign of welcome to the passing horse and buggy traveler. Interesting. Although I don't want random strangers stopping by to say hi! I kidd. Although it is something to think about! :)

One thing that I DON'T love about my current yellow door is when the holidays roll around its very difficult to decorate with. Now a red door on the other hand! Holy moly would that scream, CHRISTMAS HOUSE!!

And since we're talking about my yellow door..

*YELLOW*


I do love this color. Its called Beeswax by Sherwin Williams. It reminds me of buh-ta (butter) and is so happy looking!

And I could just stick with this, but I would love to do something different.

*WHITE*

Montclair Nj
Photo by Landscape Techniques Inc. - Browse traditional porch ideas

Such a classic! Clean, fresh and crisp! Movie house is what a white front door represents to me! Negatives-It will show dirt and here in Florida with the humidity it might mildew.

But with the white columns, and new white carriage style garage door it would tie in nicely giving the exterior a seamless look.

So there you have it my decisions for the week!

I would love for you to weigh in, because I value your opinion! So take a moment and leave me a comment below!

Have a beautiful day!

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A New Beginning...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hi everyone!

I feel like its been forever since I've blogged! But life seems to get in the way sometimes and well sometimes I just don't feel creative enough to write. :( But I do miss it! I miss the interaction with you guys and just the feeling of putting my thoughts down into words!

But today I feel like I have something fun and exciting to share! Today we started a new project, and I can't wait to document it and then eventually show the finished project!

We've started an exterior remodel on our house! And we are so excited! Why are we so excited you ask? In the past we've done exterior projects like paint and pavers and landscaping. But this project will totally change the footprint of our home! 

Let me show you what I'm talking about…


These pictures show our house as of yesterday! Its a typical ranch style home built in the late 60's. It has stucco brick on the bottom half that I hate! We painted it to match the rest of the house in the hopes it would go away! It didn't!!

 Now let me add, that we did add the porch and columns years ago. When we bought our home the flower bed in front of the porch went all the way to the window. It just had a tiny concrete slab in front of the door. So we poured a porch and my husband built the columns.

I wish so much I had pictures of the house when we bought it,  because it has gone through some radical changes to say the least!

Lesson to those just starting out with their first homes…take pictures!



Here's an outline of what will be happening.

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                                *Stucco brick will be removed and replaced with stacked stone…Bye Bye!
                               
                                *New columns

                                *Old pavers will be removed from porch and replaced

                                *Gabled entry for entrance

                                *Carriage style garage door

                                *New shutters

                                *Matching stacked stone mailbox


This gives you an idea of the gabled entry that our contractor is building. I think it will give the front door a real entrance, and balance the house!

Source

Although ours won't be this big, I don't think! This was my inspiration picture! I just love this picture!


The stone that we're using is Country Ledgestone Bucks Co. by Boral.

Source

The home above is another inspiration pic that I used. It has the same stacked stone and the house color is very similar to ours. I just love Houzz.com when we're doing a project. I'm a visual person and it really helps to see a picture.


I'm really excited about this carriage style door. If you remember I tried to give our old door the same look a couple of years ago. You can see that post here.

So there you have it!

I can't wait to show you all progress pics!

Have a great day!


































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My Makeup Routine

Monday, April 18, 2016



I had to start this post off with a little humor because lets face it, none of us are getting any younger!

I'm actually older than Sally O'Malley and that I'm 54! {Gulp!}

But it is what it is! So why not try and make the best of it right?

I've had some requests from ladies who are my age as to what makeup I use since I wrote a post about my makeup obsession.

Let me start off by saying, that I don't proclaim to be an expert! And I'm in no means telling you that what I'm doing is right or perfect or what you should be doing. I'm just showing y'all what works for me and hey maybe you might find something that you like as well!


1. Derma e Hydrating Day Creme // I can't say this enough for the over 50…Okay for everyone! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! And NEVER go to bed with your makeup on! Oh the horror!

2. The POREfessional face primer by Benefit // Seriously, you wouldn't paint a wall without priming, right? Same concept!

3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer potion // Same concept as face primer, makes your shadow stay on for hours without creasing.

4. It Cosmetics Your skin But Better CC+ Full Coverage Cream // This stuff is the best! Covers, lasts all day and what I like is its buildable! I can use a little for day or build the coverage when I need it. And it has a SPF 50+

5. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye // This stuff will cover any problem you have! Not just under your eyes! Blend out well with your fingertips or I like to use the beauty blender sponge.

6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder // You might think this post is sponsored by It Cosmetics, it is not! I just love the stuff!! I use a big fluffy brush and lightly dip this and then shake off the excess and buff out my whole face so that everything is well blended and even.

7. DiorShow Brow Styler in Universal Brown // Now I know some might be appalled at paying $29 for an eyebrow styler but it is totally worth it! And I've had it for a year! I have skimpy brows and this fills them in so natural looking and I don't know what it is about that little brush on the end.. but its pure magic!

8. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black // I line the top lash line only and get it as close to the base as possible. Don't circle your entire eye with liquid eyeliner. Unless you want to look like Amy Winehouse!

9. Milani Baked Blush // I go between Dolce Pink and Luminoso which is a dupe for Nars Orgasm at a fraction of the price!

10. Mac Shroom Eyeshadow // I use this on my lid and brow bone. Nuff said!

11. Mac Mulch Eyeshadow //This is a great everyday brown. I use it on the crease and under my lower lashes.

12. It Cosmetics Hello Lashes // This is a great product as well! Good staying power, doesn't flake off!

13. Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in Portofino/French Vanilla // I use this in so many places, I could do a post on it alone! But mainly I use it on my cheekbones, down the center of my nose and chin and the inner corners of my eyes.

14. NYX Liquid Suede in Tea and Cookies // This is the flavor of the month or should I say week! Seriously I have so many lipsticks, lip glosses, stains, pencils its crazy! This is a pretty color and its  very universal so I think a lot of people could wear it. It just needs a gloss over it. But maybe thats just me!

15. NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair // And this is what I put over it! This looks pretty over the Tea and Cookies and gives it a little moisture.

Things I've learned since turning 50!
(About makeup and skincare, not life)
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Take care of your skin! Clean, exfoliate, moisturize

Dark lipsticks are a no no! Too harsh!

Dark lipliner is also no good!

Heavy foundation looks bad when we start having wrinkles! It settles into them and is not a good look.

Heavy eyeliner is also not flattering as we age. Remember soften!

Lipstick and sunglasses will get you far too!

I hope you enjoyed this post on my routine!
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Back Porch Refresh For Spring!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hello lovelies!

I don't know about you but nothing tells me that has Spring has sprung like a big mouthful of pollen!

Which means that everything and I mean everything is coated in nasty, yellow pollen dust!

But we must suffer through this nastiness in order to get to the beauty of Spring and Summer!

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First thing I did was scrub everything with a bucket of sudsy water and a brush!
Then we scrubbed the pavers too!
Now on to decorating
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Last year I added pops of green with the navy blue cushions, but this year I wanted to stay more classic!

So I opted to go with a navy/white combo. 

I also wanted more of a coastal feel so with a few added touches I think I achieved it!



After a very frustrating order from Overstock, I finally received my navy/white stripe rug! I think it took something like 3 weeks to get here! But it was worth the wait! Now to try and keep the white clean! Yikes!


I had this fish picture that I purchased a couple of years ago. It was hidden in the back hallway so I brought it out! I'm pretty sure I got this at Homegoods a few years ago. But I love how it ties in all the colors.


I have a thing now for blue and white ceramic pieces! I like this out here, but I'm a little scared that it might get broken so its back in the house! I picked this up from Amazon of all places!


I had the coral pillows from a few years ago too! And although its hard to see, the fish has some orange in it too. I went back and forth on whether to have a coffee table or not! I know, I have hard decisions in my life, right?

But ultimately I decided on this bamboo like table from Pier One. Its actually metal, which will stand up well to the elements. Although its a very protected space.


I ordered this outdoor chandelier from Magnolia Market and I bought outdoor electric candles from Pottery Barn that go on automatically every night. It looks so pretty and romantic!


And I'm pretty sure I showed this World Market potting bench turned bar before. But we still love it! It came in handy at Easter. I placed everything drink related, even ice out here!
No mess!!
Basil and tomatoes have been planted!!


I hope you enjoyed my back porch Spring tour!
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Weekend Project-Board and Batten

Monday, April 4, 2016


Happy Monday!

Just a quick post to follow up on my idea of adding shiplap or board and batten to my entryway. 

If you'd like to read my post on shiplap and board and batten click here.

We decided on the board and batten, because: 

1. Board and batten is throughout the rest of the house so I think it gives the space a cohesive look.

2. I was concerned because of its popularity it would look outdated SOON!
                                  
So here's the before:


And although it looked nice, it just needed something! 

It took my husband really an afternoon and a lot of sweet tea (not even a full day) to complete this project.

I snapped a few progress pics too!






This is with one coat of Benjamin Moores White Dove. In total it took 3 coats.


He had to lower it a bit from the dining room because of the dang light switch!


And tah-dah here's the after! We couldn't be happier with it!

 I haven't totally decided on how I want to style it yet. I just moved around what I had for now.


I feel that the wall looks grounded now and not just floating. And anytime you add architectural interest to a room, its a win win!

As far a decorating goes…

I've been looking at some entryway benches like these, which could actually double as extra dining room seating!



I love when I have a new area to decorate!

Oh and I almost forgot...

I still love shiplap and don't be surprised if I cave and it shows up somewhere!

Have a great day!
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The Sofa Story!

Saturday, April 2, 2016


If you remember a few posts back I said there was a sofa story!

Of course there is! 

Its me!

First let me tell you a little about me!

When I decorate, I decorate fast!

Which in some cases can be good, but in some cases it can be bad…very bad! 

I make fast decisions and I know what I want. 

That makes for fast shopping trips and I'm in and out of stores. 

Move it people! I've got things to do and people to see! Lol Well not really, but in this case it was fast and I made a bad decision.  

There hasn't been a lot of them but this one was bad…


One afternoon we went just "looking" at sofas at Ethan Allen. Yeah right! Who are we trying to fool…just looking!

 It. Has. Never. Happened! 

I knew exactly the sofa that I wanted to look at, the Chadwick. And it is a stunner! A completely tufted back (no loose back cushions to get scrunched down!) Rolled arms, and nail head trim.

 I was in love at first sight!

I picked out a beautiful gray linen that looked like it was nice and durable. Okay so far so good. No bad decisions here!

We sat on it. Key word "sat on it." We did not lay down on it. 

Big no no!

We waited the 8 weeks for it to come, and it actually arrived 2 weeks early! 

Happy dance!

They brought the beauty in, okay the color and fabric looked beautiful with the rest of my room. 

I sat down on it. Good. It sat well. We're all good there…

Then that night I was all set to snuggle in for a night of Netflix binge watching and what happened next? 

 Total discomfort!

 It was hard, too narrow (okay no fat jokes!) and well basically, 

THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE SOFA I'VE EVER LAID ON!!

HOLY CRAP!!!

Now mind you this sofa is from Ethan Allen, so it was not cheap! 

And it wasn't just me that thought this. My husband took his turn at laying down. He had to lay his right arm down on the floor. 

This was not a snugly kind of sofa.  And I'm a snuggle in, lay down to watch TV kind of person.

 I don't blame the sofa or Ethan Allen. Its just the kind of sofa that it is! It's for a formal living room where you might entertain with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

But we thought we would give it a good college try!

We lived with it for a while and after a couple of phone calls to our Ethan Allen store and dealing with a wonderful and helpful manager. We worked out a deal to return it and pick out something new, and comfortable.

So back to the store we went!



We ended up picking out this sofa. Its the Hyde sofa. And one of the things that I thought I didn't want in the beginning was loose back cushions. But I've come to realize that having loose back cushions buys you at least 2-3 inches when you remove them and makes for a very roomy sofa.

And I will say that this time we sat on it, laid on it (for about an hour) we were starting to get some looks and did everything except binge watch a Netflix series on it!

It will arrive in the next couple of weeks and I can't wait for that day!

 For now I've rearranged the living room to accommodate no sofa and I have to say it looks good. Very open. 

Hmm maybe we don't even need a sofa!


Nah, like I said before I'm a snuggle in, lay down kind of a girl!

And there you have it…The sofa story!
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Shiplap or Board and Batten?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great Easter!

Ours was filled with family, fun, food and laughter! You can't ask for more than that, right?

Today is a day of putting Easter decor away, cleaning and straightening up after the whirl wind of family have left!

 I hope I never tire of entertaining, because it's one of the things in life that brings me the greatest joy!

 Its when our house is at its best! You know all spit-shined and full of the people I love most in the world!

But on to the reason for this post….


I have an area that you see when you first walk in the front door that just needs something! The walls with the clock and the mirror. So while I was working around today I had an idea! Why not do a little wall treatment! Maybe some shiplap or board and batten. Board and batten is what we have in the rest of the house, so this might flow better.

First the definition of board and batten:
 Board and batten is an exterior or interior paneling that has alternating wide boards and narrow wooden strips, called battens. The boards are about one foot wide and placed horizontally or vertically. The battens are usual about 1/2 inch wide, and are placed over the seams between the boards.

To read a tutorial of our easy and inexpensive way to achieve this look click here.

Here's some pretty examples of both...


We made an accent wall of board and batten in our living room and its amazing how much it adds to the room. It gives the room some architectural interest. Instead of just flat boring walls.



And when we added our dining room, board and batten was all I could see in this space! And I love it!  The Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls and white board and batten just looks so crisp and clean!

And some from around the web...

Source: Houzz

Think outside the box!

It doesn't have to be painted white!

I love this navy blue version. So different!


Source: Houzz

This board and batten is placed vertically and really gives this entrance a welcoming POP!

And then there is shiplap. If you watch Fixer Upper on HGTV then you've heard that word ALOT!

But if you've never heard of it, here ya go...

Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly in the construction of barns, sheds and inexpensive or seasonal homes. You see it a lot in beach homes. Because of its casual nature, shiplap is used indoors for the rough or rustic look that it creates when its used as paneling or a covering for a wall or ceiling.

 Source: Magnolia Market


 Source: Magnolia Market


Source: Magnolia Market

So now you are well versed in board and batten and shiplap!

Which one do you prefer?
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