Friday, April 29, 2011

Oh Snap

OK, I need your help friends.  For about a month now, we have had a half upholstered chair sitting in our sun-room.  The plan is for me to recover it.  Do I know anything about upholstery?  No, but that never stops us does it?  The problem was removing the old fabric.  I have spent countless hours working on the removal and was still less than half way.

So the other evening, I told Mr. that if I could get the fabric off, I could easily recover the chair myself.  What was I thinking?

He reached for his heavy pliers and in ten minutes the fabric was off.





Crud.  What do I do now?  Have you upholstered a chair before?  This one has a channel back.  Can I change it to tufted?  Help.me.please.


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In other news, congratulations to Janell 
and all of the incredibly talented
bloggers behind House of Fifty.

Also, congratulations to
my blogging friend Sherry
  for her feature in this months
Better Home & Gardens.

Enjoy your weekend!



Thursday, April 28, 2011

Container Gardening & a Winner

Each spring I get so excited about planting flowers and planning new container combinations.  I usually fill pots by the front and back doors with annuals for a colorful welcome.  Out of curiosity I took this quiz to see if anything struck my fancy as far as containers are concerned.  There were only a few questions to answer about my preferences, sunlight, gardening experience, etc.  Then I received the recipe for this.


This urn contains:


I can't wait to see how they look in a couple of weeks.  So have you already planted your containers?  If you haven't and are looking for ideas, you might want to take the quiz too.



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Thank you to Sandy for graciously giving away one of your inspiring books!
The winner is...

Blogger willandteresa said...I LOVE this giveaway. I have been eyeing this book for awhile now!
April 25, 2011 12:14 PM

If you didn't win, you can still purchase the book on amazon for around $12.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Ideas & a Giveaway Reminder

What do you give a mother who has everything?  That is always my dilemma.  Mom either already has it or it is out of my price range.  Right Mom?  One idea that makes sense to me is to find something unique with a hint of luxury and that still fits the budget - like these coat hangers from OOTCH.  I would love to receive a set of hangers covered in beautiful fabrics and believe they would make the perfect gift for any occasion.

Here are some of my  favorites...


Another gift idea that would make my day is a new pillow or twelve.  Fabulous But Frugal has been busy adding new styles.  Check it out...




Just as a side note, does anyone remember this beautiful mood board made by Holly Mathis?  FBF has the elements to make this work here, here, and here.

Happy shopping!


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In case you missed the giveaway, you can get the details here
The winner will be announced tomorrow.

The Inside Scoop



Today I am thrilled to be a guest on the blog The Mustard Ceiling.  Elizabeth is hosting a fun Q & A series called The Inside Scoop.  Elizabeth has a wonderful blog filled with lots of beautiful inspiration.  Now please come on over and check out the series.


I'm just waiting for a comment that says, "the 70's called and Leif Garrett wants his hair back". 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Curb Appeal in the Desert

(the back porch)

It is good to be home and settled in.  After a day of yard work, which barely scratches the surface, I am ready to wrap up a few projects that I started before our trip.  Until then, I thought you might like to see a few ton of pictures.

One thing I love about La Quinta is the climate.  The days are hot and the nights are cool.  The air is always dry so the heat never seems as bad as the humid and hot summers we have here in the south.  In the evenings we open all of the doors and let the fresh air flow.  The homes all share a similar floor plan which includes a central courtyard.  Most of the homes look like this one below and are all tucked into the foot of a mountain.  The thing that sets each apart from the others is the door to the courtyard.


One night after dinner, we took a walk and I snapped a few pictures.  Enjoy.














Below is the gate to my in-law's home from the inside (sorry I don't have a view from the street).  The boys are busy making water balloons - a favorite past time.  Several years ago, one of them raised an umbrella at the pool and out fell a water balloon.  We heard giggles off in the distance.  Instant friendships were formed that day.  Our boys made friends with two other boys who spend their spring break in La Quinta and the four of them reconnect every year.

This is the view from the courtyard through the house - doors open.  Love.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Back From La Quinta & a Giveaway!!!

 ***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

To say that a week in Southern California was dreamy would be an understatement.  Days filled with sunshine, beautiful flowers, and dining alfresco are only the beginning.  Knowing that I had a wonderful group of bloggers here to fill in for me while I was gone made my time away even more enjoyable.  I hope you enjoyed their guest posts and found them to be inspiring.
(La Quinta resort)
While I was in California, I often thought how wonderful it would be to have access to summer beauty year round.  Especially when it comes to entertaining.  I mean, stepping outside to cut a few flowers from the garden, or fresh ingredients for a special recipe would certainly make it easier and more enjoyable.

(bougainvillea from the back porch)

During our stay, one of our son's friend and his father drove down from L.A. to spend the day.  As much as I enjoy entertaining, I admit that sometimes it can be stressful.  Especially when you don't know your guests well, or in this case at all.  Will they like the food?  Will we run out of things to talk about?  --- are some of the things that ran through my mind.
(I served rotisserie chicken salad on croissants)

As I was preparing lunch, I found myself channeling Sandy from the blog the Reluctant Entertainer.  She has such a laid back California style that I would love to claim for my own.  Sandy realizes that entertaining doesn't always come easy - hint reluctant entertainer

Sandy has written a book to inspire us and to remind us that entertaining is more about connecting with others and less about perfection.


Here is just a peek at what you will find inside:

more than 40 recipes
tips for creating a welcoming atmosphere
questions that spark conversation
thoughts to open your heart and home


In honor of Mother's Day, Sandy is giving away a signed copy of her book.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment.

For additional entries you may:

1. Leave an extra comment if you are a C & V follower.
2. Leave an extra comment if you follow the Reluctant Entertainer.

The winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced this Thursday.  Good luck!

To learn more about the book or to purchase your own copy:

The Reluctant Entertainer: Every Woman's Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality

Friday, April 22, 2011

Today's Special Guest: Kelle Dame


Today I am thrilled to introduce the lovely and talented professional organizer and designer Kelle Dame!!  Welcome Kelle!

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Hello to all of Rene's fabulous readers!

I'm so happy that Rene asked me to do a guest post. Flattered, actually :)

Today, I'm excited to share with all of you one of my most favorite ways to adorn the walls of my home and the homes of my clients. With kid's art!!

Is there anything that brings more fun and whimsy to a room than your kids?? I know they bring sand, germs, and dirt, and lots of other messy stuff too, but showcasing their work is one of the ways to savor at least one of the great parts of being a parent.



Nothing makes me happier than incorporating the bold creations of a two year old into a seriously designed space. I love to see their creations taken seriously and framed and matted. Imagine how special they feel when their work is incorporated into your permanent decor in a non-magnet on the fridge sort of way.


Their creations can most certainly hold their own. My daughter's work looks right at home on the wall in our family room amongst the pieces created by more serious, and professional artists. 

Sometimes you might not even know the difference. 

Can you spot the kid's art?

This one....


OR this one....



Ok. Maybe it is easier than I thought to spot the "real" one, but still, the kids art is pretty darn close!!

The care free time of being a child is so short lived. We have to savor it. Before we know it, they're well on their way to grown up town and the freedom of expression won't come as easily. 

I find myself envious of my daughter's carefree spirit with her paint brushes. 

Although, sometimes her care free spirit leads her to eating the paint.

I couldn't paint these if I tried....


Do you see a long legged bird? I do.


I wonder if she was even thinking about sunsets, yet somehow, that is what she created.

If you feel that you can't go hog wild framing all of their worthy creations, here is another fun idea... 


This feature wall that I put together last summer cost me a total of $48!!

I found the large frame at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $18 and then I had a piece of plywood cut for the backing that cost $10. The fabric was a remnant that I found for $6 and it just happened to match the green on the walls (putting fabric on the back makes it possible for you to make 900 nail holes and never have to fill them) The gold Louis style frame is from my favorite local, ArtWorks Kenosha. The white frames were Goodwill finds that I spray painted. Each one was around $3. 

This wall changes constantly and the empty frames can be filled with any one of her seasonal creations. 

Remember, the goal is to sing their praises and to incorporate their creations into your permanent decor. If you do, you're bound to come home to a place that really makes you smile.

Thanks again Rene for asking me over to your fabulous blog today! 

Feel free to stop by my blog or my website to see more of my budget friendly ideas for your home. 

Kelle
xx

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Kelle, I have to say this post brought tears.  You are so right about children and their carefree spirit.  Wish we could all hold onto that a little longer.  Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us today!

Wow!  This has been a great week filled with talented guests!  I am truly honored that each of them made the time to stop by this week.  I hope you all enjoyed reading the posts as much as I did.


Happy weekend!
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