Scenes From the Outdoor Room & a Winner

Friday, September 28, 2012

Our deck and patio area has been an ongoing project.  I mentioned earlier that a new dining table, chairs, and bench were part of the plan. 

As luck would have it, I waited until the chairs and table were on deep discount.  I texted the mister a picture and he said, "buy it now"!  No need to tell me twice.

He is planning to install a built-in bench in between the two arbor posts and we are waiting on another chair which has been ordered.  I love how everything is coming together - at very little cost.

My succulents outgrew their pots so I planted hot pink mums in their place and marched them down the center of the table.

The other day, I had a couple of feet of rope cut at Lowes and attached it to this old lantern for some extra texture.  Before, I hardly noticed it and now with the addition of the rope, it really grabs my eye.  By the way, the striped pillows came from My Pillow Studio, the sponsor of the giveaway.

Last weekend, Rick took the light fixtures down and gave them a good cleaning.  He also painted them a glossy black which really spiffed up the look.

The globe lights were such a great addition and in the evening this space really feels like a room.  We are trying to spend every minute out here that we can before the cold weather sets in.

And now for our winner...

Congratulations Melaine!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and a special thanks to My Pillow Studio for sponsoring the giveaway!  Have a great weekend everybody!

A Simple Fall Wreath

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I've been busy with projects here and there interspersed with client work and haven't had much time to post this week.  I did want to pop in real quick and share a simple fall wreath with you though.  Well, simple in that the wreath was made last December.  Does anyone remember my $2 magnolia wreath?

You can find the tutorial here.  After Christmas it remained in this spot for a long time.  Probably longer than it should have.  For some reason I held onto it.  Dried magnolia is pretty - especially in the fall when you have the urge to add a little rustic texture back into your decor.

This morning I hung the wreath on our front door and rather like look.  Talk about easy.  I should be ashamed to even call this a project.  It is almost like adding something to your list that you have already done just so you can check it off.  I know some of you do that.  Guilty!

I also changed out the pots on the front porch.  The combo: sky pencil hollies, dusty miller, & purple violas.  Now all I need is a few pumpkins.  Enjoy your day friends!

Joining Jennifer Rizzo.

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Client Project: An Eclectic Foyer

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Some of you might remember this post where I was considering using an animal print runner for an on-line client living in Texas.  I thought you might like to see what we finally decided on.

Here is the mood board I created for the space.  My client has an eclectic taste, likes shopping at Horchow, OKL, and J&M.  The adjacent family room uses aubergine and citron green so we also wanted to bring those colors into the foyer.  The table and mirror remained in the entryway and the other items were brought in to pull it all together.

After much discussion with the carpet installer, we decided to go with a different stair runner.  As I mentioned before, my initial reaction was to recommend painting the stair risers white and/or add a runner to the stairs - possibly an animal print.  My thoughts were that either of these options would brighten the dark foyer.  We decided to go with a sisal runner trimmed in black for the stairs and my client chose not to paint the risers.  The foyer rug will bring in a lot of light and will add a bold geometric contrast against the dark stained wood floors while still being in the neutral family.

This is the wall you see upon entering the home.  The mirror will hang above the table and the table will hold the new lamp and flowers.  There is also room beside the stairs for a small bench.

The colorful art will hang where the mirror is the image above.  The rug will bring in a fresh punch of pattern and the white umbrella stand will be the finishing touch.

My client had this beautiful light fixture custom made for her foyer.  Isn't it gorgeous?!

Here are the project sources:

Foyer rug 
Custom Bench
Umbrella Stand

P.S.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a pair of pillows.

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Clean & Simple

Monday, September 24, 2012

I don't know if this is a result of the cool fall air, but I am on a clean and simple craze right now.  I'm loving white, gray, and lots of texture.  Not that this is a new thing, but I'm really finding myself drawn to it more than ever.  Sometimes I wonder if it is because of my work and how I see many of the same patterns and colors over and over.  I'll admit that I have tried injecting bright colors into our home, but always go back to a more simple color pallet.  For now at least, here is what is inspiring me.








I guess it would be safe to say that I will be incorporating a few of these pretty elements in the next few weeks.  I'm ready to bring in some warmer colors and textures in the form of pillows and fabrics.  Small details that will hopefully make a big difference.  I also need to work on the fall mantel.  Most of you are way ahead of me there.  Speaking of fall, have you found any good deals on pumpkins and mums?  

And speaking of pumpkins, have you seen these beautiful chalk painted pumpkins on the Perfectly Imperfect blog?  That's all for now.  Have a great day!

P.S.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a pair of pillows from My Pillow Studio.

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Welcome To My Newest Sponsor, Windows By Melissa!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

When it comes to custom window treatments, Windows By Melissa is one of my favorite sources on etsy.  So needless to say, I am thrilled to welcome her as my newest sponsor!  I'm sure you have seen her gorgeous work around the blogs and on pinterest, but there may be a few images you haven't seen before.

Roman shades are one her specialties.  Love this little peek into this kitchen!

Windows By Melissa also makes custom panels and now has the horizontal stripes that everyone loves.

To stay informed about giveaways, product updates, as well as client before & afters, please visit the Windows By Melissa blog.

Interested in becoming a Cottage & Vine sponsor?  Email me for rates. 

P.S.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a pair of pillows.

A Pillow Giveaway With My Pillow Studio!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012


Happy Friday my dears!  My Pillow Studio has offered a generous giveaway to one of my lucky readers!  My Pillow Studio on Etsy makes beautiful pillow covers in indoor and outdoor designer fabrics and they are graciously giving away a pair of pillows, any size up to 18". 

I'm loving these for fall...

  Citrine Lumbar

Pink, Orange, & Grey

  Orange & Cream

 Brown & Yellow Ikat

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is like My Pillow Studio on facebook and leave a comment.  The winner will be drawn via and will be announced next Friday.  Good luck!

Sunburst Mirrors - $150 or Less

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sunburst mirrors seem to be here to stay. I bought my first one from Ballard way back when, when mail order was the only way to order from them. Snail mail - It's true!  Sunburst mirrors come in all price points ranging anywhere from $50-1500+.  Fortunately, I found mine for a song...

 I found this pair on Craiglist.  A couple bought them for their new home and changed their mind.  Yay for indecisiveness!  They were around $20 each.  The original mirrors were silver and I really wanted gold so I used rub & buff and gold they are!

The sunburst mirror in our family room was also a great deal at Joss & Main.  My advice as with any flash sale, check often and move quickly.  Well priced sunburst mirrors go fast!

If you are on the hunt for a sunburst mirror, I managed to find all of these for under $150.  Many of them are under $100. 


 Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a new giveaway.  Have a great day!

The Sunroom Entry

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thanks for the comments about yesterday's post!  In case you missed it, you can read more here.  Today I'm sharing more pictures of the project.  And by the way, I was so anxious to take pictures of this room while the sun was still shining that the ceiling paint didn't have time to dry.  So it might look a little spotty.

This is a hybrid room that serves many purposes.  It is my office/sun-room/mudroom.  We live in a smallish home where we try to make the most of each square foot.  I wanted to do something with this empty corner in the sun-room.  It used to look something like this with a bare wall.

The wall color was BM Stratton Blue.  Love the color, just not in this room.  And, I wanted a blue ceiling so the walls needed to be neutral for this to work.

So anyway, blank wall = potential space to organize the boy stuff.  Boys are like gas molecules.  Over time, they completely fill whatever container they are in.  Ask me how I know.  My goal was to give them a spot for their backpacks & jackets, etc. and hope that they will use it.

If you were around a few weeks ago, I shared inspiration pictures for this project.  I was searching for hooks strong enough to hold 20+ pound backpacks (whatever happened to using your locker at school?).  Strong hooks are available, but most come with a hefty price tag.  I found cast iron hooks for a steal at Hobby Lobby.

I also found this basket at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon.  Score!  Now we have a place for the various and sundry items that land on the floor.  Any suggestions for what to do when the basket is full ;)?

The Deets

Wall color - Glidden, satin white
Ceiling Color - Glidden, semi-gloss Icy Teal
Armoir - local (out of business)
Hooks - Hobby Lobby
Basket - Hobby Lobby
Chevron Rug - Joss & Main
Window Shades - Lowes

Introducing "Show Your Colors" and a Project Sneakity Peek!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Have you heard of the new interactive widget by Glidden paint that allows you to explore before and after images of renovations and room redo's?  It is called "Show Your Colors".

Please follow me to learn more about this fun little design tool that you will want to add to your bag of tricks and also see my most recent project using Glidden paint.  Join me here.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy weekend friends!  I hope you get to do the things you enjoy with the people you love this weekend.  In case you are planning to pick apples, I thought I'd re-post this apple crisp recipe.  It is super easy and oh so yummy.  We picked so many apples that we made three crisps and still had apples left over.  Enjoy!

Apple Crisp

2 1/2 lb. apples (about 6 medium) peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced
2-3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Crisp topping:
1 cup all purpose flour
5 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (pecans are a good choice) 
1 stick butter, cut into small pieces and chilled

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

To make filling, toss the apples with sugar, cinnamon, and flour.

Add filling to a 9" pie pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

To make topping, in a medium bowl mix together all the topping ingredients with a pastry cutter (a fork works just fine) until small pebbly pieces of butter are distributed throughout mixture.
Sprinkle entire mixture over the apples.  Bake until the topping is golden and the fruit is bubbling and tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.