Feb 28, 2012

Apartment Therapy - The Homies

One of my blogger friends let me know that my blog was nominated for an award on
 Apartment Therapy  - The Homies
Best Home Design Blogs 

Like my home?  Like my blog?

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Thanks friends!

You can vote until March 2nd... 

The Nosey Goose .... inspiration

I have to share with you a sweet little shop near where I live.

I've driven by this shop 100 times thinking...I have to go in there.
I finally did while shopping for a baby girls room.

I asked the sweet owner if I could feature her store in a post on my blog.
She kindly said yes. So I am going to show you some inspiring photos taken on my visit there.

The covered porch light fixture.

I love a place that makes me want to go home and redecorate  my whole house...

The Nosey Goose
33 Wall Street
 Madison CT

Thank you Ms. Morawski...

Feb 25, 2012

A Simple, Natural & Recycled Table Scape

So those who know me or know my blog.. you know that I am NOT formal at all...
(I'm really  "down to earth".... hence my blog name)

Feb 23, 2012

New Display Wall with Function

We have only one wall in our kitchen to hang things on.
It is also the entrance area to the garage.

So we keep our keys there along with kids homework and random items we need to be quick at hand.

Feb 22, 2012

"Tween" Girl Room

When I decorate for kids - I let them pick out the bedding first, then I take it from there.

Kids love to have things they made and all kinds of "special things" around them.

Feb 20, 2012

Yes... a door on my mantel

A little change of scenery in a room makes the space feel fresh.
I switched up our mantel to freshen up our family room....

Feb 19, 2012

{Versatile Blogger Award & Linky Follow}


I don't know if I am very versatile. I'm pretty one track mind about home decor but.....
I appreciate the recognition so very much and I am so happy I have a few readers.
Thank You truly for your support.

Thank You to Amanda @ School House Scraps for this award.

Amanda is starting a new link party on the weekends..

I am passing this award on to SEVEN other bloggers.
(in NO particular order)

All Things Chic 2

A very PRETTY blog.

Bella Nest

Holly features other bloggers on Fridays.  I will be guest posting on her blog the first Friday in March.
(that's versatile)

At Home with K

I like to link up at Kindra's Terrific Under Ten Tuesday parties.
She has cute ideas for not much money.

Gwen always makes me laugh.

When I started blogging I didn't realize that I would get to meet such nice people like Elizabeth.

Deidre has been working so hard on projects in her house.

A VERY supportive blogger friend.

These girls get to choose who gets this award next.... choose 7 and pay it forward.
Visit my Versatile Blogger friends and don't forget to follow them with Linky Tools.
I have a Linky box too... go ahead and "follow" along.


Have a Beautiful Sunday.

Feb 17, 2012

{bringing in the details...}

I'm going to share with you a few accents and details that I like to bring into a home when I get to do all the decorating...

(from Kris and Steve's House)

The main foyer features a chocolate accent wall for some very important photos.
  I love iron nail buttons and lots of jute twine wrapped around it and then taped behind the photo frames to make it look like they are actually hanging from the jute.

We also embellished the little black lamp shades with cute trim from the craft store and hot glue.

To the left are some old garden gates screwed right into the wall.  These were a vintage find from a salvage yard in Vermont.

On the front foyer door I, of course, dangle a twiggy natural wreath from a thumb tack and ribbon.
The "family est." words were printed with my Cricut.

Another easy trick is to add some simple molding around entry doors.  This is a two story foyer so it could use some added height. I put a 1x4 of pine and then a decorative trim cut at a 15 degree angle.
Don't forget the caulk.

(to see the dining room on the left side of this foyer click here)

As you walk down the center hall you come into a great room.
The kitchen, breakfast area and a family room.
The GROCERIES sign is a rustic addition to compliment the modern style mirror.
(mixing styles gives a more "collected over time" look - not a "walk in the furniture store and purchase a whole room" look)

This black french door leads to the finished basement.
Removing the six panel white door and bringing in an accent door gives this space a whole lot of character.
Plus - now you can see the living area below making the home feel even larger than before.
If you want to read more about my door ideas click here.

The cabinets are all natural maple but we enhanced the island to look like old world furniture.

If you want to read more about simple kitchen island makeovers
 in this similar style click here.

Since this floor plan is very open, the decor needed to flow from room to room.
The board and batten trim above the fireplace mantel is consistent with the dining room wainscoting and also the way I trimmed out the island in the kitchen.
Carrying the mantel color to the ceiling makes the fireplace a bigger and
 more beautiful focal point.

Now the mantel displays stand out more.
This lovely photograph is framed in one of my handcrafted chunky frames.

I hang the curtain rods as high as possible to accentuate ceiling height.
These neutral panels were from Target but to make them look more custom we used Stitch Witchery to iron on some ribbon (no sew is the way to go).  The chocolate color ties in with the chocolate accent wall and dark walnut wood stain used on several furniture and art pieces.  Kris already had these wooden rods so we just spray painted them a flat black to look like iron. The iron scroll accent above the molding is another detail that replays a little in each room. 

Creamy knit slip covered chairs sit in the corners of this family room.  This wall to the right needed some sort of art. While keeping the mantel the main focal point, we chose some large scale but simple black and white pattern pieces that don't demand too much attention but tie in with the other decor.

On the opposite wall behind the other slip covered chair I made some custom art pieces that are simple and unique.

I worked with the textures and color to get it just right and the square wall art duo is perfect in this corner. They also go with all the other decor and don't demand too much attention yet fill the space perfectly.
It's nice to bring in unique, handmade details that not everybody in the neighborhood can just go out and buy.

Like this coffee table that I also made for this cute family.

This house has a darling side entrance from the driveway.  I made sort of a "mudroom" with easy storage for little mittens and jackets.  The shelf is just 2-1x6 boards on top of pine brackets purchased at the lumber store. The iron hooks were purchased at a home center.

We found this bench at an unfinished wood furniture store and I used the same stain and finish here as I did on the coffee table and the shelf above.

(There are a couple more room reveals coming soon from this gorgeous home.)

Keeping a consistent color scheme and similar decor through this home makes it feel warm and comfortable with easy flow.  There are enough little details in each room that give it a signature style all it's own.

I hope some of these little accents and tips help inspire you in your own decorating adventures.
Don't forget the details...

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