Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ruffle Shade

A few weeks ago I did a total transformation on my living/dining room, and I am in love with how it turned out! (pictures to come.....still have one big project to complete)

I have never been in love with our light over the dining room table....and I have big plans to replace it in time. Until then, I wanted to add some softness to it with shades. I fell in love with a few at Ballard Designs....but couldn't bring myself to spend $20 per shade!!!!!!

I stopped off at the Goodwill...and found 5 shades for $5 total......despite the AWFUL 80's print...I had a vision!

I spray painted them with primer, and then just a flat white. It covered REALLY well, which kind of surprised me.

I made ruffles......and took out my trusty glue gun to add them to the shades. this was a SUPER easy project!

They just make me smile! I don't even feel the need to rush out and buy a new fixture anymore!

I do believe that for about $10 for all five shades.....this project was a total success!!!!!

I have a few more projects that I will be sharing this be on the lookout!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away...

I know that I shouldn't complain about the rain we have had this week......because my family in Virginia has been dealing with snow. BUT........I am SOOOO ready to get our porch and yard in order that I just can't wait!

We are getting some new trees and bushes for our backyard...and this is VERY exciting for me!

We live in a cookie cutter neighborhood and the thought of feeling like my backyard is OUR little oasis makes me very excited!!!!!!!

This is our back porch currently. I love it.....but Love how the picture below feels a little better! (might be their view of the water......and not of the neighbors backyard. :)
I might be making my spring/summer porch project a little bigger than I had originally planned.

We had thought about screening the porch in.....but the idea of one more thing for the dog to destroy just annoys me! The little railing does look so nice though........

Hope you are staying out of the rain and enjoying all that Spring has to offer!


Friday, March 25, 2011


I have been beyond busy with company, kids, orders, allergies......and am using this weekend to catch up!

For now.....there is a giveaway today at Decorating is run on over and check it out!!!!!!!

Have a great day!!!!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Beach Lovin

It is no secret that I LOVE the beach! We used to live just a few miles away from the beach on the east coast of Florida....and I MISS that daily!

I know I shouldn't complain that it takes about 45 min from our home now....but it seems like a big difference to us!

This weekend we went to the beach for our first visit of 2011....AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

love how everyone in our family is either a K or a C!

After a day at the pool and beach (ocean water is COLD the heated pool was our first choice!) we changed and went back down to the ocean. just can't get enough!

LOVE how Kacey turned the camera when she took this picture. She has a good eye!

So happy that we both have the same love for the beach!

My toothless little girl! haha!

Beach soccer is too fun!

What can I say.....we love big shades!

Collin just looks like he belongs living ON the beach! I don't think there is every a day that goes by without someone saying, "wow...he looks just like a little surfer". And I can totally see him living in California being a surfer some day! (although....we will have to follow him, I can NOT imagine being that far from him!!)

Beautiful sunset to end the first day at the beach in 2011.
Hope your weekend was full of fun family time too!


Friday, March 11, 2011

"Beachy" or "Frenchy"???

I can't decide if the new cases that I added in my shop are "Beachy" or "Frenchy".....but I am certain that I LOVE them!

I actually have a few beautiful vintage grainsacks.....yet I am just scared to cut them up and make pillow cases out of them. I followed their same pattern and made some with tea stained fabric and turquoise stripes.

The fabric is a little textured...and it really gives it a cool look.

Head on over to my etsy shop to check them out!

What do you say?!


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

We will be spending most of ours at the beach!!!!!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

TV Console Reveal!!!!!!

I couldn't be more excited with our new TV situation!!!!!!!!!!!!

I purchased this dresser/console table on craigslist a few weeks ago....for $55....and I seriously feel like I hit the jackpot!!!!!!!

This is the before.....
SOOOO much potential!
I love how the dvd player, and all of the components fit perfectly in the middle section and all of the extra goodies go on the sides....YET IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A DRESSER WITH DRAWERS!!

There was a bit of water damage on the top, and there was a greasy stain all over it! I am pretty sure that the seller tried to make it look nicer and loaded it up with pledge prior to selling.

After stripping stain, two coats of primer, and two coats of paint......I am one seriously happy girl!

I think Chad is just as excited, if not more, than me!

I kept the original hardware because I really did love it.

Our last project is to get a cover to hide the cords...and then paint it the wall color.

I am thrilled that my home is really coming together!
I will be posting a tutorial on how I stripped the stain and layers of pledge tomorrow!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


This beautiful baby is officially is mounted over it......and we are all thrilled with it.

Problem pics are taking FOREVER to the big reveal will be tomorrow! wahoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Watch Out

I totally forgot to post that as of January.....OUR KIDS ARE OFFICIALLY TWO WHEEL BIKE RIDING PROS!
They amaze me daily....and learned how to ride in less than 30 min!

This fact makes Chad VERY happy, because he used to race BMX bikes....and wants nothing more than to have bike loving kids!

Collin is seriously good! He just has such determination in everything that he does! (tried out a new function with my camera...and I do believe I screwed up EVERY single picture of their first try on two wheels! GRRR!)

Kacey is a little more cautious....but did great! (Not so great at putting together this outfit..ha!)

This picture just makes me smile! I must have taken hundreds of pictures of us on top of the RV at the Daytona 500...........but catching this moment makes me smile. haha!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I have been a busy busy girl lately!

My house is FINALLY coming together!

I found a few amazing pics the other day and have really hit the ground running after seeing them! (please excuse...I have no idea where they came from originally....I found them on google)

Turquoise, white and red are my favorite color combo! Thought it might be a little bold to add to a room.....BUT I AM GOING FOR IT!

I painted a few of my dining room chairs a similar blue a few years ago....AND I LOVE THEM!

I have been adding a few additional red items in my living room, and they really pop!

This kitchen just makes me smile! I think just a few pops of color make it feel a little more approachable than my original ALL white!

This last pic is amazing to me! I made myself a few coral cases from my shop and they fit really well!
I am hoping to post pics of our "new and improved" living room this weekend........and will be posting pics this week of our mounted tv over my amazing craigslist find!