Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ding Dong! Would Someone Get The Door Please?

Hi! Are you here for Rhoda's Fall Door Decor Party? Me too!

This basket stays on my door most of the year. I saw a basket like this in a picture once and knew I had to have it! I loved the large size! I finally tracked this one down online years ago. I swap out the flowers depending on the season. This is my Fall look!

Here you can see the size a bit better. I like that it is a little departure from a wreath and the basket makes it easier to see on the dark door. 

Thanks for stopping by! I'm going to drool over enjoy all the other fabulous front doors at the party!

Join me over at Rhoda's

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Kitchen Tavern

In reading on my older blog post's, I saw I had made a promise I forgot to keep! So sorry! In a previous post, I showed you my new drapes for the kitchen window and mentioned about a sign I had bought at last year's Country Living Fair that I would show you in another post. Well, here it is:

I love the rustic quality it brings to the breakfast area and it goes with the black chairs around my kitchen table.

Before, I had a set of white platters hanging in this space. You can see them here:

I love this look too, but I also love changing it up every now and then!

It's amazing what one little change to a room can do!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall and my PB Console!

I can't seem to get enough of Fall! Yesterday I was busy styling my new console that sits along a large wall in my family room. For years it sat empty because I had no idea what to do with it... until I saw this picture in the Pottery Barn catalog. The Tivoli Console Table! It instantly became a hit of decorating forums and blog land when it was released last year. For me, it was the answer to my prayers!  It was the perfect size for the long wall. Usually our Christmas tree goes here, but I measured and the table will fit perfectly behind the sofa when I need to move it. Bonus!

This is the first time I've really decorated with it since hanging the pictures on the wall. (Still not finished with that!)

The hurricanes I purchased on sale with a gift card I already had. Love!

I see a bright future for this table and all the ways I can use it!

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Have a great day!

Friday, September 23, 2011

"Are You Ready For Some Football?"

Happy first day of Fall and happy Friday!

What goes better with Fall than football? Since it is Football Friday Night  and I have a senior football player this year, then why not start the party? As we say goodbye to summertime activities, we gear up for a busy season of Football. In my house it starts on Friday evening and continues into Sunday. After school is when the fesitivities begin as the high school parking lot fills with students and parents dressed in their spiritwear ready to support their team! The kids usually have a theme for the home games and they dress in whatever that theme is for that week! It's fun to see what they come up with and all the crazy attire they wear. It's a great way for them to show their school spirit and support their team. During the September 11th weekend, our student's chose "America" as their theme and came dressed in red, white and blue. Some came dressed as political figures too. I saw Lincoln, Nixon and Obama all together in the student section!

Captain America (bottom row middle) leading the students with three of our presidents below him...

Releasing balloons as the team runs on the field...

Of course for the collegiate fan, no football game would be complete without a proper tailgate!


"A party in the parking lot" with  great food and drink!'s "Complete Tailgating Guide" has recipe's and idea's for decor for your tailgate with a printable Game Day Checklist.

Below is my easy recipe for Game Day Beer Brats

Game Day Beer Brats

12 Bratwurst Sausage
3 bottles lager beer
2 large onions sliced
2  large bottles roasted red peppers, sliced
12 brat rolls, split

Grill brats until brown and cooked through
While brats are grilling, brown sliced onion in large pot
Add beer to pot with onions and simmer over medium high heat
When brats are cooked through, add to pot with beer and onions and keep on a low simmer
When ready to serve, drain brats and onions from beer and place in  serving bowl

To serve, spread each bun with mustard and place brat in bun. Top with onions and roasted red pepper.

Enjoy with a nice cold beer!

Weather you are watching a high school, collegiate or NFL game this weekend, sit back, relax and cheer your team on to victory!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A repurposed chicken feeder

Are you ready for this? A repurposed item that didn't need sanding, priming or painting! No power tools, glues or screws! That's my kind of craft! Not sure this actually counts as a craft, but, I found this chicken feeder and a light bulb went off. I could use this non stop throughout the year by switching out the items that are placed IN it! Perfect! Here it is on the mantel all dressed for Fall.

 Once I placed the candles, I filled in with pinecones and acorns and added small pumpkins and leaves.

It is almost three feet long. Love the patina!

I can swap out the pumpkins and leaves for shiny ornaments and I'll have a whole new look ready for Christmas!
It is such a versatile piece. I can see it as a center piece on a rustic farm table or on a console. On a kitchen island filled with herbs would be a pretty spring time look. The possibilities are endless!

So next time you are about to walk away from an old rusty, dirty piece of metal, think again!

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Have a great day!

~ Holly ~

If you've read "About Me" on my sidebar, then you've read we have a "warm and fuzzy friend named Holly". She is my trusty companion throughout the day. (She is lying right behind me as I write this). Holly came to live with us almost 2 1/2 years ago. It was my youngest who really pushed us into the decision. She researched online after we talked a little about what kind of dogs we liked. Mr. Decor and I had a sweet black lab named Alex, as our first child shortly after we were married back in the day. We have an affection for labs so that seemed the obvious choice. Seeing that we had already had a black male lab made our decision easy. Colorwise and gender wise we wished for the opposite. And so, my sweet girl set about to find a cute, warm, fuzzy friend who was also blonde and female. In no time at all the search engine pointed her to a new litter of 6 week old puppies that were ready for a new home!
All of this seems like a nice story of a nice family looking to add yet another body to our house of six, but what was really driving my sweet girl to find a pup for us was her ABSOLUTE FEAR OF DOGS! I kid you not! If a dog came within fifteen yards of her, she would start shaking. She had an uncanny knack to know when a dog was in the area and then grab my arm to hold me back as if we were about to get attacked! I have no idea why this started. She had never been attacked by a dog and had no reason to be afraid. This behavior went on from the time she was a little girl until she reached double digits. It interferred with certain aspects of her life like going to a friends house. She would say to me, "what if they have a dog?" She had to plan around these things and I'm pretty sure she didn't get invites because some families saw it as inconveinent to put their animal away while she was there. In order for her to get past her fear, she thought if she owned a dog it would help her get over it.
So, after seeing the litter of cuteness on the web, she announced that the breeder lived only 35 minutes from us. Mr. Decor and I exchanged glances and went back to what we were doing at the time. We knew what was ahead if we gave in and I'm talking about the training, house breaking and vacuuming  tumbleweeds of fur that would take up my day. Two days later, on a Saturday morning while sitting at the computer she announced that the puppies were still there. "Pleeease"? was all she said as I peered at them on the monitor. Mr. Decor, looked at me and said, "you better make up your mind if we're driving there this afternoon". With that, I went upstairs to get a towel to bring in the car. I don't know why I got the towel, but I did and we set off with our youngest man child for the 35 minute drive. Sweet girl stayed home. She was too afraid to even pick out a puppy!
When we arrived, the breeder lead us into a barn and through a door where six golden lab puppies lay in a big whelping box.  I knelt down in the box with the puppies. I didn't know where to begin as my inner child was present and I couldn't focus on just one. Even the man child asked how we were suppose to pick out just one. Mr. Decor took no time at all scanning the puppies and reached past me and picked up a warm and fuzzy female. I remember asking when the pups were born and the breeder said Christmas Day. And that was the end of it. Before I knew it, I was writing a check and we walked out to the car holding our newest family member. The youngest man child held the pup in his lap for the ride home. We tried thinking of names, but none seemed just right until I asked the oldest man child when we got home. "We need to find a name. She was born on Christmas day and she's a girl" I said. He quickly replied, "Holly."  Holly it was!
So, that is the story of how our warm and fuzzy friend joined our family. The vacuum gets regular use and there are still marks on the edge of the stairs where she chewed. Tending to a growing pup is a lot of work and was like having a newborn. Getting up in the middle of the night to go outside was not unlike the newborn stage of my babies diaper changing at 2 a.m. We've gone through chewed slippers and socks and even car keys that cost us almost a grand to replace because of the little chip it contained, but we couldn't imagine life without her...well...almost! What is it about labs and socks anyway?
Oh and to answer your question... sweet girl is over her fear of dogs!

Holly's first day home

Getting a little bigger

 and bigger...

she could be found investigating a milk carton...

or sleeping under a table

...or constructing her own doggy door. (she stuck her head through the screen)

...or playing in a mud puddle...

But the best thing she's done is teach a sweet girl there's nothing to be afraid of!!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Getting My Fall On!

Little by little Fall is arriving at my house...

On the porch...

in the dining room...

and in the family room...

What I love about decorating for Fall is it will last all the way into Thanksgiving! I start in September and little by little I add through October and into November tweaking a bit here and there. For instance, I can mix in my Halloween items and add my Thanksgiving dec's later. Basically, I start with the "bones" which is what you see here.

Off to the store to go find some mums!

Join me at No Minimalist Here Open House Party!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Something old, something new...

Welcome back and Happy Monday!

I promised you yesterday I would show you the goodies that followed me home from The Country Living Fair! So, let's get started...

This beautiful transferware plate was the first thing I spied at a darling little tent stocked with vintage items. It immediately caught my attention. I have been wanting brown transferware for awhile and I loved the toile like design on this one.

I must have been on a toile kick, because this is what I grabbed at the next tent! These are the perfect addition to my newly redesigned guest room. I recently painted this room BM Alexandria Beige and the toile pattern matches perfectly.  I love how they look in here!

Next up is this little dish. The verse has a special meaning to me because my husband was in the Navy when we met and I then became the wife of a sailor!

 Another item I couldn't resist are these serving pieces. The handles are mother of pearl.

The plate and dish have found a new home on this old leather topped chest that once belonged to my parents...

I love all my new treasures. I hope you do too!

Please go visit Debbie. She is hosting a Newbie Party today for all of us who are new to blogging. Thanks Debbie!

Have a great day!

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