Fun Friday Finds Friday, May 29 2009 

While browsing online today I came across some cheerful accessories to share.

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

West Elm

West Elm

Target

Target

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Target

Target

Target

Target

Target

Target

Rug to Riches Thursday, May 28 2009 

I’ve had this rug that is under our dining table for a long time. I think I only paid $17 for it at Garden Ridge and I’ve always thought it looked too dark. I would like to get something to brighten up the space. Here is my room now:

It’s a tough room too because it’s right next to the kitchen, so I have two different colored tables right next to each other.

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I would also like to change the table runner and accessories around, but for now I’m looking for a rug. Here are some I like although I’ll probably end up looking at Garden Ridge or Old Time Pottery for something similar, but cheaper:

Lowes

Lowes

Lowes

Lowes

Lowes

Lowes

Lowes

Lowes

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Target

Target

Target

Target

Target

Target

 
So what do you guys think? I want something brighter, but not too busy. (The black and red Target one is probably a bit much.)  Or should I get rid of the rug and not have one at all there?

Delightful Dining Wednesday, May 27 2009 

Since I haven’t posted any room inspiration pictures in several days, here are desired dining spaces to delight your eyes:

Thisoldhouse.com

Thisoldhouse.com

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Thisoldhouse.com

Thisoldhouse.com

 

Thisoldhouse.com

Thisoldhouse.com

 

BHG.com

BHG.com

BHG.com

BHG.com

 

BHG.com

BHG.com

 

BHG.com

BHG.com

 

BHG.com

BHG.com

 

BHG.com

BHG.com

 

BHG.com

BHG.com

BHG.com

BHG.com

Home Goods, how did I live without you? Wednesday, May 27 2009 

I kept seeing posts on blogs about accessories and other fun home decor items people had bought at Home Goods. However, I had never been to one of their stores since the nearest one is over 30 miles away.

On our way back from our weekend trip I convinced my husband to stop there so I could see what they have. While hubby waited in the car (for almost an hour, oops!) I happily browsed the aisles full of delightful decor and elegant accessories. While I only came out of the store with one purchase, I had to pull myself away from the lamps, bright dishes, and beautiful pillows. I know I will be back to visit that store.

Here’s my one purchase, a fun box to store the TV remotes in to keep them tidy in the living room.

Of course everything goes better with a cat.

Recovering from a four day weekend Wednesday, May 27 2009 

My husband and I took an extra day off to have a four day weekend. We made a trip to visit several of our grandparents. After stopping to see hubby’s grandparents we continued down to my grandma’s house. She lives on a farm on the river with lots of trees and fields. While there we fed the neighbor’s calf that my grandma feeds twice a day. I lived right by my grandparents when I was little, so I used to spend a lot of time miking cows, feeding calves, and cuddling barn cats. It was nice to feed a baby calf again, they are too cute. My hubby and I took turns feeding him.

We also took a walk down to the creek. On our way back, this snake had slid across our path, blocking the road. It’s a poisonous copperhead too! We threw rocks at trying to get it to go away, but it just sat there and stared at us. Finally we inched around off the road and ran past it. We kept our eyes on the road on the way back to carefully watch out for more snakes.

Lovely Lilies Wednesday, May 27 2009 

I’m so excited to see that my asiatic lilies have started to bloom. I just planted them this year and I thought they wouldn’t bloom until summer, but two of the four plants are bursting with color.

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So far this seems to be a plant the rabbits don’t nibble on. Unfortunately, they appear to love phlox because they have all disappeared. Here’s a member of the guilty party. Don’t be fooled by the cute face.

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Anyone else have to fight the rabbits with their garden?

Weekend of Bright Inspiration Saturday, May 23 2009 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend as we celebrate with friends and family. Keep those in the armed forces and those who have lost loved ones in the continuing fight for freedom in your thoughts and prayers. Here is a collection of fresh and cheerful rooms to browse, all from Coastal Living. 

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bedroomcaost5

bedroomcaost6

bathcoast

dine1coast

dinecoast

dinecoast4

kitchencoast4

kitchencoast3

kitchencoastlive

livecoast2

livecoast3

othercoast

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outdoorcoast2

Join the Club Friday, May 22 2009 

If you haven’t signed up for Home Depot’s Garden Club it’s worth joining. They send e-mail newsletters every month with coupons for fertilizer, weed killer, and other products. Last year they even had buy one get one free plant coupons, and I’m hoping they will repeat that. Either way, its a way to learn more gardening tips, the right plants for your region, and even save a little money in the process.

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Playing with Paint Friday, May 22 2009 

The new Behr website is so much fun. If you haven’t been there lately, they have a bunch of new features to aid in finding the right color and shade for your space.  You can look at their inspiration gallery and click on the different colors in the picture to see what color was used.

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But the best part is the ColorSmart program that allows you to upload your own photos and then preview them with different paint colors by clicking on areas of your room. You can try different color families and change the color to darker, brighter, more green, more orange, etc.

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I tried different colors in my living room. While the program does take into account the light and shadows of the room, the colors don’t appear perfect at all. Of course it depends on your monitor as to how true the color is, but either way it gives you an idea of what a room would look like in various color choices. Example, my green living room in a yellowish tan color:

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So go ahead and have some fun at Behr’s website

Diamond Deal at Ruby Tuesday Thursday, May 21 2009 

We love eating out, but it is expensive so we usually only go when we have a gift card or a really good coupon deal. I love Ruby Tuesday’s chicken picatta and they are a great restaurant for mailing out coupons. They currently have a Buy one entree, get one free coupon available and good until June 2. So now we have an excuse to go out this weekend!

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