From old chair to unique plant stand


So many people have asked about the chair with the fern that I recently shared.


I decided to revise and repost my original post about the chair, especially how I acquired the chair. It’s actually kind of a cool story.

It all started when my grandpa gave me this old chair:

He gave it to me because I wanted an old chair to put a flower pot in, and hadn’t found anything I liked at the thrift shops.

He received the chair from a friend of his. You see, my grandpa is named Roy. His friend’s dad, also named Roy, had used this chair in his workshop.

I liked this chair, though, with its ladder back and its metal slats. I decided I wanted to paint it a color they would stand out. 

I painted it bright yellow and then sanded it down with sandpaper to rough it up.

As you can see, I liked the metal slats but decided to remove them. They were a bit sharp and I was worried my children might hurt themselves. 

I wanted to add some chicken wire and a coconut liner to hold in the potting soil. To save money, we decided to use some wood scraps we already had on hand. 

These wood scraps turned out to be the perfect height for this potted fern I bought a few weeks ago.


I really love how much color and cuteness this project added to our greenhouse landing

Hope you like my plant chair! 

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DIY Tips and Tricks Tuesday: unique flower planters


A few weekends ago, I spent an entire day just planting flowers. It was a fun, relaxing day, but it also made our outdoor spaces look a lot better. We had a lot of dead, brown plants that needed to be replaced. I’m certainly no landscaper but I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned.

1. Don’t settle for the cheap flower pots. 


In the past, I’ve used just the cheap pots that the flowers came in. Recently, I realized these flower pots were dry rotting, so I replaced them with these blue pots. While these look like expensive clay pots, they’re actually inexpensive resin pots from a local discount store. Not cheap nursery grade pots but not hugely expensive either.


2. Vary the heights of your plants 

Just like indoors, you should vary the height of your planters to keep the eye moving. Here I’ve used logs as plant stands.


3. When it comes to planters, think outside the box.

My grandpa gave me this old chair a long time ago. I painted it yellow, took the seat out, put a few old boards in the bottom of the frame, and then dropped a potted fern in it.


4. Choose planters that show off your plants

This little flower resides on our back porch. This simple, white flower pot lets that cute little flower be the star of the show. 


5. And finally, use an interesting planter that matches your decor.

This cute aqua planter came from Walgreens and it matches our porch pillows and rug perfectly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and tricks. Have a wonderful day!

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Revamping our outdoor spaces


We’ve been slowly but surely working on our outdoor spaces. This past week, we had our front flower beds re-landscaped and re-mulched.

What used to look like this…


Now looks like this:


We’re getting a sidewalk poured soon and adding a lamp post. We are also going to paint the shutters.

In the backyard, I added some new plants and replaced our cheap, broken flower pots with some bright, colorful new ones.


I got some zinnia hanging baskets.


Our back porch was looking like this: cluttered and dirty



I put away the things that didn’t belong, washed the porch, and then I washed the patio and porch furniture. 


I also added some plants and cushions to the porch.


I am eyeing a rug for the back porch but I’m waiting for it to come on sale.

I am super excited about sitting out here this summer, though. 


What spring planting and refreshing have you done? Please comment and share 🙂
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Milkglass and Roses

Remember last week when I wrote about my grandmother and all the milkglass she brought me?

As i was writing that post, I couldn’t help but be inspired by some of the photos I found.

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I also fell in love with this pretty square vase that my grandmother brought.

I remembered I had these gorgeous faux flowers that once were in my daughter’s room.

When I put them together,   it was pure magic. OK, that might be exaggerating just a bit. But i really did love the result.

In what ways have you used family heirlooms in your daily Décor?

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Fall Home Tour 2016…for now 

For now? What’s that mean? I know you’re probably wondering. Well, for starters, I’m nowhere near done with my fall home tour and I’m nowhere near satisfied. I did things way different this year, and plus, it’s still in the 80’s and higher here. Still too hot for mums and hardly anyone is selling pumpkins or gourds yet. I’ve had to make do with my glass pumpkins, resin pumpkins and even Styrofoam pumpkins and I’m not liking it.

So I guess here’s the fall home tour till I can get myself some real pumpkins.

First, this centerpiece. It’s my antique bread pan with a milkglass pitcher. I filled that pitcher with some feathers, fall grass and some faux sunflowers. I love me some sunflowers!!

Some faux leaves, some Dollar Tree gourds and pumpkins and pine cones line that bread pan. I left that burlap table runner from spring and summer right where it sat. It’s been with us for three seasons. It’s versatile like that.

Aren’t these sunflowers pretty?

I don’t currently have a mantle, so this ledge in my dining room has to suffice. It’s in a pass-through between our dining room and playroom. 

I found this vintage milk pitcher at the thrift shop. It’s cute with those faux sunflowers. 

What’s this? More burlap? Another pinecone? Yep.

I found this plate last year at Walmart.  I like the leaf detail on it. It is quite pretty. 

I like typographical art,  but especially what this says.  Since I start my morning in this dining room each day, I thought this would be a nice reminder to stay grateful.

Well,  they may not be real pumpkins but they’re still pretty durn pretty.

This burlap banner is one of my easiest DIYs yet. 

This bean pot always lives on my China cabinet but I thought I’d put some pinecones in it. Are you noticing a theme yet?

Our sofa table got some fall dressings, as well.

Wait…could it be possible that there are more pinecones?

I thought these pillow cases I bought on ETSY last year were perfect in our living room.

A cute little pumpkin just chilling on our end table.

The sideboard in our office really didn’t change much this year.


And then I just did this small, cutesy little vignette in the hall bath.

This concludes our fall home tour 2016…for now. I can almost promise you it’s going to change, and probably more than once. Y’all bear with me…and come back to see my changes, ya hear?

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Sprucing up the outdoors, the “before” post

We definitely have a long term “outdoor to do list,” but currently, we have a short term list, too.

We’ve been wanting to spruce up the outside of our home, but it has rained almost daily for a week and a half. This weekend, we hope to take some time to clean up the outside of our house. I’ve been wanting some pretty fall flowers but haven’t been able to get them yet. If it doesn’t rain this weekend, I’d like to get some things done. Here is my “to-do list.”

1. Pull those weeds! 
This summer, before I got too far along, I spent several hours weeding all of the flower beds. Then, I got further along and school started back, and now weeds are taking over the flower beds again. Unfortunately, I can’t really get down to pull weeds anymore, but I can do some things. I would love to replace some flowers that didn’t survive the heat of summer in our “flag flower bed.”

Since we’re transitioning to fall, flower pots are currently on sale and there are some pretty ones available. Even if you find some flower planters you like, but don’t like the color, you can likely paint them. I found this guy for $5 at Wal-Mart. It’s since been marked down to $3.47. I ended up buying two of them.

10" Colonnade Planter, Clay I 
My plans are to paint it gray to make it look like stone, and maybe affix a smaller flower pot to the bottom to give it some height. 
2. Replace those dead plants with pretty, living plants that are fall appropriate

In the backyard, I had intended to replace our summer flowers with some more hardy fall flowers, but our red geraniums and purple vincas were still looking good, so I didn’t want to waste them. Our coleus and polka dot plant were looking a little worse for wear, so I decided to pitch and replace them. I’ve purchased some pretty orange mums to replace them. I think they’ll look good with the red geraniums.

3. Clean up that back porch
Our back porch is also looking pretty bad- we’ve been letting some junk pile up back there, and I decided it needed a boost. This weekend, I want to throw away the trash and dead plants, put away the clutter, and add some fall color. I am still shopping Craigslist for a baker’s rack to use back here as a plant shelf. 
On Monday, I hope to show you the “after,” but this depends on what the weather does. Stay tuned!

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DIY Friday follow-up: The ironstone planter that isn’t.

Remember last week’s post where I showed you this flower vase and talked about how I’d found it in a thrift store?

Well, two coats of primer, two coats of white spray paint, and one orange mum later, here is what I ended up with:

You’ll have to excuse the crappy picture quality, as I was taking it with my cell phone. Also, I know the mum is a little big for the pot, but I do really like this planter painted white. I think I’ll be using it a lot in the coming seasons. It’s currently brightening up my entry way, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. 
What do you think? I think I want to go buy more mums and plant some of them outside now.

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DIY Fridays: Making over thrift store goodies

I guess by now you must have figured out that I like thrift stores and antique stores. There are two local stores that I like to drop into at least once a month.

One month, when I went to the thrift store, I hit pay dirt. I came away with several vintage mason jars and a Christmas planter that I really didn’t like the pattern, but I really liked the shape. It was only $4 and I felt like it could probably be spray painted.

Another thing I noticed is that the planter originated from Teleflora, so someone probably received some Christmas flowers in it at some point. There was also no hole on the bottom for drainage. A ceramic drill bit solved that problem. 
Tomorrow I will show you what I did with this “planter.” I’m really loving the look of it now and I bet you will too. 

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The great outdoors: sprucing up with some spring flowers

My husband and I have been working on our yard since we moved in. The previous owners were avid gardeners, but my husband and I work full time, and we have a very busy and active child. Not to mention, being an expectant mother limits what I can help him do.

This weekend, we removed the pasture fence in our side yard. It was not well constructed and was kind of an eyesore. Not to mention, we currently have no livestock and don’t plan to get any until our kids are old enough to help care for them. At that point, we will replace the fence with a more decorative white wooden one.

*special thanks to my daddy and my uncle for helping Michael remove the fence! *

Here’s a before and after pic:

Before (the only pic I could find was from the real estate listing. Don’t sue me, folks.)

After:

This opens up our yard so much! Not to mention, how much easier it will be to mow.

Our container gardens in the back yard were looking like this:



Now, they are looking way better. And by better, I mean the weeds are gone and there are flowers in their places.

My flower pots contain coleus, polka dot plant, and lycanthia. 
My three hanging baskets are all red geraniums. 
I went a little thin on these vincas, because I know they’ll spread and grow out some. 
These aren’t finished. I’ve got my thriller and filler but not my spiller. These are ornamental grass and salvia. The salvia will come back every year. 
Next on the list of things to do (know that this list takes place over time): 
1. Pave the sidewalks in the front and back (right now we have these horrible pavers that are going to make someone trip and fall). 
2. Clear all flower beds of weeds 
3. Get new weed block mat and mulch for flower beds (there are five)
4. Install a lamp post in the front flower bed 
5. Replace a few of the plants that were killed by the winter weather (three butterfly bushes, some salvia, and a spruce bush). 
6. Put mulch mats around the seven trees in the front yard. 
7. Replace rest of fencing with vinyl pickets (back yard only) and white wood fence (back and side pastures)
and this one is a big one that will take a few years: 
build a covered front porch onto the front of our house to replace the portico. 

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The great outdoors: sprucing up with some spring flowers

My husband and I have been working on our yard since we moved in. The previous owners were avid gardeners, but my husband and I work full time, and we have a very busy and active child. Not to mention, being an expectant mother limits what I can help him do.

This weekend, we removed the pasture fence in our side yard. It was not well constructed and was kind of an eyesore. Not to mention, we currently have no livestock and don’t plan to get any until our kids are old enough to help care for them. At that point, we will replace the fence with a more decorative white wooden one.

*special thanks to my daddy and my uncle for helping Michael remove the fence! *

Here’s a before and after pic:

Before (the only pic I could find was from the real estate listing. Don’t sue me, folks.)

After:

This opens up our yard so much! Not to mention, how much easier it will be to mow.

Our container gardens in the back yard were looking like this:



Now, they are looking way better. And by better, I mean the weeds are gone and there are flowers in their places.

My flower pots contain coleus, polka dot plant, and lycanthia. 
My three hanging baskets are all red geraniums. 
I went a little thin on these vincas, because I know they’ll spread and grow out some. 
These aren’t finished. I’ve got my thriller and filler but not my spiller. These are ornamental grass and salvia. The salvia will come back every year. 
Next on the list of things to do (know that this list takes place over time): 
1. Pave the sidewalks in the front and back (right now we have these horrible pavers that are going to make someone trip and fall). 
2. Clear all flower beds of weeds 
3. Get new weed block mat and mulch for flower beds (there are five)
4. Install a lamp post in the front flower bed 
5. Replace a few of the plants that were killed by the winter weather (three butterfly bushes, some salvia, and a spruce bush). 
6. Put mulch mats around the seven trees in the front yard. 
7. Replace rest of fencing with vinyl pickets (back yard only) and white wood fence (back and side pastures)
and this one is a big one that will take a few years: 
build a covered front porch onto the front of our house to replace the portico. 

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