Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Is Good To the Last Drop

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I'm turning off the TV whenever those back-to-school commercials come on, putting my fingers in my ears and hollering "blah-blah-blah" if anyone starts blabbing about fall coffee flavors. Do NOT talk to me about those "cooler nights."

It's still summer in these parts!

Here are a few snapshots of this very-much-still-alive SUMMER!

I love the view from my kitchen window.

Dropped middle daughter off at camp last week. 
She's a counselor this year, 
and I suspect this is the very last time 
she'll let me snap a picture to commemorate
the moment. 

The husband grows glads and I'm so glad. 😜

Summer is the perfect time to annoy an older sister.

And even though my girls are growing up, they still get skinned knees. I love this about them!


Family time!

Yep, good to the very last drop.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pretty Entryway & New Stair Risers!

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Our entryway is small, but several years ago we had wallpaper installed, and that has made ALL the difference! It's been seven years (I think?), yet I still love the walls. One thing I did not love, however, was the staircase.

Feast your eyes on this eyesore.

Not horrible. 
Wooden stairs with some stains and distress on the treads, 
but that crack along the side drove me crazy. 

Am I right?

You know how it goes, though. Other projects (like saving for college) take priority, and this sort of pesky detail gets pushed to the back burner again and again. 

We have a wonderful contractor, the same guy who did our custom built-ins in the basement several years ago. He has also fixed many things around here that weren't done correctly the first time by a previous contractor. Like most reliable, honest contractors, he's in high demand. For months I'd been nagging him to put this small-ticket project on his to-do list. 

Finally, he got around to it.
Easy, right?

Not so much.

It took him three whole days (and I was here, so I know he was working the whole time!) to cut tiny slivers of wood to plug up the cracks, and do all sorts of filling and sanding, etc. 

Plus, he's a perfectionist, another good trait in a contractor.

Without further adieu, here are my like-new stairs with painted risers!

The hallway doesn't get much light, but this white on the risers lightens and brightens. 
Here's the view into our tiny family room, another item on the fix-it list, by the way,
but I'm saving that news for later.

A closer look at our wallpaper.

Feels so good to finally have this crossed off my wish list!

Have a great week!

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pretty Living Room

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If you've been following my blog for a while, you know the living room is probably my favorite room inside our house (screen porch is the favorite outside). This weekend I spent a lot of time tinkering and rearranging and looking at magazines. I am downright obsessive about my decorating mags. As much as I love looking at things online, it just isn't the same as an actual magazine!

Here are a few little tweaks I made, which was more work than you'd think! We're off to do some more college touring in the next few days. Fingers crossed middle daughter finds a school she'll really want to attend, though I keep offering to "home school" her for college. So far, that idea hasn't really caught on. 😜 If you want to know more about college visits and suggestions for the process, you can check out my post about that.

I moved the table from the front windows to this location, right next to my writing chair, as I call it.

I slapped some Annie Sloan paint on these candlesticks and called it a day. I may tinker with them more later. Feel free to offer suggestions!

This cabinet once belonged to my husband's grandmother. We love our antiques, and oriental rugs.
The dishes you see here are truly lovely. They belonged to my MIL.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful week, and find some time for tinkering, too.

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Teens on a Mission!

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This girl is driving, and she will soon get her license 
(if we can ever find a spare minute to get to the MVA)!

Recently, she and a couple of girlfriends went on a mission trip to rural 
West Virginia. Middle daughter spent five days on a hot metal roof.
She came back tired and full of stories, not to mention
possessing mad skills with a power drill!

I'm sure the family was grateful to have a new roof and siding, but
my daughter was the true beneficiary. This experience gave her a new
perspective on people and struggles and getting things done.

"Little" daughter (she is taller than I) spent a week at camp on the Chesapeake Bay. 
Next year she will move on up to counselor in training.
Can anyone say free camp?!

I am treasuring every single day with these people.
It was so quiet while they were gone, eerily so, in fact.
Now we are back to chaos and loud music and sister squabbles
and disappearing food and dirty dishes and wet towels, and I wouldn't trade it. 
Not. For. Anything.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fresh Flowers from the Garden

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Flowers, flowers everywhere! Yep. Can't. Get. Enough. This time of year I don't have to spend a dime on flowers because they are free from my very own yard.


Happy Monday!

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style

Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer Garden Tour 2017!

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We started with barely anything in this yard nearly eight years ago (this October), but things have blossomed here, children included.

You probably won't notice the clean roof, but a year or so ago it was streaked and stained and ugly. I looked into having it cleaned, and it worked like a charm! No more streaks!

To me, there is nothing quite so welcoming as lamplight in a window. The yellow glow speaks of hope and warmth and togetherness.

We replaced the old arbor last year, as it was leaning and plastic. This one is solid. The vines are growing back nicely, too. The hydrangea you see is called "strawberry cream." The stems are actually red, and eventually these blooms will go pink and then a darker pinkish-reddish. I trim it way back every year, but it thrives in this spot.

I love a red door. Really, I love any brightly colored door that pops. It's just paint, so my feeling is just go for it. This red is from Benjamin Moore, and it's part of their European Paints line.

The basket is from Ballard Design. I've been changed out the flowers with the season. 

Nothing wrong with adding a pot of flowers in the garden, too. It adds visual interest, and it's easy to move if you want to change locations.

I shot some of these pictures in the early evening. The sky was lovely. I love summer. I mean, I can't even describe how happy I am in the summer months.

Here's a sunny day shot.

And an evening one of the same garden. Love those glads. It's been difficult to resist bringing them indoors. 

Here's a view of the back. When I tell you there was NOTHING HERE, I mean that literally. Everything you see, we planted, and it was small, too. I can remember when we first moved here I had such a hard time with the emptiness and the fact that it didn't feel like home yet. Trees and shrubs and flowers tell a story. Remember when we planted this or that? Sometimes, we reminisce about our plants the way we do about our children.

I hope you're enjoying the summer season and soaking it UP. I know I am, and my arms are getting buff (okay, not really) from all the weeding and edging and mulching.

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style!

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