Summer To Fall Back Porch

Good morning! I posted this a couple of years ago, but we are at that time of year again! This was at our old house, but there are still some great ideas here. Enjoy!

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Well, I guess it is time to face the fact that Fall is just around the corner :(. I really do love summer! But I like to decorate for Fall too! I decided to do a little decorating on my back porch, not too much fall, but just enough for a transition.

I used more yellows, golds, and oranges to go along with my turquoise and blues.

Transitional Back Patio Full view 2015

 

 

These chairs came from a friend of mine and I just spray painted them blue. I used a variety of pillows in the yellow and orange colors.

Transitional Back Patio View 2015

 

 

Over near the door I placed two tall windows and a piece of picket fence behind a basket with chrysanthemums and sunflowers.

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I also pinned sunflowers onto a string of twine across the window frame that hangs behind the chairs.

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We received this half-barrel from a friend a few years ago. I kept thinking i would plant something in it, but with the drought this year, I finally decided to do something different. I had the round piece of wood sitting out in our shop, so I painted it black. My husband added some little boards inside the barrel so the round piece would have something to sit on and would stay balanced if we placed stuff on top. I added a handle on each side. I found an old hula-hoop and cut it open and then cut it to fit around the circle. Then I added rope all the way around until it fit nice and snug inside the barrel rim. I love the rustic look of it!

Transitional Back Patio Succulents 2015

 

I found the little succulents at the .99 Cent Store. Lauren thought her Starbucks cup added so much more to the ambiance! 🙂

Transitional Back Porch Decor 2015

 

I added just a few pumpkins to bring in a touch of fall.

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I hope you enjoyed the little tour! I am slowly getting the rest of the house ready for Fall too. How about you? Are you ready for Fall?

 

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Fun Ideas To Do With Seashells

Good morning! Do you collect seashells like I do? Last week I showed you my new storage box I made for my collection.

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I also made a seashell mobile to hang in my yard.

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I’ve used them quite a bit in my decorating too!

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I even made a seashell garland!

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So what else can you make? I found some more ideas around the internet.

Shells can help keep your houseplants happy. By placing seashells on top of the soil, they helps to keep the moisture in the flower pot.

Of course, you can also decorate your flower pot.

Deep shells are perfect for planting succulents in. These are the cutest!

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How about using a large open shell to hold your little items next to your bed? I love the gold on these!

This is so simple, I don’t know why I haven’t thought of it! A nightlight!

I made a garland, but not a wind-chime. this is so pretty!

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Are you going to try any of these projects! The night-light is my first one! Have a great week!

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Creating Storage for My Seashells

Good morning! It’s the last day of July! Can you believe it? Do have children getting rady to go back to school? Or maybe you are! I still have  a few weeks left before I go back. So today I am heading to the zoo with Lauren and my two little nieces. It’s supposed to be over 100 degrees today (actually this will be 26 days in a row!), but we are going anyways! The zoo does have a water play area, so we will be spending time in there getting wet!

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Last week, I pulled down a box from my closet, not even sure what was inside. It ended up being fabric. I wondered where those fabric pieces had gone to! For some reason, this time when I looked at the box, I came up with the perfect use for it! My seashells!

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Here’s how I had them separated. Real classy, right? Yep, good ol’ ziplock bags!

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I knew I needed more than just 4 compartments, so I dug through my scrapbooking paper and made some more dividers.

seashell box makeover scrapbook paper dividers

I measured each section and then cut pieces of paper a little larger than would fit across each one. I then folded the edges to create a place to glue. I cut 4 pieces and then varied where I glued them in, so that some of the spaces were bigger for my larger shells.

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The dividers in the box weren’t exactly straight, so some of my pieces are a little bowed, but that won’t matter once the shells are in it.

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The lid had one corner missing. I don’t even remember that happening, but I had to find away to fix it, at least a little bit.

 

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I guess I forgot to take a picture, but I cut 2 little strips of cardboard and glued them on the side and around the corner. Then I glued a burlap ribbon over the while edge of the lid, so it was all covered up. You will see it in the finished pictures.

This is my ancient Cricut machine. I’m sure it’s an antique now.:) But it still mostly works! It took me forever to decide what I wanted to put on to of the box. I knew I wanted it to say ‘seashells’, but I couldn’t decide how I wanted to do it. Stickers, chipboard, paint? I looked through my stash, but finally decided I could get the style I wanted with my Cricut.

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I love this paper! Once I had my letters cut out, I drew a chalk line on the box so I could keep my letters in a straight line and then glued the letters on. Once I had the letters afixed, I just wiped off the chalk.

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Here is the side of the box. I added the ribbon to cover up the fixed edge and then added the sailor knot to cover the spot where the ribbon comes together. I added the label too, just in case I forget what’s in the box again. 🙂

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Now my shells are all organized and neat! I love that I can easily find exactly the kind of shell I want!

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Now I have room for both small shells and large ones.

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I’m really pleased with how this turned out! Now I probably need something for all the driftwood I have! Hope you all have a great week!

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Here are some other ideas for your seashell collection!

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Highlights From A Home Improvement Show

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We are so hot over here. I’ve lost track of how many over 100 degree days we have had in a row! But we can’t just stay inside all the time, so Lauren and I headed over to a Home Improvement Show held in our area. There were three buildings full of vendors, everything from solar, fake grass, spas, and home remodeling. But I like the decorating areas the best!

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When we first walked up to this area, I couldn’t figure out why it looked so familiar. Then I figured it out…it was all decorated with furnishings from Magnolia Home! No wonder I liked it all!

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Lauren loved these drawers on the side of the table.

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This beam is faux, made from knotty pine and stained. It even had straps on it that looked like metal, but were just rubber. It was pretty cool! And I love the lanterns hanging from it!

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Of course, shiplap!

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I love how they drew in the fire with chalk!

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So many beautiful pieces!

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This display is from a local business. They paint anything and everything with Annie Sloan chalk paint. They even offer classes. I would like to take one someday.

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This is also a local business. They have a goat farm and make all sorts of goodies from the goat milk.

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i like this little flower cart.

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I believe this table came from the Macy’s Home store. The color scheme is perfect for me!

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How about some Rae Dunn! This is such a great display!

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The highlight, was this little trailer! Oh my! I would love to do something like this and then just park it in my yard and enjoy!

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Isn’t it adorable?

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Would you like to makeover a trailer too? There would be so many options and ways to decorate it! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

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Mini-Makeover in the Guest Room with Canvas on the Cheap

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Good morning! I’m a day late, but I have a great post for you today! Our family visited Disneyland back in May and Haley took this great photo of Walt Disney, Mickey and the Sleeping Beauty Castle. I worked with Canvas on the Cheap and they created this amazing canvas for me. I used it in my newly decorated guest room/Haley’s room. When Haley saw the canvas and the room, who had two comments, “I want the canvas” and ‘My room looks so grown up!”

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Guest room Makeover Walt Disney and Mickey Canvas

When I edited the canvas, I made the whole thing in black and white and then colored in different areas. The castle, sky, flowers and the statue all have some color to them.

Guest Room Makeover Walt Disney and Sleeping Beauty Castle

I love how it looks! The print even wraps around the sides of the canvas and there is even a hanger added to the back.

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Haley had made this bench years ago from an old desk and a headboard. Since she moved into her own apartment, I could finally move the bench out from the garage, where it has been sitting since we moved a year and a half ago. My husband revised it a bit and I touched up the a paint a bit. It fits perfect in here!

 

Guest Room Makeover Bench, Canvas on the Cheap, Disney Pillow

Here is the rest of the room. The one wall is painted charcoal and I decided to stay with this color. I added some turquoise and yellow accents.

Guest Room Makeover Bedroom Grey, Yellow, Turquoise

I left several of Haley’s things in here, so she didn’t feel pushed out. Of course, I want her to come home any time she can! She loves peacocks, but couldn’t take this lamp with her, so I kept it in here.

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You can see her treasured Pirates of the Caribbean book, along with the beads she purchased while in Hawaii.

Guest Room Makeover White Metal Stand

Guest Room Makeover Nightstand Blanket and Book

The skull pillow was hers too (obviously, if you know Haley). I added a couple of others to bring in more color.

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I needed something small in the space between the bed and the wall and the stool was the perfect fit. I added a couple of books and a pitcher with some leaves.

Guest Room Makeover Side table stool and pitcher

My father-in-law made this bookshelf for my husband and me when we first got married, over 30 years ago. It has also been stored in the garage and I am very happy I finally have a good place for it.

Guest Room Makeover Book Shelf with Shutter Doors

See the cute floral basket in the bottom corner? I found it in the clearance aisle at Walmart. I snagged it up quickly! It is the perfect colors for this room!

Guest Room Makeover Blue and Yellow Floral Basket

Of course, Kiara had to get in on this picture business. Cutie!

Guest Room Makeover Mirror Reflection

Canvas on the Cheap is a great company to work with. The ordering was simple and the canvas came quickly. I hope you will take some time to check them out! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a great week!

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