Happy Fall! {and a peek at my fall decor}

Well, helloooo!  Did you miss me!?  I didn’t mean to take a sabbatical from my blog, but I guess summer got the best of me!

Fall is a favorite season for me – well, who am I kidding. I love all of the seasons.  But fall is a definite favorite.  Even though we’re still having warm weather here in the northwest, I dug out my fall decor.    So below, I’m sharing a few snapshots of some fall vignettes around my house!

First, the mantel.   I used some orange flowers and placed them in mismatched glass jars, then drew a simple pumpkin on the chalkboard.

Fall mantel - pumpkin chalkboard with gold frame

Fall mantel - orange flowers in vase

And in the entry, I did something similar since I had an extra bunch of flowers.

FALL VIGNETTE RATTAN TRAY, FLOWERS IN JAR

And in the kitchen, a lantern and fern combination.

FALL LANTERN - FERN - PUMPKIN IN LANTERN

This last one is my favorite fall vignette.  I love the neutral palette.  I picked the tray up a few weeks ago and really like the soft color against the dark finish on our table.

NEUTRAL VIGNETTE - FALL TRAY WITH ANTLERS AND PUMPKIN

Now if only it would start feeling like fall!  I’m over this 70 and 80 degree weather (sorry, everyone!) But I’m a northwest girl at heart and am ready for some cooler temps.

jen

My Front Porch

Happy summer everyone! The kids are out of school and we’re enjoying a slower pace to our days.  Yes, the kids get to go on errands with me (you can image the excitement when I announce “Today we’re going grocery shopping!!”).    But we’ve also had our fair share of lazy days…movies on the couch and playing with friends.

Flowers are starting to bloom and my pots are starting to fill out nicely.  So today I’ll show a few pictures of my front porch with you!

 I discovered I had tall grass that survived a long winter of neglect in some pots from last summer.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Plant it in the garden? Or add it to a giant pot with other flowers?  After I took on the sweaty job of digging the grass out of last years pots,  I set it in one of my galvanized buckets for a minute until I could decide where I would put it permanently.

PORCH SWING AND BEACH GRASS

But I happened to love how it looked in the old bucket!

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Sometimes it pays off to think outside of the box!  You never know what creative look you may discover!

Years ago, a neighbor had tossed the chair below in the trash.  I immediately brought it home, tightened the screws and gave it a fresh coat of black paint.  Over the years, it’s weathered quite a bit, which makes me love it even more.

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If you live in the greater Seattle area, you’re probably aware of the wonderful gardening store called Ravenna Gardens.  I went to University Village to Ravenna Gardens several weeks ago and had a great time putting together some arrangements for two big pots in front of our house.

POTTED FLOWERS

There are a few different shades of purple flowers and I paired them with a variety of greens.

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I even used moss in the pots.  Have you ever done that?

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I think it adds a lot of interest.

That’s it for today!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at some of my front porch decor!

jen

One Room Challenge Week 5 – Powder Room Update

I’m happy to announce that my bathroom is complete!  Though it wasn’t a big room to makeover….so it was very manageable to complete in a six week period. And here we are at only week 5!  If you’ve missed the previous weeks, you can catch up here (week 1week 2week 3, week 4).

This week I’ll share my last few decisions with you!  I finally chose  a rug and finished the medicine cabinet.  And next week…..the big reveal of the completed room!

Let’s first start with the cabinet….here’s a peek at the before:

Bathroom Cabinet .... at home in the northwest blog

I gave it a fresh coat of white paint (using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that was leftover from Emmie’s room makeover).  And the knobs and hinges got a touch of gold spray paint left over from my mirror debacle!

GOLD HINGES

GOLD PULLS

Fabric was switched out to this John Robshaw fabric.

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And here is a look at the finished cabinet!

WHITE MEDICINE CABINET

 Amazing what a little paint and fabric can do!

And now the rugs….that was another long and involved process.  I wanted as big of a rug as possible, but it’s not a huge room. So I was a bit limited.

I found a few great rugs that were navy blue and white….just what I was looking for.  But unfortunately, I ran into a few issues.

The first rug was too big for the room.

rug that's too big

The next was too small.

too small rug

Then there was the rug that was too thick! The door wouldn’t open up (and I wasn’t 100% sold on the blue anyway…).

TOO THICK

{Is this starting to sound a touch like Goldilocks and The Three Bears?!}

So, I kept searching.

I tried an indoor/outdoor rug from Home Decorators.  The color online didn’t look 100% perfect for the bathroom.  But I was hopeful it would be ‘the one’ when it arrived.

Wrong. I didn’t love the blue. Or the beige trim.  It was too blah for me.

blue trellis rug from home decorators

The runner up was a great little rug from Target.

LIGHT BLUE TARGET RUG

While it wasn’t the winner for the bathroom right now,  I think I may keep it for when I want to freshen up the look in there.

And after all of that shopping, you won’t believe the rug that I’m using…..it’s one that I had in my entry!

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It’s a gray rug. Not navy as I’d initially planned. But the size and thickness worked (which were nonnegotiables for this room).  So I had to be a bit flexible on the color.

gray target zig zag rug

Maybe someday the perfect navy rug will cross my path. For now, I’m quite happy with my little $29 Target purchase from my entry!

Next week is the big bathroom reveal! Make sure you come back to see the finished product! We’ll take one more look at the before and then look at the updated version!

There are a lot of other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge as well! Hope over to Calling it Home to check them out!

Jen

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One Room Challenge Week 4 – The Powder Room

Welcome to week #4 of the One Room Challenge!

(If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the last three weeks right here….week 1, week 2, week 3).

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for the comments on my mirror color!  Last week, I was in a major quandary about which color was best for our powder room.    There were so many great suggestions!  The good news is that I think I’ve found the right color!  I think in real life, it appears a touch more on the silver side. But in pictures, it shows up as more of a gold.  I took a ton of pictures and this was the most accurate.

CHAMPAGNE MIRROR

The shelves are hung up too!  I love how they look, but to be quite honest, I’m not thrilled with the quality.  Yes, you get what you pay for {and being that I only paid $20 per shelf, I’m shouldn’t be surprised I’m disappointed!}.

I wanted to see if I would like the height and spacing of the shelves, so I used painters tape as a visual guide.

painters tape as shelf guide

I was sure it would be easy to hang the shelves.  I don’t get scared away from wall anchors or securing something to my walls.  But for some darn reason, these shelves weren’t cooperating.

WALL CLEAT FOR SHELVES

I’m sure the above picture looks like things were going along perfectly fine.  But the shelf wouldn’t properly hook onto the wall cleat.  After drilling several holes into my newly painted and patched walls, I had to step away from the project. I was frustrated. And it was taking way too long.

A day later, I gave it another go and finally just accepted the fact that these shelves aren’t perfect.  They are hung, but they are not nearly as secure as I’d like. They don’t sit flush against the walls. And I have no idea why. Maybe my wall isn’t perfectly flat?  Or maybe it’s the cheap shelf. At any rate, I’m just living with it for now because I like how they look.

FLOATING SHELVES

As I started pulling out items to decorate the shelves, I remembered some sweet scripture prints that I bought awhile ago from Jones Design Company.   And they were even the right size for my frames!

JONES DESIGN COMPANY PRINT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE

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The prints bring just the right touch of color to the bathroom.

Things are really coming along!  I think the last big ‘to do’ for this one room challenge is to select a rug! Come back next week to see what I’ve chosen!

jen

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Wayfair Launches Birch Lane

If you haven’t already heard, let me share some fun retail news with you!  Wayfair launched a new company today called Birch Lane!

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Birch Lane focuses on traditional furniture and decor.  The website says that it’s a “new destination for classic style”.

Sounds intriguing enough for me!  So let’s do some shopping!  Here are a few of my favorites….

The Delaney Bed caught my eye.  It looks very ‘Restoration Hardware’.

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I’m always on the  hunt for new kitchen chairs.  {I hate to admit that we’re still using the set that I bought for $50 when we were first married!} The Emerson Dining Chair looks both comfortable and easy to keep clean {if you have little ones in the house}.  And being that they share a name with my 8 year old daughter, I couldn’t help but love them!

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The Tenley Rug is versatile enough to go in most rooms! And it looks like it would be soft on your bare feet too.

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The Brighton Metal Chandelier surprised me…..I thought it was wood at first glance!    It’s metal and it’s a show stopper.

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Then there are these mirrors!   They have an antiqued, mirrored center and they are sold in a set of 3.

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And if your table needs some decorating, there’s the Paige Runner.

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I think you can see that it’s a website worth checking out!  Go over to birchlane.com to see for yourself!  I always love a new resource for finding home decor! Thanks to Birch Lane, we now have one!

jen

Creative Storage for a Coiled Garden Hose

Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest.  Well, not officially.  But it’s sure starting to feel like it!

This weather is giving me the itch to garden!  So today I’ll share with you my favorite hose and how I store it.

First of all, I want to tell you how much I dislike winding up a regular hose. My hose always seems to get wet from watering the flowers.  Then it gets dragged through some dirt.  And while I’m winding it up, I seem to get dirt on my hands and quite likely on my clothes as well.  {I know – wha wha wha – cry my a river!}.  But it’s not fun.  So a few years ago, I invested in a coil garden hose….

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I order one that is giant…80′ long to be exact.  We have a big yard and I want it to stretch everywhere I go.  Typically, a hose of this length is best found online.  Though I know you can get shorter ones local stores {such as Target} for less money than the bigger options.

Why do I love it so much??  When you are done watering the flowers, you just lay it down! Done! It coils up, neat and tidy.  Does it sometimes get tangled? Well, yes.  But if you take your time, it most often bounces back into its coiled form and sits nicely where you put it.

No kinked hoses. No headaches. No dirty hands or clothes.  Easy.

Unless you lay the coiled hose on the ground, you will need something to store it in.  And typical hose storage doesn’t tend to work.

I store my coil hose in an old radio flyer wagon….creative storage for your coil garden hose (at home in the northwest blog)

I paid $10 for it at a garage sale.  So when water gets in the wagon and makes it rust, I am not too stressed out about it.  It was a bargain.  It’s cute.  And it’s incredibly functional as well!

COIL HOSE STORED IN RADIO FLYWER WAGON (at home in the northwest blog)

If you order a shorter coil hose, you could use one of Target’s cute baskets.  And it’s only $20!

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Here is another creative way to store your coiled garden hose.  It’s functional, and looks incredibly inexpensive to make, if you’re up for a DIY project….

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Lastly is an option that is decorative, yet quite pricey at $199….

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I am sure there are plenty of fun ways to store a coil hose.  Which is your favorite?

jen

Bedside Table Before and After {Ikea Rast Hack}

Last week, I shared a sneak peek at the $35 bedside table from Ikea that I gave a little facelift.

Today I get to share the finished product!

Let’s take a look at the old bedside table in the room…

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And an after shot of the room with the new bedside table….

IKEA RAST HACK AFTER - at home in the northwest

It’s the Rast from Ikea. Below is the assembled Rast, before my mini facelift.

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And a closer look at the after!

ikea rast hack  at home in the northwest blog

IKEA RAST HACK CLOSE UP - AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

IKEA  RAST HACK 2  - AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

Here’s a look at what I did…

ikea rast hack tutorial  at home in the northwest

Using my miter saw and handy-dandy nail gun, I attached thin lath wood from Lowes around each drawer front {I’m not sure that this is exactly what the wood is called. But hopefully it’ll give you the idea …}.  Baseboard trim was added to the bottom.  And a larger piece of wood was added to the top.  To finish off the top, I added a thin piece of trim to complete the custom look.  Wood filler filled the nail holes, sandpaper smoothed it all and green spray paint gave me a fun bright color perfect for a little girls room!

What do you think?! I love it!  I find it amazing how just a little bit of wood can completely transform a piece of furniture!

Let’s take one last look at the finished product.

ikea rast hack  at home in the northwest blog

I’m certainly not the first person to do something like this to the Rast.  Have you transformed this piece of furniture? If so, I’d love to see it!

jen

(if you’d like to read more about designing this girls room, click here, here, here, here, here and here.)

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New Bedside Table {Ikea Rast Hack}

Well, hello! Did you think I’d gone and disappeared!?  It’s been several weeks since my last blog post and I have no valid excuse for my absence.  I just let life get busy, I guess! {or maybe I got lazy?!}

So, welcome back!

I’d like to share a project I’ve recently completed.

Several weeks ago, I finished re-decorating Emmie’s bedroom. (You can read about it here, here, here, here, here and here.)

This is what the room looked like when I finished….

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I loved the green nightstand, but felt like it was a touch short for the space.  This little girls bedroom has an excessive amount of chapstick, rubber bands, pencils, notebooks and much more lying around.  And that single, tiny drawer in the nightstand wasn’t doing the job of containing all of those small items.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money….so went straight to Ikea.

Below is the Rast from Ikea.  And it costs a whopping $34.99.  Not too shabby! But very simple looking.

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ikea rast

 I’m certainly not the first to re-create this piece of furniture.  Here is a peek at how some people have turned their plain purchase into a show stopper.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little TLC can do to an otherwise simple piece of furniture?

Here’s a sneak peek at my bedside table.  It wasn’t a difficult project.  And it fills the space so much better.

IKEA RAST HACK 2

I will post complete pictures of the room in a few days when I get the new remote for my camera.  My hope is that the remote will assist me in taking better pictures in low lighting! So come back soon for a final reveal!

jen

Family Room Update {with our new Pottery Barn Sectional}

I mentioned a few months ago that we were getting some new furniture for our family room.  We purchased this sectional from the Pottery Barn in stone everyday suede.

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via pottery barn

Here are a few pictures BEFORE the sectional arrived…

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family room before  at home in the northwest

Wall decor had to be moved.  And new lamps purchased to work with the new arrangement.

Let’s take a look at the room now!

GALLERY WALL AFTER  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

The sectional fills the space in this room nicely! And we finally all have space to stretch out!

family room after  at home in the northwest

I’m still working on pillows for the room.  I’ll be sure to share pics when I get them figured out!

It’s safe to say that we are enjoying our new couch!  We waited a long time to make this purchase. And we’re so glad we finally did!

Come back in a few days for a peek at some of our Christmas decor!

jen

My Mantel : Christmas 2013

When I decorate each year, I try not to look back at pictures of previous years. I like that it looks different each year.  This year, my mantel is simple.

And here it is…

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

The chunky gold frame came from a friend at a garage sale.  I added a piece of wood and turned it into a chalkboard.

Then I added the wreath and lit greens.

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

Simple.

I didn’t even hang up our Christmas stockings! {Don’t tell the kids…I don’t think they’ve noticed yet that they aren’t up.}  I will bring them out, of course, for Santa’s arrival on the 24th.

So that’s it!  What about you!? What does your mantel look like this year?

jen

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