Tuesday, July 24, 2012

{I mustache you a question}

Surely you've seen one of the latest trends, right? Close your eyes. Think.
Ah, yes...the mustache! Now smile.
Kinda cool, fun, and makes you smirk. I guess ALL things cycle through time (like decades) and I suppose the mustache is better seen on paper and "stuff" vs on your husband's or boyfriend's face, right? My husband had a mustache when we first met and YES when I walked the aisle. Haha hysterical. I do have fond memories of that crazy, hairy thing, but I gotta admit I'm glad it no longer exists on my man. That thing took on a life of its own and no matter how he tried to shave, trim, and keep that bad boy under check, it was out of control! So here's to a little mustache humor and reminiscing...


  [muhs-tash, muh-stash]
the hair growing on the upper lip
such hair on men, allowed to grow without shaving, and often trimmed in any of various shapes.
hairs or bristles growing near the mouth of an animal.

Ha! funny-sayings
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print and cut out...
Print and cut out!
mustache. mustache. mustache.
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HAHA indeed! Have a great day!

Friday, July 13, 2012

{sectional = good life choice}

WHO doesn't love a family room? A comfy, cozy place that beckons, "Please come it, sit, relax, stay awhile!"

When it was time to hunt for new sofas for our family room, my daughter suggested a sectional. Since my daughter is often right, I listened. We LIVE in our family room and we love company, therefore, style, durability, COMFORT, and A LOT of seating was important. And we hit the jackpot with this sectional purchased several (like 7) years ago. The back pillows are loosely worn, but overall it's still in great condition and I know that I can speak on behalf of my entire family on this one: it continues to be the {favorite thing} in our family room. Of course, it is almost the ONLY thing in our family room because of its humungous size. (It measures 143" x 111" x 65"). Ten adults can easily and comfortably sit on this bad boy. Or four people can stretch out and sleep on it! Been there, done that.

If you are looking for a new sofa or seating arrangement for your home, you may want to consider a sectional. If you eat (and spill) like we do, microfiber will free you...it is sooo soft and simple to clean!

Here is Favorite Thing #7...

Here are five other sectional sofa favorites...

1. This one doesn't appear so easy to get on & off but it sure looks fun.
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2. Smaller sectional but I'm drawn to the overall design and layout of this entire home...

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3. Leather: another good choice...
sectional sofa
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4. Great angled chaise...
dreamy sectional sofa
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5. If you want BIG and you like what you see, I purchased my sectional from Sofa Express which unfortunately went out of business. However, this one from Arhaus looks like mine...
sectional sofa
source: arhaus.com

That completes the peak into my family room! I hope you enjoy your family and friends this weekend!
And when it's time...happy sofa hunting!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

{good, better, waiting on best}

Need a quick fix to make an eye sore air return grill disappear?
Solution: paint it your wall color!

which is a {good} look except for that white grill!

{much better}

But...I'm still on hunt for {best} which will include accent table or pillow...or I may actually paint the bench red. Hmmm...what will I do?

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Friday, July 6, 2012

{master bedroom tour}

Chris and I are celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary this month. Yay, us! So with that in mind, let's continue my blog series, "Favorite Things" and take a brief tour of the master bedroom.

I recently updated a few things in my bedroom after a trip to Hilton Head with my girlfriends! What a fantastic time together and an awesome shopping experience! It was the easiest re-do EVER. With trusted designer friends by my side, I confidently sat back (really, I did) and said, “Y’all just shop and make the decision for me!” And being the good friends that they are, they did just that. “Here, Lori, buy this!” and “Okay, you need this!” were being echoed in agreement. We kinda took over HomeGoods, laid things out all over the store as if they existed just for us (there was 8 of us shopping together). I walked away with all new bedding, window treatments, an oil painting, a side table, and lamp!

Here is the result of that shopping extravaganza...
My walls were already painted Sherwin Williams mocha which matched perfectly with the brown and robin egg blue palette of the new bedding. The window treatments are actually QN duvet covers, which act like fully lined curtains. All I did was sew in a rod pocket!

I love all my new decor but the favorite things in my bedroom have been my favorites for decades. 

Favorite Thing #6...
Married July 26, 1985
I may change out a lot of things in my bedroom, but this picture will remain!
(I'm sure everyone has their wedding picture framed, too)

A close 2nd favorite would be my children’s baby pictures. These images will stay on my wall and in my heart forever...
Sarah, born 8/6/86, and Joshua, born 10/31/88

And a silly but 3rd favorite would be this bust lamp. I know, my husband doesn’t get it either. I’ve had this lamp for years, it’s been knocked over, broken, re-glued, and put back together repeatedly. Which means she has A LOT of "character" and I like her!
And that concludes our tour of my master bedroom!

Let me encourage you to sneak away with your girlfriends this summer on a day trip to a shopping or outlet mall. Maybe they can help you do something new or fresh in your home. Even if you don’t buy anything, the laughter and getaway experience is good medicine!!!

p.s. Chris and I are now in the DIY tear down stage of our master bathroom. That renovation is taking some time...hopefully look for that post at end of summer!

Monday, July 2, 2012

{red, white, blue, AND chocolate}

Feast your eyes and just wait 2 more days!!! Here is more July 4 yumminess about to happen! 
What do you do when you are addicted to chocolate and are asked to bring a dessert?
Simple answer: you carry red, white, and blue...AND chocolate!

I am soooo making these kabobs and taking to our July 4 celebration!
Yum! Brownie kebabs
source: melskitchencafe.com

AND I may take a few of these too...
Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches
source: tasteofhome.com

AND these! oh yea, baby, why not? the sprinklers will already be out...
Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Red, White, & Blue
source: theyummylife.com

AND then toss leftovers into one delish pie...(maybe for July 5...shhhh...don't tell anyone)
red white and blue chocolate "pizza"
source: bettycrocker.com

Please have a safe and happy July 4 celebrating with your friends and family!
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

{faceLIFT reveal}

Here's my latest easy home faceLIFT problem and solution. 
Minor Problem: I have Laura Ashley Gold #3 walls in my house... love the warm color, but gold picture frames kind of get lost.Take a look...
 (side note: yes, these are my water babies building sandcastles at the beach...
fast forward and they still love the beach and their water sports!)
(Sarah's senior picture)

These walls are the same color gold, just different lighting and different time of day taking the photos. 

Solution for my gold dilemma? 
Turn to my new best friend for advice: Mr. Rust Oleum. And he says, "Don't be afraid of spray paint!" I agree and am convinced that just about anything can be spray painted in your home, interior and exterior.

FaceLIFT reveal...

Now the pictures pop! Plus I shifted and regrouped the pictures to fill in the wall space...philosophy that "more is better" (not always, but most of the time). 

Maybe YOU want to consider these spray painting ideas for a fresh look to your home:

  • mirrors
  • air vents
  • door knobs/hardware
  • faucets
  • lamp bases or shades
  • picture frames
  • baskets and containers
  • and so much more... feel free to share your faceLIFTS!

Here's the original posting on my discovery (and love) of oil rubbed bronze spray paint in case you missed it: 
{good, better, best}