Thursday, July 24, 2014

Imperfect Home Tour: Entryway

Welcome back to my home tour.  Today, I'm showing you around our entryway.

Our entryway has been through a lot of changes in the few short years we've been in our house.  It's an awkward space and it's taken me a while to figure out how to use the space efficiently.  I finally decided to use the room as a breakfast nook/school space.  Now that the room has a distinct purpose, I like it a whole lot better.

Some of you may have seen the post about how I striped the wall behind the table.  If not, click HERE to check it out.

Gallery wall:  silhouettes (Etsy), our wedding picture, the girls' dress they wore home from the hospital (tutorial HERE), framed crochet gift of our name

The is the view from the front door--straight ahead is the living room, to the left is the office/schoolroom, and to the right is the breakfast nook/school area.

I found this table at a flea market for dirt cheap and painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint and recovered/refinished the chairs.  Those chairs were a booger-bear!  The wood is SO old and brittle which made recovering a nightmare.  I didn't spend very much to recover/refinish them and I really want to sell them and get something different.

This is what the table looked like before I painted it and refinished/recovered the chairs.  





I've said before that I love natural elements.  My dad found this big stick in the woods behind our house.  I bleached it, let it dry, and hung it on the wall.  Simple and beautiful if you ask me!  It's probably my favorite thing in the entryway.

Our entryway needs a light fixture.  Here are some ideas:
I really like 2 and 4, but the others would work too.

Like I said earlier, I'm wanting new chairs for the breakfast table.  I would like an industrial style chair to pair with my traditional table. 
INFO
wall color: Valspar Wet Pavement
wall color stripe: Valspar Woodlawn Snow
breakfast table/chairs: flea market
mirror (guest always ask about that mirror): flea market
table paint: Annie Sloan chalk paint -Versailles

TO DO
new rugs (under table and runner)
light fixture
new chairs
new lamp on shelf
redo silhouettes of girls adding Joy to the trio!

I hope y'all are enjoying my little home tour--imperfections and all.  Like I've said over and over during this series, I'm learning to love our home and embrace it.  Too often, we compare our homes to photos from Pinterest and design blogs of picture perfect spaces.  Fight the urge along with me and try to enjoy your home by adding your touch, your style, your likes, and your story.  

Imperfect Home Tour Index

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 10

Y'all WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY has been up and going for TEN weeks!  Thanks to all of you for coming back each week and linking up your wonderful posts.  

Today, I'm featuring The Crazy Craft Lady's adorable DIY bathroom canvases.
Aren't these canvases adorable?  Lucky for us, she gives a full how-to tutorial on her blog. 

OurJoyHisGlory

If you haven't been following along with my IMPERFECT HOME TOUR series, you can check it out HERE.  I just added my living room to the series and I will be sharing my entryway tomorrow.


I have really enjoyed What You Wish Wednesday these past few weeks.  I've made some great connections and have been inspired more times than I can count.  I encourage you to stick around and link-up a recent post.  Also, you can now link-up through your Instagram account.  Just follow the steps below to add your entry and click on the Insta icon instead of linking your blog url.  You are welcome to share you Instagram account and blog entry.  The more the merrier!  I look forward to seeing what y'all share!

Let's get this party started!  Here are the details:
  • Share a recent post from your blog. 
  • Include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
  • Check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: LeslieStasiaNikki, and Melissa
  • By submitting a link, you are giving me authorization to feature your post.  If your post is featured, I will include a picture and a link to your site to share the love!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Catch-Up

I've been out of the loop and haven't posted my FIVE on FRIDAYs in a few weeks so I need to play catch-up. 

Here are a few updates:

[ONE]  Could JoJo be any cuter?  She's right smack dab in the middle of the adorable phase!

[TWO]  Big sisters have been dressing baby sis up!  


[THREE]  The other night, AG and Edy "made" dinner for Graham.  AG made a little menu and they pretended to be waitresses/hostesses.  I love how they love their daddy!


[FOUR]  Tomorrow I'm headed to Fort Worth for a Classical Conversation practicum.  I am so excited to start Cycle Three and tutor this year.  

[FIVE] Y'all come back tomorrow for What You Wish Wednesday. I'll be featuring an awesome tutorial, too!  
P.S. If you don't have a blog but would like to join in the fun, you're in luck! You can now link-up your Instagram account.  
See y'all tomorrow!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Imperfect Home Tour: Living Room


After a few weeks away from the home tour, I'm back and ready to show you our living room.  But first...some of you have given me a little grief about my series title:  Imperfect Home Tour.  Let me take a sec to explain.  Ahem...

I call this an imperfect home tour because my home isn't perfect like most of the ones all over the web and my photos are far from perfect, too.  Blogland is filled with homes that look like something from a magazine.  Heck, some of them are found in magazines, books even.  I enjoy making my house a home, but I'm no interior designer--though I aspired to be one early on in college.  That being said, I also took a few courses on the route to becoming a dental hygienist, too.  So, yeah, I'm no more an interior designer than I am a dental hygienist.  Decorating is fun for me; I break many of the "rules" and fake it a lot!  I'm learning to embrace my home--imperfections and all!

All of that to say, I'm trying to give you an honest glance around our home. Not every room in my house is "done", but frankly, it'll never be done.  It's constantly changing and evolving as my our needs/likes/wants change.  

Enough with the rambling, on to the tour...

 We have a gigantic living room.  Furniture arrangement has been key in making this large space cozy.

For Father's Day, I gave Graham the big La-Z-Boy chair and ottoman.  He loves it.  



 The little antique table behind the couch is cute, but I need something bigger there.

 I'm in love with my big gaudy gold mirror. It fits great above our buffet. P.S. I got it for free!  P.P.S.  It weighs a ton!

I'm SO over busy mantles.  I tend to over accessorize our home and I've been trying so hard to scale back and just get rid of the crap.  I think my simple mantle is lovely.  

Y'all know I love me some UNDECORATE.  The homes in this book are perfectly imperfect and I LOVE IT!

My piano...swoon.  It is perfect because it's not perfect--except for it really needs to be tuned. It has been in my family for over 100 years.  I learned to play on it and starting this fall, I will begin teaching AG to play.

I don't know how to define my style except that I really like natural elements mixed with a little bling here and there and pops of color.

I found this gorgeous buffet at my favorite antique store for $125.  I slapped a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint and called it a day.

I've said many times that plants come to me to die, but this little guy has made it a year.  A whole year! How have I kept him alive?  Couldn't tell ya.  It's a miracle.

The slip-covered chair and I have a love-hate relationship.  One minute I love it (like right now) and the next minute I'm not so sure.  Click HERE to read more.




INFO
wall color: Valspar Wet Pavement
wooden end table: Home Goods
coffee table: junk that I refinished
buffet lamps: not really buffet lamps and they came from Target
TV buffet: Annie Sloan chalk paint -Versailles
antique "sofa table":  yellow spray paint :)
curtains: Home Goods with a piece of Hobby Lobby fabric added for length

TO DO
new flooring, update fireplace mantel, larger sofa table
I hope y'all are enjoying my little home tour--imperfections and all.  Like I've said over and over during this series, I'm learning to love our home and embrace it.  Too often, we compare our homes to photos from Pinterest and design blogs of picture perfect spaces.  Fight the urge along with me and try to enjoy your home by adding your touch, your style, your likes, and your story.  

Imperfect Home Tour Index

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 9

It's WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY!!!  The details are towards the end of the post, but there's nothing to it--link up WHAT YOU WISH! Easy enough?

I'm thrilled to share a few links from last week's party.  Y'all are going to love these!

You must head over to Julie's blog, Just the Joy's, and take a look at her wedding photos.  Gorgeous wedding, setting, reception, and beautiful bride!  Happy ONE year anniversary, Julie!

Darcy @ The Ruffled Stitch shares instructions on how to make this adorable baby outfit.  Isn't it so cute?

Lisa @ Lisa Love John is so excellent at making her home beautiful on a budget without it looking cheap. I love her style.  Head over to her blog and check out how she added botanical prints to homemade clipboards to create a wall full of color and interest.  I love it, Lisa!

Features, don't forget to grab a button for your blog!

OurJoyHisGlory

I have really enjoyed What You Wish Wednesday these past few weeks.  I've made some wonderful connections and been inspired more times than I can count.  I encourage you to stick around and link-up a recent post.  Also, you can now link-up through your Instagram account.  Just follow the steps below to add your entry and click on the Insta icon instead of linking your blog url.  Heck, if you have a blog and Instagram account, you should link-up both!  I look forward to seeing what y'all share!

Let's get this party started!  Here are the details:
  • Share a very recent post of your choosing. 
  • Include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
  • Check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: LeslieStasiaNikki, and Melissa
  • By submitting a link, you are giving me authorization to feature your post.  If your post is featured, I will include a picture and a link to your site to share the love!
OurJoyHisGlory