Friday, June 29, 2012

Outdoor Bliss

We've been busy sprucing up the outside our our home lately.  Out front we painted the shutters and front door.  The facade of our house is a farmhouse style.   I chose an eggplant color for the shutters and a celery for the door.  I love how it turned out.  Amy and I also spray painted the wicker furniture white.

I love having a front porch to sit and watch the world go by.

I've had this little bench for ages and I gave it a fresh coat of paint to match the front door.  Many a family of birds has called it home over the years.

The patio out back:

Love the magic of spray paint!

Little Man splashing in the sun.

It's going to be a scorcher this weekend.  Another heat wave is in the forecast.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stay cool and have a fabulicious weekend.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Summer Kick-Off Giveaway.  The lucky winner is Nancy of The Moonlight Factory!  Nancy will get the tote of her choice from Carol Maguire Home.

I have another spectacular giveaway in the works so be sure to stay tuned!

It's gonna be in the high 90's this week.  But lookie what just landed in my back yard!

Lots of fun for the kiddos, but quite the landscaping challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious week!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Look at our Nook!

Now that the Clover Market shows are behind us for the season, Denise and I have been hard at work revamping our space at the Barn.  It's always so much fun to redecorate our little corner and add new pretties each week.

Come on in!  Larkspur Interiors welcomes you.

Isn't this a great piece?  We've been looking for a great piece for display and this one was perfect.

It's actually an old Hoosier that we converted into a cabinet.  Someone else had already started refurbishing it with the pink and flowers.  We added the floral contact paper to the doors and shelves.

This week is our monthly Third Friday at the Barn with drinks, refreshments and added discounts.  If you are in the area, we would love to have you stop by!  Just click on my FB link for details.

Also, you still have time to enter my Summer giveaway.  Just click on the link on my sidebar to enter!  The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Linking To:  Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Perky in Perkasie!

It's not unusual for me to travel a good distance for something I'm after on Craig's List.  I once drove almost 2 hours to pick up a sweet slipper chair for my bedroom that still holds a place in my heart.  I love road trips and usually try to make an adventure out of them.

This last trip was for a coffee table in the Family Room.  I'd been looking for one that was oval as I can't risk having the baby hurting himself on any sharp edges.  The perfect one showed up on Craig in a town called Perkasie, Pennsylvania.  I texted hubby at work asking him how far it was and he said about an hour and twenty minutes.  Perfect!

And as luck would have it, the seller told me that their town was having it's Spring Fest that day and there would be lots for our family to do.  It was a win-win!

So we packed up the diaper bag and headed over the bridge into PA for a day of fun and shopping!

Turns out Perkasie is one of the sweetest little towns - straight out of the Saturday Evening Post magazine!

Just look at some of these sweet buildings.

So quaint and picturesque!

Everywhere we went the people were so warm and hospitable.

Amy had fun shopping for handmade hair accessories.

I spotted an Antique store and made quick work of finding some goodies that were coming home with me!

I found the perfect mirror for my foyer.  It's from 1880 but the frame is in excellent condition.

And see that big wicker jug?  Guess what?  It was on sale for $5!  I kid you not!  I didn't let it out of my sight.

I've since switched the vignette on this hall table to include my blue and whites.

I think a little burlap wreath would look perfect on that mirror.  Don't you think?

And I also brought home this huge bread board for $12.  Any idea where I can find a narrow basket to fit these guys?  I'm on the hunt.

All in all it was a perfect day.  Our family came home with some great memories and a new coffee table!

There's still time to enter my giveaway.  Just click on the link in my sidebar!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

linking to:  Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
                  Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Monday, June 11, 2012

Bye-Bye Chickens!

I'm ridiculously behind on all of my DIY posts.  This one is from a month ago and there have been several since.  There's just not enough day in the time.

I actually purchased this table and chairs months ago from my beloved Craig for $130.

It's made of solid wood and very sturdy.  And I really like the rush seats and the curves of the table.

But those farm animals.

They needed to go.

I knew all along I was going to paint it, just didn't know what color.  The top is in pretty good shape and because it is purposely knicked up to look distressed I went ahead and filled in some other spots with my handy-dandy sharpie.

I decided on A.S.C.P. in Graphite for the chairs and the base of the table.

I distressed it a bit to let some of the yellow underneath show through then applied brown wax to make it a little darker.

It looks a lot better this way and blends in with the rest of the kitchen.

I've decided to extend my giveaway to this Friday.  I didn't get to post as much as I would have liked last week so to give my regular readers a fair chance you'll have an extra few days.

Just click on the link on my sidebar for the details on how you can win a gorgeous Summer tote bag like this one.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious week!

Linking to:  Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
                   Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mantle Mania

As neurotic as I am about changing the decor in my home, the one thing that has remained the same through the years is my mantle.

 I almost never change it for the seasons, except Christmas.

After Christmas we remodeled the family room and I was forced to make a change.  The look in this room is a lot lighter with a softer color palette.

I've experimented with a few different looks.  We removed the shadow box trim to allow for a larger piece of art.  I also removed the stick-on decorative piece that used to be in the middle.

This round mirror was nice too.  Notice the lighter color on the walls in this picture.

As the room evolved I began making small changes, like adding more color and painting some of my existing accessories.

This next one is a crappy picture - I was experimenting with the settings on my camera - but you can see how I was going for a lighter look.  I added some silver rub n buff to the mirror too.

I really liked this look until I stumbled across this mirror at Marshall's for only $35.

The rectangular shape of this mirror really opens up the room.

I added the subway art sign I stole from Denise and I love how it looks now.

This is my favorite look.


I think it will stay like this for a while.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway which runs through this week.
You could win this!

You can enter by clicking the link at on my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Linking to:  Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life