Inspired: Time to do the Entryway!

I’ve got the itch! I absolutely must start another project around the house.  As a mother of 4 kids (5 if you count my husband) money is tight after the holidays.  So to satisfy my craving I’m going to do something simple yet high impact… the front entry hallway.

The entry is like a sneak peek into someone’s home and style.  It’s the first area visitors see upon arrival (other than the front door).  Therefore it’s where visitors will form their first impressions.  I have done absolutely nothing with my entry since buying my home in 2009.  Zero!  Zip!  Zilch!  Nada! 

It’s time to log off of Pinterest and put all those pins in action so I created an inspiration board.  Here is what my entry hall looked like when I bought the house.  All of the items in the entry are the former owner’s property.  The table, tiki god and coat/hat rack are now gone and the hallway is completely bare.  The only thing I did was paint the walls a taupey beige color because that parchment color was driving me mad.

BORING!

This hallway is totally boring and completely lacking any style.  There are several main things I want to do:

  • Paint an accent wall;
  • Add a pop of color;
  • Make the space functional by use of a bench and shoe storage;
  • Break up the runway look with an area rug;
  • Add a decorative feature to the large wall opposite the steps;
  • Do something with the built-in door chime space (the door chimes are broken);
  • Replace both dated light fixtures; and
  • Add a sense of style to make one helluva first impression.

Here’s my inspiration board and the plan:

I have 2 themes going on…. one is dainty with flowers and uses purple as the main color while the other is a peacock theme.  I soooooooo want to use a peacock theme somewhere in my house and just can’t find the right place.  This just might be it!  Which one do you think I should go with?  Chris said the flowers are “terrible; “they’re “atrocious!”  If he absolutely must pick between the two he prefers the peacocks.  LOL

Either way, the hubs is gonna be super busy stenciling the accent wall and tiling the built-in.  I’m off to get started with a DIY project inspired by Pinterest.  It’s the framed initials found on my inspiration board. 

Hope you’re inspired as much as me!  WOOT!

Bird Bath Garden

I love outdoor projects as much as I love indoor.  I know it’s not the time of year to focus on the garden, but I want to share my recent transformation with you.  It’s the first garden I tackled in my new home.  When we moved in, our landscaping was a bunch of overgrown shrubs.  Even the hostas were killing each other!  How does that happen, right?!  So I tackled a small garden in front of my back porch (the porch is a whole project in itself). 

This little garden near my porch had clearly been neglected for a long time.  It’s right there next to the place my family gathers for barbeques and dinners so I wanted to beautify it right away!  And it was definite need of a serious makeover.

First thing is first….get rid of all those weeds!  We pulled everything from this garden and only left the hostas.  At first I tried to leave the trumpet vine that was growing up the trellis, but 1) I am not a fan of white plastic lattice and 2) the trumpet vine looks dead 90% of the time.  When its in full bloom it’s gorgeous, but it doesn’t bloom often or long enough for me.  And it was taking over the neighborhood.  I mean this sucker was not only popping up in the middle of my yard, but it was also popping up in my neighbor’s yard!

Once the weeds were pulled Chris aerated the dirt and then laid some flat rocks to look like stepping-stones.  I knew I wanted to use the bird bath in the middle of this garden so he used the stones as a small path to the bird bath. 

My mother had an over abundance of japanese irises, enough for this small garden and then some.  I donated the extra to my church.  Then I slowly began to fill the empty spaces with impatiens and man did they love the soil!  Here’s my baby plants at the beginning of spring.

And here they are at the end of summer.  I told you they love the soil!

The shrub didn’t make it thanks to my dog, Killian, who thought it was his personal restroom.  I tried to replace it with a dwarf sunflower which was beautiful when I bought it, but did not like this garden as it’s home.  The poor thing just wouldn’t stay healthy for me.  I’m thinking about replacing it with mums to give some fall color.  Not sure yet, but certainly an idea.  Of course we moved the garbage can where I planted cone flowers given to me by a dear friend.  I removed the trellis and trumpet vine (or witches fingers as my husband calls them) to make room for holly hocks.  The giant weed was removed and replaced with a tiny lilac starter bought from the local garden club’s annual plant sale. 

Can’t wait to tackle the other bare garden by my porch!  I just have so many ideas…box woods, hydrangeas…..which direction do I go?!

Hollywood’s Room Update

So we finally finished her room!  It looks fabulous!  I finally found an idea online for Hollywood’s storage bins from Ikea.  They were just plain pine and did not match her room.  

I followed the directions at http://beyondthescreendoordesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/painted-papered-school-desk.html and turned those boring old bins into an absolutely adorable spot to hold all of Hollywood’s craft stuff.   I’m sorry I don’t have pictures to show the step-by-steps, but my camera is on the fritz (hence the bad pics) and my fabulous mother-in-law told me not to buy a new one before Christmas.  *wink* *wink* 

My hubby, Chris, took the storage unit apart, sanded it, primed it, and painted it pink with the extra paint from Hollywood’s bedroom walls.  Once the paint dried he gave us the top to decorate.  Hollywood and I used to the fabric leftover from making her curtains, cut it to fit and cover the top, then hot glued it to the top.  We used the leftover fabric from her pink curtains and made a letter H for decoration in the corner.  Chris put the whole thing back together and like magic we have a chic storage bin that accents Hollywood’s new bedroom!  And we spent NOTHING!  How resourceful am I?!

Even after that we still had leftover zebra print suede cloth.  We were getting rid of the old book shelf in Hollywood’s room.  This book shelf was made of particle board and bought for my bedroom when I was 5 years old… 26 years ago!  I cannot believe it held up for all these years. 

Chris removed the top shelf from the book shelf.  We couldn’t sand it because it would just turn the particle board into dust.  We couldn’t paint it because the “stain” is basically a sticker.  So instead, Hollywood and I wrapped it in the extra zebra print suede cloth and hot glued it into place.  For $1.00 Chris bought supports and then he screwed the whole thing to the wall under her newly installed flat screen.  Hollywood collects snow globes and gets a new one each Christmas.  Right now her shelf is displaying her snow globe collection, but who knows….maybe Santa will bring her a DVD player for her new shelf!