Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Summer Home Tour Series- The 2 Seasons


Welcome to another beautiful home in our Summer Home Tour Series! I'm so excited to show you the most beautiful summer townhouse I've ever seen. Come along with me a witness the sweet fresh feeling of summer style!
Hi everyone! My name is Janette, and my daughter Jordan and I have been writing a lifestyle blog together called "The 2 Seasons" for four years.
 I am thrilled to be here today to share some of the things I did around our place for summer. Jordan will be here in August to show you her house. Our site is loaded with decorating, DIY projects, budget projects, delicious recipes, travel tips and adventures, and just our everyday lives. Please visit our blog and take a look around. You can learn more about us in the About section in our header.
   
Townhouse exterior

Four years ago, my husband and I sold our family home in the suburbs and moved to a townhouse with 3,000 square feet in the historic section of Lexington, KY. Before moving in, we practically gutted the place and made it our own. Instead of a massive front porch, we have a "stoop", and I love changing it up for the seasons.

 

IMG_0976

This year I added wave petunias to our planters and love the way they look. This is my first time to use this variety of petunia, and now I am wondering what took me so long.

   

IMG_0973

If you would like to read more about the theory behind the planters, go here and here. If you want to learn how to keep squirrels out of your planter, this worked for us.

   
Patriotic pillows

I love to use patriotic colors in the summer. The main colors we use for decorating our entire place are red, blue, green, and yellow, so, the patriotic colors fit right in.

 
Patriotic pillows

I love making pillows and have a great method for making them on the cheap. You can read about that here. When I decided to use red, white, and blue in our great room for summer, I didn't want it to be too "in your face." I mixed in one of my kilim pillows to add a splash of yellow and green. The big pillows are made from drop cloth fabric, and I added the French linen look with fabric paint. You can read how I did that here.

 
Farm store vignette - The 2 Seasons

One of my main goals when decorating is to use what I already have. When we down-sized, we got rid of soooo much stuff, and it was liberating. So, when it is time to change up a vignette, I usually shop the house. However, I stopped in a farm store for the first time, and found some cute everyday items to use in a summer vignette on the kitchen table.

Farm store vignette - The 2 Seasons

This cute red container that is holding peaches is an egg basket, and they are sitting on a cute metal tray which happens to be used to carry grain to farm animals. I picked up the little broom at the same store just to add some texture to the grouping. You can read more about this vignette here.

   
Kitchen - The 2 Seasons

This is another summer vignette using fresh sun flowers that are resting in vintage milk bottles.

Kitchen - The 2 Seasons

Here's another view. We are about to make some changes in our kitchen. You can read all about it here. The contractor was here this week, and I am beyond excited to make a good thing even better.

 
Red pantry door

I recently painted our pantry door red, and it fits right in with the red, white, and blues of summer. My pantry and office share a space, and I love it.

 

Spring in the sunroom

I am not a fan of air conditioning. So, when my husband lowers the temperatures, I spend a lot of time here in the sunroom. In fact, I am blogging in the sunroom right now. French doors lead into the room from both the great room and the kitchen.

   

Spring in the sunroom

It's an easy room to decorate for summer (here) because I just use a lot of the items that I love and that are not quite "good enough" for the main part of our home. We use this room three seasons of the year. It takes on a whole different look for the fall and winter, and you can see how it looks here.

   
COURTYARD

Since we live in a townhouse, we have a wonderful bricked in courtyard. It gives me just the right amount of dirt to play in.

 

courtyard

I can still have shrubs, trees, flowers, and herbs, and they take only minutes of tending each week instead of hours. We upgraded some of the plants this spring, and my ultimate goal is to have a courtyard that looks like this.

  Bakers Rack Turned Bar Bakers Rack Turned Bar[/caption]

However, right now we are beyond thrilled with the way our courtyard looks and lives in the summer.

 

We hope you enjoyed seeing some summer in our home. Many thanks to Michele for inviting us to participate in her summer home tour series. Now, go out and have a great week-end. We hope to see you all over at The 2 Seasons.

Home Tour Button
 

Take care.

Beautiful tour Jeanette! I've gotta say everyone, that I'm loving all that red white and blue! So inspiring for the upcoming holiday, don't you think? Be sure to jump on over to The 2 Seasons to see all the amazing things they have to share.Thank you for joining us and be sure to come back next Friday for another amazing summer home tour by My Creative Days. In the meantime, stay cool. ;)

Project Challenge #6 - Sheet or Corrugated Metal


Welcome to another PROJECT CHALLENGE! YaY! 
For those of you that are new, let me explain what that means. Each month a few friends of mine and I have challenged each other to come up with a project to share using an assigned material. This months challenge is sheet or corrugated metal. 
I can't wait to share with you what all of these amazing women came up with , so be sure to visit each of theirs at the end of this post! 
I've been wanting to do a project with metal for quite some time. I actually found a pair of metal snips at the hardware store around 3 years ago on clearance and snatched them up. We were having our roof redone at the time, so we had a lot of metal plates laying around just begging me to do something with them. I collected what the roofers left lying around and saved them for a bit. My son put the snips to the test by making the roofing plates into ninja stars. Glad he didn't throw them. Yikes!

The purpose of my little story is to say that I was excited to finally get to have a reason to use my handy metal cutters. I will admit that I was a bit intimidated by the thought of this project because of the dangers with working with sharp edges. One wrong move = a lot of blood and pain. So I do want to mention to be extra cautious when working with this stuff. I also want to report that this was A LOT easier than I thought it would be and I will DEFINITELY be working with more metal in the future. I'm actually really anticipating the day! 
To explain the background to this project of choice I will have to say that I started working on these cupboards in our play room a little more than a year ago. For those of you that regularly follow my blog, you will remember that I have gradually been framing every origional cabinet door in the house. Our home was built in the 60's and the cabinets are all flat.

This is really great in the way that it allows me to add our own style and character to each space. I knew immediately that I wanted the lower cabinets to be chalkboard for the children to be able to draw on. So I painted them and then framed them out in 4 foot lath to save money. A bundle of 50 is around $7 at our local hardware store compared to the 58 cents or so a ft. It was really worth saving the money to me or I wouldn't have been so willing to sand all those boards, but I did and then I stained them in dark walnut. I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to finish off the top cupboards, so they sat like this ever since... for a year. 
Then one day while downstairs doing laundry and watching some movie, it came to me. I wanted to be able to hang the children's art on the upper cabinets. I contemplated cork, it quickly lost. 
Then I had an epiphany, why not metal?! 
I had bought this roll of metal at a yard sale last year. Perfect, right? 
Wrong. It looked awful. All bent up and dented. So I started over and went down to the hardware store to buy a new roll. 
After finishing these cupboards off, I was tickled with the results and went to hang my childrens art with magnets. 

Ummm, they didn't stick. 
You probably already know why. But me, I didn't. So upon some google research I learned that magnets do not stick to aluminum. 
HUH?!

Needless to say I was discouraged, but knowing I needed to get the project done, I went down to the store and bought two sheets for $16 bucks a piece from the plumbing section at Home Depot (not a sponsor by the way, just a fact)
Each of my sets of cupboards are different sizes so I measured accordingly. When doing this, I highly recommend measuring more than you think you need to. Reassuring that you have measured properly saves so much time and money! Trust me. Lessons learned!
When cutting, I found it easier to cut with one hand and lift the cut pice as you go with the other hand
After they were cut I held them up to the cupboards and made sure there was overhang where the framing would go back on and that they were centered.
 I found it easier to start with the top piece, using my brad nailer, and then to attach the sides, and last, the bottom. 
It was super simple to do this whole project. The most time consuming part was taking off the slats to attach the metal.
 If you haven't framed out your cupboards yet, this step will not be needed and will be a lot faster. 
We keep games, toys, puzzles, blankets and crafts in these cupboards. There is A LOT of storage here. 
It so happens that our laundry is in the aluminum covered cabinets. We decided to keep them the way they are because upon researching, I found that it makes a GREAT dry erase surface. Talk about making a win out of an otherwise disasterous situation. 
I love it when a mistake turns into a perk!
My 6 year old daughter and I had so much fun making magnets out of a Spanish Scrabble game my mom gave us. We don't play Scrabble in Spanish. Because although my husband and I speak Spanish, I don't think I could win a game of it since I can barely play it in English. (thank you very much!)
If you've never done a project with Scrabble letters, you have GOT to try it! This is my first experience with it and it was so much fun!
There's never more gratification in a project than a good side by side before and after, right?! 
Yeah. I think it was worth the wait to come up with the perfect idea. 
Do you think they look playful? 
Oh, and in case you're wondering about the beautiful artwork on the before....nail polish from when my 5 year old was 3.
Yeah. These cupboards waited a long time for a makeover!
Thank you so much for letting me share with you today
Now go ahead and check out all these other great projects from my incredible friends!

Sew a Fine Seam

NEXT month our material is ‘Reclaimed Wood’, that's going to be a tough choice. I see a game of eeny meany miney moe in my future! ;)   
Do you have a project that includes sheet or corrugated metal?  We'd like to see it, link up your project here!

Butter Churn Heirloom Turned Lamp


I'd never made my own lamp until this project, so I'm really excited to share this project with you today! The wiring has always intimidated me, but honestly, now I wonder why. Here, let me show you how it's done. I used materials that I had on hand and/or found for free.
My mother gave me this heirloom butter churn a couple summers ago when we were visiting her. She never had the metal churner, so I've been using it for a sunflower vase. It's heavy and sturdy, perfect for large flowers. 
One day while I was out searching for a lamp for my hall console table at TJ Maxx Home Goods, I saw one that was made out of a butter churn jar just like mine! I was thrilled and knew then that I had to learn how to make my own lamp.
The materials I used came from a lamp I found in a free pile at a yard sale I was at a week or so earlier. I picked it up thinking the wiring and hardware would come in handy to make into some hanging lamp or something one day. 
I broke off the ceramic base that was already cracked, and the rest proved to be simple to take apart. 
 I also purchased another lamp for the shade and hardware to hold it, at our local thrift store for $2.50 on half price day. 
My husband then instructed me on how to disconnect the wiring so that it could be modified to fit.
Ready to make one yourself? Here's how it's done:
1) mark the coordinating wire and screw. (These must be matched back up with reassembly.) 
2) Loosen screws to free wires. 
3) Thread wiring through lamp base (in this case the butter churn lid) and lampshade holder (not shown)
4) Tighten wires back into place and tighten base screw to secure bulb base. 
 5) Test lamp
6) Add shade, plug in and enjoy!
 *NOTE: in order to keep the lamp shade hardware secure, electrical tape was wrapped around the underside of the base threading to fit snuggly into the hole of the lid. The cord lifts up through the opening of the jar and helps secure the wooden base into place. This proved tight enough not to slide or tilt.
 I love how the cord is hidden through the spindles of my table. It was the perfect remedy for my decorating dilemma and it only cost me $4.50 in materials. 
Don't you love a great deal?!
 The best part about doing this project myself was that I didn't alter or ruin a family heirloom at all and the top can be lifted to display things in the bottom of the jar, if I desire.  

 If you have never tried wiring a lamp, I hope you will now that you see how easy it is to do. I thought it was quite a fun project, and hope my experience will help inspire you to do your own! 




Summer Home Tour Series- Our Good Life


Happy Friday everyone, I love this day of the week because it means another wonderful Summer Home Tour! One of the things I love best about these tours is that they include all sorts of styles as well as give us a chance to meet bloggers might never have met before. Today I get to introduce a new to me blogger whom I'm very excited to get to know. She writes a food blog that is amazing, you will have to check out her recipes at the end of this post, but for now, let's see where she makes it all possible. ;)


Hello!  My name is Terri and I blog at Our Good Life


 I was fortunate to be asked to share our summer d├ęcor with you here at our home in Missouri. Let me tell you a little about it and our neighborhood.

Summer Porch- Dose of DIY Blog Hop

Welcome to the Dose of DIY blog hop!

I've been looking forward to this date for quite sometime! I was quite honored to be asked to join a group of friends for a monthly blog hop to share what we create based on a certain theme, So don't forget to check out their inspiring projects at the end of this post! This is our first month and the theme is dressing up your front door or porch. To me this means, put a wreath and some inviting flowers out. Since that is what I do every spring to get ready for summer anyway, I decided to share my new front door decoration with you! ;)