Spring Days

It is an amazingly beautiful first day of spring day!  Bring some of this new season inside by adding a touch to your supper table.
Sassy daffodils in a pitcher will make the whole family smile!

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”  
~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth


And a Happy Spring to you!



Arranging the Living Room

While unpacking boxes in our new home, Audley and I quickly discovered that we were short on bookshelves.  When we were out shopping for other necessities, we found two really nice bookcases on sale at Target that would fit our needs perfectly.
Target.com
Since these were going in our living room, I wanted them to have a little personality while also serving a useful purpose. I really like the look of color and pattern in bookshelves that I have seen around the internet, so that is where I drew my inspiration.
EddieRoss.com
Jeffers Design Group
Apartment Therapy
Paint, fabric, temporary or permanent were all considerations I had to take in choosing which direction to take my inspiration.  In the end, I decided to go with a temporary color fix by using fabric that could be changed as needed, or removed all together when the mood strikes.

 

First, Audley took the back off of each bookcase.
Secondly, Audley and I stretched the fabric over the back of the shelves, pulling it as tight as possible.  We then replaced the back, and as Audley replaced the screws, I pulled the fabric tight until it was smoothly in place.
Once the fabric was secured and the shelf reassembled, I trimmed the excess from the back of the shelf.
I love the pop of color and texture on the back of my shelves!
This is the wall space with both shelves finished.  I am still not sure if I like the desk in the middle.  I feel like the space is missing something, which I will work on in the next couple of weeks, but I really do like the fabric in the shelves.
I am contemplating using a low bench in-between the shelves with one large print hanging above.  What do you think?
Gray paint will cover the walls in the next week, and my new furniture will arrive as well.  I hope one day to share a picture of the completed space with you.

Creating an Entry-Way

**Since originally posting this, we have finished a little bit of an update.  You can check it out here: Gallery Wall Update.
Decorating our new house is going to be so much fun!  While we are out of boxes, now comes the task of personalizing our home and adding touches that will represent us.  I feel like an artist with a blank canvas right in front of me.
Deciding what to do with the canvas, though, is quite a challenge.
After staring at blank walls for days, I decided to tackle the entryway.  This space is the first impression guests will have of our home, but it is also a space that is open to the living and dining rooms, so I see it all day as well.
There is not a lot to this space, but it is there.  It is also obvious that it is not in the living room or a part of the dining room.  I think small spaces are difficult to decorate because it is so easy to over-fill the area, making it look cluttered.  My other issue with decorating is the frosted window next to the door.  It’s not really a window made for looking out and enjoying the scenery.So now that you have seen my before, here is my after.

 

{Simple, without frills.}
That is all I wanted.

I created a gallery wall using black & white pictures that I have taken (with the exception of two) over the years of various landmarks from the many places we have lived.  We have wonderful memories from each place so creating a picture gallery was a great way to remind us of all the adventures we have shared as a family.

This the a copy of my depot picture from our home in Bridgeport

While I didn’t get a good photo of it, I first placed a small silver/gray rug that I found at Home Goods on sale.  Nothing says “come on in!” more than a welcome mat!

In front of the window I places a cute little chest to house our telephone books, maps and spare house keys.  Fresh flowers (I will replace those with a live plant soon), added a wonderful pop of color and a perfect welcoming touch.

I have two more pictures I would like to add to my gallery, but I am undecided whether to extend it any higher.  I welcome your opinions.

Kitchen {Therapy}

“They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no….”

My name is Jennifer, and I am a dish-a-holic.
Audley says I need a 7-step rehab program
I think the moving company probably agrees.
Last week as my house was being packed up it took five hours for three guys to pack up four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den, living room, office, three walk-in closets, a hall closet and dining room. 
 It took one guy four hours just to pack my kitchen.

The poor guy kept saying “there sure are a lot of dishes in here.”


Why yes, those boxes are stacked three and four high.

And just for the record, the moving truck was unloaded on Friday.  I bought groceries on Monday and cooked supper in my fully unpacked and organized kitchen.