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Boho Bungalow – Small Homes, Big Style

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So unbelievably excited to be included in this feature of “Romantic Homes” magazine! Small spaces, pretty storage ideas and lots of tips to double your space.

Small spaces doesn’t have to mean cramped and cluttered. Our little Spanish Bungalow was lacking in square footage, but still felt light, bright and airy. What worked for us here was the high vaulted ceilings and tons of full length windows to let in a lot of natural light. I kept pieces small and open to allow the light to flow. Most of our pieces had dual purposes. A small table that I found on my travels fit nicely in our small entryway. The drawer was perfect for housing a few things that we used daily and the basket below was a charming way to hold and hide our shoes. cloth and patina island boho entryway13a

All the pieces are weathered in shades of seaside finds. Neutral pieces with pops of blues and greens add just the right amount of color.

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Small space decorating and many many more inspiring and beautiful pages in this issue.

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When walls are limited, every spot has an intentional purpose.

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I didn’t want the furniture to consume the room, so I painted the pieces in a neutral color so they would blend in with the walls. I kept the accessories simple and to a minimum in the same weathered feel.

cloth and patina island boho entryway5aYou can easily add more height to a space by keeping the furniture pieces open and adding a larger mirror to bring even more light into the space. I wasn’t ever able to find just the right table for this wall so built this one to fit the space and the mirror. A few taller accessories and the mirrors height filled in this space nicely.

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My cabinet was my all time favorite Craigslist find! It houses our television and each drawer below is filled with things we use daily in our living and dining rooms. The cabinet is huge, but by painting it in a softer grey it blends with the rest of the decor instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

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Trunks, baskets and cabinets that we have added all serve as storage and furniture pieces. They add charm and texture, but still remain useful. This little trunk was the perfect size for our coffee table and has enough space to hold our extra throw blankets. The trunk was black and not in great shape when I found it, but by painting it white it fit right in with our seaside decor.

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I am a huge fan of open shelving especially in smaller spaces. They maximize a small area and is a great way to show off some of your prettier pieces (you can hide your not so pretty pieces behind closed cabinets). Get the DIY instructions for these gorgeous shelves at sincerelysarad.com.

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I love that there has been more focus on smaller spaces and how to make them pretty and practical. Living small doesn’t mean it has to feel or look small. This magazine is absolutely gorgeous “as always” and is filled with so many beautiful homes and ideas for inspiration. Definitely an issue to have as a go to for so many ideas. 

Thank you “Romantic Homes” for including me in this gorgeous issue! It is a pleasure and blessing to be in one of my most favorite magazines!

Get your copy here 

tammy

 

 

 

 

SEGRETO vignettes

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Look at what came in the mail today! I have been anxiously waiting for this book all week! I am so unbelievably honored to be reviewing Leslie Sinclair’s newest book, “Segreto Vignettes”. While I absolutely adore her two previous books, (Segreto and Segreto Finishes), this one is my most favorite.

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Here is a quick peek at what Leslie has included in this gorgeous book. You can see from the contents page that this book covers it all (well practically). I completely agree with her when she says this book is an invaluable guide to the world of creative finishes. There are thousands of ideas, all beautifully photographed. These pages come to life in this stunning collection of rooms all adorned with finishes by Segreto. As you can see from the “contents page”, she covers so many different aspects of design.

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I stumbled on Leslie’s work many years ago when I was swooning over a finish on some beautiful woodwork and have been following her ever since. You all know how much I absolutely love a beautiful weathered finish and she is definitely the truest talent to just that.

Look at this “before and after” photo of these most beautiful ceiling beams! I am always in awe of how she can transform a newer piece of wood into the most elegant weathered finish. This book is filled room after room of the most inspiring finishes.

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Leslie is known in the industry as one of the best of the best in the world of interiors, and for good reason. She works with so many talented designers, artists and photographers and many of them have contributed to this beautiful book.

Just look at this kitchen! The cabinetry and beams are gorgeous and really bring this whole room to a new level.

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I honestly had a hard time as to what photos to share with you all, seriously. It literally is page after page of beautiful rooms, finishes and techniques. This is way more than just a book filled with gorgeous photos (that wouldn’t be a bad thing), but this is so much more. Leslie covers “finishing trends” on furniture, walls, lighting and tile. There is even a section on “disguising TV’s”. This is huge for me! I think a TV can ruin the look of a room and this book includes so many beautiful ways to hide them.

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This book guides you room through room with one inspiring page after the other. I am swooning over this bathroom. Every little aspect of it is so beautiful.

You know I love a soft neutral palette and Leslie tends to stay in these tones, which makes me love her work all the more.

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There’s even a section on “styling with slipcovers” and “painting on fabric”, both are things I love.

segreto vignette clothandpatina 13How inspiring is this work space? “Stenciled floors” and “finishes” are just another area Leslie covers.

segreto vignette clothandpatina 0Simply stunning & inspiring! Every little detail about this. The details in this book are amazing.

segreto vignette clothandpatina 14 Whether looking for inspiration for your own home or business, this book is a must-have if you are interested in design on any level. (actually, all three of Leslie’s books are). You will NOT be disappointed – it is a visual masterpiece that you will refer to over and over again. Over 325 pages of beautiful, gorgeous color photos. It’s simply a book you will love.

Here is how you can buy any of the books.

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Thank you so much Leslie for including me in the group of bloggers who got the amazing opportunity to see this book early – I am so honored and know I will use this book as an inspiration in so many ways!!

tammy

Softer Side of Winter…

arhaus living roomWell it’s been way too long since I’ve shared with you all here! It’s a new year, with new goals and new dreams of cozy spaces! As much as I love decorating for the holidays, there is something truly inspiring about clearing it all away and starting with a blank slate especially at the beginning of a new year.

In south Florida, we don’t experience a true Winter, but we still have our share of colder days, gloomy skies and lots of wind. And even though there isn’t snow on the ground outside, I still like to decorate like there is. (or at least the Florida version).

I recently visited Arhaus, and if you have never been, I highly recommend you stop in. Seriously so much to love! I’ve been gathering some decor ideas for our home and think this space is just prefect for the lighter side of Winter. Warm whites, a few fur accents, a chunky knit blanket and a few candles for a super cozy space. So much to swoon over.

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The time of year I love to bring in the softer textures of cozy wool throws and chunky knits. Couldn’t you just see yourself wrapped up in this one!?! A good cuppa, a great book, a cozy fire (or candles) and I know I’d be set. I always like to start with a white palette and depending upon the time of year will bring in additional neutral shades. Winter time for me is the perfect time to incorporate soft shades of grey, taupe and gold accents.

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My favorite go to…a beautiful slip covered sofa. I’ve had my sofa and chair for many years now and believe it or not, the white is easier to maintain than you think. Kids, dog, cat and all.  Comfortable, casual elegance is what I am always going for and for me this works for my home. Any accent pillow or throw I add to it pops against the white and just looks so pretty.

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I love a little sparkle especially in the Winter months where even down south we have plenty of gloomy days. A little shimmer here and there can really brighten up a space. I love, love this charming accent pillow!

arhaus bed linenMy two favorite places to cozy up in, the living room and the bedroom. So loving this bedding with just the right amount of ruffle (for me anyway). I’d add a pretty fur throw blanket ( like the yummy one above) to the mix for a bit more warmth and a cozier feel. It might make it a bit more difficult to pull myself out of bed each morning though.

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Seriously beautiful and so loving this gorgeous finish. I love that it’s a great size with simple but charming accents.

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Put this gorgeous chair near a sunny window with a warm blanket…yes please! 

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So beautiful! Just the right amount of glamour and sparkle to a soft neutral space.

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arhaus rugI tend to add a lightly patterned area rug and keep my bedding simple. A few accent pillows and pretty decor pieces around the room are all I need.

arhaus mirrorMirrors and “lighting“ are like the jewelry pieces to the room and this one is drop dead gorgeous! The details on this one are so pretty with a light feminine feel.

arhaus bedroomWhat are your go tos for the Winter months? I guess it all depends on where we live and what the weather brings. I think no matter where I may live though, I will always keep things simple. A few natural elements, warm throw blankets, cozy lighting and a bit of sparkle.

I hope this inspired you to lighten things up a bit. Even in the colder months we can still enjoy the softer side of Winter. I’d just love to hear how you decorate for the Winter months! Feel free to stop in and share your ideas.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

tammy

 

 

 

Vintage Buttons and Burlap Messages in Pretty Frames

I wanted to share with you a pretty DIY I shared on Hometalk. Creating a family keepsake or special gift using vintage buttons, a little sparkle, a burlap backdrop and a pretty frame. Yes…please!

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First things first, and the fun part is choosing what you want your message to say. Typically one word, (Home, Love) a date (your wedding date, a birth date), an initial or even a heart work best. Then onto choosing what and how you would like to display your message. Depending upon what is going inside, you can use a rectangle, square a circle or oval frame.
I like a lot of pretty and a lot of detail.

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I’ve always had a thing for vintage frames, whether wood or metal. They are always filled with so many pretty details and try to use them as often as I can. Not to say though that this project won’t look just as charming in a new or more simple frame.

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Depending upon your style and what look you are going for, the painting part is all about personal preference. This is where you can personalize this to fit your style. I like to keep things on the neutral side so always opt for a bit of a white wash. It doesn’t take much paint to weather your frame so a small bottle will do. These small paint bottles are always under a $1.00 and go a long way. I also stock up on the sample containers of paint from my local Home Depot or Lowes to keep on hand. Head over to the returned paint section that is usually right near the paint counter and you can sometimes get these containers for as low as $.59!

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Unless you want full coverage, I recommend brushing on several light layers of paint. In the end again depending on your style you can leave it painted as it is or grab a piece of sand paper to give it a light distressing. The light sanding brings out the pretty details and lends even more to the vintage look

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I’ve always been a huge fan of burlap. It has beautiful texture, makes a great back drop for many projects and it’s a wonderful fabric that blends with so many styles. You can find many different colors and variations, but for this project I like the standard shade of burlap. It has an earthy feel and the vintage buttons, especially the mother of pearl stand out nicely.

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I usually cut the burlap a bit larger than the frame so you have a little room for error or if the burlap should start to fray. At the end of the project you will trim it down to size and fit in your frame. I also cut a piece of cardboard that will go under the burlap and serve as a flat surface for your message. Keep the cardboard under your burlap during this project for support. You will also trim the cardboard down to size at the end along with the burlap.

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And now for the pretty part! I so love vintage buttons ( who am I kidding, I just love buttons!). There are so many pretty buttons these days if you can’t find the vintage ones though. I even snip them from damaged clothing that we no longer wear and keep them for projects down the road. It’s a sweet way to use buttons from your entire family. I use the neutral ones, but you can get really creative here and pick a color that fits your style. I’ve done a few in the past where I’ve used varying shades of one color and it looks so pretty.

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I add a bit of sparkle to each of mine, but again that’s all about personal preference. I like the basic clear rhinestone, but colored rhinestones would really pop off of the burlap as well! Rhinestones not your thing, you can add a pretty flower, butterfly or a broken piece of jewelry you have on hand. The buttons are pretty on their own and will look just as nice without the rhinestones though.

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After choosing your buttons you are going to lay them out for size on the burlap. I always keep the frame near by so I can judge how my message will look inside. (Reminder: keep the cardboard under your burlap for support and keep the project on a flat surface). You can go pretty and mix up the lettering or stick to the basics. Either way have fun! Play around with them until you get the look you want.

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After all of your buttons have been laid down on the burlap you can either glue them down or hand stitch each button (my personal preference). Hand sewing is super relaxing to me and I really love the way the thread looks in the buttons. It’s another mix of texture and will keep the buttons super secure especially if it’s something you want to pass down to generations.
▪ If you are planning on stitching in each button: Place a tiny drop of glue on the back of the button, just enough to hold it secure so you can sew the buttons without them falling off the burlap. Do not cover the button holes with the glue. It will make it hard to push the needle and thread through.
▪ If you do not want to hand stitch the buttons (the buttons will stay intact without the thread): Place enough glue on the back of each button to hold it secure the the burlap.
This part can be a little tricky. Try to go slow and only pick up one button at a time without disturbing the remaining buttons. Sometimes it works better to use a toothpick to pick up each button, dab on the glue with a toothpick and place back down.
Once all of your buttons have been glued, allow the glue to dry so you can either stitch them down or move to the next step.

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Size and cut your cardboard to fit into whichever frame you chose before moving on.

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The photo doesn’t show the glued/stitched buttons, but after your buttons have been glued or stitched onto the burlap, you are going to glue down the finished burlap message to your cardboard. Make sure you know where you want your message to be centered. then glue down the burlap to the cardboard and let dry. Once the glue has dried you can trim the excess burlap and slide the burlap/cardboard into your frame. If you have the original backing to the frame, slide this in as well.

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A lot of times with vintage frames the backs are ruined but you can fill in the excess space with layers of additional cardboard, chipboard or similar material. I like the back to be just as pretty (definitely not necessary though), so like to use pieces of wallpaper or pretty papers that I have leftover. I wanted this one to hang on the wall so created a small hook on top, but you can purchase the hooks as well and just secure to the back.

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And there you have it! A personalized keepsake for your home or to pass on to someone special! It’s a fun project that doesn’t take too much time or money, but the outcome is so so pretty!
So hoping this has inspired you to pull out some of those buttons you’ve been storing up and create one of your own! And hooping you don’t already to stop over at Hometalk for more creative ideas! I’d love to hear back from you if you create one of your own and would be even happier to see your finished keepsake!
Happy creating!

tammy

 

Summer Treasure Hunting, South Florida Style

I recently came across a post on Invaluable, called the  ”Guide to Summer Antiquing in the U.S.“and inspired me to share some of my favorite places to thrift here in South Florida with you.

South Florida is such an eclectic mix of culture which also means a vast array of vintage, antique and unique finds! More of us have the time over the summer to skate away on little vacations whether it be for an extended stay or just a weekend getaway. So what better time to check out what the local areas have to offer. My favorite go to when I am in any area is Craigslist. Seriously once I know the area I will be traveling to I am already on Craigslist searching the area for new finds, garage and estate sales and local community craft bazaars, etc. Depending on the area (ours always has a large selection) I always browse the “free” section first, “one man’s trash” kinda thing, right. cloth and patina island boho decor8a

My absolute favorite Craigslist find! I came across this piece while browsing the sections of Craigslist and think I fell instantly in love. No it’s not something you normally would search for as a treasure to bring home from a vacation but a piece I just had to have. Found this one about an hour or so south of me and for $80, yep eighty dollars. A piece that used to be teak in color ( I know some of you may have gasped at the fact that I painted this…but it had to be done) More details on this beauty here.

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Next on my hunt would be any local salvage yard, architectural or nautical. A favorite of mine that I had frequented for years here was “Adam & Eve”, no longer in business, but fortunately many pieces have made their way to my studio before their closing. I have always had a thing for the chippy and rusty especially when it’s a piece I can repurpose and use in the garden or inside my home.

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Look at all that chippy goodness! You could get lost here for hours and hours.

Endless weathered windows.:

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So many possibilities with an old window…

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Odds and ends picked up over the years at local garage sales and flea markets. If in the Stuart, Florida area check out B & A Flea Market for a great mix of finds. Like all flea markets, it gets pretty busy and always recommend getting there early.

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Visiting Florida and want to bring back a little maritime salvage, then you have to add Culpepper & Co. to your must have places to visit. It is right down the street from where Adam & Eve used to be (was a double whammy of fun when they were both here) and located east in downtown West Palm Beach. Another place you could spend a lot of time in swooning through all of the unique pieces they have. You literally would leave in awe of the gorgeous pieces that were salvaged from big beautiful ships.

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While you are in the West Palm area you have to take some time to visit “West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District” It’s a very charming district filled with over 40 shops of varying styles and price ranges of wares. Definitely a place you could spend the entire day browsing and eating at the local cafes.

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Looking for the more frugal side of thrifting or antiquing? Then you always have the local Goodwill,  thrift stores and Habitat for Humanity to each town. Frames are one of the items that I always look for every time I am in any type of a thrift store. They usually are super inexpensive and plentiful.

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One of my favorite thrift store finds! Two ever so charming chairs found at a local Goodwill. Two vintage french chairs for $4 a piece…can’t beat that!

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A steal of a find at a local Habitat for Humanity at $20! Found it sitting at the end of an isle and new right away it was headed to my garden.

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We have many coastal communities and gorgeous beaches and if your up to strolling along our beautiful waters you can bring home some of natures pretties as well. One of my favorite things to do with my son is walk along the beach especially in the early or later hours and collect beautiful pieces from the sea. There are endless options for what you can create with these or display them as they are in glass containers. Perfect and nice way to display some of your vacation memories.

If you can think outside the box a bit, I think you can find some truly beautiful pieces. Every city has such a wide range of places to shop or browse for vintage, unique or antique pieces, just have to get a little creative. Well here’s to your summer treasure hunting! As always, feel free to stop in with any questions or just to share some of your favorite hunting spots.

tammy

Christmas In July Sale!

Yay…my Christmas ornaments made it on the cover of a Christmas card in the UK! These had come out over last Christmas and so wanted to share it with you then, but had just received the actual card this year. So I figured I would do a Christmas in July sale to celebrate!

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These little ornies have always been a favorite of mine to create! I was so excited when the company contacted me last year asking if they could use my image for the front of one of their cards! Yes, please & thank you! I was told they are the equivalent to American Greetings here in the states so you can guess how super excited I was! Look at that my shop name is on the back of a greeting card ( can you tell I am a little giddy over this)?

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Vintage music sheets, vintage buttons, a bit of jute and a little sparkle! Simple, but timeless and elegant.

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It just seemed the right time with just getting the cards in the mail to do a Christmas in July Sale! I had wanted to get it up and running at the very beginning of July, but we are having to move to a new home in just 9 days and just did not have time to get it up then. But, better late than never right!?! The sale will run for the entire month of July. Please read the entire sale ad before purchasing and as always please feel free to ask any questions.

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I have a very large (from many years of collecting…wink) collection of vintage items, so if there is anything in particular you are looking for, now would be the time before all is packed up! I always have an ongoing “Wish List” for my customers and would be happy to add you to it as well.

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A lot going on here on my end and am so hoping to be able to share with you more on our new move and journey once I know more as to where we are going. As always, thank you so much for stopping in!

tammy

Florida Rooms, A Year Round Coastal Oasis

It has been absolutely gorgeous here! The weather has been cooler, the breeze has been blowing and the sun has been shining and all we want to do is spend the day outdoors or almost outdoors. We are so blessed to have a sun room or what we call it here in Florida, a “Florida room” at our new home. Although I haven’t had the time to decorate ours just the way I want it, I have have been collecting bits and pieces of inspiration for our new found space and wanted to share those with you in hopes to get you inspired to cozy up your little oasis wherever that may be.

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lighting | wall art | glass floats | driftwood mirror | pillow | basketsun room | curtains | jars | jute rug

This has to be one of my most favorite Florida room|sun room inspiration spaces. I love that it functions for both a sitting area and for casual dining. The weathered wood and bamboo reminds me of driftwood (one of my most favorite things) and just looks sooo inviting. Makes we want to grab a cool drink a good book and settle in here for quite a while as the breeze blows in. Couldn’t you see yourself here?

I love to store my driftwood finds in a pretty basket. The wood in contrast with vintage metal is so charming and love that it peeks through the wire. I collect different sized pieces to display and others to get all crafty with. There are so many different things you can create with driftwood and seashells, with a ton of tutorials and ideas on Pinterest. Seriously the ideas are endless! Seashells that you’ve collected are always pretty on display in charming little jars. You can wrap them up with jute twine and add labels with the names of the beaches you’ve been to for more charm. I love the use of an old fisherman’s net for a different spin on a chandelier and who doesn’t love a grouping of pretty glass globes all nestled together? There are also tutorials on how to create these if you aren’t able to find the real thing.

For those of you who know me, you know I love a soft neutral palette and although I don’t normally incorporate too much color into our home, this is the time of year that I love to bring in soft greens and blues. The blend of weathered greys, soft hints of color and tons of texture blended together give an island spa like feel and have the making of a space that I want to spend a lot of time in. I’ve seen so many different types of “Florida rooms” here from modern to traditional but have to say my favorite is a blend of coastal cottage with lots of vintage goodies. Wicker, rattan and weathered wood furniture pieces make for the most inviting decor and the perfect foundation for adding your own personal style to. 

I am a huge fan of jute rugs and use them all over my home as well as in our “Florida room” They are easier to keep clean than you think and add the perfect amount of texture. Also love drop cloth. I know many of you are familiar, but for those that aren’t. The drop cloth I am always taking about is the fabric painters drop cloth that you can find in your local home improvement center. It is inexpensive, and once washed has such a lovely color and texture. Again there are quite a few DIY tutorials around for charming things you can create with it. We plan on using the drop cloth in our room for both curtains and pillows.

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We have so many pretty weather days here that it just makes sense to make the most of this added space and take your meals outdoors. Ours isn’t large enough to have a dining table as well (one can dream though), but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying my coffee out there as often as I can.

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I am always inspired by pretty windows and lots of natural light. I love that they added regular furniture pieces to their space to give it a homey and inviting feel. Simply beautiful and charming.

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Our ‘Florida room” has a vintage sofa, a potting urn filled with seashells and topped with an oval piece of glass that I use as my coffee table. There are so many urns and planters to choose from now and you can pretty much find them at any home improvement store, garden center or a Home Goods if you have one. Our pretty shells are always on display and can easily be seen as we sit around the table. I have a few other vintage wrought iron nesting tables about, a vintage wicker chair, a few plants hanging in macrame hangers and a vintage cabinet that I fill with pretties for each season. I will eventually build a faux fire place that will be filled with candles. Although I change out the decor for each season we always have seashells and driftwood pieces that we find on our beach walks displayed all over our room.

These sunny rooms are such a nice way to extend your decor outside a bit, but gives you the chance to tone it down and go a bit more casual. Kinda sets the laid back island living mentality into gear and gives you a nice place to unwind. You can still bring the beach home or at least in one room. You don’t have to live near the ocean to have a little island escape. There are so many online sources that carry affordable and really pretty coastal pieces that make it that much easier to decorate.

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Totally swooning over this room! The doors are so charming and are the perfect entry into this space. Love that they kept it simple and crisp with lots of white and grey and those wonderful wicker chairs. Love the numbers they stenciled on the chairs!

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Whatever you may call your space, a “Florida room”, sun room, some variation of a porch, it’s a space that’s definitely worth putting together. On pretty and even rainy days our friends and family always seem to migrate out to our room. We spend many hours out on ours enjoying the beautiful breeze or the sound of the rain hitting the tin roof.

Well that’s all for now. Hoping I have inspired you in some way to pretty up your “Florida room”, porch or patio in time for these pretty days we’ve been having. I’don’t know about you all, but I also find a ton of inspiration while browsing real estate listings. Most often the homes are all prettied up both inside and out and give me so many good ideas. I came across some local listings that I just loved at elliman.com. If you get a chance stop on over and check out these pretty homes for a bit more inspiration.

I’d love to hear from you if you have a “florida room” yourself or if you have any ideas on how you’d like to decorate your space!

tammy

Weathered Patina & My Craigslist Find

romantic country magazine clothandpatinaWell it seems like centuries since I’ve done a blog post (hangs head in shame) but am so happy to being sharing this one with you today. My most favorite find made its way into “Romantic Country Magazine“! I was so excited to have my favorite find featured! There magazines are my most favorite! I read and browse their beautiful pages as often as I can. You can always count on gorgeous photos and tons of inspiration!

I remember when I first laid eyes on this beauty while browsing Craigslist and knew right away I had to have this one. “You can see a before photo in the upper right hand corner”. It looked large and wasn’t quite sure if it would fit in my tiny space but was certainly going to try. A girl who was in the process of moving had to have this gone asap which worked just great for me. Grabbed a truck, a little man strength and was on my way down south to take a look. I couldn’t tell from the photo but to me looked to be carved teak with an Indonesian flair which I just love! But of course you never know until you actually see it up close! I think I fell in love before I even got out of my car! It was gorgeous! I was a little taken aback to see it sitting outside in the elements but was in great shape and had to have it.

Have to say this thing ways a ton! I alone could not even budge it let alone pick this thing up and put it in a truck. So happy to have had someone on hand that was happy to help! I met up with its previous owner to pay for this beauty as I was anxiously awaiting to get this home and call it mine. I was so ready to negotiate a price on this one since I had already fallen in love but thank goodness she was oh so willing to part with it and sold it to me for $80! Can you believe it!?!

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I was super excited to get it back in my place and even happier to see that it was going to fit on the wall between the living and dining areas. I hopped online right away to do some research in hopes to find a little more info on my new gorgeous piece. I wasn’t able to find this exact piece but was happy to find that these can sell into the thousands!

Knowing a little of its history I honestly tried keeping it in its original state. I stared at this every day from every angle trying to be comfortable with the teak color, but just couldn’t do it. I knew I would love it even more {if that’s at all possible} having it painted in a grey color to blend better with the rest of my home. So the painting began. I knew I may get some flack from some of you but am so happy I painted it. I used mostly “Paris Grey” chalk paint by Annie Sloan with bold brushing of “Pure White” to keep in with the rustic feel. I sanded it here and there so I would be able to see the teak through the grey and have to say I just love the blend of these three colors! I love that it still feels rustic but has an elegant Indonesian Country feel to it. I happen to think the details are more prominent after painting it. And it’s just paint right? Worse case scenario you could remove the paint and go back to its original state or start over. I admit I had a brief moment of “what did I do”, did I actually just paint over hand carved teak! But that moment passed quickly as I was watching it’s true beauty “to me” unfold. 

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I have for now left the original hardware which is black only because I haven’t decided if I want to paint them in a warm bronze color or replace them with something different all together? What do you all think, love them, leave them?

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And my little character there “Bob” always finds a way to sneak himself in my photos! Total ham that one. So he gets his 15 minutes of fame as he graces the pages of Romantic Country Magazine.

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Look at this cover! So, so pretty! Doesn’t it make you want to pretty up your space? This is a porch you could spend hours on sipping your favorite summer drink, reading a good book, relaxing on a beautiful summers day. But, with a pretty porch like this it would be a place that I would want my friends and family to gather along with me. Hoping you get a chance to grab a copy of this beautiful magazine. The inside is just as beautiful and inspiring as its cover!

I’m a huge fan of browsing Craigslist in search of pieces like this one. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Especially if you have the foresight to see it’s true potential!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in!

tammy

A Winter Hot Cocoa Bar with a French Flair

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Ok first things first, I am going to apologize ahead of time for the not so great photos! We have not had much sun here and this portion of the dining room is much darker so the pictures don’t do this little bar justice : ). Now on to the fun stuff! Nothing screams winter more than a “Hot Cocoa Bar!” I was super inspired by the ever so talented Jessica with “Pen N’ Paper Flowers”and her always charming Hot Cocoa Bar. I didn’t really have the space in our last place so was super excited when we moved and now have a larger dining room with a perfect little nook. We originally were going to just have it up for our neighborhood Christmas Craft Party, but my son was loving it so much, we decided to leave it up all winter long! I was easily persuaded after seeing the smile on his face every time he made his own cup!  Thanks to our new Mr. Coffee, coffee maker and hot water dispenser, we can have “hot cocoa” in a flash. When winter is over, I will turn this little nook into my “coffee station” with a little section for my little guy to still make his favorite treat.

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My girlfriend had told me about this maker and am so happy we went with this one! I make my coffee every day and my son heats up his hot water in about a minute and makes his cocoa and oatmeal. We both absolutely love this!

I wanted a fun and easy to use station with a bit of pretty for me. I painted an old cabinet I had white, gave it a light distressing and found it was the perfect size to fit on this wall in the dining room and a perfect fit to hold all of the “hot cocoa” necessities. A treat bar is always more fitting when you have a charming chalkboard sign and have to say I am super happy how this one turned out! We are in South Florida so most of the signs don’t really apply with notes on colder weather so decided to create my own with a bit of a “French” flair. Much more fitting for our home. I wanted to bring in more gold accents this winter so tried to make everything look more cohesive with a bit of spray paint. I have a few favorite metallic paints that are my go to, and this time used the “Brilliant Gold” metallic by Valspar. Love, love this paint and use it often in many of my projects. This one is more of a soft, warmer shade of gold versus a bright shiny metallic. To me it has a more vintage appeal which was more fitting for our space.

The coffee maker looks more prominent (as it should, coffee reigns high in this home…wink) placed on a round piece of lighting salvage as the base, a gold charger and a paper doily. I added the same gold paint and light white wash to my favorite tiered stand from Hobby Lobby. Always a pretty and useful accent piece to use around the house. And added the same gold paint to the tops of the jar and shakers.

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I am so crushing on my new glass canisters I found at Tuesday Morning! I love the old school style of the weaved glass and the fun chalkboard canisters with the knobbed lids. The weaved glass set were very inexpensive and the larger chalkboard set I found on the clearance isle! Win, win for our hot cocoa bar! I also sprayed both sets of lids with the same gold paint to tie them all in together and did a quick outline around the chalkboard label using a gold Sharpie. I found both of the silver topped pumps at Target. So much more charming to look at it and so much easier for little hands to pump the syrup without making a mess. We both had tons of fun collecting all of the treats for the hot cocoa bar! You don’t have to go overboard on the spending. We found so many of the syrups, sauces and sweets at our local Ross for about half the price as you would full retail.

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The kids got a big kick out of having their own mugs, not much more in price than buying decent hot beverage cups and it’s a cute gift for them to take home after the party. Each are simple white mugs from the Dollar Tree that I wrapped in string and added a small round chalkboard tag with each child’s name. This whole look came together by adding a similar accent color “Brilliant Gold”, chalkboard tags and labels-found at Michaels on each piece and a bit of Christmas greenery. Most of the pieces I already had around the house, so outside of the canisters, dispensers, mugs and all the treats we really didn’t spend that much to put this together.

Our “Hot Cocoa Bar” has been a huge hit with our friends and family and will definitely be creating one each Winter! I’m hoping this has inspired you to create a bar, big or small for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the Winter season.

tammy