Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pretty garden gates...

In a continuation of our front yard makeover, my husband just finished building the gates for our picket fence. I must confess I am seriously in love with the fence ~ and I think the pretty gates have only made it more adorable. I can’t wait for spring to finish planting a cottage garden in front of the fence. It’s already cute and welcoming ~ a lovely informal garden will only make it more so.

You can see the caution tape still up around the nearly-finished side walkway in the photos above and below. That section of fence on the other side of the side gate is the last to be finished. Once that is done, my husband will finish the walkway and the landing area and then get started on the last walkway, which will run around the flower bed in front of the porch. I just hope the weather holds out for him to finish it all. The other walkway may just have to wait until spring.

The front yard looks completely different than it did just a few months ago. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The beauty of a fab find...

Sometimes I love it when things don’t go according to plan.
I found this bar-height chair a few weekends ago when I was furniture hunting at a local antique/vintage mall. It was $25. Seriously. It’s in excellent condition so I grabbed it and brought it home with me thinking I would give it a makeover ~ paint it a funky color, etc.
I brought it in from the car and set it down in the living room where you see it now. When I walked in the room later that night, I thought, you know, I kind of like that there just as it is. I had company visiting and without any prompting from me, they said the same thing.

So, for now, I have decided to leave my new find there in its new home. It came in handy when I cleaned off the coffee table for a little autumn decorating ~ I just moved the books into the chair, so now it’s a bookshelf. Somehow, it seems to work.

I’m sure at some point I’ll give it that makeover. If I can ever figure out what that should be. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy that my original plan was replaced with something that requires no work from me.
Wishing all of you a lovely week...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn blooms...

I am just loving these pretty autumn blooms. They are called Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit ~ a beautiful flowering Coneflower. I picked up two containers of them, one for each side of the walkway outside of the gate. They are new to me, but I realized after I bought these that a neighbor of mine has some planted in her yard along the fence (they are perennials) and they look just beautiful. I may see about transplanting mine into the ground in the spring. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy their beautiful autumn blooms.
Wishing you a beautiful day...

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The beauty of style...

I just had to share the latest addition to my bookshelf ~ “Elements of Style ~ Designing a Home and  a Life” by Erin Gates. It’s page after page of gorgeousness, with some wonderful guidelines and tips for decorating. I found my copy in a bookstore, but it’s easy enough to find online if you’re interested.
What wonderful new books have their way into your homes?

Wishing all of you a lovely week...