Saturday, August 31, 2013

A delicious way to end the summer...

While I love my Nook, there are a couple of magazines I just prefer to thumb through the old-fashioned way, and this is one of them. I just started my mail subscription and received the August issue a week or so ago. With Labor Day weekend (the ceremonial end to summer here in the United States) now upon us, there are some wonderful ideas and recipes in this issue to send out the season with a bang.
Now to decide what to make this holiday weekend...

Monday, August 26, 2013

The beauty of a single yellow rose...

“A single rose can be my garden...”
~ Leo F. Buscaglia

Joy, friendship, delight ~ yellow roses are used to convey all of these things. Is it any wonder they make us smile? I hope this lovely and bright yellow rose will do just that for you today.
Wishing all of you a lovely week...

I am linking to A Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life.

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wallpaper samples galore...

I am awash in wallpaper samples. After receiving my latest bunch of design proofs, I have what seems like dozens of 12 x 24-inch samples of wallpapers. All are samples of designs I have created, and many of them I absolutely love. So much so I have to figure out something to do with them.
The samples are basically the equivalent of fabric fat quarters, except fat quarters are much easier to use. I have already cleaned out the pile of samples and done away with designs that just didn’t work, but I’m still swimming in pattern. I’ve captured some of my new favorites in these photos ~ I thought you might enjoy seeing what the patterns I shared earlier actually look like printed on wallpaper. Above is a collection of my favorite pink designs: Pink Floral Medley, Pink Starburst Mod, Scrolling through the Day, Pink Petals, Pretty Polka Dots in Pink, and Pink by Nature.

My new favorite pattern may be the one directly above ~ Golden Birds. Either that or the Pink Starburst Mod. Really, all of them make me smile. 
Which leads me back to my “problem” ~ what to do with them all? I have been thinking of redoing a couple of old dollhouses I have in the attic for awhile now; I’m contemplating using some of the wallpaper samples in those projects, along with some of my fabrics. Or maybe I’ll pick a bunch of patterns that go together colorwise and brighten the inside of a closet with wallpaper. Or perhaps a few would make lovely backdrops between shelves in a bookcase. Any other ideas? I’m open to suggestions because as long as I keep designing, this will be an ongoing, if lovely, problem. 

If you would like to see more of my wallpaper and fabric designs, click here. Wishing all of you a lovely weekend...

I am linking to:
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
BLOG SHOP at How Sweet the Sound

Designs and photos by The Pink Home

Friday, August 16, 2013

A major mudroom makeover...

Dingy, disorganized, dowdy ~ that has been my mudroom since I bought this house. Finally, after redecorating the rest of the house this past year, I decided it was time to do something about it.
It was my kitchen makeover that jumpstarted things. While re-doing the kitchen, I decided I had to move some things out of it ~ appliances that were taking up space on the counter, extra dishes used only occasionally filling precious cupboard space, etc. Of course, that meant those things needed somewhere to go. Since the mudroom is directly off the kitchen, it seemed the obvious answer, especially since the room has plenty of space (or it would have once I got it cleaned out and organized).
Here’s what the mudroom looked like before:

Like I said, dingy, dirty ~ just a mess. Those cupboards beneath the windows were piled high with things until we got some great stainless steel shelves and were able to sort and clear things off. It also helped that we were finally able to move a large toolbox out of the room ~ the shelves went where that used to stand.

The shelves are pretty much industrial strength, made to hold a lot of weight ~ perfect for heavy appliances and pans and stacks of dishes. The best part is they are on casters and are extremely easy to move if necessary, even fully loaded. 
As you can see, this is where the overflow of kitchen supplies went. I love it because even though these things are no longer in the kitchen, they are just a couple of steps away and are so much more readily accessible. Really, it turned out to be a wonderful solution.
Since the shelves are stainless steel, I decided to take my cue from them for the colors in the room. I wanted bright, bold and fresh, so I went with a bright yellow on the walls (which was very close to what was on there originally, though it had gotten desperately dingy), and a deep tropical blue and bright and sunny green for accent colors. 
Here’s another before photo...

And after...

I pained the outside of the back door the same yellow as the front door. It is a different yellow than the walls, however. The inside of the door is white.
Our very dingy cupboards before...

And after some gorgeous teal paint...

I decided to do painted stripes around the top of the room, getting rid of the old, dowdy wallpaper border. I ditched the old valences, too ~ the room is brighter and looks fresher without anything at the windows. 
While I call this room our mudroom, it’s also our laundry room. As you can see below, before there was too much stuff crammed on the little shelf above the washer and dryer. You could also see the pipes and things behind the appliances. I painted the little shelf bright green and then skirted it to get rid of the unsightly pipes. And, I used baskets to help organize laundry necessities.

Now there is a place for everything and when I’m changing laundry, I don’t have to look at all the pipes and things.

You may have noticed that my laundry baskets match the new color scheme. That was purely accidental. That often happens to me ~ I find things that I bought awhile ago suddenly go wonderfully with whatever new look I’m working on. A happy accident, as they say.

In addition to the new paint, I added a few pieces of art that I created and a bright magenta rug that used to be on the front porch. After being scrubbed and organized and repainted, our mudroom/laundry room now feels fresh and clean and bright ~ and it’s so much more useful. It’s actually a pleasure to open the door and walk in.

I am linking to:
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The beauty of pale green blooms...

Seeing hydrangeas in bloom is one of my favorite things about summer. This hydrangea in my front yard tends to bloom later in the season and puts out these gorgeous pale green flowers. The bush is only a few years old and is still getting established, but it’s done remarkably well this year. Friends of mine planted it as a gift and I must say I absolutely love it ~ it’s one of my favorite things in the yard.

Wishing all of you a lovely week...

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Thursday Favorite Things at Katherines Corner

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The beauty of a lazy summer day...

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
~ J. Lubbock

I’m off for a few days at the beach. I thought I would leave you with these photographs I took during a stroll with a friend along the river that runs through our area.
Wishing all of you time to enjoy this last month of summer...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer delight...

Happy August, everyone. It’s the last full month of summer and I have lots of plans for the month: beach time, a stack of books to catch up with out on the porch now that the roof is fixed, and of course, another makeover. The mudroom will finally be getting the attention it needs this month and I am actually quite excited about getting it spruced up now that I have the kitchen done. What are your plans?
I will also be taking some time to enjoy the treats of summer before they’re gone, like watermelon fresh from the garden, homemade peach cobbler for dinner and gorgeous flowers for the house.
And then there’s the light. I love how light changes with the seasons. The light of the late afternoon/early evening on a summer day makes my living room glow softly ~ a true summer’s delight.
I hope all of you will take some time to delight in the gifts of summer as it comes to a close.

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season
Thursday Favorite Things at Katherines Corner
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Creative Weekends at The Pink Home

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully