Entries from February 29th, 2012

10 Gorgeous Waterfront Gardens Ideas



Because it’s Wednesday and because it’s Leap Year Day and because I continue to wait for the stain and sealer to dry on the legs of my chair! I’ve been wasting time looking for all sorts of inspiration once the temperatures warm up and our focus around here shifts from indoor decorating to outdoor gardening.

It’s no secret that I’m in love with the water and waterfront homes. Since we bought our home on the lake I’ve been drawn more and more to beautiful images of homes stretched on perfectly manicure gardens within steps of the water. Whether it be a lake, river or ocean each body of water brings it’s own feel to the space, drawing you nearer.

As spring inches closer and we head into the time of year where we spend more time outdoors. Our indoor projects at our lake house begin to take a back seat to outdoor ones. The call of the promise of colorful flowers and the sounds of boats whizzing by beg me to go outside. This year I’ve been rounding up some of my favorite waterfront spaces to lend some inspiration to our own yard projects.

Ferguson traditional exterior

I think this is what my dream home would look like. The traditional exterior combined with the soft grays and blue blend perfectly with the outdoor space. The meandering pathway to the lake beyond is just asking for you to take an afternoon stroll, sit on the dock and dangle your feet into the cooling waters below.

Coastal Garden Design traditional landscape


The lush landscape in this yard is lovely, a combination of the green plantings, paths of grass and trees that frame the view, drawing you in and asking you to stay.

Wrap Around Porch traditional exterior

This Maine home’s wrap around porch has not only gorgeous views but the classic sandy color scheme of the home and the comfy wicker furniture are begging for a cup of afternoon tea and a great book.

Exterior Photos traditional landscape

This backyard set on a lake in the evening with a roaring fire to keep the chill away is the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows as summer begins to draw to a close.

Gary Hutton Lagoon House contemporary exterior

I’m in love with the idea of having a wooden platform extending just over the water it’s like having your own personal boardwalk set out right in your backyard.

Hudson River View Garden traditional landscape

This perennial garden with natural stone steps overlooking the Hudson River is so pretty. I can’t even get over the before picture in the bottom right corner. Amazing what landscaping can do.

Hawaii Residence - Porch tropical porch

I plan on packing my suitcases and staying a while on this Hawaiian home’s porch. Palm trees and the ocean, what more could you ask for? No extraordinary landscaping is needed, the view is simply enough.

Benvenuti and Stein contemporary patio

The stone patio on in Chicago overlooking the lake would be a wonderful spot for brunch. Again the blues and grays compliment the colors of the water nature creating a serene and calming atmosphere.

beach vintage traditional landscape

A simple park bench on the water in Australia nestled under a tree is the perfect spot for taking in the views.

beach vintage eclectic patioAll images via Houzz click on the image for more info

This beach patio again in Australia is home to a lovely gray weathered deck.  A relaxed and calming way to end the day.

I’m so inspired to get outside and begin spring time. So let play which was your favorite part? I’m loving the first home and the home with their very own personal boardwalk so lovely and inspiring.

Soon I’ll share pictures of our own piece of lakefront and all the big plans we have to make it a backyard retreat this summer. Until then it’s off to work for me 😉




Happy Monday everyone! Did you all have a good weekend? I did, I started reupholstering the chairs! They’re currently all torn apart sitting waiting to be put back together. It took a few hours, 5 garbage bags, 1 screwdriver and 1 pair of pliers to take them from this…


…to this

Reupholster Chairs

A little scary looking at the moment. Once everything was torn apart Bryan sanded and I re-stained the legs so I’m literally sitting waiting for them to dry, but I’m hoping to have some time to start putting them back together tonight.

Have you ever heard of the The Homies? It’s an pretty cool competition for home blogs hosted by Apartment Therapy and a great way to share your favorite blogs as well as finding out about some new ones. This week you can nominate your favorites and then the following week voting will open for the blogs with the top nominations. I’ve found some really great blogs form here in the past.




So go check it out and vote for your favorite right here, you can vote for me, you can vote for yourself, you can vote for anyone you love, but just go vote 🙂

The Weekend



Ocean City New Jersey Ferris Wheel

Happy weekend Everyone! There has been a large dose of spring fever brewing around here. Late last week the temperatures rose a bit and the sun shone and brought it on with a vengeance. That combined with my summer picture perusing adventure to fill the recently finished gallery wall in the bedroom has turned my focus to some of my favorite images from last summer.

Ocean City New Jersey Boardwalk

We have a cherished family vacation tradition that began with my mom’s family back when I was just a little bun-in-the-oven. Each year like so many family’s in New Jersey do, we head to the beach for a week of family fun in the sun Jersey style. Although if you watch the TV show you’ll be in for a shock to see our  spot called Ocean City, tucked far at the south end of the New Jersey shoreline. Our secret is it’s nothing like you’d imagine from the TV show. Well maybe our secret is out now that Sarah Brown from Travel Channel fame went parasailing along the Ocean City shoreline and Travel Channel just named Ocean City as having one of the Best Boardwalks in the USA, but they are just confirming what those of us who go there have known that all along.

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Oh an did I mentioned the homes and gardens along the first stretch of Boardwalk are to-die-for!

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I hoped you enjoyed this glimpse of summertime nostalgia. See you all Monday 🙂

Psst If you want to see more of these homes click here.

Bamboo Matchstick Shades



If you follow us on Facebook you know that I had my eye on some Bamboo Matchstick shades from Home Depot to change out the mismatched shades we had in our bedroom. What was on the windows before? Well it was a mismatched combination of plastic roller shades from the previous owner and white faux wood blinds I had from an old bedroom. I love white blinds in general but once we painted the bedroom out a nice bright color I was feeling that the blinds were getting lost in the sea of neutrals, more contrast was in order.

P1150180For a long time I’ve been dying to add wood toned roman shades. I liked the idea of bridging the gap between the curtain panels with some darker tones to balance out all of the neutrals shades we introduced into the room since painting out the original green paint.

I saw these Providence Bamboo Roman shades in Home Depot a few months back and I loved them. Besides the fact that they looked great in person they were the perfect dark wood tone to go with our dark bookcases that flank the window on one wall. and they were not too expensive. Honestly I’m not up for spending hundreds of dollars on shades, even if it was in the budget it’s just not my thing.

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The old plastic roller shades split the window in between the bookshelves in two. I had to order the larger size to fit the window from Home Depot’s website because they didn’t carry the wide 51 inches shade we needed to span both windows in the store. I’m so happy I did this one larger shade helps to make the window larger and the wood tones just like I had imagined tie nicely together with the tones of the bookshelves. I love it when a plan comes together!

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Another bonus has been the room darkening quality of these shades. It’s noticeably darker in the morning time now which is nice since the window over the bed faces almost directly east. Can you say hello daylight at 5:00 am. I’m really impressed with them. Oh and as for privacy, Bryan was worried you might be able to see through the slightly open weave of the shade.  Bryan went outside the other night to check them out and everything is acceptable on that front too. Although the do sell fabric privacy inserts here that attach to the side of the shade that faces the street adding privacy and energy efficiency to the total package which might be a nice feature to buy down the road.

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Oh and did you notice? While we were on a roll I got around to hanging those 4 frames I recently changed up with some Rub n’ Buff. I’m sort of loving them on that once formerly blank wall.  They tie in reference nicely the colors and designs from the pillows without being all to matchy about it.

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I painted those looong before I picked out the Braemore Wonderland Pearl Fabric for the pillows. I’ve always been drawn to bright colors and I tend to paint in those colors ALL THE TIME!

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As for those closet doors, I’m not loving the same repeating of panels with the 4 hanging frames but that will all change as them as we have big plans for them. We’re most likely going to change out the bi-fold doors out for French closet doors and do some sort of mirrors and molding treatment as well. I can’t wait to get started on that project!

This room has come a long way baby from the beginning.

image And now we’re moving into the home stretch.



Side note: There is that lamp on the dresser that is causing my internal lamp debate. Notice the price tag still attached? I can’t decide if it’s too tall!!

Well I’m off for the weekend, I got the fabric to recover the torn orange chairs under the window from EBay. It arrived and I’m so excited to get tearing that fabric off. Although I have grown somewhat fond of the pop of color over there. Wish me luck and I’ll be back with a progress on Monday!

Psst if you want all of the posts leading up to our bedroom transformation click here

Project Disguise the TV




Remember when we talked about Ways to Disguise a TV? Well I jumped on the bandwagon and got to work helping to disguise our TV in the Bedroom with a small gallery wall of frames. I think it helps to distract from the big black boxiness of the TV hanging on the wall. But let’s go back to the beginning and see what we started with.  P1140899 We hung the TV nice and high on the wall so that when you’re laying in the bed snuggling up to watch a movie the TV would be perfect height. It’s an awesome spot for TV watching but it left a giant gap between the top of the dresser and the bottom of the television not to mention nothing much else was going on around it. This picture above was taken before we added the new curtains, pillows, restyled the bookcases and all kinds of other fun things I’m not remembering right now.

On my last trip to Ikea I bought a bunch of Ribba Frames in different sizes in both white and wood tone. I liked the simple frame style and large mats and the fact that they’re not outrageously expensive. I would definitely recommend them for anyone looking to create their own gallery wall.

Once I got the frames home I traced the sizes out onto a roll of craft paper I keep around for just such emergencies and cut them out. You could use anything you have on hand including newspaper, wrapping paper, or even the paper inside the frames would work out well. My method was basically to tape a few pieces up on the wall at a time and stepped back to look and see how things were coming along.

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After what seemed like an eternity of taping skootching, un-taping and moving I got to a place I was felling pretty good about the general arrangement.

I left it alone for a few days and lived with the paper scraps on the wall to make sure I still liked the arrangement. After I was sure they were in the right spot I got to work hanging some of the frames.

The only thing odder to me then living with paper scraps taped to the wall is living with a husband that doesn’t even flinch anymore when #1. we have scraps of brown paper taped to the wall with blue painters tape for an extended period of time and #2. doesn’t even ask why I am taking numerous pics of said paper scraps.

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Anyway where was I? Oh yeah! Putting up the first frame was probably the most nerve racking part. I hate hate hanging pictures only to find that I need to move it a tad to the left or right, it’s off center, up too high down or down too low. Let’s just say even with me marking out where I wanted the frames and carefully marking where the picture hangers should go onto the paper by measuring onto the piece of paper marking an X and then nailing directly over the top of the X there’s still a few extra holes where I had to nudge something one way or another.


You can see how I even has a couple of smaller frames that fit perfectly around the thermostat to help disguise that as well. So happy I decided to buy those as a last minute decision in case I needed them. The final placement changed just a bit from the paper template on the wall. I still may add a few so they trail down the dresser on the right side. Or maybe a nice canvas work work there as well?


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As for what we put in the frames? Well there are a bunch of family photos from last year when we spent some time at the beach  as well as on the lake at home.

Close Up 1 The only one I had printed at Wal-Mart due to the size is the large one of Bryan and Nikolas on the boat. It was around $8.00 for the poster size and it came out really nicely.

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Overall we’re really loving how the frames have helped to balance out the TV. The room is really coming along now, I can’t wait to get it all done. As for what’s next, at the moment there’s a great lamp debate going on in my mind. I swear I’ll be back and forth to the store 10 times before I decided. Hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) I get to working on reupholstering those chairs. Now that will be a big job.


So what have you all been up to? Any lighting debates going on in your home?

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