Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas House Tour 2015 Christmas in the TV Room

Welcome to part 3 of my Christmas House Tour: Christmas in the TV room.

This is the coziest room in the house, lots of pillows on the couch, quilts to cuddle up in and a woodburning fireplace.
Did I show you the chairs I slipcovered in red and white?  They were just too bright for our living room but are perfect in here.
 I have a question. Is the bow supposed to go at the top or bottom of a wreath?  I notice that in the previous photo I had it hanging with the bow at the top! I love the look of a wreath hanging on a big mirror.

 We have all the ornaments our kids, and now grandkids have made and put them all on this tabletop tree.  That gave me the fun of having a tree all decorated with blue and white and silver in our living room.
 We have all the ornaments our kids, and now grandkids have made and put them all on this tabletop tree.  That gave me the fun of having a tree all decorated with blue and white and silver in our living room.
                             This wall looks pretty at night.
               Mr and Mrs Snowman sing “we wish you a merry Christmas” in front of a Dollar Tree felt tree.
                         Chains of red apples add a festive touch to lots of blue and white containers.
                                Red wood cardinals, a yard sale find, are perched on the mantle.
So glad you stopped by. Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you our living room.
Rhondi xo

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas House Tour 2015 Christmas in The Bedroom

Welcome to my Christmas house tour 2015: Christmas in the Bedroom. Today I want to show you our bedroom.  It all started when I went to Magpie’s Vintage Treasures, a little shop in Matthews, near where I live, that only opens for a weekend, seasonally.  This cute little toile bear jumped into my arms as I was browsing in the store.

 She insisted that I decorate our bedroom for Christmas, and let her be the star.  So…
 Here she is making herself quite comfortable on our bed.  I switched the blue and white quilt for this all white bedspread, and added a couple of red and white stripe pillowcases.
 Then I folded one of the red and white quilts I made at the foot of the bed.
Some greens from our yard in white ironstone, classic and simple.  It looks so good with the brass lamp behind it.  

 Got a pair of brass lamps for $2 each recently and Hobby Lobby had lampshades 50% off the same day, so I the lamps only cost me $17 each!

 Some more greenery: cedar, nandina berries and holly on the other side of the bed with something I printed and framed last year.  There were hardly any berries on our holly this year.  Not sure why.
 Last year my feather tree had a button garland and these little cloth blue and white hearts.  At the insistence of my little bear, red balls and a red bead garland were added.

A vintage bunny and some of the Christmas hearts are nestled under the tree.
Thanks little bear.  I like how it turned out!  I’m thinking about painting the walls, dark blue.  What do you think?  Actually you may not be able to respond because yesterday the comments weren’t working and I couldn’t figure out how to fix them.  If you’ve ever had that problem I’d love you to email me and tell me how to fix it!!
Come back in a few days and I’ll show you some more of my Christmas house tour.
Rhondi x0

Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas House Tour 2015: Christmas in The Kitchen

Welcome to my Christmas House Tour 2015.
 I  love to decorate our house and make it look festive and welcoming for family and friends!  So usually before the dishes are washed on Thanksgiving day, I talk someone into hauling the boxes down out of the attic and  I put on some favorite Christmas music and then start to put up the tree. There is no tree in our kitchen, but it always gets a makeover.
 Our kitchen is white with yellow walls with blue and white accessories, but at Christmas it pops with RED. 
 Dollar Tree felt trees from several years ago  parade across the top of the china hutch and much of the blue and white china moves out of the way for the red.  I like to use these Christmas dishes for our meals throughout the month of December.

 Some vintage teacloths, red apples and flocked pinecones get tucked in there too.
 My red dot teapot gets used a lot this time of year.
 I love this wooden tree. Behind each door is a scripture verse leading up to Christmas Day.
 Some candles on the island provide a warm glow in the evenings.

Oh, and of course I have the tea ready.  I know you are probably very busy, but I hope you have time to stay.  I got my “Christmas Cup of Tea” teacup out especially for you! If you can’t stay, I hope you’ll come back again to see the rest of our house another day.
Rhondi xo

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Fall Y'all

Happy fall y’all!  Fall officially starts Sept 23 4:21 am  The weather felt like fall today so it was a perfect day to do a little fall decorating. 

First thing I did was pick some flowers in the woods down the street.

 Then I added a few things to the mantle in our living room.
 It looks pretty with the candlelight.
 The glow of the candle reflects off the brass lamp which gives light to the pumpkins I painted

A few more bits and pieces finish it off: brass deer, brass candlesticks, initial and flowers.Some fake bittersweet lining the mantle to finish it off.
 I also decorated the hutch in the kitchen

 Some fake gourds and a pumpkin soup tureen.  Can’t wait for it to get cool enough for me to serve soup from it!
 A teapot with a broken handle from my grandmother and a little 60 cent plate I bought at Value Village today.  
 Solidago from our garden.  This always makes me think of fireworks.

That’s it for fall decor around here.  Happy fall y’all.
What do you do for fall around your house?
Rhondi xo

Monday, September 21, 2015

DIY Chairs

Hi  What have you been up to lately?   I’ve been busy painting DIY chairs and finding fabric bargains to cover them.  The latest one is the two chairs at the ends of our dining room table.  Several years ago I covered them in  a check pattern I made with shirts from Goodwill.  They were beginning to get a little worn looking.  So when I found some red and blue toile regular $13 a yard for $4 a yard I couldn’t resist buying it.  I unscrewed the seats.
 And took off the fabric.  This is what I had before the blue.  I just used  scissors to cut the fabric bigger than the seat, then folded it over and used a staple gun to staple it.

 Here they are finished.  But they didn’t  look right in the dining room anymore, so  I wandered around the house looking for where I could put them and they ended up here in our front entry.  I really like them there, so what if you trip over them when you come in the front door? Just a minor inconvenience.

I got this fabric on sale too, reg. $29 a yard for $12, and I only needed 3/4 yard.  I am always picking up odd chairs here and there.  This was an orphan chair that I picked up by the side of the road.  I always seem to be doing DIY chairs projects.  Maybe I should be “the chair whisperer”.  Anyhow, there were 2 like this and one with arms.  Chalk paint from Walmart , staple the fabric to the seat, and another project is done.  Color is “Nautical”.  (I should have taken a close up photo so you can see the distressing.  I’ll do that another day).
 Remember I showed you these chairs that I painted with the Walmart chalk paint?  I decided they looked better at either end of the table than the blue ones I had before.  The blue orphans are in the middle.
Here is how the dining rom looks now.  Did I already tell you about the brass chandelier I got for only $15?  Out came the red spray paint and we have a new chandelier.  My new red color scheme is falling into place. To be continued…
Rhondi xo

Monday, August 31, 2015

Chalk Paint Chair DIY

So I am continuing to add some red to our living and dining rooms. Here is the next addition to the new red color story going on in our house. I bought a pair of these chairs about 15 years ago when we lived in Philadelphia.  They have just been collecting dust in our basement for the last few years.  They used to be black.

 I covered the black paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint pure white.
 Second coat was chalk paint from Walmart ($7.98).  The color is Imperial. If you’ve purchased chalk paint before you’ll know what a great deal that is!
 I did it very quickly, not worrying about getting a smooth even coat.
 Then I took some sandpaper and “distressed” it.  Distressing is just sanding off parts where it would have naturally worn off over time. I used 100 sandpaper which is a medium grit. If you don’t like this sloppy look , just make sure that your top coat of paint is even strokes.  
 The arms are a place that would get a lot of wear over the years, so I sanded there too.  Annie Sloan suggests using a coat of paste wax before you distress, but I think it distresses easier if you sand before you wax it.
 I sanded the legs and also the rugs and any other place I thought would get natural wear over the years.  The idea is to make the areas that you distress not look deliberate, but look like it happened naturally over time.  When I was finished I gave it a coat of paste wax. 
 The final step was to recover the chair seat.  Sorry I didn’t think to take any photos of how to do it.  Just google it, if you need some instructions. All you need is a staple gun, screwdriver to remove the seat, and fabric to cover it.
Right now the walls in our dining room are a pale yellow. The red chairs are going in there and I have a red chandelier that will replace the white one. I’m thinking of painting the top half of the walls navy blue. If I don’t like it, it’s only paint…  
I didn’t mention this to my husband yet.  I wonder what he’ll think when he reads this post!

Thanks for stopping by. Got time for a cup of tea?  I’ve got my red and white tea set all ready!

Rhondi xo