Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!



I am so thankful for each and every one of you!

Throughout the past 2 1/2 years (since I began blogging) you have inspired me with your creativity, encouraged me with your kind comments, and uplifted me and my family with your prayers.

I want to say thank you, and wish you all a very BLESSED Thanksgiving!!

xo
Susan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Going 'Farmhouse'



Hi, everyone!  Hope the weather is behaving where you're at!  In our neck of the woods this past week we got our first big snowfall of the season, it was a whopping 11 degrees one day, and yesterday we had freezing rain!
Thank goodness it's supposed to warm up a bit in the next couple of days.

I've been showing you the changes that our living room has undergone in my quest to lighten up and get a more 'farmhouse' look.




The front of our house is one big room or hallway, and it extends into our living room.  Hard to explain, but this is a look down the hall toward the living room.




I moved the barn wood bookcase to this space in front of the window where a table used to be.




I chose to display things on it that I thought would reflect my desired 'farmhouse' vibe.




I left the chair and ladder that were already here...




...as well as the antlers and 'Garden Shed' sign.  I feel that all these pieces compliment each other.




Keith got me these 3 connected seats at a garage sale for $10!  They've been here for years and I left them here because they fit the space so well...




Here's some views of this front part of the room in relation to the living room...






Of course, photo bomber Bo had to get in on the action! (That's his favorite chair :)




I hope you enjoyed a look at some more changes that I've made!




I've just started on some Christmas decor, so I'll be showing you that soon.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Meredith from The Laundry Can Wait

Hi, everyone!   Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and I wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog. 

      

Today I'm happy to introduce you to another sweet blogger, Meredith of The Laundry Can Wait.  I love Meredith's values and hard work ethic!  And I always enjoy pics of her 2 little ones-they are adorable!
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Meredith better.


I'm Meredith from The Laundry Can Wait, a lifestyle/design blog where I share my love of interior decorating, as well as my passion for my family, friends and for my home business. I live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and I absolutely love it here.


My style is ornate, French/European...elegant with rich colors. I'd have a house full of French chairs, big tassels and elaborate, golden frames if I could. But, most of what I buy is thrifted or purchased at antique stores or garage sales. :) Below are some of my favorite home photos.

Master:


Entryway:

Office:

Guest Room {most recent to past}:


Kitchen:


Living Room:








I'm a wife of 9 years to Joey. Together, we've been blessed with two children - Grayson, 5, and Sutton, 3. Being a mother is the greatest gift the Lord has given me.


  
I'm a homeschooling mom, and I love it!! If you're thinking of homeschooling, you should go for it!!


I also run my own home business as a Distributor with It Works, author of the Skinny Wrap!!


My goal is to work hard enough so I can retire my husband and buy 2 horses. 
{Me, this October with my favorite neighborhood horses, CoCoa and Arrow.}


Another DREAM of mine is to buy a home where I have enough land to take in stray dogs. I want to save them all, because there are so many that need love. 
{Me, this summer with my old dogs, Penny Lane and Lucy.}



I'm a very down-to-earth girl who has sky-high dreams! 
I wrote a children's book in college, and my ultimate goal is to be published in Highlight's magazine. It's hard, y'all!! But writing is a passion of mine, and I won't stop until it happens!


My faith is very important to me, and I also love to laugh.


 {Oh, Medea, how I love thee.}

And this is my college ID.
For real. 
Good times. :)

To see a full home tour, or to get to know me better, head over to my blog. I'd love to connect with you! You can also find me on Instragram now at @meredithlynngarrett. {I'm a "follow back" kind of girl, by the way.} 


Thank you so much for having me, Susan and Kris! It was such a "Yay! Moment" when you asked me to be featured. XOXO

Meredith, thank you for sharing with us!  Please visit The Laundry Can Wait then head to Kris's blog to read about Debra from MsMoozy's Open House.
Have a great day! :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More Living Room Changes



Hi, everyone!

I started showing you some of my dramatic living room changes, here, including our new slipcovered couch and love seat, and replacing our map behind the couch with this chippy door.




I'll continue with showing you more changes today.

Beside the couch I placed a shabby bench...




...and on top of it a wooden bucket holding a tall topiary.




For the longest time I had a barn wood bookcase on the far wall next to the french doors to the sunroom.   It looked like this.




Not that there was anything wrong with it...I just wanted a change.

Now that wall looks like this!




I moved one of my favorite tables in from the sunroom to replace the bookcase.  I found this large tobacco drying basket at the flea over the summer, and now it's leaning on top of the table as a 'backdrop.'

Then I added this HUGE cherub lamp.  I found this at an antique mall in Columbus and fell in love with it!  It's hard to get the scale of it, but this baby is big!

I like the whimsy and fun she brings to this room!




Next to her I placed an urn filled with dried hydrangeas...




...set atop a large architectural base that I found at a little shop and thought was cool.







On the adjacent wall I hung an old stenciled door that I got at a friend's shop a few years ago.




I put my old postal cart on the bottom shelf of the table...





...and beside it I placed a shabby milk can filled with pussy willows.




And this is more of my new look in the living room!




Here's a view of the room including my basket of 3 pumpkins on a bench beside the love seat.




I'll show you where I moved the bookcase next time!

Thanks for stopping, and have a fantastic day! :)