Succulents

I love the blog Vignette Design!
If you look at her header you'll see a beautiful cement suitcase planter filled with succulents.
A couple of years ago I found two of these little wicker cement planters at Tuesday Morning and they reminded me a bit of Delores gorgeous planter.
You can read about her planter here.
 
 


I have always wanted to fill mine with succulents and I finally got around to planting one of the pots.
My grocery store had some succulents for only $1.00 and that got me started.
I found two more I liked from Home Depot.


 

It's always fun to use the macro setting on the camera. :)

 

Macro lets you get those wonderful close ups where you can see all the texture.
Its the little tulip icon on your camera.
If you haven't tried it, give it a go.
Its really fun and easy.
 
 

I think it's nice when planting succulents to get a good variety of textures and colors.
Please don't ask me the name of any of these though because I don't have any idea.



My favorite right now is the one with tiny pink flowers blooming on it.



Pretty cool, huh?

 
 

I didn't use special soil or anything and so far it is thriving.
Hopefully it stays happy.
It is so hot and humid in Texas and it seems the succulents like it that way.
(me on the other hand.....not so much)
One of these days I'll get around to filling the second pot.


 

I haven't had time to do much with my patio, but I did get this indoor/outdoor rug from Overstock.com a few months ago.
It was about $30.00 with free shipping.
Our patio has a bunch of paint splatters on it (not done by us) so the rug helps cover some of them up.
I painted the table with chalk paint last summer and the rain made the top all chippy.
It's not what I planned, but I love it!
 
 
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Two little updates: 
I still haven't figured out how to get the weird spam blog off of my Blogger Reading List.
I'll let you know if I ever figure it out.
Normally if you want to stop following a blog you can click the little wheel next to where it says Manage Blogs In Google Reader, then click "settings" to the right of the blogs name you want to remove and follow instructions from there.
This strange spam blogs name doesn't show up on my list!
 But I see the posting along with all the other postings of the blogs I follow.
Weird right?!
 
Someone left me a comment wanting to know if I was going to put  my blog roll back on my blog.
I never took it off, it just disappeared one day!
Maybe when I switched from blogspot to .com?
I do plan on putting it back when I get a chance.
I'm still feeling very overwhelmed since the move.
Trying to keep up with blogging the best that I can because I love it.
 
I started bible class today and it was like a breath of fresh air washing over me.
Wonderful :)
 
 
 Linking up to:
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo's 

Blogger's Home Tour: The Pineapple Room

I love being able to snoop inside of a beautiful home and I'm guessing that you do too!
So I thought you might enjoy touring some very creative blogger's beautiful homes.
 
The first blog I am thrilled to show you is The Pineapple Room.
Welcome to Amy's home in sunny Florida.
 
The beautiful front entry welcomes you inside.
But, it is so beautiful I just want to sit out here awhile with a glass of lemonade.
 
 
Well she has made that possible by placing this gorgeous bench on her porch!
It looks like it was made out of an antique headboard.
I love the giant chalkboard too.
 
 
My favorite room in Amy's house is her living room.
The stone fireplace is amazing!
I love all the white and the rustic coffee table is perfect.
 
 
Can you believe Amy found this incredible piece of furniture at the thrift store?
It is set off so nicely with the pillars.
I would like the shell prints to come home with me. ;)
 
 
I had to show you a peek inside.
The shelves are full of wonderful vignettes.
 
 
The dining room is oh so pretty with a sparkly chandelier and giant blackboard.
 
 
Gorgeous master bedroom!
She found the amazing light fixture at a thrift store for $12.95!
Say what????
Isn't the piece above the bed wonderful?
 
 
This room belongs to her elementary school age daughter.
I know plenty of "big girls" who would like to move right in!
Adorable sign above the window.
 
 
I looove the ruffled bed skirt.
Amy's daughter requested a room that was white, soft, and ruffle-ey and she got it!
 
 
Are you drooling now?
Yes, she has this amazing house of glass windows on her property.
 
 
I knew you'd want a peek inside.
It is 2.die.4!!
 
 
Her very talented husband made this checkerboard patio and the benches made of shutters.
 

He also made these cement mushrooms. Yes, you read that right, he made them!
They were placed around this tree to form a fairy ring.
I adore it!

I know you enjoyed the tour, if you want to see more head over to:
The Pineapple Room
Amy changes things up alot, as blogger's are known to do, so there is plenty of creativity and beauty to discover.

Autumn in my living room

I thought it would be fun to pull my faux bois vase out of my stash for Fall decorating and that became the kick off for a whole Fall vignette.
 
 
See that brown plaid pillow on the couch?
One side of the pillow is cream with brown flowers and the other side is plaid.
I have two of them, but after searching and searching and searching, I could only find one.
Well guess what?
As soon as I got done taking all these photos and editing them...
Boom, I found the other pillow!
And I wasn't even looking for it.
Ugh!


The dish cloth on the table is from Ikea.
I just got it last week for only 99 cents.


This twiggy pumpkin is from JoAnne's.
Real pumpkins aren't in the stores yet.
A pumpkin made out of natural materials is a nice substitute.


This cute little squirrel is also from JoAnne's.
My three year old loves him!
 
 




I was trimming my crepe myrtle tree last weekend and when a branch stops flowering the flowers turn into green fruits.
The fruits then turn brown.
I think they look like berries.
Perfect (and free) for my Fall decor.


I brought my big ol' jug in from my dining room.
I found it at a thrift store in Illinois for less than $10.00!
It fits perfectly inside a vintage bushel basket.
I think it has the look of a demi john.


My living room is actually supposed to be the dining room in this house.
(I switched the living room and dining room because my big table wouldn't fit in this room)
There in unfortunately no room for end tables on the sides of the couch.
So one of the things I use is this little plant stand.
I set my ivy plant inside an old vintage box and placed it on a plant stand.


Here is a close up of the cool graphic on my crusty old box.
A rustic crate makes me think of farms and what do you visit in the Fall?
The pumpkin patch at your local farm!
(if you're lucky)
Therefore, crusty box=fall decor.
:)


I took my Paris map print off my fireplace mantel and brought it into the living room.
I thought the brown tones would be nice for Fall.
Once it was up though I realized the scale wasn't right for the wall.
I've already taken it down.
I used those hang strips so there were no pesky nail holes in the wall.
Gotta love that!


I have linen curtains for the living room that I bought last year.
I just haven't had a chance to hang them yet.
It sure takes a long time to turn a house into a home when you've moved.


I hope you all enjoyed my Fall living room tour!
 

Now I have a "business" question for you.
Some how a blog has appeared on my reading list that I never followed and I can't figure out how to remove it.
When I checked Blogger Help the only instructions they give for removing a blog from your reading list involve using the follower gadget.
Well there is no follower gadget on this blog.
Just to clarify, I read my blogs on my Blogger dashboard reading list.
Any suggestions?

Linking up to:
It's Fall Y'All @ The Lettered Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Pretty Blue Table

I'm so excited to show you this pretty blue table in my guest room!
 
 
I found this in an antique shop almost 10 years ago.
You can't tell in this photo, but it was very scratched up and worn.
I had always planned on painting it white and then painting the hardware black.
But some inspiration on pinterest made me change my mind.
 
 
 
I mixed Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and Pure White chalk paint.
It turned out the prettiest shade of pale blue/aqua.
Edit: Answering my friend Sarah's question in the comments,
I go over the paint with wax afterwards.
 
 
 
 
I'm giddy about this color!
The blue looks so pretty next to my white bedding.
 
 
There were lots of areas on the table that were perfect for distressing.
That is what I love so much about chalk paint, it is so easy to sand down and distress furniture.
 
 
After distressing, the original brown color of the piece shows through.
I think it ties in so nicely with the aged brass handles.
 


I had originally planned on a neutral guest room having only white and linen in it, but I'm so glad I have this little pop of soft color.
I'm also glad to have finally finished this piece of furniture!
 

Linking up to:
Best DIY Project of Sept.@ Beneath My Heart

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard seed

Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ Primp

Treasure Hunt Thursday@ From My Front Porch To Yours

Putting together my family room

The moment I saw this room on FOUND I fell madly, deeply, in love.
You will see that I am heavily patterning the look of my new family room based on this room.
Maybe some think it is lame to be such a copycat, but I say go with what you love!
With my messy kids I won't get to have linen sofa's so the room will look different. :)
 
 

A splurge for me were these drapes from Pottery Barn.
In my defense they were on sale and I had a coupon and they are pretty classic.
 
 

 I was somewhat disappointed when I received them because they aren't the lovely gray color
 shown in the photos.
They are more of a brownish gray, but they are still very pretty and I haven't found anything else
 I like better.
 
 
 
 Today I went and got this natural rug from Ikea.
It is huge and the price just can not be beat!
 
 
 I did not get this chest from Wisteria.
But, I did get a French style buffet off of craigslist that I am painting gray and white and will be using as a TV stand.
 
 


I have a framed map of Paris above the fireplace right now, but I am not sure if I will keep it there.
I would love to find a tobacco basket for the mantel.
 
 

I plan on giving my coffee table a makeover so it has a similar look to this RH one.
 
 
 
 
 
I have lamps from Homegoods that are the same style as these Aiden Gray lamps.
I found a pair marked down to $12.00 each!



I have ordered this artwork from Etsy  and it should arrive in October.
I'm so excited!
 
 
 
Finally, back in December World Market had a sale-buy one basket get one free-and I got two of their Kubu baskets.
They will be perfect for extra throw blankets and pillows or for corralling toys.
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I haven't installed anything yet and I also haven't started work on any of the furniture, but I'm really happy with how it is all coming together.
Maybe it will be blog worthy in November????
maybe