Sunday, September 18, 2016

Texts of Fall

Hi everyone!

The texts of fall...you know you look forward to it all year long.  There are so many. They are all more awesome than the next. Ah, the texts of fall....



No, sillies, not texts as in cell phones!  Texts as in textures!  Ha, ha - feeling sassy today, I guess. But you know what I mean, fall has so many fabulous textures to it.  The changing leaves, the colors, warm sweaters, crisp apples.  Glorious!

Today I am going to share some of the pretty fall textures popping up in and around the Bluebird household this mid-September.





















What kind of "texting" have you been up to this fall?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

From Partridge Family to Dove

Hi everyone!

I have been itching to share this transformation with you for awhile now and today is finally the day.  Can I get a woo hoo?

Several years ago, I dipped my toes into the chalk paint waters and decided to use it to paint my chipping, black kitchen chairs.  It was 2014 and heck, everyone was doing it, so why not me?

Well...a few things went wrong with this project.  First, my love of color led me to the decision to go rogue and paint the chairs each a different hue.  Also, the paint did not adhere in the least, and I ended up having to sand and prime - the two things I was trying to avoid by using this stuff. Ugh!  I tried to convince myself I liked the result.  I spent my life savings buying all of this xyz chalk paint...




Maybe when I applied the dark wax and stapled on the pretty fabric I painstakingly picked out for the seat cushions...


Oh yeah, that's a winner....NOT!!!!


It was a horrible, no good, very bad disaster.  Even the Partridge Family bus had more class than my kitchen chairs. (No offense to Shirley, Keith and the rest of the group - they are one of my faves!)

So, I lived with it. For a long, long time.  But then, this summer, I had had enough.  I removed the seat cushions and sprayed the chairs all the same color - Heritage White.  Ahhh.....from psychedelic 70's to soothing doves! 


I also took the opportunity to recover the cushions with a quieter pattern - just a simple Waverly check that practically reads a solid.  Again, much more peaceful and definitely more harmonious with the nearby pair of club chairs.


I also decided to add a rug that I picked up for a super deal from At Home which recently opened near us.  For now, I am leaving the table black.  I think it is a nice, yet simple contrast with our white cabinets and ties in with the black granite as well.


Finally, my rooster has something to crow about - still colorful, still lively, but a calmer look in the kitchen.



I still love my autumnal color palette, but I am learning that I like a little neutral thrown in to tone things down just a bit.  A tiny bit. A wee bit. A bitty bit.


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Jane

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Simple Summer Smile

Hi everyone!

With the end of summer coming at me like a runaway train, I was thrilled to have a surprise delivery show up at my door last week.

My sweet niece-in-law sent me this pretty vased bouquet of summer flowers!  (Love that girl!!!)


They were gorgeous for nearly a week, but started showing their age (like me!).  I was able to save some of the blooms and make a simple arrangement with them for my kitchen windowsill.  Aren't they sweet?  I love the hot pink and lime green together.




Nature's artistry never ceases to amaze me.





Thanks for stopping by and sharing my simple summer smile,
Jane

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Staircase Makeover

Hi everyone!

This post is so overdue, but I have been struggling with my new camera and I am not winning at the moment. I really want to share my basement stair project with you and I was hoping for breathtaking, professional looking photos. Unfortunately, instead I will be showing you the end result with photos that look like they were taken with a 1965 Kodak Instamatic! 

If the above didn't make you click to a different blog, I thank you for your loyalty (and sheer bravery)!  

So, on to the real reason for this post. This big lug of a guy is terrified of our finished lower level and has never been down there. Ever. He wants to, but he just can't muster the courage to do so. I thought it might be the wooden stairs.


Or the incredibly ugly wall color and decor.  I actually sold all of the decor LAST summer and...


The stairs have looked like this: horrifying, bare and unloved...by man and beast.



What's a girl to do? I found a terrific shade of brown to paint the cheap paneling our builder installed when we built our home.

Then I gave the stairs a painted "runner"  and added braided stair treads that I picked up for a song on Amazon. The walls got three coats of creamy white.


Mr. Bluebird put his electrical wiring skills to use and installed a super cool new light fixture. Can you say A MAY ZING????? I love this light fixture. It really adds an old time charm, combined with an industrial vibe.



This is a horrible picture with the light  on, but I wanted to try to show the cozy glow of the bare Edison bulbs. I made a coat rack with some scrap wood and clearance hooks from Menards. It will be a great place for guests to stash their coats when we entertain downstairs.



Since Mr. Bluebird is an avid outdoorsman, I've decided to embrace it in our lower level. I was trying these past few years to offset the outdoor decor  he loves by incorporating a wine theme as well. This, it goes without saying, turned out to be a hot mess and neither of us liked the way the lower level looked. So, hunting cabin,  here we go!


I bought the stack of vintage coffee tins specifically for the Parker House tin. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the other three, but I think they make a fun look piled on top of each other. I will share soon about why I  wanted the Parker House tin.


I've had the wooden goose for ages and he has spent a long time stored away. I just never could bring myself to get rid of him. I think now he has the perfect place to nest.


This is a view looking up. The black shelf came from Hobby Lobby, but it has a very convincing vintage look. It weighs a ton! I think it's heft gives it a masculine feel.



I love the old, brown peanut butter tin I've placed on an old child's chair. The rolled rag  rug gets placed on the landing  when we are trying to entice the dog downstairs!



One last look at the new and much improved basement stair  area. I am tackling the remainder of the lower level next! I will share some of my ideas for that area soon.


And the dog?  He still hasn't ventured downstairs!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane