March 2012 - Dimples and Tangles

A Wilderness Dream Home {Home Tour}




I've mentioned this home in a few previous posts, and I'm so happy to be able to give you a tour today.  Our long-time friends (20+ years!) who we have vacationed with, served in church with, celebrated babies with, and laughed with built their dream home.  They call their spot "The Wilderness" and it is...as much of one that you can have in Oklahoma! They have carved the perfect spot out of the trees for the house, rearranged ponds, and laid out a beautiful homestead ready for lots of family fun.  


This journey began over two years ago-just the building part-they've been planning it for much longer.  They have done most of the work themselves and I'm sure they know where every nail, stud, joint, and wire are located.  

The Kitchen-includes a fabulous variety of countertops and cabinet finishes




Kitchen Ceiling-Wallpaper painted and faux-finished to look like copper

Kitchen eating and sitting area with incredible cathedral ceiling



One of the views out of the kitchen sitting area window

The plans for the house were very well thought out and included so many features that make great sense!  For instance, there is no laundry room, but there is a washer/dryer in the master closet and another upstairs in the kids' space for them to do their own laundry (imagine that!).  There's a water fountain in the garage-one of my children's favorite features!  There's a crushed ice machine.  There's a craft room, full of counter space and cabinet storage with a window to look out of over the desk.  There's a table and sitting area for everyone to gather in the kitchen. Plus so many more things, but those are some of my favorites. 

Family Room with gorgeous soaring barrel ceiling




My friend is a fantastic decorator and did everything herself.  The home is loaded with her personality.  

Dining Room with stacked stone wall


Home Office (do you see the turquoise detail on the chair and the cowhide rug?)


Craft Room-the counter wraps around behind the door with more cabinets

My pictures and descriptions don't do it justice.  We are so happy for you, friends!  Thank you for sharing your incredible home with us (on the blog and in real life!). 




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Swimming...


I really hope I'm not the only one who starts one project before another is finished...

Need to choose a color and be done with it!


For upcoming projects

Need to plant

Almost done...I LOVE IT!!

A friend let me borrow this and it's my new favorite tool!  How did I ever get along without one of these?


And on top of all of that, I started reading this and do not want to put it down:


Time to focus!

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Twiggy Outdoor Chandelier and a True Picture of Spring





Today I want to share a project with you that I made about a year and a half ago before I started blogging.  However, I was anticipating maybe starting a blog, so I took pictures of the process just in case.  


We have a covered sitting area on our back patio.  I searched for months for some kind of chunky iron candelabra to hang, but came up empty.  Then, while thrifting, I found this.  



I bought some glass votive holders that fit inside and some tea-light candles and used it as-is for a while.  But, it looked wimpy.  I wanted something bulkier.  I had seen some fantastic DIY twig chandeliers in the blogosphere,  and I thought it would be extremely fitting to try one, since this was outside and all!  I had previously painted it a few different colors, but spray painted the frame brown for this project so the frame would blend in with the twigs.

Then, I hung it and started poking twigs in the middle.  The frame had a big open section in the middle which was really helpful.  I didn't glue or wire or anything to secure the twigs, just kept stuffing more in until it looked full and they stayed secure by themselves.




The bottom looked a little puny with all of the drama coming out of the top, so I found some honeysuckle vine left over from another project and wrapped it around the base...  




and kept adding more sticks and "fluffing"




until I reached the look I wanted!




Don't worry, I did switch over to battery operated tea lights when all the sticks were added in.  Wouldn't want to burn the house down, and regular candles were next to impossible to keep lit out there with the fierce Oklahoma wind!



But, here's the real reason I wanted to share this project with you today.  A few weeks ago we noticed some visitors flitting around the twigs, and over the weekend we peeked up and found this:


Aren't God's creatures just the masters at DIY?  This nest is gorgeous.


The best part is that it's right outside our breakfast window, so we get to watch the Mama and Daddy come and go.  Daddy is the lookout while the Mama is on the nest.


The worst part is that we're waiting for that aforementioned fierce Oklahoma wind to kick up...those babies will be swinging from the rafters...literally.  Caleb has a plan to keep them still.  I'll keep you posted. :)   

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Random question of the day:  Do you paint ceilings with a flat or satin finish?  Our office painting is finished, but I'm not 100% loving the color of the ceiling, and it is an eggshell finish which seems very shiny...maybe because it's a dark color?  If I re-do, should I buy flat instead?  When we painted the ceilings in the tan color that's in the main part of our house we used satin and it doesn't seem to have as much sheen.  So I'm thinking maybe the darker colors look shinier?  


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Paint Your Walls-Digitally & Photo Editing News



While thumbing through a magazine the other day, I saw an ad for the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer and knew the perfect way that I wanted to try it out.  Maybe I'm the last person to have ever tried it, but this was new to me.

We have a room designated for an office in our house.  It's a nice size and it has evolved into not only an office, but a game room, play room, and music room.  After moving into this house almost 5 years ago, I painted the walls red, put in the leopard carpet, and tried to make it a little funky and fun.  I still love red and it has served us well, but it's time to freshen up the room a bit.

I went to the website and found  the Color Visualizer, and in just a little time was learning how to use the program.  I played around just enough to get this one picture for now, but I can see this being a very useful tool.  It really helps to have a strong visual of what your room might look like painted in the new colors that you are thinking of.


Before:

And after:


Here's what happened the morning after I played around with the Color Visualizer:




I'm wanting to experiment with a dark ceiling, and this gave me a great idea of what the result might be.  The stained bookcases are staying in this room, so I'm going really light with the walls.  I couldn't quite get the color as light as I wanted-a creamy white-but I still got a good idea of what the look might be.  This room was not even on my re-decorating radar, but it jumped to the head of the line for a minor re-do!

If you're considering a new paint job but are unsure of how the results might look, this is a great tool to play around with.  I'm sure you could even upload a photo of a piece of furniture and try out new colors on it as well.  Have fun!


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A while back you all shared your thoughts on photo editing options since Picnik is shutting down.  I'm happy to report that a new site is up and running...PicMonkey.


I've just played around on it a bit and it's VERY similar to Picnik.  I haven't been able to register on in yet but I think they will continue to add more features as time goes on, and it looks very promising and user friendly.  Whew!  I was getting nervous about what I was going to use when Picnik went away.

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Sprucing Up For Spring



This post is all Pam's fault.  First, she showed us how to plant grass for indoor decorating and made me want some too.




We planted rye grass but Pam's was wheat grass.  The blade on the wheat grass seems thicker and I'll probably try that one next time.  


Then, she got all "Spring-y" with her mantle and made me want to brighten up my mantle, too.  I usually don't switch up the mantle much during the year other that for Fall and Christmas, but I had to do something with all of that grass I planted!












After all of my grass was growing well I decided I wanted some for the kitchen table, too.  I used a few plastic bowls in my wooden dough bowl and am hoping that the spanish moss will disguise the plastic once the grass is grown.  






Have you every planted grass for a table arrangement or indoor decor?  You still have time if you want some for your Easter table!  Ours was sprouting within 3-4 days and the kids have already joyfully given it a few haircuts. 
 (I have no children destined to be hair dressers in my family...
maybe military hair stylists though...they can knock out a great flat-top!)




Linking up with:
The Lettered Cottage
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Dapper Dining Drapes...Done!


How's that title for some alliteration?

A few weekends ago Ray & I made a quick trip to Dallas overnight.  I went into one of my favorite fabric stores fully intenting to purchase fabric to make new solid, neutral curtains for the dining room.  

These are the curtains right across the room-


My living/dining/kitchen are all open so whatever I put in the dining room needed to coordinate with what I already had in the back.  My plan was to get a pretty, fresh solid green for the dining room.  And then I saw these at the fabric store-
(really bad phone pic but that's a smaller scale houndstooth.)

You know that I love houndstooth and could not get this idea out of my head.  I left the fabric store without making any purchases.  After returning home, I began the search for the perfect fabric.  I scoured the internet and drove all over town checking fabric stores for a houndstooth pattern that was just right.  I came up empty-handed...everything was either the wrong color, wrong scale, or too expensive.  

On a whim while there to purchase something else, I walked through the fabric at Hobby Lobby.  I look at their fabric almost every time I'm there and just knew they didn't have what I was looking for.  But then, I saw it, and birds began singing :)!  The color was perfect.  The scale wasn't too big or too small.  The price (using my coupon!) was perfect.  I bought a quarter of a yard and pinned it up on my existing curtains and loved it right away.  They next day, after trips to 4 different stores to find enough fabric, I had my 15 yards ready to go.


Although it is graphic, this pattern is surprisingly neutral.  I love how it has some personality but isn't overpowering.  





Want to know the best part about this fabric?  The back is just as pretty as the front, so I didn't have to line it!  Yippee!  Love saving money and time.  And, I love how the pattern looks from outside the window, too.


I showed you my plan for the Dining Room here, and little by little it's coming together.  One more thing is checked off of the list.


New table-leaf needs to be made
Refinish table
Purchase side chairs
Reupholster wing chairs for the ends of the table
Purchase and paint china cabinet
New drapery
Artwork




Linking up with Classy Clutter, Savvy Southern Style,
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Thrifty Decor Chick 
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