Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Share Your Style Party #132


Hello everyone and welcome back to another awe inspiring Share Your Style party. This week your party host is me, Barbara from the blog

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Easiest Chicken Recipe You'll Ever Make

Hello everyone!

It has been awhile since I last posted.  I've been dealing with some terrible health issues!  I'm happy to report, though, that I'm feeling MUCH better now and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

First, I injured my shoulder at the gym (I think) and it is almost well now.  It has taken about 4 weeks to finally feel better! I haven't seen a doctor about it though because I was plagued with other problems that took precedence.   As some of you probably know I suffer from ulcerative colitis and some other auto immune diseases.  I took Remicade for about a year and felt like a new person! But that all changed when I developed terrible joint stiffness and pain in my wrists, fingers, knees and ankles.  I was plagued with fatigue and discomfort.  I thought it was caused by low estrogen since I'm a woman of a certain age and was experiencing some dramatic hormone changes.  But, after hormone replacement therapy didn't help, my gynecologist suggested that I see my rheumatologist.  I was tested for drug induced lupus that can be caused by Remicade.  Long story short, I tested positive and am now taking medication to help me deal with the symptoms until the Remicade is completely out of my system (which can take up to 6 mos.).  So, by Christmas time, I should be back to my old self and will have to figure out a new long term treatment in place of Remicade.  I can no longer take that drug.  (insert sad face) This happens to be a rare occurrence.  Go figure that it would happen to me.  I now have a profound empathy for those suffering from systemic lupus.  It is HORRIBLE!  Mine will thankfully (hopefully) go away forever.  But some live with it most of their adult lives as it affects mostly young women.  

With all of that in mind, I wanted to share a very easy recipe for chicken that tastes like you've been slaving away in the kitchen all day but really it only takes a couple of minutes to put together. This is a great recipe for people that don't feel like doing a lot of cooking!  The oven does all the work for you!  

It's called No Peek Chicken.  Have you heard of it?  

It looks like this, when it's done.  

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Share Your Style Party #131



Hello Everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #131.  I'm Carol from The Red Painted Cottage and I'm so happy to be your host this evening.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Share Your Style Party #130

Hello everyone!

How is everyone doing this week?  Are your kids back to school yet?  I live in GA and mine is already back.  Seems too early though!  Now, that the summer break is over, I can start looking forward to Fall though. 

 I want to welcome you back to another fun week of Share Your Style.  I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home and will be your host this week.


Friday, August 4, 2017

What I Like to Use in Farmhouse Decor

Hello everyone!

One of my favorite types of accessories to use in farmhouse style decor are those made of galvanized metal. There is something about it that just screams farmhouse!  I like the contrast of it next to wood also.  It's easy to find these days and even more fun to shop for at antique stores!  I have a few pieces that I thought I would share with you today.

I love to find pieces that you wouldn't expect to find in galvanized metal.  You get the unexpected factor!  For example, this lamp is like that.  I love the contrast between the cool metal base and the warm burlap shade.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Share Your Style Party #129

Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #129. I am Lisa from Feathering My Empty Nest, and I am so happy to be your host for this evening's party. 

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Meatball Stuffed Cheesy Garlic Bread

Hello everyone!

How  did your week go?  Mine has gone so-so.  I've been battling a shoulder injury that I believe happened at the gym.  Ugh!  I probably lifted too much weight or something.  Not quite sure.  It has been giving me pain when I move it for over a week now.  So, all I do now is cardio at the gym. I may see a doctor about it since it isn't getting better.  

However, I wanted to share this tasty recipe with you in case you're looking for something new to make at home these days.  It was fairly simple and your kids will probably like it too!  

 It's called meatball stuffed cheesy garlic bread.  

It looks like this.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Share Your Style Party #128


Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #128!  I am Lynn from the blog The Vintage Nest  and I will be your host this evening. 


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Farmhouse Architecture

Hello everyone!

Are you happy that it's the weekend?  Well, hopefully, you're able to put your feet up and relax a little.  I thought I would share with you some pics from a construction site my husband and I visited recently.  We're always popping in new subdivisions and checking out new homes for future reference.  We stumbled upon this one, just the next county over from us, and probably only 15 minutes from our current home!  It was a small street with nothing but large farmhouse style homes on large flat lots being built.  We fell in love with it!  The homes are quite amazing.  So, I snapped some pics to share with you (and for my own personal reference).  You have to keep an open mind though since they are clearly unfinished.  The lots are bare with no landscaping, no lighting, no appliances, unfinished floors etc.  But, it looks great even at this stage!

This is what we first saw driving up.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Share Your Style Party #127

Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #127!  I am Marie-Hélène from the blog Kingsbury Brook Farm and I will be your host this evening. 

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Dressing up the Porch for Summer

Hello everyone!

Due to all the rain we've had lately here in GA, I wasn't able to use my cushioned outdoor furniture on our back deck very much.  We kept taking off the cushions and letting the water drain after a big storm.  I was worried that the cushions were going to get ruined and I didn't want the hassle of covering them with a tarp all the time.  So...............I decided to put them on the front porch since it's covered.  It has now become my favorite place to go to relax and unwind. Luckily, our front porch is very private.  It's surrounded by trees and not close to the street.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Share Your Style Party #126


Hello everyone and welcome back to another awe inspiring Share Your Style party. This week your party host is me, Barbara from the blog

Friday, July 7, 2017

Refined Ruffles

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share some bedding changes that I've made lately.  I still have my Beddy's Bedding (which I love), but since my dog sleeps with us and had a few accidents on it I temporarily switched back to my ruffled quilt.  It is easier to wash.  I added some linen ruffled pillow cases that I found from an Etsy shop too.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Share Your Style Party #125

Hi Everyone!
I hope all of you had a great July 4th yesterday and are more than ready to party with us at Share Your Style.  I'm Carol from The Red Painted Cottage and I'll be your host this week.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Unique and Practical Wall Art

Hello everyone!

How has your week been?  I hope it has been good.  I'm excited about this holiday weekend since it marks the beginning of July and it is one of my favorite months of the year because it isn't as busy as many others.  The weather is usually nice and my schedule isn't so slammed.  June is always hectic and expensive!  Bye Bye June.  Ha!  

Speaking of expensive, have any of you noticed some changes over at PicMonkey?  They added a new feature for saving photos, called Hub.  It took me forever to figure out that I don't have to sign up for it and can now use "export" to save my photos to my computer like I usually do.  I think they purposely set it up like that to confuse people in to thinking they had to sign up and pay money to use their site!  I figured it out after about 30 min of being frustrated and actually signing up for their trial.  Then, I cancelled it once I realized how their site looked different and "export" had then replaced "save".  Did you catch that too?  

Well enough of my ranting.  I just thought I would pass that on in case you were experiencing the same thing.  

I wanted to share some different forms of wall art that I'm using now.  First, I found these adorable flowers from Hobby Lobby that you can hang on the wall!  I hung them in my powder room.

  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Share Your Style Party #124

Hello everyone!

Thanks for joining us for another week of Share Your Style!  I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home and I will be your host this week.  


Friday, June 16, 2017

Kubu Chairs in the Kitchen

Hello everyone!

How has your week been so far?  I hope it has been a good one.  My dog is feeling better now.  We think he became overly stressed from being boarded while we were gone on vacation.  We celebrated my husbands birthday last weekend and now we're getting ready to celebrate Father's Day this weekend.  June is such a busy month! 

You may recall that I purchased some kubu chairs from one of my favorite stores, Linen & Flax Barn.  Well, here they are!  I placed them in my kitchen (after a brief trial in my dining room).  

  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Share Your Style Party #122

Hi, everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #122. I am Lisa from Feathering Your Empty Nest and I am hosting tonight's awesome party.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Cane Wingback Chair

Hello everyone!

It's been a while since I last posted!  I've been gone on vacation and then came back home to a sick doggie.  I also spent a day helping out my mom now that she's back home from the hospital. I've also been getting my house back in order and getting back in the gym.  Whew!  It feels good to get back to a normal schedule though. 

I've been meaning to share this cane wingback chair that I bought from Joss and Main several weeks ago.  I intended for it to go in my family room, but then put it in the sitting room when I saw that the finish was lighter than expected.  But, it eventually made its way to the family room after I had a light bulb moment.  I used some dark wax to darken the finish.  And voila!  I'm happy with it now!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Share Your Style Party #121

Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #121!  I am Marie-Hélène from the blog Kingsbury Brook Farm and I will be your host this evening. 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Share Your Style Party #120


Hello everyone and welcome back to another awe inspiring Share Your Style party. This week your party host is me, Barbara from the blog

Friday, May 26, 2017

Let's Go Shopping Again!

Hello everyone!

Are you glad it's Friday?  I know I am!  School is out for the summer beginning this weekend.  My family and I will be going down to FL to catch some sun, sand, and water next week.  It has been so rainy and gloomy here in Ga so I'm hoping for better weather there. Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you want to see some of my trip!

I wanted to share some pics of another cute store that I went to several weeks ago.  It's called Linen & Flax Barn.  It's the sister store to one I've already shared with you before.  It's located in a warehouse setting but has been painted white and filled with light and airy farmhouse style furniture and accessories.  This store has more of a garden feel to it.  

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen some kubu chairs that I bought from them recently.  I will be sure to share them in a post soon.

All of these pics are from me except the first one.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Share Your Style Party #119

Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style Party #119.  I'm Carol from the blog, The Red Painted Cottage and I'm so thrilled to be your host this evening.



Friday, May 19, 2017

French Lighting and Dressmaker Details

Hello everyone!

With the purchase of some new chairs for my home lately, I've been playing musical chairs to make sure they are being used in the best way possible. My dining room has undergone a few changes as a result.  I first ordered the Paige dining chairs that have a definite French look to them from World Market a few months ago.  I placed them around my table and thought that was sufficient.  But, you know how that goes.  I found some new white slip covered chairs that I thought would be pretty in here. So, I added them to the ends of my table.  That gave me more seating and added a bit more style to the room. 

  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Share Your Style Party #118

Hello everyone!

I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home. I will be your host this week.

I hope you've had a good week so far.  It's that time again.  Time to show everyone what you've been working on lately.  Now that summer is almost upon us, I'm sure many of you will be working on projects around the house and in your yard.  Or, maybe you're planning a fun family vacation.  Let us see all of your inspiration!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Wall Art in the Family Room

Hello everyone!

I recently upgraded my family room with new furniture, so it was only natural that I would want to update my walls with new artwork as well!  You know how that domino effect works, right?  I had a large industrial style clock face above my mantel but then decided I wanted this extra large (and extra heavy) curvy mirror above it instead.  It is white and chippy and feminine without being overdone.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Share Your Style Party #117

WELCOME.....we are thrilled to have you here this evening at our 117th Share Your Style party.  Your inspiration each week is amazing!  I am Lynn, of The Vintage Nest blog, and will be your host.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Share Your Style Party #116

Hi everyone, I am Lisa from Feathering My Empty Nest, and I have the pleasure of being your host this evening for our 116th Share Your Style Party.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What Makes Me Happy

Hello everyone!

I was invited to participate in the "What Makes Me Happy" blog series by Ron at Uptown Acorn.  


It was  a lot of fun to think about all the things that make me happy.  It put me in a good mood to know that I can usually find something to be happy about.  It's in all of us.  We just have to discover it!  

So, if you would like to read what makes me happy, please go over to Ron's blog HERE and check it out.  

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fire Pit Goals

Hello everyone!

My backyard is slowly becoming a better place to relax and entertain in.  We most likely will replace our back deck with a larger one if it's not SUPER expensive and possibly add a roof over some of it (if it's possible). Those are grand wishes for now.  Time will tell if that ever happens.  However, one thing that did happen was getting a fire pit area established.  We still have more work to do with it but at least it's a start.  

I ordered four wooden adirondack (folding) chairs and a copper kettle fire pit from Wayfair.  We set it up in the woods that border our back yard.

(We need to have that ugly pine tree cut down.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Share Your Style Party #115

Good evening and welcome to Share Your Style #115!  I am Marie-Hélène from the blog Kingsbury Brook Farm and I will be your host tonight. 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Let's Go Shopping!

Hello everyone!

I hope you've had a good week.  It has been a busy one for me with doctor appointments and visiting my mom in the rehab center.  She is recovering from a broken pelvis sustained from a bad fall.  It has been nice and sunny all week though. So that has helped a lot!  

Last week, I went to a cute shop about 30 minutes from my home.  I took some pics to share with you because I know how fun it is to tour a cute store.  So, we'll just go virtual shopping together!  

It's located in a cute town with country roads (but a lot of traffic). The store is inside a historic home. It's called Urban Farmhouse.  Even the name is cute!

I will just let you look at the photos.

  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Share Your Style Party #114

Hi, everyone and welcome to #114 of our Share Your Style Party. I am Lisa from Feathering My Empty Nest and I will be your host for this evening's party. 


Friday, April 14, 2017

Sprucing up the Front Porch for Spring

Hello everyone!

This week we have had some amazingly beautiful weather!  It has been sunny in the 70's all week with no humidity.  I wish I could bottle it up and save it forever!  I've tried to go outside everyday and enjoy it while it lasts.  Because, you know it won't!  

One way I've done that is by sprucing up my front porch.  I bought some ferns to go beside the front door and hung my magnolia wreath on the door. A new larger door mat was placed front and center too.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Share Your Style Party #113

Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #113!  I'm Carol from the blog The Red Painted Cottage and I'm thrilled to be your party host this week.




Friday, April 7, 2017

Warming Up a White Kitchen

Hello everyone!

I love the color white.  That's no secret.  But, besides texture, the warmth of natural wood is a great way to warm up the space when you have a lot of white in a room. I wanted to share some examples of that in my kitchen. 

 Kitchens can seem cold if you don't have a lot of color so bringing in something to soften the space is a welcome addition. Besides draperies, using upholstered or slip covered furniture is a great way to do that. I have a pine farmhouse table with wooden cross back chairs that I love.  But, I recently added these white slip covered chairs to the ends that are soft and have adorable ties on the back.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Share Your Style Party #112

Hello everyone!

  I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home.  I am your host this week.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Master Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Hello everyone!

I'm finally ready to share my master bathroom makeover with you!  It took about 2 1/2 weeks to complete but we're so happy with the results.  I am glad it's finally done because it was noisy, dusty, smelly and messy to get it done!  It took many trips to Floor and Decor and Home Depot to get it accomplished.  We hired someone to do the work and also a plumber to handle the tub hook-up since our plumbing was done over 21 years ago and it was built into the tub itself!  Can you say ca-razy??

So, here it is.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Share Your Style Party #111


Hello everyone and welcome back to another awe inspiring Share Your Style party. This week your party host is me, Lynn, author of the blog The Vintage Nest.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Old World Lighting

Hello everyone!

The weekend sure did fly by.  I can't believe it's already Monday!  I'm still working on my master bathroom post to share with you, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some new lights that I hung in my house. 

 If you don't know this already, I'm a HUGE lighting lover!  I feel it is one of the most important style makers in your house.  Cheap looking lighting can ruin your whole house.  It sets the tone for the rooms and is one of the first things people see when they walk into your home.  I love how lighting can change the mood of a room at night based on where you place it and the wattage of the light bulbs being used. 

I decided to change out the light fixture in my front sitting room.  I wanted something a bit more substantial and I wanted it more in keeping with the other changes that I've made in my home lately. So, I found this light fixture being offered from Decor Steals.  I checked the measurements of it and decided it should work. 

  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Hello everyone!

I guess I'm on a "bedroom" kick this week. Thanks for all the sweet comments about my Spring guestroom last Monday.  It was a lot of fun being part of a Spring blog tour.

  I have made several changes to my master bedroom lately and I wanted to share them with you.  

I changed my bedding first.  I still  have white bedding but this time it's a different kind altogether.  Since I have a foot board on my bed, it's always a challenge to make up my bed .  It's hard to fit my hands in between the mattress and the foot board to tuck in the sheets.  So, when I discovered Beddy's Beds I decided to give it a try.  To learn more about them, click HERE.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Share Your Style Party #110


Hello everyone and welcome back to another awe inspiring Share Your Style party. This week your party host is me, Barbara from the blog

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Guestroom

Hello everyone!

Today I am joining a great group of bloggers that will be sharing something Spring related this week.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hall Bathroom Makeover

Hello everyone!

I'm happy to report that the bathroom makeovers are finished with the exception of paint!  I thought I would share our hall bathroom with you since all we have left to do in there is repaint the cabinets in the same color.  That will take care of some areas of paint that have worn off through the years.  

We had new flooring installed in here.  It's a black and white basket weave tile.  


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Share Your Style Party #109

Good evening and welcome to Share Your Style #109!  I am Marie-Hélène from the blog Kingsbury Brook Farm and I am delighted to be your host tonight. 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

More Bathroom Progress

Hello everyone!

Hopefully, this is my last week for bathroom renovation.  Our master bathroom is almost complete and the hall bath flooring has already begun.  

Here is where we are so far.

The glass shower enclosure went up after the tile was grouted in. That alone made a huge difference!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Share Your Style Party #108


Hello everyone and welcome back to another awe inspiring Share Your Style party. This week your party host is me, Barbara from the blog

Monday, March 6, 2017

Master Bathroom Renovation Progress

Hello everyone!

I  just realized that I haven't shared with you all of the renovation progress we have made in our bathroom yet!  It has been going on for 7 days now.  We hired a good friend and former neighbor to do the work since this is how he makes a living.  He has already done some work for us in the past too.  

We recently had granite counters and under mount sinks installed.  Then we replaced our unframed mirrors with framed ones. We also replaced a hanging light fixture with a petite french style chandelier. But we still weren't satisfied with the results.  It was like putting lipstick on a pig.  Ha!  So, we bought new flooring materials and tile for the shower and bead board for the tub surround.  Now, the work has begun to replace all of that.  

It all started out like this.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Hello everyone!

We recently had our counters and sink replaced in our kitchen.  We needed to replace the sink since it was ruined by me cleaning it with an abrasive cleaner and I wasn't supposed to use that.  I thought the sink could be cleaned just like the one I had before it.  Nope!  Bad idea!  After calling around to get quotes on refinishing the sink, I realized it would be unreasonable to spend hundreds of dollars just to refinish an inexpensive sink.  We couldn't replace it since it was an odd shape and our granite counters were cut to fit it precisely.  So, that was our dilemma.  I decided to replace the dark brown granite with light colored quartz and get a new stainless steel sink (in a standard shape).  I was afraid of getting another white sink after all the problems we had with our last one!  I also had them extend the breakfast bar out further since it was too narrow before.  So, getting new counters and sink solved a lot of problems for us.  

Here is what it looks like now.