Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Little Fourth of July Decor and a Peachy Recipe

Hey, y'all! 

Can you believe it's almost the fourth of July??? Summer is already flying by. I went very light on my patriotic decor this year, but still wanted to share some pics. 

I'm having a ball decorating my new shelves!

I'm always tempted to buy some flag pillows for the fourth, but my solid red ones work for Christmas, Valentine's, AND the fourth of July, so it's all good. :)

That star on the buffet is the only holiday decor in the kitchen this year. #lazy

I seem to keep the entry the same year after year...

Ugh. I almost didn't share these pics because it's so rainy and dark and dreary outside. I kept waiting for a sunny day, but so far we haven't had any. So I decided to step out quickly between storms and snap these pics. You can see how wet everything is.

I love the buntings on the pergola!

My poor Gomphrena flowers. They DO NOT like all this rain. They're very heat tolerant and this rain isn't making them happy. 

EDITED ~ (I had to add this pic of the patio on Friday because we finally had some sun to dry everything up!)

Okay, so on to the Peach Crunch recipe. Doesn't this look delicious?

I shared the recipe on IG awhile ago, so I just pulled this pic directly off my feed instead of typing up the recipe again. :)

As you can tell, it's VERY easy to make and would be the perfect addition to your fourth of July celebration this weekend!

Here are a few more detailed pics. First, just pour the can of peaches into a 13x9 pan. I cut mine up a little more, but that's just a personal preference. 

Then add the dry, yellow cake mix on top.

Then the butter...

And the brown sugar...

And finally the pecans...

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. 

Below is what it looks like when it comes out of the oven...

Just scoop it out onto a plate and top with ice cream while still warm. Delicious!

Hope you all have a safe and happy fourth of July!!!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Gardens, Cherry Limeade Cookies, and a Free Farmhouse Printable

Hey, y'all! :) Is it hot where you live? We're sweltering down here. At least we're still having rain showers from time to time. That helps a bit. 

So, did you see this free printable from Laura at Finding Home?

Isn't it darling? I thought it was such a cute summer addition to my kitchen. Click HERE to get yours.

I snapped a few quick pics of my backyard today...

natchez crepe myrtle

The Crepe Myrtles are going strong and the grass is loving all the rain.

Don't let those pretty pics fool you's HOT back there! After it rained yesterday, there was steam coming off the concrete. 

One more thing. If you're local, you MUST try these cookies at HEB...

cherry limeade cookies

Oh. My. Goodness. They're good! They totally taste like a cherry limeade at Sonic! They're only available for a limited time, so I'm thinking I might need to stock up. ;)

Hope y'all have a great weekend!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart Reveal

We finally completed our Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart/bookshelves and I have tons of pics to share. :)

restoration hardware copy cat wood and steel shelving

I could not be more happy with how they turned out! They are exactly how I envisioned them. Oh, and the RH ones retail for about $2500 and we made these for $105!!!!!!!! 

The metal straps are one of my favorite parts... 

The bars just add to the industrial look that I love.

And the wheels!!! Love those wheels!

This textured basket was one of the first things I bought to decorate these shelves with. I've been buying things for about six months now. Every time I would see something on sale, I would grab it up and store it. :) 

I made that boxwood wreath/frame specifically with these shelves in mind. 

That basket on the bottom shelf used to be brown with fake ivy in it. I've had it since the 90's. I removed the ivy a long time ago and painted it heirloom white. For now, I'm storing that green throw in it. 

I'm loving the garden stool in its new spot by the loveseat. 

Of course, bringing in the new bookshelves meant we had to play musical decor with a few things.

This wall above the tufted chair used to have a trio of sunburst mirrors and I switched them out for this plumbago print my son made for me. (the next thing on my list is to replace that lamp with a glass "bubble" lamp from Kirkland's, but I'm afraid the one I want may be too big for that table)

The plumbago print used to be above that demi-lune table below. I just moved it over to the right (above the chair) and moved the fleur de lis above the demi-lune. I'll share before and after pics at the bottom of the post so you'll know what I'm talking about. 

The pic below is kind of fuzzy, but it shows another angle of the room. I like the flow so much better now.

In case you were wondering, this is where the trio of sunburst mirrors ended up. I like them much better on this smaller wall in the dining room.

Okay, so here's a few before and afters of the living room...

The next two pictures show what that back corner to the right of the armoire looked like before...

complete house tour

And here's the "after" with the new bookshelves...

Here's a good "before" pic of the sunburst mirrors and the plumbago print... (I liked those sunburst mirrors, but they never seemed quite right in that spot)

And here's the "after"...

Here's the "before" of the dining room with the small floral print above the kidney table...

And again, here's the "after" with the sunburst mirrors. The floral print was moved to the top shelf of the new bookcases.

If you're interested, here's a link to the tutorial we used to make the rolling cart/bookcases...

I was so glad to finally get this piece built. I was never happy with that particular corner of the living room, decor wise. I knew it needed a more substantial piece of furniture, but it took me a long time to make up my mind as to what I wanted. I think this rolling cart definitely fits the bill and it only took two days to make. :)

Thanks for stopping by!


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