Life Lately Through Instagram

I've been taking quite a break lately from posting anything here on my blog. I haven't been SUPER busy. I've just been relaxing, spending time with my brother from Arizona and his family while they were here for a visit, taking my girls to camp and happily picking them up at the end of the week, reading, and just enjoying the nice summer we are having here in the PNW. 

So here are some photos to share what I've been up to incase you don't follow me on Instagram. 

My table was set for the 4th of July but ended up having to bring it all inside later due to some cooling temps. If you live in the Seattle area, you know you can't count on warm weather until July 5th.

One of my photos was regramed by Pottery Barn on their Instagram page, and again on their Facebook page. I tickled me to see our pup online like that for all to see his cuteness. 

We bought an outdoor sectional from World Market and scored quite a deal. I'm actually needing to go back and get one more chair. I'll post more photos of my backyard soon. 

Making homemade ice cream is so easy and it's so yummy. I love these new containers I got from Wiiliams-Sonoma. 

Here's one of the books I read. Such a fast, fun read. Got any book suggestions for me?

With a long stretch of great weather and no rain, we were blessed by having many beautiful sunsets like these this summer.

That's about it. Hope you're summer is going great too. If you don't follow me on Instagram, be sure to check it out since that's where I'll be for most of the summer. Link on sidebar. 


Pulling It All Together

I was so honored to have been asked to be featured by Marty on her blog, A Stroll Thru Life. She has a great blog and I love her series of Pulling It All Together and Show Off. You really must go check out her blog in its entirety.

For me feature today, I wrote a post on  how to start redecorating a room, and how to pull it all together. If you are wanting to redecorate a room and are a little stuck on where or how to start I hope you will find my tips helpful. Click {here} for my post.

Thank you again, Marty! It was so fun to be apart of you blog series!


Summer With Serena & Lily

I am totally obsessed with everything Serena & Lily right now. Their laid back, coastal vibe, and colorful patterns and colors are just up my alley. I really wish they had a store near me! If anyone from S&L reads this, PLEASE consider coming to the Seattle area. I know you will be loved here.

If you recall, I used their curtains and a mirror for my bedroom makeover, and shower curtain for my bath.

 I also purchased these pillows for my living room for a punch of color and summer fun.

Have you seen the new catalog?


Here are some of the things I'm loving right now..

I looked through their summer catalog and it made me want to redo my whole house or buy a beach house and fill it with all S&L. But since I don't see any of those happening anytime soon, I think I will be purchasing some of those foutas beach towels, wrap myself in it with their catalog in one hand and a fruity cocktail in another and dream of a summer home. How about you? What is one of their products you are dying to get?



Well, it's only a few weeks away from the beginning of Summer but I'm finally feeling like it's Spring around here in the  PNW.

The weather is starting to pick up and we are getting some rather nice days, so I'm finally able to put some of my indoor projects on hold and starting up on some outdoor ones.

I've only started with my front pots but I have 5 big pots of flowers to fill for our back deck. Yikes! Flowers sure aren't cheap, but they sure are pretty.

I recently painted those black pots, they were light green. I think the black really makes the flowers pop.

Speaking of black, I am totally digging black fences right now. I have seen a few on pinterest and I'm trying to convince the hubs (Hi, Honey! :) ) to let me paint ours black.



Not sure that's going to happen but I'll continue to dream about it. I just love how the green shows up so well against it and with our plants and flowers I think it would look so good.

What about you? Would you do a black fence?

I'm linking up to Best of the Nest today to share my Master Bedroom makeover. Hop on over to see what everyone else is showing off this month.

Have a great weekend, and hopefully I'll be back soon to share more outdoor photos.


Story of a Chair

I got a lot of likes and inquiries about this chair when I showed sneak peeks on Instagram, and then during my master bedroom reveal, so I thought I'd share how this chair came to be mine.

Melaine of My Sweet Savannah so graciously shared with me her upholsterer's contact info, and one day when I was picking up drapes that had been hemmed, the upholsterer showed me the chair and fabric that she was using to do Melaine's chair. When I saw the fabric alone, I knew it was going to look great. Not long after, Melaine showed the chair on her Instagram and asked if anyone was interested. Me! I was. I really don't have anything like this in my home, but I knew I loved it and I would find a spot for it. You know what? I did find the most perfect spot for it.
So, make a note if you see something you really love just get it and you will find a spot for it. And if you see an old tired chair but the bones are good, give it a little thought because it can turn into something fantastic with a little TLC and creativity.

This is what the chair looked like when Melaine found it.

Then she did her magic...

 It's kind of hard to see in the photo but it's very Restoration Hardware'ish. I am smitten with the ticking stripe details! Melaine did a great job of making over this chair!

If you don't already follow her on her blog, My Sweet Savannah, you really must. Or follow her on Instagram too. She has such great, inspirational photos that I like everyone of them and feel rather like a stalker. Oh well, I am what I am. Haha.

Also, if you are a local to me (greater Seattle area) Melaine is having a flea market type sale at her house tomorrow (Saturday, May 24). I am sure she's going to have some great things. You can see more details on her Instagram acct.

Have a great Memorial Weekend!
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