Sunday, July 20, 2014

{ A few staple items that can make any home warm & cozy }

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Not much going on around here. We did pick out /purchase our paint color & will start our little shed/barn project soon { Too HOT today }! I wanted to share with everyone some simple little ideas on how to make your home warm and inviting! I've been told on several occasions that our home is  cozy & warm. With some staple  accessories any home can be cozy! I know this isn't every one's preferred style,but these are just generic ideas to incorporate in any space ! 

1. Wreaths 

 Wreaths are that natural element that can me very versatile . You can use them for decor, staging, or outdoors. Its a great staple item that can be used for different occasions or holidays over & over again.

2. Candles
Candles can make any home feel cozy!! Who doesn't love a fresh scented candle burning it's fragrant aroma all over the house! This is one of the oldest tricks in the book - burn a yummy candle when showing a home to make buyers feel welcomed & entices them with the kitchen aromas like vanilla,apple pie, etc.

3. Wood accents
Wood accents are lovely to bring into a space. They allow the warmth of the wood to neutralize any room with still allowing that warm rustic charm to peak out amongst other decor!

4. Flowers
Flowers are that staple item that { I } believe every home should have. Hydrangeas just so happen to be my favorite flower , because they can be so large & rustic but also very chic & glamorous depending on the bloom color! Flowers freshen & appease any space ! 

These are just a few of the items I use to warm up our home.  Have fun with your space & remember these few staple goods along the way !

Have a great week everyone!


** All these items can be purchased at Target. 
*** I was not Compensated , Endorsed, or Sponsored by Target for this post!
Photos are  property of Target.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

{ Vintage Swag Chandelier Update }

What a fabulous weekend it was here in the north! It was filled with adventures with our niece both inside & outside. We took her to the Henry Ford Museum & decided after to pack up the beach bag & take a dip in the pond! The weather was gorgeous & the water was definitely clear & sparkling!! The weekend was also filled with little home updates & a surprise  new { old } mini barn/shed! I mentioned in a few post back I had acquired some new vintage treasures,one being a vintage crystal chandelier. This weekend after our adventures my dad popped over & hardwired the chandelier for me!! This is somewhat a DIY ,but lets be honest I DID NOT hard-wire this vintage beauty myself! After my dear dad took his Sunday to wire this beaut ,my loving husband finished roping the wire & moving the swag light a zillion times for his 'pesky' wife he-he! The finished  outcome was more then I could have ever wanted & only cost us a few slices of pizza for payment ! We had a chandelier in our condo I was obsessed with.This house unfortunately had recessed lighting in the dining room. My mom made our cute ' just for looks' white chandelier from scratch . I loved that chandelier &  being able to switch out the candle sticks & of course  sad to see it go!! The new vintage chandelier sparkles & is so bright it makes up for it though{kinda} Stay tuned to see where our old chandelier ends up ;)!! 

{ Before }

My poor man working hard after a LONG weekend of fun & adventures! 

{ After }

I spray painted the black medallion I had, & then screwed the vintage little medallion into the middle of the larger one. I used a brown hammered color { spray paint} & it was a pretty close match to the metal !
The crystals are gorgeous anytime of day when the light catches them!

Day picture
Late afternoon pic

Another late afternoon pic



This chandelier is over 50 years old & was formally in a Bed & Breakfast! My parents picked it up for under $10! With a little lighting kit from Home Depot for $18 & some handy men,it's my new favorite vintage piece!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

{ Some of Our Summer Adventures }

Sharing some more adventures from this past weekend! We toured the Henry Ford museum with our wonderful niece! The experience was charming & cute for miss Kayla!  We also took a trip & dip in the Spring Mill pond again, after all it was a perfect beach day with a perfect summers breeze!
Enjoy some more of our captured & crazy summer adventures !

My loves!

Kayla & 'her' Markie !

Ready for take off ;)

Driving miss Daisy haha { Ellis Island exhibit}

I told my husband I loved this cute kitchen so charming right?!

Hot Dog anyone?


I just wanted to share some pictures I've captured so far this summer on our little adventures. 

These are from a spring fed pond many of the locals like to use. The waters super clear & it's a quaint & clean setting! It's not the ocean ,but will do for us northerners :).
The cozy long winding woods road to get to the pond !!

 Not to shabby for a swimming hole { Spring fed pond}

Nature in all of it's glory !



My lovely hubby & I recently got to tour  a  historical home in downtown Wyandotte on the water! It's the historical Ford-MacNichol  home ! This home was breathtaking in itself! The craftsmanship was gorgeous. I wish they made homes like this these days! The parlor,dining rooms, attic & more were just magnificent! The molding & wood work could have had me there all day snapping pictures..Enjoy these lovely shots I was so gracious to be able to snap along the way!

**Be sure to stop in if you're in the Wyandotte area! It's an awesome & personal tour!

We could get used to this porch with a summery drink in hand ...;)

The vibrant parlor!

I loved the marble surround on this fireplace!! The charm went on for years in this home!

Cute stairs stepping down into the cutest bathroom!

The home had a total of 8 fireplaces, if I'm recalling correctly..
This is the dining room. Under the head of the tables space was a button that he/she would hit to alert the help they needed something. The button was disguised under the lavish rugs!

The butlers pantry!

This was located in between the butlers pantry & kitchen. It's the signal that I talked about in the dining room picture! Pretty nifty & genius for the mid to late 1800's!

Master bedroom & bath. The bath is a his & hers with a vanity just for primping { Pretty cool huh ladies ?}

I've always had a love for  attics, & this one was amazing! It was like every kids dream!! It was stunning- from the cylinder architecture to the wood floors & nooks!

One of the nooks in the attics looking over the road & to the water!

Downtown Wyandotte!

Hope you all enjoyed this mini historical tour! Be sure to stop back in for more of our summer adventures .