Tuesday, August 12, 2014

{ Our cute little red barn/shed makeover }

Seems like it's been forever since I painted this cute little rustic shed ,or as I like to call it the little red barn. This barn was deemed to be scrapped & my husband loaded, yes loaded the whole thing into one of his work trailers. When he came home with it I thought oh, boy what in the world is this rusted piece of junk?! The shed/barn looked like The Grinch Stole Christmas sleigh hanging off the back of the trailer . It was funny ,but also kind of scary!! I got right to work on it after we picked some paint & trim colors out. It kind of grew on me & added to our storage behind our garage. I also thought it would be cute for the holidays ;)!

Basic tools you'll need..^
Side Note: The paint color is Behr Exterior paint in Candy Apple Red! The trim is white & we used exterior kilz!

This little shed ate the paint literally..2 gallons later!

The final coat drying... I wasn't thrilled with the end color at first. The next day the color had been hit by the sunlight & actually the pinky/red color subsided into a 'true barn red' !!

The pots were originally in front of our house & decided to move them back here. The galvanized tin,John Deere sign, and wreath are all thrift or garbage finds. The rustic flowers in the tin are from Dollar Tree.

I hope you enjoyed this little makeover, & remember anything can be cute with a little TLC & a vision! 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

{ Pure Michigan / Bed & Breakfast Vacation & Review }

Wow , it feels like I haven't been on here in ages! If you haven't noticed, I took a week hiatus & spent a few days enjoying 'Pure Michigan' @ an amazing Bed & Breakfast with my  husband! The stay & vacation were both phenomenal to say the least! I snapped about 200 shots &we both managed to turn a lobster red color, even with sunscreen { porcelain skin problems  ha-ha}! We left Friday & stayed until Sunday & let me tell you we didn't want to leave!!  This was our first stay at a Bed & Breakfast & the quaint, cozy & warm touches definitely made us LOVE the experience.   We stayed at the Torch Lake Bed & Breakfast ,& Deb & Mike { the owners} were amazing .We loved every minute of our quaint stay! Check out below some of the  highlights from our stay !

Drive along the beautiful winding shore line of Torch lake!

The B&B sets high atop a hill overlooking Torch Lake. You go past the B&B & turn onto a tiny private drive lined with beautiful homes & gardens looking over gorgeous fields.

Torch Lake B&B !

The decks/ gardens & walk to our room !

The hot tub is perfect for star gazing over the lake at night! 

The room was filled with cozy beach charm & the fridge / bathroom were both stocked with lush complimentary goods!

Each morning you're welcomed into Mike & Debs grand kitchen & family room for a delicious gourmet 3 course breakfast overlooking Torch Lake! Hows that for starting off the day?!

The private dock is stocked with kayaks,paddle boards , swimming & lounging goods, radio & snorkeling gear!! 

The crystal clear blue water of Torch Lake, MI! No wonder it's voted 3rd prettiest lake in the world by National Geographic!  

Mark getting our kayaks ready for us :)

Not only is Torch lake amazing ,but Lake Michigan is only 2 miles down the street. There is a public beach access with beautiful & warm sandy beaches awaiting you! The views , antique shops,beaches, & quaint Pure Michigan escape are definitely all combined within Central Michigan/Torch Lake. 


Public beach to Lake Michigan!

Of course we had to stop at some country junkin shops!!

In town looking at some cute little shops...so quiet & peaceful!!!

Once a blogger always a blogger ..

We stopped in at Fudgee's too! They were voted best ice cream in 2009 by Good Morning America!!

Heading to dinner on our last night { sorry about the quality  }.

That completes our vacation tour! If you're looking for a quaint Pure Michigan experience visit the  Torch Lake Bed & Breakfast- I promise you'll love it! 

*** Torch Lake B&B link for more inquiries/reservations!


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!