Tuesday, June 23, 2020

{ Our Vintage Club Car }

A different type of post today but you guys know I love to include you in our life including some fun purchases/ lifestyle journeys! So little back story on this cute gem..It's a vintage gas beaut that is totally customized! She's been rebuilt from the ground up, with wifi, stereo,  lights,  blinkers, vintage rims, horn,  hazards, cupholders, cooler storage, headlights, phone charger, lighter, bump guard etc.. We had been looking for a gas club car for quite sometime with no luck..They were either electric or sold. We stopped looking for awhile because we got busy with summer, projects & honestly just forgot!! About 3 weeks ago Mark was on Craigslist looking for furniture & stumbled upon this car! We loved the vintage appeal { we didn't want brand new for this reason} from the color to new everything! Come see some pictures below & WHY we wanted/ needed a Club Car 🚗.!



Isn't she cute y'all?! We've named her "Gidget" hahaha! I think it fits nicely with all her gadgets! As you can see she's completely brand new, custom & very comfortable! 

• We added her black top once we uploaded her. I'll photograph soon! 

** Side Note: How cute is the matching greenery planter!


The owner added these vintage rims that finished her off! She goes 32mph & the stereo is so loud..Which will be nice for cruises up north at the cottage & trips to the ponds! That's one of the reasons we wanted a club car was for up north cruising.  Another being antiquing,  fun & hauling { she's got a back fold down area! 


** Sorry she's dirty, needs a washing! SOON!


We've already taken her on a little adventure & we can't wait to show more of her & the adventures & memories we take + make! 


I hope you loved this little post about our new family member ha! Do you have favorite toy or club car? Do you name your vehicles silly names like us??


HAPPY Tuesday!
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

{ Classic Cottage Patio Makeover }

You guys know that we've got dogs..& if you don't,  well we do ha. We've got two big dogs over 70lbs each & at one time we had 3, sadly only two now! With that being said, they're boys & love to roughhouse around the yard + patio. Basically,  our yard/ patio needed/ needs work ha! Not wanting to dump loads of money into it we spruced it up. 
I kept with the look of our front porch   HERE ..It goes nicely with the rest of our home exterior  which is stately with traditional red brick, white peaks, shutters, flowers boxes & barn red cottage garage.  Patriotic cottage at its best!! Come take a closer peek below....



New Goods Added:

. PILLOWS
. CHAIR CUSHIONS
. ALL GREENERY
. DECOR 
. PAINT 
. CAFE LIGHTS
. RUG

** Many of the same items in this post can be easily found HERE for your convenience!


Projects:

.4 CEMENTED CAFE LIGHT POLES
. PAINTED PATIO
. PAINTED TABLE




Keeping with the stately classic patriotic cottage look I added rustic mini evergreens,  galvanized  bucket pots & lots of clean white wood! I kept the color scheme traditional red, dark blue, black, white & dark green!


The 8ft white wood light cafe light poles/ posts { which do you say? } are what encloses the space into a cohesive feel. The other part of the patio is empty right now to the left..We used to have a sitting area! I bought the 48ft single strand of bulb lights from Amazon! 


I added a touch of classic New England charm with some fun pillows,  of course dog approved! 
** All pillows from Walmart


Kept the decor very weather friendly with wood, galvanized buckets, classic lanterns & rustic wood bird feeders!!




•Sod wasn't in before I photographed, but right where you spot the farm fence will be sod.

I hope you loved this patio spruce up!! For me going with color was scary because  neutrals are so easy but this color pallet theme flows so nicely with the outside exterior property of our home. The red barn garage was the inspo!! This whole project spruce up was around $500.00 that's with wood, decor  rug, lights, paint, supplies, cement etc..


HAPPY Thursday!
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Sunday, June 7, 2020

{ New Summer Dining Room }

Heyyyy pals- welcome back!! With everything changing in this crazy world of ours I've been craving simple fresh spaces in our little cottage! Also because my dreaded vertigo returned after a day of jeeping { windy } lake day..I've been super uninspired because I'm constantly dizzy, but yesterday I finally got all the heavy Memorial Day decor down. After I cleaned the whole house & decluttered I decided to add some summery goods but minimally & simply! Come gather some inspiration below...


I wanted to show a centerpiece that ANYONE could do simple with not much effort & cost effective since these times are uncertain & budgets are tighter.  I used an old wire  fruit basket from a thrift store, greenery & some baskets for added texture. The  vintage mason jars I  added for a touch of vintage charm I got up in Maine!

••My favorite places for ALL boxwood is 
Target just like this boxwood wreath that has lasted 6 years & many places  in & outside of our home!


I switched out the dining room ledge & wall decor for some simple white summery flowers   wreath & white rustic lantern lights! { I'll share a night view on Instagram,  be sure you're following me }.  


I kept this antique wire grocery basket out with some milky white masons & candlesticks.  The basket is simple & coordinates with the dining table nicely. 





I love the 3 color pallet scheme & simple but cozy summer look. I'll share more on stories on Instagram soon! This wall needs some TLC honestly, so once things are somewhat back to normal I'll share more!


I hope you loved this simple summer dining room look. I needed a fresh space to clear my mind & I wanted to share because it was super simple & affordable/ easy to put together!
Stay happy + healthy  pals!!! 


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Monday, May 25, 2020

{ Summer Patio Reno Part 2 }

Happy Monday & Memorial Day! Thanking those who gave their all for our freedom 🙏 !
I wanted to quickly share the second part to our 3 part installment patio reno refresh!! It's taken a few weeks due to goods being delayed & our Michigan weather! This weekend was glorious & the perfect time to diy, style & share some decor! I love being able to share my vision on projects with you all & I hope you love being able to follow along! Come take a closer peek below..


If you scroll a few posts back you'll see why I kept with the stately classic traditional look! Our home is very classic with old red brick, white wood & columns & that's exactly how I wanted the back to flow from the front porch to the back.


I'm still waiting on a bunch of decor, so I only snapped this little glimpse of the table for a peek! I went traditional with colors, but the greenery I have coming will add that classic summery feel. I'll be sharing the DIY  cafe light posts, lights & the rest soon!!


I ran out of time before sporadic rain shower, but I did get these trees potted { I need more soil }. They're 3ft faux pines from Amazon.com



I hope you like this patio series! Things aren't super fast right now & things limited but it's still coming together nicely! The main thing I wanted complete were the DIY 8ft cafe light posts!  Once the rest of the decor  comes & possible new table { my order was cancelled } then I'll  photograph the whole patio! I had a completely different look going for this space originally,  but with stores like IKEA closed it's hard getting items. Thanks for being patient on this ride with me!


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Thursday, May 21, 2020

{ Classic Patriotic Porch }

Today was GLORIOUS! Glorious because instead of letting my struggles get in my way I decided to throw on some black ratty clothes, top knot & slides & go outside!! I'm glad I did because I got so much done, lots of sunny vitamin D & fresh air!  It's been another long winter plus extra rainy spring here in Michigan,  so it was indeed glorious...even if I did slice my finger wide open! 
Today's post is one of absolute favorites to share with you guys- Patriotic decor ♡!!! When May hits I get the summer itch to make our traditional red brick cottage even more classic with patriotic goodness!! I love sharing with you guys to give you ideas since patriotic decor can be tricky if not decorated correctly! 
Come see our front porch decked out for Memorial  day !!!


This was a spur of the moment shoot..kind of! You see , I knew I wanted to get a Memorial Day post out & yesterday the opportunity arose when I was waiting for our patio to dry!
I got Mark's drill out & hung our flag, but before that I sliced my finger open with scissors..so it's not perfect & I got blood on the flag...


Our home has a very classic traditional look, almost stately, so I wanted to keep with that look! Simple vintage metal watering cans, flag, boxwood greenery & comfy flip flops ha!



I debated on posting this photo because my Jeep is in the driveway & I had  to jumble our address for privacy, but I did anyway!!!  Nothing more classic than a jeep & red garage right!?



The wicker basket gave that touch of New England charm but still classic traditional! These baskets are so easy to find at thrift shops & for close to nothing!!


 

•pillows from Amazon & Walmart!



I hope you loved this classic patriotic porch of ours! Our little home fits this style so easily I couldn't not do a post + share sources / tips for my pals!


HAPPY Thursday!
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Monday, May 18, 2020

{ Summer Patio Reno Part 1 }

This weekend we worked on the back patio nearly the entire day! We had to use Saturday all up because it's literally rained here in Michigan for all of May almost! Saturday was 65 & partly sunny so we took it & ran haha! We got almost everything done diy wise! The 4 cafe planter light posts are all cemented,  patio painted { first coat } & all the posts painted minus 1! We even got the firepit rebricked, surround removed, new pea gravel,  edging & a sign hung! Still SO much to do, but Sunday  { today } through Tuesday will be complete rain here...Hoping to have it finished by Memorial Weekend 🙏 . 
One thing I did want to document was the process..Our life isn't curated, so here's the full process & mess...


These pictures aren't pretty or complete like I usually post  on here,  but they're  real & process photos! 

 
I did manage to grab one decent  picture of the garage with the new " Welcome " sign! More on that later..

•• All our supplies like paint, tools, wood etc.. Come from our local  Home Depot


TO DO LIST:

  • Paint patio
  • Build light posts
  • Firepit regraveled 
  • Paint posts 
  • New Rug
  • New patio set
  • New door hardware 
  • Fence
  • Flowers 
  • Decor 
  • Sod
  • Cafe Lights



 
 

Are you sprucing up your patio this year? I figure since we'll be home a lot, why not make the needed repairs & cozy it up! I can't wait to show you the color scheme & decor!!

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

{ Surefit Wingback Chair REVIEW }

I've been hinting for a few weeks that I was going to be switching out the green + cream check wingback chairs, and  well today I'm sharing!!! I thought instead of just showing them in our home in a regular post I would do a little review for you, my pals!! Afterall it is my job to give you honest opinions! Come take a peek at these cozy white wingback slipcovers  below + FAQS...

* This post is NOT sponsored in anyway!

 

• Other cozy chairs AshleyHomeStore


Little back story,  we bought these chairs off of Facebook Marketplace for $40. I loved the wingback comfy vibe & cream + green check! After awhile I wanted a fresh bright change, so I researched slipcovers...Wowza they're expensive! I waited for these Surefit brand to go on sale for 3 months. From $89 a cover to $48!!! 



REVIEW: 

PROS:
  • Heavy cotton twill
  • Washed up well
  • Pure white 
  • Soft
  • Nice ruffle bottom detail 




CONS:
  • Dimensions are way off
  • Quite large
  • Lots of tucking & maneuvering 
  • Price high { if not on sale }
  • Relaxed fit, not fitted



 



What I Recommend...

• Wash cover in warm/ hot water
• Machine dry medium heat/ little  damp.

 
With all that being said above, I think for the price on sale was super fair!! They're easy to work with after some tucking, but if your chair run larger they'll be perfect.  I love the minimal detail  on the bottom for that cottage look & the fabric quite thick. 


 

Comfy new look for under $100! I would recommend these, but be sure your chairs are a little bigger than the package dimensions if you don't like tucking! A friend of mine  in this blog community also mentioned using a butter knife to tuck cleanly if your chairs are smaller in size { thanks Jessica }! 

• Pom pillows from Amazon



Have you used Surefit slipcovers before? Any tips or tricks leave them below! 

HAPPY Thursday!
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