June 20, 2017

Patriotic Decor You Just May Have to Have

The 4th of July is two weeks away so it's not too late to
pick up a couple new cute things to help celebrate the holiday.
Here are a few I think you might like.

Pretty red, white and blue flowers on this grapevine wreath.
The unique flower with the flag print is made of paper.
This would be the perfect welcoming touch on your front door.


Here is some melamine dinnerware with a sort of 
distressed or denim blue color.
This would be great for a 4th of July BBQ or just about anytime really.
Melamine is so lightweight and no worries about breakage.


I love the simple star design on these cloth napkins.
They could be used with the melamine dishes above or
 just some plain white plates.


A pretty hand painted pitcher to serve your favorite drink! 


Of course every holiday needs a banner.
 Isn't this one cute?


Chunky wooden firecrackers would make a great table display.


I love the unique design on this large wooden star.
You could hang this just about anywhere.


We can never have too many pillows so why not one with a cute
red, white and blue anchor to help celebrate independence day?


These next two little boats would look so cute together
and they could be used all year long too.





Isn't this wooden sign just so sweet?
I may really have to have one of these.

These signs are pretty cute too - oh the decisions!


Did you see anything you can't resist?
Like many of you, I'm trying to simplify and not keep buying 
more stuff but I just may have to allow myself one new thing to
celebrate the 4th of July this year.

xxxooo
JoAnne

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June 9, 2017

Ikea Now Open

Wednesday was a pretty exciting day for some of us in
the Columbus, Ohio area.
We have our very own Ikea now and it opened on Wednesday.
Before, the closest one was about 2 hours away and this one is
 a mere fifteen minutes from my house.


So was I there on opening day?
No way - I'm not that crazy!
Police were going to be directing traffic and people
were lined up very early to be the first ones in the store.
I will patiently wait a couple weeks but in the meantime I have
been doing some perusing of the Ikea website.
Here are some of the things that caught my eye.


A lot of great outdoor items - love this vintage looking watering can.



Many wonderful textiles to choose from, especially pillow covers.




This is such a cute dining set and I like that plate rack on the wall too.



Ikea is known for their great storage and organization solutions.



One of the things I really want to look at are the sofas.
We are looking to replace ours.
I'm not sure if we want to go with Ikea but I
want to check out all of my options before we make a decision.


We have 2 of the Ektorp love seats in our basement and we have
been really happy with them.
I see they have a new style slipcovered sofa -
 its the FARLOV that's pictured below. 
I like how it looks so I'm anxious to check it out in person.

I'm pre-shopping so I have a plan of what I want to look at when I go.
You can't just go in there all willy nilly and wander around you know -
I mean, you could get lost in those 354,000 square feet!

More likely I will get lost in the parking lot when I don't remember
where I parked the car : )

Some people really love Ikea and others not so much.
You're certainly not going to find heirloom quality furnishings
but the prices can't be beat.
I really think it depends on what you're looking for.
What do you think of Ikea?

JoAnne

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May 23, 2017

Master Bedroom Changes

Hi Everyone,

I have made some changes to our master bedroom over the
last several months so I finally took some pictures to show you.


One of the changes that made a big difference was adding curtain panels.
Before we only had the faux wood blinds on the window.


I happened upon these curtains at Target and thought they were so pretty.
They weren't very expensive and the fabric is really nice.
I didn't even have to iron them!


They made a big difference in the feel of the room.
It's much more inviting and cozy now.




Another change was moving this chair from the family room
into the bedroom.
It replaces a wicker rocking chair and is much more comfortable.


It's nice to have a quiet place to sit in the bedroom and read
or watch something on my iPad.
It's my little getaway from the video games and sports which
seem to be a constant on our tv.


 We also bought new lamps.
The ones we had really did not provide enough light and
not that I'm getting older or anything (cough, cough) but
I'm finding that I need more light to see things well.


These are from Kirklands and I like that they have a
little more of a farmhouse feel to them.
I think they were $40 each so not too bad.



Another change is the rug.
The one that was here was getting pretty dirty and worn out
and it wasn't something you could easily clean.


I replaced it with this blue striped Dash and Albert rug.
I got this on clearance a few years ago and had
never found a good spot for it so I'm glad it worked out in here.


The rug goes well with my old quilt.
I've had this quilt for a very long time and still love it
so I decided to put it back on the bed.


Lately, some nights are very warm and others can be down right chilly.
I have some extra blankets nearby for those chilly nights.
Just never know when we might need one and I was a
girl scout so I must be prepared.  : )


That's it for the bedroom - for now!

Thanks so much for coming by!

  xxxooo
JoAnne