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Patio Reveal

Today I would like to show you the transformation of our patio.  With a lot of work, it has come a long way since we moved here ten years ago. 

In the picture below you can see how it looked after we had replaced the ugly brown shingle siding on the house and added the patio doors. There was actually no direct access to the patio before this. The concrete blocks that made up the patio always looked dirty and they were uneven in many places.  They also went right up to the house so there was no space to plant anything between the patio and house.  

Do you see our kitty waiting to get back in the house?  I don't blame him for not wanting to spend too much time our there.  We didn't want to either! 
A few years ago, my son and hubby tore out the old concrete blocks and laid new pavers.  Such a huge improvement!

With some landscaping and pretty flowers, it has become a space we can really enjoy.  

It's been especially nice this summer. We have had a lot of really nice days fo…


Hi Everyone,
     I haven't posted for a bit.
 I've been busy going to all sorts of sales among other things.
 I'd like to show you some of the things I have found.

A pretty vintage tablecloth.

I couldn't resist this little cabinet.
It's kind of hard to tell, but it is actually a light pink so I will be painting it.

A simple stoneware bowl.

Love this plate with the perfect shade of blue.

Another vintage tablecloth - this one has my favorite blue.

I thought this steamer was kind of unique.

I really love this plate - the colors are so soft and pretty.

Okay, so you know how you change one thing in your house and it leads to a bunch of other changes?  Well, that's what happened when I brought these things home.  I've been changing some things around, especially in the family room.  Sometimes it takes a while to get it to where it seems just right.  I'll be sure to show it to you when I do.

Have a great weekend.  I hope you have beautiful weather where you are and at least a little bit of time for relaxation!

~ ~ JoAnne

Come along with me to these parties:

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


  1. I adore that old stoneware bowl! And the tablecloths are really pretty and so is that shelf. What color you painting it?

  2. i really like the little cabinet . I like any little cabinet with drawers like your

    also like the crock bowl

  3. I love your finds! That tablecloth makes my heart sing! Also, I just bought the same exact bowl!

  4. Hey there! Love the treasures and especially the little cabinet! So many great uses!

  5. Lots of great finds--I'm loving those tablecloths. That little cabinet is sweetest thing! Have a great weekend.

  6. Great finds!
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. Just an idea about the steamer - use it to store ribbons- hang from ceiling, fill with ribbons, thread ribbons through holes.


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