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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…

My Sorta Mudroom

Hi Everyone,

I'm so happy to finally be able to share a little project that
I had been putting off for way too long!

I found this cute shelf with cubbies and hooks over a year ago at HomeGoods.
Ridiculous, I know!

I also had this bench that I found at a yard sale.

And we have this little area by the sliding doors to our backyard which I thought
would work well for a sort of mudroom area to keep extra
coats, hats, etc. especially during the winter.
When it snows, the kids come in and out of this door to play in the snow.

Exciting picture of a blank wall, right?

~ so I painted the shelf  ~

~ painted the bench ~

~ and put it all together ~

We now have a previously unused space that I think
will be very functional for us.

Of course I had to pretty it all up for you! 
It won't stay this way, but I can enjoy it for a little while until the winter
coats and boots have to come out of the closet.

It's also a great feeling to have this DONE!!
I'm trying to be more careful about buying things that need worked on, painted, etc.
It's hard to find the time to work on them and for me,
it takes away from enjoying the things and the life that I have.
I'm really striving for more simplicity in my life...
Wouldn't it be great to have more time
to enjoy the simple things?

 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!
I truly appreciate it!!

~ JoAnne

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  1. Hi JoAnne! I love your corner mudroom! What a creative way to use an empty space. Love that little bench!

    I'm sure it will be used a lot this winter! It's about time to start getting all the winter coats and boots out. I was just thinking about dragging out the winter gear today.

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  2. turned out great! very insightful use of the space!

  3. I love them and great pictures. Thanks for joining Wow.

  4. They both turned out beautiful, they were meant to be together. :) I love the little area and it will for sure come in handy.

  5. I LOVE this!!! Great job! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  6. What a pretty little space!

  7. I love it!! What a great job you did.Your shelf,and bench looks fabulous.


  8. I love what you do with furniture :)

  9. O my this is beautiful..I have a old cabinet that I want to put the two tone on as well... haven't gotten it done yet though..I like this a just stepped rite in and made that space lovely.

  10. it's amazing what the inside of a shelf painted another color can do! it looks awesome!

  11. Very pretty, and it looks so neat and clean.


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