Summer Blog Tour

Happy Summer! I am so excited about this Summer Blog Post Tou.! I have teamed up with some of the most amazing bloggers who have inspired me to refresh my back porch. Be sure to check out all of their wonderful blogs as there is so much inspiration to see! The links are at the bottom of this blog post.

After walking around and staring at my porch for days, I have decided to add color to our back porch! My subtle (and kind of boring) gray and white color scheme has been replaced. I have gone green and I love it!

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Five Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Space for Entertaining

 

I think it is safe to say that Spring has finally arrived. For some of you, that is big news. The snow has melted and it’s actually possible to spend time outdoors. For those of us in Southern California, it pretty much means that we can add one more day to our lawn watering schedule. For all of us, it’s time to think about outdoor entertaining.

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Why I Love Our Outdoor Kitchen

The theme for my blog this month is outdoor entertaining. With summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to get everything ready outside for entertaining. Most of you know how much I love to cook. (Although I should admit that I like to entertain more than just cook.) About ten years ago I talked my husband into adding an outdoor kitchen to our backyard. We already had the barbecue and smoker so adding the outdoor kitchen really meant we were adding the island with the counter and a few kitchen items. It’s one of my favorite “rooms” in our home.

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Christmas Blog Hop

Hi everybody! I am so excited to be joining so many talented bloggers for my first Christmas Holiday Blog Hop!  If you’re new to my blog, thank you so much for stopping by. Welcome if you just came to my blog my friend Courtney at Tuft & Trim If you haven’t visited her site yet, be sure take a look!

I would like to send special thanks to Lindsey at Reviveanddesign for putting this blog hop together!

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A Farmhouse Christmas with Hobby Lobby

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I can’t tell you how excited I have been to decorate my home in a Farmhouse Christmas style for the holidays. This is the first year I am decorating our entire home for Christmas and I have been thinking about it for months. The style of our home is farmhouse/flea market style. I love chippy white vintage items and want to continue this style for the holiday.

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Home Bunch House Tour

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that our 100-year-old home is featured on the Home Bunch website. As I wrote to Luciane at Home Bunch, I still cannot believe she invited me to be a part of “Beautiful Homes of Instagram”. When she first reached out to me, my first thought was, “But our home isn’t beautiful. It’s just a home with of a bunch of my flea market finds!”

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This is such an honor and thrill and it has been really hard to keep this a secret for three months! Now you know why I have been working like a mad woman to remodel our living room, family room, project room and master bedroom. And just when I thought I was done, I came up with the crazy idea to add a Flower Arranging Room!

You know that saying that you should throw a party every year just to get your house in order. Well, commit to a magazine shoot or feature on an amazing blog like Home Bunch and you will be astonished at what you can accomplish.

 

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One of the best things that came from this experience is that it forced me to get all of my sources in order. Most of our home is original (as in it was built 102 years ago). The two large remodels were in 2000 (kitchen, family room, two baths and the back porch) and 2008 (master bedroom, bath, closet, and the boy’s bathroom). It took a lot of research to find the sources from so many years ago and I could not have done it without my good friends Thano and Kathy Adamson at Mission Tile West. They were able to access all of my receipts from the two remodels to find where everything was purchased!

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I also had a paint color problem. Maybe this was due to the fact I am an artist, but 90% of the paint colors in our house are custom colors. I like to mix paint and apparently that also applies to paint you put on the walls. So in order to be able to share my paint colors with all of you, I went through the entire house and matched all of our colors to the Home Depot Behr Paint Collection. I was shocked that every color had almost an exact match (note to self … use an existing color next time so I don’t drive my painter crazy yet again!). So finally you will all be able to see my paint colors firsthand wherever you may live!

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I have shared just a few of the photos here that you will find on the Home Bunch Blog. Of course, you need to head on over to Home Bunch and see all of them. Considering I took 350 photos, I think we did a good job finding the best of the best.

I am so proud of how nice our one-hundred-year-old home looks on the Home Bunch site today.

Thank you Luciane. You rock.

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