Category Archives: Decor Fun

Frame-O Change-O

Just a quick update on the power of paint. I made the decision a while back that the oak frame (kinda looked 90’s ish) on my sleeping bear picture needed to be modernized with solid color. I was leaning for just black or white (yes, I realize that neither black or white are regarded as colors in many circles, however as far as I care/know they are colors).  I went with black, as I am currently out of white or off white in small craft paint. FYI if I paint a frame and I don’t spray paint it, I prefer to use small squeeze bottles of craft paint, largely because they are about a buck.

This beautiful cabinet was one my Mom did for me. It was an ugly 1980's display cabinet, until she got her skills on it. I have every intention to get better photos of it and a tutorial on how to, once my Mom isn't so darn busy. Oh, but this post is about a quick frame change, see the oak frame on the top.


And see it now? Way better.

I love this print. It is from The Legend of Sleeping Bear, a wonderful children’s story.

The story goes like this…

“Long ago a great famine had spread over the land. Longingly, a mother bear and two famished cubs walked the shore on the Wisconsin side, gazing wistfully across the great lake at Michigan, which in those days was the land of plenty (as it is today). Finally hunger overcame their timidness and the bears launched out, trying to swim to Michigan. As they got closer and closer to the Michigan shore, the mother’s words of encouragement urged on the weary cubs. When only twelve miles from the land of plenty, the mother’s heart was rent as she saw a babe sink and drown. With the remaining cub she struggled to gain the beach. Two miles of slow dragging and the second of her beloved cubs also perished.

The mother reached the beach, alone, and crept to a resting place where she lay down facing the restless waters that covered her lost ones. As she gazed, two beautiful islands slowly rose to mark the graves of the cubs. The Great Spirit Manitou created two islands (North and South Manitou Islands) to mark the spot where the cubs disappeared and then created a solitary dune to represent the faithful mother bear.” SOURCE

Yes, I know this story is incredibly sad, but it is also beautiful as the mother then waited for her cubs and  became the dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes which is now The Most Beautiful Place in America, says Good Morning America.

Oh, and I haven’t given up…

Today’s challenge, Dressy & Casual.

Gingham & Pearls

Oh and this gingham blouse is my re-mix item. Which because I didn't start on day one, I wasn't going to do. But like most things I changed my mind.

Do you also paint every frame you have, just because?

Want to check out the other 21 Day Challenge-ers dressy & casual looks?


Perfect summer weekend

What a weekend? No really what a weekend. This was a great weekend. I think the only thing that would have made it better, swimming. Had I taken a dip in Lake Michigan or at least a pool I would have had a complete summer weekend. What did we do you ask?

Friday I finished this project, and took the guest bedroom from this..

Before finishing this project.

to this…

AFTER: Casual cursive lyrics.

AFTER: Casual cursive lyrics.

What do you think? Improvement? I like it, definitely adds to the height of the bed and makes it the focal point in the room. Thank you free project!

I'd say I'm happy with the guest bedroom. On to the bedroom.

Saturday was a complete day, the arrival of John’s Mom and Aunt Dianne. Who got to Grand Haven just in time to hit up our fav breakfast spot and then we headed out antiquity all afternoon. What did I get? Just another deer for my ceramic deer collection and a Ball Jar filled with buttons! I can use these buttons on anything and I saw a cute tutorial for a button clip for my hair. Hmm, maybe soon I will put up my tutorial review on button hair pins. That is if I make some.

Buttons and Ball Jar

For my collection.

We also took the girls out onto my Dad’s boat.

We had a ball! and look at that fish.

Isn’t my Dad a great guy for letting us borrow him to take us for a cruise at sunset?

Thanks Dad.

And I know you wont believe it but we also had a great Sunday, complete with eating ice-cream twice in one day (what else do you do when it’s 90 degrees outside?), and seeing the final Harry Potter.

Do you love or hate it when it is 90+ out there and you melt when put your makeup on? Are you also devastated that after years, you are no longer waiting on the premiere of a Harry Potter book or magazine? Didn’t Neville Longbottom get cute? Are you a fatty too, it’s okay if you are it makes me feel better? FYI Eating ice-cream twice in a day EQUALS serious fatty.

Another Chalkboard Project -unfinished for now

I have a perfect frame for over the bed in the guest bedroom… by perfect I mean it was free, the wood frame was the right color for the room and it was a substantial size (size does matter). Perfect with one exception, I didn’t know what I wanted to frame. Everything I thought of seemed so boring, busy or was just icky (that is a real design word). So as much as I searched Pinterest (check out my pin’s here) I just couldn’t get creative. That is until I took another look at what was over the bed.



A word that has hung in every one of my spaces for over 7 years. Usually this word was nestled in with pictures , hung above a cabinet or leaned on the wall above cupboards. But right now it was all by itself above the bed and actually it is kinda boring. The word imagine should conger up ideas and fantasizes not be boring. But it is perfect above the bed… hmm what to go with it. Then I realized John Lennon’s Imagine is one of my favorite songs, and one of many reasons I love the word so much, I also loved its price tag at Value City (who wouldn’t shop for design accents at a store named Value City) it was $8.99, I know because the price tag is still on it, kinda like Sherry of Young House Love (check out her problem here).

I love IMAGINE! Watch the video here.

So I painted right on the glass with Rustoleum Chalk Board Paint, I had leftover (from this project) and then I am going to write out the chorus to Imagine. When everything is dry, which will hopefully be soon. I will just have John help me hang it above Imagine, so it looks like this idea was meant to happen. Don’t worry I will post pictures once it’s up there.

Oh, and as long as we’re in the guest bedroom… Here are a few pics of how cute it is in there, you’d think we were having guests over for the weekend. Oh, wait. WE ARE!  John’s Mom, Linda, and her sister, Aunt Diane, are coming to stay-antique-shop-eat-drink wine-beach and Grand Haven it up with us until Sunday.

Blue and green guest bedroom

Don't you love these felt pillows my Mom made for me. They go great in the guest bedroom.

Green and blue, this great little green cabinet was a gift from both of my parents. The antique window is an original from their farm-house.

Love the antique dresser from John's family. It is one of a kind and beautiful. Notice anything typical? Oh, an heirloom white giraffe and her baby.

Yup these guys were brass before, but I love to spray paint and now they are so sweet.

Do you love Imagine, does the song just make you oh I don’t know, Imagine?  Do you quick add style to rooms a few hours before house guests arrive? Are you frantically cleaning not because your house is dirty but because you can’t imagine not cleaning right before a guest arrives? Are your ready to have some fun this weekend or what? Ugh, this was a long week.

Stolen Idea: Chalkboard top coffee table

For our Three Seasons Room I wanted something like this.

Love the chalkboard top, and the color.


So I knew that I loved the concept. But I didn’t want such a sturdy or plain-looking coffee table. I needed something with curves, oh and yellow would be too much for my 3 seasons room. So I did this…

I went with a beautiful curved coffee table ($10 at Goodwill). Blue was a better fit to tie in with the pillows and not add to much color to a space designed to highlight the outdoors.

Chalkboard paint is really easy to use. I chose to use Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint Brush On and only needed 3 thin coats to complete the top. Bonus it is perfect, and wipes beautifully every time.

What have you used chalkboard paint on? Did you DIY anything over the 4th of July or were you just lazy and enjoy your weekend?

Stolen Idea: Coral Frames

I can’t help it, when I see something I can make, I stop and think “hey I could make that”.  Most the time I never do anything about it, other times I rush home and start putting together the supplies. The later is what happened after a recent shopping trip. Cool beach chic coral and shell frames. I did not take pictures of what I saw but it was at Another Man’s Treasure in Plainwell, MI. Another Man’s Treasure is such a great store for one of a kind pieces, salvaged treasure transformed and great ideas!

Great cottage looking coral frames. Which are perfect out in the three seasons room.

So you’ve seen what I recreated. Now how did I do it for $4 (I created 6 different frames three in blue and three in white).

By shopping the Goodwill near my office I was able to find 3 frames perfect for this project. St .99 to $1.99 I couldn’t go wrong.

I went for wooden frames reminiscent of the 1990's. Goodwill is usually crawling with these.

I recycled all of this stuff (the paper inside and the frame stand cardboard). I keep a pile of wooden frames and a pile of the glass.

I painted each of the wooden frames with two coats of eggshell Behr paint (originally used in the guest bedroom). Any beachy color wood work.

Using Alleene's Platinum Bond Adhesive Glass & Bead I attached small pieces of coral and shells (that I have collected over the past few years) to the glass. I did all the glueing after I quickly washed the glass.

Attached and ready to frame.

I attached the glass using the original staples already in the frames. On two of the frames the old staples were to far gone, so I just put a few hot glue dots on the back to hold the glass in place. I also took a piece of used sandpaper (from a project John is working on) to the edges to make each frame a bit more shabby chic and beachy.

I have some others I created that were cream as well

Love the three seasons room. I will put a full post up about it soon. John has been busy getting it ready for the 4th of July party. God Bless America.

New Summer Mantlescape

Cute new mantle for summer.

I think I have officially been on The Nesting Place too much lately. I love The Nester’s casual style with fun integrated into her decor items. My mantle however is place of little practicality and therefore can have more… stuff.  Lately my own mantle however, has been nothing to blog about, really it was just a collection of stuff I like with no commonality or layout. That is until now, now it is super cute.

From left to right here is a detail of what is up on the mantel…

3 glass vases filled with a lifetime collection of sea glass. All of my sea glass is collected from beaches, I actually feel like picking up sea glass is like picking up trash. I mean it’s not natural, it should be picked up. The good news, even though sea glass is not naturally occurring, it is beautiful.

Nestled in the sea glass is a great Goodwill find, a brass animal. I’ve got a thing for little animals, and this little snail is just one of my favs. I spray painted him Heirloom White and it only takes two coats to take something from brass to beautiful.

The Chevron painting is just a frame filler. I quickly drew this out and placed it in my glazed mantel frame. I used green and yellow tones to play of the giant yellow rug, and green Ikea chair (more on this later).

The Heirloom White owl is one of the many owls that I got from my grandmother. Her collection of owls was huge and I now have quite a few myself. I sprayed this guy right after I got him (he was scary in his original paint). Oh, and man did it take a lot of coats to paint.

Over on the right, is 3 vases that I picked up at Hobby Lobby in a season clearance. I have no idea why they were season or on clearance, but I’m not complaining. I did stick a couple of driftwood pieces in them, to play on the drift wood collection down at the base of the mantel.

Also, another brass animal is tucked in the 3 vases, this one is a pelican and was found hanging out with the snail at Goodwill and I just had to have them both.

Summer Mantel

I need to do something with the dark brick spaces...

Do you have a great new mantle display? Is there something I can do to brighten up the ventilation slots? How can I integrate my warmer couch into the rest of the room?