Monday, November 22, 2010

Cozy Evenings With A Fire

One of my favorite things about Fall in the Smokies is having a fire going every night.
I like that we can see the fireplace from the dining room table when we're having dinner. We even light the fire in the mornings to get the chill out, and enjoy it while we're having breakfast.
Cozy evenings just watching TV.
and enjoying the fire.
Lucy warming up after a walk outside.

Stay Cozy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Master Bedroom

 The master bedroom was put together with
things we had, some older pieces of furniture
 that were used in previous homes,
 and great sale and found items.
Very budget decorating.
 A Longaberger basket filled with knitting supplies.
 I'm still working on that chunky colorful scarf. 
That's the extent of my knitting skills.
The bedding, matelasse' set, log cabin quilt set and 
the lamps were JCP outlet sale items, 80% off. 
The original watercolors were from Larry's parents. 
We had them reframed and rematted. 
They look better here than anywhere we've
 had them in the past.
 Now, the log headboard was a real find!
 It was a twin bed that was discarded in 
my Florida neighborhood on bulk trash day. 
You should have seen me trying to load 
these heavy pieces by myself into our van. 
They are perfect here. Larry joined the headboard
 and footboard (luckily the same size) 
to make a king size rustic log headboard.
Drapery panels $10/pair . 
The set of 4 oil paintings, also outlet deals.
They were found on sale
at the JCP Outlet store.
The colors work great in this room

The ceiling fan has a rustic mountain motif.
It has two lights with the top one a soft night light.
The wild oil painting above the mirror was from 
a church yard sale here. I got it for $4.   
Larry built the rustic wood frame from a
 discarded pallet, as he has done HERE
A Jack Schmitt watercolor we've had for years.
 It's great that the art we've had works so
 beautifully with the decor we have here in NC.
Rustic frame I found on sale at Target and
an old lamp.
A collection of thrifty throws. 
I find these handmade afghans at thrift 
stores here. I wash and dry them, so they are 
fluffy soft to snuggle with.   
Some are stored in a Longaberger basket.
This branch ladder was found at a local crafts 
show. I've added a few lap blankets, 
a cowboy hat and rope I found in the garage.
The top of the dresser had an old oil lamp 
that I've added electric to, a dough bowl 
filled with sweetgum balls that I gathered 
on a road trip stop by a Florida forrest. 
That's a poster sized picture of me
 a few years ago....OK many years ago.

That was carved into the stone walls above the 
entrance of my junior high school in Florida, 
 Robert E. Lee. 
I never knew what it meant, but I do now!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nature's Decorating Freebies

I love using natural elements that I can pick up
and use to decorate.
Sweetgum Tree Seed Pods!
Sweetgum Balls have an interesting spiky texture.
All available for gathering this Fall!