Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Outdoor Decor

I got pillows, an outdoor rug, and my cube ottomans covered so the deck is looking a lot more inviting.


The cubes were $10 a piece at a thrift store.  After covering them in fabric (it took 4 yards) I sprayed them with a fabric protector from Jo-Ann's to make them "outdoor proof."  To attach the fabric I simply stapled it on the underneath and on the inside (the tops come off so I could easily access the inside).

This has quickly become my favorite place to relax with a book!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My New Baby: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Back in May I mentioned in This Post that I wanted a Fiddle Leaf fig for my corner basket.  I FINALLY found one that was a good size for a GREAT price!!! 
$17 for this 3ft. tall plant at J&J's nursery in Layton, Utah.

I have waited and watched Home Depot and Lowe's for months now and finally gave up on them ever getting in a well priced large fig tree (I have seen online that people in other states have been able to find some great ones there - but no luck for me).  I knew that Ikea and Walmart have some for just $13 but from what I have seen most seem to be under 2ft. tall and I knew this spot needed one a little taller.  Back in June I decided to try a local nursery (J&J) but when I went, all I saw was a very large tree priced for around $400!!!!  I didn't investigate any further and left.  Today I was feeling desperate and decided to try J&J's again- I'm so glad I did!  They had quite a few fiddle figs this size and even had a VERY large one for just $95 (I was tempted but thought I won't feel too bad if I kill a $17 plant- but I'd be pretty sad if I kill a $95 one).

I Love it!  I'm so Happy this room is REALLY done now!
I've read up on the care and think I can handle it - fingers crossed!

Because I wasn't having any luck, a few months ago I seriously debated getting a fake tree (Kirsten put together a great round-up on her blog of fake figs).  In the end though I'm so glad I got a real one and you can't beat the price!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Outdoor Sectional

I have wanted this outdoor sectional from World Market for a few years and finally got it!
Every July it goes on sale for 1/2 price - but when it does it sells out FAST!  You can usually always get the corner chairs online but the slipper chair pieces sell out online and then your only option is to pick one up at a store.  The last 2 years the slipper chairs were already gone in stores when I called, this year I got lucky!

I like that the cushions are white and it's a blank slate that I can now add my own touch to with pillows and an outdoor rug.  The white may worry some people - but since my deck is elevated and covered the cushions don't get too dirty and have cleaned up very easily (so far I have just brushed the dust off with my hand before sitting :)
One important thing for me when looking at outdoor sectionals was the height.  I have seen sectionals at Ikea and online at Ebay that are very short (low backs) and I think they just look weird.  The look of this sectional reminds me of something you would find at Pottery Barn but the price is MUCH Cheaper!
FYI: the table, benches and chairs, and potted plants are all from Ikea a couple years ago.

I picked up these ugly but functional cubes below from the thrift store and 
plan to recover them in some outdoor fabric as well.

Overall I am very impressed with the quality and look of this sectional (you can't beat it for the price!).  The seat cushions aren't as thick as some but they are good and I have enjoyed kicking my feet up and reading a book outside while watching my kids play.
AHHHHH Summer!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


I realized I never posted the final pictures of my pots! 

For more info on how I hooked them up to automatic sprinklers - Click Here -

I think it definitely added some curb appeal.

The other pots I hooked up are doing well also :)

I LOOOOOVE this time of year when my garden is producing too.
I thought I would share some of my favorite new recipes using items from my garden:
Peach Pizza (okay so I don't have peaches quite yet on my tree - but they are in season at stores now!)
Yellow Squash and Goat Cheese (such a yummy combo! This can also make a great meal if you just add pasta)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Another Quick Upholstery Job!

My sister was at the DI recently (a local thrift store) and spotted this lovely chair for just $15.  
She texted me a picture and asked if I wanted it- um YES!!!!
I was looking for this type of chair for my kitchen desk area (and thankfully had mentioned it to my sister).

I chose a grey and white wool tweed fabric I found at Hancock Fabrics and used almost 4 yards.  I have "reupholstered" a few chairs before and followed the same easy procedure (click here to see the easy way!).  
The only difference is that this chair had tufting!  I saved this area for last.  My secret weapon was a hot glue gun.  First, using staples, I secured a large piece of fabric on the underside at the back of the bottom of the chair.  Then I wrapped the fabric up the back, over the top, and down the frontside of the chair.  Before attaching the front side with staples, I simply stuck blobs of glue on the top row of buttons, then worked the fabric in and around the buttons.  For the next row, lift up the fabric and put glue on the next row of buttons, then put the fabric back down and push in place, repeat, repeat, repeat.
Once the buttons were all glued in place, I secured everything with staples.  
It basically worked and when I was done it looked great!  
It looks like there are fabric tufted buttons - even though there aren't.  
However after a weeks worth of use, I learned a few things.
1)Fabric on top of leather is slippery - covering fabric chairs with fabric keeps things in place a lot better and is a little easier to do!
2) A thick wool tweed fabric was a good choice for working with hot glue.  Some fabrics would be too thin and might discolor where the glue is.
3) hot glue when dried easily pulls off of leather - DUH!  I should have known that!  Maybe "super glue" would have worked better?  After some of the glued fabric came loose I just had to reinforce it with more staples - I might have to resort to actually using a long upholstery needle and thread to hold the fabric down and in place (which shouldn't be too hard).
Again, if I was doing fabric on top of fabric this problem could have been a non issue.  I think hot glue would hold better to a fabric button?

Anyway things are holding up for now and I am enjoying the new look!

 Once the chair was finished, I hot glued a small white ribbon to the front of the chair for an added detail.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Foot Stool

Although I proclaimed my Living Room was Finished, 
I hoped to one day find a cute little footstool that would help me kick my feet up once in a while when relaxing in a chair.
I found it!  Home Goods for just $30.  

It was just a leeetle to short.  I loved the look of it "as is" and really debated about changing it.....
but of course I changed it!
 I already had the foam on hand, just cut it to size.
I then found some "faux" leather at Hobby Lobby, a 1/2 yard was on sale for just $7.
I did have to cut the fabric length in half then sew it together to give me more width.
 I simply put one staple on the underneath of each side (I used a pneumatic staple gun),
 then turned it right side up to work with the corners.

First just cut up the diagonal, careful not to cut too much.

 Then I folded the fabric under for a nice edge and worked it down and around the legs.  Then turned the stool upside down and stapled the corners in place.

 All Done!
Honestly - I'm not sure that I like it better than the original look, but it is a little higher and the change only cost $7!

I like that it's size makes it able to tuck nicely out of the way when not in use.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

 For gifts this year I used the "Waterlogue" app and made "water color" pictures 
out of some favorite photos for my Father and Father-in-law. 

The app is only $3 and can change any photo into a "watercolor" picture.  
I had the photos printed off at Costco and then framed the pictures.  It was a pretty easy and cheap gift - 
but it looks PRICELESS!

All my in-law's grandkids at the beach.

 It works well as a gift for birthdays, Christmas, Father's or Mother's day.
You could give someone a watercolor picture of their home.....

Or you can make great watercolor photos for fun trip souvenirs ....

It's a great app and it makes a great gift!