05/24/16

It’s Red, White, blue

 

For all of us who like to change our décor with the holiday, Memorial Day and July 4th are easy ones. It’s red, white and blue. No other colors symbolize the meaning of these holidays

The flag of the USA began with 13 stripes in 1777  for the thirteen original states. And our current flag with 50 stars was implemented in 1960 after the adding of Hawaii as a state.

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For almost 240 years our star spangled banner has waved o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

It waves high and proud at celebrations and at half staff when we’re mourning.

The red, the white and the blue.

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Memorial Day has largely become the “kickoff” to summer with outdoor celebrations and barbecues .

 

But Memorial day is a day set aside to honor and remember the men and women who died serving in the United States Armed Forces,

 

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On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, and then raised to the top of the staff.WP_20160523_010 (1)

As we enjoy the festivities in the next few days, let’s not forget those who sacrificed the ultimate for our country.

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Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave

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o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

05/19/16

Listening to an Empty room

Have you ever listened to an empty room?  It may not happened quickly, but if I linger for a while I can hear the room telling me what colors it wants, the furniture that would make it comfortable and the arrangement that will work.

That gives me somewhere to start. From there, I keep listening. With each piece of furniture or accessory, the room lets me know if it’s happy or not.

 

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The empty living room at the town house.

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Starting with a few things from home; a recliner that wasn’t being used, a blow up mattress for seating when watching TV, a TV not needed at the other house and a $38 TV stand from Walmart.

Now we’re off……keep talking walls and keep it in the budget, please.

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Storage baskets for TV stand. A good place to stash blankets and magazines.

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Now you’re talking. A small inexpensive slip covered love seat is much better than the air mattress. The botanical wall art was very simple to make.  Purchase 6 picture frames from Walmart. ( the only store within 20 miles) Using left over silk florals from Hobby Lobby, arrange inside the frames and hang. There you have it….instant art.

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The coffee table was a find. Stopped at a roadside sell and it was marked $38. It’s solid wood and has a drawer. A tray from home covers the few scratches on top. It could have a paint makeover in the future, but I’m content with it at this time.

 

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The desk was given to me by a friend. The desk chair was from the other house and not being used.

 

Like all decorators I have a stash of furniture and accessories in storage, just in case. Now is the time for “just in case.”

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A clock and side table by the front door.

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A sofa table brought from the big house looks right at home in this not so big house.

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A wicker chair from the other home. It fits in just right in this almost coastal home ..

A rug from Lowes brings it all together.

The room and I had a talk and agreed . We both like it.

05/18/16

The kitchen-before and after

The heart of the home, the kitchen of the 70’s rental townhouse, looked like this on move in day a few months ago.

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I was happy to see a new stove. fridge and dishwasher,oh yeah a dishwasher.

I think the cabinets and yellow formicia counter tops are original to the apartment. That’s what I have to work with. That won’t be changing.

Now, I’m up for the challenge.

It’s doesn’t have to be chef’s dream kitchen, just pretty and functional.

A new dish washer goes a long way to functionally. This is the before taken on a cloudy day. WP_20160131_013 (1)

After, with a few little touches that make it homey for the cook.

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And the breakfast/dining corner.

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A 70’s fixture in every up to date kitchen was a plug in for a wall phone.  No need for these anymore,  but it’s still here.IMG_6507

This is what is now covering the eyesore.

A decorative metal cover was a quick fix.

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And to end the tour, a glimpse of the dishwasher.

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Pretty cute, huh? It’s a good kitchen away from kitchen.