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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SOME of my 2010 projects..

NOUN: a. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
b. The condition of being so stimulated.
We get our decorating inspiration from a lot of different places and
one of MY favorites, besides blogs..
is from magazine and CATALOGS...
namely....POTTERY BARN..
I LUV their style.
I do, however, find a lot of LOOKS that I love in other catalogs.
I have a very long, narrow entry hall...this cottage was built in 1957...
For some reason, I didn't think I could "decorate" this area very much..
THEN, when I saw the picture in the upper left corner from a movie,
I thought, "hey, I bet I CAN do something cute in here."
After layering items with texture, interest and charm,
I LIKED my hallway MUCH better.
THEN, I purchased this small chandy from CSN
MR. SWEET was sweet enuf to install it for me.
(so, really, this is HIS project :)
Not a big project by any means, but the new light fixture
gave our little narrow entry way just a tad more personality. :)
A pretty good copy....and a WHOLE lot cheaper...$15 bucks....
and I had such fun finding the drop-leaf table,
stripping and finishing it...
I love THIS look so much...
and I had a nice long table, almost JUST like this one..
but NO shelf full of CUTENESS...
and no room to really hang it, even if I did have a shelf.
When I found this little PIGEON HOLE SHELF at Goodwill for just a few dollars,
I thought that I might could get a LITTLE close to
When I got it all dressed up, I JUST LOVE IT....
It's very small ......but still gives me the layering look I so love.
I have a lot of fun, changing it up often...
REAL often.

mine in the lower right....
this project was actually at the very end of '09
so I included it again.
Tearing apart an olden fallish wreath,
I fashioned a much prettier one to have
for this last fall.
Mr. Sweet really liked this one so, of course, that made me feel very tickled.
THE NUMBERS kick hit me and
I wanted numbers on EVERYthing...
Knowing that I am a very fickle soul,
instead of painting numbers ON the baskets,
I used the vinyl  numbers and put them on labels....
so when I tire of them, I can just take those numbers right off
and not mess up my pretty baskets...
These olden canisters just didn't go well with the
black and white
tile back splash Mr. Sweet did for me in '09.... 
SOOO, when I found these adorable, plain white canisters,
I nearly freaked out...
an entire set plus 2 extras
all for $15.00....
...and they, VERY soon, began to play
the numbers game.....
Oh, yes, and there was the
black and white guest bedroom that I had
SUCH A BLAST doing. 
I was....AND am, very proud of the way this one turned out.
I went into it, wanting a warm, bed and breakfast look
and it worked out great.
I'm sure a lot of you remember THIS makeover/project
Not one for loving a lot of natural wood, I had never really
liked my dining room all that much.
I kept a cloth on the oak table all the time...just covering up so much wood.
I mentioned, softly, that I would like to PAINT it AND the matching chairs..
Mr. Sweet's eyes started to roll each time I mentioned it... 
a good friend was going to sell her off white, creamy, dreamy chairs...
all 6...
for $150.00..

It's been almost a year and I STILL catch my breath when I go into the room..
and...I even like my brown table much better now.
 I also added vintage louvered swinging doors to each side of the
beautiful and treasured quilt my mother made for me so many many years ago.
 The bench beneath the quilt was made by
one for both sides of the table when we need extra seating.
Our dining room is my very favorite room in the cottage.
That dining room makeover left me with
4 ugly brown chairs but very sturdy and
I always loved that they all 4 had arms.
Nothing to do but give them a coating of the best french black paint
and add black and white checked cushions..
they make wonderful chairs to pull up for extra seating any time.
You have seen this picture so many times, I can hear you screaming right now !!
I have all my bedding needed to make my Guest Room No. 2
pretty and full of charm and personality...(i hope)
I have to strip wallpaper border, repaint and have new flooring added..
This will be my FIRST project for the fabulous year coming....
I am sooo excited about starting a brand new, fresh year..
It is going to be GOOD...
there is no doubt. 
I am sorry this post was so long..
I didn't even include some of the other projects around
for the year 2010.
I didn't realize there were so many.
I sure have had fun with them and the good thing....
I NEVER run out of ideas of things I want to do to make our home special.
That's a GOOD thing.
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My thanks to all the hosts.



Char said...

It's so beautiful in here. If your husband is like mine, he runs when he see's the Pottery Barn catalog!! Have a very Happy New Year, Char

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

And all this dreaming, planning, doing... Keeps you Young-At-Heart, Honey Bun!!!

Other *Kinda'Oldens* like me, could take some pointers from you. ,-)

Gentle New Year's hugs...

Tracy said...

What a lovely home you have; first off, I love the did a remarkable job with such a small space. Second, the baskets with the numbers are very precious! and my third favorite is the Christmas wreath...very beautiful!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Whew! Just seeing all of these projects makes me tired. You have been a busy lady this year.
It all looks beautiful. You just have the decorators gene!

That coffee table is amazing. Makes me want to head out to GW my favorite shop.
Happy New Year, Annette

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing this recap of your 2010 projects BJ. Your hallway is a favorite of mine, as well as your other rooms.

My post has a lot of photos too. When I began thinking about the post, I didn't think there were that many projects this year. I posted 8 and I am sure there were more!;-)

We are already working on our first project for 2011.

Debra@CommonGround said...

You've accomplished alot this year. Love your new dining room chairs. Small changes can so make a huge difference!
blessings for the New Year,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, it looks like Rhoda and I are thinking alike. My linky party is basically the same thing this week. I hope you will join. You are stylin with all these wonderful makeovers. That PB coffee table makeover is amazing!

Susy said...

Your post wasn't too long for me...loved every speck of it. Some I'd seen and some was new, but enjoyed it all. Looking forward to seeing the transformation of Guest BR No. 2. Happy New Year dear BJ. xo

The Tablescaper said...

What an amazing year of projects. Your home is lovely. Keep up the good work in 2011.

- The Tablescaper

Dena said...

And I love it all!! Now I want to redo something big. Hummmm....what can I change, what can I paint. Hubby rolls his eyes at me about our wood table too, but I think this next year it's meeting some paint!!


What Karen Sees said...

WOW, you have been a VERY busy lady in 2010. I love all your decorating ideas....elegant, yet warm and inviting! Documenting everything you've done on the blog is a wonderful way to remember all your hard work. I can't wait to see what you do in 2011!!!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

All of your projects and changes have been have SO much energy! I love everything, your home is beautiful and warm. I've also seen you come along in your blog design and photography, it's so much fun to come here!

Best wishes in the coming year, BJ!


Susan said...

All your projects are absolutely gorgeous! You are such a creative person whom has a good eye for decorating.~~

Donnie said...

I loved all the projects you completed. I have lots of ideas but nothing seems to get done. Hubby is not a Mr Sweet and refuses to have any honeydo lists. Long story but I understand where he's coming

La said...

You have been one busy lady, BJ. Are you going to rest in 2011? Happy New Year, Sweetie! La

Kathleen Grace said...

I love your projects, the creamy dining room chairs are fantastic and now I look forward to what you will do in 2011. I WISH you could come up and give me advice on my little house. Sometimes a fresh eye would be so helpful!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I am feeling so out of it....I don't think I did any projects...well, maybe some tiny ones....I really need to get sure did some beautiful changes!!

Debbiedoos said...

Been a busy year for you BJ. I often wonder if I would have done all these projects had not be for blogging. I think so, because I have always been one to change things up. All your projects were fantastic. I really liked the chair!

Lynn said...

Love it all BJ! Happy 2011:@)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks, BJ for linking up!!

LV said...

I will never have the pleasure of visiting in your lovely home in person. I truly enjoyed my visit today through your lens.

On Crooked Creek said...

Thank you for the lovely guided tour of your gorgeous home! Talk about projects. . .girl where do you get all that energy? ? ? Mr. Sweet, like "Mr. Ed" seems to be,truly, a good sport! I've been wanting to do something different with my kitchen chairs. .. but painting over the oak. . .would probably send "Mr. Ed" over the edge. However, you given me another form of inspiration with this warm and cozy post! Time will tell!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi dear BJ,

Oh, I so enjoyed your post of all of your wonderful projects! I wanted to wish you a wonderful upcoming birthday sweetie! Look forward to visiitng you in 2011!


xinex said...

All your projects turned out so well, BJ. You've been busy but it was all worth it. The bedroom to be will look gorgeous, just like the rest of the house. Have a happy, prosperous and blessed New Year!...Christine

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

BJ, You've had a very productive year. Your home is beautiful and all your finished projects look wonderful! I can't wait to see what you create in 2011.

Dena E's Blog said...

Wow Sweetie, what Glorious photos!!! Soooo neat of you to stop by my BLUE post yesterday and sorry for the late visit. With our boys home for the Christmas break, well, it gets a tad bit WILD here sometimes. LOVE your post and, its such a JOY to my heart that God has blessed me with such special ladies like you, visiting my blogs...May God continue to bless you as you call on Him~~~Hugs Dena

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Dear Bj,May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria
Love ya girl and hope to see you on your very own Birthday the 31th ha ha!! Oh I didn't forget your big day...

Sonny G said...

I could stay right here on your site all day and keep looking at all the beauty you created this year..
I absolutely love your style and the fact that you did it on a budget and with your scathingly brilliant mind versus a wide open pocketbook makes me grin and admire you all the more..
applause applause- well done indeed..
Now will you please come help me with my bedroom.. pretty please with a cherry on top even:)

Happy New Year

Theresa said...

I remember most of those projects thru the year and enjoyed them so much! I LOVE how you take a vision and make it your own! Enjoy your day dear BJ! I pray great health and happiness for you, Mr. Sweet and your entire family in the New YEAR! HUGS!

Sheree said...

Loved every sentence in this post!! You and Mr. Sweets are something else :) That coffee table was a diamond find !!! Love it. Enjoy all your post -you are such a sweet lady!!
May you have many many projects next year too (that is what keeps us young)

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Girl, I'm so tired just reading your post. Wow, you've been so busy and I love every project you've done. Your cottage is so pretty and girly you can really decorate! What a difference your dining table made after painting!! Love your bedroom and your entry!!
Love ya and Happy New Year.
Shelia ;)

Pamela said...

Your projects are all so beautiful! I love the numbered baskets and need something like like for the boys playroom! Thanx for sharing!

★Carol★ said...

I like Pottery Barn for inspiration, and then I go buy things cheaper somewhere else! I loved seeing all of those shots of your beautiful home, BJ!
Happy REDnesday and Happy New Year!

Heart of A Country Home said...

Love your post! Loved all the pictures and especially your dining room. Beautiful!

Dena said...

Hi Sweet BJ,

I just wanted to come by and wish you a very blessed 2011! I've made the decision to stop blogging...I just don't have the time anymore to keep up, but I'll be lurking ;)


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi,BJ! Wow, look at all the projects you got finished this year. Very pretty, thanks for linking up

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi BJ...

Ohhh my goodness, certainly were a busy little bee this past year! This was sooo much fun...taking a look at all of your awesome projects and seeing your beautiful home...transform...before my very eyes! I loved it all! I think you made some fabulous design decisions! My friend, your home is gorgeous!!! Ohhh...I just adore the bedding and room photo that you want to pattern your guest room after...can't wait!

Thank you sooo much for sharing your creativity and talents with us...and your gorgeous home too, sweet friend! Sending you and your sweet family many blessings for a wonderful new year!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Kathleen said...

I have enjoyed seeing all your lovely projects ! You did a lot this year, all so pretty. So happy you got the quilt you wanted too!

Scribbler said...

Your can-do spirit and upbeat attitude embody the best of what I liked about living in Texas I always love to visit your blog and see what you are up to! I think you were also one of the first to "friend" me on FB!

Happy Birthday (again) and Happy New Year, too!

Linda Gilliam said...

BJ, I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it, we are kindred souls for sure, I love decorating and changing things SO have inspired me for the new year.
I'm Linda from Springfield, Mo.
Please keep the pics and all the great inspirations coming!
Happy 2011!!!