company is coming!

i don’t know about you but there is nothing that gets me more motivated around the house than the words: “do you mind if we come up for a visit?” when i heard these wonderful words last week from one of my dearest and bestest friends who has never seen our house, take that normal amount of motivation and multiply it by, like, 1,000. oh my gosh…the home decorating wheels are spinning, lists of supplies and projects are being made and the motivation is at an all time high. (especially because if there was such a thing as a crafting/creative guru, this friend is mine.)

first on the list was hanging a couple of frames i put together several weeks ago…our kitchen needed a little extra something (while still keeping the simplistic look we’re going for) and since i find it really tough to find something pre-done, i decided to make a little something. using some white frames with three 5″ x 7″ openings (i purchased two at my tjmaxx for less than $10 a piece), i worked in some of the grey/blue/green scrapbook papers i had in my stash. what i love about these is the more clean feel the designs have. and in a little bit of a different move, i hung these above our back patio door.

simple, clean frames with patterned papers

after waiting what feels like forever, i finally got my green thumb on with some outdoor plants. i had five planters (including two brand new ones from target – thanks mom for these for mother’s day!) that needed filling and i was tired of waiting for the potential frost/freeze to go away. when it comes to outdoor plants, i try and go for a more simple look – grasses, broadleafed plants in greens and purples. now, the challenge is to keep everything alive (and keeping frost-free).

our front porch planter

last but not least, one of the biggest projects left (drumroll, please)….are new curtains for our family room! i’ve been grappling with our family room for a while, just feeling like it needed a little something more to warm up the room. so i had the idea to make curtains. i did pick up our umbra curtain rod this weekend at target (on sale – score!), and my next step is to actually get the fabric for the curtains. color and texture has been picked out from jo-anns already. i can’t wait to have these done and add a little extra something to our family room. i’ve pulled some images for inspiration when i finally get the sewing machine out…

there’ll be more to share with the curtain project…we have lots to do in the next couple of weeks before our guests arrive!



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