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Fall Is A-Coming!!!

First day back at school for the kiddos.....
A different slant to the afternoon sun.....
Even though it is still in the mid to upper 90's here, on pretty much a daily basis, there is just a feeling in the air.....
Fall is on the way!!!
Of course, my longing for Autumn is fueled by all the blog posts and projects and photos being pinned.....
But, it is my favorite time of year!  So, I'll be feasting on all the beautiful and inspiring autumnal images my eyes can behold.....like this one!

And, speaking of Fall, we did a little something over the weekend that we generally reserve for football Saturday afternoons.  We headed over to the supermarket and picked up lots of frozen snack foods - finger foods like mini eggrolls, jalapeno poppers, spicy hot wings.  Threw it in the oven and then planted our rears in front of the tv to eat.  No football, just reruns of Duck Dynasty and full tummies!  (Dare I say we were "happy, happy, happy"?!?!?)
We also drove out to check a fri…

Step by Step Seating.....

I have gotten lots of compliments on the way my reupholstered chairs turned out in the dining room.  It was a project that really needed to be done - for a pretty long time!  In fact, the last time I recovered these was nearly 10 years ago!  I don't know why I put it off for so long - it only took about half an hour to do all four chairs......
First, I simply popped the seat out on each chair.....no screws.  The seats just fit in rather snugly.  Simple enough! 
They were covered in an animal print that had definitely seen some wear and tear.  They were pretty stained and soiled - but, hey!  It happens!!!

Hardest - and most time consuming part of this project - was pulling all the old staples out of the old fabric!  



To give the seating a little more cushion and pop, I added a bit of low loft batting.  I only cut it large enough to cover the top of the seat - remember, these fit in pretty tightly so I didn't want to add any volume on the sides of the frame.  

Then I cut a pie…

Saturday Shopping and Project.....Done!!!

I have been so inspired and motivated by getting finished with the living room, that I am moving on.....
Moving on to do a little more "refreshing" in other rooms of the cottage, that is!
Today, I went out to Kohl's, in order to use a 30% off coupon I received in the mail before it expired.  I think that place was the most packed I've ever seen it.....guess it is all the end of summer/back to school sales!  But, I strolled right past the clothing department......and scored big for the bathroom!

I'm so proud of my bargains - I've gotta toot my horn a little!  
Four bath towels.... Four hand towels....  Cotton bath mat.... Shower curtain.... AND   Set of full-size, super soft microfiber sheets for the guest bedroom.   ***************** Total cost after sales and discount - $108.75, including tax.  
Not to mention, I got a $10 off coupon on my next purchase.  (Kinda like Kohl's cash, but a little different.)  At any rate, I have through the end of the mon…

Like a Dream Come True......

For months, I dreamed of a new space.....pinned ideas.....visited local furniture stores, waiting for inspiration to hit......
And, finally, it not only hit.....it slapped me up aside the head and said "Work with some of the color palette you already have, girl!!!"  
At first, I was contemplating painting the walls and some of the wood pieces in the living room.  Keep in mind, these are furnishings that I have had for-evuh!  But, they felt dark and dated with the darker fabrics (particularly the black curtains framing the windows) that were in the living room.  Also, although I simply love Laura Ashley GOLD 3 (love it enough to have it in my last three homes!), I wasn't sure I wanted to continue to work around it......
However, when I found the sofa with soft teal, green and gold, I realized that perhaps I could live with the soft gold on the walls.....and some of the items that were already in the room. 

Over the last few weeks, since the furniture was delivered, it h…