Colorful Views of a Fun Functional Foyer {Room by Room Summer Showcase – Week One}

Posted in DECOR
on June 27, 2017

 

Hi! Come on in! Welcome to our home – I’m glad you’ve dropped in! I’m so excited to be starting this Room by Room Summer Showcase, hosted by Amy of My Life From Home. My friends and I will be sharing one room in our homes per week, starting with the front entrance – which makes sense if you think about it – through August 15th. You’ll get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. And, rest assured, in my home, there will be ugly!
For me, the foyer is the perfect place to kick-off this showcase, as it’s not only the main entrance to our home but after it’s most recent make-over, it’s also my favorite room. The honeymoon period is far from over, AND it’s the only room in my home that I don’t have a running list of things I’d like to change!
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For a full recap of the projects we were able to tackle in the entryway, check out the final reveal, but for today, let me introduce you to the area – don’t worry about your shoes – feel free to leave them on.

We like the spaces in our home to be a little bit whimsical, with bursts of color and pattern, starting with our front door! The bright blue greets us whether we are saying hello or goodbye.
 
Our front entrance is a bit awkward – the staircase takes up a significant part of the foyer. It also connects to four other rooms – talk about doorway central. But, it’s light, bright and with a recent bout of design ingenuity – think floating furniture –  now, it also provides ample storage, as well as a place to sit!
The floating entryway table provides display and drop space, and closed storage for seasonal items, as well as our pet’s items, such as his leash. The table’s modern design is a refreshing change in our ultra-traditional style home. It’s floating design saves enough space for two small cube ottomans.
Our staircase makeover is one of the projects we are most proud. Although a time-consuming project, the finished result is worth every minute of effort. If you click on over, you can see how we transformed the entire staircase using paint and a whole lot of elbow grease!

A stair painting tutorial

Stairs from top down with painted runner

A few years ago we did some work on the hall closet, taking out the closet bar and installing shelves for shoes, along with coat hooks. With so many of us in one home, hooks made much more sense for keeping things neat and orderly. After some years this solution is still working for us!
coat closet makeover view 1
coat closet makeover view 1
Of course, as I’m walking you through this room, I’m creating a list of things that I could change, which I’ll take as a sign to move on. I hope you’ll stop by next week when I’ll be sharing a tour of our kitchen. I don’t love that room nearly as much. 🙂

 

Thanks again to Amy of My Life From Home for hosting this showcase! In the meantime, be sure to check out all of the front entryway eye candy from my friends!

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Saturday Showcase – Home Decorators Inspiration {June}

Posted in SATURDAY SHOWCASE
on June 24, 2017

Wow, where did that month go? I don’t know how this happened but it’s time for the June edition of the  Saturday Showcase! Are you ready for some home decorators DIY and Decor inspiration? I sure am! Let’s get to it.

Note: Please pin from the original sources.

Inspiration // Two Purple Couches

Modern faux succulent terrarium from Two Purple Couches

summer house ideas - faux succulents

DIY tribal painted phone case from Two Purple Couches

Summer Fun - Phone Case Craft

 

Inspiration // My Life from Home

Farmhouse paper swag from My Life From Home

DIY etched glass beer mugs from My Life From Home

 

Inspiration // Love and Renovations

Colorful, cozy patio from Love & Renovations

DIY outdoor playhouse from Love & Renovations

 

Inspiration // The Honeycomb Home

Upcycled pot planter from The Honeycomb Home

How to make a DIY rag garland from The Honeycomb Home

 

Inspiration // Uncookie Cutter

Outdoor wall art from Uncookie Cutter

DIY concrete vanity top from Uncookie Cutter

 

Inspiration // Green with Decor

Easy patio decorating ideas from Green With Decor

A DIY towel rack from old knobs and hooks from Green With Decor

Inspiration // Knock it Off Kim

DIY painted rug on stairs from Knock it Off Kim

Dollar store vase pineapple makeover from Knock it Off Kim

 

As quickly as June is now upon us, I’m so glad that we’re at the start of the lazy days of summer!

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How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

Posted in DECOR, HOLIDAYS, OUTSIDE
on June 22, 2017

Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best front porch in the neighborhood this 4th of July. These ideas cost little and but are big on patriotic fun!

I’m so excited to be participating in Garden and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop for the second year in a row! I had such a fun time creating a functional and charming outdoor seating area in my driveway last year. Many thanks to the always sweet Tara at Lehman Lane for hosting this fun hop and be sure to check out all of the other Garden and Outdoor spaces from my blogging buddies at the end of this post.

As for me, I’m talking about my front porch and the 4th of July.

For me, the 4th of July brings to mind a time gone by.  Parades, fireworks, apple pie, picnics and ice cream cones, cook outs with hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and corn on the cob – banners on every door and the flag flying high on every front porch, which by the way, has a pitcher of lemonade ready to serve! It’s America at it’s best, but with a nostalgic spin.

With the 4th quickly approaching, it is time to get into the patriotic spirit. What better way to celebrate than to decorate your front porch during this festive day?  Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best porch in the neighborhood that’s little on cost and big on patriotic fun. *This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Please see our disclosure statement for further information. Thanks for supporting Knock it Off Kim! 

How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

START WITH A FLAG

An easy and inexpensive accessory, nothing says 4th of July more than Old Glory!.

ADD THROW PILLOWS TO YOUR SEATING

Adding red or navy throw pillows to our  DIY Upcycled Handwoven Rockers softened the modern style. These cushions are made with quick-dry filling and outdoor fabric to make sure they hold up to the elements.

ACCESSORIZE

What says Americana and summer more than a bicycle? It’s funny, this bicycle of mine doesn’t get a lot of use in the riding department, but it certainly makes an adorable planter.

The blue ribbons holding the basket add a nice pop of color. When my husband saw I’d parked the bike at the front door, he only shook his head. We’d recently decided I should get rid of it because I don’t use it, but clearly,  I’m a hoarder, and will do anything to keep it!

A few decorative signs, an antique-style wall planter, and plaques complete the look.

 PLANT FLOWERS

Red, white, and blue, with shots of yellow flowering plants add color and texture to an otherwise neutral front porch. I love how the colors pop off of the white and turquoise in the bicycle.

PUT UP A PATRIOTIC DOOR WREATH

I made this DIY Red, White, and Blue Swag Wreath years ago but it’s still one of my favorite things to ring in the fourth. The tea-stained fabric has a nostalgic look that I love.

 

ENJOY IT

With a few additions to your front porch, you’ll have an outdoor space to enjoy long after the 4th of July!

How are you planning to show your red, white and blue?

 

 

 

Be sure to check out my blogging buddies outdoor space ideas!  Thanks for stopping by!

Garden and Outdoor Spaces Ideas for your front porch

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