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Monday, October 5, 2015

Abundant Harvest Fall Urn Planters for a Stone and Stucco Home

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Today I'm sharing the abundant harvest fall urn planter arrangements that I created for my clients, T&J. A few weeks ago I met these clients t their gorgeous custom home for the first time.  They've asked me to"tweak" a few things on the exterior as well as to do interior staging and select the finishing touches for their incredible home.

As you can see from these photos, their home is a gorgeous, custom stone and stucco  that confection that was built just about five years ago. Their new landscaping is getting established and filling in nicely.

I love projects like this where most of the "heavy lifting" is complete and all I need to do is to add the "jewelry" to an already gorgeous design.  In the front of the home,  I'll be adding shutters to a couple of the windows, a window flower box above the garage,  and choosing furnishings for their front patio.

Since fall and winter are coming and I'm also working on my own home, I'll be designing the shutters and window box for this home in coming weeks but depending upon weather, they may not be installed until spring.  In the mean time, I've created fall urn planters for their front entry and added just a few mums to bring fall color to their yard.

 Using their existing containers, I created arrangements using mums, kale, heuchera, broom corn and faux pumpkins from the craft store.  The size and scale area appropriate for the size of the home and these planters will last until we do their holiday decorating in late November.

I love it when my clients see their home decorated for a particular season for the first time. The look on J's face when she stepped out of the door on Saturday was so sweet as she hugged me and said "I must have done something really good at some point in my life to deserve to have you in my life."

It's moments like that....a few brief seconds, shared on a gloomy Saturday morning or a sunny Friday afternoon, that remind me of how much I love doing what I do. I love helping clients to create warm and welcoming environments that are a reflection of them. Bringing the feelings and visions that they have for their home to life is my favorite thing to do.

I can't wait to show you the inside of this gorgeous home in the coming months.  I'll be staging and decorating four bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room and family room.  I'll also be doing some holiday decorating for them both inside and outside (and you know how much I love the holidays!)

 I'm thankful to have this gorgeous home to decorate while our home is being renovated. Creating abundant harvest themed fall urn planters for J & T's  front entry is just the  start of the fun so be sure to follow along.

I'll be sharing my own fall front porch decorating as well as farmhouse construction updates later this week so be sure to stop by.

Thanks so much for reading!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Window Box Planter

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I'm not ready for fall....but my windowbox planter is.  It's filled to the brim with a combination of mums and kale, twigs, dried seed pods and leaves.  Of course, I'm not sure how long they're going to last. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

IKEA Rast Hack: Industrial Nightstand

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I love it when I have the opportunity to try new things and share them with you.

I love it even more when the opportunity to do try something new coincides perfectly with a project that I wanted to try needed to do anyway....finding my son a nightstand.
Let me introduce you to this wonderful little industrial-inspired nightstand that I made for my youngest son's first college apartment using an IKEA Rast dresser and supplies from Menards, Pittsburgh Paints and Hickory Hardware.

A few weeks ago, I got an email asking if I wanted to join eight other bloggers for a "challenge." I thought to myself, "Are you kidding?!  I LOVE a good challenge....after all, I'm the girl who's trying to make a farmhouse out of a 1950's ranch house"...but I digress.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vintage French Carved Wood Chair Preservation and Mini Makeover

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As much as I love painting furniture, there are times when I think that pieces are better off left alone.  Such is the case with this sweet little vintage French carved wood side chair that found me a few weeks ago. Sometimes, I'm lucky enough to find a chair that needs very little work. This is one of those chairs. To me, this chair was perfect when we found each other in every way...except for one.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to Landscape a Corner Lot

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Today I'm sharing my solution to landscaping for privacy on a corner lot.  If you follow Serendipity Refined on Instagram, you know that over the last ten days I decided to do some landscaping in the front yard at the farmhouse.  I designed a 60 foot long berm that is roughly the shape of a boomerang and contains several varieties of evergreens as well as some flowering ornamental trees and shrubs as well as shrub roses and perennials that will not only provide privacy but will add a focal point to our front yard.