DIY Outdoor Light Poles

DIY Outdoor Light Poles Feature

 Hi friends! We are winding down the school year here with only a few days left. It is hard to believe the year is over and summer is finally here!!! So with that, I thought I would share an easy project from the Lowe's Spring Makeover that will be sure to set the mood in your outdoor space this season and give you plenty of outdoor lighting. This project all began with the idea of giving Amanda & Keith {the homeowners} outdoor lighting, that wasn't permanent or didn't block the view of their beautiful yard. The lift from the back edge of the patio was high, my wheels began to turn, thinking  about what I could add to the patio itself that would be sturdy enough to hold up against wind, … [Read more...]

Being Content- Some Personal Ramblings

Michele Kats Photography-Eastern LI

Hi friends old & new! I have more than a few things on my "to do" list right {like catching up on that big pile of laundry} but I wanted to take a few minutes to just chat, you & me. My blog has kept me busy over the last few months with some amazing opportunities, ones I NEVER thought possible, so for that I am incredibly grateful! I have to be honest though, when I get this busy, I seem to struggle to find & hold onto balance. Maybe you all feel that way too. All I can do when this happens, is take a step back and make some quiet time for me, to reflect and become centered once again. I was in my kitchen the other night, making dinner for my boys and for a moment I leaned up … [Read more...]

Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal Tour

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal Tour Feature

   Hi friends! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! On Friday I shared the highly anticipated, BIG reveal from the Lowe's Spring Makeover , thank you all so much for your sweet responses & support! It was beyond fun working on this makeover with the deserving homeowners and THIS amazing girl, I honestly will never forget this experience! Along with myself, 10 other bloggers took part in this project. We each were given a makeover, from one of the 10 hardest hit cities with winter weather. These girls hit these makeovers out of the park, from exterior facelifts to a bathroom overhaul, there are TONS of ideas here, so grab your cup of coffee {or tea} and get ready to be … [Read more...]

Lowe’s Spring Makeover-Outdoor Oasis

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Backyard Oasis Feature

Hi friends! I am so excited to finally be sharing the Lowe's Spring Makeover BIG Reveal with you today!! I went 2 weekends ago, to a suburb outside of Hartford, CT and what a blast it was! Just to recap about 6 weeks ago Lowe's asked for anyone living in one of the 10 hardest hit cities with winter weather to submit their home for a spring makeover. You can read more HERE. After reading through the many deserving homeowners and their stories in Hartford {I wish I could have picked each & everyone of them} I selected Amanda & Keith. There was something that resonated with me as I read their story. Hearing about their harsh winter in their first home and Amanda's back story of the … [Read more...]

Flea Market Chic-Botanicals

Botanicals  BHG Feature

Botanicals are hot right now, from bold to rustic, there is something for every style and taste. Want to bring a little of this trend into your home this summer? Weather you are looking for a tiny commitment or a big one, I have just the thing! I am sharing 5 fun ideas over Style Spotters that will get you loving green this season. Click HERE to read more. {via} Have a beautiful day! … [Read more...]

Summer Tour-Dining Room Reveal

Summer Tour & Dining Room Reveal-Navy Walls, Ikat Curtains & Wingback Chairs Feature

 Hi friends! If you are new to my blog, welcome! My family & I live and play on the coast of eastern Long Island. We bought a renovated cottage overlooking the bay 4+ years ago and have been making it home ever since. I thought this would be a perfect time to share all of the updates I have been working on for the past few months in my dining room. While I loved the space before, I was ready for a change. If you are coming from The DIY Showoff's summer tour, thank you for stopping by for a visit, wasn't her backyard beautiful?! I am so thrilled Marty asked me to be a part of this amazing group of tours. There will be 30 in all this week, so if you are looking for some summer inspiration … [Read more...]

My All Time Favorite Sisal Rug

All time favorite sisal from Rugs USA- Maui Chunky Loop feature

Hi friends!  I recently began updating my dining room, I have shared THIS post about the paint & curtains and THIS one about the chairs. In also changing the rug for the makeover, I thought I would share a little story. For as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with sisals. Way before I was even a homeowner, I knew I wanted them in my house. So of course with my first house came sisal rugs. At the time I was near broke so they were the cheap ones and although I loved the look they weren't comfortable at all! Then came the next house and with a little extra in the decorating budget I splurged for a few nicer ones, they looked fabulous but still not comfortable to lay on or … [Read more...]

DIY Nautical Tray

The Wicker House DIY Nautical Tray Feature

Hello City Farmhouse friends! It's Emily again from The Wicker House. I always love stopping by and sharing my latest projects with you. Today's project is a tray I updated with a nautical-beachy look. I've had this old crate for a while now, but it's just been sitting in my garage because I've never known what to use it for or where to put it.  When I was cleaning out the garage the other day I re-discovered it and realized that if I just removed the lid then it could make an awesome over-sized tray.  I removed the lid by taking out the staples that were holding it together and then I painted it.  First, I painted all of the … [Read more...]

Outdoor Bar Ideas + Surprise Makeover Guest

Flea Market Chic-Outdoor Bar Ideas BHG Style Spotters Feature

 Hi friends! Thank you for your sweet words about my summer tour, in case you missed it, you can find it HERE. Summer {other than Christmas} is my favorite time of year to decorate. It is relaxed and casual with an emphasis on time spent catching up with family & friends. And summer wouldn't be summer without entertaining outside.  Having a place to set up drinks and food is ideal for such summertime festivities so I thought I would share some creative outdoor bar ideas that will inspire you on your next yard sale adventure. You can read the full article over at Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters HERE. I also have a surprise!!! I am taking someone special with me to the Lowe's … [Read more...]

Summer Tour of Homes

Summer Tour of Homes 2015 feature

Hi friends, thank you all for coming on over today to take my coastal farmhouse tour. A big thank you to Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage   for including me in this amazing group of summer house tours! If you are coming from The Inspired Room , wow right?! Melissa has such a signature style and it is always a treat to see her home. Living steps from the bay this is a great time of year to decorate and organically infuse all that I love about where I live {Eastern Long Island} into my home. We spend most of our summer days at the beach, so driftwood, seashells and anything else found along the beach are just a few things you will find throughout my home this time of year. Welcome to my … [Read more...]

Dining Room Chair Reveal

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 Hi friends! Some of you may have been curious after my dining room chair post as to which chairs I selected for my makeover so I thought I would finally share, drumroll please....it was the Greyson Chair! Are you surprised? When asked which chair should I choose, the votes were definitely spread out but most of you thought I should either go with one of the wood chairs or the slipcover. To be honest I loved them all, I wish I could have ordered all of them:). Even though the selection wasn't easy I kind of knew what I was looking for and wasn't. Although I do love slipcovers I wanted to change it up a little from THIS look. I also knew I wanted fabric to offset the amount of hard … [Read more...]

Coordinating Paint Colors

Rooms for Rent Paint Swatches Feature

When it comes to picking out paint colors, it's one of my favorite things to do. I know some cringe and shutter at the thought of picking out paint colors, but heading to the paint stores and to look through all the swatches makes me incredibly happy! I love comparing colors against one another, seeing which ones have more of a yellow undertone vs. a red one. I've been known to repaint a room a time or two just because I wasn't a fan of the undertone, the right shade makes all the difference in the world. Last time I shared with you how our living room transformed. The before, the progress, and the after. After looking through my collection of favorite rooms, and noticing the all white … [Read more...]

Lowe’s Spring Makeover Update & Design Plans

Lowe's Spring Makeover Deck Design Board Feature

 Happy Friday friends! I wanted to give you an update on the Lowe's Spring Makeover and also share my design plans & ideas with you. First off, THANK YOU to all of you who submitted your projects and opened up your heart and home to us. I wish I could have chosen all you. After selecting the deserving homeowner in the Hartford, CT area I got right to work. My mind was overflowing with ideas as I wanted to give this first time homebuyer an outdoor space she would love and could cherish for years to come. Take a look at the before.... The homeowner loves to entertain but wanted a space that was casual & stylish at the same time. The challenge for me with these 2 areas was designing … [Read more...]

10 Vintage Inspired Coastal Wall Trends

Vintage Living-10 Coastal Wall Trends Feature

Hi friends! Show of hands who is ready for summer?! Me!!! When I imagine a summer house I can't help but think of relaxed, rustic and natural décor with a coastal influence. There isn't a need for things to be perfect, fussy or overly staged but rather a desire to create a peaceful retreat that feels comfortable. Layering in vintage details with your décor can give you that cozy coastal aesthetic most are looking for in the summer. I am over at Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotter blog today sharing just the thing-the top 10 coastal wall trends for this summer season. You may even have some of these items already in your home & just need a fresh perspective to change things up a … [Read more...]