Friday, February 8, 2013

Embellished Valentine Decorations

Yesterday I got to spend the day with my friend Brenda and Linsey from over at The Farmhouse Porch. I introduced Brenda to y'all back in October when I featured her Halloween decor. She does not blog but her home is oh so blog worthy! I am always so honored when she agrees to let me feature her home. 
Today I am sharing some of her Valentines Day decor. Brenda is so talented.
She can make everyday items look like a million bucks with just a little embellishment.

I apologize the lighting is a little off. It was a rainy day out so no natural light.

Brenda has a lot of items that are thrift shop finds that she has made over or embellished like this chalk board. It is made from an old framed cardboard picture that she was not a fan of but she saw past that and thus a mega sized chalk board was born.

I always love seeing what she does in this nook in her foyer.

This portrait was actually made from a poster and Modge Podge. She changes out the embellishments with the seasons. 

Just look at the cute little crown and necklace with heart she added to this girl figurine!

I was even able to snap a few pics of her winter decor.
I am still trying to talk Brenda into starting a blog. Maybe one day I will win out!;)
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
See you back here on Sunday for "How I found My Style Sundays".

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Treasure Hunt Thursday #93 & Highlights

Last week we had the largest turn out yet! I enjoyed going thru all 126 links and it was hard to choose just a few to highlight. Thank you to all who come an party every week.
An Extraordinary Day shared their vintage window Valentine display.
Better With Age shared their daughters first birthday party. Jamie had so many wonderful little touches that made such a big impact.
Fiona & Twig shared Oscar.

This Silly Girls Life shared a delicious recipe that looks to die for.

If you have been featured please feel free to grab the "I have been featured" button to proudly display on your sidebar!:)

Now on to this weeks party!
What would be a HUGE help and encourage more comments not just from me but others as well would be for everybody to take off their required verification codes for leaving a comment. This seems to take just a few seconds of time but when you have to do it on 30 or more blogs it takes up a TON of time. Last week most everybody had turned off their Word Verification which made it so much easier for me to stop by everybody's links! Thank you!

Now on to this weeks party! 
As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours in your THT POST. Just common courtesy. If ya don't link back ya don't get to party. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please No advertising and PLEASE NO MORE than 3 links from the SAME party goer. Also NO MORE linking up to your own link parties. I am seeing more and more link ups of just people promoting their own linky parties. I know it takes time to go back and make a separate post to join the party but it is just the polite thing to do. If you find your post deleted it is not because I am a meany, I just have to make sure the rules are being followed. You can save some of your posts for the following weeks party!Please only link up new posts and not posts that you linked up the week before.
Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun and remember if your link has had the most visits you will get featured on Tuesdays! If you are new around here I would love it if ya become a follower!:)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Treasure Hunt Thursday Most Viewed Links

It is time for the most viewed links from last weeks Treasure Hunt Thursday! 
1. The Refeathered Roost
2.Art Is Beauty
3.The Rusty Heart
Hope everybody is having a great week thus far. See ya back here tomorrow for THT #93! 

My $43 French Chandelier

Yes, you read that right I said $43 for a Frenchy  chandelier! 
A few weeks back in the midst of our laundry room makeover I came across a set of French inspired light fixtures on the local yard sale site. You can imagine my joy when I saw that the seller was only asking $100 for the chandelier and two sconces. I just knew they had to be gone but I called anyways. Turns out the seller lives in my hood so I drove right over to look at them. She actually is moving and these were in her new house. Though lovely she thought they did not fit in with her style. She had no idea what they were worth and had just told her hubby to throw um up on the yard sale site to get um out of the way. Being a chandy lover I knew this style of lighting cost quite a bit even the inexpensive versions. I ended up getting the set for just $86! That breaks down to $43 for the chandy and only $21.50 for each sconce. I could not believe it and at the time I had no idea where I was going to be using them but I knew they had to be mine. After I got home I did some research and found them online. All three would have cost me over $700!
Originally I had wanted to hang the new chandy in our stair landing. In the end I decided to steal the current chandy that was in our dining room and place it in our laundry room. I always felt that it was a tad small for the dining room to begin with and well the new chandy was plenty big enough. The stair landing could wait.
I decided not to use the ceiling medallion with it because it has such an ornate ceiling plate. 
I love the patina and thus was thrilled I was not going to have to update the finish.

I think the new chandy fits the dining room space so much better. 
Though I love the new chandy it is missing something. Can you guess what it is missing? Something that I just love and so I was trying to figure out how I could add it. 
I ended up finding this inspiration pic that has a chandy with a similar patina and bling! I knew I had to order some bling. 
I can not wait to add bling to this chandy. I think it will be just fabulous.

Be sure to check back by for another change coming soon to the dining room.

Linking up to the following linky parties:
Metamorphosis Mondays
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Tuesday Treasures
Cowgirl Up
Wow us Wednesday
Feathered Nest Friday
Be Inspired Fridays

Fabulously Creative Friday

Sunday, February 3, 2013

How I Found My Style Sundays- Jennifer Rizzo

I want to thank Pamela for having me here today! I am honored!
Hi! I'm Jen Rizzo and I write over at my lifestyle blog I love to write about everything  from Home decor and crafting to art and DIY projects. I am an artist and designer and I design my own home decor for various retailers and my new on-line shop opening at the end of February.
My decorating style is  a bit eclectic. I like to call it Pottery Barn meets Anthropologie with a bit of modern cottage. I like a bunch of vintage, a bit of modern and a lot of artsy-ness thrown in. I love to make my own decor and make things personal. I think your home should be about you and what you love.The sign above the doorway in the kitchen is the town where my mother-in-law grew up. 
I love to change things around a lot too. 
In fact, my husband says when he walks through the door, it's never the same house twice!
It's like redecorating for free.
Everything we do to our house is always on a budget. I find that a great challenge sometimes, but I think it pushes me to be more creative.
 I found my decorating style through trial and error. I always liked old things, but I also found I was drawn to bold patterns and modern shaped lamps. If you look at my early blog pictures my house was a mish-mash mess! Even though I knew my style, it took me years to have the courage to finally take that step!
My most treasured find for my home has actually been space! We are in an 1,100 square foot spilt level. With 3 kids we are tight, and I've gotten really good at squeezing out the last square inch of any room!
 We managed to carve a studio space by building a built-ins at the back of our dining room.
 And our breakfast nook saves us a lot on floor space as well by not having the table centered in the middle of the room.
And our front hall closet was useless for every day, and we needed space for the winter gear, so we ended up tweaking our front entry.

If I could tell you any tips for creating a beautiful home, they would be these:
Don't be afraid to make your home authentically yours.
 That is what is going to make it so wonderful. Who cares if the trend is white, and you love color. Go with color! Put what you love in your own home!
 Go with your gut. For YEARS my home was dark and heavy feeling. Every picture I looked at was light and bright, but I just couldn't seem to find the courage to take that step.
 Our kitchen renovation a few years ago pushed us into it and it was the best push ever.
And finally, don't be afraid to change things! As a family, needs change. As a person, tastes change. Gone are the days of living with the same color for 30 years. Change your home as it needs to be changed! It costs nothing, and there are really no risks with moving a chair from one place to another.Don't be afraid to take risks and follow your heart with your home.

Thank you so much for having me here Pamela!
And thank you so much for being here with me today. I'd love it if you stop by and say hi sometime!


Thank you so very much Jen for sharing your beautiful home with us. It truly has been a favorite of mine for some time now.

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