My summer DIY plans for the living room

Home decor is not my strong suit…… now, if you need me to tutor your child in reading, I’ve got that covered.  🙂 When we first moved to Prattville in 2006, I had a decorator come in just to get me started on some kind of home decor and I’m now tired of all that stuff.  SO! I’ve resolved to spend time this summer redoing and DIYing to change the look.

Right now our color palette is more earth tones: red, gold, sagey green, brown.  I’m ready to lighten things up! Our pieces are good, so I think a lot of things I can take what we have and revamp them.

This is the palette I want to move to….



Yellow is my favorite color…so sunny and bright! I think the yellow, gray, and turquoise will be great and allow me to incorporate some of the pieces I already have! So excited….

I’ve already prepared my husband that we’re gonna be busy this summer!

In the living room…………

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We already have this print.  I really love it and all the colors in it.  I think this can definitely be used with my new palette…I just need to lighten up the frame.  Maybe that cream color…..

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These candle holders are also really cute, just the color won’t work.  I’m thinking either painting them yellow or turquoise…

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We have these red lamps with gold shades….I definitely want to paint them.  I’m thinking yellow with simple white shades.

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We have this large aged looking mirror. I love the texture on it, but it’s too dark. I want to lighten up the frame.

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Our coffee table…..I want to turn this into an ottoman!! 🙂 Like this one…



Our couch is in really good shape, its just dark brown.  I’m thinking about doing a slipcover….we have a 16 month old, so being able to take it off and wash it, I think will be a really good thing.



We have a few other things up on the walls that I can just paint and lighten up. So excited!! Stay tuned for master bedroom ideas!

Any other ideas???




Easter 2013

Overall, Easter 2013 was a fun day.  I was really excited about giving Sarah her first Easter basket! (I didn’t do it last year, because she was only 4 months old….)

Dan and I have had walking pneumonia in the past week or so and Sarah was diagnosed with the flu on Wednesday. Even though we all have been on antibotics and were feeling better, the doctor suggested that she not to go the nursery at church, as not to infect other children. 🙂 So…we couldn’t go to church on Easter. 😦  I was so disappointed, but had my own quiet time at home that morning.  So thankful for the sacrifice of our Savior.  I was reading the story of Easter book to Sarah that morning and just started crying….amazing and I am undeserving.

I was so excited to put Sarah’s Easter basket together.

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-Bunny slippers

– Max and Ruby book and a mini-Max (that she hugged all day and called her “bay-buh”

– Two Easter books

– Two shiny new sippy cups

– Annie’s organic chocolate chip graham bunnies (she loves the cheddar and original graham…..these were also a big hit!

– Yogurt melts (she LOVES these!)

It was so fun watching her unpack her basket! She said “ooooohhh” with everything she saw.

This was so cute watching her unpack her basket, but the pics we took were not good....

This was so cute watching her unpack her basket, but the pics we took were not good….

After we had our morning at home, we headed to lunch at my parents’ house with them, my sister, and my brother and his family.  It was delicious!

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On the menu:

– Barbeque brisket


-Cole Slaw

– Deviled Eggs

– Pioneer Woman Sweet Potato Casserole (made by yours truly)

– Fruit salad

After lunch, my sister in law planned an Easter egg hunt.  So cute watching Sarah find a “ball”, and sit down to open each one.

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Overall, a very fun day! So many things to be thankful for!