Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kitchen Decorating

I don't have a lot of walls in my kitchen, so no place for art!  But I did add this above the sink:

#millsnewhouse, kitchen signs, eat pray love, decorating kitchen, wall art

The letters were all purchased at Michael's, so an easy project that I'm happy with!






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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day Decorating

It's been a while since I've had time to post anything, but I did do a few things for Valentines day.

The sewing table drawer that I used for a Christmas decoration has been repurposed for Valentine's Day:

valentines day, sewing table drawer, center piece, #millsnewhouse


valentines day, sewing table drawer, center piece, #millsnewhouse

Some sparkly hearts and toile ribbon make a simple centerpiece for my table.

valentines day, center piece, #millsnewhouse

A few candles and vases I already had adorn the mantle.  I did buy the tall vase with the heart at WalMart.  The sign is an embroidery pattern from Embroidery Library.

winter decorating, winter mantle, Embroidery Library, #millsnewhouse

winter decorating, winter mantle, Embroidery Library, #millsnewhouse

This sign has now gone from fall, to Christmas, to Valentine's Day!

welcome sign, valentines day, front porch, #millsnewhouse

welcome sign, valentines day, front porch, #millsnewhouse

This wreath is also the one that I used for fall and Christmas.

burlap wreath, winter decorating, front porch, #millsnewhouse

burlap wreath, winter decorating, front porch, Valentine's Day, #millsnewhouse

Not a great deal of work or effort (or $$), but just a few little touches make all the difference!






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Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Decorating!

Decorating for the holidays is always fun, but you can imagine there's a special excitement when decorating a new house for the first time.  Here's some photos of what I've done.  I have lots of other ideas, but this year I used mostly decorations and supplies I already had, so this is truly decorating on a budget! As you will see, I'm still into the traditional red, green, and gold theme.  None of this bright blue for me!

The front porch:

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, front porch decorating

My fall "Welcome" sign has been repurposed! Those are actually my old ice skates.


#millsnewhouse, Christmas, front porch decorating

 Things I had, put together in a new way.  I really think next year this wagon needs a Santa, or something taller.
#millsnewhouse, Christmas, front porch decorating

 The fall wreath has also gotten a new look for Christmas.


#millsnewhouse, Christmas, front porch decorating

I did the two lights on the porch, as well as the three lights on our garage.  The greens are real, so this will need to be redone every year.

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, front porch decorating



The mantle:

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, mantle decorations, Christmas hearth, Christmas stockings

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, mantle decorations, Christmas hearth, Christmas stockings

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, mantle decorations, Christmas hearth, Christmas stockings

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, mantle decorations, Christmas hearth, Christmas stockings

Appliqued stockings made from old jeans.  I made these MANY years ago.

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, mantle decorations, Christmas hearth, Christmas stockings

#millsnewhouse, Christmas, mantle decorations, Christmas hearth, Christmas stockings

An embroidered stocking I made for my grandaughter.


The tree:

My husband's family owns a Christmas Tree farm, so yes, it's real!

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating, Christmas tree



The kitchen:

I had this old sewing drawer with dusty things glued in it, so I repurposed it for Christmas.  

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating


These are "new."  With the three big windows above my sink, I had to do something.  Grapevine wreaths, some painted letters, and some (fake) greens.  The gold hanging ribbon, I already had.

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating



#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating

The Dining Room:

The goose basket centerpiece is something I made many years ago.  I also made the table runner a few years ago.


#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating

My chandelier got some (fake) greens, ribbons, and sparkly ornaments.

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating

The sewing table is "Snowman City."

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating

The stairway:

Nothing new purchased for this, just rearranged.


#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating, stairway decorations

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating, stairway decorations

 Powder Room:

Well, it's red, so perfect for decorating for the holidays.

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating,

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating, Christmas wallhanging

A quilted wall hanging that I made.

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Another corner for snowmen.  My husband is a firefighter.


Other things:

The nativity on the TV counsel below the TV.  My daughter was shocked I put all that glass where her one year old can reach it.  She's been to my house twice since I put it up, and hasn't touched it yet! I made these ceramics when I was in high school!


#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating,

The couch table gets Santa duty.

#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating,

The church pew and hooks got a bit of an update.

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#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating,


#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating,


#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating,

#millsnewhouse, Christmas Decorations, wall hanging, Christmas quilt

An applique project from a while back.


#millsnewhouse, Christmas decorating, Christmas pillows

Embroidered pillow slips are the only decorations in the master bedroom.

For all kinds of pictures of the new house, please follow "My New House" board on Pinterest.







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Monday, November 28, 2016

Coffee and Wine Bar

In "Another Chalk Paint Transformation" I showed you an old buffet that I transformed to use in the new house as my Coffee Bar.  I'm ready to show you the finished project!

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

This is now one of my favorite places in the house.
#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack
I have room for my coffee maker and espresso maker.  I have my coffee cups displayed and easily accessible.  The drawers have plenty of storage for filters, coffee, spoons, etc.

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

My kids gave me this stencil for Christmas last year. I bought the chalkboard at Michael's and used Martha Stewart's Liquid Chalk to "paint" it.  The chalk won't rub off, but is removable with water.

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

My son, @SmithBuilding, made this wine rack from pallet wood.  A great place to display my hand painted wine glasses!





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