Window Seat DIY

Do you see this little sad corner of my upstairs hallway? It is one of the dormer windows and the previous owners had it covered up with a desk.
I had other plans for it...

I envisioned a place for the kids to curl up, look out of the window, and get lost
 in a book. A quiet corner to retreat to when they needed some quiet time.

So, it became our next project. A window seat!

We went to the store and purchased wood and beadboard to construct the base. We built the seat for less then $25 because we found many of the materials on the as-is cart. I'm pretty sure all home improvement stores have an area like this. Full of lumber and goods that are not in "perfect" shape but they worked for us. Here is a look....

Simple lumber from any home improvement store.

After the structure was in place upstairs, we attached it to the wall and closed it in with plywood. We also put molding and beadboard on the front.

I originally thought about either having a cushion custom-made for the seat or making one myself. But one day, I got an idea. I thought the space looked big enough for a crib mattress that I was no longer using (SAD!) so I tried it out. It fit perfectly and snug. I couldn't believe it.

I covered the crib mattress with a textured/neutral window curtain panel from our last house that we no longer used. Free fabric...because the other matching ones have become drop cloths for painting..

Here is my new window seat....








This whole area has gotten a makeover. I'll be back tomorrow to show you the rest of it. Still trying to decide on a roman shade or valance for this window. And I have some other accessories to add.

Blue Pillows from Pottery Barn
Monogram Pillow DIY Here and can be purchased Here
Stripe Pillow from Home Goods

Favorites Friday- BALLARD DESIGNS!

Super excited this morning because as you already know, yesterday was our wedding anniversary. We have done so much in 9 years. 3 houses, 3 kids, many cars, :) but one thing we have not done is many vacations. It's a long story but between sick kids and being overprotective of them we have always put going away together on the back burner.
In fact, I think we have one done 3 nights away TOTAL since our honeymoon!
Well, Jimmy surprised me. He planned a night away and organized the family to watch the kids so we can get away. We are headed to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware...and although it's only for one night, it is the first time we have sat on a beach together without kids in 9 years. I AM STOKED to say the least! Ready for beach time, eating out, long walks, and maybe I'll even get him to do some shopping. Rehoboth is one of my favorite beach towns.

But before I go..
I wanted to continue my Friday Favorites posts.
I have received the Ballard Designs catalog for so long I can't remember.
It has always been one of my favorites with it's French flair.
But this week, a "special edition" showed up...

With all the hype right now about painted furniture, check out this new line of distressed and painted pieces if you don't want to paint your own.
Here are some of the new "Casa Florentina" collection.
Borghese China Cabinet
Extended Antoinette Sideboard
Bergamo Upholstered Chair
San Marino Secretary Desk with Hutch
Josephina Armoire
Genoa Armchair with Rush Seat
Piave Breakfront
The last one makes me want to paint my hutch in my sunroom.
Aren't they all amazing?
Have a great weekend! I'll be on the beach...(even if there's a cold front coming through! :)

Sept 12th :)

Today, 9 years ago, I married my incredible husband.

I thank God for this man everyday!  He is my biggest supporter, the one that not only puts up with my crazy ideas but makes everyone of them happen, and the one who has truly made every dream I ever had come true.
Happy 9th Anniversary Jimmy!
We decided that we were not going to do presents this year....
but I couldn't not give him anything, right?
So I went with what I knew.
I made him a sign.
We have talked about redoing our bedroom soon in stages,
so I thought this would be a good place to start and something to have meaning/memories.
(Let me just apologize now for the "during" pictures...I was doing this in our work area in the basement to make it a surprise and the lighting is terrible!)
I started with some tongue and groove cedar planks
 that were left in our house by the previous owners.

And a piece of thin 1/2 inch plywood.

I stained the planks with Minwax's dark walnut stain.

 Next, the plywood was cut to fit the plank pieces plus about a 1/2 inch border around the outside. This will be to hold the frame.


Before attaching the planks to the plywood, I painted the area that would have the lettering with acrylic paint.

 I printed off the lettering that I was going to use for the sign on my silhouette machine. For those of you that don't have that or a cricut, you could easily use a stencil.
I attached the planks to the plywood using liquid nails. Then I transferred the lettering to the sign.
I painted over the entire sign with Annie Sloan Old White. Then came the distressing, of course. I took it outside and heavily distressed with a sanding block.
After I decided that I couldn't do the whole project alone, I showed Jimmy his present and asked for help :)
He built a simple frame around it and I stained that with dark walnut, as well.
In true "Heather" style, I wasn't happy with the lettering so I handpainted the letters again in black this time.
Here is the finished product again!
And, of course, I added a special message on the back... :)
I will be adding this to my etsy shop as well. I would love to make it or another custom sign for you!


May us NEVER forget that day and the people we lost...And let us all pray for PEACE in this world!

Slow Cooker Ham and Corn Chowder

September is here! AND even though it will still be hot around here for another month or so...I AM IN FALL MODE!

I LOVE my crockpot! But I struggle to find new recipes for it.
Here is a pretty simple recipe but by far one of our families favorite soups...
Who doesn't need another slow-cooker recipe and soup to make in the fall?
Slow Cooker Ham and Corn Chowder
1 Ham Steak cubed
1 Medium Onion chopped
1 TBSP flour
1 bag of frozen corn
1 Can of Cream of Celery Soup
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Chopped Red Pepper
2 Large Potatoes Cubed
1 Cup Evaporated Milk
1 can Chopped Green Chiles
Salt and Pepper

Saute Onion briefly and add flour, stir well. In Slow Cooker, combine corn, soup, broth, chopped red pepper, potatoes, onion roux, and ham. Cook on low 7-9 hours (or if you are like me and forget to prepare this until 1pm, cook on high until your kids are starving!). Add evaporated milk, salt, and pepper 30 minutes before serving.



Weekend Overload

Whoa, that was one crazy weekend! I think I am still spinning...
If you follow me on instagram, you know about my craziness already.
In, ballet, more baseball, Orioles baseball, and cheerleading. :)
So in light of an easy Monday, here are so GREAT inspirational posts that I checked out...
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sign made from OLD reclaimed wood from Migoni's House.
Lullaby Lyric Pillow Tutorial
Liz from Love Grows Wild is one of my newest "found" blogs and isn't this handwritten pillow such a great idea...I can think of a ton of places and sayings to use...
Adorable Washi Tape Pumpkins
And, in the spirit of fall, I love these SUPER simple washi tape pumpkins from Lil Luna...
Painting this afternoon, craigslist searching...and hanging some new additions to the sunroom. :)
Have a great Monday!

My favorite piece of furniture is...

Remember when I told you about Housewerks in Baltimore??

It was like Salvage Heaven!
When we went, we really went to browse. We had no idea what we were looking for and I think that was the best way to go there.

I have always loved industrial carts used as coffee tables. The first time I fell in love with one was from The Old Painted Cottage featured in the BHG Christmas Magazine.

The Old Painted Cottage at Christmas
Since then, many stores have added them to their lines....

Industrial Cart Coffee Table with Glass Top - Click to enlarge

But I always felt like the replications didn't hold the same character
that an "authentic" one would (although the Restoration Hardware one above is pretty darn amazing!).
So I held out....

But this particular day when we were browsing Housewerks, a cart caught my eye. Just in time for us to need a coffee table for our sunroom. Funny how that works...

It was an authentic, vintage industrial cart from the 1920's. Her markings say she is from Dayton, Ohio. They added old tongue and groove thick vintage hardwood flooring on top with the most fabulous chippy white paint.



When I got her home, my moms first response was "....and what are you going to do with THAT???" :) My mom likes NEW and she doesn't quite get my love for OLD! :)
but she loves me anyway!

I spent a few afternoons sanding the top down to get a smooth finish and cleaning it up. Then I added 3 coats of polycrylic on top.

To this day, I can honestly say, this is by far my favorite purchase and piece of "furniture" that we own. It is a statement piece! But I think it tells a story that makes me smile every time I walk by.
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!!!


Last week, I mentioned my new Anthropologie mugs and my world market mug stand that I have them on. A few of my friends had never heard of World Market.
If you aren't familiar with this place, you need to be!
Let me introduce you!
I love this store....It's a mix of restoration hardware, pier one, home goods...
Completely REASONABLE and really great home furnishings....They also run a ton of specials so definitely sign up on their website for email updates.
Oh, and they sell wine and food too! Extra points!

Unfortunately, our closest location is over an hour from my house BUT it made for a nice little day trip for my friend Kimberly and I with our little guys!

We stopped for lunch and Starbucks too! Pumpkin Spice Latte, Of course!

Some of my favorites from their website.

Gray Harper Dining Chairs, Set of 2Aiden Coffee TableEverett Foyer TableWalker Campaign Accent TableBlack Bailey Wall ClockBlack Addison Tabletop ClockGray Flower Wool Lumbar PillowEspresso Carrie Basket CollectionCoffee Victoria Velvet Tufted High-Back Chair
Two-Tier Wire BasketOyster Harper BanquetteLinen Hayden BarstoolHudson Counter Stool
Check this store out! You will be pleasantly surprised!!! I promise!


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