Sunday, July 27

Welcome To The 186th Masterpiece Monday and a Wire and Rope Light DIY

I recently posted about some Model Homes. I absolutely fell in love with the way they were all decorated. All of them were coastal inspired, each in it's own unique way.

I'm still enjoying the pictures I took about a month ago. Many of the pictures I took knowing that I wanted to recreate the coastal decor elements that so inspired me!

This lamp diy is the first in in many to come from my model home inspiration.

I love this lamp! I don't currently need a lamp of this size. Although I might make one in the future, if the need arises.

For now though, our hallway light has been long over due for an upgrade! As you can see from the pic below, it's not a pretty sight and the blurry photo doesn't help! Most of the time, it's been easy to ignore. But whenever I notice it, it makes me cringe a little.

I tell myself that the rusty look is "in", but in this case, it was unintentionally caused from being too close to the bathroom shower. And it doesn't look or feel very "in" to me!


Inspiration hit me when I was at the 99 cent store and found these wire plant holders.  I bought two, intending to make them into a bare wire cage with a decorative light bulb.

I went to the hardware store to buy some rust covering paint. I walked past the rope isle and I remembered the model home lamp.  So I bought 50' of sisal rope as well. And my idea was born!  Make a smaller version of the inspiration lamp.
I removed the chain using needle nose pliers. I used some of the chain to fashion a hinge, so that the shade could open to easily replace light bulbs.  I hot glued all 50' onto the shade, it was fun and super easy! Again, sorry about the blurry pic below!
I tried to fashion a wire closure, but that was an epic fail, so I decided to make it easy on myself and use string, which worked like a charm!

                                   

OK, two more blurry pictures, while trying to figure out how to hang my new creation with more wire, which also was another epic fail, I used string again. It was so much easier and worked much better!
Last blurry pic. I found this new light bulb at the store on the sale cart for $1.75.  Much cheaper than the the decorative ones at the hardware store. It looks purple, but it's not. It's called a crystal clear 40 watt and looks cuter than my spiral energy savers. We don't use this light too much, so I don't anticipate a higher bill.

                   Any way, here it is. It cost roughly 6-7 dollars including the light bulb!


I think it has a nice coastal vibe!







It looks kind of cool lit up at night, with the patterns it makes on the walls. And it's not so glaringly bright anymore. Yay.



This week features!
                            
                                                                    Shabby Love

                                     Coastal Decor 028


                                           palletdeck


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Sunday, July 20

Welcome To The 185th Masterpiece Monday And Adding Yellow To Our Bedroom!


Our  bedroom has a soft, calming coastal pallet of white, beige, grey and blue. I love our bed because we have two mattress toppers on our cal king mattress, one memory foam and on top of that is a pillow top. I like lot's and lot's of pillows, down and memory foam mostly. Very Comfy!
 I have one all weather down comforter and a collection of duvets, I love duvets! I have them in all my fav coastal colors and sheets and pillow cases too. Everything is luxury thread count and soft, mostly from Pottery Barn. I paid next to nothing for all of it here or there would be no way I'd have it otherwise. And once a month I add to my linen collection. It's been a real blessing.


At the last foster parent distribution, I spied this yellow duvet. I used to decorate my home, my entire home, in red and yellow. After awhile I grew very tired of it and I changed to a white and coastal pallet. I love the calmness of it. But lately yellow has been catching my eye more and more.
   
                                           
I know that I don't want to over due the bright colors ever again. But I thought it would be fun to add a bright pop of color now and then. I mean, one of the best features of a mostly neutral tone decor is it's versatility right? That is what sold me on it in the first place.

                                         
So, I decided to try being more versatile. Even though I was originally unsure of adding this color to my bedroom, I was pleasantly surprised! So I went through my linen closet and pulled out some pillow covers to go with it.
                                     
The multi-colored pillow case really ties the yellow and turquoise together. Like a ray of sunshine against a blue sky. It makes a big statement without any commitment.  All I have to do is put it back into the closet to change it back, easy peasy.

                                         

                                         




 It would be nice if I could test the bedding out, but it seems my cats have all claimed it already!
Well, I'm glad they approve!




                                            {Last weeks features}
                                          DIY Seaglass Mosaic Anchor by House of 34
                                                         Ceresuart


                                                   Asian Chicken Cabbage wraps startwithfourwalls.com
                                             
                                                                Start With Four Walls


                                    
                                    Our Home Away From Home

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Sunday, July 13

Welcome To The 184th Masterpiece Monday And A Day At Laguna Beach California

Hi Everyone, Are you enjoying your Summer? I love this time of year and it's no secret that I love the beach.
We live only 3 minutes away from the Huntington Beach pier and that's where we usually spend our beach time. Sometimes though, we like to drive up and down the coast to visit other beaches. Plus, just the drive along Pacific Coast Highway is so beautiful!


                                  
On this particular day, we decided to drive south to Laguna Beach, an artsy community by the sea.

This lifeguard tower on Laguna Beach was built in 1897 and used to be part of a gas station on Pacific Coast Highway. In the 1920's, after being moved across the street to the beach, it was used as lifeguard headquarters until 1985. It's still used as a regular lifeguard tower today.



We decided to stroll down the board walk and up the stairway toward The Inn of Laguna Beach, a very gorgeous ocean front Hotel.

Once at the top of the stairs, there's a scenic pathway along the cliff tops perfect for gazing and photography. 
The pathway garden is beautifully lush with palms, succulents and flowers.

Combine that with the view of the ocean and it just puts it all over the top.











After walking along the path a ways we descended down one of the stairway onto the beach, by the tide pools. 












                                          I hope you enjoyed the tour of Laguna Beach!




{This Weeks Features}
                                          Crab, Tangerine and Fresh Herb Salad
                                               Simply Fresh Dinners

                                         



                                                    IMG_0296
                 The House On Stanford

Time to get this week's party started!

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