Beautiful Family Time. Great Shopping. Meet Lawrence

Hi Everyone.  Happy Friday.
This has been a busy week for me.  My mom came in from Florida to stay with us.  We are having our newest grand baby Charlotte's baptism tomorrow.
We have been preparing a big celebration for this sweet little one tomorrow.  Lots of family, friends and good food after the baptism.  I cannot believe she is 9 weeks old already.
While I was down watching the girls with my mom this week we decided to do a little primitive decorating.  My daughter lives out in the country and she loves primitive decor.  Seriously you pass cows on the way to the grocery store lol!
 I thought I would play and do some cute vignettes for her.  I gave her this cute chippy flower box awhile ago so I collected some things from around the house to add to the vignette.  That cute owl was made by Judy from 20 North Ora a while back and gifted to me.  Judy makes the cutest pillows.  Now I am thinking I need that cute white chippy flower box back for my house!!!!

I played on her porch with some fun prim decor.  The wagon is a fun vintage find.  The wheels are fabulous.

I gave Jen this white chippy chair when we moved.  Loved that sweet chair from my old laundry room.  So happy it has a new place on her front porch.

I added this fun basket and some of her prim bee items.  Now her porch has a little summer and beginning fall feel.

A  fun trip to Morris with my mom yesterday.
Morris Illinois is where all my fave little shops are and a great tea room to have lunch.  Such a sweet and quaint town to visit.  One of the shops I love is Whimsy.  I thought I would show you a few pics of this great shop and then let you meet Lawrence who I adopted and took home!!!!
Traci that owns Whimsy has some of the cutest and unique pieces of jewelry.  Love the way she displays all her treasures for sale.

Lots of cute fall tops in stock.  Had some fun going through those racks.  Sorry for the grainy pics from my cell phone.  Take my word this shop is fabulous and the displays are beautiful.

Oh la la Paris anyone!!!!

Before I introduce you to Lawrence I want you to meet his brothers David and Eugene riding their vintage tricycle!

This is Lawrence by the front door of the shop.  As you can see my cell phone camera does not adjust for lighting.  Believe me he was so cute greeting everyone as they came in the door of the shop

Since I did not get a great pic of him in the shop I took one this morning at home for this post.  It is rainy and cloudy here in Chicago land today.

Look at his cute little overalls with a pumpkin and straw in his pocket.

He was just so sweet and cute I brought him home to be part of my fall front porch decor.  He lights up at night too.
I found a cute vintage basket that I will fill with gourds, pumpkins and fall flowers to put with him on the porch.  I might add some white chippy paint to his ladder.

 Still to much like summer to start the fall decor just yet.  It was fun to find this sweet guy and have him ready for fall.

Well I am off the grid for awhile with all the fun things going on with my mom in and family gatherings.
Have a great week end.
Just enjoy these last days of summer.
Fall will be moving in soon.

Grateful Heart

Finally have the stair case board and batten ready to show.  It was fairly easy to do.  I got some ideas on Pinterest.  I went between framing out the walls and board and batten.  We chose the board and batten route with the taller walls.

I also found a company on Etsy that makes vinyl lettering for your walls.  "Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart" is one of my favorite quotes so I had the letters done up for this long wall at the top of the staircase which you will see later in this post.

Staircase Before

Staircase Before

Staircase with Board and Batten applied.  Terry used inexpensive MDF boards to do this project.  We kind of figured it out as we went along.  You can find several "how to's" on Pinterest.  The board and batten is painted white.  The wall above the board and batten is a light gray.

The board and batten closed in the staircase a little bit but I am ok with that because it has a more finished feel now.

We continued the board and batten around the landing in the upstairs hall.

For the risers I found this paintable border on the clearance at Lowe's for $5 dollars a roll.  It is embossed  and I thought it would give the risers some personality!

It took 3 rolls of border to do the 15 stair risers.  Not bad for $15 dollars.

After we cut each piece we applied wallpaper border paste to the back.  Even though these were prepasted borders we felt the paste would hold up better.

This is the saying I had done up for this wall.  The letters look like they were hand painted onto the wall.  Easy peasy to hang this saying.   

Now every morning when I head down stairs to start my day I am reminded of this beautiful saying.

I had this old window from the old house.   It needed a place to be hung.  Unfortunately I am out of wall space and was excited to find out this chippy window would fit in this space above the stair case.  I hate when pretty chippy things are left in storage!!!!  This was a great place for this window to take up residency.
Tall walls are always hard to figure out what to do with them.  Decor is hard to find to fill in these awkward spaces in a house.  I do love the simplicity of the window to fill in this wall space.  I see my saying each day on my way down stairs.  The wreath brought a little texture to this space too.  I wanted this to be simple and to feel finished.
I am happy with the board and batten to fill in these tall walls and love the  lettering to make the decor feel simple and easy on the staircase.
 There you have it the stairrisers and stair walls got a little make over.  Using MDF boards made this project very inexpensive and easy to do.  Now the walls going up the stairs do not feel as tall and boring.
Before the makeover every trip up and down these steps I could feel the staircase and walls saying  make us pretty and give us some style!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful rest of this week. 
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