Living Room to Living Room/Dining Room

Remember these table legs?

Remember this part of a big table.

I wanted a Harvest Table for part of my living room.  

Living small has not allowed me a dining room. 

 I decided we needed something for Terry and I to eat dinner.  I was so tired of eating down stairs in the family room in front of the TV.  

The Expand o Matic table is down there but it is a pain to pull out and set up the leaves every night. 

 That table is better used for a big function or holiday.

Sooooo what is a girl to do?

I figured and re figured the living room space in my head and with moving things around in this room.  
I am a visual person and need to see things!

This is the set up before we thought of adding a dining table.   Two of the big chairs had to go to make room for the dining table.

Terry took the legs and old framing and cut it down to make a long skinny length for the harvest table. 
I loved it. 
We went and got some wood planks thinking we would use them for the top and stain or paint them.

So here is a partial picture of the table in progress.
It still needs the drawers put back in the ends and it needs the top put on and then chairs!!!!!

As you can see my design assistant Buddy was making sure this design was not going to impede his looking out that window to the world going by each day!

I swear in a few days I will have this table done and in its place and the new "old" chairs will be re loved to go around this table.

Then the set up will be figured out and I will have the new living room / dining room done to show all of you.

So many things going on to finish this project quickly.
November 1st already and the holidays on our heels!  Yikes!

I will be back in a few days to show you the finished room.


Happy Halloween

The grand dogs are ready for Halloween.
Charlie (Boston Terrier) Frank (Yellow Lab) and Bruce (Great Dane)

Little Snickers bumble bee!

Buddy is going as Casper the Ghost lol!

These were pictures from last year of my grand dogs.

Can't wait for the trick or treaters.

Happy Halloween.

Cottage Retreat

Hello Sweet Friends.  

This past weekend Terry and I took a weekend trip and drove to our favorite areas in Southwestern Michigan.  Very cute towns along the lake.

This time we found a new and cute cottage to stay.
I thought I would share some of the pictures with you.

I loved this place it was decorated in my style so it felt like I was home.

The Front Porch of this Cottage Rental was decorated for Fall and Very Welcoming.

When you walk in there are two living room areas.  I did not realize when I took this picture the pumpkin pillow was upside down lol!

This is the other side of the living room as you enter into this cute cottage.  The sofa is a sleeper on this side.

This is the cute dining room and sitting area plus kitchen.  French doors off the kitchen go to the outside screened in porch.

This is the Master Bedroom.  Gotta love those vintage shutters flanking the window.

I just loved all her sweet touches in her decor.  That white chippy bench made me feel right at home.

There is a second bedroom with twin beds.  

My daughters and I are planning a girls get away trip and I think this will work out great.

Here are my sweet little deer females that would stroll into the yard each morning to eat what little bit of greens are still left.  I could not capture them looking at me.  By the time I grabbed my phone to take their pictures they were off.

Here is the porch off the back of the house.  Every morning this is where my female deer friends could be seen.

A short walk from the cottage is the shores of Lake Michigan.  It was very chilly but a nice place to walk before dark wearing our heavy sweaters.

One of the places in this little town is the Blue Moon Vintage Market.
We stopped in and saw some pretty cool things.

I kind of was swooning over those shutters and that beautiful cabinet.

I am glad I got a picture of this fabulous Turkey because after I took this picture he was gone!  Someone bought him.  That guy was solid concrete.

See the white chippy bench.  That came home with me!!!!  Shocker I know!  White, Chippy and fabulous.  Had to have it.

In the little town of Three Oaks is a great distillery called Journey Mans.  You can see them making and storing their whiskey.  The food was all organic.
All ingredients in the recipes are from local farmers.
I had a great salad with a gin/vinaigrette dressing that was so delish.

Journey Mans also has a huge loft area you can rent out.  Many people have weddings here and then rent out the huge loft for family and friends to stay.
One of the kitchen areas of the lofts in this place.  There are 5 all together.  Each with huge kitchens, living areas and bedrooms and baths.

There is a beautiful porch off the back of the lofts.  Just a great place to have your special family gathering.  See those great chairs I found 4 just like those in a resale shop for $15 dollars each.  Wooo Hooo Score!

Then it was onto my favorite place.  The Found Cottage in Hudsonville.  About an hour drive north of where we were renting the cottage.

There were so many fun fall things in the shop.

So that is what I did this weekend.  It was a very cozy, sweater weather get away.   
I cannot wait to plan a girls weekend with my two daughters and stay again in the cozy cottage.

Have a good start to the new week.