Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Porch Decor

The Porch Is Ready For Spring

When I was putting away my Christmas Holiday Decor, I just couldn't make myself store the shutter's.  I loved using them with the galvanized tubs at Christmas.  So I was excited to see these hanging baskets with a cute little welcome tag.  

I just filled my tubs with pansies (for the early spring) and placed a grapevine wreath around the rim of the tub.  Then I placed the shutter at the back of the tub and just leaned it against the house.  

The hanging baskets I ordered from Amazon and hung at the bottom of the light fixtures.  Then off the Hobby Lobby for some floral stems.  

I also added some fresh stems from the yard and can replace them as other flowers and stems begin to grow this summer.

So this was a simple and inexpensive update for spring.  By adding just one new piece to the porch and rearranging what I had used for the holidays, the porch is ready for spring.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Planning a Forever Home

Things to remember when building/remodeling your forever home

I was speaking with a young friend a few days ago and she is in the process of planning a new home for her family.  As we talked, I shared some things that my husband and I did as we were planning our forever home.  I thought some of these ideas might be valuable to other's planning a new home or remodeling an existing home. 

Our forever home

Make a list

When we decided we wanted to downsize and start living a more simple life style, we had to make some hard choices. We also wanted to build this house and be debt free.  In order to do this we had to be budget minded.
What do we want to keep in our new life style and what can we live without?
So the first thing we did was take an inventory of all the things about our current (much to big) home that we loved and would miss.  Where did we spend our time and what's worth the money? What are the things we don't want to live without.