August 26, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #28

My name is Lynn and I am the author of the blog, The Vintage Nest, and today I am your host for the

 Share Your Style party

 Welcome! ~~~~~  Share your link on one blog and it will also be on seven others....great exposure for your blog and inspiration.   We love that you are here and delight in all that you SHARE with us.   We hope that you will visit other blogger post.  You may find a new recipe that you just have to try, a new bloggy friend,  a project to do this week, or inspiration for an Autumn vignette.  And please add a link back to the party on your post. :)

This week on a blog post I explained a little bit about pickling, white washing or liming furniture.  I took you thru the process that I use on a vintage pine cabinet.  I hope you will check out the post here.

As always, it's terribly hard to pick out just a few features for you.  I spent hours looking at all the beautiful posts.  Here are a few that really caught my eye.  Enjoy and if you were featured please grab the button below to post on your blog.  :)


On the blog Bringing French Country Home, Pat shares some late summer blooms  in her garden.   My garden is waning right now, especially with no rain lately, and I enjoyed her post and beautiful photos so much.  Thank you Pat.

Is this the cutest vignette ever??  Michelle of Dandelion Patina, shared how she made a lounger out of hay bales.  How charming for your front porch for Fall, right up on to Thanksgiving.  Thank you Michelle for this charming inspiration.

Sarah gave us the basics of canning.  With summer's bounty coming in in full swing right now, I loved that she shared her knowledge with us.  It's so healthy for you!  Not to mention so pretty sitting on the shelves in your kitchen.  You can find her post on her blog  Must Have Mom.

LZ of Summery Umbrella, shows us how to make the cutest branch ladder.  Perfect for an Autumn  vignette on your front porch or yard, on a screen porch holding some throws for those chilly nights or just as she shows,  which family photos.  It's so cute LZ.

And Briana of the Bargain Briana blog, shared with us how to make this adorable crayon wreath.  Now, wouldn't your kids think you are the best Mom on the block with this on the front door for the first week of school or on a school teacher's class room door?  Thank you Briana for this delightful project.

August 25, 2015

Sneak Peek ~ Our Fall Foyer

Well our kiddies have "T" minus one week until the start of the new school year and I can't believe how the summer just flew. Gracie is headed for the junior high and Micheal will be finishing up his last year of grade school. Gosh I remember taking Grace to her first day of preschool with Michel loaded on one hip and her tiny hand holding tightly on to mine. Where did the time go? But this is my favorite time of the year for many reasons, mostly because I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the brilliant colors of the fall.

For my foyer vignette this year, I decided to give it a bit of a farmhouse feel with the large pitcher filled with autumn florals, a basket of green apples and a few pumpkin here and there. And let me not forget my favorite wooden swans.

If you want to see more gorgeous fall decorating please stop by on September 7th for a full week of home tours from 30 different bloggers. That's right 30 homes in just 5 days! So write it down on your calendars, you won't want to miss a second of these tours which is being hosted by my lovely friend Marty from the beautiful blog 

And tomorrow evening our 28th Share Your Style link party will open at 7pm EST so be sure to stop on by to share YOUR style.

Have a great day!!!
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August 20, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #27

Hi Everyone and welcome to another fabulous Share Your Style Par-tay!!! 

It's me Barbara from the blog 21 Rosemary Lane, and I am your host for this week's jamming party.  Wow can you believe that the summer is almost over? Gee whiz it went by fast didn't it? Well before we get this party started let me share with you some of what I have shared here this month at 21 Rosemary Lane.

After I returned from helping my parents pack up their Florida home to move north, I posted their gorgeous bridal Edelstein Bavarian China set my mother so sweetly gifted to me. We are also in the throws of Updating our Screened-in Patio so I shared phase one of this process. And if you like loaded potato skins or just loaded potatoes, stop by to check out this wonderful recipe on how to make A Very Loaded Potato Salad. Finally I shared our new Guest Bedroom's Summer Linens

I'd like to invite you all to stop by sometime and visit me over on 21 Rosemary Lane. 

There was another ginormous turnout for last week's party so thanks to all who came by to link up!

Alrighty then, without letting another second go by here are 
First up is this absolutely stunning kitchen transformation from the beautiful blog Edith & Evelyn Vintage. See how a tired 1970's kitchen was dramatically taken 40 years into the future. It is truly amazing!

OK this post caught my eye because I have to be the Queen of used candles. I must have at least a dozen and a half sitting around the house that I just couldn't bring myself to throw away. Barb from Sparkles in the Everyday linked up this wonderfully detailed tutorial on just what to do with them!

And yes I am getting geared up for my favorite time of the year, Autumn. This link from Still Woods Farmhouse is filled with beautifully unique ways to adorn your door for this most nostalgic and colorful season.

Barb from The Everyday Home put together 10 wonderful tips for organizing your laundry room. Thank you Barb!

The blog Anne's Entitled Life shared a yummy Sidecar Cocktail Recipe. The last time I had this classic drink had to be years ago so I plan to give this recipe a whirl!

And finally Sally from Cottage Fix shared her struggle with selecting curtains for her pretty blue family room. I think she hit a home run with this lovely lace and toile combination.

If your style was featured please be sure to take along our cute button to put on your sidebar before you leave!

 Remember when you share here at Share Your Style, your link will be seen on 8 different blogs!

August 19, 2015

Updating and Redecorating the Screened-In Patio

When we moved to 21 Rosemary Lane almost 13 years ago we were thrilled with the idea of having a large bug free enclosure off of the kitchen. But the patio itself was in need of a little, scratch that, a lot of TLC. 

Here is the Realtor's photo from 2002.

After four years of living with this rather blah looking space, in 2006 we began to work on freshening up the patio. The screens were somewhat compromised due to age but not so bad that we needed to remove them. So we painted. It had to be the hottest dang time of the year to attack this project as it was August and we wanted to have the painting done before Michael's 2nd birthday.

(Those are our two dogs at the time, Blizzard in the foreground and Sandy in the doorway. Both of them became doggy angels back in 2008.)

The finished space eventually looked like this.

Grace and Michael on the patio in 2008. 

And while I did like the space I had one ongoing problem. That being the dirt and mud tracked up onto the patio by kids, the dogs and yes, even Mr. Rosemary Lane. So to remedy the problem, in 2010 I repainted the floor, but this time I went much darker.

As you can see I changed up some of the furnishing with a few yard sale and roadside finds.

We only painted the floor this time although we could tell that the huge task of replacing the screens was going to be happening in the next few years.

And as predicted over the next five years the screens begun to seriously rip and disintegrate. So starting last month Mr. RL began the process of pulling off the exterior wood and removing the old torn screens.

Mr. RL also painted the ceiling in a pretty sky blue and then I repainted and caulked all of the interior white wood.

The floor also received a new coat of concrete paint. The color I decided on is similar to what I had used the first time I painted the floor. It is called Sandal and is part of Home Depot's DECKOVER floor paint collection. The floor will need one more coat before all is said and done. I decided it was OK to go back to the lighter color (of which I really preferred) because over the years we lost about 5 trees in the backyard, so the issue of dirt areas in the shade becoming muddy during rainy weather more or less went away.

And since we now have our big giant dog Buster who likes to create his own doggy doors to get on and off the patio, Mr. RL is going to build in an pretty architectural feature which will hopefully deter "The Bust" from using an unauthorized entrance onto the patio. (There will eventually be an "X" in each of the bottom sections.)

 I plan to re-configuring the furniture yet one more time. I would also like to incorporate a rectangular table for this space so it will seat six comfortably. I have an old farm table base in our basement but the top is way to big, so I'd like to make my own tabletop in a 3 ft by 6 ft dimension. The rectangular shape should better maximize the usage of the space on the patio.

Now for the fun part, the decorating ideas! I think I am going to repaint both the natural color wicker love seat and coffee table in white. I love the crisp contrast of the dark blue with the white so this will probably be my jumping off point with regard to color scheme.

Here are some blue and white inspirational outdoor spaces I have come across.





As you can see I am really digging the blue and white stripes. I truly hope to get this project as close as possible to finished by September 1st. 
Keeping "ma" fingers crossed!!!

And don't forget to stop tonight at 7 pm sharp for another Share Your Style link party! 
(Yours truly is hosting!)


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