Share Your Style Link Party #115

Good evening and welcome to Share Your Style #115!  I am Marie-Hélène from the blog Kingsbury Brook Farm and I will be your host tonight. 

When you link up to our party, your post will appear on all six blogs seen below!

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 Spring has finally sprung in Vermont!  We are gearing up for another gardening season and we are looking forward to welcoming new animals on the farm.

You have all been busy bees and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your creative ideas and projects.  Here are a few things that caught my eye from last week's party. 

Amy from the blog My Life From Home is sharing her spring mantel.  I love how fresh and simple her mantel looks and the flowers in milk glass vases really pop against the white mirror and window.


 The Interior Frugalista shared a tutorial on how to build a rustic wedding card caddy.  We used a plain ole mailbox at our wedding but this caddy with a handle made out of an antique chair leg is a lot more stylish!  

Wedding Card Caddy with Graphic

  This sweet, thoughtful, and carefully presented gift basket from Julie Blanner would make every mother feel loved and appreciated this Mother's Day.  


 I will be hosting my family from Québec next month and I will make sure to welcome our guests with these Strawberry Lime Margaritas from the blog Delightful E Made.


Congratulations to our featured bloggers!  Make sure to grab our Share Your Style button to display on your blog.

We would appreciate a link back to our party.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and visited last week.  And now, let's party!


Mock Up for New Front Exterior

If you have been a regular follower of 21 Rosemary Lane you will know that we live in a mid century expanded Cape Cod style home that was built somewhere between 1968 and 1973. I can tell you that for me it was love at first site! Despite the dated landscaping, nasty brick facade, broken up walkway and depressing garage doors, I always felt like the exterior of our house had real potential. 

Well after almost 15 years of living with this rather sad and worn look, I finally sat down with the computer to put together my ideas giving old 21 Rosemary Lane some badly needed curb appeal. 

Below is what she looks like today.

The front hedge is beginning to die along with the ground covering.

Here is a a closer look at that brick from a couple pics I took a few years ago. It looks fake but trust me it is real!

My ideas for the new look, well let's take it piece by piece. First thing to be done is to remove the landscape in front of the bay window. This will be done to make room for a new 30 foot by 6 foot wide front porch which will run the entire length of the brick wall. 

Next I am going to apply a technique to the brick called a German Smear, which is a type of white wash that gives brick an aged appearance. The medium I plan to use is simple mortar.

(Fixer Upper)

This technique was used in season 3 of the popular show Fixer Upper, and the moment I saw it I knew it was what I wanted to do with our front brick.
I also would like to replace the front door and side light. We purchase a new door for the house back in 2004, but to be honest it has taken a beating between kid and dog traffic plus it really doesn't go with the overall new vibe I'd like for the house. I found the stained mahogany door below on line at Home Depot for $1545. It is from a company called Steves & Sons. The price is a bit of a budget buster but totally worth it!

The tired blue shutters will be replaced with back louver shutters plus an additional pair will be added to frame out the front bay window.

 We will be breaking up the already disintegrating walkway and putting down a brick walkway, similar to the one below, leading from the front steps to the driveway on the right. 


And finally I'd like to replace the garage doors with two wood grained doors which will coordinate with the new front door.
The planned transformation will take our home from this...

...to a look like this.


...to this.

 I am so excited to finally see my vision on the computer screen. I think Mr. Rosemary Lane is pretty excited as well. Hoping to start this project in the not too distant future.

Wishing you all a fabulous final week of April!!!


Special note...the graphics in this post were done using both PicMonkey and LunaPic editing sites.
Thanks to both...your sites really rock!

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Share Your Style Link Party #114

Hi, everyone and welcome to #114 of our Share Your Style Party. I am Lisa from Feathering My Empty Nest and I will be your host for this evening's party. 

Remember when you link up your post, it will be seen on all six blogs!

As usual, last week's party was a showcase for so many talented bloggers' creative posts. The following are a few that particularly captured my attention:

Share Your Style Features

The Easter buffet shared by Lori from Dining Delight was jam-packed with great ideas and adorable details. Her artful combination of decorative elements along with the practical elements of dining really create a feast for the eye. I particularly like how she displayed her green handled utensils so that they look like freshly-harvested vegetables in burlap sacks. 

Easter is over and, if you are like me, you now have several dozen hard boiled eggs that you need to use up. Conveniently, this link from All That's Jas answers the question of what to do with your egg surplus. In her post, Jas shares her middle-of-the-night inspiration about how to serve these eye-catching deviled eggs with different textured and colorful garnishes. It's an egg-stravaganza on a platter!

How I can possibly be interested in more food after all the Easter candy I consumed, I will never know but these Mexican Street Corn Wonton Salad Cups from Take Two Tapas totally had me salivating. Jennifer's appetizers are quite beautiful and the recipe seems easy to follow. I think they would definitely make a statement at your Cinco De Mayo fiesta.

Wooden beads are really hot right now. I've seen them in used in a variety of ways in tons of designer interiors lately. So, Laura from Meaning Spaces' tutorial on how to make this handsome wooden bead strand is very timely. Her instructions are very straightforward and I think the tassels add an elegant touch.

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up or visited and if you've been featured, don't forget to grab our Share Your Style Button.

We would greatly appreciate if you could include a link back to this week's Share Your Style Party somewhere in the post you link up. Also, be sure to check out the other party-goers posts. I know you will be as inspired by them as I am.

Party On!


Share Your Style Link Party #113

Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style #113!  I'm Carol from the blog The Red Painted Cottage and I'm thrilled to be your party host this week.

When you share your link with us, it will be shown on all six of our blogs below.

We began last week with a mixture of rain and snow, and ended the week with temperatures hitting the mid 70's!  I think spring has finally arrived in Michigan.  Needless to say, choosing what to feature is always difficult, but with spring in the air I was able to find several features that really caught my eye.

This first one really caught my eye with the beautiful photography of spring flowers by Dinner At Eight.  Those of us in the northern states need to see this for reassurance that spring is really on it's way.

With only a few more days to go, Easter will be upon us. Slightly Coastal has such an adorable and lovely Easter tablescape.

The Navage Patch shows how to make a beautiful Pottery Barn knock-off of their Lilian Vase.  Isn't this gorgeous!

And finally for my last feature, we have to have something delightful to eat.  All that's Jas has this delicious looking and different version of a grilled cheese sandwich, named Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese.  Imagine a spinach and artichoke dip on your grilled cheese sandwich?  MMM, Good!

If you were featured, please make sure to grab our feature button and display it on your blog.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and visited last week.

We would greatly appreciate if you'd include a link back to Share Your Style somewhere on your blog  or in the post you link up.  Make sure to visit other party goers to get inspired and to make new bloggy friends.

Let's get the party started!!



Spring Time Favorite Thing ~ A Roadside Find

Spring has finally sprung here in the northeast and with this most glorious season comes one of my very favorite things to do...get outside and start working on a furniture project or two. After being all cooped up in the colder months it just does my heart good to soak in the sun and strip down or repaint a piece of furniture. Today while running a few errands, I came across this sweet piece just sitting by the side of the road.

As you can see it is a corner piece and apparently someone at some point tried give this little gem a distressed look. Most likely she was put out on the curb because, well let's face it and call a spade a spade, the paint job just ain't that good! 

But she has wonderful curves, is solid wood, and the drawers are in perfect working order. So for me that makes her a keeper!

Now I just have to decide what direction to go in with this old French Provincial cutie.

What look would you giver her? And what would you use her for...a corner end table, TV stand or possibly a corner night table? Would love to know your thoughts.
Well whatever she is, I think she is simply darling!

Wishing you all a fabulous Easter week!



Share Your Style Link Party # 112

Hello everyone!
I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home.  I am your host this week.

I'm so glad that you decided to join us for another week of Share Your Style!  It's officially Spring now, so I'm sure everyone is wanting to see some Spring inspiration.   

When you share your link here, you will be seen on all 6 blogs at once.  Here are all of your party hosts.

Last week, there were so many good links to check out.  Here are just a few that caught my eye.

Simply Designing shared a pretty "Hello Spring" print that you can download from her site for free!  It looks so cute framed as part of your Spring decor.  

Rose Bakes shared a delicious looking flan cake recipe.  With Easter and Mother's Day on the horizon, this would make a yummy treat for your family.

Busy Being Jennifer shared her favorite vintage sheet quilt.  She made it herself and it is so pretty!  It would be beautiful on a bed during the Spring time. 

Don't all of these look perfect for Spring?  If you were featured, please feel free to add our button to the side bar on your blog.

Now, lets get this party started!  Please add a link back to this party on your post. 


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