Galvanized in the Sunroom

Galvanize. gal-va-nize

1. Shock or excite (someone) typically into taking action.

2. Coat (iron or steel) with a protective layer of zinc.

I was galvanized to taking action in the sunroom.

A package arrived and it was a birthday gift from my brother and sister-in-law.

This caused me to take action and do a little makeover in a corner of the sunroom.

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Top Projects of 2014

Can’t believe that 2014 has come and soon to be gone so quickly.

I am making a list of my 2015 project and reflecting on 2014.

Changes to several rooms and several areas happened this year.

I can’t really say which one is my favorite . . .

~ ~ but most of them have to do with fabric . . . lots of fabric.

Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

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The Holiday Master Bedroom

In keeping with the more simplistic holiday decor, I decided to dress the master bedroom

with the Pottery Barn Winter Birds collection as I did last year.

I did use different pillows and accents as the room has definitely changed from last year.

I just love this bedding that can take you right through with winter months.

Master Bedroom-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

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A Rustic Sunroom Christmas Vignette

Should I call my vignette rustic or maybe woodland . . .

~ ~ a bit of both. A vignette filled with memories and treasures from friends.

Of a Christmas tree in a galvanized bucket with a vintage scale with a galvanized tray.

These things gathered together in one area just makes me smile.


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How to Make a Pumpkin Topiary

In my last post, I revealed a “sneak peek” of some ceramic pumpkins . . .

~ ~ that I bought on clearance at the Pottery Barn Outlet.

I found a pair of wooden candlesticks that I have had since the 70’s . . . yes the 70’s.

I covet them as I saved and saved for them buying one candlestick, then the other, then the glass votives . . .

~ ~ many of you most likely do not remember the store “Wicks and Sticks”.

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Going Coastal in the Sunroom

It was time . . .

~ ~ as the first day of Summer is quickly approaching.

Time to add a bit of Summer in the room . . . so that meant, it went “Coastal”

My goal was to use what I had on hand.


Items gathered from a few rooms in the house . . and my stash in the attic . .

~ ~ the starfish topped bottle from Pottery Barn last year.


A sequined pillow found in the clearance bin at Pottery Barn a few years ago.



Faux coral topped glass bottle also by Pottery Barn last summer . .

~ ~ and a hurricane filled with beach glass and starfish.


A succulent embellished with shells rounds out the vignette.

Sunroom decor

While strolling the aisles of Melville Trading where I have a booth . . .

~ ~ I came across a booth that had many things on sale . . and saw this driftwood pillar.

Sunroom decor

There is a platform at the top of the pillar for a candle, etc. . .

~ ~ however, I chose to use it just as a decorative pillar of driftwood.

Driftwood bowl/Antique Fishing Floats

Another vignette needed to be created, so I grabbed the driftwood bowl . .

~ ~ that was waiting for me in the abyss of the attic.

Driftwood bowl/Antique Fishing Floats

I filled it with Antique Japanese Fishing Floats that my mom gave me many years ago.

Driftwood Bowl/Antique Fishing Floats

Added the Premier Issue of Beach Cottages . . .

Driftwood bowl/Antique Fishing Floats


I can start to feel the sand between my toes . . .

~ ~ or is that dust?!!

And speaking of dust . . .

~ ~ the dust is still trying to settle in the creation of “my sweetie’s space” . .

As I have stated, she will be hands on in the completion of her space.

Here is one of the projects she is working on:

Lamp Makeover

Lamp Makeover

She was doing a great job . . and after a while of seeing her reach around to paint . .

~ ~ I brought the lazy susan out and put the lamp on it . . it worked great!

Have a wonderful summer day!!

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Sunroom Makeover and a New Lamp from

I revealed my Sunroom Makeover last month when I was guest posting. . . .

~ ~ for Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch . .

So I thought I would give it a second reveal here . .

~ ~ with the addition of a lamp that I received from

The great folks at sent me this beautiful lamp by Quoizel.

Sunroom Makeover

Quoizel Lamp

The description of this lamp states….

~ ~ “fluidly in motion with the ripples of the flowing glass”. . .

~ ~ ~ ~ appropriately named, “Ripley Brushed Nickel Lamp”

Sunroom Makeover

I knew that this lamp would go wonderfully in the newly “refreshed” sunroom.

Sunroom Makeover

The cushions were recovered in this large buffalo check fabric by my friend Linda . .

~ ~ I wanted a lighter look for Spring and Summer.

Sunroom Makeover

Linda also made new pillows using the same fabric of the slipcovered ottomans.

Sunroom Makeover

Sunroom Makeover

Sunroom Makeover

I love the way the checked fabric lends to a lighter and fresher feel to the room.

Sunroom Makeover

I changed some vignettes in the room . .


Sunroom Makeover

Sunroom Makeover

And some things remained the same . .

Sunroom Makeover

Love the way the sunroom looks now . . with its new facelift.

Quoizel Lamp

And a big thanks to for sending me this fabulous lamp . . .

~ ~ that has certainly contributed to the makeover of my sunroom in a most beautiful way.

Wishing you all a most wonderful day!!

Note: This lamp was provided by and all opinions are entirely my own.

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Guest Posting at Between Naps on the Porch

I have been a very happy follower of Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for years . .

I started reading her beautiful blog before I started to blog . .

~ ~ always admiring her beautiful home and gorgeous tablescapes.

So when Susan asked that I guest post for her . . .

~ ~ you can imagine how thrilled I was . . . cue the Choir of Angels !!!!

Today is the day I am guest posting over at Between Naps on the Porch!

~ ~ and what a better day to reveal my “Sunroom Makeover”

So hop on over and see the entire room today!

Here are some peeks:


Some new fabrics ?? ~ ~


And a little of this ~ ~



And a little of that ~ ~


You can see all of the changes at Susan’s today!!!


Have a wonderful day!! 

“Gardening” and the Pie Safe

Previously, I showed you all the new hutch in the kitchenette . .

There was an antique pie safe in that spot . . .

~ ~ so it had to be relocated.

You know, my “changes in latitude . .. changes in attitude” . .

My hubby said there was no space left!!!..Ah, I now had a “challenge”!!

Antique Pie Safe

Can you guess where it landed?

Antique Pie Safe

Antique PIe Safe

Yep!…in the sunroom!

Vintage Garden Tools/Flower Pots

Since the sunroom has a “garden feel” to it . . .

~ ~ I decided to place my vintage flower pots and garden tools in the pie safe.

Vintage Garden Tools/Flower Pots

Vintage Garden Tools/Flower Pots

The vintage garden tools were a gift from my great friend and fellow blogger Kim . . .

~ ~ ~ and the great “Shirley” seed packets were also a gift . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ from my friend and fellow blogger, Mary.

Antique Pie Safe

Antique Pie Safe

Antique Pie Safe

I placed a dried flower wreath on the door that was a gift from my dear friend . .

~ ~ I have had this for over 20 years!…I know she is looking down and smiling . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ and saying “you still have that” !!!

Antique Pie Safe

My collection of tole trays add some great color . .

~ ~ to the “all white” vignette on the pie safe.

Antique Pie Safe

So I won the challenge!…now I have to ask my hubby what my prize is!!! :)

~ ~ most likely a good “atta girl” !!

Have a wonderful day!!

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More Spring Fever Decorating {Vintage Bird Cage Makeover}

There is still lots of “Spring Fever” Decorating going on here.

One of the things on my “to do list” . .

~ ~ was to repaint the vintage bird cage I bought last Fall at our neighborhood yard sale.



Nothing says Spring like a bird’s nest filled with eggs.

I love how the curve of the stand mimics the circular design of the bird cage.

I have used red accents in the sunroom . . .

~ ~ and decided to continue with the reds . . .

~ ~ ~ therefore, decided to use this color by Rustoleum in a satin finish.

I have to make a confession . .

~ ~ this lovely vintage bird cage was painted by my hubby . . not me!

For you see, I hurt my arm a couple of months ago and the motion of spraying the paint . .

~ ~ really hurt the muscles in my arm or should I say, what muscles I have!

So I thank you hubby for coming to my rescue . . . as always!!!

I love how it turned out!..

And . . in addition to lots of Spring decorating and refreshing that is going on here . .

~ ~ ~ I am really trying to incorporate the “Spring Cleaning” ! !

A song keeps playing in my head . . . a very popular song these days . .

The song from “Frozen” . . . “LET IT GO” ! !

Definitely my theme song for Spring!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!