from sloping lawn to a backyard oasis, decks, outdoor living, ponds water features, View to the lower level fire pit and waterfall

From Sloping Lawn to a Backyard Oasis

Our formerly un-useable backyard was transformed last fall into an oasis of plantings and patios. We can now entertain guests in multiple areas and enjoy the sounds of nature and of soothing running water while doing so. To see more photos of the transformation, please visit the link below.
http://sullivanandmurphy.blogspot.com/2012/07/before-and-after-of-our-backyard-and.html

small changes in the entryway, foyer, home decor, Adding a seeded glass lamp changed the look of this tabletop giving it a more contemporary and fresh look

Small Changes in the Entryway

I tend to be so unorganized in the winter, leaving things wherever they lay. Such was the case with the buffet in the foyer. It had become a dumping ground ever since I left it un-styled after the holidays. Now it's pretty and fresh again, waiting for spring to arrive.

fall ification, seasonal holiday decor, The hutch in the kitchen now looks appropriate for the season

"Fall-ification"

The cooler weather enticed me to change out the kitchen hutch and accessorize it appropriately for the season. You can see more at the link below:
http://sullivanandmurphy.blogspot.com/2012/09/theres-been-change-in-weather-and-also.html

icy winter vignette, crafts, seasonal holiday decor, A green moss ball adds just the right amount of contrast to this predominantly neutral winter vignette

Icy Winter Vignette

Childhood memories of winter inspired me to create this winter vignette, A vintage scale, lots of glass, and some natural materials were used to create the display. You can see more in the blog link below.
http://sullivanandmurphy.blogspot.com/2013/01/icy-memories.html

grain sack inspired table top, chalk paint, painted furniture, Metal table top painted to resemble a grain sack table runner

Grain Sack Inspired Table Top

In this table re-do, I used chalk paint to mimic the stripes that are found in vintage grain sack fabrics that are so popular in today's home decor.

spring time accessories, seasonal holiday d cor, A small nest found a home in a seashell in this vignette

Spring-time Accessories

Although the weather doesn't reflect it here in SW Ohio, spring has definitely made an appearance inside our home.

adding color to a neutral great room, home decor, painted furniture, New furniture in the great room got some needed color with accessories

Adding color to a neutral great room.....

Winter doldrums inspired me to add some much needed color to the neutral gray furnishings in the great room. It's amazing what a little green, yellow, and blue can do for the psyche. I feel as if it could be spring in here, already!
You can see more of this room at the link below.
http://sullivanandmurphy.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-much-needed-touch-of-color.html

mississippi magnolias on an ohio mantel, seasonal holiday decor, Our stone faced fireplace is resplendent in greenery and natural elements but it also has just the right amount of bling to glam it up

Mississippi Magnolias On An Ohio Mantel

The generosity of a fellow blogger helped me fill my fireplace mantel with the crowning touch of greenery.

holiday kitchen hutch, christmas decorations, seasonal holiday decor, All dressed up for the holidays

Holiday Kitchen Hutch

I finally brought a little Christmas decor to the kitchen hutch- one of my most favorite pieces of furniture.The dinnerware features a holiday rocking horse and even the wooden toy on top of the hutch sports an equine theme, as well.

thinking outside the box and using ordinary items to create innovative cloches, crafts, Search the garage for these items

Thinking Outside the Box and Using Ordinary Items to Create Innovative Cloches

I like to come up with new ways to fill and display my cloches, apothecary jars, and domes. This fall, I used items found throughout and outside the house to create what I think are some uniquely displayed cloches.

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